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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: November 10, 2013, 10:15:00 PM »
To keep it going ... Here is my cabin in the mountains and how it should look a months time from now. Really looking forward to it :)

That's pretty awesome Eldar!

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: November 10, 2013, 10:14:30 PM »
An old tree trunk decaying in a remarkable way. Very rarely seen this happening.

That really is quite interesting, I've not seen that before!  Thanks for sharing! :)

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 10, 2013, 10:11:10 PM »
Playing around with some Antelope Canyon shots from a couple of years ago...people typically accentuate the colors, thought I'd try something different.  Hopefully I didn't go overboard  ;D

Awesome. Beautiful B&W. Well done.

+1  Absolute sweetness!  Man, these are excellent!

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 10, 2013, 10:10:28 PM »
Malham Cove, North of England, a huge extinct waterfall from before the last ice age. Larger than Victoria Falls in its day.

Duuuuddddeeee!  I love this!!  Man, I've got to get there!  Here's to the Motherland!  Awesome image, I had no idea that this place even existed!  Really cool, thanks for sharing my friend!  ;D

Thanks Ken, it's worth going to see. If ever you visit the North of England be sure to look me up !

Indeed I shall!  You can be sure of that.  I do hope to get there in the next 12-24 months actually!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK2 and MK3 :: Sub Freezing Temperatures
« on: November 10, 2013, 10:01:44 PM »
I haven't had the occasion to be with my MkIII in freezing or sub zero temperatures yet, I did however have the opportunity to join my 7D in weather that was approximately -5 below zero. 

My 7D worked well, I did have issues after about 3 hours at that temperature with the on-0ff switch freezing up.  That was it really.  Everything else worked well...

Reminded my about a photo I stumbled across a few years ago.  I didn't take it but here it is!  All the best!  :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:13:04 AM »
Thanks Krob78 and Click.

Young Cooper's Hawk. Martha's Vineyard.
60D 100-400 @ 400mm, f6.3, ISO 250, 1250th

This bird posed for a few minutes, sometimes you just get lucky. Made my day.

Cool! 

ejenner, I've only seen those guys in zoos but they are huge.  (And I really dislike shooting through fences too)

serendipidy, great shots of the hummers!

Some great shots from everyone(even the ugly birds ;) ) I should probably comment sooner since this thread is picking up steam.

Just an American Wigeon looking for the perfect dabbling spot(and fortunately it was near me)



Nice one!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:09:12 AM »
White faced Heron. I noticed him yesterday, on my neighbors dam. Unfortunately, I didn't have the camera setup and ready. Today, we did :)
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC


Very nice Bean!

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Lenses / Re: The 100-400 or the 70-200 f2.8 II+2x Mark III for wildlife
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:08:30 AM »
(Long time CR lurker/reader, first time poster)

I am in the process of making the same decision myself.  I find the image quality to be equivalent in real-world shots, although when I set up my ISO 12233-type chart, the 100-400 fares ever so slightly better at 400mm.  My concern is less about weight, and more about the shorter (retracted) length of the 100-400 compared to the combo.  I intend to go on a few subsequent outings with the 70-200 II and 2xIII to see how the combo handles for routine use.  If it's okay, I plan to sell the 100-400, with the proceeds going toward a 300/2.8 IS II (for times when my 600/4 IS II is too big to bring).

I had+have both, and got the 70-200 II plus TCs as a replacement for my 100-400, which I upgraded to a Sigma 120-300 OS as the main tele and made use of the same TCs. Sold the 100-400 (and 70-200 mk1) to cover some of the cost and obviously don't need to keep them anymore.

For the more travel situations I took the 70-200 II combo and I like using a shoulder bag (Crumpler 7MDH in this case). However the portability advantage of the 100-400mm soon became very apparent. As someone who is:
- more of a walking casual birder
- someone who prefers not walking around with a tele on the streets overseas; but still wanting "local bird shots" there
- just having a camera ready to go, e.g. in the car, or how I used to work next to an airport for the odd plane spotting
...
The constant assembly and dis-assembly of the setup was just annoying. To the point where I eventually picked up the 100-400 again when one came up for a decent price second-hand.

At the 400mm end (my copies anyway) the IQ is pretty much equivalent, slight edge to the 100-400. AF wise the 100-400mm "turns" slightly slower but is far more reliable for me. The 70-200 combo can suddenly just start hunting randomly in all but the best light. Weightwise, well, I've never been one to see the need for a tripod for a 70-200/100-400/50-500 style lens.
Obviously the 7-2 is a killer 70-200 and also a killer 280mm/4. But not exactly doing "wildlife" there typically lol.

TLDR - the portability is the winner for me ... and I do hope any new 100-400 II can maintain that.

