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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 30, 2014, 06:44:35 AM »
D800 -> D810

The 5dm3 is looking really old.

So you are a bit clumsy and damage the thing???

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Hopefully it's possible to put the new sensor in the ''old'' 1DX. If worthwile of course.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 15, 2014, 03:27:43 PM »
I´m a bit scared of loosing my reputation of posting cat images, so here´s a recent one of The Local Lion :)
He´s 14 years old now, but still king of the street  8)
Like with other animals, I find the structure and color of their fur to be amongst the best subject for lens tests there is. Open the link and look close around his eyes ...

I totally wrecked my 135 f2.0L earlier this year and was planning to buy a new, but ended up with a Zeiss 135 f2.0 instead. Optically and mechanically as good as only Zeiss makes them, but of course manual focus. This one is shot with the new Ec-S focusing screen. With that I am able to nail pretty much every shot, provided things does´t move too fast.

King of the street!!!! take a look at his face, it's like one is looking to an angry male Lion.

1/640s, f2.0, ISO100

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Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 17, 2013, 12:04:52 PM »
Everyone seems to use a Wimberley. I bought a Sachtler FSB 6 Fluide Head and never had any complain about it.
It even works in very low temperatures ( -25 Celsius ) and you can set the resistance for all directions.
Really great tool.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 04, 2013, 03:09:07 PM »
. . . trying A LOT lately with the 200 f2 as it seems it need completely different setup than other lenses. The dof is, well, non existent so it has to be the right balance between "edgy and steady" . . .


The Dowitcher is a nice shot, good action.

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Nature and wildlife photographer Vincent Munier. Besides a friendly modest frenchman who speaks english, he is often pushing boundaries. 

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Lenses / Re: Why Does the 100-400L Sell So Well Still ?
« on: June 06, 2013, 02:56:41 PM »
For a lens of this size ( 100 - 400 mm ) push / pull works great. It is really easy to use.
Please bring out a new one according to modern standards. it is a great lens for traveling by plane, but reduce the weight a little bit more.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:00:10 PM »
Canon has nothing to respond to Nikon in terms of sensors today.
And about  AF you're wrong, 1DX  for example has a greater speed but the accuracy is lower than D4 in a series of shots/time.

It helps in other words not to have a higher speed / second if the outcome is not  good as with the Nikon.

Ergonomics is a highly subjective view of equipments

Are you trying to compensate for something????

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EOS Bodies / Re: What is missing from the 7DII specs
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:09:30 AM »
More AF points would be welcome, but even more important, make it a wider AF -area then on the 1DX.
That is my complain about the 1DX, I would love the AF-area more stretched. Imagine this area like a rectangle, then I'am  missing some points in the outer corners. That is based on my experience in the field.


The 1D IV and 7D are about tied for the broadest spread in both dimensions (relative to frame size). The 1D X has the same lateral spread as the 1D IV and 7D, and slightly less spread in the vertical dimension (about half a row shorter).

Basically, the 1D X is giving nearly the same spread (only the two points at the top/bottom of the 7D center column extend beyond the 1D X coverage), both have a point at the 'rule of thirds' intersections, and the 1D X rectangle's corners extend beyond the 7D's coverage, with the 1D X covering a larger area with a far more dense array.

I,ve just returned from a trip to Kamchatka, Russia about three weeks ago. I was there to photograph the mighty Stellers Eagle. Often I place the subject in the upper part of the image and then I, am missing the row on top. Especially when using the AI-servo mode and a moving subject. I all the time select a focuspoint wich is best suitable for the composition. With the MARK4 the problem was less often there, but I'll like the much better quality of the 1DX. And I,ll try to avoid cropping as much as possible. I know I,am a bit cocky, but making the picture without optimizing it by cropping is the sport for me. It,s a bit like the Russians do, why make it easy when one can do it also in a difficult way????/

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EOS Bodies / Re: What is missing from the 7DII specs
« on: March 28, 2013, 07:04:18 PM »
More AF points would be welcome, but even more important, make it a wider AF -area then on the 1DX.
That is my complain about the 1DX, I would love the AF-area more stretched. Imagine this area like a rectangle, then I'am  missing some points in the outer corners. That is based on my experience in the field.
A much better iso performance then de 7D would also be very welcome. And of course a reliable and fast autofocus.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 27, 2013, 04:40:58 AM »
1Dx 300f/2.8 V2, shot @ f/7.1 & 1/250th.
Mala Mala, Northern South Africa, March 2013
Lovely leopard shots! Could you describe how you took this one?

