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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 06, 2013, 05:01:13 PM »
Sorry guys, I'm going back to the feathered kind of bird.  :P Hope you don't mind  8)

Some "birds on sticks" type photos, I hope to get something more interesting soon. But for now I'm pleased with these.

Small images, but 1 is a 100% crop to show the beauty of the feathers.

Lenses / Re: Primes for wildlife ...
« on: December 05, 2013, 01:50:48 PM »
I also find stacking the extenders can produce usable images if I can't get closer, although this is manual focus only and works best with support.

Just a side note on this, you cannot stack the Canon 1.4xIII and 2xIII extenders together, unless you use a small (e.g. 12mm) extension tube between them.  The MkII extenders can be stacked, and 1.4xIII can be mounted behind a 2xII.

Interesting! I have a 1.4xIII and a 2xII. Does using an extension tube make any difference to function, e.g. losing infinity focus?

I've taken shots of the moon with stacked 1.4x and 2x converters separated with a 12mm extension and a 300mm f2.8. I used live view. But of course the moon is moving quite fast with that sort of magnification.

I think infinity focus may depend on the manufacture of the lens. Clearly it should theoretically loose infinity focus, and I haven't looked to see why it worked for me.

With a good stable tripod or rest this combination can work.

Interesting post. Your results are much like what I get in so much as I generally like the results from the 5D3 over the 7D.

The only one I found surprising was the second were the 7D seems to have an advantage in low light. That's not what I find.

Thanks for sharing your results its interesting to see real world results rather than people trying to justify their opinion of the spec sheet.  ;D

Canon General / Re: Random (but Legal) Use of your Photos
« on: November 25, 2013, 12:50:32 PM »
A lot of photo "competitions" seem to just be ways of getting free use of images.

Many people are very happy with that and please to see their images in print and used.

Some good advice I heard was "I only enter competitions if there is a worth while cash prize"

I entered one competition, and one a Nikon camera. I sold it for cash and have retired from the competition scene with a 100% record, first prize in every competition I have entered.  ;D


 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Sorry but I can't resist.
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

No one has ever said "that image would look better with a bit more DR"   :-*

I actually heard some people say just that, including the photographer himself. Large platinum prints.

It's interesting that those who seem to make most fun of DR and list every last bit of equipment also get quickly crazy offended by innocent, most likely friendly comments from strangers.

If that's directed at me

1) I'm not making fun of DR. What I'm making fun of is those who DRone on a lot of DRivel about it. I don't care if it is pro or anti to be honest. As far as I'm concerned its important as part of the process of creating images.

2) I don't list ANY of my equipment. I mention it when relevant.

3) I don't get "crazy offended". Not even by idiots.

I do get disappointed with people who try to ram their ideas down other peoples throats, and can't even chill and have a chuckle at what is obviously intended as a light hearted comment.

Love and Kisses

Technical Support / Re: Flash at more than ISO 400 with the 1Dx Help Please
« on: November 21, 2013, 05:24:38 PM »
It defaults to ISO 400 in Auto ISO, but that can be changed.  Depending on mode, it may have been limiting your ISO since with default flash settings you're limited to a 1/250 s shutter speed (max Xsync).  You need to enable high speed sync (HSS) on the flash (directly or via camera menus) to allow shutter speeds faster than 1/250 s.

Regarding the focal length vs. flash head zoom, you need a Better Beamer.  It also helps to get the flash off camera, to reduce/avoid 'steel eye' (avian equivalent of red eye).  With my 600 II, I use a RRS B91-QR flash bracket with an FA-QREX2 extension to get the 600EX-RT off axis. I started with an OC-E3 cord, now I use an ST-E3-RT to trigger it wirelessly (and with no cord, I might get a second extension to get the flash even further off axis.

Thanks Nero, I'll try that out.

I do have a 3 Meter lead for my flash. So for things like the kingfisher I can set it up near the perch. That's fine when the wild life goes where I want it, and I anticipate properly.

When I had the 7D I used the wireless flash and I miss it. I have a bit of crumpled cooking foil and a couple of rubber bands in the flash case. I often use that when trying to push the flash. The crumpled foil gives a soft light.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:44:14 PM »

Fantastic! You're making my 5D3 start to worry ;D

Don't say that, I love my 5D3 as well, it gets more use than my 1Dx.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:26:07 PM »
I was photographing kingfishers today. Of course they are not that rare or difficult to photograph. But when it sat in front of me and I needed ISO12800 I thought I'd give it a try.

I just can't believe how well it can out. I thought it might be interesting for some to see what comes out.

