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Peregrine Falcon food-pass in Norwich...
The Pass of Food by jammo s, on Flickr

Great capture Radagast ;)

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PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot & EOS Cameras to Offer DOF Control?
« on: May 05, 2014, 08:48:33 AM »
Just make sure it works with current EF L ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 10:19:04 PM »
Hi Dylan, my experience to date.

2 x Wimberley 11 units
1 x RRS Pano
1 Jobu II

I've used the Wimberley units for several years, before that the version i units, can't fault them, they just keep working, smoothly & without fuss.

I bought the RRS Pano as I felt it would be a great replacement for the Wimberleys, and in some situations it is, on a Tripod, where you want to do Pano work etc, very smooth (better than the Wimberley), but I found in a vehicle (Safari) the Pano tends to load the weight to the side so vibration of the vehicle ensures the Pano head keeps slipping of vertical, not huge, but I've since gone back to the Wimberley units for Safari, RRS Pano for everything else.

I bought the Jobu as a lighter weight alternative to the above two heads, does the job, but I don't think it's in same Build quality area as either the Wimberley and certainly not the RRS, but it's cheaper, by a lot, tends to sit in the cupboard these days.

Sometimes, I wish I can go back to $99 P&S camera ::). Back in 2007(when I have no kids), you would NEVER-NEVER-NEVER be able talk me in spending $300 on a camera.

Now...nearly $1000 for a RRS Pano tripod head? ::) ::) ::) Ummmmmm, I'm gonna need couple glasses of wine red.

I have to think about this elm58.
Thanks

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Lighting / Re: is a 600rt with a $50 upgrade from the 580 exii?
« on: May 04, 2014, 07:49:50 PM »
Just to put a bow on the end of the story... I was able to sell my 580 exii for $322.70 (net after commission).  My final cost on the 600 rt is $377.98... making my total upgrade cost $55.29. 

So if I hate the 600... I'm coming lookin' for ya'll!!! >-|

I think I need a better flash diffuser... or a better assistant.  My flashbender had some harsh t-zones in some of the photos I took today...

I hate shooting with flashes  ;)

Keep in mind, I never own any speedlite prior speedlite 600. It took me about 20mins to fire up all these stuff. The layout is very friendly :)

First few couple shots with flashes(straight out from camera). Still have a lot more to learn. To have both kids sit still and looking at camera at the same time will be my #1 task ;D

Backgrounds will be next... ::)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 04, 2014, 07:14:42 PM »
Here´s another one of my daughter (still proud after all these years ;)), where I went from f2.0 (previous post) to f1.6. I do suspect though that I would have been more happy with a tiny bit more depth.
1DX, 1/125s, f1.6, ISO1000 (no edit)

Just like Sporgon said "you have a very beautiful, elegant daughter"  ;)


 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:56:00 PM »
Thanks Northbird and Lightmaster for the info :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:52:31 PM »
My WimberleyII Arrived today....AWESOME ;) Thanks everyone.


Congrats on your new acquisition.  8)

Thanks Click,

Believe it or not, I have been shooting my 400mm f2.8 IS II on my cheapy: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/687335-REG/Oben_AC_1410_BA_0_AC_1410_Aluminum_Tripod_w.html

It's day & night dif. compared to Wimberley II ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:46:00 PM »
Personally I chose the Jobu Pro 2 as the gimbal for my 600mm f/4 L II. I looked at the Wimberley, Mongoose and RRS Pano. There really isn't much difference between the Wimberley and Jobu, same basic thing, same weight. The Jobu is a bit beefier, and has a nice lock for the inner arm, but otherwise, they are the same thing. I got the Jobu because I got it a little cheaper thanks to a sale on Amazon.

I tried out the Mongoose, which seems to function the same as the RRS Pano. These are side-mount heads...you attach the lens to the joint where the wimberley/jobu attach the inner arm. They don't quite work the same as a true gimbal, and for whatever reason, the Mongoose felt more restrictive. I guess I just like having my lens return to base balance due to gravity.

I've shot thousands of bird and wildlife photos with the Jobu Pro 2, and I haven't got a single complaint about it.  LensCoat had a specially designed coat for the Jobu, so I was able to camo my whole setup with lenscoat (tropod legs, gimbal, and lens), which was also ideal. I believe there is a lenscoat for the mongoose, however I couldn't find anything other than a camo carrying bag for the RRS Pano.

