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Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: August 26, 2012, 07:23:29 PM »

Frigate closeup by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.2 ii or 135mm f/2
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:35:56 AM »

SC 1d-0595 by PVC 2012, on Flickr
Camera   Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Exposure   0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture   f/1.2
Focal Length   85 mm (85 II)
ISO Speed   500

But when you DO know where you are going to shoot it does work very nicely :)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 15, 2012, 08:43:24 AM »

Blue-footed booby in flight by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Camera   Canon EOS-1D X
Exposure   0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture   f/3.2
Focal Length   175 mm
ISO Speed   3200
Exposure Bias   +1/3 EV

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 15, 2012, 08:41:14 AM »

Blue-footed booby landing by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Camera   Canon EOS-1D X
Exposure   0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture   f/2.8
Focal Length   190 mm
ISO Speed   5000

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 28, 2012, 06:24:01 PM »
With less than a week till departure, I had to pull the trigger and got the DryZone 200.
Travelled domestically this weekend and brought it just to test it out. Fit in regional jet overhead and carried my 1D-X,  70-100, 24-70 and 16-35 and my new shorty forty mounted, plus plenty of cable/caps/filters room, and flash, gorilla pod. Rides higher on back and has large profile but glad to have it.
Still debating on underwater option.
Can't decide between GoPro or an underwater P/S (D20)?
Help  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 25, 2012, 05:12:20 PM »
You r the second to mention that bag -any problems with the zippers ?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 19, 2012, 10:50:32 PM »

Thanks for posting that - i compared to some ISO 10K shots on my MkIII, and i'm actually sort of underwhelmed.  The grain pattern isn't as fine as the 5D, but i condede that this shot might be noisier because of ALO or some other sort of in-camera processing.   Doesn't seem like there's much more dynamic range in the 1DX's files either.

This WAS shot Raw, with 1D-X defaults, including AI servo defaults.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 19, 2012, 07:03:32 AM »
Thanks for the advice so far, and to clarify, we will be on a boat (Celebrity Xpedition), 90 passengers, with power, all week but also doing 2 landings/day where we will be literally walking over/around the flora and fauna.  Past visitors have shown photos where they are swimming with sea lions, posing with the giant turtles, land and sea iguanas, and of course many, many birding opportunities.

I did go ahead and order the 28-300 from CPS, as well as the 14 2.8 II for some artistic UWA shots I hope.
So, lenses look like:
(16-35 or 24-70),
70 - 200 2.8 IS II and

Now I need more advice on how to transport and keep the gear DRY as we get in/out of zodiacs on beaches every day. 
Experiences/links to backpacks would be appreciated.

I do have one Tamrac sling backpack, and a ThinkTank Retrospective 30, but will be investing in one more-possibly a Flipside AW, depending on the forums advice :)

Also the GoPro was a great idea - more portable and built in time lapse should be fun!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 18, 2012, 07:52:42 PM »

Here is a link to an original RAW file for those who'd like to play with it !!

Taken with the 70-200 2.8L II USM, shot at dusk.
Camera   Canon EOS-1D X
Exposure   0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture   f/6.3
Focal Length   200 mm
ISO Speed   10000

AZ3P0176 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:50:47 AM »
Travelling to the Galapagos Islands in a few short weeks with the wife and two teenagers, all de facto photo enthusiasts, and always love to hear how others would pick and pack our gear.  In theory, there is a weight limit of 45 lbs + one 15 lb carry-on per person, which must include ALL our clothes AND gear.

We will each have our own camera body, and obviously sharing lenses, but I am curious to how the forum would change my proposed choices, and we must respect this limit of our weight (in order to get on the plane in Ecuador). Also which travel bags would get most recommended.

The trip will include a week of 2x/day zodiac boat rides with wet shore landings, so water/weatherproofing transport suggestions are encouraged.

For the plane, we use Think Tank International and Retrospective 30 shoulder carry-ons, and that takes up all our allotted carry-on weight (for the bodies, and  70-200, 100-400, 16-35 and 24-70 zooms Ipropose, laptop, external hard drives. & accessories we plan on sharing).

Which travel / day-use bags would provide easiest access for our daily on/off water taxi/shore landings? Not sure the Retrospective is waterproof / comfortable enough for this type of use.

Also, any suggestions/personal experiences on an underwater camera/housing for a small point and shoot possibly? We will have opportunities for snorkeling (sharks / seals are abundant photo ops) and would add a P/S if people like one enough to convince me.  My 'old' P/s (Olympus 8080) has an underwater housing which is too heavy - looking for newer,  lightweight options. Was debating about getting a housing for the 7d and shipping it but cost-prohibitive.

Always fun to hear others' travel experiences/gear selections, so if you have opinions on other essentials, please add those as well, especially opinions on Gorillapod tripods, lightweight tripod/monopod heads etc. 

