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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).

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!

Lenses / Re: The 100-400 or the 70-200 f2.8 II+2x Mark III for wildlife
« on: November 09, 2013, 03:08:14 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...

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:57:26 PM »

Middle Earth by P A - Photography, on Flickr

My first Panorama Photo!!

Using 6 shots from the 5d3 then processing on CS6. The Tiff File is a huge 360MB!

If only I could afford to Print it!

Taken on the Isle of Skye at "The Old Man Of Storr". This was also where the Movie Prometheus was filmed.

Congrats!  Well done and an image you can certainly be proud of!  Save up a little and get it printed, you won't regret it! :)

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:56:22 PM »
when I saw this, I instantly knew, that I had to take a pic in b&w.

Cool!  Pun intended!   ;)

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:55:41 PM »
Few from me :)

Seascapes okay?

Cheers! :)

Very nice!  I really like #3 the best!  Thanks for sharing!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:50:44 PM »
Tanzania 2013

1Dx 200-400f/4
Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 & 1/1600th ISO400

Edward, you are blessed to be in the presence of these amazing beasts on such a regular basis!  Your eye and your gear are an unbeatable combo!  So very cool!  8)

All the best!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:48:19 PM »

She is begging me for mercy... Lol.

Lovely Image Sanj, also Lovely Lady.

But, I think The Everly Brothers beat you to the punch re your line on mercy etc, with their Song "All I have to do is Dream"   8)

Goes something like this

Dream, dream, dream, dream
Dream, dream, dream, dream

Or, Maybe not.

Lovely image Sanj!  I'm surprised you didn't try telling us that she was begging you for a spanking! lol! ::)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:43:51 PM »
5D3 + 70-200 II - the first time I took to birds with this lens.

Bah ... I think I'm in trouble now. The IQ of the 100-400 almost suddenly feels like crap. Need to save up for a new 300mm f/2.8 II.

Beautiful photo, J.R. What bird is that?
Yes, that combo is nice. Like you, I wish for more reach. I dream of the 600mm and then wake up ;D

Hey, who knows, perhaps that new 150-600mm they've just announced will be affordable and with good IQ and AF!  :D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Please let me introduce myself...
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:41:53 PM »
It's a pleasure to meet you Max!  Thanks for sharing and welcome to the forum!   :D

All the best!

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:22:54 AM »
Sorry, but that's exactly the look why HDR is no more interesting for a lot of people ;/

With all due respect that is also exactly the look why a lot of people like to give HDR a try, such as myself. Different strokes for different folks.

With all due respect, yes.  Both...  ::)

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:19:59 AM »

I agree with you Rowbear!  Very nicely done and the boat/boater definitely adds to it and gives it a story... I like it a lot! 

Good to see the lowly 7D's are still out there shining and excelling in areas that some say they aren't even made for... Very nice and welcome to the forum!  :D

Btw, you seem to have a couple dust specs toward the top right in the sky field...  ;)

Thanks Ken.  :)

Eeeekk, I have to get it cleaned... again :o

Here's another one.

Camera    Canon EOS 7D
ISO    100
Focal Length    10mm (EF-s 10-22, 16mm in 35mm)
Aperture    f/11
Exposure Time    0.2s (1/5)

Thats outstanding Robert!  What a beautiful image!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:16:10 AM »

Philippine Magpie-Robin (Copsychus mindanensis) by alabang, on Flickr

The Philippine Magpie-Robin (Copsychus mindanensis) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines. It previously was considered a subspecies of the Oriental Magpie-Robin.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.



Settings: 1/100 ƒ/5.6 ISO 1250 700mm


Story behind the photo:

I almost did not bother taking a photo of this Philippine Magpie-Robin (Copsychus mindanensis) thinking this was just another Philippine Pied Fantail (Rhipidura nigritorquis) that is extremely difficult to photograph because it rarely, if ever, stays still. I was also disinterested in picturing the Fantail here because I can easily do it from the comfort of my backyard.

What peaked my interest was its behaviour of staying rather stationary in the trees and it not spreading its tail into a fan. Another thing that caught my eye was the white and black feathers being of a slightly different pattern. Anyways, for those curious this is another lifer for me and what is more an endemic bird that can only be found in the Philippines.

For those who would want to take a photo of dark feathered birds you generally need to overexpose by 2-stops to get the bards to show up but you have to be mindful of balancing it out to consider the white feathers as well.

Wonderful Paolo!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:14:27 AM »
Yesterday was Bee-eater day.

Photo 1: Bee-eater Ballerina
Photo 2: Takeoff

Very nice!  I've certainly not seen any of those out here! :-[

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:12:04 AM »
Recently took a trip to San Francisco. Took lots of photos with my 5D3. Also, just got a Flickr account. I will try to post some using my Flickr. I hope this works. Here are some hummingbird shots.

C69A1056-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

C69A1801-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

C69A1881-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

C69A2217-dpp-c by joher777, on Flickr

Awesome Serendipidy!  These look a bit more challenging as captures than Harry!  Congratulations, really, really nice!  I like them all quite a bit but I really love the last one... not sure why but that black background has something to do with it for me and the almost macro image of the flowers... really nice set! 

It looks like you've toned down the BB a little bit too, I like it!  ;D

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