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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:31:24 AM »
Last One, in B & W

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 10, 2014, 04:42:00 AM »
And now Dylan a tough question. Actually a very tough one: Does your wife know? Does she even  know about this poll?  ;D ;D ;D

If the size and color is same as my 400mm f2.8 IS II, she couldn't tell the diff. That why I ruled out Tamron ;D

That is truly very Funny, deceitfully crafty, and smart.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:41:44 PM »
1Dx
24/70 2.8 @ 7.1
great grandson  came over to visit so I had to get the camera out for a few fast ones

Beautifully lit Gary, love the Hair.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:40:49 PM »
I think the prize winning photo you refer to is the one above. Now better understand the combination of factors that led to the accident. I thought about how it was dangerous for the "runners", but now I think it is even more dangerous to unsuspecting photographers. It is ironic that poisonous snakes and lions kill fewer photographers that hippos "cute". Should I put the bulls on my list of danger from now.

That's the one, what made this stand out I feel was the "Rider" and his pose at the instant the image was taken, great Image.

Viewfinder Blindness is the biggest issue, leaving it too late to look up and see just how close the Bulls actually are, big mistake.

The attached 2 show how Happy some riders can be at the end, and also the method they use to get the builds to go faster, Bite the Tails, this in itself is extremely brave when you consider what happens around a Bulls Back End.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 09, 2014, 08:27:09 PM »

Be able to visit places you mentioned above would be a dream come true for me - maybe one day when the kids grow up a little bit more.

I live in California, 10min -15mins away from Huntington Beach. It's very well known place for surfing. The summer here is quite special. Be able to capture the pro surfers will be interesting in my photography collection.


Hi Dylan, I couldn't afford to get to most of these places until my mid 40's, I'de say you have plenty of time.

Huntington Beach is a lovely spot I agree, My Family & I visited the area in 2011, we drove from San Diego to Vancouver over a 5 week period, probably some of the most amazing Coastline on the Planet.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 09, 2014, 08:21:18 PM »
Sigma 50-500 or a plain Canon, which one would they take?

I was Photographing the Bull Run at Pacu Jawi couple days back, of the 11 to 15 serious Photographers 4 were using the Sigma 50-500 on a mix of Canon/Nikon & Olympus, One of the Photographers is a close friend and his Images were excellent coming from this Lens on a D800 all shot on a Monopod.

I was using the 200-400 on a Tripod, have to admit when it came to running from the bulls path I envied my friends rig.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:37:14 PM »
Great pictures EML. ;) But one thing I do not understand. ??? The guy who had crushed D4 and 800mm was so close to the bulls, and could fit even two huge animals in the camera viewfinder, or he attempted a portrait "head and shoulders" of the animal and did not realize the actual distance? :'( Should he have used a 1200mm?

Hi ajfotofilmagem, with my 200-400, I was set at 400 when they started the run, to get them full frame at this Point you needed a 600-800 (I tried 560 f/5.6 but it was taking too long to flip out the 1.4x so I stuck with 400 back to 200), waited until they filled the frame at the half way point then started to zoom back to 200, most of my Images were taken at 300-200 as this allowed most of the background to disappear among the flying mud ( a load of people & tents in the background), of course at that point the Bulls are 3 seconds from you.

The Chinese chap was with a small group behind us on a slight muddy rise that should have been safer & mostly was. Because the animals often took a while to get into the wooden harness,so unfortunately they released 2 & even 3 "runners" at the same time or quite close, that meant you pretty well had to do a runner immediately because with 6 Bulls coming down the patch at one time, your feet in a foot of the mud made escape a priority decision made sooner rather than later.

The Chinese chap just wrong footed himself, he ran Ok, but ran into a deeper muddy patch to one side where he was steamrollered by a Nikon hating Black Bull. He had a Nikon 200-400 & a D800 as a back up set up and was using the 800f/5.6 to get long shots of the riders from the start. The damage to his rig was mostly where the D4 Body parted company with the 800, the Tripod was fine, albeit a bit muddy, but the Body was missing the Lens Flange so a done deal, the 800 was slightly bent in the middle so you could possibly have saved it & shot around corners.

Within 10 minutes the guy was set back up & shooting, they make them tough in China.

The event is arranged once a year at the village level, there's not a lot of organisation that goes into the event, but the locals are very careful to try and reduce accidents, the nearest Hospital is at Padang a 2 hour drive away. This year apparently had the least amount of Photographers willing to set up at the end of the bull Run, and there was only the one semi casualty, last year they had to get a Malaysian Photographer to Hospital, and another Malaysian Photographer won the Sony World Photography award 2013 with an Image shot at this event in 2012 (Chen Wei Seng).

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:35:04 AM »

Stunning images Edward! The speed, sound, splash, mud and excitement can really be felt.

Poor Chinese though. But I suppose, when you provoke the bulls with a Nikon rig, you only have yourself to blame ...  ::)

Thanks Eldar, it was a blast for sure, fortunately there were only 11 serious Photographers at the end of the Bull Run, what made it difficult was that often when the Riders were ditched the bulls would split apart, so it was always, run left, run right or stand still, the Chinese gentlemen made the wrong choice, with his gear as well.

