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Lenses / Re: EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM or EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 07, 2013, 09:05:03 PM »
GM5561T if you want the most compact and light weight monopod that has the highest load capacity.
Cool!  I have the 1.4X III and have to say my 400 seems as sharp with it as it does without.

Are you going to use a monopod or tripod?  For sideline sports like football you generally can't use a tripod.  Players could be injured by it.  A monopod is far less dangerous.

I would only use a monopod for sports. A tripod is fine for portraits or landscapes, where your subjects do not move, but for sports - when space is also often limited due to the number of other media - then a monopod is the only option.


Monopod is your only option really - a nice carbon fibre one will be light and strong.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference between US/Japanese 7D?
« on: March 07, 2013, 09:02:27 PM »
That is also the impression I get from other owners. They think the units sold in Japan are superior to those exported. This belief probably stems from the higher Japanese Domestic Market retail price.

Lenses / Re: EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM or EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 05, 2013, 03:18:41 PM »
I've shot American football and and futbol and 400's the choice lens for the long side. 600 can be a tad too cramp.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds of the Philippines
« on: March 05, 2013, 01:31:59 PM »

Great Egret (Ardea alba) by alabang, on Flickr

With its long, white breeding plumes, orange-yellow bill, and green facial skin, the Great Egret at the height of the breeding season is stunning to behold. Even at other times of the year, when it loses its plumes and its face and bill return to their typical dull yellow, this large, white wader is difficult to overlook. Male and female Great Egrets are similar (38 inches) at all times of the year. The Great Egret is widely distributed across warmer parts of the globe. In North America, the Great Egret breeds primarily in the southeastern United States, with smaller pockets of breeding territory in the Great Plains, the northeast, and in the west. Most of the Great Egrets in the southeast are permanent residents, but those in cooler climates migrate south for the winter, where they may be found along the coast of California, in the southwest, and in Texas. This species also breeds in Eurasia from southern Europe east to east Asia, wintering in North Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. Populations also exist in South America, Australia and New Zealand. Great Egrets live in and around small bodies of water. In summer, Great Egrets nest in colonies, called ‘rookeries,’ in trees surrounding lakes and ponds. This species utilizes similar habitats during the winter. Great Egrets mainly eat fish, but may also take crustaceans and small vertebrates (such as frogs, lizards, and mice) when the opportunity arises. Great Egrets may be best observed wading in shallow water, where they may be seen plunging their bills into the water to catch fish. It is also possible to see Great Egrets at their rookeries, especially when they return to roost at sunset, or while flying with their feet extended and their necks pulled in. Great Egrets are primarily active during the day.


Taken at the International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Philippines

Settings: 1/2000 ƒ/6.3 ISO640 800mm

Animal Kingdom / Birds of the Philippines
« on: March 04, 2013, 02:17:01 PM »

Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) by alabang, on Flickr

Anas luzonica is endemic to the Philippines, being recorded from all the major islands and eight smaller islands. Records since 1980 derive from c.30 localities, most on Luzon and Mindanao. Records from Siquijor and the Sulus remain unsubstantiated. A steep population decline was evident by the mid-1970s, with high numbers recorded at only a few sites in the following decade, e.g. Candaba Marsh (Luzon) which probably supported many thousands in the early 1980s. Subsequent local extinctions and near-disappearances have occurred in several significant sites, including Candaba Marsh and Buguey wetlands (where several thousand were recorded in 1983). Important current areas include Polillo Island (240 seen and an estimated 3,000 present in 1996), Subic Bay (600 seen in 1997), Magat dam (2,000 were seen in 2001) and Malasi lakes (1,320 were recorded in 2002), Luzon. Other recent records come from Mangatarem, Pangasinan (east of Zambales Mountains IBA) where 70 individuals were counted on the Barabac River inside the Manleluag Spring National Park, Cantilan mangroves in Surigao del Sur and from a mangrove fishpond in Bicol Region, Southern Luzon (B. Tabaranza in litt. 2007). In 1993, its population was estimated at 10,000-100,000, but by 2002 fewer than 10,000 birds were thought to remain.


Settings: 1/160 ƒ/8 ISO320 800mm

These uncaptive birds were recorded in Candaba Wetlands, Pampanga, Philippines

Sports / 7th Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition
« on: February 28, 2013, 11:29:52 AM »
The first time I photographed surfing was back in 2007 at the 4th Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition. Photos of which can be found at the following links

Fast forward to the 7th Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition that was held last week at Guiuan, Eastern Samar from October 6-9, 2011.

For those unfamiliar where Guiuan, Eastern Samar is located click The nearest major commercial airport is located in Tacloban City on Leyte Island. Travel distance from the airport to the surf site is 175km of which 170km is paved concrete roads. Guiuan has its own airport that would cut down road travel to 20km.

I have yet to visit other surf sites but the highlights of this place are the beautiful rock formation to the north, sandy white beaches and very few people living on the beach. Making this your private surf site.

7th Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/1000 ƒ/8 ISO640 700mm

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:15:56 PM »
Me too!

Halloween Games by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/250 ƒ/2 ISO320 200mm

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:11:45 PM »

7th Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/1000 ƒ/8 ISO640 700mm

Lenses / Re: Why aren't zoom lenses faster than 2.8?
« on: February 24, 2013, 08:41:41 AM »
Cost, weight and complexity.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: February 24, 2013, 05:15:34 AM »

From my Window by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/1000 ƒ/3.2 ISO160 400mm

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: February 24, 2013, 05:02:29 AM »
Great waterbird Maxis!

Red Giant Setting by alabang, on Flickr

Settings: 1/60 ƒ/32 ISO100 800mm

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: February 24, 2013, 04:59:46 AM »

Miriam Quiambao by alabang, on Flickr

 1/250 ƒ/2 ISO1000 200mm

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: February 24, 2013, 04:59:08 AM »

iMac to iMac by alabang, on Flickr

Left is the 2007 model and the right the 2012 model.

Settings: 1/80 ƒ/5.6 ISO160 40mm

EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:11:18 PM »

Remember these are all RUMORS. So look at it as a rough idea of what the future can bring.

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