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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:20:01 PM »
50D on 200 f/2, at f/2

Very Nice Image Carl, well done.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:54:16 PM »
1Dx  85mm 1.2
here's one more of my  granddaughter  Kassidee she's 14

Lovely Image Gary of a Lovely Young Lady.

Carl & Northstar, appreciate the comments Thank You.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 18, 2014, 09:26:18 PM »
Hi Expat, my experience has been of the smallish type, up to a foot long, jigged or jogged for, night time.

The Ink shouldn't present a real issue, the slime they are covered in will if it get's onto your Lens, but my experience is it can be cleaned off, although I'm not sure how it affects the new Lens coatings.

Other than that take a big pot & some cooking oil, they generally taste better than they look.

Hopefully you won't be seeing anything like the attached Image.

Here's some mild reading before you go, suggestion here is ChainMail, don't fall overboard while wearing it because you'll have all the attributes of an untethered Anchor.


EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Won't Power On
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:17:21 PM »
Hi Nazareth, quite honestly sorry to hear the issues your having with with the 1Dx, not helpful of course but I had both my own 1Dx bodies into Canon Singapore last year & both returned just fine.

I do appreciate threads like this, the heads up warnings at least allow us to understand that there are often issues out there with the equipment we use.

If you wouldn't mind I'de like to know which Canon service centre you put your 1Dx into, only so I don't make the same mistake myself should I ever again have the need to service/repair a unit other than through Canon Singapore.

Among the comments made by Nuero there is one Gem and I was unaware of it myself, that's the comment regards use of a Credit Card with Amazon extending the Warranty Period, I've checked the info and it appears correct, this is useful information for you (and anyone else) in the hope that your Camera may still be under Warranty, worth checking.

You have my sympathies, for most a 1Dx is a significant investment and it's a little world shattering when things go wrong, your "little rant" is not unusual & your endeavours to give a heads up over an issue I at least was unaware of, should be commended.

My own history with Canon/Nikon might put some perspective into the problem, I owned the 1Ds MK III, This had been a total Horror story with the well documented AF issues, 5DMK III light leak issues on 2 out of 3 Bodies, D800 left/right out of whack Focus issues, Nikon finally replaced the Camera Body & I promptly sold it, My 200f/2 300f/2.8 II 400f/2.8 II 600f/4 II all required sending back to Canon Singapore for new firmware due to upgrades required due to release of the 1Dx & 5DMK III, so one might ask "why stay with Canon" ?? I understand these issues are relevant to all Camera systems & Canon I feel generally provide the best after sales service.

Don't take to heart negativity on a public forum, it's part of the beast, take the positives from the experience, hopefully there are some, i.e.. the extended warranty via Credit Card payment at Amazon.

I hope you get the issue fixed, unfortunately it's likely made you a D4s future buyer, but believe me all the Camera Manufactures have the same issues, these are mechanical pieces of gear, just like a Car or a Toaster, most work out of the Box, some don't, you unfortunately got one that has issues.

it shocks me sometimes the narrow point of view that is expressed about certain subjects and how little knowledge there is on this forum about professional photography. i thought there were more professionals on this forum but it seems more and more there is not...or at least they remain quiet readers for the most part.

And with an opening paragraph like this, it's a pity you didn't remain one of those "quite readers for the most part".

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: March 16, 2014, 10:42:18 PM »

I'm so sorry to see that it is in B&W.
It should have been so beautiful and spectacular in "real" - astonishing colors...

That's quite Ok endiendo, that's what makes Photography so interesting & attractive, we see a scene the way we want to, and all opinions are valid.

So this scene is just for you.

Antarctica is an amazing place, needs a Phase One to do it justice I think, but the thing that surprised me was the actual lack of colour, it's pretty well shades of Blue & White, which is why it converts reasonably well to B&W.

Lenses / Re: Just bought a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II - A Few Questions
« on: March 15, 2014, 10:08:30 PM »
I think most of the issues mentioned can be attributed to the attached.

I find with mine that it does rattle when shaken, depends on just how you want the result, I actually prefer "over ice but not shaken", I really hate that rattling noise in my 70-200.

When attached to your Camera Body you may find some mild to serious issues with weather sealing.

Attachment does cause light leak issues except when used in the dark.

Only real downside on mine is the Zoom Rings are very very difficult to Zoom with,

I can't speak for others of course, but I can say that mine does produce an amazingly good Cappuccino just when you need it, about dawn in the Okavango Delta.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:48:22 PM »
That's a great picture Edward; the B&W and the way you have processed it has given a feel of real energy in the picture.
Thanks Sporgon, I actually liked your B&W previous so thought I'de stay in step.

Proof positive; Talent works without teeth and claws ;) Imagine what this would have looked like, with 80MB resolution, a couple of f-stops extra DR on a 2x3m2 HQ print ...  :P If this isn't Phase One territory, what is?

Thanks Eldar, Not sure on the Talent, but I'de agree on how much better this could have been Shot with a Phase One, heading back to South Georgia in November this year, with a Phase One this time.

Still, any Landscape is made better with the addition of say, a Polar Bear chewing down a Seal, a Lion pulling down a Buffalo, right ??
Mmmmm, no Surfers or Oil Rigs but not much water either.

I really like this picture. It's a beautiful B&W. Great shot Edward.

Thanks Click

Very nice  :)
what lens, camera, exposure settings did you use. (Well I see your skills is the main thing here ;)

Image was taken on my first trip to Antarctica in 2010, the Klebnikov was slowly passing through a large open straight (can't remember which one), but it was the first day of calm & sunshine for 3 days, so I shot this from the stern deck.

