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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: March 21, 2014, 11:09:13 AM »
I just had a 1D X delivered yesterday and haven't tried it out yet, but I'm excited, especially after looking at the 1D X photo thread and Neuro's shots above :)

I hope you do not mind me saying, but try to make the first shot something special, as the camera will blow you away.

I will never forget my first real shots with the 1D X as all I thought was "oh s**t"!

Enjoy, and congrats!!
I don't mind at all, and thanks!  I tried the burst mode last night and so I've already had one "oh s**t" moment!  It seems 20x faster than the 5DIII, not twice as fast :)

it sure is fun holding that button down isn't it!!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 21, 2014, 11:01:28 AM »
a few from a recent basketball tournament

1dx and 24-70 2.8ii   all shot at roughly 3200 ISO
Excellent shots! I like them all.

thanks rpt.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Breakfast is Served
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:54:29 PM »
Snake; It's what's for Breakfast!  ;D

wow...what a series.   question, how the hell do they know if it's a poisonous snake or not?  or doesn't it matter?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:35:50 PM »
Looking out over the Rosario Strait

cool shot!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:14:59 PM »
Montage of three consecutive shots

very nice image!

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:38:37 PM »

I bought the cann 24 70 ii 2.8. Tested it out and thought it was awesome.

i think my 24-70ii is my sharpest lens...congrats.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:16:10 PM »
Thanks Northstar.  That entire umpire scene still gives me a laugh.  I'll watch it on youtube from time to time.  Just fantastic!

great...glad I'm not the only one that has youtubed that scene!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:14:21 PM »
a few from a recent basketball tournament

1dx and 24-70 2.8ii   all shot at roughly 3200 ISO
Great shot's northstar,all incredibly sharp too :)

thanks bornshooter!

the 24-70 is sooooo sharp.   congrats on your 300 2.8ii  I think you'll love it! :D

It's been 15 years since I lived in Tucson, but I guess the old standards are still viable:

1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2. Old Tucson (pure tourist shtick)

3. Mount Lemmon

4. Sabino Canyon

5. Bisbee is nearby, as are Tombstone and Nogales.

6. Kitt Peak Observatory

7. Pima Air & Space Museum (they had a SR-71 Blackbird when I was there).

8. Davis-Monthan Air Base (aircraft graveyard)

9. Saguaro National Park

10. Colossal Cave

11. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument for unique cactus experience although it's a bit of a trip out of Tucson.

Look for the colors in the mountains -- I always loved the purples in the Santa Catalinas. Great sunset shots usually.

The desert at night is amazing, and Tucson has strict laws about light so you can usually see stars pretty well.

Have fun.

awesome info Distant...just what I was looking for! 

Tombstone and Airplane graveyard sound interesting, i'll have to google those.

thanks again!

any other suggestions are welcome...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:21:25 PM »
Here's another thing this made me think of - from the movie Naked Gun:


i loved that goofy movie and leslie's brand of "idiot" comedy.   

the scene in that movie where he plays the baseball home plate umpire calling strikes on every pitch and eventually responding to the cheering crowd with "moon walking" and break dancing strike calls is simply an all time classic movie scene. (in the comedy genre of course)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:17:21 PM »
We have derailed!!!  The Naked Gun scene is a classic. 

Here is a Beaver being a Beaver.  Moose-Wilson Rd. in Moose Wyoming at dusk.
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 300mm 2.8L IS
1,250 iso

this is an excellent beaver shot!!  well done wildlifeandmore!

Heading to Tucson for vacation and I'm bringing my 5d3, 24-70, 70-200, and small tripod.

I've never been to Tucson.

I'm open to suggestions and advice on where to go and things to photograph.

I plan on taking some morning hikes, are there any spectacular areas/views that I should see and photograph?

Any southern AZ photographers here that can help me?


EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Won't Power On
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:18:00 AM »
Among the comments made by Nuero there is one Gem and I was unaware of it myself, that's the comment regards use of a Credit Card with Amazon extending the Warranty Period, I've checked the info and it appears correct, this is useful information for you (and anyone else) in the hope that your Camera may still be under Warranty, worth checking.

I did not know about that with Amazon either. I was aware that if you buy anything from anywhere (not just Amazon) with your American Express Card you get an extra year's warranty. So if a lens or body only comes with one year, you get two via American Express.

I wasn't aware of that either but I just checked my Amex card and here's how it read:

With Extended Warranty♦ you can shop with less worry knowing the terms of the original manufacturer's warranty can be extended up to one additional year. Applies to warranties of 5 years or less that are eligible in the U.S. Please read important exclusions and restrictions.

Thanks for pointing this out Neuro....I will definitely be using my Amex for all future purchases of gear and equipment that has a warranty.

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:47:53 AM »
Here is Rosette nebula, in the constellation Monoceros (Unicorn), just to the east of Orion. Integration of 30x210s ISO 800 light frames, 30x darks, 30x flats, and 100x bias. Total exposure time 1h 45m.

I wanted at least twice the light frames, and it seems I could probably do much better with 60x480s ISO 400, rather than ISO 800. Next time I get the chance, which may be tonight, I'm going to give it another go, and see if I can get more dim nebulosity in the periphery.

Jrista...simply outstanding! 

After reading through your posts I have to say that I'm impressed by your knowledge, and thankful for the time you've taken to "write a short book" on the subject in this thread!  ;D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:38:31 AM »
a few from a recent basketball tournament

1dx and 24-70 2.8ii   all shot at roughly 3200 ISO

Nice shots, Northstar. Love the first one!

Thank you Expatinasia!

Thank you Click!

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