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Lenses / Re: Do you switch off IS in sunny days?
« on: August 16, 2012, 05:12:33 AM »
Hi, I am just wondering if you switch off image stabilization on your lens in sunny (bright) days - for example with 70-200/ IS lenses? Or do you have it still ON?

I know, that I should switch it off when using a tripod. But what about sunny days with shutter speeds about 1/1000 and faster? Should I switch it off? I do not care about battery life, but I am wondering about life time of IS at all.


The more modern IS versions are tripod sensitive and switches themselves off when less than a certain amount of shake is detected. otherwise leave it on ... or you may forget to switch it on again when you suddenly have sth. in the shade ... So for me it is never on off ... only switching modes

Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 05:54:12 PM »
Craig, my condolences to you and your family during this very difficult time. I hope you get well again soon despite your sad & heavy loss...   :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Should/can Canon keep making its own sensors?
« on: July 17, 2012, 10:45:53 AM »
If you miss your exposure by 5 stops, the camera is the least of your problems.

I can still remember times when dark shadows were an important part of image composition ... with the d800 this seems to be obsolete for some strange reason as everyone is now pushing them by +4-5 EV ... In Every Picture ::)   

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 15, 2012, 10:57:23 AM »
Red Kite

7D - 70-200mm f2.8 IS2 + Ext III x2 @ 400mm

Screaming Red Kite #2 von 1982Chris911 (Thank you 700.000 Times) auf Flickr

Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D Mark II error 20 Need Help!!
« on: July 15, 2012, 10:43:33 AM »
Had an Error 20 on mine after 2 days in the humid weather of Singapore ...

Usually this means mechanical problem with the shutter - I did everything you could find in the web to solve it without any success - so basically I guess you will need to send it in so they replace the shutter unit (costs are about 150 Euro)   

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 13, 2012, 07:08:48 AM »
really hard to hand hold at 840mm and it is croped but just a littlie

Casual photographer learning new hobby. I want to learn how to take such amazingly beautiful bird shots as I am seeing so many of you guys posting. Gary, I especially like your work...any tips you (or any other posters) could give me. I have a 7D and 100-400L and a cheap $30 tripod that broke. I need to get a good tripod and monopod ( and heads) for birds, flowers and maybe landscapes. Don't want cheap any more but since I'm not a pro, I don't need a Rolls Royce. I don't mind paying for good quality. What do you use or recommend? Also, I've only shot jpegs ( I know I must learn to use RAW) and some pp with Canon's DPP. What do you use and how do you do any pp? I have been reading this forum for several months and am learning a lot from all of you, so this isn't meant only for Gary. Thanks everyone for your time to give advice and show case your work.

The Lens and Cam should be good to start with for medium and large birds. For the small ones and difficult light you will at one point need to move up (1D IV or 1D X or 5D MK III with 500 or 600mm lens) but this a very expensive step.

For the tripod: I have this combination which is a real lightweight and small working horse:


This will be sufficient for uses with ALL normal lenses up to 300mm f2.8.
Once you buy a really big lens you will need more support, but I would not buy it yet in your case as this gear is much heavier and bulkier and you will likely leave it at home more often if you don't already own the big lenses where it would be essential.
Btw many pictures here are handheld, the trick is to use a little higher ISO and get the shutter down to 1/1000 (better 1/1600) sec or less (this is also good to stop bird motion - as these guys move quite fast most of the time) ... Hope this helps           

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: July 12, 2012, 06:51:51 PM »

IMG_3812BW by drjlo1, on Flickr

This best friend does not look friendly ... Love that picture  ;D

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Delayed Again
« on: July 12, 2012, 04:48:42 PM »
I also like:

Deeee Thhreee 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:52:32 PM »
Griffon Vulture

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 12, 2012, 11:02:23 AM »
really hard to hand hold at 840mm and it is croped but just a littlie

Yes I could imagine that this is quite hard esp with the old heavy 600mm. I know a guy who is shooting jet fighters like this, it looks like heavy work...   

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:20:04 AM »
MarkII 1Ds
840mm f/7.1    1/2000 iso 500
600mm+1.4   eagle playing Chicken he Lost

Great one !!! You shot handheld ? Is this cropped from a larger frame?

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