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Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 16, 2013, 07:55:57 PM »
In HK my dealer quoted me 90,000 HKD for a 600mm. I have a feeling given enough time you can find one going for 86,000 HKD somewhere.

Get a lenscoat. My preference is black as there is a rebellion problem in the Philippines. You dont want them to think you're military. No more need for a hoodie the Series II Super Teles has a great lens cap.

Get a replacement lens foot from shops like RRS, Kirk, 4th Gen Design, Naturescapes, etc

Get a proper tripod head and tripod legs like those from 4th Gen Design half gimbal, Whimberly full gimbal and Gitzo Series 4

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

Youth by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/100 ƒ/2.8 ISO 4000 100mm

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 12:16:31 PM »
L primes please. No more cinema lenses.

Naturally excluding a 200/2 and 800/5.6 replacements. ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Will the new MAC Pro support 10 bit colour?
« on: November 10, 2013, 09:16:55 AM »

that question is answerd when you read his posting carefully.  ::)

Can't be bothered. ;)

Lenses / Re: The future of Canon L primes
« on: November 10, 2013, 02:27:17 AM »
Judging from Canon's product releases in 2013 we can expect more Cinema EF lenses instead of more EF L prime lenses.

The profit center for Canon appears to be towards Cinema EOS cameras and future MILCs like the EOS M.

Lenses / Re: The future of Canon L primes
« on: November 10, 2013, 02:01:28 AM »
Any guesses what a 400mm f/5.6 IS might cost if it appears?
Double current prices based on the pricing of 70-200/4 without IS to 70-200/4 IS and EF 70-200mm f/2.8 USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM.

I am also interested with a EF 400mm f/5.6 IS USM as a walk around lens but I really wish Canon would release a EF 500mm f/5.6 IS USM or EF 600mm f/5.6 IS USM instead. :)

Lenses / Re: The future of Canon L primes
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:51:45 AM »
Reasons why Canon will not have a EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and  EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM within 12, 24, 36, 48 or even 60 months from now.

200mm: Canon vs Nikon
CFD: 1.9m vs 1.9m
Weight: 2.52kg vs 2.9kg
Stops of IS: 5 vs 3
Price: $5,700 vs $5,820

800mm: Canon vs Nikon
CFD: 6m vs 5.9m
Weight: 4.5kg vs 4.59kg
Stops of IS: 4 vs 4.5
Price: $13,250 vs $17,900

Source: Canon USA and Nikon USA product pages.

The previous super tele L primes with IS were marketed in 1999 (300/400/500/600) the current super tele L primes with IS II were marketed in 2011 (300/400/500/600).

That is 12 years.

Nikon's 400/500/600 were marketed in 2007 and sold at a higher price than Canon's 1999 products. Canon updated theirs 4 years after 2007.

Nikon's first 200/2 VR was marketed in 2005, two years after the discontinuation of EF 200mm f/1.8L USM in 2003. Canon announced their EF 200mm f/2L IS USM 3 years after 2005.

The EF 200mm f/1.8L USM was marketed from 1988 to 2003. That's a solid 15 years for the fastest L prime. I often wish I picked one up brand new for a "bargain price" when I got a EOS 10D in 2003.

EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and  EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM were marketed in 2008 and there is no competing product today with significant weight or price difference that would induce any deviation from a 12 year product cycle. These are low volume products that do not sell as well as other L zooms or primes.

Source: Canon Museum product pages.

The major selling point of the 2011 super tele L Primes is the weight reduction that yielded up to 25% less product weight than the previous model. If you're a sports, journalist or wildlife photog this is a godsend. Improvements in image quality, focusing motor, image stabilization and other items are largely secondary.

Canon would profit more from updating a 35/1.4, 135/2, 180/3.5 Macro, 200/2.8 and 400/5.6. A whole lot more people can afford, demand and carry them than any fast super tele L prime. Not to mention these are far more simpler to manufacture.

If Canon wanted to make a splash with a flagship lens then they could update the EF 1200mm f/5.6 USM from 1993to include IS with modes 1, 2 and 3 and Power Focus. It would be awesome if they can manage to halve the product weight to 8.25kg from 16.5kg.

Software & Accessories / Re: Will the new MAC Pro support 10 bit colour?
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:29:45 PM »
The big question would be, will you have a 10 bit display to drive with?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Teaser Appears in Korea
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:28:44 PM »
Reading the speculations is entertaining.  ;D

Lenses / Re: The future of Canon L primes
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:04:34 PM »
A replacement for the 800/5.6 will come in by 2020. By then I hope they shave off at least 25% of the weight. I expect Canon to sell it for say $20,000-26,000.

35/1.4, 135/2, 180/3.5 Macro, 200/2.8 and 400/5.6 are prime candidates for an update.

What I would love to see is a 600mm f/2.8 that weighs under 23lbs/8.25kg. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Teaser
« on: November 08, 2013, 01:08:45 PM »
Is it a MILC? It is filed under Canon mirrorless...

A 7D Mark II that is a SLT?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 08, 2013, 12:16:07 PM »
Thanks Ken!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:52:01 AM »
Thanks Jason, Click and Rusty.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 08, 2013, 08:39:01 AM »

The Philippine Magpie-Robin (Copsychus mindanensis) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines. It previously was considered a subspecies of the Oriental Magpie-Robin.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Magpie-Robin

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

Settings: 1/100 ƒ/5.6 ISO 1250 700mm


Story behind the photo:

I almost did not bother taking a photo of this Philippine Magpie-Robin (Copsychus mindanensis) thinking this was just another Philippine Pied Fantail (Rhipidura nigritorquis) that is extremely difficult to photograph because it rarely, if ever, stays still. I was also disinterested in picturing the Fantail here because I can easily do it from the comfort of my backyard.

What peaked my interest was its behaviour of staying rather stationary in the trees and it not spreading its tail into a fan. Another thing that caught my eye was the white and black feathers being of a slightly different pattern. Anyways, for those curious this is another lifer for me and what is more an endemic bird that can only be found in the Philippines.

For those who would want to take a photo of dark feathered birds you generally need to overexpose by 2-stops to get the bards to show up but you have to be mindful of balancing it out to consider the white feathers as well.

Nice shot Paolo. A question ... how do you distinguish this bird from the Oriental Magpie Robin?
thanks! I was told that geography is the main indicator for the split. The birder who informed me did not elaborate further.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 08, 2013, 06:30:19 AM »
serendipidy did you use artificial light with your humming bird shots?

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