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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: February 23, 2014, 06:47:51 PM »
I get the impression from your last posts a certain "Cabin Fever" element creeping in.

Still, good images in any case, I can see a toilet seat coming next.

Been raining non stop here in Jakarta since I arrived back, I've taken a load of images around the house as well with the Otus on the 1Dx, 5DMK III & A7R, waiting to get outside before I attempt to post anything, currently my Otus images all show signs of "Cabin Fever".

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:38:49 PM »
Are we back to squirrels again?

Yep, Cue "Sporgon" and his Image of the Squirrel with his Junk in the breeze   :o

Lenses / Re: 70-300mm F/4-5.6L IS or 70-200mm F2.8 VC?
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:14:34 PM »
I have both, have used both extensively, but over time relegated the 70-300 to my Son's use, reasons ??

The 70-300 f/4-5.6 L is a relatively slow lens @ f/4 to f/5.6, not an issue if your in sunny weather, bright conditions, otherwise your constantly looking at cranking the Cameras ISO up. I shoot wildlife, mostly early mooring and late afternoon, it's not that the 70-300 won't work in these conditions, it does, and quite well, but no where as well as the 70-200 with the availability of f2.8.

The 7-300 has a reasonably good range, but note that it will not accept Canon 1.4x or 2x converters, I have read of some people using Kenko 1.4x converters with mixed results.

The advantages of the 70-300 are quite good IQ, light, quite a good range, reasonable price.

the 70-200f/2.8 II L is a bit of a different Lens, if your wanting to do Portraits, other than a more suitable prime, this Lens will work very well for you, have a look at "Bornshooters" portraits on the 1Dx thread, majority I think shot with this Lens. Wildlife with the 1.4x Converter, amazing IQ, with the 2x converter, still very good IQ.

In this range there are few if any Lenses that compare for IQ & versatility.

Only disadvantage that I can think of over the 70-300 would be, more expensive by a large margin, weight. But versatility, IQ can't be beaten I feel.

Another option for you might be to wait if you have the patience until Canon release their new 100-400 f/4-f/5.6, this I imagine will be a Lens worth the money, hopefully, but it could be a 6 month to a year wait going on Canon's past performance of hint re development, declare production started, offer to the Market, on the 200-400f/4 that was about 3 years.

PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:40:07 PM »
Only, there are no weather-sealed primes for these camera, or are there?

Cant speak for the others, but my own experience just recently of the Sony a7r & Zeiss 35 does impress me, very heavy rain, on the beach, shooting with the a7r/Zeiss 35, totally no issues.

I do have the Metabones for Canon Lenses but to date I've been so impressed with the Zeiss 35 & 55 I've only tried the a7r with the TSE 17, great set up, but I don't know about weather proof abilities with the Metabones, may be an issue.

You might want to have a look at Digital Revs test, check the video at around 3:40, his test wasn't with the Zeiss 35 or 55, I think it was done with the Sony Zoom, but my own experience to date indicates no issues with the Zeiss Primes on the a7r, a7 I imagine would be the same.

Hope this helps.

Sony A7 vs. A7R Hands-on Review

Lenses / Re: Get a 300mm or 600mm? Oh the agony...
« on: February 16, 2014, 03:45:53 PM »
Hi jrista, too cool, had a look at your link, this is definitely something I've wanted to try & your link has provided the knowledge base to get me started, appreciated & Thanks.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:13:47 PM »
In Singapore we dont have a great deal of Snow & Ice, so we need to chase it down, always an enjoyable experience as the amount of time your subjected to ball freezing weather is generally controlled.

Images were taken of our North Pole trip in 2009 on the "50 Years of Victory" these were taken in Franz Joseph Land about the mid way point between Murmansk & the North Pole. And our 2012 trip on the "Klebnikov" when we did a 6 week semi circumnavigation of Antarctica.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 15, 2014, 08:18:12 AM »
I rarely shoot below ISO 1000.  But I also don't shoot in the mid day when the light is strong (and harsh).  For me it's the bookends of the day that I'm out and why it is so important to me that ISO perfomance is improved over DR.

