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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 20, 2013, 03:05:22 PM »
I ran my Bird App and pulled up the Acorn Woodpecker.  I placed a few calls and about 5 entered the scene.  However, this is a very strange shot as this thin branch won't leave much room for a hole to plant his food.  He was either elated with the calls or wanted to leave room at the previous branch as a "gentleman like" courtesy.

Acorn Woodpecker Male by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:29:02 PM »
A Male Red-winged Blackbird perched in a barren tree adjacent to a wildlife pond.  They have the most incredible bird calls.  Noisy at times, but most diverse especially when in a cluster.

Red-winged Blackbird (Male) by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 16, 2013, 05:33:48 PM » the shots..owls are fascinating - thanks for sharing.

Here's a Say's Phoebe in Flight.  They have such a unique flight pattern:   Buoyant fluttering flight with shallow wing beats., Hovers, dips for prey.  I witnessed them land on a branch.  They wait a minute, fly very close to the tree over an open area then flutter and hover for about 20 seconds then fly back.  Its a repeated process and intriguing to watch.

Say's Phoebe by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 15, 2013, 12:30:09 AM »
My personal favorite bird..the Peregrine Falcon..only the second time I've seen one of these..just wonderful

Peregrine Falcon by Revup67, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:03:19 AM »
Mailman - truly a brilliant photo..excellent work on that eagle shot..I should look at the EXIF info or if you care to share..

Intriguing ... the LR shot has noise while the DPP does not
- Indeed I noticed this too.  it looks like you may have some NR on in DPP.  check your tabs 3rd and 4th to be certain.

I agree, Lightroom appears to be more noisy at first but once you work the sliders with luminance / chrominance and masking it helps quite a bit.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 14, 2013, 02:55:19 AM »
rj79in - that looks like the "butcher bird"..aka Logger Shrike..due to their small talons they have no choice but to impale their prey on thorns, barb wires..anything prickly to assist with their kill

Here's two more masked bandits captured on 1-13-12:

Cedar Waxwing by Revup67, on Flickr

Common Yellowthroat by Revup67, on Flickr

Hi Christian..
If the Q menu is activated, nothing happens when the DOF button is pressed as expected.
true however if you note the top of the camera it does change.  I rarely if ever use the top of the camera for navigation / changes..more reliant on the larger 3" screen with the Q button.  I thought it made no sense that the change occurs on top or if you press Info 3x but not on the Q menu.  it should be all succinct on "any menu" point being.

Hi Neuro..
Good catch on the focus mode toggle display - I'll have to check that on my 1D X (when toggling, I'm always looking through the VF, so I've not checked either LCD).

I'm not sure the daylight savings issue is a bug.  Wrong behavior, yes, but not an error in programming. When you state that you, "...opted to go into the GPS settings and turn off Daylight Savings time," that doesn't look like it's possible.  ..........
Try leaving the daylight savings camera time setting off, and see what happens when DST starts in two months.

There is a setting for this (don't have it connected now but as I recall it has a sun icon).  you can toggle this on and off - it's within the city it says Los Angeles.  I have not had an issue since I've toggled this off.  The time stamps are all correct now so I'm fairly confident that was the issue.  You raise an interesting point and that is to turn off DLS on the camera.  That certainly is another work around though since I rely on the camera time more than the GPS (not always connected) I may stay put and wait to hear back on what canon has to say.  PS did you get the latest version of the 600mm @ F/4 ?

I guess that's a new one on me..better beamer..I'm intrigued..which ones are you using ?

MT Spokane..yes I would certainly agree.  I've got the D+ off now.  Hard to use a flash on birds of course as a)will scare away b)400mm is used in pretty much all cases.

I think you may have put the finger on the issue will try again today.  I do recall the shadow recovery is rather weak on this camera as well.  Thanks

I am attempting to sort out any resets the service center may have done but most of them including AFMA are all in place for all lenses.

However, after taking several outdoor photos today @ 1000 ISO I don't recall ever seeing this much graininess and trying to figure out what's changed.  Is it likely any of these settings would cause this appearance:
High ISO NR was on Standard..just changed to "OFF"
Highlight Tone Priority was on, now off

If there's anything else one can think of to turn "off or "on" please advise.  I've shot at ISO 3200 indoors without flash and shots were amazing.  I'm not sure what the issue could be..  Every shot taken was grainy. Lens used 400mm 5.6 L.  I used the 24-105 the other day outdoors (after picked up from service) and strangely I had no issues with graininess.

With respect to the Custom Function reassign options on the 5D Mark III, I saw one that Neuro suggested and that was to reassign the DOF button to One Shot > AI Servo and visa versa.  After setting this up and pressing the "Q" button I noted all the settings including One Shot as displayed on the screen.  However pressing the DOF button did not alter the One Shot mode on the back menu via the Q button.  In calling Canon this is apparently is now a bug as you can only see this toggle occur on the Top of the camera or by pressing the INFO button 3x.  I guess its not safe to say 2 out 3 ain't bad.  The tech took the report I had offered and listed it as a flaw and hope we see this update in the firmware forthcoming.

Onto the GP-E2  (GPS) - I've noted this phenomena several times where the time stamp on the camera has been altered by an hour when the GPS is connected.  Of course one has to supercede the other..either the camera time or the GPS clock.  Basically with the correct time zone and DLS "on" the clock goes off by an hour.  I ultimately opted to go into the GPS settings and turn off Daylight Savings time and this seemed to cure the issue. The tech was able to repeat this same issue and advised I turn daylight savings back on in the spring.  Not so.  That defeats the whole purpose of DLS to begin with.  This is clearly a bug.  He ultimately agreed when I presented "my PC is on DLS I don't ever mess with that time why should I have to do this with your GPS device"?  I hope in this next firmware release we will see resolutions to both of the above issues. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Spotted Owlets
« on: January 09, 2013, 02:32:01 AM »
those are too cool - most impressive..the duet shots are good enough for the cover of a valentines day card !

were these in southern cal by any chance?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 09, 2013, 02:30:14 AM »
RPT - thanks for the words on the 5dM3..should have it back any day..

really enjoying these bird posts from all

in the interim here's a shot from a few weeks ago - click for more details / lightbox view is best

Great Blue Heron BIF by Revup67, on Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / The AF Setting Guide Book for 5DM3 and 1DX
« on: January 08, 2013, 12:27:55 AM »
A trip to the Irvine service center today produced a good conversation with one of the tech reps.  In short, I do quite a bit of BIF shooting (birds in flight) and focusing is a challenge when you have 6 cases in the 5DM3 menu (and 1DX) to choose from.  I've read some articles that explain to be the holy grail in AF settings for BIFS but I have found them so-so.  The service center had recommended this link which I thought to share with AI Servo users

scroll down a bit and check out the PDF file for an in depth 48 page tutorial on AF for either of these two cameras.  Hope this helps some of you...Rev

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