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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 28, 2014, 08:42:38 PM »
But! This is a very fast little bugger and I had to prefocus on the opening of the whole. When the head of the bird appeared in the opening, I would fire the full 12 fps on the 1DX, which gave me one frame with the bird still in the hole, one in the air and one of its tail feathers.

Question: How should I set up the AF system to be able to track that movement? Is it at all possible?

(600mm f4L IS II, at 1/4000s, F11, ISO4000

Seems like you got the shot you wanted! I think most of us (if we are honest) are still learning the AF system on the 1D X, there are just so many possible combinations and a lot of them work for multiple situations. The last int. sporting event I was at, I was having a beer with a guy that was also shooting a 1D X together with the 400 f/2.8 ii and I asked him about his AF set up to compare it to mine. Turns out we had both messed around with three different of the 6 AF cases/scenarios but not one of them was the same!! Who was right and who was wrong? No idea, but we both got the shots we needed.

I do not shoot birds very much, but considering you were at f/11 I would probably have gone with 8-pt Expansion and taken it from there. After that it is a question of finger speed etc. As for the case, I may have reduced the lock on so that AF could change more quickly from the bark of the tree to the bird, but beyond that I am not sure. I do feel this is a scenario where back button AF can also help. Am sure you use that already right?

Anyway, there are people here at CR that are far more talented and knowledgeable than me when it comes to shooting birds, so hopefully they will have some input I can also learn from.

what Sony has achieved is nothing short miraculous.

I wouldn't go quite that far, though it is impressive!  :o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Troubles (not funny)
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:49:43 PM »
hahaha. Nice, thanks for the laugh.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 23, 2014, 04:55:35 AM »
could anybody confirm whether the 1dmk iv will be better than the 7d in terms of overall image quality.

Guys and girls a simple reply would be appreciated without going into the theorem of Pythagoras. I get lost with some of the technical stuff you all come up with.

Simple answer is, yes.

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:08:19 AM »
With US$10,000 I would get:

1D X
Spare battery
70-200 f/2.8 ii
Couple of 1066X cards
Good flash

I think that would come to around 10,000 if not then I would buy the 17-40 or 16-35 depending on how much I had left, if any.

Beneath the surface of our oceans.

Very nice. May I ask, how or where did you get the beginning shots of the earth? Looks like Google Earth but wanted to ask, if it is Google Earth are we allowed to use those images?

Thanks for watching it.  It isn't google earth.  These are timelapses from the ISS.  You can find them here:

They do allow you to use them, as long as you give them credit, as you will see in my credits.


Thanks for sharing, Dustin. I had no idea that even existed. Great to know. Thanks.

This lens weighs almost exactly the same as FOUR (4) Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS II lenses or SIX (6) Canon 500mm f/4 IS lenses

This is just too funny!!

I love the 400 f/2.8 is ii and use it a lot, but four of them?! No gym membership is going to help with that!

Canon General / Re: Helen Oster
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:41:55 AM »
This isn't a rumor, right?  ;)

I do not know. I never give forums my correct date of birth for security reasons, so maybe sanj has some inside info or it is her "forum's profile" birthday!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How to Annoy a Photography Snob
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:40:06 AM »
Seems that some of this thread has gone in totally the wrong direction and become rather personal in parts. Chill out guys.

What annoys me the most when I am working (in some occasions) - and I am not a snob - is when someone stands in front of me. Generally speaking, at media events all the photographers have a general understanding of what each of us need and so if we move forward there is more often than not an unspoken line that is drawn so we can all take photographs of the subject. This also includes video. Sometimes a moron decides that he does not need to respect that line and stands in front of the other photographers.

This can result him being shouted at, quite severely at times, and if that does not work he could be physically pulled back.

I think that is what annoys me the most when, especially at media events and launches etc.

Canon General / Re: Helen Oster
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:11:46 AM »
Happy birthday, Helen.

Beneath the surface of our oceans.

Very nice. May I ask, how or where did you get the beginning shots of the earth? Looks like Google Earth but wanted to ask, if it is Google Earth are we allowed to use those images?

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:51:50 PM »
The issue has always been size and weight and it being usable over long periods of time for event photographers.


I use a 70-200/2.8, as do many event photographers.  As long as it's on par with or smaller than that, why would this be an issue?

My thoughts exactly.

Sports / Re: Quidditch World Cup VII, taken with 6D
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:40:32 AM »
Some of my fave shots from the Quidditch World Cup VII in North Myrtle Beach, SC two weekends ago.

Is this another of those "World Cups that only really involve Americans?  :D :o 8)

Software & Accessories / Re: Convertible tripod/monopod options
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:47:43 AM »
@expat, I'd love to know which model you got. 

Sorry, am travelling at the moment.

I have the Sirui N-2004. Never had a problem with the monopod in heavy rain (sat out using it all day), humidity etc. many times and never once hinted there may be an issue. It can carry a lot and even more than I described above.

Go to a store and check one out you will be amazed at the monopod part especially, but also just how small the lot compacts into.

I am not the biggest fan of the tripod part, works great and I use it all the time but am about to buy something different, but when I use tripod I mainly am doing video which is why I have the head mentioned earlier.


Software & Accessories / Re: Convertible tripod/monopod options
« on: April 10, 2014, 02:02:29 AM »
I am a big fan of the Sirui (can't remember the model now - will post later). I travel a lot and frequently use both the monopod and tripod. They are strong and well built. See further comments in my reply to MtSP below.

The Chinese brands are inexpensive, and look good on paper, but when one needs a part in a few years, try to find parts for it.  Under good conditions, they are fine, but outdoors in hot, wet, or cold weather, they turn out to not be so reliable.

That is not my experience with Sirui for example, which is a great monopod/tripod. The monopod is strong enough to hold a 1D X with a 400 f/2.8 ii and is so small it fits inside my carry on luggage with space to spare. The tripod is strong enough for a manfrotto MVH502AH, a 1DX with 70-200 f/2.8 ii.

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