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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:57:36 PM »
Just the other morning...
1/800 sec
ISO 160
f/6.3
310mm

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:56:12 PM »
My muse is back! Yes, Mr. Hawk payed us a visit today. He came to cool his feet as you can see. I took 88 snaps. Various combinations of 100-400L and the 70-200L with and without the 1.4x. This one is with my 5D3, 100-400L+1.4xiii - so @540mm. 1/320, f8, ISO 320. I have not wiped off the EXIF so you can examine it.

I am entirely satisfied with both the lenses with and without the 1.4xiii. I have noticed that when the pictures are not sharp it is due to shake. AFMA values with and without the 1.4xiii is the same for both lenses! So AFMA of the 1.4xiii is 0. I am happy.  :)

Very nice RPT!  I like the lighting too!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:53:52 PM »
Waiting for a Northern Harrier to do some passes from under a pine tree and had a little Junco stop by to say hi.  Unfortunately the Harrier never came as close as I had hoped.


Beautiful colors. The background colors are perfect for the bird.  8)
The bokeh, colors and contrast are wonderful in this image!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2013, 10:22:57 AM »
To me a 7D would be a bird/wildlife backup camera to the 1DX. The most important thing for me, compared to what the current 7D provides, in order of priority:
1: AF. If it gets the 5DIII AF system, it will be a massive improvement.
2: High ISO performance. If it gets to 5DIII standard, I´ll be very happy
3: Dynamic range. I would love to see the DR number grow by at least 1.
4: Resolution. Provided I can get the above, I would want as much as possible. But I would not trade Noise/DR performance for more resolution.
5: fps. 8 is OK, 10 would make me happy
6: A good silent shutter mode, similar to or better than 5DIII. The 1DX machine gun can scare off grizzlies.

Your wish will be granted.

Agreed.  That sounds reasonable and desirable.  That would be a great 7D MkII and would keep its position as the flagship of the Canon Crop Fleet...  It's an upgrade that makes sense and is believable...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: November 02, 2013, 10:19:18 AM »
What more could you want than what the 5D Mark III already offers? One that goes out and takes photos and just brings them back to you while you're drinking your morning coffee?

Well, the MkIII isn't perfect yet and neither will the 5D MkIV be perfect.  Yet, I cannot express how glad I am that I decided not to wait any longer for the much anticipated 7D2! 

If I had waited, I would have missed out on almost 15,000 images I've taken with my 5D MkIII already in the last 10 months!  I would have hated that!  I woudn't have any idea how great the move to FF would really be... No idea that I'm missing nothing with FF with regard to IQ on cropped images to "get reach" over my 7D.  I would have no idea what it would be like to have my keeper rate increase by approximately 185%, thanks to a far superior AF system...

The list goes on and on... Why wait for something they aren't even rumoring about?  I waited almost two years for the rumored 7D2 before I finally said, "forget it".  I've not looked back I'm sure  the OP won't look back either once he has the most excellent 5D MkIII... 

It's a whole new world, grab one today, worry about a MkIV a year or so after the rumor specs start coming out!  Because it's not coming anytime soon! 

5D MkIII is an excellent choice, I wouldn't think twice about it!  You'll love FF.   ;D

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Macro / Re: Denizens of the Forest Floor
« on: November 02, 2013, 10:05:51 AM »
Mushrooms of some variety!  They're like little Umbrella Mushrooms!  ::)

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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO Optics Pro 9 released
« on: November 02, 2013, 10:03:45 AM »
ok, so i guess that means it will do better processing multiple images if you set the value higher but there will not be any improvement on single image processing time. i tried raising the max cache value and that didn't seem to matter either?

i have just done some experimenting so far but it sounds like that prime actually performs faster with high iso images and slows down with lower iso ones?
The performance stuff only applies to processing more images at once, and PRIME slows every image down, no matter the ISO, but there is so much data and so little noise for it to work with at ISO 100, it really kills it.

I must be doing something wrong, I haven't had an image take over 45-60 seconds yet... hmm...   ???

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 02, 2013, 09:59:03 AM »
This is an other version of something I posted a while back. This tiny, 4 inch guy decided to climb one of the three water lilies on the lake, and the only one with a fresh flower.

Great image!   :D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 02, 2013, 09:56:47 AM »
Awesome images everyone! More! More More!


Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) by alabang, on Flickr

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.[2] It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.[2] In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna
What a great image and beautiful bokeh!  Impressive compression!

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
« on: November 02, 2013, 09:55:19 AM »
KROB AND CLICK THANKS!


Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) by alabang, on Flickr

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.[2] It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.[2] In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna
Wow!  Another excellent image Paolo!