5DMK II & 24-70f/2.8 Version I, 28mm f/11 & 1/500th & ISO100

The 1/500th was due to the ship still moving, albeit quite calm seas.

I processed the Image in LR5/PSCC/One One Effects to add more Polariser, then processed into B&W in Filter Forge 4 using a B&W conversion Filter, it's the first time I've done that, helped get the areas effected by the Polarising Filter to move more to the Blacks.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: March 14, 2014, 09:38:36 PM »
Mmmmm, no Surfers or Oil Rigs but not much water either.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 14, 2014, 08:19:34 PM »

Wow that's more than I thought, great work!  Did those get published?

Hi Carl, most, if not all, of my Images need some work, I'de like to think at some point I get to the stage where little to none is required but at 64 I may not have enough time left.   :)

The image of the chap I posted with Mud all round him was one of those difficult ones to get right, he was behind two Bulls, coming directly towards me at the speed of charging Bulls, Mud Flying all over the place so messing with the AF on the 1Dx, basically I set the 1Dx on Manual, gave it +1 stop, f/8 to take care of DOF, 1/800th to semi freeze action, ISO1000 because I was using a Circular Polariser to cut down reflections from the mud & water highlights, and focussed on the bulls heads as they came towards me, then ensured my escape path was unobstructed, the bulls had an escape area at the end of the Mud Bath Run only about 20 Meters wide, I placed myself in the middle and moved left or right out of the Bulls Path, this only became an issue when they released 2 or 3 sets of Bulls at the same time, then it was best to make your escape earlier rather than later.

Biggest issue I had with this Image was having to crop 20% (I generally try not to crop at all if possible & the 200-400 has been a huge help in that area), introduces Noise which I'm not keen on, Dfine2 takes care of most of it & unlike some software programmes you can determine where you make the adjustment in the image.

The new On One Version 8 is a very worthwhile upgrade, I've worked for many years with Photoshop and am reasonably comfortable with it, but On One is what Photoshop should be, much more intuitive and easier to use, My feel is that given another upgraded version On One may well prove to be the Photoshop Killer. If Adobe ever introduce Layers to Light Room it will also be the end of Photoshop for 90% of users I would think.

I don't publish my Images, having said that I've won a number of Underwater photo competitions, had my Images published in several Travel Magazines and have sold several of my Wildlife Images to Businesses in Singapore & Japan, I do print for Friends & Family of course and although I've talked about setting up a website I'm still in the "talking about it" stage, have been for several years.   ;)

The only place I post images at all is here on CR, I do that because I tend to like the people, like yourself, that post images, comment & offer advice on this Site, there are exceptions of course, but not many which is unusual for a site like CR.

And I liked the Green Foliage Image you posted in waterscapes, very nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 13, 2014, 08:19:14 PM »
Does anyone not think that, perhaps 10 years from now, Canon will be into Medium Format in a big way? 

I tend to agree, I can't not see Canon delving into Medium Format dslr, how much so I honestly couldn't guess.

The fact that Nikon have for the past 2 years had a 36MP body available to the Market & now Sony with the a7r, I feel ensures Canon will release a +/- 40MP Sensor dslr Body, and I would Guess, sometime this year. This is a Market, not huge, although both the D800 & a7r seem to be selling quite well, I just can't not see canon wanting some of this Market going forward.

Wether or not Canon get into the true MF Market of the Phase One style of Studio Bodies I'm less sure of, this is a highly specialised and quite small Market.

I'de like them to produce something like this though, not sure what I'de do with it with 1.5 fps, but it sure is a thing of Beauty. Sony 50MP Sensor as well.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7/A7r Light Leak Issue
« on: March 13, 2014, 07:59:31 PM »
Was actually thinking of a rain drop(s) running down the surface. If light can get in so can water, and the lens release button looks like the sort of place water could run into and divert into the camera.

Hi Expatinasia, have a look at this video, at around the 3.45 mark.


I haven'y tried that with my own a7r, but I did have mine on a Jet Ski in Australia in December videoing my son on those Water Plume thingys, covered the a7r in a reasonable amount of salt water, washed it off later with a soaked towel of fresh water, still working, impressed me at least.

I've tried the light leak thing on mine, friend of mine also has the a7r we bought them same time same shop in Singapore, unable to get the light leak issue, but I can on my 5DMK III's, hasn't seemed to have caused much of an issue to date though.

Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 13, 2014, 07:43:22 PM »
I believe this thread is one of those who lost track of the theme ...  ::)

It has, but the derailment of the 600/300/200-400 & Tamron 50-600 thread makes this one look positively on the ball.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 13, 2014, 07:26:54 PM »
Great work edward some amazing shots in the series :)

Thanks Bornshooter.

Great!  What did you do in post, if anything?

Hi Carl, something like this.

Cropped about 20% out so the Bulls backs were out of the Image (LR5)

In PSCC, adjusted brightness (I used a Circular Polariser so Images were dark), adjusted Levels.

Moved to NIK Viveza 2 to slightly increase brightness on the Face only.

Moved the Image to On One Suite 8 Layers, made an adjustment in On One effects to to strengthen contrast & background colour.

Sharpened in On One

Moved to Define 2 as the background had built up some Noise, denoised just the background slightly.

Adjusted size in On One "Resize" for web.

About 30 minutes on the Image.

Almost everything I do in NIK & On One can be done in Photoshop, to a lesser degree in LR5, but NIK & On One are just more intuitive than Photoshop, at least for me.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 12, 2014, 10:59:19 PM »
1Dx 200-400f/4
Lovely picture!

And one hell of a golf shot I am sure  ;)

One hell of a "Divot" that's for sure

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