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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX vs 5DIII Wildlife Comparison
« on: October 03, 2013, 07:41:15 AM »
I have both bodies and I am happy with both. But when I go out and I don´t know exactly what I´m up to, I take the 1DX, because it can handle more situations than the 5DIII. In some cases, good light being one, I benefit from the higher resolution of the 5DIII and I also appreciate the lower weight, when combined with the 600/4 II. I have the battery grip for it, but I very seldom use it. To me it is the perfect combination having both.

I agree Eldar, and I do exactly the same thing you do....having one of each is great for the reasons you stated.

Looking forward to a big MP to replace the 5d3....but I don't see the 1dx leaving my bag for quite some time.

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Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:33:05 PM »
I acquired the beast A few weeks ago and can only confirm what the general consensus has been so far - this lense DELIVERS. I was on the fence about it, mostly because the alternative I had in mind - a 500 II - is materially cheaper has the reach advantage (when you throw a tele converter into the equation), which has some weight for me given that I will use it for wildlife exclusively (although not birding) . What won me over was the versatility of the zoom and boy am I happy with my choice. Coupled with a zoom from 200-560mm you get very fast to engage AF, sharpness which to my eye is extremely high with only a very small drop (you need to compare at 1:1 magnification) with the extender engaged, and glass that is seemingly free of aberrations.

But words are of little value so here are in stead some images - which is what this thread is all about ;) 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  :)

























awesome/excellent!  a very nice post that i enjoyed very much, thanks.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:31:23 PM »
hockey season has started and this is why i love my 1dx. 

Nice One Northstar, always like to see these Images from yourself & Bdunbar, we don't get any of this sort activity down here in Singapore and Jakarta.

i don't imagine there are many ice rinks in Singapore?  here, you'll run into one if you drive 10 minutes in any direction...lol.

the kid in this shot got hit with this 85mph slapshot at point blank range...ouch, that will leave a mark.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:06:51 AM »
hockey season has started and this is why i love my 1dx. 

I can get decent IQ even when light is terrible and you have to shoot at iso 3200 or 4000.

70-200 2.8
f3.2
1/800
iso 3200


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 30, 2013, 06:58:24 AM »
Mala Mala Northern South Africa
1Dx 300f/2.8 L II, Shot @ f/8.0 & 1/500th ISO800

calm and peaceful for the moment, but capable of such power and violence....such intrigue.

great photo.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 30, 2013, 06:54:21 AM »
Today's Michigan State/Ohio State volleyball game:

some great shots bdun!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 28, 2013, 08:00:49 PM »
Cool Muscovy Duck shots!  Someone let a 'semi domesticated' one go at one of the local lakes. 

Nice Waxwing, Jack! 

Here is a Western Bluebird that took a moment to pose for me.





Very nice bokeh and sharpness...what lens did you use ?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: NEW TOY :)
« on: September 28, 2013, 06:20:00 AM »
Found this on my desk this morning :o :o ;D ;D ;D ;D It's my 7th anniversary gift from the wife.

Can you guess what this is? Hint: 1st letter is "X" and last is "S"

I'm heading out...will post some pics later

Great job wife! 

Have fun and tell us more about it when u have time!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 27, 2013, 09:02:00 PM »
edward...did you get a chance to see them at full speed...i imagine they can cover 100 meters in 3-4 seconds...as compared to the world record for humans at 9.6 seconds (roughly)

Yup, lovely capture. How far were you from the cheetah? Would it be about 35 to 40 meters?

Yes, the previous Posted image was shot about 30 metres from the Vehicle.

We were fortunate on this trip to see start to finish 3 Cheetah Kills.

The difficulty is positioning your vehicle, without getting in the way of others, so you see the actual Kill from the best vantage point.

The Image with Mum & Cubs, these Guys were no further than 15 metres from the vehicle when Mum & One Cub noticed a Thompson's Gazelle.

Image in the middle shows Mum full flight, estimate + 80 KPH at this point, from standing start to Kill it was over in 4 seconds, maybe 5.

