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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:47:21 PM »
Mine is being delivered by end of today.  I've practically got my RMA form filled out. 

Just got my lens (20 minutes ago) and no clicking sound  :o ;D 8) (shocked, happy, cool!)

Date code is March, 2013 with the new style lens cap.   Got the day off tomorrow to play with my lens.  Once it tests good, I'll cut out the barcode out and send it in for my $300 Amex card.

What a long day, UPS didn't show up until after 7:00 PM.  Felt like a  kid waiting for Santa.

BTW, that lens cap is very nice, I think I may have to replace my others.

Congrats ...yes, the lens cap is nice....canon is too stubborn to change I guess?

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 23, 2013, 06:17:43 PM »
Some pretty awesome photos in this forum, and some pretty bad ones as well. As a recent 1DX owner I felt for a longtime my photos where not worthy enough to post in this thread. Until I made this photo of a White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) 4 days ago. Hope you guys like it, I know I do :)

1DX with 500mm f/4 @ 1/2000 sec., f/5.6, ISO 2000


yes...i like it a bunch!  great photo!

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Portrait / Re: Portrait of " THE PRO " ??
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:20:11 AM »
Q: Why is flying an F-16 better than flying an F-22?
A: It’s one stop faster!
 ;D





those are good CID!  lol

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Lenses / Re: Issue with second hand EF 300 2.8 IS..Thoughts???
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:21:40 AM »
Thanks for all of the replies. I would considered the price paid to be an average deal so my epxectation was that there would be full disclosure if it was anything less than the "advertised condition of perfect". This will soon be in the hands of the ebay resolution team unless the seller agrees to a refund.  The seller has suggested that I send to CPS but my point is, that I purchased a lens that was said to be perfect. Therefore, I should not be having to deal with this. I have a hard time beleiving that a professional photag would not have recognized this when selling a high dollar item.

Lesson leanred ::) Experience shared with my CR buddies  :)

Thanks for sharing....update us if you have problems with the return or ebay.

By the way, I bought my used 300 on eBay from a guy that sells lots of "big whites" on eBay with a long time 100% rating.    Please PM me your sellers name, I'd be curious to know if its the same guy.  If its not, I'll point you to this my sellers eBay page...he has a nice 300 for sale right now.

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Lenses / Re: Issue with second hand EF 300 2.8 IS..Thoughts???
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:19:25 AM »
Yes, I've seen those but read that they have some carcinogenic properties??

Table salt is carcinogenic.  Don't eat the silica gel packs, or break them open and sprinkle the contents on your popcorn, and you'll be fine.   ;)

Oh crap, now you tell me not to put in on my popcorn.  :P

I just google searched this topic, it seems the blue ones are also toxic to the environment, especially to water sources.....something to consider if you love nature/wildlife. 

North

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Lenses / Re: Issue with second hand EF 300 2.8 IS..Thoughts???
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:51:38 AM »
Every time a thread like this comes up, I'm reminded of why I buy used lenses only from Craigslist, where I can personally inspect and test them before handing over my money.

Good luck getting the issue fixed...I hope the seller steps up and does the right thing.

As a side note, I throw little 5 gram silica gel packets in my camera bag to help keep moisture away.  1 or 2 per week on average depending on conditions.   

I don't know how much this helps, but it's pretty cheap, pretty easy to do, and doesn't cost much.

I just bought some more in case anyone else likes the idea.... Link below.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DYKPUTY/ref=pe_385040_30332200_pe_309540_26725410_item

I use desiccant packs in the hard cases where I store my gear. I'd recommend getting packs with indicators (they change from blue to pink to show when the desiccant is saturated and should be replaced.

Yes, I've seen those but read that they have some carcinogenic properties??

The 5g packets cost about 20 cents each so I don't mind tossing them after a week or two....admittedly, it's guesswork  on my part.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:39:40 AM »
I was out of the vehicle down on the river bank shooting Elephants crossing the stream about 200 metres down stream, didn't see this Young Bull come around the Bend behind us, he didn't really see us until opposite us, then he just dropped his head & charged us, the chap with me Greg DeToit (He just won Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013) stood up & raised his arms and yelled at the Young Bull, he eventually stopped about 5 Metres from us and kicked & blew water all over us.

I was shooting on 12fps when he started the charge and tried to auto focus as he closed, about 90% were OOF, mostly I think due to Camera Shake.

