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PowerShot / Re: SX50 outperforming 5DIII +100-400mm
« on: April 05, 2013, 09:34:47 AM »
SX50's all in good for stationary objects but what about if it is moving?

Doesnt work... :\

Would anyone know of a Mac-based utility that extracts the shutter counts of the 7D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 1D Mark IV & 1D X?

Many thanks!

Lenses / Re: 400 2.8
« on: April 02, 2013, 09:46:12 AM »
From most ideal to least. All these must have 1.4x & 2.0x TC

600mm IS II
800mm IS
500mm IS II
400mm 2.8 IS II
300 2.8 IS II

Wildlife + birds require focal length.

Lenses / Re: 300mm F/2.8 non-IS... worth it?
« on: April 02, 2013, 09:36:39 AM »

I'd ask all the camera repair shops in the UK if they can still repair the lens if it breaks down. Ask them if they have parts available on hand.

Your lens was manufactured from 1987 to 1999 so it is possible that Canon stopped making spare parts for it.

As private mentioned $1,200 seems reasonable  even if you only get 12 months' work out of it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Low level formatting of CF Card
« on: March 31, 2013, 09:12:25 PM »
To those who have discussed low level formatting of CF cards, does it matter if you format the card as Fat32 or NTFS.  I found out the hard way that Canon uses Fat 32 format, not the NTFS.  When I formatted the card in NTFS format, the card could not be read by my 5D M3, while in Fat32 format it could be read.  Of course after I formatted the card in the camera (regardless of initial format) everything was fine.

BTW - for the Mac guys/gals out there.  How does Mac deal with Fat32.  I thought they did not support it - for external drives to be readable by a Mac, they needed to be NTFS.  Is that correct?


Why do you need to do low level formatting? Are you protecting State Secrets of Kim Jong-un?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds of the Philippines
« on: March 31, 2013, 08:50:57 PM »

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) by alabang, on Flickr

The scientific name, Nycticorax, means "night raven", and refers to this species' nocturnal habits and harsh crow-like call.

In the Falkland Islands, the bird is called "quark", which is an onomatopoeia similar to its name in many other languages, like "kwak" in Dutch and Frisian, "kvakoš noční" in Czech, "квак" in Ukrainian, "кваква" in Russian, "Vạc" in Vietnamese, "Kowak-malam" in Indonesian, and "Waqwa" in Quechua.

Source: Black-crowned Night Heron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Taken at Villa Encarnation II, Valenzuela City, Philippines

Settings: 1/1600 ƒ/6.3 ISO400 420mm

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:00:09 AM »
200mm & 800mm do not have Power Focus. I have both and the feature is not present. I use 300/400/500/600 Series II Super Teles and they have this feature. In fact the 400's in my drybox with the 200/300/800.

Printed user manual states 5-stops of IS.

You are taking about exposure. I am more interesting in freezing a football player in full run vs having a slightly blurred football player in full run. You obviously do not shoot action photography where a fast aperture is ideal and often required for shutter speeds of 1/1000 or faster.

High-end white telephoto prime lenses with fractional f-number stops.


If you can't afford a $80,000 lens then you're not the market for it. :P

Change of interest and priorities can change your hobbies. :)

By 2020 I expect to hit 400-500 Philippine birds and not require the latest 800mm or longer lens by then.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:27:05 AM »
Great bird photos everyone!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:23:18 AM »
SWC was introduced with the EF24mm f/1.4L II USM in the 2008 announcement. A year after 200 & 800.

200 & 800 do not have IS mode 3 & Power Focus amongst other things. New paint job is also missing. It also lacks a Kengsington lock.

200 has 5-stops of IS
- http://www.canon.com.au/For-You/Camera-Lenses/EF200mm-f2L-IS-USM-Lens
- http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/tech/report/200805/200805.html
- http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/product/lenses/200mm_f2l.do
- http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/technical/image_stabilization_lenses.do

The current 400/2.8 is 16% lighter than the 800 and does not have the separate optical front element that serves as protector. It is now integrated onto the super hard front element. This is one component that can be removed in the 200 & 800 to lessen weight.

