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Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: November 30, 2013, 04:59:57 PM »
Latest news as of 30 minutes ago is that ISON is nearly gone now.  It's already faded to less than magnitude 6 and the nucleus has all but disappeared.  Yeah, we've heard that before...but I think this time it's for real.  If anything is left, Hubble will image it in a week or so.  All that's left is dust.

Maybe with a bit of luck, we will get an increase in the number of meteors starting January 12th...However even that is looking pretty bleak at this point.

Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: November 30, 2013, 04:56:17 PM »
You all go shopping.  I'm going out to take pictures....

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 27, 2013, 04:27:53 PM »
Actually, reviewes suggest that both are excellent.

For landscape I would go for the 5D3 because of the extra pixels, excellent IQ, less weight and lower cost.
If shooting moving subjects is also your target (and no money and weight constraints) I would buy the 1Dx.

Once you add a battery grip to the 5D Mark III the weight and size advantage is lost. What remains is the excellent silent shutter plus those extra pixels.

Adding the battery and grip to 5d3 while increasing size and weight also gives you more shots between recharge than the 1dx.  You can also remove the grip when size and weight are an issue.  With the 1dx you just have to deal with the size and weight.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 23, 2013, 01:30:04 PM »
If you can afford it and want to have the best DSLR out there, then, by all means, get the 1DX.

My personal opinion is that it's only the best if you shoot sports or other subjects that require capturing action.  If you are a wedding photographer the 1dx is not the best option...the 5diii offers the quietest shutter made and allows you to shoot in places you otherwise wouldn't.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 22, 2013, 12:51:48 PM »
I think this fits in with the thread title :)

I always thought the firmware was a little buggy...

Lenses / Re: Walking around with the 600mm IS II - thoughts
« on: November 17, 2013, 09:47:17 PM »
I routinely carry my 600mm mk1 on 4 mile treks.  It's usually attached to my backpack harness and I can hand hold for about 30 seconds before I need to rest.  When I'm shooting eagles it's best to use a tripod with a wimberly...mostly to minimize movement between shots.  Hand holding for me is possible for short periods but I usually pay a price later.

The way I see it, some people pay good money at a gym to get this kind of exercise and I can get it for free any time.  It's all about how you look at it.  I can say that after doing it for a while it does become easier and a little less painful.  At some point though I'm sure I'll swing the other direction.

Just curious as to how many of you carry this lens around without a tripod / monopod and for how long.

My shooting needs are primarily for wild life.  This lens will be on loan for about 10 days starting this friday 11-22-13 and all I have handy is a
1)Gitzo monopod (GM3551 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod )
2)Benro Travel Angel tripod (modelA-269M8 TRA269)
3)Acratech GP-s ballhead
4)Manfrotto 701HDV video type head which I know is not ideal for bird shooting. 

Both heads and both Monopod and tripod can support about 25 lbs+ as I recall.  I do realize when mounted, the lens will be front heavy and if on the Travel Angel tripod one leg should be straight out in front of the lens for proper support along with the neck strap of the camera avoiding a tip over.

I can comfortably carry the 5D M3 and the 400mm 5.6 L for about 3 hours on all sorts of hiking trails or so and not be fatigued.  Given the 600 is much more bulkier and heavier I was hoping to do additional preparation given the above scenario with mentioned current gear.  I was also considering (I have the equipment) to do a DIY Black Rapid sling as in this video which I believe I found in this forum many months ago.  DIY: DSLR Shoulder strap w/ quick release and tripod support (read description)

I have a back pack for cameras the Flipside 400AW.  I think this lens will just fit as I recall its about 18" long.

Open to any thoughts, suggestions, tips, questions from anyone who has used this lens personally and has chosen to carry it around or at least try.

Thank you in advance.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:03:35 PM »
Nice shot.  But watch the highlights.  I think there is a lot of detail lost there due to overexposure.  In post I usually expose for the highlights (subject only) and then bring up the mid tones.  By pulling the exposure down in post and lifting the mids, you further reduce noise and can often get away with really insane ISO's. (keeps your shutter speed high for these kinds of in flight shots).

This is my first post. Grey Heron in Flight, shot at Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka, India.

1DX, 600mm f/4, ISO 250, 1/800.

Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: November 16, 2013, 04:54:49 PM »
Too cloudy this weekend here in VA to take pictures.  Hope to get some with my 300 and 600.  Will likely shoot a number of short exposures and stack them.  Always seems to produce better results than longer exposures at high ISO.

