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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: May 04, 2013, 09:41:28 PM »

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: May 04, 2013, 12:34:00 PM »
Hello Folks! :)

DPP 7 - Here we go again! by alabang, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: 600mm lens
« on: May 02, 2013, 06:58:52 PM »
The Canon Lens Case is molded to fit the lens only.

As such your options are the following

a) get a 3rd party replacement lens foot like those sold by 4th Gen, Whimberly, RRS, Kirk, Jobu, Naturescapes, etc.
b) attach/detach lens plate when putting the lens into the case
c) get a new lens bag like a Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 II AW. This bag is not airline carryon compliant by 3-4".

Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II

I opted for option A and C. In addition the lens case of Canon does not allow the transport of the lens with body attached for simpler deployment in the field.

Lenses / Re: EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II [CR2]
« on: May 01, 2013, 01:41:48 AM »
Why bother with a new 800mm if there's not much to improve at the moment?

Simple, the 800mm was something Canon has that Nikon did not.  Now Nikon has a better one that sells for $18K, so Canon wants to pass it, pricewise anyway.
20k for a 800mm IS II? I'd be willing to pay that amount for a 1000mm f/5.6 IS that weighed 4.5kg, more than 4-stops of IS and minimum focusing distance of 6 meters/20 feet. :)

Lenses / Re: EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II [CR2]
« on: April 29, 2013, 02:32:26 PM »
and the 1200 F5.6 is also way overdue for updating.... and probably costs more than my house.
I'd be more inclined to get that than an updated 800mm

Lenses / Re: EF 100-400 Replacement in 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 29, 2013, 01:35:39 PM »
I see this as a sooner replacement than the 800.

Lenses / Re: EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II [CR2]
« on: April 29, 2013, 01:33:55 PM »
Too soon and there are a lot of other other lenses that are older and need an update than a low volume lens like the 800mm.

I see a replacement shipping in volume as early as 2020. At the pace the 200-400 is at right now I expect its timeline to be just that.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 28, 2013, 08:08:54 PM »
Great shots serendipidy Rienzphotoz rpt

Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) by alabang, on Flickr

Pied Fantails are named for their habit of fanning out their beautiful long tails. It has been suggested that by revealing the white tips of the tail, insects are startled into movement.

Pied Fantails eat mainly insects. Unlike their relatives the flycatchers, Fantails forage close to the ground in the dark understorey, perching on a root or low branch, teetering at the ready to launch into flight. They catch their prey on the wing and rarely miss. Their broad bill is ringed with spines (rictal bristles) which may help them catch insects even in the dim light of the understorey.

They move actively in the undergrowth, lurching from perch to perch; dashing in acrobatic flights. They make short flights from one cover to the next. They are generally quite inquisitive and not shy. They hunt alone or in pairs.




Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 25, 2013, 06:18:19 PM »

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) by alabang, on Flickr

The Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) is a small member of the wagtail family, Motacillidae. The species looks similar to the Yellow Wagtail but has the yellow on its underside restricted to the throat and vent. Breeding males have a black throat. The species is widely distributed, with several populations breeding in Europe and Asia and migrating to tropical regions in Asia and Africa. They are usually seen on open marshy ground or meadows where they walk solitarily or in pairs along the ground, capturing insects that are disturbed. Like other wagtails, they frequently wag their tail and fly low with undulations and they have a sharp call that is often given in flight.




SSD may make a better external scratch disk.

Canon General / Re: Why do you do Photography?
« on: April 25, 2013, 02:43:34 PM »
To relax, have fun and giggles.

What I do not get is why so many try to meddle with my past time.  ;D

Get a life, fool! Or better yet quit your day job and do something more lucrative like being a call center agent.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 24, 2013, 11:41:55 AM »
Thanks  jrista .

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 23, 2013, 02:20:00 PM »
Thanks bjd and bwfishing. Lovely images scarey. Wicked shots JR.

Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) by alabang, on Flickr

The Brown Shrike is a migratory species and ringing studies show that they have a high fidelity to their wintering sites, often returning to the same locations each winter.[17][18][19] They begin establishing wintering territories shortly on arrival and their loud chattering or rattling calls are distinctive. Birds that arrive early and establish territories appear to have an advantage over those that arrive later in the winter areas.[20][21] The timing of their migration is very regular with their arrival in winter to India in August to September and departure in April.[22] During their winter period, they go through a premigratory moult.[17] Their song in the winter quarters is faint and somewhat resembles the call of the Rosy Starling and often includes mimicry of other birds. The beak remains closed when singing and only throat pulsations are visible although the bird moves its tail up and down while singing.[5][23]

The breeding season is late May or June and the breeding habitat includes the taiga, forest to semi-desert where they build a nest in a tree or bush, laying 2-6 eggs.[24]

They feed on mainly on insects, especially lepidoptera.[25] Like other shrikes, they impale prey on thorns. Small birds and lizards are also sometimes preyed on.[26] A white-eye (Zosterops) has been recorded in its larder.[5] They typically look out for prey from a perch and fly down towards the ground to capture them.[27]



Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Available Mid 2014?
« on: April 23, 2013, 11:54:54 AM »
I do not expect it to be cheaper than a 500/4 IS II.

What I want to know is the weight of the thing. Is it heavier than a 600mm IS II (3920g)? It was reported to be heavier than the 400/2.8 IS II (3850g).

What I want to know is what will be Canon's response to Sigma's 135/1.8 OS. :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 22, 2013, 04:23:25 PM »
THanks Krob78 and Dustin.

Streaked Fantail Warbler (Cisticola juncidis) by alabang, on Flickr

The Zitting Cisticola or Streaked Fantail Warbler (Cisticola juncidis), is widely distributed Old World warbler whose breeding range includes southern Europe, Africa (outside the deserts and rainforest), and southern Asia down to northern Australia. A small bird found mainly in grasslands, it is best identified by its rufous rump, lacks any gold on the collar and the brownish tail is tipped with white. During the breeding season, males have a zigzagging flight display accompanied by regular "zitting" calls that has been likened to repeated snips of a scissor. They build their pouch nest suspended within a clump of grass.



Philippine birds

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