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Technical Support / Re: 1D X and Mountain Lion
« on: August 02, 2012, 03:06:40 AM »
Grrr. I was hoping to see a photo of a Mountain Lion taken by the 1d x. Stupid macs.
lol. me too :P

Who has it running and with which EOS Utility Version?
I have got the Version from CD 2.11.4 which is not running!
eos utility works fine with windows 7, perhaps you should install it on your mac.

Lenses / Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« on: July 31, 2012, 01:59:53 PM »
This is just a really great lens! The size/weight does not really disturb me, I actually like it. When you have it attached to your camera, you feel you have a great piece of quality glass in your hands!

Like the others said, the IQ is superb, bokeh is great, f/2.8 is awesome and the focal length range is sweet too. It's just a very good versatile lens. I have used it for portraits, concert and event photography and even sometimes for wildlife. Combined with a 1.4x extender the IQ is still very good.

You should get it :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1D4
« on: July 31, 2012, 01:25:01 PM »
About 2 months ago I asked myself the very same question. Save a little more and get a 1DX or buy a 1D4. I finally bought the 1D4 as an upgrade to my 7D. The main reasons were that it was a hell lot cheaper (still it was a load of money), because of the f/8 autofocus, 1.3 crop, very good autofocus and I decided for my self I did not really need the newest technology. I'm not a pro, and I'm not a millionaire. What also helped me decide, was I got the chance to shoot half a day with a 1D mark III. This was such a great experience that I just couldn't wait any longer to upgrade my 7D.

Like you, I use the 1D4 for wildlife and birds. With a 500 f/4, the camera performs really really well. With the 1.4x extender it performs good too, although the AF is a bit slower. Using a 2.0x extender (and f/8 autofocus) is only really usefull for subjects that are moving very slowly, or not moving it all. The AF is pretty slow and hunts a lot. IQ takes a hit too. For close-up portraits of birds or other wildlife it is a really great option to have though!

For me the 1D4 was a great choice. If you're not shooting many small or shy subjects, you'll probably don't need the 1.3 crop and f/8 autofocus. A tough choice. Buying a 1D4 and a 5D mk. III would be a great option too, you would have the extra reach of the 1D4 and the fullframe sensor of the 5D3. Plus 2 camera's, so you can carry 2 different focal lengths with you.

By the way, what lens(es) do you use?
Good luck!

If I had more money, I'd probably not sell the 1D4 but use it together with a 1DX. Use the 1D4 when I need the reach the 1DX cannot deliver, and use the 1DX for the rest :P

another update:
Check this topic for a couple of beautiful examples Gary made with the 1DX. If you're able to get close to the animals or have a long 600mm lens, the extra reach of the 1D4 is not always needed. Although, I am not able to get these kind of shots of birds of prey. They always fly away when I cautiously try to approach them... :(

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:48:13 AM »
gary, what a lot of nice pictures! (also in the bird headshots topic)
where are all those pictures taken? you must be pretty close to a large wildlife park or something.
great job!

Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 04:51:34 AM »
that's terrible news. i don't really know what to write. i guess words cannot describe such sad feelings. like everyone else, my deepest condolences to you and anyone else that suffered like this.

Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 03, 2012, 11:34:47 AM »
Proud owner of 400 mm of prime glass  ;D

Can anyone suggest a suitably sturdy monopod.. no way anyone can hand hold such a beast and get half decent shots!
congrats! :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx in India
« on: July 03, 2012, 05:13:42 AM »
Good question ... but you can safely bet the best work from a 1DX wont be seen until it gets in the hands of an American!
pffff, come on. like if no one else can make good photo's! america is not sacred. why should another part of the world wait longer to get the camera?

Haha! Come on the guy is obviously joking. Tongue in cheek humour it is called.

What I do not understand is why the OP decided to expand from the 1D X has arrived in India, to questioning how Canon is treating the US. Almost as if he wants to cause trouble. Would have been much better to just have a thread about India. No need for the "America" comment.

The 1D X has arrived in India great, just as it has in numerous other countries.
yeah, i guess you're right :P i need another coffee!

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx in India
« on: July 03, 2012, 03:22:36 AM »
I so wonder why Canon is treating USA, the mighty USA with such distain!

Good question ... but you can safely bet the best work from a 1DX wont be seen until it gets in the hands of an American!
pffff, come on. like if no one else can make good photo's! america is not sacred. why should another part of the world wait longer to get the camera?

Software & Accessories / Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« on: July 02, 2012, 01:00:17 PM »
i have a lenscoat on my 500mm and extenders. just like bkorcel mentions, it's great for winter/cold times. i also like the softness of the material, i guess it offers a little extra protection but not much. if you drop your lens, it's gonna hurt either way.

is it worth it? good question. the lenscoat can cost a lot of money. but for a little more comfort and the psychological ensurance my lens has a bit more protection, i thought it was worth it.

if you have the money and think you need a lenscoat/lens skin, you should get one. if you have other things to buy (like a filter or something), get that first.

by the way, i never take the coat of the lens because it can be annoying to put it on and off :P

Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:54:36 AM »
There's a number of versions of the Canon 400mm about. The current model is the ef 400mm f2.8 L IS mkII. It's the best of the breed, and the lightests. It has the newest Image Stabiliser.
The old version was the ef 400mm f2.8 L IS and this is optically equal to the current mk II version, but it's a big and heavy beast. Both of these lenses are listed on The Digital Picture lens test web site and can be compared. This lens has an Image Stabiliser.
The previous version to this was the ef 400mm f2.8 L mk II. This lens doesn't have an image stabiliser and is heaver than the newer versions. It has a Flourite lens element that puts it's IQ into the same league as the latter two lenses. This is an optical peach (as are the other two lenses) but it is a heavy beast and no IS. It's min focus distance isn't as close either.
The oldest version of this lens is the ef 400mm f2.8 L. This lens is the oldest and heaviest 400mm in the Canon EF linage
true, but as the OP stated it's a 5 year old 400mm. so i guess it's pretty save to assume he's talking about the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM. the 400 f/2.8 non-IS lenses are from 1991 (mk. I) and 1996 (mk. II).

Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 02, 2012, 03:54:44 AM »
Would like to enquire whether a 5 year old 400 mm f/2.8 L make I (not II) which is in excellent condition is a good deal at 4000 euro, and what is its performance with a 2x TC III on a 1DX, whether images are still sharp.
4000 euro seems a good deal to me. perhaps too good. just make sure you test the lens thoroughly, check if the IS still works etc. and you will have a really great lens for a relatively cheap price!

the new version III extenders work really really great. yesterday i used the 2.0X on my 500 f/4 and the images are just amazing. perhaps a little IQ is lost, but with a total reach of 1300mm (500 x 2 x 1.3 cropfactor) it was well worth it! i can imagine the 2.0X would work even better on the 400 f/2.8 because you still have full autofocus.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Unboxing
« on: June 25, 2012, 11:12:44 AM »

Godox looks good. Does it have a belt clip?

it has a metal clip. i always put it in a chest pocket in my bodywarmer.

where is the option "i already own a kick ass camera and don't see the need to upgrade"?

Technical Support / Re: removing dust from sensor
« on: June 19, 2012, 12:13:11 PM »
i just used to arctic butterfly and after 3 sweeps my sensor is clean again :D
i'm really really happy! thank you all for saving me from more sleepless nights!

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