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Lenses / Re: Next purchase 300mm f/2.8 L II - should I sell the 100-400?
« on: November 29, 2013, 05:37:28 AM »
Thanks for the replies.

So basically its neither here nor there ...  :-\  I guess I'll wait and get the 300mm first.

I don't want to end up with seller's remorse. Used 100-400 pop up for resale in India infrequently and if I sell it now and need it again, I'll probably have to get a new one  :(

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Technical Support / Re: Custom modes.
« on: November 29, 2013, 04:26:08 AM »
Why don't you try it and let us know?  ;)

The settings registered under the custom modes do not change the global settings for the 5d3. I guess it should be the same for the 7d as well.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 28, 2013, 11:00:49 AM »
What is BVI?

To get me upgrade to 5D Mark IV, Canon needs to have these:

1. One full stop better in high ISO
2. 8-10 fps (even when the battery at 3/4 or half left)
3. Tries not to sell @ $4000 from beginning, then, drops to $2500 few months later

That last point was completely avoidable, If you bought from BVI. :)

I initially thought why the heck "British Virgin Islands"  ??? but then it struck me ... BigValueInc  ;)


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It has been around for some time now. If I remember correctly, Mt Spokane mentioned it first (here on CR) a few months back.

Cheers ... J.R.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:50:18 AM »
At this point, I'm completely satisfied with the MK3. What I'd like is some new lenses.

+1 ... Same here.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:36:23 AM »
The Himalayan Bulbuls - endemic to northern India

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:32:14 AM »
A few grey bushchats have taken to frequenting our yard -

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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:08:22 AM »
Two new FF in 2014 ... Availability in 2015? so basically only announcements for two FF in 2014  :(

I guess we'll have the "Canon is doomed" trolls having a field day

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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:05:12 AM »
Eos M Fullframe ?  ;)

If it does materialize, I guess AvTvM will be happy ... but then, maybe not because it will be made by Canon :P

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Lenses / Next purchase 300mm f/2.8 L II - should I sell the 100-400?
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:02:10 AM »
I'm planning to get the 300mm f/2.8 L II next and have saved up for the most part. I'm confused whether I would need the 100-400 after I do get the 300. That said, should I sell the 100-400, I might just be able to give myself an early Christmas present or else I have to wait a few months.

All you guys who have used the 300, have you needed the 100-400 after getting the 300 f/2.8 L II? If so, why?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 28, 2013, 05:54:41 AM »
Okay, I'm done attacking my own reflection in your car's paint, and sure I'll pose for you:



Nice shot Otto

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:53:55 PM »
another photo of the oriental white eye - taken earlier this morning :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:52:51 PM »
Beautiful pics of shorebirds jrista.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:50:37 PM »
Just wanted to try portrait style PP on this heron


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Nice shot chauncey

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:50:10 PM »
Apologies for the picture quality.. these are VERY heavily cropped images taken in poor light, handheld, from a long distance away. I did not have a decent lens with me when this happened....

For the last week or so there has been a huge flock of geese behind my house. The bay froze completely over last night (-18C) and in the morning the geese were standing on the ice. As I was looking at them a Bald Eagle swooped down and landed on one of the geese. They all took to the air, this one tried, but with an eagle on it's back it did not get far.

I did not know that eagles hunted geese, and would not have believed it without seeing it.... has anyone else seen this behaviour or heard of it before?

I believe I've seen this behavior before, or at least, seen the aftermath. Last December, I was photographing birds at Chatfield here in Colorado. At one of the gravel ponds, there was a fairly large flock of geese hanging out on the ice. I set up to photograph them, and the whole flock took off. I thought it was me at first, but on the far side of the pond I could see some commotion amongst about five large birds. Turned out they were Golden Eagles, and I think they took down a goose. It took me a while to get around to the other side where I could see them clearly, and by the time I did, the five eagles had already devoured a good portion of the bird they had caught. When I tried to ease my way out from behind some brambles along the shore, three took off, leaving two behind. But the time I was set up, only one remained. A couple of the others seemed to take some of the carcass with them. The remnant also seemed to be a late juvenile, and all he had was some scraps left. Given the color and size of the feathers, I was fairly sure it was a goose. At the other end of the gravel pond (which is rather long, so quite a ways) I found the flock of geese again, and one of them was clearly injured.

So, yes, I do believe eagles will eat geese. It may seem like large prey, but eagles, bald or golden or otherwise, are pretty large, powerful birds, and rather opportunistic when it comes to getting a meal...any opportunity.

Yes, eagles do prey on geese. The Pallas Fish Eagle preys on geese and other water birds and can fly off with prey upto 6 kg in weight.

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