Thanks for the feedback Duff!  Hmm, makes me think I should keep both!  I'll just have to do some testing as well... I've been thinking about it for a long time but haven't been able to quite get there...

I hate selling a lens and then wishing I never had! 

All the best and welcome to the forum!  :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2013, 12:51:18 AM »
These are zoo photos, taken though wire (I finally found out how to make the 135 bokeh ugly), of a Stellar Sea Eagle taking a bath.  I watch these two at Denver zoo quite a bit, but hadn't seen them bathing before.

That's pretty cool!  8)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 10, 2013, 12:50:11 AM »
Young Cooper's Hawk. Martha's Vineyard.
60D 100-400 @ 400mm, f6.3, ISO 250, 1250th

This bird posed for a few minutes, sometimes you just get lucky. Made my day.

Jeff, it was your lucky day for sure!!  I love the first image!  One of the best!  Really nice, It should make your whole week!   :D

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 10, 2013, 12:47:37 AM »
Malham Cove, North of England, a huge extinct waterfall from before the last ice age. Larger than Victoria Falls in its day.

Duuuuddddeeee!  I love this!!  Man, I've got to get there!  Here's to the Motherland!  Awesome image, I had no idea that this place even existed!  Really cool, thanks for sharing my friend!  ;D

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Lenses / Re: The 100-400 or the 70-200 f2.8 II+2x Mark III for wildlife
« on: November 09, 2013, 03:25:01 PM »
I used to use the venerable 100-400 for wildlife and bird shots. After I bought the 70-200 f2.8 II I started to use that, coupled with the 2x III extender, for the same purposes. I had read mostly negative reviews about extenders, but, to my amazement, the images I get out of this combo are nothing short of astonishing. IQ is equal, or even superior, to the one produced by the 100-400. Autofocus speed, however, takes a hit, which is visible. Still, that to me seems to be a bit faster than the autofocus speed on the 100-400. I'm tempted to use the combo, instead of the 100-400, now, but its weight discourages me to do that, if I'm shooting without a tripod. What do you guys think?

I have the same combo Dave.  I love them both but when I'm shooting birds and such, I usually grab my 100-400mm with my 5D MkIII.

I used to use my 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II on my 7D more than my 100-400mm but after using the focus software on both, my 100-400mm became like a brand new lens to me, nailing focus very accurately and leaving me very, very pleased! 

Today I shot with both, so I'm going to be paying a little more attention in post to compare and see what I like better.  I was shooting a soccer match and used each lens about 1/2 the game... 

I started with the 100-400mm and switched at half time to the 70-200mm.  I didn't use my extender, I wanted to see if I lost anything in cropping and still gained anything in IQ.

Right away, I saw a significant difference on the screen on camera.  The IQ and DR seemed better with the 70-200mm but I'll arrest final judgement till after I get them on my pc for processing...

I've just really loved my 100-400mm again after running it through  ;D FoCal...

+1 ... I love my 100-400, too, Krob. To be honest, I don't really feel like parting with it. But, I shall see.

Indeed!  It is a bit of a dilemma!   :-\

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Animal Kingdom / Re: The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 09, 2013, 03:23:33 PM »
Here's another - I was about 15 feet away when taking this one.


The Moose of Algonquin Park by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


Wow, that's close!  I like this one better, due to the composition...

A friend and I saw one up very close one time too.  He was driving, we were in Maine, USA and one stepped out into the road and we hit it!

He was very uptight about it, stepped over the front of the car and walked out into the woods, seemingly not hurt very much at all.  My friends car was no longer drive-able!   It was one of those old Volkswagen, Station Wagons from the 70's...  ???

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 09, 2013, 03:11:26 PM »
WOW!!

So many nice and awesome Pictures!!

So I throw one of mine in.

Hallstatt, Austria, August 2013

Very nice!

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Lenses / Re: The 100-400 or the 70-200 f2.8 II+2x Mark III for wildlife
« on: November 09, 2013, 03:10:17 PM »
I am in the process of making the same decision myself.  I find the image quality to be equivalent in real-world shots, although when I set up my ISO 12233-type chart, the 100-400 fares ever so slightly better at 400mm.  My concern is less about weight, and more about the shorter (retracted) length of the 100-400 compared to the combo.  I intend to go on a few subsequent outings with the 70-200 II and 2xIII to see how the combo handles for routine use.  If it's okay, I plan to sell the 100-400, with the proceeds going toward a 300/2.8 IS II (for times when my 600/4 IS II is too big to bring).

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If it's okay, I plan to sell the 100-400, with the proceeds going toward a 300/2.8 IS II

That has been my thought as well... enjoying as I do, nonetheless!

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