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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:41:28 PM »
When gannets move in next door, property becomes hard to sell....

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Lenses / Re: Monopod for 600mm II - advice needed
« on: July 06, 2013, 07:55:54 AM »
Cheers Neuro.

I did kinda wonder what Canon were on about by saying it has to be done by a service centre. Probably just covering themselves from law suits - "I removed the tripod foot myself and poked my eye out! Gimme $100m!".

Guy.

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Lenses / Re: Monopod for 600mm II - advice needed
« on: July 06, 2013, 06:15:49 AM »
I'm in the middle of convincing myself to trade my 300mm for the new 500mm and read that Canon says swapping the tripod foot for the monopod one requires going along to a Canon service centre - what the...?

Just how difficult is it to swap the feet or are they just creating additional revenue for themselves?

Thanks for any insight!

Guy.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 02, 2013, 06:11:45 AM »
A young Shag. Amazing green colour and the eyes. Emerald green.

Mick - great shots of the Shag. Where did you take the shots? I could've taken something similar on the trip I was on last week but time was short and I headed up to some clifftops rather than staying down by the water's edge where the Shags and Arctic Terns hung out.

I'm thinking of selling my 300mm to get the new 500mm mk2 - any comments or tips on using the lens? I plan on hiring one a the end of the month for an airshow (I'll be using it with a gimbal head).

Last few shots attached....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 01, 2013, 09:53:13 AM »
Some pics from a recent trip to the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth, Scotland.


I love your first picture of the Atlantic Puffin at the top.

Very nice shots Guy.

Thanks Click. A few more...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 01, 2013, 05:54:35 AM »
Some pics from a recent trip to the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth, Scotland.

As the sky was full of puffins, it was hard to focus on just one in the hope it would come towards you. Too often they would zip off in the opposite direction as soon as you had focus locked on. Clearly it's a conspiracy.

I also just want to say Arctic Terns are vicious bastards and they have no respect for carbon fibre tripods.

5D3 and 300mm f2.8 IS.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal heads - Benro or Wimberley?
« on: June 24, 2013, 10:23:16 AM »
Insure your camera if you get a Benro. Just my humble opinion.

Strange post to make without supporting evidence (no pun intended).

As it is, I'm insured up to the eyeballs (and never made a claim, ever!).

From what I've read, the Benro is near identical to the Wimberley. Indeed the link I originally posted suggests the Benro is made by Wimberley - perhaps maybe not now but even if they once did, it suggests a certain level of quality.

Further digging suggests the latest Benro GH3 has a tiny bit of slop in the connections compared to the non-dismantleable (is that a word?!?) GH2. I guess that's to be expected, fewer parts means more robust structure.

Thanks for all the views - I'll probably go for the Benro GH2 and the money saved over the Wimberley can go on hiring a 500mm f4 or the 200-400mm for an airshow!

CR - just saw your post on breaking Benros - if it broke within warranty I just send it back to the vendor (the sales contract is between me and the supplier i.e. the shop). Also, what were you doing to break the Wimberley?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal heads - Benro or Wimberley?
« on: June 24, 2013, 05:56:43 AM »
Thanks Kaihp, the Benro looks pretty good value for money.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 24, 2013, 04:36:03 AM »
A foggy night back in January :

one last walk par Eneade, sur Flickr

Nice! It could be a scene from a thriller.


Yeah, and the dog turns out to be the killer! Great shot.

You dont give away the endings of thrillers!  >:(

 ;)


Hey, I didn't say how the dog did it! (Spoiler alert: dog used a poison dart.)

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 23, 2013, 02:43:12 PM »
A foggy night back in January :

one last walk par Eneade, sur Flickr

Nice! It could be a scene from a thriller.


Yeah, and the dog turns out to be the killer! Great shot.

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Software & Accessories / Gimbal heads - Benro or Wimberley?
« on: June 23, 2013, 05:38:52 AM »
I'm considering a gimbal head for use with my Manfrotto 055CXPro3 tripod and wondered what the pros and cons were to the Wimberley Gimbal Head v2 and the Benro GH3.

From what I can see, the Benro is £170 cheaper, perhaps more flexible too in that it can be dismantled for storage and transport and it also has scale markers which could prove useful. It also appears that the Benro is made by Wimberley, see link:

http://digitaljournalofphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/benro-launches-four-new-gimbal-heads.html

Initially it would be used with a 5D3 and 300mm f2.8 IS (sometimes with teleconverters too) for airshows and birds in flight but I'm wrestling with the idea of selling the 300 and getting the 500mm f4.

Any thoughts or advice would be welcomed.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 10 stop High quality ND filter
« on: June 20, 2013, 02:03:47 PM »
I also use the B+W 3.0 10-stop. It has quite a warm colour-cast but as I convert all long exposure shots to black and white, it isn't a problem for me. When I was looking to buy a 10-stop filter I found a site dedicated to the B+W filter but damned if I can find the site for you now. Anyway, the black and white and colour images were enough to sell the B+W to me.

If I were doing it all again though, I'd probably go for the Lee system due to the flexibility it offers and the lesser colour-cast.


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Acutance - you suggest we represent the photographic community. I say we only represent ourselves and if someone wishes to lump us all together as a singular group then that's up to them. Just because someone enjoys this hobby does not mean they will have anything whatsoever in common with the next person. With over 7bn people in the world it would be naive in the extreme to think that even a tiny subset of the whole should act in a similar manner.

I agree politeness costs nothing but it's the same for common sense. Before talking to a stranger, is it worth asking yourself, "will this person want to interact with me in a way I will find acceptable?". Perhaps the person is in a hurry, perhaps they've had a stinking day and wish to be alone with their thoughts. Who cares, I'll interrupt them anyway and then be offended if they don't wish to act in a manner I see as acceptable.

It goes both ways you know.

As a final annecdote: I was taking shots at a busy falconry display with my 300mm f2.8 and a bloke starts saying I must be a professional and "that's a £4000 lens!". I was polite and said it was just a hobby. We chatted very briefly - he was asking what exposure I was using etc. He raised his eyebrows in a derisory way and said, "pfff, you think you'll get much using that?". I shook my head and carried on with my afternoon. Throughout the display he regularly strolled past me while giving me the same condescending looks. Nice.

If we were all the same, wouldn't life be boring?

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Black & White / Re: Starting to work with black and white
« on: June 20, 2013, 01:12:01 PM »
Headstock shot is nicely done. When taking close up shots make sure the subject is clean i.e. you remove all the protective plastic from the scratch plate including the hard to get to bits under the volume/tone controls!

How are those Lace Sensors working out for ya?

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Lenses / Re: Any comments on the 300mm f2.8 IS mk1 and 2x mk3 TC?
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:55:01 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I was looking at the test results over at The Digital Picture and the results really don't convince me the mk3 TC would be significantly better than the Kenko. The 2x is only really used in an "emergency" so I may have to look at the more (much more) expensive options.

Now to try and sell the 300mm and justify a 500mm f4.....

Regards.

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