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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:14:21 AM »
Messing around last night.  5DIII, 100 2.8L Macro, MR14 ring flash, 2 extension tubes.
That is so cool! How did you make it stay? Every time I approach one it walks up the tree :(

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Street & City / Re: Superstrikes South Africa
« on: May 20, 2013, 11:49:14 AM »
Dave, your comment takes me back in time. The year was 1983. The place was Al Jubail Saudi Arabia. It was raining heavily and there was thunder and lightning. The door of our building was open and water was streaming in. I went to close the door and I found one of the Philipino engineers standing in the doorway getting drenched. I asked him if he was ok. He said that he was and commented. "I was feeling homesick today but this is feeling like Manilla. I am fine. Don't worry".
 :)

Al Jubail is on the coast so when it rained (the one or two days in the year) it poured. As you can imagine there were no storm water drains. With the roads properly concertised (but no drainage) the water stood in some of the town's streets for a week - till it evaporated!

Haha, yep, I've done the same thing here in NYC, but the storms just don't match that intensity and power. They don't leave me in awe.

The thunderstorms we had were also typically accompanied by a torrential downpour that would leave rivers running down the sides of the streets that the storm drains were unable to cope with. Any areas that didn't have drainage were easy to spot - invariably it would be flooded anywhere from three to several feet deep, and you'd see the folks that didn't know to drive slowly through it - they'd try gun it through the water, which would spray up under the hood, and flood and stall their engine.
Yup! Done that! Stalled the car once too! Water in the cab and through the exhaust! Oh boy!

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Street & City / Re: Superstrikes South Africa
« on: May 20, 2013, 11:22:07 AM »
Huge lightning over Sandton, Johannesburg. Canon 1Ds, 70-200mm f4 (45 second exposure)

Great shot. Makes me homesick for the thunderstorms that hammer the Joburg area, I loved them... how it felt to have lightning strike nearby, the thunder rattling the windows, sending a thud through the whole house and your belly... awesome!
Yup! Fantastic shot!

Dave, your comment takes me back in time. The year was 1983. The place was Al Jubail Saudi Arabia. It was raining heavily and there was thunder and lightning. The door of our building was open and water was streaming in. I went to close the door and I found one of the Philipino engineers standing in the doorway getting drenched. I asked him if he was ok. He said that he was and commented. "I was feeling homesick today but this is feeling like Manilla. I am fine. Don't worry".
 :)

Al Jubail is on the coast so when it rained (the one or two days in the year) it poured. As you can imagine there were no storm water drains. With the roads properly concertised (but no drainage) the water stood in some of the town's streets for a week - till it evaporated!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 20, 2013, 08:06:18 AM »
They were approaching a waterhole. They were thirsty and walked very fast.

That's a really nice shot, you can feel the dust and the heat and imagine the impatience of the herd.
Nice picture sanj.

I thought all that haze was the exhausts ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Canon 5D Mark III
« on: May 19, 2013, 09:30:24 AM »
Congratulations and welcome to CR! That having been said, look forward to you posting pictures! :)

BTW, I went from 300D to 5D3 and so I understand your delight! One word of caution - the DOF is very different. It takes a while to fully comprehend that... Also don't hesitate to push the ISO. It is not grainy at 800 :) I had a hard stop at 400 ISO. With the 5D3 even 12800 and 25600 ISO can be workable!

Enjoy!

One more thing - if you think the images are soft even when you take a stationary subject from a tripod, try live view focus. If that is sharp and the normal AF is soft, you need to micro-adjust the AF for your lens.

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It is Laburnum time too :)

Laburnum and the moon.







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Lenses / Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« on: May 19, 2013, 09:10:04 AM »
Thank you to all your remarks to all that replied so far.

Besides that, what you need to do is to see the focal lengths you shoot at. That should tell you what you need. I got the 100-400L for birds and animals. Having said that, I shot with it at the Grand Canyon and I did use it at 400mm.

I did that and am in the 200-300mm (*1.6 for crop) range if I need details.
Price (in the range of the discussed lenses) is not so much an issue.
When the 70-300mm L came out I thought it was overpriced for the fact that it is a slow lense - which doesn't matter so much for landscape though.

