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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:05:07 PM »
Some taken this afternoon in my yard of Japanese White-eyes (Mejiro). 5D3, 100-400L.


We have some of their cousins in India as well. We call them Oriental White-Eyes. I clicked this this one earlier in the morning today - 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:01:56 PM »
some guy tried barging into one of my rooms while I was at work ... left his mark!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:00:44 PM »
Purple Sandpiper in the surf zone - Martha's Vineyard. ( taken by hand while standing in the surf )

Usually very shy. A flock had found something tasty on the rocks and ignored me. Took about 100 shots, each one better than the next, great fun.

60D and 100-400mm

Very nice shot IslanderMV

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 12:28:35 PM »
Oh, oh, look what I've started. ;)

Jack

 ;D ;D ;D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:45:30 AM »

I feel for you. Come over to Pune, India and we can drive 60 miles to a lake where a number of migratory birds come. You can have your pick of birds.

I do hope you are extending this offer to the natives ;)

You have a return offer from me. We have a similar lake 50 km from my town which is infested with Ruddy Shelducks, Bar Headed Geese and a number of other migrants. Let me know if you are traveling north.

Cheers ... J.R.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:34:25 AM »
I sold my F4 a while ago - to get the 2.8, and now wish I had the F4 back. I'm contemplating buying another copy, but someone said there may be a Mk II version coming quite soon. Does anyone know if we can expect a 70-200 F4 MARK II in the near future? If so, how would it differ from the current version?

I think you are approaching this issue in the wrong order. The right question is, what is it that this lens is not great at? Unless there are any major issues that need a fix, an update is extremely unlikely. The 70-200 f/4L IS is an extremely popular lens which sells very well.

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Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:27:24 AM »

I cancelled my pre-order Sony a7 + zeiss 55mm

Somehow I see a trend emerging ... I know at 4 guys personally who have cancelled the pre-order for the A7 (even though they didn't go for this lens like you did).

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Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:22:17 AM »
Congrats Dylan...  So you did beat me to this lens   :'(

Have fun
Thanks jr.
I rented last week. Love it. I cancelled my pre-order Sony a7 + zeiss 55mm and went with this.

Hint: If you love your 70-200 f2.8 IS II, then you will love 300mm even more ;D. This is hand-on experience feedback. I'll add x2 TC III soon.

Thanks for the info.

I plan to get the 300mm f/2.8 L II as well as the 600mm f/4 L II (I'm susceptible to the "GAS" as well)  next year. I was already close to saving sufficiently for the 600mm but the savings account is blown because there were some other things which I didn't quite need that I ended up buying  ;)

Anyhow, the 300mm now takes priority because my daughter will be performing on stage at her new school (indoors). I guess this lens will help plenty because I will have to shoot from the back. I may try to convince the school to get close in exchange for free photos for their yearbook though  ;)

I intend to sell the 100-400mm to fund the purchase of the 300mm - I already have the mark III extenders - I got them when I purchase the 70-200 II.   

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:10:43 AM »
BTW,  not everyone who posts here has English as their first language.  So basically calling a less than perfectly worded post "a mandate of trolls"  is myopic.
Et godt poeng! Jeg har med undring lest hva som skrives her, ikke minst av de som åpenbart har engelsk som morsmål. Noen ville vært nær strykkarakter på en vanlig norsk/svensk/dansk ungdomsskole :)
Jeg tror jeg selv forstår engelsk rimelig godt, men uttrykket "et mandat av troll" er definitivt ukjent og høres passe meningsløst ut. Ha en strålende dag :)
PS! I checked what google translate made of it and it is pretty close ;)

Thanks Eldar, you got that right.

By the way, as for most things in life, close is usually close enough!

Cheers ... J.R.


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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:45:15 AM »

I shouldn't have to read posts carefully if they are written out clearly enough....tricky posts are the mandate of trolls...

Absolutely right ... I stopped reading your post right after this sentence.

Yep, I thought I was wasting my time with you....now I know I was :D

Funny...  I feel the same way about you...  So we do agree on something. 

BTW,  not everyone who posts here has English as their first language.  So basically calling a less than perfectly worded post "a mandate of trolls"  is myopic.

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Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:27:52 AM »
Congrats Dylan...  So you did beat me to this lens   :'(

Have fun

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Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:08:01 AM »
Thanks for posting this. As is the norm with KR reviews,  there is a WTF part

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At f/1.0, depth-of-field isn't paper-thin, it's vapor-thin. Don't expect every shot to have bang-on-perfect focus unless you're using the latest camera and have a lot of practice with it.

When photographing people, always focus on the nearer eye.

I'm impressed that I get results as good with any of my 5D Mk III's AF points, not just those marketed as "high precision." Likewise, I'm impressed that I can recompose after focusing and get swell results.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:15:32 AM »
If you don't like Canon's offerings, take your money elsewhere, get the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, get a Sony A7 or whatever else you find best. What is the point in continuously moaning?

Don't worry, I'll do just that, as soon as "my next camera system" becomes available. 
Until then I am not moaning, but just stating my opinion. Like you and everybody else.

Given that Canon is still the best system out there,  maybe you will wait long. As a consequence,  your moaning opinions will continue for some considerable time...  :(

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Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:43:53 AM »
Superb shots Adam Schallau & Surapon!

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EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:41:21 AM »
All I'm saying, is Canon should be more innovative and charge less for products that are not neither innovative nor even fully competitive in all aspects ... if they want me to buy it. :-)

To each his own. I will never touch Sigma f/1.8 zoom lens for APS-C for the following reasons: (a) too heavy and big (b) inprecise AF (personal experience with multiple Sigma lenses incl. their recent releases... supported by DPReview's review of said lens). I'm sure there are many folks like me, and that's why Canikon never bother to release such a lens even if they can.

I would agree with the AF struggles on the Sigma lenses having tried many when I was using the APS-C format. Finally, I sent the lenses for repair and rather unsurprisingly, found the Sigma's customer support to be terrible. The lens has to be shipped back 3000 miles away (they have only a single service center in India as far as I know) and the lenses came back with the "within spec" response.

No such trouble with Canon except for the 135L. I sent in the bodies with the 135L and Canon calibrated the lens perfectly - A 0 on the AFMA on both bodies.

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