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Lenses / Re: Which prime lens for nature fotography?
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:59:21 PM »
I currently own & use these long lenses, 200f/2, 300f/2.8 II, 600f/4 II & 200-400f/4 (sold the 400f/2.8 II).

My primary Photography is Wildlife, and which Lens to take & use is always an internal debate, I've never been in the situation where at some point I haven't thought "Crap, wrong decision".

When I look through my most used lens, it's without doubt the 300f/2.8 II (and previously the V1 of this lens), mostly @ 300, but quite frequently with the 1.4x Mk III Converter. The 200-400f/4 is fast taking over through.

Given the Bodies you have, FF 5D II & 6D, you are going to get your native 300 @ f/2.8 plus 420 @ f/4 with the 1.4x

With your 7D you have 480 @ f/2.8 & 670 @ f/4

The weight package to carry is still reasonably light, when compared to say the 400f/2.8, 600f/4, and the 300f/2.8 II although not considered a cheap Lens, is reasonably priced, light weight, and in my opinion the sharpest Lens Canon make.

A word on the Converters, only buy the Mk III units, and consider only the 1.4x, the 2x is Ok, but just that, Ok, where it's hard to tell any degradation on the image from using the 1.4x. And you have your 7D for those times you can't get close enough.

Hope this helps & what ever you decide, enjoy.

EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:03:38 PM »
No, certainly not me.  Likely one of the banned ex-CR trolls attempting a lame and pathetic sort of payback.

Mt Spokane copped a mention as well, both sets of comments seemed, off ?

A Mt Spokane ashamed of being a Canon user ? don't think so

A Nuero supportive of Sony & unable to spell or write concise grammar ? don't think so

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:50:35 AM »
Either way in keeping with Canon's penchant for higher priced gear than the competition, there's little doubt the Canon challenge to the a7r/D800/D810, will be quite a bit more expensive.

I am not sure why you conclude that Canon is usually more expensive. My perception is different. Canon used to be both better and cheaper and only recently lost that lead.

Ok, let's look at what I use and it may give some idea of why I have the opinion that Canon gear is generally more expensive than nearest equivalent Nikon gear.

I currently own 1Dx, 5DMK III (The 1Dx was at release, much more expensive than the D4, the 5DMK III at release was much more expensive than the D800)

Currently list priced
1Dx $6799/D4 $5999/D4s $6499
5DMK III $3399/D800 $2999/D810 $3299

I currently own & use (among others) these Canon Lenses 200f/2, 300f/2.8 II, 200-400f/4, 600f/4 & I sold my 400f/2.8 II last year.

Current list prices
Canon 200f/2 $5999
Nikon 200f/2 $5999

Canon 300f/2.8II $6599
Nikon 300f/2.8 $5899

Canon 400f/2.8II $10499
Nikon 400f/2.8 $ 9549

Canon 200-400f/4 $11799 (Yes, it has a built in 1.4x)
Nikon 200-400f/4 II $6999 (1.4x costs $400 ??)

Canon 600f/4II$11999
Nikon 600f/4 $10299

This "Trend" of Canon's being more expensive has been in place for a while now, I won't argue that the generally newer developed Canon Whites have an IQ advantage over the equivalent Nikon Lenses, but that argument doesn't wash with friends that use nikon, I prefer the Canon set up, and I've tried the Nikon set up (D800/D3x/D4).

What Canon "used to be" is to me less important than where Canon are today, they are more expensive, in the gear that I use, how they fit in the Market segments that I don't use is of zero importance to me.

In the area of FF Camera Bodies, and generally Long Lenses, Canon are more expensive, certainly more than Nikon & Sony, again, in many cases for good reason in particular over Sony, Sony have developed amazingly good Sensors & their Camera bodies are trending smaller, but usability, Lens line up etc is poor in comparison to Nikon/canon.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:31:05 PM »
The Local Lion endures a breakfast squeeze, knowing thereĀ“s food in the other end ...

Zeiss Otus 55/1.4
1/8000s, f1.4, ISO100

Fat Happy Cat.

But, if I was that Cat I'de be more than a little concerned about where those slippers came from   :)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:24:24 PM »
With 200-400

Nice Sanj, you'll look back & miss that 200-400 when you view Images like this.

Only way to get my 200-400 is to prise it from my cold dead fingers.....or Canon produce a Mk II   ::)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:21:34 PM »
Love the images I get from the 1Dx. Early morning shot into the light, it catches focus somehow. This one is a slowish shutter speed to get some movement in the wings and water.

Wonderful Image, well done !!

Just moved from the iPhone 5s to the 6 Plus, rarely use the Camera, but after watching the attached video I've started to experiment a little, have to admit it's pretty good for a Phone Camera, the "slow mo" thing is good fun as well, probably replace the limited use of the Canon M with the 6+ for those Images where you need small and inconspicuous, although as far as Phones go the 6+ is anything but inconspicuous.



No, I don't think it was you, it was someone who just started posting a few months ago. 

Then I stand corrected, my apologies.

In some cases (e.g. that Gold Coast guy) I'm convinced better technique would help. 

Reasonably sure that's me, not too sure why I copped a mention here but even so it would have been a common courtesy to use my handle "eml58", I guess where you come from "that Gold Coast Guy" works just fine, but if you'd care to elucidate on where my technique has gone wrong (and I'm sure there's a 300 page book in there somewhere, but a few succinct pointers would do), I'm always extremely keen to learn from those with better technique & skills (indeed it's the main reason I participate in CR).

I assume (I know, dangerous), from your comment you've established you fall into that category ?? better skilled and such ?? So happy to learn from those that can teach.

@eml58 - Fantastic use! Beutiful shot... this is more proof that tech allows us to do more, but it still comes down to experience!
Thank you for sharing.
That is a picture? No no no! This is eml's new hobby - water colours.

