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Canon General / Re: reassuring stories
« on: July 14, 2013, 12:28:43 AM »
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So, as you say....

Score one for the fish.
;D

Question: Do you eat fish? ;)
Score a couple for the fish:
my pride
my camera
my brand new (to me) lens

I would eat more fish if I could outsmart them. Maybe I"ll just go buy a big piece of swordfish and grill it up, to get even. ;-)
Hope your camera feels better soon. That question was for distant.star - not you bseitz234. :)

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Canon General / Re: reassuring stories
« on: July 13, 2013, 10:00:30 PM »
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So, as you say....

Score one for the fish.
;D

Question: Do you eat fish? ;)

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: This sensor is holy
« on: July 13, 2013, 09:38:08 PM »
confession time.

When magic eye images were all the rage I would just lie through my teeth.

'Oh yeah, a dolphin'  'thats really cool, a yacht?'

And the bearer would walk away confused.

Never saw a damn thing.
I still cant see anything in them either. They look a lot like very bad banding noise to me... :)

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: This sensor is holy
« on: July 13, 2013, 12:47:53 PM »
In a shot that the camera got to choose the metering, I noticed a pattern in the noise on the bottom edge: a cross. I can only presume to mean that this camera or sensor has been blessed!
or crucified... ;)

I did not see it at first so I took it as a sign of being a non-believer and am not very good at these "what do you see in this picture" games/puzzles. Then it happened. Dilber read my brain waves in advance so I went back and I could see it!

Man can you make money with this sensor! You have a powerful thing there. Treasure it. Or send it back if it is under warranty ;)

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 13, 2013, 12:37:50 PM »
Big Bend National Park

Really love the first one! Awesome work.
Yes. I love the pastel shades of the first one.

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Landscape / Re: Long Exposures
« on: July 13, 2013, 12:36:04 PM »
Nice pictures and welcome to CR!

revup, that loogs looks great.

 :-[ should have read before posting...

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 13, 2013, 12:30:20 PM »

untitled-119 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Alcatraz Island Bird Silhouette
Interesting! It is almost as though they are on a conning tower of a sub...

Smile and wave boys! Smile and wave.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 13, 2013, 12:28:34 PM »
That's interesting Info RPT, thanks, I need to look more at this, Loads of reports indicating amazing High ISO performance, I see better, but I don't see amazing, and I often shoot with a friend that uses a Nikon D3x and I can generally shoot 2 stops above him, no more though, and the his Camera is getting long in the tooth.

All in all though, the 1Dx is about as good a Camera as I've had to date, it can only get better.

As an aside the same friend mentioned above has tried the D4 alongside my 1Dx and gave up, he's a dedicated Nikon shooter but was just not happy with the D4, the D800 he gave up on the moment he realised it shot 4fps. So he sticks to the D3s & D3x, I hope the chap with the Cambodian Temple name doesn't read this, I'll be in trouble, again.
Ha ha ha!  ;D ;D ;D

Lovely pictures. I specially like the lion's stare. Intimidating.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 13, 2013, 12:39:25 AM »
Quote from: rpt
Ok, that makes sense. Yet another use of a beanbag.  :) I asked because you shot 1/400th @560mm...

You have a number of stories. All of them interesting. You should compile them in a book... Good thing you got your hard case back...

Hi RPT, I dont Hand Hold that much, not so much because of the weight, more because I often try to shoot as Low ISO as I can get away with, so that affects the Shutter speed when I'm concentrating mostly on shooting f/4 & f/5.6.

Unlike many that I've read about, I don't find the 1Dx (or the 5DMKIII) take great Images re Noise, anything above around ISO1250 to ISO1600, but I do find the 1Dx in particular takes excellent Images re Noise, at around 800 to 1250, so most of shots are at those ISO ranges, +/- ISO800.

Of course both Cameras can be pushed way above these ISO's, but the Noise becomes significant and I tend to not like a large amount of noise in my Images.
I have been struggling with noise too. I have noticed when the light is low and the ISO kicks up above 1600 noise seems to kick in. Now on one of the threads there was a discussion where Neuro pointed out that the base ISO for the 5DIII (not sure about the 1DX) was 80 and so an ISO of 160 seemed to be giving better results than 125. So the values of 160, 320, 640 seemed to be the ones to choose. Also on yet another thread Neuro and many others talked about how the the signal for ISO values that were 1/3rd above were given additional "gain" and the ones that were 1/3rd below were "cut" so the ones 1/3rd above would have a bit more noise.