1/3rd or 1/2 stop is a difference between stopping the action and having slight blurring. ISO can only do so much even on the flagship 1-Series. Shutter speed dictates whether the subject is frozen or has subject motion blur. ISO determines exposure amongst other things.

Canon lenses with less fractional stops.


“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm." - Yoda

Advances in materials science  will allow for lighter 800 at a faster f-number than what was possible today. :) It'll be out in 2020, more than enough times for the optical boffins to figure things out.

$35,000 would be cheap, by 2020. :)

I can see a 4.4, 4.5, 4.8, 5.0 or 5.2 f-number in the future.

By 2020 I may not be doing photography anymore as serious as today but still...

Canon also uses nanocoatings, like Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat. It is called SWC by Canon, Subwavelength Coating. All of Canon's new lenses use SWC on multiple elements. Nikon has no advantage there. Flare control on newer Canon lenses is second to none, and one of the biggest reasons I love Canon glass.

Canon's EF 800 f/5.6 L IS was the first lens to use Canon's 4-stop IS system. That is the same 4-stop IS system that is used in the new Mark II generation of Canon teles and superteles. It is also the same 4-stop IS system used in the EF 200mm f/2 L IS. The IS system of both the 800/5.6 and 200/2 is most certainly not out of date. It is actually the current state of the art, and the system that paved the way for the Mark II 300, 400, 500, and 600 lenses.

Weight is probably only area where there can really be significant gains, although the current 800mm lens already made a fair bit of headway on that front by being almost two pounds lighter than the old 600mm f/4 L lens. Canon might be able to improve IQ as well. The 600mm f/4 L II is slightly better than the 800mm with a 1.4x TC, so there is probably something Canon can do to put the 800mm back on top. Is it worth it, though? The margin is very slim...and as a prime supertelephoto, the current 800mm is still a phenomenal lens. I've never used the 200/2, but from what I've seen, it too is a phenomenal lens capable of producing some unbelievably good images with the most mind-blowing boke you've ever seen.

When it comes to aperture, if the difference is f/1.8 vs. f/2, it is trivial, and doesn't really matter. With the insanely good high ISO performance of Canon cameras these days, a third of a stop bump in ISO is trivial.

As for the 800mm, Canon doesn't usually use intermediate f-stops for maximum aperture on their prime lenses. It would either be f/5.6 or f/4. An f/4 800mm lens would require a 200mm entrance pupil. That is GARGANTUAN! The single largest entrance pupil in Canon's entire lens lineup is the 600mm f/4, with a 150mm entrance pupil. An 800mm f/4 would require a 33% increase in front element size. The diameter of the 600mm II is 168mm, so the front element is probably exactly 150mm in size. Can you imagine a lens with a 200mm front element?!? The barrel diameter would probably be 220mm! Not only would such a lens be HUGE, it would be heavy, even with Fluorite elements...much heavier than the current 800mm f/5.6 L (which is actually still fairly light...lighter than the previous EF 600mm f/4 L by a fair margin, again thanks to Fluorite elements, as the current 800 is still a modern design).

It would certainly be an amazing lens, an EF 800mm f/4 L IS. But it would be a significant feat of engineering to make it practical for anything outside of relatively permanent, stationary use on one hell of a beasty tripod. That is nothing to say of the cost. The EF 600mm f/4 L IS II costs $13,000. The current EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS costs $13,500, and it has a smaller entrance pupil than the 600mm. I can only figure an EF 800mm f/4 L IS would cost...$25,000...maybe $35,000?

I don't see either of these lenses getting an increase in maximum aperture. Its either not logical, or not practical.

