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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:13:38 AM »
Another Cheetah Shot, late afternoon Light, just finished eating a Kill, Thompson's Gazelle, ate the thing to almost nothing in about 30 Minutes, Cheetahs eat fast, always in mind that Leopards, Hyenas and Lions will easily push them off a Kill.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 & 1/500th ISO200
Beautiful, Edward, just beautiful. I wish I had the time & $$$ to go traveling the world taking photos as you do.

Software & Accessories / Re: I think I may want a Monopod
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:10:35 AM »
Think of a tripod that can be changed to a monopod.  I use a 2.5 pound Benro (C0691T Travel Angel Transfunctional Tripod) carbon fiber tripod I can unscrew one of the legs to make a monopod.  Light enough to carry around.
+1, except that my Benro is the C2691T. I'm not sure that the difference between the 0691 and the 2691 is.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Camera Sling
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:20:50 AM »
I use a Camdapter plate with a hand strap, arca-swiss plate and a shoulder strap. Works quite nice.
I originally bought a Manfrotto-type plate with handstrap, but since I switched to Benro tripods, I got an Arca-swiss plate and shoulder strap for the 5D3.

Camdapter Sling Strap Pro

Technical Support / Re: 5D Mark 3 Fail?
« on: October 22, 2013, 09:33:42 AM »
I just tried with a brand new 600EX-RT and I was unable to reproduce the error. For whatever reason I'm not getting the autofocus assist beam to fire, but I'm putting that up to me not having read the manual yet.

FWIW: Manual exposure, 1/100s, f/8.0, ISO 800/1600, AI Servo, Silent shutter, AWB.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Let's get ready to rumble...
« on: October 22, 2013, 02:16:24 AM »
5D III - 150 x 110 x 7.6mm (860g)
That's one damn slim camera, that 5D III!

Software & Accessories / Re: $100 Coralpix Gimbal Head Review
« on: October 22, 2013, 01:23:59 AM »
Thanks for the review, Mt Spokane.

Interestingly, the Coralpix Gimbal looks very similar to the Benro GH-2 Gimbal Head that I have purchased for use with a Mk I 400mm f/2.8L IS USM. I haven't taken the Benro apart to check the interior parts.

FYI, the price for the Benro GH2 is about RMB 2070 (approx $340) on Tmall/taobao here in mainland China.

Lenses / Re: 17-40mm L or 24-105mm L for crop sensor 20D?
« on: October 19, 2013, 09:55:09 AM »
I purchased my 17-40mm together with the 10D, and I took maybe 90% of my shots with the 17-40 (my other lens was a 70-200, I  later got a 24-70).  It was only when I got a FF body that the 24-70 got more usage. I still have the 17-40, and I have no plans of replacing it.

As for your specific subjects, I think that of you are happy with the 18mm today, you should be satisfied with the 17mm end too. If you need to go even wider, consider the EF-S 10-22mm.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 02, 2013, 01:38:46 AM »
I have a question though: why did you choose a fairly fast shutter as 1/500th & ISO800, vs a 1/250th or even 1/125th at a lower ISO? - Looking at the picture, the leopard seems just to be sitting there.

Hi kaihp, good question.

We had been following this particular Female for about an Hour, she was lactating and we knew she would eventually go to her Hide and we might see her Cub.

Out of Frame in the direction she was looking in the previous Image, were 3 Hyenas that had also been following her. I was expecting her at any moment to fire up and attack the hyenas (not impossible, but unlikely) or disappear at speed, so I was hoping for some action hence the faster shutter speed.

The Female eventually lost the Hyenas and led us to her hide where she brought her Cubs out into the Open, fed them, then moved them to a new Den/Hide area that we couldn't follow her to.

the attached shows Them out in the open on the move.

Sad ending though, about a month after this the guys at Mala Mala contacted me to let me know that a Coalition of 3 Male Lions in the area found the Den and killed the Cubs.

Thanks for the explanation - I had a feeling that you were preparing for possible action.
Lovely picture of the adorable cubs, but it's sad to hear about their demise. Mother nature is rather brutal.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:56:34 PM »
There is a population of some 300 red deer living wild just north of Copenhagen Denmark. The hinds are in heat in last weeks of September which usually attracts photographers from most of Europe, as has also been the case this year. Shot with a 5D III. C&C is appreciated. Hope you enjoy  :)

Lovely, especially the breath shot.

You make me miss Denmark & Dyrehaven, Kasper.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:20:30 PM »
Mala Mala Northern South Africa
1Dx 300f/2.8 L II, Shot @ f/8.0 & 1/500th ISO800
Edward, I can only agree to the others praising the shots you've been sharing.

I have a question though: why did you choose a fairly fast shutter as 1/500th & ISO800, vs a 1/250th or even 1/125th at a lower ISO? - Looking at the picture, the leopard seems just to be sitting there.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M is built like a tank
« on: September 22, 2013, 09:18:58 AM »
Not my best work just a case of Number 10 of being a camera geek.

Is that a Korat cat I see before me?
Or a Russian Blue? (but it doesn't seem "edgy" and muscular enough for that).

EOS-M / Re: EOS M2 Shows up in DPP Literature
« on: September 22, 2013, 09:00:54 AM »
Hmmm. Which version of DPP are you guys having? I have v3.13.0.1, which is the latest I find when searching under my 5D3 on software.canon-europe.com, and the help file have zero hits on "M2" and "EOS M2".

Sure, I can search for "EOS" to get a bunch of hits and then replace the keyword text to make it look like I search for M2.

Edit: Aha. on the www.usa.canon.com site, I can find DPP 3.13.45 (sic) and EOS Utility 2.3.25. Why don't Canon just release the b***** software to all the cameras at the same time? It's not like they make separate releases...

Landscape / Re: Antelope Canyon, AZ Recommendations?
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:22:58 AM »

I was in both the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons last October. You should consider that the Upper is A-shaped, while the Lower is V-shaped - try to make the Upper as close to midday as possible, for the maximum possible light. I think I used the Adventurous Antelope tours as well.

For the Lower, I brought my tripod, 5D3, and 17-40mm. If you bring a "full-size" Tripod, they tag you as a tog, and will allow you to walk through on your own without a guide. I had a 2 hour limit, but they had no problems with me spending about 2½ hours there.

Canon General / Re: Failure rates
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:02:43 AM »
Seems to be one (it's service center not repair center, different service but they can help with simple stuff and take care of shipping to repair service if need be)

Old info but check it out. The other solution would be to ask your usual vendor. I guess you have a computer city or photo city there too ;)

My usual vendor is in Denmark - living outside of the EU allows me to deduct the VAT, which results in decent prices and 2 years of warranty according to DK law ;)

Buynow is still here - I was there as late as yesterday. I've never noticed that Buynow had a Canon service center, but I'll check it out.

Thanks, Grumbaki.

Reviews / Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« on: August 10, 2013, 08:28:25 AM »
I think the first thing you need to say is what currency you're talking about, since this is an international forum. So do you have 1500 Euros, Pound sterling, USD, HKD, RMB or something entirely different.

Since you're a first-timer, and going to film school soon, I would look to buy some second hand equipment.

There are a couple of assumptions behind this: first, that the film school has equipment for classes), and secondly, that you probably won't have much time (or much desire) to go filming on your own outside of class.

At least that would match my brother's experience when he went to photojournalism school.

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