I am still playing around with "M" and auto ISO. When shooting birds I don't seem to have much time to play with the ISO, shutter speed and f-stop settings. I need to work some more on that. I will soon start fixing the ISO in M mode and like gary samples explained on a thread be watchful of the exposure indicated in the viewfinder and compensate as needed. I usually get lost in the picture and the usual story is that if I set the ISO many shots are either under exposed or over exposed. I have to learn not be lost in the picture seen in the viewfinder...

Another thing, somebody pointed out that on 5DIII and possibly 1DX too, if you shoot in low light, you can set EC to +1 and it helps as one can recover quite a lot of information from the highlights. I tried that last month and it seems to work. Need more testing there though. Traditionally I used to set my film ISO to a 1/3rd stop off to achieve an EC of -1/3rd... This +1 EC is new to me as you can imagine :)

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 12, 2013, 11:54:38 AM »
south africa
Lovely! How did you get the lightning in it?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 12, 2013, 11:52:50 AM »
Red Billed Ox Pecker.

Must be the most annoying little Crappers in the bird Kingdom, unless you have Ticks of Course.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 533mm f/5.6 & 1/320th ISO200

That's a very cool shot  8) I like it  :) Nicely done Edward

Thanks Click, and while some were Pecking the Crap out of his Head, these were having a Party on his Back, I think Buffalos probably hate Ox Peckers.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 490mm f/5.6 & 1/800th ISO200
Edward, you need to get your copyright size back up! It needs to do justice to the pictures you take...
Well then, just my opinion...

Thanks RPT, always a quandary, Make the Copy right large enough to show, or small enough not to detract from the Image, I do this for Fun so less of an issue I guess, but appreciate the sentiment, really.

Ran into about 10 different Eagle Owls on the trip, previous few trips none, go figure, even seen one with only one Eye.
I think this one has had too much whisky (Paul13walnut look my spellings have improved ;)   )

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 12, 2013, 11:48:24 AM »
I enjoyed this post and the pics that everyone uploaded. I'm going to use this lens more often. We have a butterly that
has been in our yard a couple of times and I hope to take it's pic next time it's here looking for food.
If you can figure where they sleep you will have a very still muse. There is a bush in my garden where some butterflies sleep. When they do, I go nuts clicking pics.

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Landscape / Re: Panoramas
« on: July 12, 2013, 11:42:48 AM »
A few from the last year...

360 degree view in Algonquin Park, Canada
Gaspe, Canada
Mt Carleton, NB, Canada
Mt Jacques Cartier, Quebec, Canada

all were handheld with a 60D and 18-200 lens
Nice! I specially like the third one. I presume you shot this on a tripod - not hand held - unless you shot in portrait mode.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 12, 2013, 11:39:37 AM »
Lycoan Pictus (Wild Dog) 2nd most endangered Predator in Africa, unfortunately.

North of Kruger National Park on the Border with Mozambique.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 & 1/400th ISO640
Lovely pictures! Was this shot hand held or with a monopod?

Hi RPT, Almost all my 200-400 shots are from a Bean Bag attached to a Manfroto Clamp, I did also have my Wimberley attached to my RRS Safari Monopod Bracket, but used it very little on this trip.

Perhaps 15% of my 200-400 shots were Hand Held, I found Hand Holding the Lens about the same as the 400f/2.8, it can be done for short periods, but it gets Old pretty quickly and I consider myself pretty Fit and I'm big in the Arms, the Wrists start to go first though, shooting from the beanbag seemed to work well, I had one attached each side of the Front Row of the seat, with the Monopod/Wimberley set up in the Middle. I always Safari with my own dedicated vehicle & Guide so front row always, my Son takes the 2nd Row and there's no fighting, much. A fate worse than Death would be sharing a Vehicle on Safari, I got offered a trip recently to Mala Mala & share with 2 Russian Lesbians, Potential entertainment factor was high, but I was pretty sure they could whip my arse and put me in the back seat, so I passed.
Ok, that makes sense. Yet another use of a beanbag.  :) I asked because you shot 1/400th @560mm...

You have a number of stories. All of them interesting. You should compile them in a book... Good thing you got your hard case back...

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 12, 2013, 11:34:36 AM »
Female Cheetah Cub, Serengeti, early morning light.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/6.3 & 1/1250th ISO800
wonderful work
 glad the new Len is going to be a good friend  !!
Gary, I am missing your photos. :)

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