The interesting thing was that once I downloaded the images I noted this Guy had one Blue & one Brown eye, didn't notice it at the time.

Shot with 1Dx 200-400f/4, shot @ 200mm f/4 & 1/250th ISO400

Northern South Africa near the Border with Mozambique.

Great story and shot!

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Lenses / Re: Issue with second hand EF 300 2.8 IS..Thoughts???
« on: October 23, 2013, 07:14:30 AM »
I'm sorry to hear about that, it looks like fungus to me, but I'm no expert.  Hopefully the seller will reimburse your cost to clean it....or accept a full refund/return.

As a side note, I throw little 5 gram silica gel packets in my camera bag to help keep moisture away.  1 or 2 per week on average depending on conditions.   

I don't know how much this helps, but it's pretty cheap, pretty easy to do, and doesn't cost much.

I just bought some more in case anyone else likes the idea.... Link below.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DYKPUTY/ref=pe_385040_30332200_pe_309540_26725410_item

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Portrait / Re: 'Straight' Portrait of a Young Woman
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:43:05 PM »
Some of the comments here remind me of the way a photographer I used to work with described some editors: "the only taste they have is in their mouth."

This is a very nice, evocative portrait. The lighting and treatment are excellent for the subject. You've given the portrait some drama but also made it subtle and appropriate for the subject. It's very Irving Penn-esque. Which is pretty good company to be in.

Ivan, more details please on lighting, backdrop, etc.
+1

+2



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OK...glad I waited...very glad. 

latest 13 inch mac book pro w/ retina for $1500(8gb ram and 256 flash) and only weighs 1/2lb more than 13 inch mac air, and more power, better graphics and display and similar dimensions....yes, a "no brainer"....again....wow.

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Portrait / Re: 'Straight' Portrait of a Young Woman
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:47:03 AM »
Nice shot...pretty girl.

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But I know my sister won't take to kindly to being given an ebay camera for xmas..

That's your answer right there. Generally, it's bad form to give a used gift unless your finances are really tenuous or the recipient specifically requests a used item.

+1
Spot on advice...done.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« on: October 20, 2013, 07:30:24 PM »
Wouldn't the newer AF of the 5D3 be better suited for action-photography even with the lower framerate?
Emphatically...no.
I read that you can set the 1D-IV to use all 45 points and it should be able to track movement even if it leaves the initially chosen AF-point, but is this good enough or do you all stick to center point-AF with the surrounding points?
That's the theory but in practice you'll have a disappointing keeper rate. On the 1D4 I tend to keep an expanded AF point on the action. This become second nature with a bit of practice. The 1DX with it's dedicated AF processor and higher available voltage hits the ball out of the park.
Also, what is the highest ISO you feel comfortable with at the 1D-IV? With the 5D3 I usually don't hesitate to use 12800 and might even go higher in extremely low light.
The 5D3 will outperform the 1D4 at higher iso but not by as much as you might think.

-pw

+1 again....pw giving spot on advice.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 20, 2013, 05:47:02 PM »

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« on: October 20, 2013, 11:50:11 AM »
I shoot a lot of action. I also own a 5D3 and a 1D4. The 5D3 is a very competent camera but for shooting action the 1D4 operates in a different galaxy. No comparison. The 5D3 is not a sports action camera. The AF is fine, but frame rate, weaker ergonomics, less solid weather proofing, shutter life, and very importantly buffer depth are the factors that make the 5D3 a non-starter when compared to the 1D4. It does tick a lot of boxes, but sports action was never part of the 5D3 job description.

If your primary objective is a hot sports action camera and you're choosing between 5D3 and 1D4, don't even think about the 5D3. If the budget is there, stretch to the 1DX and be amazed...

-pw

+1

I have a 5d3 and 1dx (and have tried a 1d4)  PW is spot on, the 5d3 is a capable sport camera, but for serious sports photography the 1d4 and 1dx are much better.   I rarely use my 5d3 for sports now, only as a second body to the 1dx.

also...fyi - the 1DX was on the canon usa refubished website for sale at $5500 a few weeks ago...it's still listed, just out of stock

and 300 vs 400....decide whether you like using a monopod or not...with the 400, it's a must, but I can shoot a whole game with the 300 attached to a black rapid strap

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