If you picked up the Wimberley, then you shouldn't ever have any problems.

Thanks jrista.
I saw some youtube clips about Jobu II, I'm impressed. The price is slightly more than Wimberley II, therefore, I settled with Wimberley II. This is my 1st gimbal head, so far, I like the feel of wimberley II.

I'm putting extra money toward decent tripod instead ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:39:53 PM »
Hey Dylan- Congrats!

I love my Wimberly II.  Also, I love SD Zoo.  I was in SD last year and went down to that private showing "Zoo La La".  That was great- get to front of the room when they start, have a flash diffuser and your 24-70II for best results.

You may also want to venture to Coronado Island and walk along the beach.  I shot some guys biking on the breakers, a beach wedding, and all kinds of interesting stuff.  The Gas Lamp district is also fun and has great night street photography.

You will love your gimbal.

I have the RRS PG-02 LLR, and I've used the Wimberley II.  Both are excellent. 

The RRS setup allows multirow pano shots with regular lenses, and it breaks down into two pieces for easier transport.  Its side-mount design lets you reach 'under' the lens from either side to access rings/controls.

Regarding the Wimberley, I think the P-10 may be too small.  For superteles, you need a P-20 at least, longer ones for larger lenses (http://www.tripodhead.com/products/lens-plates-main.cfm).  Personally, I went with a RRS replacement lens foot.

Got it. Cool, thanks Neuro ;)

PS. My co-worker has 4 VIP tickets to the Wild Animal Park, San Diego. We will have backstage treatment - getting very close to the animals. My co-workers and I thinking to spend a weekend there.

http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/

Thanks Scott for the info ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:39:43 AM »
I had the Wimberley Gimbal II, but sold it. I had the RRS sidekick, which is excellent too. But I must admit that I miss the Wimberley. My memory is getting weaker, but I am sure the Wimberley was more stable than the RRS. But I have now ordered what I need for the full gimbal from RRS, so I´ll find out if that makes me happy.

The RRS seems very nice Eldar. The price tags are little high for me @ this moment.

I bought this Oben tripod with the Wimberley II. After couple tries, I do not like the "twist locks" feature. The rubber covers feel very cheap. I'm going to return it.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/864596-REG/oben_ct_2381_3_section_carbon_fiber.html

I'm going back to flip locks and ordered this one:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/754168-REG/Manfrotto_MT057C3_G_3_Section_Carbon_Fiber_Tripod.html

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Lenses / Re: 135L v 85 1.8
« on: May 03, 2014, 02:57:13 PM »
Thanks guys

I am coming to the same conclusion. I purposely took out my 85 1.8 and 70-200 f4 and shot some portraits in the woods today with off camera flash , started off with the 85 at 1.8 / 2 ranges and focus was just eratic it got better at around f2.5 where i was at least able to get the focus where i wanted it , when i tried to calibrate this lens took it out to -20 ! just to get it sharp then took it out today and needed to wind it back in again. Once again the PF was horrific in some of the backgrounds to the shots.

Swapped to the 70-200 f4 which did a much better job , but the background was still a bit busy for my liking so it seems i will be having to go the 2.8 route. However dragging the 70-200 II around for 10 hours at a wedding is not something i am looking forward to :( but there does not seem to be a prime that will fit my needs and go with my 24 and 35 , the 135 may be too long for portraits in peoples houses. The 85 1.2 is by all accounts poor at focusing and i dont need 1.2 its too shallow.

So that leaves me with 70-200 2.8 v1 ISv1 or ISv2 now given there is £1000 difference in price that still leaves me  a big decision. From what i have read and understood the order of how good they are is
70-200 F2.8 IS 3rd
70-200 F2.8 2nd
70-200 F2.8 II IS 1st

Would anyone say that was right ?

Then the next dilemna is the second body issue , during weddings i have the second body holstered with the 70-200 f4 on it which is not too heavy , i am not sure holstering the massive 70-200 2.8II on my belt is the best idea ?

Hard choices ! I have 5dmk3 and 5dmk2 and am using mostly the 35mm f2IS and 24mm F2.8IS on the 5d3 with the 70-200 F4 on the 5d2 at the moment. If i got the 70-200 2.8IS2 i would surely want that on the 5D3 and that would then relegate the amazing 35mm f2IS to the 5d2 which does not have lens profiles built in :(

Or i could shoot as i am and put the 70-200 2.8 II on the second body ( seems a lot of money to spend on a lens and stick it on the lesser body tho )

Or should i maybe go with the 70-200 2.8L which seems like a good option and should be well matched to the 5d2 ?

