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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 30, 2013, 07:58:53 PM »
Stunning shots yet again edward :)

Great shots as usual. I wonder what he told the bear. Seems to have upset him.  ;)

Appreciated Guys Thanks

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 30, 2013, 07:55:55 PM »
Beautiful cat, EML. :) My cat weighs 7 kg, and if I do not give food when he wants, he bites. :o Nobody believes me, but it's true. :( Thankfully, my cat has not teeth the size of your. ::)

That's really very Funny, my Wife has a Rag Doll breed of Cat, thing weighs about 7 Kilos as well, and it's still not fully grown, My Sons and I feed it all the time, too scared to see what happens if it gets really Hungry.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 30, 2013, 07:48:25 PM »

But words are of little value so here are in stead some images - which is what this thread is all about ;) There is a population of some 300 red deer living wild just north of Copenhagen Denmark. The hinds are in heat in last weeks of September which usually attracts photographers from most of Europe, as has also been the case this year. Shot with a 5D III. C&C is appreciated. Hope you enjoy  :)

Love the Image with Breath Captured, great stuff.

Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:30:46 AM »
It appears that you guys are "of an age"?

Perhaps, at least Old enough to know better than to misquote someone else when attempting to formulate an Argument.

Maybe concentrate on some Original viewpoint in your next Post on the Subject, if your stuck for a viewpoint, try misquoting one of those 665,000,000 users on FB that you feel are worth getting in touch with, I'm sure one of them will be Happy to help you out.

And No, your Wrong, FB have a section for Business where the Account is formed in the Business Name, see what happens when we use selective quoting ?? No ?? Not surprised.

Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 04:23:51 AM »
It's an interesting question.

For myself personally, No, I have zero interest in FB, none, and I advise my Family to have the same perspective.

For Business ?? Maybe, what makes me even consider it may be useful isn't about FB as Google +

Check out a chap by the name of Trey Ratcliffe, Does HDR Photography, his Photography isn't exceptional I feel (not keen on HDR), but what amazes me is the chaps ability to be able to sell himself through Media sites such as Google + FB etc, this chap has 4 million Google + followers, and he's turned that into what appears to be a very successful Business.

So it would seem these Social Media sites are big business and an avenue for Both Business and Personal Promotion, My sone was telling me that Psy the guy that does the Gandam thing currently has 2 Billion views on You Tube, if that's not a sign the world is totally nuts I don't know what other proof is needed.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 30, 2013, 03:40:47 AM »
Mala Mala Northern South Africa
1Dx 300f/2.8 L II, Shot @ f/8.0 & 1/500th ISO800

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 30, 2013, 01:17:00 AM »
Northern Svalbard Islands

1Dx 600f/4 II + 1.4x, Shot @ 840mm f/8 & 1/500th ISO250

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:48:07 AM »
Northern Svalbard, From the Deck of the MS Stockholm, August 2013.

1Dx 600f/4 II + 1.4x, Shot @ 840mm F/8 & 1/500th ISO250

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 29, 2013, 08:31:18 PM »
Hi Bdunbar, what Lens are you using for your Sports Images ??

Shot inside under lights so well done to get them as sharp as you have.

Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: September 29, 2013, 07:40:35 PM »
I probably spend around 6 to 8 weeks a year on Safari in Africa, so getting gear around has become a bit if an Art.

You mention a Hiking/Tent type Safari, so that may mean your Photography may well be mostly from Foot, as against from a vehicle, and that would suggest two different Rigs, or one Rig that would suit both Foot & Vehicle Photography.

Serengeti/Tanzania can be wide open plains, subjects next to the vehicle, or quite a distance away, if on foot I'de suggest mainly at a distance, which is where you want them if your on Foot, you don't want a Fully grown Male Lion 10 metres away.

A general purpose set up that you need to consider carrying in a backpack while hiking might look like this.

24-70f/2.8 L II
70-300 f/4-5.6 L

I'de suggest the 70-200f/2.8 L II + 1.4x as an alternative to the 70-300, but be aware the 70-200 f/2.8 gets quite heavy after a while, where the 70-300 is quite a bit lighter, the 24-70f/2.8 or the 24-70f/4 will take care of your wide angle & closer up Imaging, I'de go the f/2.8 here as you will then have something that will take care of those Dawn/Dusk shots.

The 1Dx might be an alternative to the 5DMKIII, but it's heavy and the real world value is better dust protection & 14fps over the 5DMKIII. I've used both in Africa and no issues with either. The 6d might be a choice as well, you loose the wonderful AF Options of the 5DMKIII/1Dx though, and generally I only recommend gear I own & use, but my Son uses a 6D + 28-300 when he comes with me & produces some great Images with this Combo.

