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