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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 08, 2014, 06:08:16 AM »
Flamingo. f2.8, 1/1000, ISO1000, 400mm

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sell a spare 5d3 for 1dx?
« on: May 08, 2014, 01:48:02 AM »
I have both these bodies and I'm very satisfied by both. In your case, I believe the 2nd option is better bang for your $6k.

"Get 16-35 2.8 ( for landscapes, large groups)
More backdrops, lighting, etc
300mm f4 is
1.4 ext iii
Canon 8-15 f4

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 08, 2014, 01:43:34 AM »
I tried sneeking my 400 2.8 pass my wife - she spotted it!

Hello all, I'm new here.

I would like to share the BIF shot with you guys.  This is slow panning shot of Spoonbill, 1/100 sec.

BTW, does it have to be Canon to join here?  I use both Canon and Nikon.  My main birding camera is the 1DX.

DSC_2262 by kevinle4230, on Flickr

Welcome to CR - there is no requirement as to what camera system you use :)


@Menace, the 24-70mm f/4 is also a choise, but I don't know which is better. Is the 2.8 version faster? I don't care about the extra weight... I shoot outdoors and indoors so the lower aperture would better for me?

I have the 70-200mm f/2.8 too, so the the 24-70mm would perfectly fit in...

24-70 2.8 will be better and will go well with your 70-200 2.8 :)

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:53:13 AM »
local photo clubs are often the worst place to get innovative, thought provoking and open minded discussion about progressing photographic technique.

they are often run by long time amateurs who's skill and experience plateau well below an advanced, well versed professional. i have found that they tend to exist only to slap each others backs and boost the egos of whoever is running the show.

i've run across a number of them in my area and i avoid them like the plague...

not to be overly harsh, i'm sure there may be some good ones out there...but as a rule of thumb i wouldn't put too much stock in them at all.

this community far exceeds the experience one can get from a local camera club imo.

good summary, also don't forget everyone on Facebook is an expert at everything...

Anyone who can take a half decent selfie on FB is a 'photographer'.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Troubles (not funny)
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:04:28 PM »
Maybe I can just tape a magnifying glass to the front or something?

Your 1D X came with a body cap.  Take it off, drill a small hole (slightly less than 1mm in diameter, a 1/32" drill bit would work) right through the first n in Canon, then put it back on.  You'll be good to go.

Of course, you won't be the first to do that with a 1-series body.   ;)

@ Neuro. You need to be very careful when you do this, otherwise, you might create "light leak"  ;D

Yep, and I must have missed the "take it off" part because now I have a big hole in my mirror as well.  Talk about a light leak :'(

The extra hole will allow for some truly amazing and creative 'artistic' effects !

Naw, a hole in the mirror won't show in photos.
It might whistle when the mirror flips up, that'd be different.

Now the hole in the sensor, on the other hand....

Now that can be a problem especially as there are only 18mp to start off with!  If on the other hand, it had 36mp surely the neighboring pixels will compensate for the pixels in the hole.

5D III,  70-200 2.8L IS II - West Auckland,  New Zealand.

Beautiful shot Menace.

Thank you Click :)

5D III,  70-200 2.8L IS II - West Auckland,  New Zealand.

Awesome shot Menace  :)

Thanks Dylan777 :)

5D III,  70-200 2.8L IS II - West Auckland,  New Zealand.

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:13:48 PM »
Thanks for sharing - you are NOT an embarrassment to Photography!  Sometimes our best intentions go astry. 

Personally,  I tend not to critique on FB or online  but do invite those people to book a one to one session with me (for a fee) and receive my advise!

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Is the C500 / C300 worth it anymore?
« on: May 06, 2014, 04:40:41 PM »
Hire a couple of potential bodies and test them with the kind of video your company normally shoots and then analyze the results. That should help.

Photography Technique / Re: So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 04:36:26 PM »
I'll put up the photos that are an embarrassment to photography when I get home...
Look forward to seeing those!

Lets see those images! 

Lenses / Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
« on: May 06, 2014, 04:29:21 PM »
Quote from: Andrew Davies Photography
link=topic=20815.msg394134#msg394134 date=1399391530
The Canon L is reputed to be slow focussing

It focuses as quickly as you can turn the ring. Unless you're too lazy and use autofocus :P
It is very slow and the focus by wire manual AF isn't great, either, but not so slow as to be unusable.  The trade off is exceptional image quality, and it is every bit as good as you've heard.  If you don't need/want to shoot below f/2.8, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II makes a lot more sense from a practicality standpoint, but it's those f/1.2-2 shots that are amazing.

Sure, the quasi manual focus is a little strange. I was just offering worthless commentary about what I thought to be an odd disconnect (zoom lenses are for lazy people willing to sacrifice IQ for convenience, but autofocus evidently is not for lazy people willing to sacrifice accuracy for convenience).
I get the humor, but without a good viewfinder screen, manual focus at f/1.2 is pretty much impossible to do well or consistently.

Well said.

Bodies like 5DIII and 1Dx can nail auto focus on the 85 at f1.2 consistently.

Hey Guys!
One Question... I want to Upgrade my lens and actually have the EF-S 17-85mm. Would the 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark 1 be good? Is it worth the money?

I testet both lenses in image quality, build quality and others, but I think that the EF-S is a little bit sharper. Sure, the 24-70 have the lower aperture and so I can shoot better in low light, but the EF-S has image stabilisation... I dont know.

I want to use this lens for Video and Photo, but don't know if this is the best choise for me.

Please help me and give me an advice!

Sounds like you have a crop body therefore you'll lose wide end if you get the 24-70mm but gain at the long end. May or may not be a good thing depending on the type of photography you do.

For a crop body I'd suggest EFs 17-55 f2.8 IS USM - it's constant aperture and very sharp.


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