Spent 2 weeks in Northern South Africa at two Properties, Mala Mala & Londolozi, target of the 2 weeks was just Leopards. We were able toPhotograph 24 Different Leopards over the 2 weeks, in particular my plan was to Photograph Leopards at night with the 600EX RT. The Flash was used on a RRS Bracket, set to maul -2 & for 200mm using the 1Dx on the mentioned settings & the 300f/2.8. The trick here was to use only enough Flash to give some "fill" lighting, while utilising the Spotlight from another vehicle at night to throw just enough light on the Leopard to rim light the animal. Biggest issue was maintaining auto focus although the 1Dx was surprisingly good in this area, as long as Focus was on the area of the head that was lit from the spotlight, impossible to focus on the eye. Processed in LR4 for minor crop, Photoshop for some levels to ensure Blacks even, some sharpening in On One. Hope that helps.

That is very very good work and thinking. I call this a masterplan. You can plan something like this, but you get no quarantee. Two weeks with all togheter 24 leopard is also amazing. You' ve got some inside information I guess?

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 21, 2013, 03:43:23 AM »
1Dx
600mm f/9.0 1/1000 iso 400 case 1

Spectacular to see. One always hopes that when something happens like this you're not to close or with a to big lens. Is it a familiair location for Bald Eagle???

Jan

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 18, 2013, 04:24:25 AM »
My equipment had no problems at all. I've used a 1DX for most of the time and it worked flawlessly. I did not protect it although I brought a plastic cover with me to keep the direct wind of the camera. Also, when going outside we had no problems with the camera concerning cover. On the first day of the snowstorm the temperature was about minus 12 degrees Celsius en a windforce of 8 to 9 Beaufort. Visibility was sometimes not more dan 15 metres. The truck on the picture drove into a wall of 1.5 metres of snow because of that poor visibility. With some help it got loose and instead of choosing another route the driver just send the truck over de snow-wall. Only with a bit more care.
Altogheter, because of the circumstances I did not manage to get the Eagle shots I was hoping for ( low angle ). Photographing wildlife on the southern part of Kamtsjatka during winter demands to make it a longer project, but is a great adventure.  My other camera, a 1Dmark4 also worked well. Alle lenses used are L-lenses.

Sounds like an amazing experience. Being so remote like that and seeing such pristine landscapes must be awesome. How long were you there for?

I have often thought of going to Antarctica, Alaska, even parts of Iceland and outlying islands of New Zealand. So much to do, so little time....  :)

Hello,

The whole trip was only ten days of wich five days were spend traveling to Kamtsjatka or driving to the westcoast of the peninsula and back. If you want to travel to an arctic destination, it's quite easy to arrange it yourself or otherwise book a phototrip. There are plenty of these organised trips wich specializes on wildlife photography.
When you ae interested in going to a real remote destination, I have a contact in Russia ( touroperator ) wich ofers a trip to the Lena Delta. You will find there for example a Ross Gull colony. The accomodation that is available for us is very primitive and you spend a whole days sailing by boat to the iland. The whole comfort is very poor, but you stay in a remote place with a Ross Gull colony a 100 metres away.  The landscape is just flat, it's a delta. Renting a helicopter is very pricey nowaydays. A group of four is the maximum.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 17, 2013, 05:28:42 AM »
Togheter with two others just returned from a trip to Kamtsjatka, Russia. The Russian touroperator told us that is was the first time that people from Europe came to the place to photograph the Stellers Sea-Eagle. I now understand why, the place is very inaccessible because there are hardly any roads. The meter of snow and the weather determines whether one anyway eagles sees. One week of stay also yielded two earthquakes and two heavy snowstorms. But fortunatly the Ural truck did it's job, what a hell of a truck. Unstoppable.

Wow! What an experience to have. How did your equipment hold up and what did you use to protect it? It looks very cold....

Love the seal shot, it looks like it is actually posing for the camera while pretending to be put off! The eagle shot is great too.

My equipment had no problems at all. I've used a 1DX for most of the time and it worked flawlessly. I did not protect it although I brought a plastic cover with me to keep the direct wind of the camera. Also, when going outside we had no problems with the camera concerning cover. On the first day of the snowstorm the temperature was about minus 12 degrees Celsius en a windforce of 8 to 9 Beaufort. Visibility was sometimes not more dan 15 metres. The truck on the picture drove into a wall of 1.5 metres of snow because of that poor visibility. With some help it got loose and instead of choosing another route the driver just send the truck over de snow-wall. Only with a bit more care.
Altogheter, because of the circumstances I did not manage to get the Eagle shots I was hoping for ( low angle ). Photographing wildlife on the southern part of Kamtsjatka during winter demands to make it a longer project, but is a great adventure.  My other camera, a 1Dmark4 also worked well. Alle lenses used are L-lenses.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 15, 2013, 04:08:29 PM »
Togheter with two others just returned from a trip to Kamtsjatka, Russia. The Russian touroperator told us that is was the first time that people from Europe came to the place to photograph the Stellers Sea-Eagle. I now understand why, the place is very inaccessible because there are hardly any roads. The meter of snow and the weather determines whether one anyway eagles sees. One week of stay also yielded two earthquakes and two heavy snowstorms. But fortunatly the Ural truck did it's job, what a hell of a truck. Unstoppable.

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