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Lenses / Re: 400 2.8L, 500 4L or 600 4L for wildlife
« on: November 04, 2012, 02:25:27 PM »
What carry on bag do you guys use for your wildlife setup?

Software & Accessories / Re: Lexar USB 3 Reader: Dual-Slot vs 25-in-1
« on: November 04, 2012, 11:03:40 AM »
Lexar released a firmware update for their Lexar Professional USB3.0 Dual-Slot Reader that can be found at http://www.lexar.com/downloads

It should solve all the problems mentioned on the thread.


USB 2 limits cards like the Lexar 1000x to 36.7MB/s while USB 3 allows it to hit 129.2MB/s.

Source: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11673-12268

With technologies like USB 3 and SATA 6Gb/s SSD allows memory cards to have reads and writes of 500MB/s possible. Today's cards cannot do this but when they become available having a fast USB 3 card reader will help a ton.

Right now I am using 32GB CF cards and once 64GB cards reach $120 I will be getting those. So waiting for 30-60 minutes because the sole bottleneck is the reader isn't really that great.

Software & Accessories / Lexar USB 3 Reader: Dual-Slot vs 25-in-1
« on: November 03, 2012, 04:10:47 PM »
Lexar has two USB 3 card readers the Dual-Slot (LRW307URBNA) and the 25-in-1 (LRW025URBNA).

What's the difference between the two other than the price, color and how many cards they an read?

I have the 200/300/400/500/800/Extender1.4/Extender2.0 lenses, 10D/40D/5D/5D2/7D/1D4 bodies, Wimberley WH-200, Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 and the Gitzo GM5561T, GT5541LS and GT3541LS.

I shoot mostly birds and sports.

If you plan to use it for birds 80-100% of the time go with the 600 II (3920g). Reach is reach and on a full frame body that is something you will always be looking for. Friends with the original 500 (3870g) have since upgraded to the 600 II because of the 50g difference.

If traveling by plane is a possibility you may want to consider the 500 II (3190g). Weight and size does matter if you want to avoid paying for excess baggage and walking great distances will be the norm. Friends with the 400/5.6 or 100-400 have since upgraded to the 500 II or source the 500 I from owners upgrading to the 600 II.

Ballheads are a bad idea when it comes to lenses longer than a 300/2.8 because you will need to always tighten them when you let go of the camera or else an accident can occur.

Go with a gimbal like a Wimberly WH-200 or Mongoose M-3.6. I've advised friends who suffered from inferior gimbals to buy either two. They're ecstatic, beyond words and wished they switched earlier.

Fieldcraft is gained if you are an expert bird watcher or even a half assed hunter.

200-400 is reported to be within the weight of the 600 II and cost as much as the 500 II. No shipping date has been announced. What I like about it is the built-in Extender and the flexibility of the zoom. What I dislike about it is the reported weight that is heavier than a 400/2.8 IS II (3850g), price and the f/4 aperture.

It also helps if you are physically fit or workout. The hobby will have you lugging around the camera, support, bags, misc items.

Bags I've used are the LowePro Lens Trekker 600 AW II that fits the 800+body+extender with hood reversed easily but is not handcarry compliant.

The ThinkTank Airport Accelerate v2.5 can fit the 500-only with hood reversed. A much larger ThinkTank bag called the Airport Accelerator can accommodate the 600-only with hood reversed without a problem. ThinkTank Airport bags comply to most major airline hand-carry dimensions and also accommodate other items.

If you frequent South East Asia like Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong or Manila you can get the lens earlier and cheaper. Let me know if you need help in sourcing from any SEA city.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS [CR1]
« on: October 29, 2012, 11:22:46 AM »
Thank God for competition then. :) This is the lens I wanted from the get go.

Lenses / Re: Guesses on lenses for Photoplus
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:08:12 AM »
1/1,000,000 odds

135mm F/1.8L IS USM.  ;D


What a lens that would be. And it would be heavy, even without the IS.
Sony has one without IS and it weighs 985g. So one can assume it will weigh about 1kg with IS?

Lenses / Re: A New EF 800 f/5.6L IS II? [CR2]
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:06:17 AM »
Maybe it'll be a DO lens???