Probably the best thing really is to rent the 70-300 and try it.
Well, if you are mostly in the 200-300mm range, and when at 300mm it is not like you are wishing you had the 400mm option, the 70-300L should do it. If you must have f2.8 then go for the 70-200.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 19, 2013, 09:01:58 AM »
My Heron friend caught his 3rd fish since we've been a fishing team. 7D, 100-400@400.
Wow! That was a big one! Good catch! And I mean the fish - compliment to the team! :)

Here is an image of a baby Pigeon, made with iPhone 4S ... this chick was well concealed in a corner behind the ledge of our office exhaust fan (I guess the Mama Pigeon was making sure cool air-conditioned air from our office to protect her baby from the intense desert heat ... what a smart move) ... the only way I could make this image was with my iPhone stuck through the exhaust fan, aiming at this bird, as the gap was too narrow for any camera, let alone my DSLR, to fit.
Well either you or your iPhone or both need a medal of honour. Good picture.

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Lenses / Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« on: May 19, 2013, 04:31:50 AM »
From everything you write the 70-300L is your lens because it unifies a small pack size (veeeery important when outdoors) with good iq (sharpness wide open, boekeh) and "always on" reach. For prolonged use it's important the weight is way below the 70-200L/2.8, and the 70-300L feels even less heavy because it's shorter, i.e. putting less torsion on the wrist.

When outdoors using a tc often is a pita since it takes time and it lets dust/sand enter the camera, but a Kenko tc (Canon doesn't fit) works fine with the 70-300L though the af performance/precision degrades somewhat, ymmv.
+1

Besides that, what you need to do is to see the focal lengths you shoot at. That should tell you what you need. I got the 100-400L for birds and animals. Having said that, I shot with it at the Grand Canyon and I did use it at 400mm.

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Ok, like others said, it is not spring in India either but here are some pictures of flowers in the summer time :)





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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 19, 2013, 01:05:53 AM »

I've been using one shot AF for the most part and I must confess I'm finding the exact AF point a little challenging.
For stationary subjects - and by that I really mean stationary - one shot AF is fine. However, when subjects are moving, or you are moving (like in a boat) and the subject is stationary, the continuous focusing of the AI Servo is the way to go. Try it out. The only thing is you will need to track the subject with the center AF point keeping the shutter half depressed.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 18, 2013, 02:11:43 AM »
Another 6D 300 X2

Seriously Cool amazing shot 8)
Jack, amazing shots. I know you said compliments are not necessary. However (I don't know about serendipity), but I love stating the obvious ;)

Did you shoot this one with servo? Could you share the settings?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: my new 5D3 battery life
« on: May 17, 2013, 02:01:10 PM »
I've always charged my batteries until the charger said they were full and never had any problmes

Same here. And that goes for my 5D3 batteries and the 300D batteries before that...

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:14:27 AM »
Here's our latest picture, shot with the 5D mkii and 24-105 f4.

Taken from a small mountain in the English Lake District National Park called Haystacks, looking north west, late evening.

Did someone on CR once call this lens 'garbage" ?  ;D
Lovely! The lighting, clouds, the green and blue just all come together.

And whoever called it "garbage", I am very willing to relieve that person of the "garbage" ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: my new 5D3 battery life
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:03:22 AM »
hello everyone, i am new to 5d3, just got it two weeks ago...noticed the battery after 2.5 hours charge according to the manual, i am only getting about 100 shots or so the battery life drops to 67% (24-105 was used, no live view or long exposure, had power savings ever 8 mins)...yesterday had about 20 shots, battery dropped to 94% (using various of 40, 50, 24-105, no live view or long exposure)

thou some canon users i have met will always charge new batteries of 12 hours, is this a good idea at all? wouldn't this actually kill the battery's life even more? a fashion photographer i met at a bird walk, he said he could get 1500-2000 shots using the 24-105 in which i am amazed by it...what's your battery life experience?

when compared to the xsi i still have, single original canon battery for that gets about 700-800 shots, this seems battery issue? i have sent email to canon and was asked to try with a different battery and if not available, send the camera and battery to canon toronto for a checkup...that also means i will have to pay for shipping plus i will be out of a camera for the next little while, what's their usual turnaround time anyway?

any reply appreciated...

- andre
I once took about 2100 pictures at a lake shooting migratory birds and I recall changing the battery about 3/4 ths of the way. So well over a thousand. I am guessing 1200 a 1400.

Change it. It is obviously faulty.

Edit: Since alexanderferdenand mentioned, my shots were all shot with the 100-400 on. My review time is 1 or 2 seconds and I hardly looked at the pictures till I was done two hours later...

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