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Post Processing / Re: Choose a Monitor?
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:29:28 PM »
I'm very happy with the Dell P2414Q. But your 15" laptop will need to be able to support it. Of the MBP's, only the latest 15" will do it. 27'' is fine if you have the room, but it doesn't give you any better res - in fact lower - than the 24".

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Software & Accessories / Re: What monitor????
« on: January 18, 2015, 05:09:33 PM »
I just bought the P2415Q which is the same res as the UP2414Q but cheaper. Very happy with it so far. Connected to the MBP it's like having two retina displays.

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Lenses / Re: Usefulness of IS on Big Whites?
« on: January 15, 2015, 08:22:01 PM »
How often do you use IS on your Big White(s)?  From what I understand, the 300mm and 500mm models are the only ones close to practical for hand-held use.

Doesn't IS deactivate when a tripod is used?

What about a monopod?

Thanks!
I use IS pretty much at all times short of a long exposure on my 300 f/2.8L IS II as I do 90% of my shooting in the 90 minutes just before and after sunrise or sunset..  I use mode 1 for landscape and stationary shooting, mode 2 for panning shots, and mode 3 for sports & wildlife.  It is really amazing, especially with the 2x extender.  I have taken shots like the one below at 1/30s handheld at 600mm in falling light.  That would be almost impossible without IS short of being a trained sniper :).  I came from the 400 f/5.6, which required extreme discipline in terms of tripod use, so the IS in this lens, is a revelation. 

IS does deactivate for tripod use, during a certain range of shutter speeds, something like 1/100s to 1/2s, but I can't remember the exact range.  Any slower than that and Canon still recommends your turn it off manually.

There are some on here who say that IS affects the quality of their photos at typical sports shutter speeds of 1/1000s+ and that is true with the older big whites.  It's why Canon add mode 3 to the newer lenses and I haven't found any issue with leaving mode 3 on, even at 1/4000s or higher.

Also, I feel that monopods compliment IS.  For sports shots where you're stationary and don't want to hold the camera, it's great, plus in mode 2, it makes for some great panning shots.  I also found that the 800 f/5.6 and a monopod are a match made in heaven because of IS.  Mobility with such a huge lens is tough, but with IS, it's doable on a monopod.  Now if I could just scrape together the money for a 800mm...

It looks like Smugmug has oversharpened the web version, but the shot turned out acceptably sharp.  Not razor sharp, but quite good for large prints.  Shot a f/6.3, 1/30s, @ISO 1600:

Wonderful. Very few owls to photograph here in Oz, at least where I am. Went to the Hawke Conservancy in the UK recently and they have Owls and Raptors to die for. Always keen to see more Owl shots when you have them. Cheers.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 13, 2015, 11:19:48 PM »
Love those Short-eared owls,  so photogenic. 


Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus)
by Tony Varela Photography, on Flickr
Wonderful subject and capture!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 13, 2015, 11:17:10 PM »
First post. Be gentle.
Great capture. Welcome to CR

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 13, 2015, 06:29:06 PM »
I have a 15" Macbook Pro with Retina display and Dell P2415Q monitor (4K 24", 3840 x 2160). Perfect for photo editing. Be aware though that only the 15" MBP will drive a 4K display as it requires the separate graphics card. The laptop is light enough for travel and the monitor great for home editing and viewing.

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I have an Induro CM34 carbon fibre monopod and RRS MH-02 Pro tilt head. They are sturdy and work fantastically well with 5diii and 300 f2.8ii with TCs. Like you I am not tall and the Induro is a perfect height for me. Always better to go heavier than you currently need in preparation for your lens upgrades. Can get both for under $250.

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 "First shown as a prototype at the 2010 Canon Expo in New York… "
Says it all really.

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Canon General / Re: Africa calling
« on: January 04, 2015, 07:13:25 AM »
Yes, there is no Ebola in Kenya and Tanzania and tourism is not affected. It is very safe indeed.
At least in terms of Ebola yes. Personal security and road safety are another issue though. Still, if you want to see and experience (and photograph) the World, you have to be prepared to take some risks. Hope it goes well Sanj.

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Canon General / Re: Africa calling
« on: January 04, 2015, 07:08:03 AM »
I hope you find someone to enjoy the trip with you sanj it will be amazing and having done a trip over recently that's a great deal for anyone going.
+1

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:23:27 PM »
400mm, iso 320, 1/800 @ f10

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:15:22 PM »
Sable antelope
400mm, iso 400, 1/1000 @ f7.1

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:08:44 PM »
400mm, iso 800, 1/800 @ f6.3

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:07:00 PM »
Beach Dawg, Aldeburgh, Suffolk 5D Mk3/70-300L      f/5.6 @ 1/1000s iso 320

running dog, Aldeburgh by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr
Well shot

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:02:58 PM »

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