Why are there so many artifacts there? is this the conversion to png issue?

eml, when you posted this one or one similar to it that looked different. Lovely pic! As usual.

Hi RPT, your right, it's a poor attempt at turning the Image into a water-colour using some 3rd party software, I was bored at the time, the Original I posted on another thread, can't remember which one, I'm away from Home on Holidays (Japan/Burma) and this was the only version I had on my Computer to Post regards Images taken with a WiFi set up.

Anyone who really loves the TS-E 17mm and 24mm lenses could use 'em with the Metabones (although possibly with some added flocking, based on reviews I've read.)

I'm currently using the V4 Metabones for my a7r, larger diameter Barrel (for better use with Canon TSE) and additional black flocking (for reduced reflection), works exceptionally well, although I haven't had any real issues with the V3 either, except some vignetting with the TSE use, V4 resolves that issue for me.

Had the loan of a Pentax 645z for a week, just simply love this sensor, quite possibly the best I've ever encountered in any Camera I've used (Haven't tried Phase one yet), not too keen on the Camera style, but it works well (if someone gets this sensor into a dslr/1D form, I'm onboard in a new york second), let down like the a7r with poorish selection of Lenses, if Pentax fix the lens issue, adapt Leaf Shutter etc, it's a real nice set up for Landscape/Still Imaging.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: October 03, 2014, 11:16:53 PM »
I think one of the best posts on this was the one where jrista did his comparison, made his point about DR but then balanced it with some of the problems the Sony camera presented due to it being inferior in other areas.

Completely agree, totally.

But we've seen the reaction that comes from being the "messenger", jrista is now sitting somewhere picking tar & feathers from himself, insulted, bullied & bashed (but I'm sure not beaten).

It seems difficult for some to accept someone else's argument if it conflicts with their own view, and too often the reactions are what we've seen here on CR regards this DR debate (I'm sure the letters actually stand for "dopey reaction").

Not sure why people can't read a Post, feel it conflicts with their own view but maintain respect for someone else having a different view, and simply move onto another Post/View/Opinion without reaching for the Red Button that launches the nukes, Human Nature ??

Fingers crossed ...

And Toes.

I have a suspicion this could actually happen, too much happening with High MP Sony/Nikon/Hassie/Pentax etc for Canon not to want to have some of this action.

I also have my doubts Canon will want to go head to head with the a7r/D810, it will more likely be a better Business Decision for Canon to go "Balls & All" with a 1D Body, I personally hope that's the case. I don't for a second believe this will be a 1DxII, the current 1Dx is about as good as it gets for high ISO/12fps style of Imaging, but 50MP & 6fps ?? works for me, better "xx" (don't want to start another war of words by using those two little capital letters some Canon users just about have a baby hippo over).

I also dread the "announcement" may be another 200-400f/4 type situation, announce now to stop the rot setting in & the actual "development" takes the next 2 years.

But I've been wrong before, often in fact.


I'm not exactly sure what having Wifi enables you to do but from eml58s wonderful example it sounds like you can change focus after the camera has been positioned. This, if it is truly possible, is a great advantage over the method that I have used before as is the ability to change ISO, aperture and shutter speeds after positioning the camera.

A single tap on the screen where you want to focus will adjust the AF on the Camera remotely, it's very good for still subjects, it doesn't have the capacity to continuos  AF, that would be something quite amazing and I expect we will see it in the future upgrades, I hope.

You can have a look here at just what this piece of Kit is capable of, it certainly beats Canon's WiFi built in or otherwise hands down.

Most other attributes can be changed remotely, ISO, shutter speed & f stop.


And Jura, love the Images.

The attached I posted in another Thread on WiFi Remote shooting, in it's original form (I don't remember which Thread unfortunately), I'm away on Holiday at present and this is the only version of the Original I have, but it shows what can be done with remote WiFi shooting.

I've found it a staggering omission from Canon that they haven't gone all the way with imbedded WiFi, I guess that prefer to sell a somewhat hamstrung add on in the form of the E6 at a staggering $799, this device does about 20% of what the CamRanger will do, the CamRanger sells for $299, the excuse that the Bodies of the 5DMK III & 1Dx are Magnesium & don't allow WiFi passage is patently ridiculous, others with similar Body tech have been doing it for Years.

Getting onto the subject though.

The original Image was taken with the 1Dx & 300f/2.8 II on a RRS metal low profile Tripod + RRS levelling Base, connected to a CamRanger WiFi device, which connects remotely to my iPad Mini.




I set the tripod/Camera & attached CamRanger in the path of this Mother Leopard & her two Cubs, the Mother was extremely wary of the vehicle and we didn't want to stress either the mother or the Cubs plus there were a pack of Hyenas in the area and they've learnt that following the vehicles will often lead to other Animals Kills, and Hyenas love to Kill Leopard Cubs unfortunately (Baboons as well, Leopard Cub # 1 danger), once I set the Tripod on the path we sat off behind some bush about 50-70 metres away out of direct site, then via the iPad, remotely focussed the Animals as they got closer, then tripped the shutter via the CamRanger software on the iPad Mini once the Leopards attention was fully on the weird object in the pathway.

I've used the CamRanger now extensively, the app you download to control the gear via the iPad (or phone, computer etc) is remarkably good, allows setting of most Camera Functions including focus with an AF lens, it's best to set a wider aperture as although the equipment reacts quite fast, it doesn't allow for constant AF of a moving subject as far as I've been able to test to date.

I've also just purchased the CamRanger MP360 Motorised Tripod Base and I'm quite impressed with this piece of equipment as well.

Only downside I've found to date is that Lions are not only inquisitive, but they also like to "taste" the gear, so be prepared and bring an extra Camera.

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