This suggested gear will present no issues for Carry On, I had a horrible experience with Carry On gear leaving Dar Es Salam on a SAA flight, it finally worked out, but the Cabin Staff were removing carry on Camera gear at the door, even from Business Class Passengers, tagging and putting the gear to the Hold, in many cases unlocked, and despite Passengers being really upset, in a case like this you are best to refuse to Board and make them remove your checked baggage then get another flight.

Be also aware that any Camera Gear that you put into checked luggage stands a reasonable chance of going missing, out of Johannesburg is unfortunately infamous for this.

Otherwise, enjoy your trip to Tanzania, I was there for 5 weeks in June/July 2013 & totally loved it, except for Dar.

EOS Bodies / Re: 3.5\
« on: September 28, 2013, 10:24:59 PM »
why not make this whole things button/dial-free?

Because knowing the position of physical buttons / dials makes it quicker to make changes whilst actually shooting.

However I briefly had a 650D and the touch screen did work very well. Would I prefer only touch screen ? No way !

( just seen the other replies: quite right !)

Had the Canon M for 3 months before one of my Lads pointed out it had a touch screen, Technology seems wasted on me.

But I love my 14fps on the 1Dx.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: September 28, 2013, 10:21:39 PM »
Thought I'd post a few eagles shot with this great lens...

Very nice, welcome to CR, Love the Eagles.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 28, 2013, 10:15:30 PM »
The way this thread has developed reminds me of Miss Piggy's most famous quote: “Never eat more than you can lift.”, which could be rephrased to cover your gear which would appear to need a team of Sherpas to transport for you or the porters for an old-fashioned big game hunt.

Hi AlanF, yes, I have two of those as well, Sherpas that is, Generally called Sons by most, been really handy for years as well, but now one's gone off to Medical School which leaves me with just the one, unfortunately the lazy one, but fortunately the one with a sense of humour though.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 28, 2013, 09:49:34 AM »
My concern was due to an incidence that happened a few years ago.  One of our graduate student travelled to San Francisco for a conference and on his return trip back to Virginia, he packed his gear in his check-in luggage.  His 1D plus gear and memory cards were gone.  TSA "reviewed" the tapes and did not see anything out of the ordinary.  So, he lost his all his camera stuff.  Sad.
I am very uncomfortable with checking in expensive equipment in my travel luggage, and now, traveling on airplanes are even more restrictive, both check-in and carry on.  Some airlines restrict carry on to a certain weight and size.

Hi Lion Rock, I think your right to be concerned.

I find different airlines & different countries tend towards different standards, it's been a bit of a suck it & see.

I typically Carry On 2 x 1Dx Bodies, 1 x 5DMK III Body, 200-400f/4 + 300f/2.8 or 600f/4 + 70-200f/2.8 + 24-70f/2.8, Flashes, additional support gear I check In with my checked luggage, typical carry on weight is 16-18Kgs, a lot more than most allowance. If one of my Lads is travelling with me not such an issue, but on my own the only Airline that I NEVER have a problem with is Singapore Airlines.

Australia, the Nanny State, are hopeless, if it's carry on & over the allowed weight, even if your travelling 1st or Business, you check it, I've had to pull a 1Dx + 300f/2.8 out of a Bag & sling them around my neck to get through as Carry On.

Indonesia, if you state that it's Camera Gear most Airlines will allow you 12 to 15 Kgs, even on checked overweight, if you tell them it's Dive Gear, your generally Ok up to 30Kgs.

Africa, in South Africa they tell you at check in, do not check expensive Camera Gear, having said that I had my worst experience in Tanzania leaving Dar Es Salam on a SAA Flight, Business Class, they removed from me one of my Carry On Bags (I had my son with me so should have been allowed 2 Carry Ons), Long Story short, the Bag never made it to Johannesburg (+ 20k in Camera Gear), luckily 2 weeks later the bag "suddenly" was handed in, this was because I had Politically connected friends in South Africa that threatened Legal Action against the Airline, in Africa it's a real risk to check Camera Gear, very good chance it'll disappear.

My advise is always Carry On where ever possible, book an extra seat for overweight where ever possible (Internal flights in Africa), always always have your gear fully insured.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 27, 2013, 09:39:24 PM »
Lovely shots Bornshooter.  8)

I agree, and I think I'd do well to learn how to light subjects like that.


I agree Jim, but my wife would Murder me if I lit similar subjects like Bornshooter does so well.

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