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 16, 2013, 04:51:50 PM »
Honestly I use quick release for everything BUT my 600.  I can't come to feel comfortable relying on it to keep that much weight attached.  The wimberly accepts the rrs foot or other arca style plate and I don't find it too inconvenient to just release the plate and slide it out.  I would work without it first to see if it's something you really need on the 600.  It's a lot of money riding on a spring loaded catch.

Hi Morlin,
Just wanted to chime in regarding buying RRS in Europe. I live in Denmark and have bought various stuff including the LCF-53 replacement foot for my Canon 200-400 which I am really satisfied with btw. I went with a German based dealer which has pretty much all the accessories you can think of getting for wildlife and nature photograhy. They are not cheap, but I recommend them highly for fast delivery and restocking of soldout items. Check them out for yourself:  http://www.augenblicke-eingefangen.de/catalog/index.php

Big thank you for the link. I´ve been looking around on most of the biggest camera gear stores here in Sweden but at least on their websites they don´t have as much gear as this one. From this site I can buy all except the lens itself instead of looking all over Sweden stores to find them. Here I have leveling base, leg warmers and more stuff that I have been looking around a lot to find.

The tripods from RRS are very expensive and I guess I will go with a Gitzo anyway because there are limits on how much I want to spend. Most of all because I want more lenses and so on in the future as well and what I spare on a Gitzo instead of a RRS I can spend on other gear instead.

I´m getting more and more clear what to look after. A whole RRS setup might be the best but very expensive.

So with other words:

Gitzo Systematic series 3 the XLS because of the flexibility.
Wimberley gimbal head. Might go with the side mount (not the sidekick).
Leveling base. Might be the RRS leveling base.
RRS lens replacement foot.
Leg warmers
Lens coat
Quick release plate. Not sure which one to buy. Suggestions?
Teleconverter 1,4 mkiii
Drop in polarizing filter.

As mentioned earlier this is really new to me so I´m not to sure about all the stuff yet. One question.. The quick release clamps you can buy is that something that needs to be added or is the clamp on the gimbal head good enough?

Also been thinking a while of a better beamer but not sure yet. Not that much of a investment so I can look at that one later. It will also take a couple of month more for me to save some more money before I start pressing buy-buttons. The lens itself I think I actually will look for the best price in the local stores and go and get myself instead of order on the web. Like carrying your baby home for the first time. Haha.

Thank you all.

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 15, 2013, 04:56:28 PM »
Some people have reported difficulty getting the 600 in and out of the lowepro with lens coat on the hood and the hood reversed for storage.  Often the lenscoat will roll back or cause difficulty getting the lens into the case.  I solved that issue by slipping a plastic shopping bag over the end of the lens.  It slips right in and storage seems faster regardless as there is nothing to get hung up on the case.

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 15, 2013, 08:18:35 AM »
One area where an straight long leg is useful is when you have to shoot on the side of a hill or steep shore of a lake.  The extra length will extend below and still give you a comfortable height.  Now packing one is a bit more difficult.  All depends on where you shoot the most.

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 14, 2013, 11:08:36 PM »
Here's what I use with my 600 II:

  • Backpack: I have the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II, works great, holds the 600 with body and 2x TC mounted.  It's too long for airline carryon, the Lowepro Flipside 500 AW would work for that (bare lens), but I'd rather pack the hood in checked luggage and carry the lens on in my Storm im2500 hard case. 

I have the same case and is the best I've found for carrying it around or hiking.  I've found that if you remove the camera body and carry that in your coat or vest pocket you can squeeze the 600 AW II under the seat.  It's not an easy maneuver but you can get it there.  Put your rolling gear case up in the overhead.  :)

Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: November 14, 2013, 11:01:16 PM »
I think the hardest part for me is getting up that early in the morning....

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 14, 2013, 04:44:55 PM »
Get the full wimberly not the sidekick.  Get the biggest carbon fiber tripod you can afford.  Lenscoats really don't do much but a dark colored one will help heat your lens in cold weather.  And it should be removed in the summer so that it does not overheat.  There is a reason it is white and not black.

Add a 1.4xiii extender.  It will work with a 2xiii but at f8.

Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: November 14, 2013, 04:38:43 PM »
There is also another comet I the morning sky called lovejoy.  It's a little brighter right now than iSON.

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