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EOS Bodies / Re: 1D IV or 5D III or other - Wildlife photos
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:23:33 AM »
What type of safari and how close do you expect to be to the wildlife?

Reason I ask is that little bit of extra reach on the 1D Mark IV may help with the lenses you have.

As you seem comfortable with the "free hire" system, where you buy, use, and sell when you get back, then perhaps it is worthwhile thinking about a longer lens - a 300 or 400?

Also, how many of you are going on this trip? Personally I would prefer to have one very good body (or two max) and change lenses rather than have different bodies and not need to change lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: March 21, 2014, 11:28:55 AM »
it sure is fun holding that button down isn't it!!
Oh yeah!  Now I know why the shutter rating is so much higher, too!

Not quite what I meant, as I was referring more to the IQ and FPS, but is all good. Enjoy.
I know what you meant, I was just saying that my first impression was holy crap!  I can't wait to actually use it, but alas my consulting gig has me stuck behind the desk today, but I'm off to the beach tomorrow...

Haha, great times, wow. Can't wait to see your pics! Enjoy.

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: March 21, 2014, 11:21:39 AM »
I just had a 1D X delivered yesterday and haven't tried it out yet, but I'm excited, especially after looking at the 1D X photo thread and Neuro's shots above :)

I hope you do not mind me saying, but try to make the first shot something special, as the camera will blow you away.

I will never forget my first real shots with the 1D X as all I thought was "oh s**t"!

Enjoy, and congrats!!
I don't mind at all, and thanks!  I tried the burst mode last night and so I've already had one "oh s**t" moment!  It seems 20x faster than the 5DIII, not twice as fast :)

Not quite what I meant, as I was referring more to the IQ and FPS, but is all good. Enjoy.

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: March 21, 2014, 10:01:55 AM »
I just had a 1D X delivered yesterday and haven't tried it out yet, but I'm excited, especially after looking at the 1D X photo thread and Neuro's shots above :)

I hope you do not mind me saying, but try to make the first shot something special, as the camera will blow you away.

I will never forget my first real shots with the 1D X as all I thought was "oh s**t"!

Enjoy, and congrats!!

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:58:51 AM »
I couldn't imagine using the 600/4+1.4x for BIF.
Not only can I imagine it, I do it routinely.


EOS 1D X, EF 600mm f/4L IS II + EF 1.4x III Extender, 1/2500 s, f/8, ISO 640

With the 2x as well…


EOS 1D X, EF 600mm f/4L IS II + EF 2x III Extender, 1/2500 s, f/11, ISO 1000

Great shots, Neuro! Love the side on view (one you did not post).

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Back to our regularly scheduled programming...
TBM at the Nevada County Airfest


USAF Thunderbird



Nice shots! Have you already posted your shots of the F-22 Raptor? Looked great on your website.

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Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 21, 2014, 06:18:48 AM »
I've rented the 300 f/4L, and posted images of it with the 2x ii extender, shot with a 1D4.  So it's not like I don't have experience with it.  My cousin also bought one and uses it with a 1.4x on his 1DX.  It was usable in a pinch, but very terrible looking outside the middle 10% of the image, with the 2x ii.  I realize the extender iii is better, but not remotely enough to argue in favor of its use on this lens, in my opinion.  I mean, the 2x extender iii, on the 300 f/2.8 ii, is only BARELY better than the new Tamron 150-600, at 600mm, if it is closed to f/8.  So if you want to argue economics, just buy a Tamron.

I think my point was more about the lens being a good 300 at f/4.0 and 420 at f/5.6. I do not think people buy that lens thinking too much about 600, the main reason is the 300 and 420 at a reasonable price. At those lengths it is a very good lens for the money, and I would prefer it to the 70-300L. It has its pros and cons, one pro is Canon TCs will work with the 300 but not (properly at all lengths) with the 70-300, another is that little bit of extra light.

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Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 21, 2014, 04:47:46 AM »
The 70-200L II can also take a 2x and still AF.  You can stick a Canon 1.4x III on the 70-300L but the OP won't be able to AF (f/8 on the 70D) and he won't be able to use much of the shorter range either because the rear element of the 70-300L interferes with the TC.  The kenko TC is an option, but then you can't AFMA else you might lock it up.

This is why I recommended the 70-200 L ii or the 300 f/4.0 IS. The latter gives you that little extra reach with a 1.4X without much loss of IQ and can even take a 2X.

The 300 f/4L with 2x TC, is actually quite terrible looking.  It's also native f/8, so not able to be used on anything other than modded 5D3 or 1DX (at present anyway).

The 5D Mark III does not need to be modified for it to AF at f/8.0 and AF at f/8.0 works on all 1 bodies. Here is a list:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_Extender_EF#List_of_EOS_bodies_that_can_AF_at_f.2F8

I agree that it is not an ideal 600 but 300 f/4.0 and 420 at f/5.6 is pretty good and excellent value for money. And it can still be used at 600 with a 2X TC if you want to.

In fact a guest last year posted two very interesting pictures in the lens gallery section. One was with the 300 f/2.8 IS ii with 2X TC and the other image of the same subject with the 300 f/4.0 IS with 2X TC. It is a perfect example of just how good that lens is, as it does suffer with the 2X but the images are still more than ok. Both images are 5616 x 3744 so you can see all the detail. You can see the images half way down the page here:

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=2662.15

When you look at those two images, remember the f/4.0 costs US$ 1,300 -1,500 ish and the f/2.8 closer to US$7,000. There is absolutely no question that the 2.8 is the better lens, but for value for money it is hard to beat the f/4.

Incidentally I just looked at the exif data which is still there and the camera used was a 5D Mark II which is why he/she manually focussed I guess on the f/4.0.

It does not say which version of TC was used.

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LOL!  Maybe I should just link you to my website's "Babes Gallery" and be done messing around.  There are a couple of airplanes in there, but the bikers babes seem to dominate.  Of course, there is this one photo of Natalie's tattoo that doesn't seem to fit into any category.  :o  http://www.kbvp.com/image/tid/910

Interesting shots there. Apart from the women, I especially liked the F-22 Raptor. Great shot!

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Abstract / Re: High resolution Moon image
« on: March 21, 2014, 03:30:16 AM »
Wow, that is totally insane! Thanks for sharing.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX mini – I'm speechless
« on: March 21, 2014, 12:24:40 AM »
If it is the same fake leather look that is on their Galaxy Note 3 - which it seems to be, then I actually quite like it. Of course real leather would be nice, but that would be more expensive and probably less durable.

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Canon General / Tesco uses pictures of beef cattle in milk advert
« on: March 20, 2014, 11:02:45 AM »
Tesco uses pictures of beef cattle in milk advert

The details are important.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26650621

I am sure many can understand how this came about, but still.  :o

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I'd like 2-3 more C# settings.
I don't have mine yet (it's coming today or tomorrow), but it would be nice to have 5 or 6 C modes and to be able to label them - Studio, Portrait, Landscape, Action, etc.  Sometimes I forget which set of settings I've put in which C mode, or worse, I change them (because there aren't enough) and then I get really confused.

Yes, it would be nice to be able to name them. BTW - you are going to love your 1D X! Choose the first pic carefully, as I imagine you may well remember it!

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Lenses / Re: How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:36:05 AM »
well one thing that sucks is that canon gives only 1 year warranty, while nikon offers 5 years for the 800mm f5.6. at least in the USA.

so lets hope when canons new 800mm will cost 18000$ they will raise the warranty time too.....

I did not know that.


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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:34:32 AM »
Here's another one from this winter. Me and my beloved collie Bert.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssoell/11902183306/#

Thanks

Love it!

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