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i sent you a PM

Oops, sent your adapter to a different Island.  No, all is well and your address is correct on the shipment.


also for anyone looking at these lenses i found this link which has some good info and specs on the 600 and 800

Is there any risk of the 5Dmk2 mirror interacting with the adaptor for the 600 f4.5? my lens arrived yesterday and is in mint condition glass is all clear, no paint missing other than a little under the foot. the lens cap is badly perished and needs to be replaced and the case is in good condition, it came with a UV filter, I amssuming that the apperture needs to have the adapter engaged before it will actually operate? becasue without it connected to anything there is no change when turning the aperture ring. also when pointed down the focus moves probably due to the element weight. So overall pretty happy with the condition of it. Now just waiting for the adapter to arrive so i can play with it. I've put the EG-S precision matte focus screen in the 5d2 so will see how it goes

Software & Accessories / Re: Third party batteries for 5DII ?
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:04:42 PM »
i have a couple of cheap ebay ones, I dont think they last as long but i havent tested them properly, they do tend to last a full day of moderate shooting though

Lenses / Re: Recommendation For Long Lenses
« on: January 17, 2012, 05:31:55 PM »
I have ruled out taking the 100-400 as it is too soft.

May be I'm quite biased about the 100-400, since it is a lens I adore. I'm afraid you get a bad example of it and that is a shame, since, I know that for personal experience in photosafari in SA, the 100-400 has the perfect zoom range for the business. By the way, what do you mean by 'soft'? Is the following image (100-400 at 300) soft for you? (Unfortunately I had to resize it to allow uploading it, loosing a lot of IQ)

P.S. I think the following article could be very useful.

I'm very well aware that the 100-400's are not all created equal. There are good ones out there and there are bad ones.  I agree the focal length is awesome for a safari. But what made me stop using MY 100-400 altogether is when I tried to micro adjust it, the output was too soft that I wasn't even able to find the sharpest point. I do own the 70-300L also but I opted for the 70-200 f/2.8L II along with the 300mm f/2.8L II instead because I can put converters on both of these lenses, their faster and sharper.

As for TexPhoto's idea of zooming with feet, I'm just crazy enough to do that but I want to be able to shoot again the next day not being the days kill. I love a wide angle, I like getting right into my subjects face but they won't let me in Africa for some reason.

Actually they do, in many of the south african private game parks you can go on guarded hikes with several armed guards and spotters who are in radio contact so they can take you directly to the animals, i have never done one but would love to, they are definately not cheap and there is still more risk than shooting from within a vehicle however it allows you to get angles you simly cannot achieve from a vehicle. i'm going to look into it for a trip next year.

Contests / Re: Contest Winners Announcement
« on: January 17, 2012, 01:36:31 AM »
Awesome shots! congratulations to the winners, i was wondering what is the abstract actually a picture of though?

It's a microscopic photo of a crystal.

very cool, abstract is my wifes favourite style i would be interested in purchasing a print of this for her if the artist wants to PM me with a price :)

United States / Re: Canon's version of Fro? Kia?
« on: January 17, 2012, 01:16:44 AM »
I quite like this guy
gets a bit wacky sometimes but has some well presented vids and techniques

Japan / Re: Buying new/second hand canon gear in Tokyo
« on: January 17, 2012, 01:09:54 AM »
One quick question: do you have any suggestions on where to look for deals on old Canon FL lens?

I got my 600 f4.5 FD from these guys they had a fair bit of FD gear when i was looking
should be here soon i hope :)

Lenses / Re: 70-200 II and forget about primes? (70-200 IS I is rubbish?)
« on: January 17, 2012, 12:56:36 AM »
If you can't do that, remember to tuck your elbows into your chest and stop breathing for the duration of the shot, as a start.

Sorry i have to disagree here, dont stop breathing because that introduces shake, its not natural for your lungs and the minor distress will cause involantary shake it can also make you snatch the shutter button more.

A better technique is almost exactly the same as firing a rifle, where, you take several regulated breathes to steady your breathing, particularly if you have been hiking or climing stairs mountains moving quickly to get into position.
Then you breathe out and about half way through exhaling you gently squeeze the shutter while you maintain the same rate of exhaling the air from your lungs keep the shutter depressed through the shot and past the completion of the shot as you finish breathing out (this is to maintain the discipline and avoid any movement too early) if you have burst mode enabled it will obviously spray off a bunch of shots.
Similarly look at standard rifle shooting stances, long lens shooting is the same as for standing, sitting and prone in this regard

Contests / Re: Contest Winners Announcement
« on: January 16, 2012, 11:57:39 PM »
Awesome shots! congratulations to the winners, i was wondering what is the abstract actually a picture of though?

LOL I'm in the very fortunate situation where my wife is a photographer too. So i dont get hammered for taking too many photos or spending ages on holiday taking photographs, we usually plan our holidays around shoots , however if i make a hash of the exposure or balls up a composition especially if she is the subject then I better look out! Does keep you on your toes though. the other thing that can generate heated discussion is when i buy lenses and gear without prior approval... I'm still trying to get my story straight for the 600mm FD.... :P

Lenses / Re: 70-200 II and forget about primes? (70-200 IS I is rubbish?)
« on: January 16, 2012, 10:06:16 PM »
I agree the 70-200 mkII is that good!  I only wish Canon could come out with a 24-70 type zoom with the 70-200 mkII type IQ!!!

I wish they would come out with a 24-105 f2.8 IS non extending zoom with IQ of the 70-200 :D but i've said that many times before  ;)

Lenses / Re: 70-200 II and forget about primes? (70-200 IS I is rubbish?)
« on: January 16, 2012, 08:30:52 PM »
I also tested the 70-200 IS I, it seems the images are rubbish, softer than the non IS version. Anyone can confirm this?
I wouldnt say rubbish but a friend of mine sold his IS 1 and bought a non IS for this reason
I have the IS 2 and its an awesome lens, i know lots of happy owners of the 70-200 non IS

its a carrot and stick approach to keeping things civilised you need both for the system to work

Lenses / Re: Recommendation For Long Lenses
« on: January 16, 2012, 07:12:05 PM »
wow that price is insane... seriously insane... I just go hire a 4x4 and can hire a driver for a small fee then its just me and my wife so there is no schedule and we can do what we want when we want. and it probably costs half that amount for 2 of us... just saying... can pick up a 1Dx with the savings :P

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