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Lenses / Re: Macro photography: lens+flash+diffuser?
« on: August 15, 2013, 06:53:19 PM »
I have had the fortune to have owned and used the following
canon 100mm 2.8 non L macro
canon 100mm 2.8L IS macro
canon 180mm 3.5L macro
My views are that they are all great lenses but my comments would be as follows;
100mm 2.8 non L is a very good lens capable of producing very sharp images at a very good price.
I struggled to differentiate between images shot with this and the 100mm 2.8L IS in terms of sharpness
I do find the 2.8L IS images to be a little bit more contrasty and have a little more punch to them.
I frequently use the 2.8L IS as a portrait lens as the focus is fairly quick and the IMAGE STABILIZER is a very good plus point especially if you are also trying to shoot insects which are on the move a lot and are shooting mostly handheld.
The 180mm L is a fantastic lens in terms of sharpness and contrast even better than both the 100mm lenses.
Images shot with this are that bit more special in my opinion and the one that I tend to go for first.
See link to images of a Robin, dragonfly, beetle and Squash Bug all shot with the 180mm 3.5L
The caterpillar is shot with the 100mm 2.8L IS
I couldn't find an image shot with the 100mm non L as I part ex'd that lens a while ago and have had a drive crash and burn since

However the auto-focus on the 180mm 3.5L is slow especially when using the outer non cross type focus points
This is not a deal breaker as this lens tends to be used a majority of the time in manual focus as it is the best macro lens when using a tripod and macro rail especially for the more flighty subjects as it give you a little bit more distance if required.
I use the 12mm extension tube quite a bit which gets you a bit closer in for slightly higher magnification
If you wanted to spend up to £400 I would say get the 100mm 2.8 non L
but try and push your budget to the 100mm 2.8L IS as it is worth the bit extra
If you have a large budget and will be using a tripod mostly then get the 180mm
The 180mm is one lens I think canon are really missing a trick by not updating with IS and quicker autofocus
The dream lens would be 200mm 2.8L IS macro   :D
I use the MR 14 EX Macro flash and use the 480 EX II as a slave with a diffuser and position it very close if possible as the light is softer when its closer.
These are only my opinions and I am not a professional only a keen amateur
If your budget is big the get the 180mm 3.5L and the 100mm 2.8L IS and you will have the best of both worlds
Alternatively go for another manufacturer I hear the Tamron 90mm macro is a superb lens

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 11, 2013, 06:35:30 PM »
love the humming birds and kingfisher shots
 link to a mallard and kingfisher shot both with 5D III and 400mm f5.6
all tips and critique welcome as a keen amatuer

I would thoroughly recommend it  (once you get used to it which surprisingly doesn't take long)
It really seems so much more logical to control the tracking with your thumb and then fire the shutter button fully when you want to take the picture.
I switched over after reading a few articles about it and have never looked back
I always switch my mode dial to the green box when giving my wife the camera as her patience and understanding of my "f***ing camera" is nil
My brother on the other hand is an experienced user so I leave as is for him
The other button I found useful to configure on my 5D III was using the depth of field preview to switch between one shot and servo very useful if subject moves off suddenly when your in one shot..again takes a moment to get used to

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 06, 2013, 04:01:07 PM »
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<p><strong>Canon EOS 7D Mark II<br />

</strong>We’re told there is zero chance of a 7D Mark II in 2013. The camera is currently slated for release in the second half of 2014. We’re told the final specifications of the camera are far from complete, but it will have the same 20.2mp sensor as the EOS 70D. As well as the Dual Pixel AF and built-in GPS. At present, it will not have wifi, though this could change for the final product.</p>
<p>This all seems very plausible. I would think Canon wants to see what kind of success they have with the revamped xxD line. The 70D looks like an APS-C winner spec wise, we’ll have to wait and see how people feel about it in the real world.</p>
<p>The same person also said a new lower end camera would be released in the first half of 2014. Nothing was mentioned about the fabled big megapixel camera that Canon is working on.</p>
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not the best news if true
I was hanging out for a 7D II being released this year in the hope of notable improvements as I liked the 1.6 crop effect and pixel density and the fps is higher than my 5D III
But it is the ISO performance that would have to improve for me to warrant buying one as I tend to shoot wildlife and good ISO performance is essential when unable to afford the big fast lenses and having used a friends one I have been a little bit deterred by the current ISO performance although it is not bad by any means I would just prefer better so bring on a 7D II with improved ISO and 10 fps wouldn't be sneezed at either.
I am a patient man though :-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 70D Sample photos ISO 100-25600
« on: August 02, 2013, 03:35:12 PM »
Folks, this proves that Canon sensor is lagging way behind the competition. If you want S___ty image quality, Canon is your choice. Until Canon customers speak up and demand quality, they are happy selling the suckers mediocre sensors and crappy IQ.

Another forum DRone heard from.  I'm sorry you can't manage to take a good picture with a Canon camera, becuase the sensor is so terrible.  Odd that most of us don't suffer from that problem, 'eh?  ::)

I have to agree with neuro
I am very happy with the images I take with my canon especially when I get my bit right ;-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« on: May 23, 2013, 06:45:04 PM »
wow an amazing camera
upgraded from the 5DC which is also a very good camera only lacking in the AF Dept for moving subjects.
the silent shutter mode is the best for not spooking wildlife on the 5DIII
The only improvement would be faster frames per second but that is what you pay for in a 1DX
6 FPS is still pretty good especially for 22MP
I have to say when I do my part right the image quality is excellent.
I cannot fault this camera and I have used it vigorously since it was launched.

