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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:56:46 AM »

    Canon EOS 700D
    140.0 mm    f6.3    1/400    ISO 100    0EV

1D X Sample Images / Re: AIR14 - Payern - 1DX 400mm
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:31:29 AM »
Lovely shots! Look forward to more.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:26:42 AM »
Went walking today on the Beach, found this Guy, not as pretty as the recent shot by Eldar, less well fed perhaps.

1Dx & Otus 55f/1.4 @ f/1.4
Oh, this is massively good!
And I believe he came ashore from this ship ...
Ha! Ha! Ha!

Looks like after the release of the 7D2 and a few days of furious discussions on that (and other entirely unrelated matters) a sense of humour seems to be getting back to the group :)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:05:01 AM »
Went walking today on the Beach, found this Guy, not as pretty as the recent shot by Eldar, less well fed perhaps.

1Dx & Otus 55f/1.4 @ f/1.4
Nice picture! Btw, after taking the pic, did you at least offer it something to eat? :P

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:03:23 AM »
Not too often In can get separation between the pupil and the iris this definitive on a Canada Goose

1DX    300mm f2.8L IS 11

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:46:45 PM »
Basking by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
Nice shot Dustin! How and where did you shoot this?

I shot this in Parc Omega in Quebec, Canada.  How?  I was shooting the pack when I noticed this guy off by himself laying so perfectly on the rock in that sea of grass.  He quickly became my focus.
Wow! Just perfect! I was wondering how you came about this chap. I guess sometimes the scene/picture draws you to it :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:43:54 PM »
The window was open and the guy had his p&s camera trying to get a long shot when this happened.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:49:20 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:42:10 PM »
Sneak peak at the 7D3. Complete with articulating iPhone 8 and Don's cat laser pointer hotshoe attachment

absolutely amazing.
About time man! Let's start on the 7D3 rumours now! :P

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick and Dirty AFMA
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:58:31 PM »
or use Magic Lantern Dot-Tune AFMA  8). I have had excellent & repeatable results

You've had better success than me, I found dot tune to be somewhat unreliable.
I have not tried it but that is exactly what J.R. said in another post... Since I use Reikan Focal and am happy with the results I don't think I'll bother.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:48:27 PM »
Great shot Northbird  8)
Oh yes! Lovely!

Where did you shoot it?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:45:34 PM »
Got this one with my 200-400 1.4 yesterday on a airshow.

560mm, 1/125, 7.1
Nice! Hand held or did you use a monopod/tripod?

Photography Technique / Re: Clouds
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:43:54 PM »
Thanks for the advice. Appreciate you taking the time to respond.

Most welcome.  You will generally get more accurate answers if you do your own research and read articles written by experienced photography educators on your topic, than by asking a question on a canon fan site.

Actually there are a number of photographers on this forum who share pictures and technique. Take a peek at the landscape or birding threads and you will be able to identify folks you can seek advise from. We are not just a bunch of groupies :)

Photography Technique / Re: Clouds
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:41:19 PM »
Any advice on how to get the most detail out of clouds?

Expose to the right, focus at infinity, stop down to your sharpest aperture and try to focus on an area that has relatively low contrast. HDR makes everyone feel free to go nuts, but any decent landscape photographer knows that the best light isn't sunset, it's just after... "Flat" lighting can be your friend. Exposing for the foreground and clouds is tough so just go with clouds if you want clouds, or if you're lucky enough that they meter in the same range (or the sky is dimmer!) go nuts with foreground. For this of course I use my spot meter (sekonic because I can't afford pentax).

If the cloud cover is evenly lit, awesome. If not, you can use a long lens and isolate one part so the scene DR isn't too crazy, then crank up the contrast in post.
If the shadows are darker than you want, you should try Magic Lantern. The Dual ISO should help. ML is very stable. I have it permanently on my 5D3.

Software & Accessories / Re: Settings for Reikan Focal
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:37:10 PM »
Hi rpt.
Was your light a studio light, are they that much more efficient than halogen floods?
I had to use three 500W floodlights like this
A twin stand from above left and a single (the same as the link) below right just to get the recommended light level, as recommended by FoCal. I would reinforce that you need the light level they recommend as a minimum in my experience, I was only just above their level.

Cheers, Graham.

Macguyver's post is perfect! I had problems with my 100-400L too. Some of it was due to insufficient or varying light. So I decided to do all my calibrations at night. I light up the target that is pasted to a piece of plywood with a 500watt light. I also learned quickly not to raise the central column in order to maintain stability.

If these two do not solve your problem, may be take it over to Canon... All the best.
Yup, my halogen light looked like that. Well, without the stand...
No money or use for studio lights. I mainly shoot birds and bugs and flowers and scenery (mostly sunrise/sunset). The halogen is from the time I had a party in the garden :)
I kept moving the halogen closer to the target until I got the right light level.

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