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:47:06 PM »
Another image from the old 7D and the 18-135mm Kit lens!
It just shows you can get decent landscape images even with bodies not necessarily designed for that sort of work.
Agreed Richard and thank you!  I loved my 7d and I don't miss it a whole lot, as my 5D MkIII certainly took away the pain of letting it go, rather quickly! 

Looking back at my settings, I have to wonder, what in the world was I thinking?  Why didn't I take that image at 18mm or 24mm?  I think there were some images I took on that trip where I must have thought that I would lose the sharpness if I was to wide, who knows... Live and learn I suppose and as you and I have mentioned previously, nothing really bad to say about my 7D, I loved owning it! 

In fact I was surprised to see you made the move when you did to the 5d3... I had a feeling you were going to wait it out for the 7D MkII...   Like me, I'm sure you have no regrets at this point! 

All the best!  :)
I still have my 7D. The plan was that the MkIII would replace the MkII for landscapes, macri and low light, but the first itm the light started dropping last year, the MkIII came out and the 7D went in, then it was another year before it came out again. I then realised just how twitchy the AF is on it compared to the MkIII and missed shots as a result.
Indeed, I found the 7D to be close to flawless after I perfected my technique with it.  Was fairly certain that the MkIII wouldn't really have anything on the AF but was more interested for the high ISO usage... boy was I wrong about that!  I couldn't believe how superior the MkIII AF is over my trusty 7D.  It didn't take long before it saw less and less of the world without a lens cap on!  No regrets and it was a great camera for me...

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:43:51 PM »
DIF
1/1250th s
ISO 3200
f/5.6
360mm
NR with new DxO's Optics Pro 9
Thanks Ken, it's always good to see nice dragonfly images, mind you, I might get jealous :P. One thing I've been playing wtth recently in Lightroom, is reducing HSL of certain colours and green was one I was playing around with. If you're usnure whether or not the green is too much, it might be worth a play.
Yes, I'll look further into it.  Sometimes I just cannot decide.  The very first image I ever took with it was a dragonfly image I took several years ago, the day I received my 70-200mm f/2.8 II.  I'll post it here and you'll see what I mean, I just couldn't decide about the green.  I even did a B&W rendition of it...

The greens couldn't be helped, as the creature landed on a single blade of grass in my backyard, down deep in the grass... Perhaps jumping into the HSL settings would have offered some better options to "tamper' it down a bit...

I've attached the "green" photo and the b&w for comparison...
Of course it complicates things when the dragonfly decides to use green as its primary colour :P. I think the only way would be to duplicate the layer, then use a mask or eraser after toning it down in the background.
I may try that Richard, sounds like a good idea!  Many thanks! :D

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:42:52 PM »
I agree with Eldar.

I prefer the color version also. Nice work.
Thank you Eldar and Thank you Click, your comments are very kind...   :)

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:22:55 PM »
Based on Dustin's review, I ordered one of these early this week!  Should delivery today or Monday. 

I haven't owned a UWA lens since I sold my EF-S 10-22 a few years ago and have missed it.  I'm looking forward to getting out and taking some fall foliage shots at 14mm!

+1  Looking forward to seeing them!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron to Announce New Tele Zoom Next Week.
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:18:18 PM »
My longest lens is currently a 70-200 F4L IS and I am shopping for something longer for quite some time now.
I don't like the Canon 100-400 with its ancient IS and awkward push-pull zoom design, and optics could be better, too. A successor (if it ever comes into being) will likely cost 2,5k€ and is therefore most likely out of the question for a hobbyist.
The Sigma 120-300 2.8 OS has pretty good optics but is not as long as I would like it to be, heavy as hell and quite pricey, too.
The various Sigron 50/120/150/200-400/500 f4-f6.3 with and without OS/VC also do not cut it optically.
So lets hope Tamron delivers on this one.

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I don't like the Canon 100-400 with its ancient IS and awkward push-pull zoom design, and optics could be better, too. A successor (if it ever comes into being) will likely cost 2,5k€ and is therefore most likely out of the question for a hobbyist.

I don't know... I don't really find the "ancient IS" that much of a problem... Guess it depends what you're shooting with it but most of us are shooting wildlife and/or outdoor sports with it.  I've also found the "awkward push-pull zoom" to not be that awkward at all.  In fact when tracking a BIF coming in toward you, it's actually quite natural to slowly draw the barrel back toward you...

There is a reason that this lens is still relevant after all these years without an upgrade.  Here's a few from the old 100-400mm with the "ancient IS" turned on...

At it's price range, I don't think it's a bad option, especially for a "hobbyist"...  ::)  But that's just me!   ;)

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