I spent a lot of time looking into ballheads and reading various reviews before opting for the Markins which I have to say is awesome.
I was a little put off by the elliptical ball on the Arca swiss being prone to locking up.
I liked the simplicity, cost and weight of the Markins.
I have been using mine in the field now for some time and it has never missed a beat. It has a brilliant system for quickly setting the sweet spot on a camera lens combo and then locking it in on a small dial so you can turn the main knob to unlock / lock very quickly.
I have no experience of RRS but they certainly look well engineered
I would certainly look into Markins there is a youtube clip of a Nikon 800mm lens and camera being used with one.
I have to say mine locks absolutely solid when you tighten the main knob with the ball in any position.
There are different weight rated ones to suit most cameras & lens.
They even do a titanium one
I ordered mine from light n space on ebay from Korea as it worked out cheaper than buying from europe even with import duty. (I didn't have to pay any anyway as it happens)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:32:16 PM »
Mr. Few Shots, nice, I'm guessing a 600mm lens?

Here's a nuthatch of mine, done with a lowly 70-200 f/4 on my crop camera.

no i wish a 600mm   :( but out of my budget
its canons 400mm f5.6L
the trick is getting closer
Is yours an American Nuthatch?

You're quite welcome.  Cool, I've rented that lens, I liked it...congrats on getting stellar results with it!  Alas I chose to buy a softer Sigma zoom.  So far I like it considering the price (especially the color rendition), but I've only used it for an hour.  Here's an admittedly compromised shot below, done today through a glass window (the storms brought wind gusts to 40 mph today!)  ISO 2000, 1/200 with OS on, f/7.1, 400mm, 50% crop, then reduced from 2000 pixel width to 770.

I was told that other bird was a "brown headed nuthatch".  This one is quite small, not much bigger than a hummingbird.  I'm the opposite of a bird expert.  I just know there aren't much variety of the small birds here...or if there are more, they don't make themselves conspicuous.  I'm not much into using blinds or camping out in the mountains for a week to try to see the rarer species...especially when there are so many other people out there doing such great work already (most of them not getting paid for it).
I have never used Sigma but you got the shot with everything stacked against you by the sounds of it..nicely done
Its a bug that soon gets you. the trick is to start feeding them in your garden if you have one and get a good spot set up to photograph them without spooking them.
Here's a Blue Tit I shot in my garden which although a very common bird is striking when in the right light.
This was shot with Canon 100-400 L lens which some say isn't that sharp but I disagree if you shoot within its capabilities.
All I did was set up a perch next to the feeding area and with a bit of trial and error with the position and height of the perch they would land on it nearly every time before hopping onto the feed area.
Patience and observation are your biggest friend when trying to get wildlife shots :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 02, 2013, 03:04:54 PM »
Mr. Few Shots, nice, I'm guessing a 600mm lens?

Here's a nuthatch of mine, done with a lowly 70-200 f/4 on my crop camera.

no i wish a 600mm   :( but out of my budget
its canons 400mm f5.6L
the trick is getting closer
Is yours an American Nuthatch?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 01, 2013, 08:21:10 PM »

Eastern Screech Owl
amazing camouflage looks just like the tree as several others have also commented on.....nature is a marvel
awesome photo
recent portrait of  Nuthatch shot with a 5dIII (loving the camera)
like the confidence in upping the ISO over 1000

If only money was no object haha
Lots of great choices posted so far
For me it would have to be the following:

Zeiss 21mm for landscape as Zeiss lenses are absolute class even if manual focus
Canon 24-70 2.8II for general purpose as an upgrade from my 28-70 2.8L
Canon 300 2.8 IS II for larger wildlife
Canon 600 f4 IS II for smaller wildlife
What the hell I would like the 17mm Tilt & Shift for wide angle as well

I have the following amongst others otherwise would most certainly include them as they are superb lenses
Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II for people photography as allows you to keep a little distance for more natural shots
Canon 180 3.5L Macro as super sharp

We can all dream, as selling the wife isn't an option  ;D ;D

Hi Rev

Thanks for the tips and your right about the eye helping with the DOF I always try and focus on the eye when possible
It is a British / European Robin which I guess differ from the American one
I will have to try that 'share' method thanks

first post on forum but an avid follower, have picked up some great tips and advice as well as some amusement. love the heron and squirrel shots very unusual.
I cannot rave enough about the 5d III it was a carefully considered upgrade from the 5D Classic which I felt was an amazing camera capable of producing superb images when I did my part. The biggest drawback of the 5DC camera for me was the AF for moving subjects such as BIF but then it was in truth a studio / landscape camera if I was honest. great macro capability with the DLA factor though.
I don't necessarily think the images I take with the 5d III are a massive step up from the 5DC (although I feel they are better) when I get it right but it certainly makes getting the images a lot easier with the AF and menu systems / functions. I got the 5d III fairly soon after it came out and as a result paid £500 more than what I could get it for now.  Regrets.....hell no I just think of the enjoyment I have had learning about it and using it in the last 6 months.
I will attempt to post a link to my flickr page of a Robin taken with it. The DOF is probably a bit shallow but you take the moments you get!! :) :) :)

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