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Lenses / 100-400mm and more DO lenses confirmed
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:06:28 PM »
No other than Chuck Westfall confirmed it. As to when we can expect a 100-400mm and more DO lenses were not answered.


Hello Osbourne Effect.

EOS Bodies / 5D Mark IV announcement on March 2015 or later
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:59:15 PM »
Just throwing it out there. Your welcome.

Black & White / Manila's Supermoon 2014
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:45:08 AM »

Manila's Supermoon 2014 by alabang, on Flickr

This photo is dedicated to my now deceased mother. Wherever you may be I hope you and your Lola Solita are happy.

Portrait / Poor Lighting
« on: June 10, 2014, 12:43:08 PM »
Now for a little break.

Kim by alabang, on Flickr

Software & Accessories / 64GB: Sandisk Extreme 120MB/s vs Lexar 800x
« on: June 07, 2014, 09:41:10 AM »
Both the 64GB CF cards of Sandisk and Lexar are published to read at 120MB/s but the Lexar does its writes at 75MB/s while the Sandisk does it at 60MB/s

Price difference is below $3.

Can anyone verify which reads/writes faster?

Street & City / Typhoon Haiyan: 7 months later
« on: May 31, 2014, 01:13:43 PM »

Tacloban Fish Shed by alabang, on Flickr

This was photographed at was once a very busy and bustling "Fish Shed" for the city of Tacloban that serviced most of the seafood requirement of Eastern Visayas. After nearly 7 months the people who worked there are building back and going back to business as usual.

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/zzv8W

Sports / 7th Guiuan Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition
« on: May 20, 2014, 08:10:00 AM »

7th Guiuan Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition by alabang, on Flickr

The first time I shot surfing was in 2007 in Guiuan. Fast forward to 2011 and I am back again with better ideas. :-)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiuan,_Eastern_Samar

Landscape / Typhoon Haiyan: 4 months later
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:31:49 AM »
On March 7-8 I went around the islands of Leyte and Samar to survey the progress being made in the rehabilitation of Haiyan-hit areas of Eastern Visayas in the Philippines. Although disheartening from a a local's point of view I see that life is slowly going back to normal.

Villa Calicoan by 500px.com/dolina, on Flickr

The image above was taken at Guiuan, Eastern Samar where the typhoon (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) first made landfull on November 8. I have been here before because of the thriving surfing community that I take personal interest in photographing as often as I can.

Software & Accessories / Sub-$200 128GB CompactFlash Memory Cards
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:24:30 AM »
Has anyone used the following 128GB CompactFlash Memory Cards from RiData/RiTek? My sole experience with this brand is with their blank CDs and DVDs.

I learned about these really "low" cost memory cards from another forum when I asked about 128GB CF cards selling for under $200.

On the forum I was linked to this site http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/ridata/?&sort=alphaaz&sort_direction=0&xsearch_e10=Compact+Flash+Card&xsearch_e12=128GB

Not buying from them as it means import duties charges if I ship em to where I am currently at and I have found the local distributor.

Robgalbraith.com benchmarked the RiData 600x cards performing within a permissible range. I would assume the 1000x, 800x and 400x will be as consistent, hopefully.



- Not associated with RiData, RiTek or their resellers
- Just want to get end-user feedback for this sub-$200 128GB CompactFlash memory card from actual owners.
- Yes, I know the maxim of not "putting all your eggs in one basket". Same was said back in 2003 when 128MB (Megabyte) memory cards were $100 and 1GB cards were $1,000.
- Not spamming forums. I just want end-user feedback. There are no reviews on RiData's 400x, 800x or 1000x lines of CompactFlash memory cards.

Canon General / Merry Christmas to Everyone!
« on: December 24, 2013, 05:02:19 PM »
To everyone who celebrates Christmas a Merry Christmas to you! To everyone else a Happy Holiday/Season's Greetings!

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) by alabang, on Flickr

Japan / No "Asia" Regional Board?
« on: December 24, 2013, 04:58:42 PM »
I am surprised there is no "Asia" regional board considering over 60% of Earth's human population live in Asia.

I'm not even asking for a South East Asian or Philippine board. ;)

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:44:24 AM »
The Canon mount model will be released first in Japan on December 19, 2013 and subsequently elsewhere. The launch dates of the Nikon and Sony compatible mount models will be announced at a later date. The SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens will be available in the USA on January 17, 2014.

Kindly share images using this lens here.

Portrait / Youth
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:33:32 AM »

Youth by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/100 ƒ/2.8 ISO 4000 100mm

Animal Kingdom / Ashy Thrush (Geokichla cinerea)
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:52:49 PM »

Ashy Thrush (Geokichla cinerea) by alabang, on Flickr

The Ashy Thrush (Geokichla cinerea) is a species of bird in the Turdidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests  and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by  habitat loss.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashy_Thrush

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark

Settings: 1/100 ƒ/4 ISO 640 500mm


Story behind the photo:

I arrived late in the morning at La Mesa Ecopark to take more photos of the Indigo Banded Kingfisher (IBKF) this time with my father. At the site of the IBKF we saw fellow bird photogs Steve, Professor Reuel and his cousin Speedy who told us that the IBKF has already fed and flew off elsewhere. We chatted a bit talking shop and my father left to look for other birds up the trail. 10 mins later Speedy saw an Ashy Trush (the bird photographed above) so nearing to us that I thought he misidentified it.

What I found unusual was that the Ashy Trush was so out in the open and near a well traveled dirt trail. Taking advantage of the extra light by the bird's decision to forage for earthworms out in the open we pictured the young one there. We were all pleasantly surprised that it decided to jump onto the stick with its prey. My good friend Steve got it with food in mouth, sadly I wasn't. But I did get the shot above. :)

Time was Ashy Trush were a very difficult bird to find much less photograph but thankfully with time and people being respectful to the bird they have become more accommodating to people's desire to see them in the eco park.

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