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Lenses / Re: 300mm f/2.8 L IS II - what do you use it for?
« on: Today at 04:45:30 PM »
In a slightly more sensible vein than the last post.

About 50% of my images. Checking with LR I find that the 300 with the converters is by far my most used lens.

But I do wild life so its not much of a surprise. A bit of motor sport. Even the odd still life. And the occasional Macro.

All in all its a pretty special lens, for me anyway.

Lenses / Re: 300mm f/2.8 L IS II - what do you use it for?
« on: Today at 04:34:48 PM »
My office gets pretty hot at times so I need to leave my fan on.  If I've got papers on my desk, they can get blown off.  Fortunately, the 300mm f/2.8 Mk II has enough weight that I can have the fan on at high speed and with this lens placed just right, the paper sits perfectly still.  I think the IS is key to that functionality. 

When I'm not using it to hold down paper, it makes a great door stop, allowing a good cross breeze though the office.  I can honestly say my life has been considerably better since getting this lens.

  :)   Exactly what I thought of when I saw the title.

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 27, 2014, 06:45:17 PM »
Thanks for the insight Omni.  I'll hold off on the teleconverter.

Don't be too quick to discount the tele converters.

They can be pretty good these days. Try one with the lenses you're thinking of buying. They can add a lot of versatility. But they depend on the camera and the lens combination. Like anything photographic there is a trade off to make your mind up about.

I'm very please with my converters. They get used with my 300 a lot and my 70 - 200 a bit.

Here is a shot taken with the 70-200 and x2 converter. If it was slow focusing I would never have got this shot, it was there for less than 1/2 sec.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:48:24 PM »
Here's hoping they have a much simplified mode dial on the 7D2....

Could I suggest the following layout.....

Add C1-5, and I'd be happy. :Dķ
Even better!

Wow....that would make it essentially useless for fast-moving subjects in fast-changing light.

M mode with Auto ISO is great for fast-moving subjects in fast-changing light!  You pick the shutter speed to freeze or show motion, the aperture to give you the DoF you need, and the camera picks ISO for a metered exposure.  On the 1D X, you can bias the metered exposure by setting EC.

that's my most used mode these days. Works a treat and I just adjust aperture and speed as needed.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II underwhelming
« on: July 23, 2014, 06:36:14 PM »
Hi Again Henry.

If you hadn't mentioned your age we wouldn't know how old you are. Anyway it has nothing to do with the advice I have given, and I didn't notice anyone else taking any notice. Apart from you that is  ;D

But you do seem to be missing the point of my post. I was saying it is quite easy to do the AFMA with nothing other than the camera and the lens. You don't need any fancy software, and you don't need to send them back to Canon. Unless you run out of adjustment, and I have no idea how often that happens.

If you do it yourself you will learn about your camera and lens as well as saving some money. Give it a try its quite easy.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II underwhelming
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:36:07 PM »
Hi Henry

You should be able to PP decent image files in DPP.  Some prefer it to LR,  but of course it is much much more than just a raw converter.

Your images are interesting but not the sort of thing that is best for checking lens or camera. A vertical target and an inclined ruler will do fine for setting up auto focus. My favourite way is to photograph a single flower on the lawn looking down at about 45 degrees.  You can soon see if the grass either side is in focus and so see if you are front or rear focusing. I have recan but never use it now.

If you check focus and set it right but still don't get images you think are sharp enough you should try a tripod and or a bean bag.

If you still can'tget Iimages you like talk to an experienced photographer.  There are lots of us about. And most are quite willing to help a youngster understand and progress. Who knows they might even say the problem is your lens. That's not likely but it certainly could be.

I hope this helps your development as a photographer and gives you no offence. As you do seem rather dismissive of the help offered so far.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. Capture One
« on: July 22, 2014, 06:38:26 PM »
I use light room for most of my work. 99% of the time it's fine. BUT every time I want to get the best out of an image I go straight to capture 1. I like the images it produces and have been using it for about 2 years now.

DPR also produces better images than lightroom IMHO and of course it's free  ;)

BUT lightroom is a great database for photos,  with an in built raw converter. I find I'm using plugins more and more with lightroom, but for those few special images, for me, it's capture 1 followed by photoshop every time.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:46:46 PM »
My cuddly pet  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:33:35 PM »
To get back on topic  ;D

You can't beat good skills and good gear.  :P  Unless you have talent as well.  :-[

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:29:31 PM »

Time can be a factor, but gear is not immaterial. If I wanted to get a shot of bears, I'd much rather have a 1DX/5D III and a 600/4 + 2x TC, or a 7D and 600/4, than anything else.

Think I'd go for a helicopter first myself  ;D

You wimps!   ;D

taken at 140mm these are full frame, there was nothing between us and him, just talking quietly so as not to scare him, as he hadn't spotted us until he looked up.

I've put in one cropped cos I like the look in his eye. I think he was a bit pi$$ed that some one got in his way.   8)

How much of a problem is it?

How many cameras and lenses get stolen?

Has anyone got any data?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:21:28 AM »
As usual, this query garners fervent rhetoric from those faithfully wedded to Canon. :)

I just re-read the entire thread and didn't see any "fervent rhetoric;"  would you mind pointing it out?  What I see are measured, thoughtful responses about different offerings.

Hi orangutan, just look at the post from Aglet.  You will soon see plentiful amounts of fervour.   :)
but I'm so glad he has pointed out all that banding in my images. Just imaging all this time all these photos and I've never noticed it. I must be a rubbish photographer. I must rush out and become a fervently passionate Nikon owner.

Sports / Re: Formula One from Silverstone
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:49:10 PM »
Good set, particularly as you only had access to public areas.

I don't know if you've noticed that your horizons are sometimes a bit off the horizontal.  ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:34:33 AM »
I like photographing bears. Shame we don't have any wild in the UK. :(

Tooth and claw
by Tom W W, on Flickr

by Tom W W, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Bears in the Wild
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:26:32 AM »
North of Svalbard Islands 2014

1Dx 200-400f/4

From the Deck of the "Stockholm"

Lovely shot!

I almost got on the Stockholm this year, unfortunatly it didn't happen. But it is top of my list to try and do next year.

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