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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 08, 2014, 10:32:22 AM »
I have a question for the 500+ guys - how many of you shoot bare glass (i.e. with no extenders?).  I was reviewing Art Morris' blog posts the other day and noticed that he almost always has an extender (usually the 2x!) on his 600mm.  I realize he has a style that requires close shots, but it mirrored my experience with the 800mm.  It just didn't seem long enough - or should I say it was too long for stuff that was close to mid-distance but not long enough for nesting eagles and such.

5diii
600 no extender = 95%
600 with 1.4iii = 5%
600 with 2xiii = 0%

5diii
300 no extender = 50%(sports mostly)
300 with 1.4iii = 40% (Sports mostly)
300 with 2xiii = 10%(birds on walkabout but bright sun only like on a beach)

The bottom line is that I do not find that adding the 2X buys a lot.  I often find I can crop the 5diii and get better IQ.  If the subject is too far away that you need the 2X then you probably should try something else.  I speak for at least what I shoot most, large to medium size birds and sports looking for the highest IQ possible to minimize post efforts.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MkIII buffer
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:32:31 AM »
Valvebounce - Yes, my laptop is running Windows 7.  Too much trouble to resuscitate one of my XP desktops.  However, I find it very curious that when formatting cards in the 5DIII for the SD there is the option of a low level format while for the CF there is no option for a low level format.  Presumably the CF format is the equivelant of the Windows Quick Format.

SD normal format just erases the file table.  Each sector write must be erased first before writing.  Low level format does the erase at format time thus speeding write speeds.  I always LL format for camera use.

CF is different.  It doesnt need to erase first...so only one format option.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anything shot with an EOS-3 35mm
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:39:22 AM »
I still have an EOS-3 that I bought brand new in 2002, & it has a roll of Provia 100F that has been in the camera now for 2 years, mainly because I only use it on sunny days.  I only use my 24-105 or my 17-40 lenses right now with it  - sometimes my 50mm 1.8 as well. I also have an Epson 4990 scanner that I bought about 7 years ago & it still works fine.  If you scan your slides or negs, you'll need something to clean up the images because there is still some noise even in ISO 100 film compared to what I get in my 50D or my 30D.  The EOS-3 is a Beast in my opinion & focuses Very fast!  Enjoy it!

Yeah the scanning process can introduce noise.  I wonder if stacking multiple scans can reduce the scanning noise?  Im thinking the process would be similar to that used for astrophotography.  Well i have some things to try.  :)

I took it out this weekend and used it with my 600mm f/4L.  I did notice that it focused very fast. I was surprised at the speed for an early 2000 model.  Cant wait to finish up this first roll so i can see how it performed.

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EOS Bodies / Anything shot with an EOS-3 35mm
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:30:27 PM »
I felt a bit nostalgic and picked up an EOS-3 35mm film camera and was pleasantly surprised i could still find 35mm film being sold at CVS.  Ive been shooting with a 5diii and 7d for so long i forgot what film images really look like.  Im still on my first roll of film but wondering if anyone else still uses a 3 for photography.  I used to shoot a lot of black and white in the day and barely recall the excellent dynamic range that film can capture.  I am somewhat excited over this...maybe as much as when i first switched to digital in the 90s.

Post some of your digitized images here.


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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 04, 2014, 04:46:09 PM »
That's the advantage of retirement! ;)
I'm very jealous!

The disadvantage is that most cannot afford a 500 or 600 mkii in retirement.  Need to get your hard working kids to get you one for fathers day.  ;)

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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:23:29 AM »
mackguyver, you and I and AlanF have pretty much expressed the same thing in different threads and I haven't changed my opinion on the 300.  I also influenced a friend to buy it.  However, in my case so far for birds I would almost never go out without 300 X2 and then I typically would end up cropping somewhat and so when I see the 600 prime shots, well, you know ......

Thinking about the 500 and getting to 700 without much degradation is tempting but I'm afraid it would be competition for the 300 and unless my better half was willing to pack it for me I can't see doing what you describe (trekking through the bush) carrying both! 

The result would probably be using the 300 for longer hikes and the 500 when stationed closer to a favorite spot and being quite immobile.  The gimbal head is really good at times but often it's a pain and I don't pack a tripod on longer hikes unless I know for certain I'll want it.  For me stalking is a mix of going where things look hopeful and then often just sitting, since many birds really do get used to one's presence after 15 or 20 minutes and I enjoy reflecting on the scenery and action in a given location.  Usually, I don't prefer just walking and walking and walking but I'm at retirement age.

Compromises and more compromises, ugh.  It's probably better when you just can't possibly afford it! ;)

Jack

The gimbal head has its purpose.  Its useful in situations where you want to be ready with minimal movement.  When im out shooting eagles fishing ill use my wimberly as most of the time you are waiting for something to happen.  With a monopod you still need to hold it up for hours or raise the entire setup when its time.

I use the wimberly exclusively with my 600 mk1...painfully heavy.

I use my 300 mostly when im walking about...but sometimes i will take my 600 walking...and will pay the price later.  ;)

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EOS-M / Re: GREAT AND CHEAP BATTERIES FOR EOS-M
« on: March 03, 2014, 05:29:00 PM »
Ah.  When I ordered mine I ordered the kit.  2 batts, charger and 12V vehicle cord to charge from car battery.