Final Image shows Thommy, I think he knows at this Point he has about a second of Life Left.

The actual Capture is just a huge pile of dust above the Grass, the drawback to the Serengeti being Tall Grass, it's a bummer for some shots, and distance was around +100 metres when she brought the Gazelle down.

The reaction of the Cubs is amazing, they just sit and watch Mum in action, they make no attempt to get involved in the Kill, we did see another Kill of a very Young Thompson's where the Mother captured it, waited until the Cubs came up, she then released the Kill several times to allow the Cubs to practise captures.

eml...thanks for posting the details...i think many, (including me) find your thoughts and experiences valuable and interesting.

north

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 27, 2013, 08:56:11 PM »
Sorry, no animals ... This is from the Valley of Aurland in Norway. We have lots of beautiful hiking trails to offer. This one in particular has been voted Top-10 hiking trip in Europe. It is a 16 km/10mile walk of immense beauty. From a photography point of view, the challenge is contrasts and thus dynamic range. With this image I have lifted the shades, darkened the highlights and given a slight increase in sharpness and saturation. All colors are as shot, handheld 1DX, 24-105 f4L.

beautiful Eldar....I like that you can see the detail of the rocks under the water...just my crazy observation

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Couldn't you upload, view and delete images on say an iPad or another tablet device while out on location? I really wish there was some kinda Lightroom app for the iPad that let you do some kind of cloud computing. Or even just better (read free) tethering apps. Surely someone out there can develop a simple wired tethered shooting app that just shows you the picture you just took?

But I guess a cheap and light laptop can do more.

Am I the only one who only has one laptop? What's all this talk about having three and a desktop?

Oops I forgot to recommend something! I would say MBPro with as much RAM as you can get. The pro is already pretty light compared to some laptops (like my sony brick). If I had the cash I'd switch to the MBpro.


i have been using an ipad to do this as you've described..the editing on iPad with the retina display is pretty good using snapseed...it's just the transfering of 300 to 500 images from the camera to the iPad which is so slow, and then if you want to delete the images off the iPad it's ridiculous...you have to jump through hoops to do something that should be so easy.   

leaning toward the AIR right now...

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OP here....I've been waiting for the new MB pro to be announced. (should be any day now)  I wanted to see the specs before I bought either.

i'm hoping they reduce the weight further in the mbpro.

and as previous posters have mentioned...weight is a big deal to many, and for me.

I've got friends in engineering in Cupertino, and keep up on the gossip, currently, I'd expect a Haswell based rMBP and MBP, but neither with a new form factor.  Way better battery life, 802.11ac, and faster to be sure, but certainly not lighter or slimmer.  There may be a chance at seeing a 13" rMBP with discrete graphics though.


good to know botts!  thanks.

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OP here....I've been waiting for the new MB pro to be announced. (should be any day now)  I wanted to see the specs before I bought either.

i'm hoping they reduce the weight further in the mbpro.

and as previous posters have mentioned...weight is a big deal to many, and for me.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 09:13:41 PM »
Tanzania near the Mara River, Serengeti June 2013.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 & 1/800th ISO400


wow...love those cheetahs!  nice!

edward...did you get a chance to see them at full speed...i imagine they can cover 100 meters in 3-4 seconds...as compared to the world record for humans at 9.6 seconds (roughly)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 05:12:38 PM »
I am often asked, "what is your favourite Animal to Photograph", Leopards spring always to mind immediately, but when I consider first, I would say Wild Dog, there's just something amazingly intelligent in the way these Animals operate, they look wonderful as well, especially like this, Dawn Light, almost floating @ f/2.8.


1Dx 400f/2.8, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/640th ISO200


Interesting choice and great picture! The way these animals organize their hunting is quite impressive. I believe they have the highest kill rate/attempt of all African animals (and maybe in the world for all I know).

While not a wild dog, "Dusty's" kill rate is 100%, he's 1 for 1 with snakes.  ;D
Wow! What a picture! How the beep did you manage to capture that one?

thanks, used my 70-200 2.8ii from about 8 feet away and zoomed in a bit....a fun shot!


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