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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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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...

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" ;)

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...

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:43:29 AM »
Hi I'm back.  I was told everything was within spec and all they did was load new firmware in the 300 2.8 II.  Could be psychological, but no matter, I will now brag I have one of the sharpest 300's around and do my best to capture shots that do it credit.  I haven't had much time to play but got some low light ISO 12800 shots and some evening shots at ISO 1200.  Here's a couple samples with the 6D 300 X2 III.

Lovely pics! The one with the reflection is exquisite!

Somebody had posted a utility on CR that read EXIF and gave you stats. I think it was a year back. If I find it, I will post the link to the thread.

Lenses / Re: my new 24-105
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:24:39 PM »
Thank you for helping i have a 50mm f/1.4 and thinking of buying 85mm f/1.8 would either of these be good for macro is so would you recommend the 50mm or the 85?
After a lot of deliberating I got the 100L macro. It is a lovely lens. Fantastic for macro and works well as a portrait lens too. So unless you need the f1.8, (the 100L is a f2.8) you will not need to get the 85mm. I got the 25mm extension tube and it works great!


Waiting for instructions.

Camera:    Canon EOS 7D
Exposure:    0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture:    f/4.5
Focal Length:    28 mm
ISO Speed:    100
Lovely picture!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 15, 2013, 01:01:26 PM »
1Dx 85f/1.2 L II, Shot @ f/4.5 & 1/160th ISO320

Love this Lens

Fantastic image...i probably stared at it for a good 15 seconds to soak it all in.
Absolutely! Did I ever say that I love B&W pics? I don't think I did on this forum  ;)

Seriously, this picture, just fabulous.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 15, 2013, 12:48:46 PM »
I4H, Renegade, strikerwy, knkedlaya, Omar and many more, Thank you for sharing. It helps me get off my back end and look for pictures. It is another matter that I may not get what I hoped for, but every so often something lands in my lap - or should I say that a whole load of photons collide with my camera's sensor and form a picture that I was hoping for. What are the chances? Probability? Parallel universes? whatever...

Later, I add a copyright notice. Makes sense doesn't it? We humans rule the universes and more...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 15, 2013, 12:32:10 PM »
Continuing on the birds without feet theme  :)
Oh! This is not cropped! Not modified! Straight out of camera RAW converted to jpg in DPP. Then resized in XnView. I could enter it into a NatGeo competition! Do they do one for birds without feet? I mean it is a unique category! I have a few for birds without heads too if they do that ;)

Models should follow the given script. I mean could he not see that I had the 1.4x multiplier on and it was not just the 100-400L?  >:(

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