Is this the kit you bought East Wind?

http://www.amazon.com/Halcyon-Lithium-Replacement-Battery-Charger/dp/B00C32SPDW/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1393882687&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=halycon+battery+eos-m


That's it.  Be mindful that that everything runs down the battery faster (IS, Servo AF, Continuous AF, too long of a display off timeout).  It all adds up. 
 
The factory battery is 875mAh. These are 2200mAh.  More than double the capacity.


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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:43:16 PM »
revup67, you make very good points.  Sometimes the "focus" is so much on the eye that one tends to forget that it's nice to see all of the bird's beauty.  I'm presently trying to come to grips with just that.  Then there is the issue of not wanting background that is distracting due to too much DOF.  If I've only learned one thing it's this: If you don't like compromises don't get into photography! ;)

Jack

Yes it's good to know the DOF for your lens and camera.  A DOF app can help so you can get what you want in focus but still blur the background enough to isolate the subject.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 600 f/4L IS III & EF 600 f/4 DO IS
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:34:25 PM »
Or it's simply just a patent designed to keep another manufacturer from using it.  The current mk ii lens is about near perfect.  Unless they are planning to adapt it to a medium format or 100MP plus sensor, I dont see this one coming to market soon.  Pardon the quote but DO is "dead to me".  I've tried some DO lenses and the bokeh is quite awful.  I suppose it has it's purpose but not for anything that I could shoot with them.

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Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 02, 2014, 12:23:06 PM »
I cant imaging carrying an 800 would be easier but I guess there is more to sling over your shoulder to reduce the "pinch" points.  I often carry the 600L with my 300 2.8L but often the weight it unbearable, especially if you have to hike a good distance to get to your subject.  I find that whatever lens is used it never has enough reach.  It's nice to have extenders but nothing is better than using a big prime without an extender where possible.  The biggest issue I find with reach is that you usually succumb to distortions caused by air disturbances.

600mm F4L IS, 1.4xiii, 7D, post processed from RAW in DxO

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EOS-M / Re: GREAT AND CHEAP BATTERIES FOR EOS-M
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:51:34 AM »
You need to use their charger for thr halcyon to get the full charge.

Thanks!  A pity - the Halcyon charger doesn't seem to be available in the UK.

Ah.  When I ordered mine I ordered the kit.  2 batts, charger and 12V vehicle cord to charge from car battery.

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EOS-M / Re: GREAT AND CHEAP BATTERIES FOR EOS-M
« on: February 28, 2014, 04:17:14 PM »
I decided to give the Halcyon batteries a try, and bought 2 from Amazon here in the UK.  They look just like the ones Surapon has photographed, with the same boxes too.  They seem to work fine, but I only get the same number of shots as I do with the Canon model (~140).  I'm using the Canon charger - could this be why?

I don't know whether they have chips, but you do get 3 or 4 shots warning on the LCD before they run out.

You need to use their charger for thr halcyon to get the full charge.

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EOS-M / Re: GREAT AND CHEAP BATTERIES FOR EOS-M
« on: February 26, 2014, 08:51:39 PM »
Are the opteka batteries chipped? Do they have the battery readout on the LCD?

Dear DRR.
Sorry, I do not know, But 2 Brand Cheapo Battery that I Have 4 Halcyon and 2 Wasabi, I do not think they have chip, because they will not tell me on my Battery LCD indicator ( ?).
Surapon.
Yes, my 2 Canon camera battries have the chips.

I bought an Opteka battery off amazon for $13. I will report back.

From my understanding - batteries that are chipped, will work functionally just like Canon batteries. The display will tell you battery remaining. You can charge them properly in the Canon charger.

Batteries that are not chipped, will not display battery life on the LCD. I think you can charge them in the canon charger but you also risk overcharging, because it does not have a chip to tell it when to stop charging? (This is all information I read online, so I do not know how accurate it may be. I am no electrical engineer)

In any case, $13 vs $45 for the canon battery seems like a pretty good deal if it offers the same functionality. I will report back when I get it.

Actually it's not the same functionality.  The Opteka battery will last longer between recharges!  ;)

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Technical Support / Re: How many shutter actuations does Reican Focal take?
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:10:00 PM »
Never get consistent results with it.  I have fallen back to using a spyder lenscal and i can get most lenses calibrated in about 7 to 10 shots.  Less if i'm already in the ball park.

Interesting.  Do you have enough light and a stable setup?  I keep my light in the 11-12 EV range or higher, and set up on a concrete slab (had vibration issues on the hardwood floor, moved to the basement).  I get very consistent results, and they match what I got with the LensAlign, but FoCal takes less time.

Hey neuro yes we have discussed this in other forums.  I wouldnt say focal takes less time when you consider set up, getting your lighting set up right...have a football field next door, etc....not to mention having to do it all over again when the results are not consistent.  I no longer care to waste shutter cycles using the product.  ;)


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Technical Support / Re: How many shutter actuations does Reican Focal take?
« on: February 23, 2014, 10:02:16 PM »
Hi Folks.
I'm fed up with pics that are not as sharp as they possibly could be.
I have decided I need to get Reican Focal Pro (pro for zoom over 400mm) just wondered how many shutter actuations it takes on average per lens to get a value, have read all the FAQs I could find and didn't see this info in amongst them.
Not particularly worried about increased shutter count, just curious, better to have a higher count on a camera I'm happy to use than a lower count on one I am fed up with!

Thanks in advance for replies.

Cheers Graham.

Way too many in my opinion.  Never get consistent results with it.  I have fallen back to using a spyder lenscal and i can get most lenses calibrated in about 7 to 10 shots.  Less if i'm already in the ball park.

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