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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:52:05 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

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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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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:54:50 AM »
If the Mark II will indeed share the same AF system as the 5D Mark III and 1D X I hope they will allow for f/8 autofocus.

hopefully more like 1dx, which is way better than 5d as it has a dedicated af CPU, where the 5d uses the main digic.

my hope / vote is for dedicated af CPU...
You can buy two 5D3s for every one 1DX. ;)
and your point is.  Its a wish...and people keep saying that they are the same auto focus system but they are not.

More Digic chips = more cash out. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:25:33 AM »
If the Mark II will indeed share the same AF system as the 5D Mark III and 1D X I hope they will allow for f/8 autofocus.

hopefully more like 1dx, which is way better than 5d as it has a dedicated af CPU, where the 5d uses the main digic.

my hope / vote is for dedicated af CPU...
You can buy two 5D3s for every one 1DX. ;)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:23:11 AM »
My Engrish is so bad... I need to edit it to sound somewhat normal.  ;D

I think I spent about 2-3 hours just looking up. :) I photographed the Coppersmith at my friend's parents home so I was able to enter their property.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: November 03, 2013, 11:57:53 PM »
If the Mark II will indeed share the same AF system as the 5D Mark III and 1D X I hope they will allow for f/8 autofocus.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: November 03, 2013, 11:56:10 PM »
I think the Mark IV will be announced by 2016. Are you willing to wait that long?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:18:21 PM »
Thanks Ken, Click, and rpt

Rpt, to shoot the Coppersmith you need to have a fruiting tree that it likes like the Balete tree from the genus Ficus. In this currently fruiting tree we were able to spot a family of four (two adults & two juvi) hoping around the tree looking for food. It took a lot of waiting and focus to get the subject in a frame that somewhat illuminated, does not have front obstruction and whose background isn't that busy or sky.

We were experimenting with using LED torches to defeat the back light with some success. I say some success as the LED torch was able to balance the back light but the subject was looking away from us at the time of exposure.

I normally look for slight movement in the trees and the Coppersmith's signature red head in a sea of green leaves to find it.

It also helps to have a friend with you helping spotting the bird and holding the LED torch for you.

For the above mentioned photo no LED torch was used.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 03, 2013, 07:28:33 PM »

Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala) by alabang, on Flickr

The Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith  (Megalaima haemacephala), is a bird with crimson forehead and throat  which is best known for its metronomic call that has been likened to a  coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. It is a resident found in the  Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Like other barbets,  they chisel out a hole inside a tree to build their nest. They are  mainly fruit eating but will take sometimes insects, especially winged  termites.

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

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

Settings: 1/200 ƒ/7.1 ISO 5000 800mm

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 03, 2013, 05:41:39 AM »
Really???

Well, the current 200/2 is quite good, not that much room for breathtaking advances & the 800/5.6 is...rather special. Most of the potential target demography would fare better with a 600/4+TC. I.E. likely great products with a nice showroom factor, but not much practical impact.
There is always room for improvement but... but... but... but... but... but... it will always be more expensive than a Nikon solution.

Can I get a 800mm IS II exceeding $20,000? Can I hear a 200mm IS II exceeding $8,000?

Improvements of up to 25% less weight, Power Focus, IS mode 3, optical improvements, USM upgrade, IS upgrade.

I do expect the upgrades to happen by...

2020.

It took Canon 12 years to upgrade their v1 SuperTele IS lenses to v2 SuperTele IS lenses and the 200 & 800 were marketed in 2008.

So the rumors for a 800 and 200 replacement are very much true though a tad premature.

The 600/4L IS II + 1.4xIII gives 840mm f/5.6 that is better than the 800/5.6L in just about every relevant way.  The same holds true for the 600 II + 2xIII vs. the 800 + 1.4x.  That essentially renders the 800/5.6 superfluous. 

While Canon's 500/4 II and 600/4 II are optically superior to their Nikon counterparts (and much lighter, too), it looks like the opposite will be true for the 800/5.6 matchup.

Given that, I think we'll be seeing an 800/5.6 II sooner instead of later.

$5000 difference between the Canon & Nikon 800s. But who knows... I could be wrong.

But then again the 800s of both brands are low volume items and Canon has a lot of other high volume L primes and zooms that needs a v2.

Unless Canon can reduce the 4.5kg 800 to say 3.6kg or lower then count me out. lol

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2013, 05:51:13 PM »
Really???

Well, the current 200/2 is quite good, not that much room for breathtaking advances & the 800/5.6 is...rather special. Most of the potential target demography would fare better with a 600/4+TC. I.E. likely great products with a nice showroom factor, but not much practical impact.
There is always room for improvement but... but... but... but... but... but... it will always be more expensive than a Nikon solution.

Can I get a 800mm IS II exceeding $20,000? Can I hear a 200mm IS II exceeding $8,000?

Improvements of up to 25% less weight, Power Focus, IS mode 3, optical improvements, USM upgrade, IS upgrade.

I do expect the upgrades to happen by...

2020.

It took Canon 12 years to upgrade their v1 SuperTele IS lenses to v2 SuperTele IS lenses and the 200 & 800 were marketed in 2008.

So the rumors for a 800 and 200 replacement are very much true though a tad premature.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: November 02, 2013, 06:21:10 AM »
KROB AND CLICK THANKS!


Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) by alabang, on Flickr

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.[2] It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.[2] In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

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

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 02, 2013, 06:20:30 AM »
Awesome images everyone! More! More More!


Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) by alabang, on Flickr

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.[2] It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.[2] In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

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

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 04:12:25 PM »
I find the timing a bit off. 2014 Winter Olympics' on February could've used it and the World Cup's on June.

If an announcement were to be made it should've happened last month.

For reference here are the announce dates of the 1DX and 1D4. They are separated by 24 months.

xx October 2013 = 1DX replacement... supposedly
18 October 2011 = 1DX
20 October 2009 = 1D4

Another thing going against new hardware is the firmware update of the 1DX & 1DC that adds new functionality to the camera. Firmware 2.0 will be released by January next year and probably extend the product life by a good year or two.

This has precedent with the 7D. Firmware 2.0 happened to the 7D on 6 August 2012 while the hardware was announced on 1 September 2009.

It would surprise a lot of people that the 7D has been in production for more than 4 years!

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Looking forward to the successor to the 5D Mark III, 1DX and 7D :)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
« on: October 31, 2013, 03:39:35 AM »
Thanks jason.


Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) by alabang, on Flickr

The Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines, where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the northern and central islands. There are two subspecies, the nominate race, which occurs on Luzon, Polillo, Mindoro, Sibuyan and Ticao, and A. c. nigriostris, which is found in Panay, Negros and Cebu. It forms a superspecies with the Silvery Kingfisher of the southern Philippines.[1]
The Indigo-banded Kingfisher feeds on fish and aquatic insects. It perches on rocks and overhanging branches and foliage and dives steeply into the water to catch its prey. Once caught, it returns the prey to the perch where it is beaten and swallowed. Little is known about its breeding behaviour, although it is known to nest in tunnels dug into the banks of streams and rivers.[1]
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo-banded_Kingfisher

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

Settings: 1/20 ƒ/7.1 ISO 160 700mm

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