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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: January 03, 2015, 07:43:35 AM »
This one without the extenders

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: January 03, 2015, 07:34:14 AM »
I was trying out this lens with the 2x III extender attached. The conditions were horrible as it was heavily overcast and later started to rain. Got this shot handheld with with manual focus at ISO 2500, 800mm, f/11, 1/320sec. The result rather surprised me to see the lens do as well as it did.

Will take more shots tomorrow once the light gets better. I'm sure I will be able to extract more detail at lower ISO.

Edit: Forgot to mention that this is a heavy crop out of the center - this is the Crimson Sunbird which is extremely small and was quite some distance away.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 01, 2015, 10:44:24 AM »
It's a white-faced saki (Pithecia pithecia), also known as the Guianan saki and the golden-faced saki, is a species of saki monkey, a type of New World monkey, found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela.

Correct. Thanks Click.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 01, 2015, 10:30:19 AM »
Beautifully shot, much detail.  Very nice!
Now, questions:
What is he?
Where is he?
Thanks for posting.

clicked recently

Thanks lion rock. This was clicked at the Singapore Zoo recently. I will dig out the name (I'm sure I noted it somewhere) and let you know shortly.

Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400 ii Image Quality Review Posted at TDP
« on: January 01, 2015, 10:19:14 AM »
Bryan has posted the final review.



User experience is pretty much the same across the board and Bryan sums it up beautifully with the following lines -

The new lens is completely redesigned and offers many advantages (many I've already discussed in this review), but image quality is the biggest. The difference in image quality between these two lenses, especially at wide open apertures, is significant. Also significantly improved is the image stabilization system (4 stops vs. 2) and the rotational zoom is my preference to the previous model's push-pull design. The new lens focuses much closer with a significantly higher maximum magnification ratio.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark ii strange sound.HELP!
« on: January 01, 2015, 10:08:37 AM »
It shouldn't make any sound. Any sound while rotating the camera would signify something loose which isn't a good idea.

I would recommend sending it in to Canon for fixing.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 01, 2015, 10:05:14 AM »
clicked recently

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 01, 2015, 09:46:38 AM »
Shoebill - Clicked with my new and shiny 100-400 L II.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Red Panda
« on: January 01, 2015, 09:44:08 AM »
Very nice photos.

I've seen these beauties with my own eyes in the upper regions of the Himalayan mountains in India. Very shy creatures which are rarely seen.

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 23, 2014, 12:26:27 AM »
"Don’t use live view? Well, the phase detection is a joy to use: completely accurate, the cool thumb button to let you jump points to anywhere you want in a split second, and the whole system is phenomenally customizable. Did I mention it’s accurate? I took a few hundred shots and it just nailed everything. Still life in bad light? Nailed it. Moving rapidly? Nailed it. Sunlight, halogen light, fluorescent light? Nailed it.

Whether you want a second camera with crop to back up your big pro camera, or just want to use this amazingly accurate focus system to nail that shot of your kid’s only goal of the soccer season, this camera works. The improved shooting speed, huge shot buffer, and dual card slots don’t hurt anything either."
... Roger's Take at Lensrentals ... http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/cameras/canon-eos-7d-mark-ii

I do believe that Roger knows what he is doing much more than some reviewers (including Ron Martinsen) and some posters here. Providing OOF shots as proof that a camera is bad is nothing better than spitting in the wind.

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 23, 2014, 12:19:35 AM »
I recently sat in a Russian T90 battle tank. Couldn't get it to move initially but after various tries managed it. Couldn't aim with the guns either despite repeated attempts - none of the shells landed where I had targeted.

The armed forces must be crazy to buy these tanks. There are piss poor and I have PROOOOOF!

Just sayin ...  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:50:04 PM »
Can someone help me how to post my photos properly. The photo I have on my computer is very sharp while the same photo posted on CR is all mucked up.

That said, if I click on the photo, it opens up in a new window and is displayed pretty much the same as I have on the computer. However, here on the thread it's all mucked up.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:48:07 PM »
Indian Roller - Is much more beautiful in flight than on the perch

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 - fragile!
« on: December 22, 2014, 06:47:46 AM »
This lens has a reputation for fragility of the focus mechanism.  Mine bumped against a wall (tapped is more like it) and lost the ability to focus.  I will not buy a replacement until Canon comes out with a mark II version.

The 1.4 does have a reputation of the AF getting damaged with bumps on the lens. I had a hood permanently mounted on the 50 1.4 when I had it. Never removed it and never experienced any problems.

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 22, 2014, 06:34:56 AM »
@Tuglea - I want a cup of coffee and the 7DII won't brew one for me.  Therefore, it fails to meet MY needs and it's a crappy camera.  So I guess we agree.

 ::) ::) ::)

I didn't say the 7D2 was a bad camera, I said that it was a disappointing camera because it is 2012 technology, but was released in 2014 when the world has moved on. If they had built it from current tech instead of old tech it would have been so much more than it actually is now. My old T3i is a good camera too, but I wouldn't buy it now because there are so many much more capable options available now.

Wouldn't that depend on what "capability" you are looking for? If you are looking for a weather sealed camera shooting at 10fps with the best AF system on the market today, the 7D II would be a perfectly capable camera. However, if you are going to shoot landscapes or fashion photography, a 7D II wouldn't make any sense, a 6D would.

BTW, what "current tech" are you on about? The 7D II is the best all round budget sports camera you can get in the market today. That said, it is pretty much clear that Canon isn't offering any new tech insofar as the sensors are concerned. So if your complaint with the 7D II is indeed about sensor performance, Canon is a dead end at the moment and you should look elsewhere.

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