Lenses / Re: New 100-400 to Launch with EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: March 27, 2013, 02:19:46 PM »
What I wanna see is a 400/5.6 with 4 or more stops of IS. 100-400 zoom is nice and all but it's a zoom. I want a prime.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds of the Philippines
« on: March 26, 2013, 09:23:30 PM »
Thanks reactionart.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) by alabang, on Flickr

The Old World sparrow genus Passer is a group of small passerine birds that is believed to have originated in Africa, and which contains 15–25 species depending on the authority.[10] Its members are typically found in open, lightly wooded, habitats, although several species, notably the House Sparrow (P. domesticus) have adapted to human habitations. Most species in the genus are typically 10–20 cm (4–8 in) long, predominantly brown or greyish birds with short square tails and stubby conical beaks. They are primarily ground-feeding seed-eaters, although they also consume invertebrates, especially when breeding.[11] Genetic studies show that the Eurasian Tree Sparrow diverged from the other Eurasian members of its genus relatively early, before the speciation of the House, Pegu and Spanish Sparrows.[12][13] The Eurasian species is not closely related to the American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea), which is an American sparrow.[14]

The Eurasian Tree Sparrow's binomial name is derived from two Latin words: passer, "sparrow", and montanus, "of the mountains" (from mons "mountain").[3] The Eurasian Tree Sparrow was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 Systema Naturae as Fringilla montana,[15] but, along with the House Sparrow, it was soon moved from the finches (family Fringillidae) into the new genus Passer created by French zoologist Mathurin Jacques Brisson in 1760.[16] The Eurasian Tree Sparrow's common name is given because of its preference of tree holes for nesting. This name, and the scientific name montanus, do not appropriately describe this species's habitat preferences: the German name Feldsperling ("field sparrow") comes closer to doing so.[17]

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

Taken at http://www.villaescudero.com/birdwatching.php

Settings: 1/200 ƒ/4.5 ISO1,000 600mm

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 26, 2013, 02:03:16 PM »

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

Taken at http://www.villaescudero.com/birdwatching.php

Settings: 1/320 ƒ/4.0 ISO5,000 600mm

Announcement by October should have a shipping unit trickling in by late December.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 25, 2013, 09:23:55 PM »
I believe the rumor that a new Canon 200mm IS & 800mm IS will be released, as soon as 2020.

These are the various reasons why it will happen then

1) Nikon's 200 VR2 & 800 VR are still at a disadvantage when it comes to lens weight to Canon. VR are now the same number of stops to Canon's IS. Only advantage of the Nikons are the the optical coating and the dedicated TC of the 800mm VR.

2) Both Canon lens were announced in 2007 and shipped 2008. These make both lens 5-6 years old. All the Series 1 super teles with IS were made obsolete by 2011 when the Series 2 super teles with IS were announced. That's a 12 year product cycle.

3) 200/1.8, the predecessor of the 200/2 IS, was announced in 1988 and discontinued in 2003. That's a good 15 years.

4. Here is a list of L lenses that need to be updated due to their lens age. All these lenses probably sell more volume in a week than either white primes in its whole production run.

1993 - EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1993 - EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM
1995 - EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
1996 - EF200mm f/2.8L II USM
1996 - EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
1996 - EF 135mm f/2L USM
1997 - EF300mm f/4L IS USM
1998 - EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
1998 - EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
1999 - EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
2003 - EF17-40mm f/4L USM
2004 - EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

5. Here is a list of non-L EF lenses that need to be updated due to their lens age. All these lenses probably sell more volume in one day than either white primes in its whole production run.

1987 EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus
1987 EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
1990 EF 50mm f/1.8 II
1991 TS-E45mm f/2.8
1991 TS-E90mm f/2.8
1991 EF 100mm f/2 USM
1992 EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
1992 EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
1993 EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1995 EF 28 f/1.8 USM

6. As mentioned on 4 & 5 both lenses are not volume sellers. So whether they update this tomorrow or next decade they it wouldnt sell all that much.

I'd only upgrade if they can reduce the weight a further 25% or more and increase the f-number to say by 1/2 or a full stop.

Now, I could be wrong so dont bother reading this anymore. :D

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