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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:36:47 AM »
5D III + 400mm

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:07:27 AM »
3 for your consideration......

Beautiful photos arbitrage, esp. 2nd and 3rd.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 24, 2014, 08:03:15 PM »
Salisbury, MA taken 2/1/2014. Been waiting for a good flight opportunity of a snowy, here it is.

Beautiful shots JimR from Boston, thanks for sharing :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 24, 2014, 08:02:20 PM »
Everglades Osprey with prey.  7D, 70-300L, 1/1000 second at f/5.6, ISO 160.

Good timing CTJohn, nice shot :)

So I picked up this lens yesterday here in shanghai I think i got the only retail copy available until next month :P
and went out to the bund to test it out.

first I'm not a birding kind of guy so these shots are really beginner BIF stuff, I've tried with the 300 f4L and 2X TC before but wasnt very happy and had a low keeper rate so never got into it much

I also have to say until now i have been a card carrying life member of the Tamron Hate Club.

Some initial feelings on the lens
build is very solid It feels like a 100 f2.8L IS macro on steroids, lots of plastic but the good sort.
tolerances feel tight and precise
zoom ring is too tight for my taste and it has way too long of a throw (this could have been reduced by at least 50% IMO, hopefully it will loosen up over time. The nikonian direction is a minor annoyance but i've shot both nikon and canon so its far from a deal breaker for me. Perhaps they made the zoom too stiff to reduce potential for zoom creep, its very very stiff initially off the 150 mark going up and less stiff from 600 going down.

Balance on the 5D feels a little front heavy (I think a 1D body will have perfect balance with this lens), I wasn't shooting with any kind of strap just carried it loose either by the camera grip or by the tripod foot which i had turned up to the top so it didn't get in the way of trying to zoom.
The focus ring is great really smooth and fast.

first thing i had a problem with was it wouldn't focus at all, I thought oh great here we go  ::) farrrkking tamron, but i went into my menus and turned on continue to focus when impossible setting (cant remeber the exact words and too lazy to check) which i had off and this seemed to clear that up.

unfortunately the day was really crappy lots of contrast leaching smog, light rain drizzle so i teste dout the the weather sealing combo of the 5Dmk3 and this lens a little as i had no protection for the camera or lens so they got a little wet. nothing major though I didn't feel the rain was heavy enough to need an umbrella.

the smoggy hazy sky made trying to get focus on white birds quite difficult especially when they were backlit but the lens tracked exceptionally well. I tried it in spot (epic fail) switched to zone and realised i need more practice before i try that again with fast moving birds :P so put it in area and just left the AF in the hands of canon's AF engineers.

anyway here are some shots I got, I don't use burst still just single shot silent and all shots are timed, back button focus and Dof button for engaging servo.

Those are good looking BIF shots wickidwombat  ;)

For $1000ish - this lens seems to get better and better - Esp. when it in the right hands of photographers :o

PowerShot / Re: Canon to Leave the Entry Level Point & Shoot Market?
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:02:43 PM »
FF mirrorless body is about same size as P&S. It's time Mr. Canon, before it too late ::)

EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: February 24, 2014, 06:00:01 PM »
How much improvement was gained with the new firmware update?

Improvement in what?

The most significant improvement was in AF speed and it improved quite a bit. Still not best in class, but acceptable.

I've seen a few YouTube vids on AF tests before and after the firmware update and the after looked ok?
YouTube Sony a6000...now that look OK  ::)

Sports / Re: Volleyball
« on: February 24, 2014, 09:59:33 AM »
Post your favorites from this high speed sport typically held in poorly lit arenas. A challenge for photographer and kit.

1DX, 200 f2, ISO 5000, 1/1000, f2. Serving is one time its easy to anticipate the action and catch a full frame composition.

1D X + 200 f2 - one word comes to mind ==> SPEED

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 09:36:12 AM »
What makes this photograph worth $4,338,500 (other than the obvious fact someone was prepared to pay that amount for it)?

It's not the photograph, but the photoshop skills required to remove a few structures from the scene that makes it so valuable...

Now, who wants to offer me $5,000,000 for this incredibly rare picture of Neil Armstrong's cat which travelled with him to the moon......

I'll place my bid - $5,000,001 ;)

Anybody using the Sony/Zeiss FE 55mm lens yet? 

DXO testing shows results very close to the Otus 55 mm, in fact second best for any lens behind Otus and the best audiofocus lens DXO has every tested.  I should receive one soon along with A7R; I just hope all the ergonomic issues, Sony-specific software/hardware issues don't make me regret buying that combo to use alongside my 5D III.


yes..it's that good


Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 23, 2014, 09:52:59 AM »
Somewhat overcast yesterday but I still wanted to get some shots with more action.  A Northern Shoveler on takeoff. 

Good timing ERHP , a lot of action there ;)

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:16:59 AM »
Just don't start shooting birds.  GAS and bird photography is a dangerous combination...   ;)


Video & Movie / Re: January in Japan
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:25:49 PM »
I enjoyed watching it...nice work ;)

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 21, 2014, 03:23:13 PM »
The entrance to my cabin in the mountains. Not exactly shorts & T-shirt conditions ...

Beautiful shot Eldar. My 5yrs would love to play in snow ALL DAY.

Last year, we rented a cabin in BIG BEAR, california. She couldn't have enough of it.

This year, there is not much going in orange counnty, California. The temp here is in mid 70 - 80 F and no rain, so no snow in local mountains. :(


Your maths is way off.

I bought a 300 f2.8 IS in 2004 for $3,500, I could sell it for $3,000+, that is a <$500 depreciation over 9 years. Don't forget the price of the big lenses keeps going up, the MkI will never be worth the same as a MkII but it will be several years before you can even get a heavily used 300 f2.8 IS MkII for close to $4,000, which leaves plenty of market share for the MkI $1,000 lower.

Sure you can buy the Tamron for the lost money rental price, but the cost of ownership of the Canon big tele's when you take resale value into account is very very low, many have made profits owning them.

You gotta love the BIG WHITES ;)

I got my 400mm f2.8 IS II just before the price increased by $300. With 2% reward from the purchase, I got my 1.4x TC III for less than half price of original, plus $50 rebate from BH :)

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