It converted from raw in LR4, minimal sharpening, but NO NOISE REDUCTION, or any other adjustments.

Technical Support / Flash at more than ISO 400 with the 1Dx Help Please
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:15:05 PM »
Can anyone help please, I'm missing something obvious and can't find how to use flash at more than ISO 400 with my 1Dx.

I know its possible and have a work round, but I don't know why its working. I've read the manual and know I must be missing something Blimming Obviouse.  :-[ Be gentle with me.  :-[

I don't use flash often as I'm mainly a wildlife photographer but some times I need a bit of extra light. Today I was photographing Kingfishers. When the sun set I was using ISO12800. It was nice to get the sunset reflected in its eye. But I would have liked to have been able to use a bit of fill in flash. I was using a 300 f2.8 with 2x converter. So I'm out of zoom on the flash, a canon 580, by a long way.

If I just slap the flash on top of the camera, it defaults to ISO400. And I can't alter it. Of course it works fine, but I can't use it as fill flash.

If I use my custom settings (C1, C2 or C3) I can use any ISO.

Clearly its a case of incompetence on my part, but could someone point out what settings I'm getting wrong.

These are what I'm getting. A bird at ISO12800, a stick at ISO400 and a stick at ISO4000.

My to least Fav comments are

"You must have a good camera"  Usually followed by a discourse on their camera.


"I've got a picture like that, I took in on my phone" Usually followed by presenting an out of focused badly composed image.

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Sorry but I can't resist.
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

No one has ever said "that image would look better with a bit more DR"   :-*

Lenses / Re: Primes for wildlife ...
« on: November 13, 2013, 05:04:49 PM »
I find the 300 2.8 works well with the TC's both the 1.4 and the 2.

it's a light way to carry from 300mm to 600mm. But it takes a while to swap so you have to be ahead of the game.

I have a 100-400 and a 70-200. The 100-400 is good for wild life but not the standard of the 300. The 70-200 is a great lens and works well with the 2xTC. But of course neither of them are primes.

I've not used the 500 or 600, and of course they can be used with TC's for even more range.

If I was going to get any other lens it would be the 200 -400, and I know you didn't ask about primes but I bet its a really useful lens.

Lenses / Re: Primes for wildlife ...
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:55:43 PM »
My wife and I were even closer to the mountain gorillas in Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda…and not inside a Land Rover.  :)

Interesting photo.

Well I never thought you would have a hair style like that  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 07, 2013, 06:18:29 PM »
Guys, many thanks for your explanations.

Currently I am doing my landscape shots, because I have owned Zeiss 21 2.8, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS II, EF 24-105, which are good ( I wouldn't say enough :)) for landscape. However, I am also interested in birds and wildlife, and even football shooting, the problem is I do not own 400mm and plus.

Back to my topic, if I buy 1DX, I can not only shoot landscape, but also wildlife in the future. My question is:

1. compared with 5D3, is 1DX better or equivalent to on landscape shooting?

2. Lacking of 4 megapixels, is it the big gap between 1DX and 5D3 on landscape shooting?

1. The 1Dx is more to carry round and cost much more. I doubt that you will notice the differences in your landscape shots from one to the other. If you can take a good landscape you will be able to with either of these cameras.

2. It all depends what you are going to do with them. I don't notice the difference for what I do. I doubt you will either.

I have the 1Dx, and love it. For the wildlife that I  mainly take it is the better camera. Defiantly. But its heavier and more expensive.

For most of my shots the 5D3 is the better camera. It is lighter to carry around and smaller.

Most of my shots are taken with the 5D3. But if I had to have just 1 it would be the 1Dx.

I very much doubt that the pixel peepers and spec readers would be able to tell what camera had taken my images. There is a huge amount of rubbish spoken on here when people try to show how clever they are.

Either camera will take superb shots if you can use it. As will many others.

How productive is it to just keep bashing Canon on a rumors forum?

I wonder how productive is to defend it? Where do I sign up?  :)

Well zlatko, some people seem to just like to do that.

Pi, I generaly find being reasonable is the most productive way to behave. Not many will be very impressed if you flip flop from one extreme to the other. Reality is not often extreme.

EOS Bodies / Re: Huge Issue with 1DX AF micro adjustments
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:18:41 PM »
It would be strange to find that your 1Dx varies from front to back focus from shot to shot. If it was me I would be looking at how I was taking the shots.  ;D  If you are really convinced that its the camera not you then it will probably need to go back.

There is fine adjustment avalible and lots of ways to do it. But you camera should be consistent.

At least you should get plenty of web traffic by including links to your FB and web site.  ::)

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