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Animal Kingdom / Re: A new take on BIF
« on: June 14, 2014, 07:57:52 AM »
Lucky to get some daytime shots.   Canon 5dmkiii with EF 400mm f5.6. <iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/skinkfoot/8731274829/player/" width="75" height="75" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: F/8 Autofocusing impressions
« on: May 17, 2013, 07:56:17 AM »
 I shot a lot with the 5d mk iii and taped pins on a 1.4 ii/400 f5.6 combo, and I was pretty impressed with this combo, with the new firmware I removed the tape and expected not much difference.  What I found was the focus speed felt a little bit slower, but, locking on quicker and more accurately. No more jerky hunting.

 As far as the image quality goes, you still pay a price, but, when I am further than 6m(20ft) and I am in good light the extender combo is better than cropping, anything closer the bare lens and cropping are better.

 Its always hard to decide if I should mount the extender or not, It is capable of BIF but. not as fast. If I knew that I was going to take pictures of stationary birds it would be okay.  If I could afford it, I would preorder the 200-400 but that is not an option(My Wife clarified that for me).

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Software & Accessories / Re: What makes a Polarizer worth it's price?
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:18:50 PM »
I think for macro and landscapes it is well worth spending the money.  I use a Heliopan Kasemann circular polarizer.  The polarizer cuts the glare without making the scene look artificial.  I hope to have this polarizer for a long time, relatively cheap investment.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New 6D and M42 lenses capability.
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:01:28 PM »
I have had no clearance problems with my smc takamar 55mm f2.0, or my super-takamar 50mm f1.4(the first version) on my 5d mkiii.  I love both these lenses.

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Lenses / Re: New 100-400 to Launch with EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:20:22 PM »
Okay, I am interested in this lens but...  I use and love the 400 5.6 L, and what I would really like is a 500 5.6, with or without "IS" say $2500 without and $3200 with "IS"

Just guessing, but I think 500/5.6 puts it into the ~$4K range based on element size.  I doubt we'll see one - over 400mm, Canon wants more of your money than that...   ;)
 

Don't tell Canon, but, I would probably buy it at $3500-$4000.  I really think there is a missing $3-$5000 hole in their lineup.

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Lenses / Re: New 100-400 to Launch with EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: March 27, 2013, 05:20:27 PM »
Okay, I am interested in this lens but...  I use and love the 400 5.6 L, and what I would really like is a 500 5.6, with or without "IS" say $2500 without and $3200 with "IS"

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Took this today, overcast and in the hedges. 5dmk iii canon ef 400mm f5.6. 430 ex ii flash with beamer. f8.0 iso 125, 1/200

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Lenses / Re: Its official now. The new EF 100-400 from Canon is on its way!
« on: February 23, 2013, 03:13:14 PM »
I use a  better beamer quite a bit, most birds seem to not care, but, others become quite afraid, never use on an owl, very hard on their eyes.  I shoot dark cedar hedges and it is the only way to light them up.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Black AF points...NOTHING + Spot-meter?
« on: February 17, 2013, 05:07:09 PM »
I will probably be flamed but...  The 5d mk iii is a terrific camera.
 
 I think Canon camera pricing is quite reasonable, just compare it to the cost of the 1ds mk iii, or the 1d mk iv.  I paid $2975 for mine at b&h. and I think it is well worth every penny.  Nikon is killing their own profits right now to compete with Canon, and they are suffering because of it.

I have never had a problem with the metering  yet, sometimes I have to compensate with manual lenses or heavy white backgrounds(snow), but who cares, That's kind of why I don't use a point and shot.  I don't mind getting to know when to tweak the camera.

The AF is excellent.  I shoot 50% birds and I don't even have time to look at the focus points when shooting BIF, and when they are stationary I use one shot.

I really don't understand why people go on and on about these little things, just adapt and move forward.

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Lenses / Re: Using two Canon EF 1.4X entenders
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:52:42 AM »
Thank You rs that is what I wanted to know.

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Lenses / Re: Using two Canon EF 1.4X entenders
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:18:03 AM »
I often use  a 12mm extension  tube so that I can shorten the minimum focus, on the 400 5.6 it brings me down from 12 ft to around 9 ft.  this is a great working distance for odonata and feeder birds. 

I was thinking 5d mkiii-extender-extension tube-taped extender. hopefully giving me 800mm f8(f11).  with min distance of 9 feet , max of around 35 feet.

Right now the 400 f5.6 with taped extender gives decent performance auto focusing at f8, I was just curious about how good the firmware update was on the 1dx.

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Lenses / Using two Canon EF 1.4X entenders
« on: February 13, 2013, 04:45:00 PM »
Does anyone here use two 1.4X extenders? If so, can you tape one set of pins and say focus at f8 on a canon ef 400 L f5.6? 

Right now I use a 5d mk iii and I find it quite capable with the extender taped .  I guess I am thinking, when the new firmware comes in the spring, can I feasibly have a 800 f8(f11 reality)? I understand that the image may degrade, and it will be slower, but I was wondering if anyone with 1d series has tried this?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I love big gear
« on: January 25, 2013, 01:15:52 PM »
By big gear are you referring to your little 70-200 or your 40mm pancake?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I love big gear
« on: January 25, 2013, 11:58:27 AM »
While not the biggest lens in the world I do use this 400mm f4.0 from the 60's once in a while and I find it to be a beast!

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Reviews / Re: I'm amazed by my 5D Mark iii
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:24:06 AM »
I jumped up from the 40d, I couldn't be happier, The feather detail that I'm resolving at higher iso is amazing.  I do not miss the crop factor at all.

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