However, given how I sometimes worry about my gear, shooting with expensive stuff like 1Dx & 200-400f/4, D4 & 800f/5.6... in Sumatran mud and water, with bulls running around... must be an adrenaline sport on its own ;)

The Chinese gentlemen & I had the by far the most expensive rigs, it's amazing though just how fast you can pick up that gear (mine was on a tripod) & run like hell when you have about 2 tonne of Beef bearing down on you.

The most amazing part were the "Riders", each Guy would do about 5 or 6 Runs during the day, very fit & very brave.

Superb ! I love the subtle colours you're getting.

I started without a Polariser, midway through the day I was finding I had a load of difficulty with highlights blowing out on the water & where you had a Black Bull & a White one together the white Bull was blowing out, I dropped in the Circular polariser, cranked up the ISO to 1000 & kept the shutter speed @ 1/800th, it darkened the Images but helped a lot with bringing out the colours, just added +1.5 stops in Post to compensate for the lack of DR in the Canon Sensor.

The guy with the crushed D4 wouldn't have had that particular issue.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:56:00 AM »
Sooner or later most ended up like this Chap, not really knowing when to let go, Brave Guys.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 09, 2014, 01:37:24 AM »
BULL RACING you have to love it.  wonderful shot !

Thanks Gary, it was different that's for sure, getting in the final few frames and getting out of the way quickly was the order of the day.

A Chinese Photographer miss timed it, his D4 + 800f/5.6 Lens went under the hooves, fortunately the Photographer was only bruised, his gear was a write off, what didn't get flattened ended up in a foot of mud & water, I guess the Bulls didn't like Nikons.

The attached Portrait was the days winner, he more than any of the others ran the bulls right to the end, when I spoke to him later he laughed and said his whole day was about seeing which Photographer would run last, he thought it was funny that the locals had more sense, they ran first.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 08, 2014, 10:26:04 PM »
Pacu Jawi Bull Run, near Padang Sumatra Indonesia, yesterday.

1Dx 200-400f/4, shot @ 200mm f/8, 1/800th ISO 1000

Incredible day.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 08, 2014, 08:36:43 PM »
To me the question is a bit odd. The 600mm is made for a totally different use than the 200-400. They are both exceptional lenses and outstanding for their use. When going on a trip, where I don´t bring both, it has not been difficult to choose which one to bring.

It would be more difficult to compare the 200-400 with the 300 f2.8L IS II, with the 1.4xIII and 2xIII extenders. The 300 is clearly less flexible, but it is smaller, it gives you exceptional IQ, AF speed and a stop advantage and also very good performance with the extenders. You also have significant money saved for something else.

It´s a substantial cost to get both the 200-400 and the 600, but it would have to be for something really exceptional if I were to part with any of them.

A agree Eldar, both these Lenses are a substantial investment for most that decide to buy either, or both, and one would imagine a serious amount of thought goes into that decision.

The 600f/4 is not your close in type Lens, it's uses are varied but going on CR and the many fine Images I've seen with the 600 exhibited here, Birders are the Lenses main stream users, followed by people like myself, Wild Life at a distance.

The 200-400f/4 is clearly more your closer in Lens, with the option to go out to 560 albeit at a small light disadvantage with f/5.6, More suited to your Wildlife/Sports Photographer.

If I'm heading to Open Plains style Geography, Serengeti, Mara etc, I would place the 600 +1.4x in the Bag first, the 200-400 second.

If I'm heading to Okavango Delta, South Africa, Timbavati, it's the 200-400 in the bag first with the 300f/2.8 second.

In my own Imaging if I had to choose just one Lens for 90% of my Imaging, it would be the 200-400.


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Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:36:59 PM »
Sony a7r, Zeis 35f/2.8 + Zeiss 24-70f/4.

Small, light weight, excellent 36MP back up Camera.

I use this now to back up my 1Dx, has almost replaced my 5DMK III, only drawback is small selection of Lenses, so I use the Metabones Adaptor & my Canon Lenses when I need to.

4fps is the only other drawback if your wanting to shoot Fast Action.
OOps, just read about the "light leak" on the a7/a7r, haven't noticed it in mine but from reports it pretty well affects all the a7/a7r units produced and Sony have owned up quite quickly that it is an issue & they are working to resolve it, another Camera that will need to be shipped back to the Manufacturer.

Leaks light through the Lens Connection Flange on the body during longer exposures.

What is with these Camera producers today, D800 Focus issues, D600 Shutter problems, 5DMK III "light leak" issue, 1Dx AF motor Lubrication issue, none of them seem to be able to get a Camera Body to Market that doesn't present a major issue within a few months, not new of course, I am still the proud owner of the 1Ds MK III, that Camera almost drove me to take up knitting.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:36:34 PM »
Thanks for all the comments

eml58, the fish lifting rainbow trout out of the water is an Osprey
CarlTN, the foreground and background were the heath and gorse hence the colour
ahab1372, it was taken on overcast day and no any other artificial lights was used here

:)
Robin


You should definitely try this Image in some Photo Competitions, I would be very surprised if it didn't do very well, although the Left Wingtip is cut off which is the only possible detracting point, otherwise this Image is an absolute winner.

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Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:24:32 PM »
Sony a7r, Zeis 35f/2.8 + Zeiss 24-70f/4.

Small, light weight, excellent 36MP back up Camera.

I use this now to back up my 1Dx, has almost replaced my 5DMK III, only drawback is small selection of Lenses, so I use the Metabones Adaptor & my Canon Lenses when I need to.

4fps is the only other drawback if your wanting to shoot Fast Action.

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