A lot of information and choices and your help is appreciated !!

What is your definition"poor at focusing"? Can you provide better 85mm portrait lens on current market over 85L II?

I actually said ' by all accounts poor at focussing' ie from accounts i have read , and was also talking V1 85 1.2 not sure whether v2 is a big improvemnt ?? is it

I haven't touch v1, so no comment.

As an owner of v2, I say this is a must have lens for portrait,especially for wedding shooters. This lens is very special from color, contrast to sharpness. AF is on slow side, however, it is very-very accurate. If budget is not an issue, I highly recommend 85L II.

As an owner of 135L, I say this my 2nd lens if I need to shoot portrait. Will be tight for indoor. Bokeh is smooth, still, not smooth as 85L  II. AF is much faster though.

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Lenses / Re: 135L v 85 1.8
« on: May 03, 2014, 02:09:49 PM »
Thanks guys

I am coming to the same conclusion. I purposely took out my 85 1.8 and 70-200 f4 and shot some portraits in the woods today with off camera flash , started off with the 85 at 1.8 / 2 ranges and focus was just eratic it got better at around f2.5 where i was at least able to get the focus where i wanted it , when i tried to calibrate this lens took it out to -20 ! just to get it sharp then took it out today and needed to wind it back in again. Once again the PF was horrific in some of the backgrounds to the shots.

Swapped to the 70-200 f4 which did a much better job , but the background was still a bit busy for my liking so it seems i will be having to go the 2.8 route. However dragging the 70-200 II around for 10 hours at a wedding is not something i am looking forward to :( but there does not seem to be a prime that will fit my needs and go with my 24 and 35 , the 135 may be too long for portraits in peoples houses. The 85 1.2 is by all accounts poor at focusing and i dont need 1.2 its too shallow.

So that leaves me with 70-200 2.8 v1 ISv1 or ISv2 now given there is £1000 difference in price that still leaves me  a big decision. From what i have read and understood the order of how good they are is
70-200 F2.8 IS 3rd
70-200 F2.8 2nd
70-200 F2.8 II IS 1st

Would anyone say that was right ?

Then the next dilemna is the second body issue , during weddings i have the second body holstered with the 70-200 f4 on it which is not too heavy , i am not sure holstering the massive 70-200 2.8II on my belt is the best idea ?

Hard choices ! I have 5dmk3 and 5dmk2 and am using mostly the 35mm f2IS and 24mm F2.8IS on the 5d3 with the 70-200 F4 on the 5d2 at the moment. If i got the 70-200 2.8IS2 i would surely want that on the 5D3 and that would then relegate the amazing 35mm f2IS to the 5d2 which does not have lens profiles built in :(

Or i could shoot as i am and put the 70-200 2.8 II on the second body ( seems a lot of money to spend on a lens and stick it on the lesser body tho )

Or should i maybe go with the 70-200 2.8L which seems like a good option and should be well matched to the 5d2 ?

A lot of information and choices and your help is appreciated !!

What is your definition"poor at focusing"? Can you provide better 85mm portrait lens on current market over 85L II?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 03, 2014, 01:57:57 PM »
My friend's wedding - last weekend.

5DIII, ISO 100, 1/250, f1.2 - Hand held - minimum processing :)

Great shot Menace :)

Love the back light

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 03, 2014, 10:12:21 AM »
Last one I promise… sorry, I'm a proud papa

Congrats Pinchers of Peril :)

Beautiful series

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 03, 2014, 10:11:33 AM »
There is no fun shooting @ f2 Eldar :P
He he, it was actually with intent  :P

If you look at this thread, and others like the newly started Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art thread and the Zeiss Otus thread, almost all images are shot wide open. With Gary it has become a trade mark, so it gives his images identity. But for a lot of the others, I think many of them would benefit from a slightly deeper DOF.

But I clearly see the logic; If you buy a f1.2 lens, it´s because you want to shoot it at f1.2 and the only way to master this thin DOF is to practice, practice and then practice  ::)

LOL... ;D

85L II @ f2 = wonderfull, no doubt ;)

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