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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:47:51 PM »
a few from a recent basketball tournament

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

Looks like a lot of fun to photograph.  Hopefully nobody landed on top of you.  ;) Nice shots!

Thanks wildlife!  Yes, basketball is a fun sport to shoot because there are no helmets in the way and you can get very close to the action.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:01:57 PM »
Thanks for all the replies. The penny still fails to drop. It will one day, I hope. Currently either I do not know something or brain cells not working.
Perhaps soon I will have an 'ah ha' moment. Waiting.

sanj....your wrote "either i don't know something or"...could it be that you don't know that one shot is better(sharper)than servo for "non action" shots?   I'm sure you know this but I just thought i would point it out just in case. (i'm sure you do know because i've seen your awesome images)

the main reason for wanting the set up steve describes is to quickly and more easily switch from servo to one shot by having the buttons right next to each other.  ("af-on button" and "*" button)   (servo and one shot)

Northstar: No I did not know that 'one shot' is sharper than servo for still objects. I thought is was about getting focus, not the way one got focus. And I believe that once I get focus and I remove the thumb from the back focus, I am as good as 'one shot'. Am I wrong?

Having said all of this, I am positive that I am missing something... I will get it one day and go 'yeyyyy'.

Hi Sanj...I believe the "predictive" nature of AF servo leads to a lower hit rate on critically sharp images vs one shot...at least that's been my experience.   

Even if you acquire focus with servo and release the AF-on button like you wrote, the focus was acquired using the predictive algorithms that servo uses.  The servo system works great most of the time, but if something truly isn't moving, it's better to not have the predictive nature of servo involved.

If I'm wrong about this then someone please tell me.

North

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 22, 2014, 12:42:39 PM »
Thanks for all the replies. The penny still fails to drop. It will one day, I hope. Currently either I do not know something or brain cells not working.
Perhaps soon I will have an 'ah ha' moment. Waiting.

sanj....you wrote "either i don't know something or"...could it be that you don't know that one shot is better(sharper)than servo for "non action" shots?   I'm sure you know this but I just thought i would point it out just in case. (i'm sure you do know because i've seen your awesome images)

the main reason for wanting the set up steve describes is to quickly and more easily switch from servo to one shot by having the buttons right next to each other.  ("af-on button" and "*" button)   (servo and one shot)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 22, 2014, 07:54:06 AM »
:( I do not understand. I have been using back button focus for a long while now and it seems fast enough. On the top lcd I leave it on servo focus.
What am I missing here? In any case I have the 1dx set exposure on the focus point.

Would love to understand this post, I constantly want to improve my technique.

Sanj...Steve is still using back button AF-on for servo...no change there.

The change is that he's now using the * button (AE lock) for when he wants to shoot in one shot mode. 


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 21, 2014, 03:31:40 PM »
Went to the park for an hour to test the new lens,i have never shot birds or anything but got one i was happy with especially as i am a total noob at this lol.

you did great...very nice!

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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!!



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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.

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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?

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

cool shot!

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

very nice image!

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

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.

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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!

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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

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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...


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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:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhyCL-ELRxg

hilarious!

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)

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