I am still debating the value (weight) of bringing my Induro GHB2 head (3+ lbs), Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fiber - Q90 - 4 Section tripod (another 3+ lbs) and /or monopod - versus lighter options.

Appreciate your ideas/reminders so I don't forget anything.

See profile for list of body/lens options - I am also CPS member who could 'evaluate' just about any lens for a week, but with trip overlapping with Olympics, selection/availability might not be great. Was thinking about 28-300, so if Neuro (or others) have experience with that, let me know.   I am considering a trial of this lens to help limit my weight, but I love my 70-200 and 100-400, AND if I bring 3 white whales with me, not sure my wife will still want to be seen with me  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Availability in North America
« on: July 09, 2012, 08:44:34 PM »
Just got an email from B&H, my 1DX web order 10198871xx (3/14/12 ~2:30pm eastern) has shipped

Has the shipping info been updated?
On 7/4 my info said shipped, but the tracking info only has the Origin scan and nothing else.  Is it actually en route?

MY order was in fact picked up from B/H by UPS on 7/4, but they were 'closed' for the holiday so not actually processed until 7/5, and it is now officially en route (Philadelphia) for a Pittsburgh delivery.  Somewhat frustrating that I paid for NEXT Day air and it won't come for 5 days later.  I didn't pay for next 'business' day, and if I did, that should still have been 7/6 not 7/9.  Anyways, what's 5 days when we have been waiting 7 months since announcement....

The wait is finally over...the little black box is here and I will not be, for awhile at least, while enjoying/learning/comparing my bodies before heading off to the Galapagos Islands for a week.  Wonder if my 1Dx will be the first to retrace Darwin's journey ??

EOS Bodies / Re: B&H 1DX Order Fulfillment Tracking
« on: July 09, 2012, 08:11:23 PM »
Wait a minute Mr. Postman, I forgot to thank you personally for the little black box that showed up on my desk this am.  Sure glad my front office staff who signed for it didn't open my box, and even more glad Neuro wasn't there with HIS truck.

Full comparisons with other bodies soon to follow, but over lunch I shot same centerpiece with 5d3 and 1Dx using same settings , and first thing I noticed, using Av, evaluative metering, single point, single Shot focusing, the 1Dx metered to slightly different/faster shutter speeds across Iso range 100-100,000.
Haven't pixel peeped yet , but trying to achieve same settings was hard. W/o EC, the 1Dx was 1/3-1 stop faster in AV mode.

Also ISo to 6400, 12,800 was very clean in Jpeg ( though I S___ both raw/jpg), I haven't developed yet in LR, though nice to know LR 4.1 opened native raw flawlessly!!

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:44:36 AM »
The bokeh around the lights in the mirror, intentional or just good luck ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Availability in North America
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:39:00 AM »


Wow, now even Adorama is in CR threads, I'm glad you guys care that much about peoples opinion about you.

Regarding the CPS decision: I think it's a good thing, otherwise CPS members who were too lazy or just too late to order early could've blocked other peoples cameras. I would've been pissed if I ordered from Adorama on the 14th and then some CPS guy would order in June and still get his camera before me... So Canon really has a pont there


REALLY??  No benefit for brand loyalty?  What about airline frequent fliers.  Ever get on the plane first or get upgraded to first class simply because you got to the airport first?  Don't think so; platinum members, whether Canon or other programs, often get perks like that. 

I find it surprising that the CPS program did NOT facilitate getting the 1Dx into the hands of their most loyal (? Lazy) supporters, who might be working when pre-sales begin.

NOW, if they announce WHEN the pre-sale will begin, with enough advance notice so everyone can sit at their computers at the same time, then I agree; but without such advance notice as to when pre-sales begin, working pros are at a disadvantage, and in that case loyalty should mean something.

Being a Platinum CPS member did not help me get my order in, in fact it was sheer luck (or some may say my obsessive-compulsive nature) that I checked the CR / B&H site when I did.

 I'd much prefer Canon announce WHEN they will announce the pre-sale start dates! This way I can plan my golf /photography / work around my computer time  ;)

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: July 08, 2012, 09:17:51 AM »
Here's one "candid portrait".
Shot with a Canon EOS 450D and a 50mm f/1.4 USM mounted to it.
ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/60sec

Let me know what you think.

Nice composition, thanks for including exif info!  Love it when they are unplanned and spontaneous. I guess indoors and hoping for some bokeh you needed to shoot more wide open (1.8,  but ISO only 100?  I'd thought you be willing to go a little higher to allow quicker shutter speed, but that's what making these candids is all about.  Quickly setting camera, do you remember which mode you had set?

My only 'critique' is post-processing (lack thereof). Skin tones look a little off. But, this thread is NOT the place to get into that?

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