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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 31, 2014, 05:24:47 AM »
Gannet - West Auckland, New Zealand.

400mm, 1/1000, ISO1000, f2.8, CP filter

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 31, 2014, 01:17:13 AM »
Ta - feel free :)

Ta ?? sort of gives away your Origins Menace   ;D, last time I heard Ta used to say Thank You was my Mum, & I'm 64, I guess when I move back to Aus next month I'll hear a lot more of it.

Ha ha - I'm actually a Pom but been living in New Zealand for the last 8 Years!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 30, 2014, 05:49:55 PM »
Big kitty
400mm, f2.8,  ISO 200,  1/1000

This is another great shot for my iPad home screen menace! 

Lots of great shots lately everyone!  Eml,Quas, Eldar, Mack to name a few!

Ta - feel free :)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:30:09 AM »
Big kitty
400mm, f2.8,  ISO 200,  1/1000

I really like this shot Menace. Nicely done.

Thanks Click - it was a privilege to get so close to him:)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:27:12 AM »
Big kitty
400mm, f2.8,  ISO 200,  1/1000
Great one Menace, love the expression and eyes.

Thank you mackguyver :)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:26:10 AM »
Big kitty
400mm, f2.8,  ISO 200,  1/1000

Nice Menace, like the cheeky tongue, he/she is either thinking of Dinner, or just finished dinner.

Where did you Photograph this ??

My most successful Cheetah Images have been on the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Thanks eml58,  I wish it was somewhere exotic as Tanzania however it was shot ar Auckland Zoo (New Zealand) . The zoo keepers bring him and his brother out from their enclosures for occasionl walks and that's when I spotted him.

The tongue is out cos he just had a bit of milk as a quick snack!


1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 29, 2014, 07:04:37 PM »
Big kitty
400mm, f2.8,  ISO 200,  1/1000

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 29, 2014, 07:00:25 PM »
EF400, 1/1250, ISO400, f2.8

Lovely shot. Well done.

Thanks both Eldar,  Click :)

The thing is...Canon's 400 f2.8 LIS and it's subsequant mkII version are a two of Canon's finest lenses todate. They are some of the sharpest and most optically impressive lenses ever made by anyone. Nikon will have a hard time comeing close to Canon's products in this niche. Nikon's 400 f2.8 hasn't been in the same league as Canon's for some time and trucst me when I say that even the mkI LIS version is truely exceptional optic. On my 5DIII i can see very little difference wide open and stopped down and wide open with 1.4x TC...better than a 70-200 f2.8 II L
Current canon 400mm f2.8 IS II is solid. Will be a challenge for them.

There's no IQ upgrade from the mkI to mkII unlike all the other new white teles, which says a lot about the Canon mkI 400 LIS. Sure the new one is lighter but from an optical point of view, there is little between them.

Even with weight reduction on mrk II, it's still on heavy side for handheld. I can shoot 2-3 photos still subject. I hate it when I have to track the moving subject....it's no fun.

I used mrk II at least 3-4 times a month for indoor swimming and ballet. IQ amazed everytimes  ;)


It sure is amazing - esp the weight reduction compared to V1 :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 29, 2014, 04:30:52 AM »
EF400, 1/1250, ISO400, f2.8

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 27, 2014, 07:35:22 AM »
Thanks for your comments.

Flash was not an option, even though it is not "illegal". Tom Svensson is a purist photographer and made a point of not using a flash in nature, so I left it in the bag. He is a member of an exclusive club of Nordic nature photographers with a very strict regime on what they can and cannot do. A celebrated and award winning wildlife photographer called Terje Hellesø (Norwegian unfortunately) was caught cheating a few years back. After that, especially Swedish and Norwegian wildlife photographers are very much on their toes, when it comes to what is accepted and what isn´t.

This particular image was a bit difficult. Not enough light on the animal, lots of branches in the way and a fairly bright background. Worst problem though is my total lack of competence and knowledge of the post processing techniques/software.

And it is true Edward, I have loads of images from this trip. We shot most of it early in the morning and in the evening (before opening and after closing of the park) and there are lots of tall trees in the park. It was also overcast, so lighting was not that easy.

Here´s a lynx, chewing on a bird he caught (look at his right angle of mouth ;))
5DIII, 70-200 f2.8L IS II @200, f2.8, ISO8000

Stunning shot :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 27, 2014, 07:34:39 AM »
EF400 @f2.8


Just love the af locks on. Exposure seems more accurate. The raws definitely have more latitude. If you pull the shadows too much in the 5d, the banding is apparent and the 1d files gives you more. What was nice was not the burst but how accurate it was. Caught so many more moments of the active kids.

So when will u place the order???   ;)

Probably this week. Going on vacation and not sure if I should pull the trigger or wait till I get back. I really want it but  was thinking of getting a few more lenses to my arsenel like the new 16-35, 17mm tse, 8-15 fisheye, 50mm 1.4 sigma.

Hmmm - tough call.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cps gave me a 1dx and falling in love
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:12:05 AM »
I wish the next 1d body will have an option to order with no built in grip
It's the single deal breaker for me I don't want a house brick these days but I want the performance

Must say that I would never want the 1D X without its built in grip. It makes the whole camera more solid, balances it all out, helps when changing axis, feels good in the hand and means you have one less thing to worry about when packing for an important job - because what can come off, can also be forgotten.

yeah i just dont want the grip or the bulk, prefer the 5D form sans grip but thats just me and probably a bunch of other people too

Plenty of people in both camps however,  I do prefer the ergonomics of 1Dx + 70-200 even in my relatively small hands.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 25, 2014, 03:06:33 AM »
Wow....elm, did you lost your 200-400?  ;D  The hippo seems to be in close distance in 2nd photo.

Pre 200-400 days Dylan, I think I picked up the 200-400 a few months after this Image was shot, the 300f/2.8 was probably the ideal Lens for this situation, the Female Hippo at one point came within 10-15 metres of us, I had another Guide/Photographer on my left not shooting & ensuring if the Hippo made a charge we had some warning, looking through the viewfinder you tend to loose distance & perception of Danger, my Son was in the vehicle Videoing the scene.

(looks overcast in the photos of you laying on the ground)


Thanks Northstar, yes, it was overcast but even & bright, ideal considering it was almost midday when we found this Pool with the Hippo, when we first stepped down from the vehicle the Female Hippo raced all over the Pool spraying loads of Poop all over the Pool with her tail like a propellor, had never seen that before, but it's apparently Hippo speak for "My Pool, bugger off & find your own, or else".

We had a Coffee & waited until she had gotten more used to us, then moved in and carefully completed the Imaging.

Lovely image mate - well done :)

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