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A review that has such low quality shots comparing the products is not very confidence inspiring in the diligence of the testers/reviewers, so I'm disregarding this review.


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Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:43:56 AM »
http://www.dustinabbott.net/2014/01/tamron-sp-150-600mm-f5-6-3-di-vc-usd-review/

This is another one of Dustin's excellent reviews and has made me rethink my initial opinion of this lens, especially because Dustin posts some good sample pictures. Because I recently said farewel to APS-C DSLR's, I'm repositioning my experience with my long lenses and have yet to see if I'm truly satisfied with 400mm on full frame. If I find that 400mm is too short (and I've already decided not to use extenders on the 100-400), the Tamron 150-600 may just fit the bill for the occasional times I would need more reach. It's nice to know there is such an affordable go-to option thanks to Tamron, because in this focal length I most definitely can't justify the cost generally associated with these lenses.

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Easy to shoot when they sit down but horrible to get right when they fly around.





The blue to green saturation here is superb, great job!!  I see you used the 135 f/2.  Not surprised, its color is off the chart in this part of the spectrum...and of course its sharpness, contrast, and bokeh are beyond reproach!  You must have been quite close to the bird...how did you do that?  Were you in a sort of bird blind?  Or is it just a very tame bird?

It was in a Hummingbird 'garden' in Monteverde, Costa Rica. I believe there where about 10 feeders and 500 Humming birds. It was off season so not a lot of people. The birds where quite tame when they were eating but quite nervous when hovering. So with some pre-focus and patience and not chasing them it was doable. I was also pretty determined to get this blue type so skipped some other bird shooting opportunities. When I see the results of 90% missed focus (or totally missing bird) I would say it was 50% luck, 45% gear and 5% of knowing what the heck I was doing ;).

The hovering bird picture wasn't perfect because I wanted motion blur in the wings but not in the rest of the body (like the claws now are motion blurred). But when I take a look at the sharpness, the colors and the details of the left over food on its beak I am a proud man again ;)

My photos were taken in Monteverde too, from the dining room window of our lodgings. Your shots are excellent, I always follow the rule of thumb that at least the eyes should be sharp for any animal.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:04:47 PM »
Take care on these roads...

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 27, 2014, 02:44:05 PM »
Snowy landscape, the Netherlands. 5D Mk II + 24-105L, panorama stitched in Ps6 from 4 shots @ 50mm.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon Curved Aperture Diaphragm
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:18:39 AM »
If I’m reading this correctly, if the aperture follows the curvature of the glass you end up by saving some space ...

Yup. Presumably for pancake lenses.

I agree, this is the first thing I thought when I read this item, and probably something on the mirrorless side of things.

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Fabulous! I suppose you used flash for these as well?
Fun stuff I noticed when looking at the result was that with 6fps the birds still would be able to leave the frame entirely between 2 burst shots.

That's amazing.

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Easy to shoot when they sit down but horrible to get right when they fly around.





Fabulous! I suppose you used flash for these as well?

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It was -11 F when I took this shot, -35 chill factor.

Great shot! And yikes, that translates to -24C not even considering the windchill factor. My respect.

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The only time I had the pleasure of having humming birds in the viewfinder was when I was in Costa Rica. Would you believe I was stupid enough to take only a mediocre Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM as my tele-lens (on a full-frame camera, too). While I should have brought the Sigma 150-500 that I owned at the time...
 
Most of these were shot in jpg, because I underestimated the amount of pictures I would take on this fabulous trip and had to save on memory space.

After that I invested in a 100-400, more memory cards, and more time to prepare for my holiday trips ;)

Wow, Wow, Wow Dear friend mrsfotografie.
I love your Shots---And The Best = You have a great time on that trip too---I see from your investment in the memory cards---Ha, Ha, Ha.
Have a great Weekend.
Surapon

Haha it was a fantastic trip and I had a great time that is true. Also, this trip was extra expensive because it caused me to rethink my gear - and almost immediately thereafter I bought a 7D and 100-400L...  ::)


Yes " and almost immediately thereafter I bought a 7D and 100-400L...  ::) "---Me too, Plus 1.4X II, and 2 X II in my camera Backpack-----NO, Not for Birds, but for beautiful girls on the North Carolina beach in the summer time---Ha, Ha, Ha---NO, I am not a dirty old man, But I am a sexy Old man---Ha, Ha, Ha..
Have a great Weekend.
Your friend,Surapon

Haha you are funny Surapon! :) With such a (600mm) lens I'm sure I would look sexy too :D

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Macro / Re: Cicada, Big Insect by EF 100 mm F/ 2.8 L IS USM
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:25:36 AM »
Interesting how quickly this thread derailed.......

Good conversations tend to by dynamic  ;D

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Macro / Re: Cicada, Big Insect by EF 100 mm F/ 2.8 L IS USM
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:25:00 AM »
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Thank you, Surapon! I got my 100L macro yesterday, so very interested in the pictures this lens can take ;)

Congratulations on the new lens. Would you be so kind as to post some head shots? I am very interested in this lens as a portrait lens.

I think a search on this matter will be more helpful than anything I can do at the moment (working week has started) :(

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Macro / Re: Cicada, Big Insect by EF 100 mm F/ 2.8 L IS USM
« on: January 26, 2014, 04:43:41 PM »
Interesting animals. There's a lot of detail in your photo's Surapon! The ones with the red background, are they in direct sunlight or did you use some type of artificial lighting?

Dear friend mrsfotografie.
No I did not use any special light at all, But the red Background = I Find the Cicada insect around my tree, and Bring them to lay on my Sample of Artificail rubber  Floor for outdoor track that I have = Red Color too, with Rough/ Surface for Traction---Yes, Directed Sun light at that time.
Have a great Sunday afternoon.
Surapon

Thank you, Surapon! I got my 100L macro yesterday, so very interested in the pictures this lens can take ;)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 26, 2014, 03:57:59 PM »
Took this one today with my new 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro (yes it does landscape too)!

'Farmland in winter', Drenthe province, the Netherlands.

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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon EOS 17-40 f/4L by DxO Mark
« on: January 26, 2014, 03:49:32 PM »
If you are going to get a full frame L lens for a crop camera get one of the 24-x lenses, and then buy a Ef-s Ultra wide.   24-x is fine for an outdoor zoom in wide open places.  Save buying the ultra-wide full frame lens for when you buy a full frame camera.

That makes sense, and incidentally is exactly what I did when I decided to buy glass to prepare for the move to full frame later on. I had the Tokina 12-24 f/4 DX at the time, a bombproof piece of kit that was!

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