Don't say bad words!

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: October 29, 2012, 12:51:26 AM »
Can anyone bring a sales ale and weigh the thing?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to start using 0.18um (180nm) process for FF?
« on: October 28, 2012, 11:22:29 AM »
Well and good that Canon will be migrating to 0.18um but will it show up in the next generation 1 and 5 series? I chose to skip this generation as I do not shoot as much as last year.\\

BTW folks the single digit bodies tend to have a 3 year product cycle. Double digit 2 years and three or more digits 12 months.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EF Lens Speculation [CR1]
« on: October 28, 2012, 10:38:31 AM »
$2k for a 135/1.8L IS would be fine by me. The 135/1.8 of Sony is $1,800.
Which means Canon with IS would cost around $2.5K not $2K
Now now dont be too hasty. Sony has been historically more expensive than Canikon due to economies of scale.

IS and Series II tend to be double that of non-IS and Series I.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EF Lens Speculation [CR1]
« on: October 28, 2012, 03:41:36 AM »
$2k for a 135/1.8L IS would be fine by me. The 135/1.8 of Sony is $1,800.

They actually reproduce my work with the watermark at the corner. :( Will put a strip right dab center next time so others will know that the work was ripped off.

People think anything on the web is free (see Senator Sotto) and just grab whatever. They fail to see the time, effort and especially money that is put into making these images possible.

Palawan would be a great place to take up nature photography. I have yet to visit.

Also you can add a big watermark or something.    500px is enough for sampling.  Just indicate that you have the raw file should they want to print bigger images.  Some people are really cheap.

I think some birders here are getting the 1DX not so much for resolution but for its very capable AF.  For me, I just want the 5D3 since I'm doing almost any kind of photography that comes to my mind.  :)  Hopefully I'll get it by mid next year.  I want to go to Palawan next year to have some nature photography.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
« on: October 27, 2012, 12:12:38 PM »

Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) by alabang, on Flickr

This shrike is mainly brown on the upper parts and the tail is rounded. The black mask can be paler in winter and has a white brow over it. The underside is creamy with rufous flanks and belly. The wings are brown and lack any white "mirror" patches. Females tend to have fine scalloping on the underside and the mask is dark brown and not as well marked as in the male. The distinction is not easy to use in the field but has been tested with breeding birds in Japan where the female can be identified from the presence of a brood patch. The use of multiple measurements allows discrimination of the sex of about 90% of the birds. Subspecies lucionensis has a grey crown shading into the brown upperparts and the rump appears more rufous than the rest of the upperback. The tail is more brownish and not as reddish as in the Red-backed Shrike. Younger birds of lucionensis have brown crown and lacks the grey on the head. Supspecies superciliosus has a broad white supercilium and richer reddish crown. The tail is redder and tipped in white.

A number of confusing forms are known from central Asia where the populations of cristatus, isabellinus and collurio overlap. The taxonomy has been in a state of flux and some forms such as phoenicuroides formerly considered as subspecies of L. cristatus have been moved to the species L. isabellinus. Subspecies lucionensis has been recorded interbreeding with superciliosus in Ishikawa, Japan while superciliosus has interbred with Lanius tigrinus in central Japan.

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

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: October 27, 2012, 12:12:20 PM »

Hill Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) by alabang, on Flickr

The Pacific Swallow or Hill Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family. It breeds in tropical southern Asia from southern India and Sri Lanka across to south east Asia and the islands of the south Pacific. It is resident apart from some local seasonal movements. This bird is associated with coasts, but is increasingly spreading to forested uplands.

This species is a small swallow at 13 cm. It has a blue back with browner wings and tail, a red face and throat, and dusky underparts. It differs from Barn Swallow and the closely related Welcome Swallow in its shorter and less forked tail.

The Pacific Swallow builds a neat cup-shaped nest, constructed with mud pellets collected in the beak, under a cliff ledge or on a man-made structures such as a building, bridge or tunnel. The nest is lined with softer material, and the clutch is two to three eggs, up to four in Sri Lanka. It is similar in behaviour to other aerial insectivores, such as other swallows and the unrelated swifts. It is a fast flyer and feeds on insects, especially flies, while airborne.

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

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