Yes, I'de agree with this & jrista's previous comment, certainly with my own Wildlife Photography my 1Dx & 5DMK III are always set on ISO400 or ISO800 and depending on available light I move from that base point.

Even my Underwater Photography is generally at ISO200-800, Macro with Flash may get down to ISO100 but rarely.

Most wildlife is at it's best early morning late afternoon, so I very rarely get to use ISO100/200 unless I'm shooting People/Objects in the middle of the day.

Possibly the most informative article I've had the pleasure to read on CR, very much appreciated.

I can see how your set up suggestions will/should help well in my Wildlife Photography, again, Thank You Cervantes.

Lenses / Re: Advice on Canon lenses
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:44:56 PM »
Weight will be a consideration if your doing a load of travelling, especially by air, keep the package as light as possible.

24-70 f/2.8 L II
70-200 f/2.8 L II
TSE 24 f/3.5 f/3.5 L II
600 EX-RT Flash
1.4X III Converter (gives your 70-200f/2.8 280 f/4) at the long end & little to no loss of IQ)

All this into a Guru Gear Bataflea 26L Camera Bag, your about as well rigged as you will want to be, for a while.

The 24 TSE will not only do your architecture better then anything else, it's an amazingly sharp Lens & just about perfect for Landscape.

I have the 70-300f/4-f/5.6, not so impressed, OK IQ & light to Carry, but you can't use the Canon Converters with it, noir a bad lens, I'm just not convinced it's in the same league as the other lenses mentioned above.

Good Luck & enjoy.

Software & Accessories / Re: updating to Maverick 10.9?
« on: February 08, 2014, 04:02:57 PM »
Running 10.9.1 on 2 x 15" 2013 MB Pro + 2 x 2012 iMacs & my 2011 Mac Pro, No issues with anything at all since Mavericks hit the scene, I run LR5 & Creative Cloud + CS6  on another 2011 MB Pro 13" also on 10.9.1, all good.

I did have some issues with one of the MB Pro units, unit kept shutting itself off, Apple replaced the CPU twice, but eventually replaced the whole unit, new unit works fine, always pays to take out the extended 2 year apple care option, just in case you get a lemon, they exist, the one I mentioned above is the first Apple unit in 15 years I've ever had to replace due to lemonish qualities.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX focusing screens
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:22:54 PM »
Hi Eldar, The Ec-A & Ec-B are made by Canon and are recommended by Canon for the 1Dx, the Ec-S is recommended for older 1 Bodies, 5D & 5DMK II, but don't support metering on the 1Dx, the attached might be of use.

It's disappointing that Canon have taken away the option in the 5DMK III regards changing out the Focussing Screen, apparently it can be done, but it's no longer a built in option by Canon, unfortunately my last remaining 5DMK II I converted to Infra Red Sensor.

Have a look at this if you haven't already.


And this from Canon I imagine you have already looked at.


I've ordered the Ec-A & Ec-B, will let you know how they perform once I've had a chance to try them.

My interest is not just the Otus, I'de like to be able to use the screens for focussing the TSE 24 & 17 as well, plus they should be very useful for fine focus adjustment when doing Macro with my Underwater Imaging.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:13:19 PM »
Appreciate the comments Sporgon/Mackgyver, seems with the advent of "Live View" the manual Focus screens have lost some significance with the newer models from Canon, the fact that you can no longer legitimately change the screen on the 5DMK III is disappointing, I've ordered the Ec-A & Ec -B, see how they perform in the 1Dx with Manual Focus.

Again, appreciate the feedback.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: February 06, 2014, 03:38:19 PM »
Did you get the Otus before Christmas? There are lots of angry posts on the Zeiss website for late deliveries.

I did, but it's still sitting in Singapore while I'm in Australia, pick it up from my Office 18th Feb when I get back, perhaps then I can contribute.

The screen does not help at all. At least not to me... So miss the older split screen types. My XE2 has FANTASTIC manual focus aids...

That's sad, perhaps we try the Ec-B, I've read that the Ec-S fits into the 1Dx but doesn't work the way it was designed in this particular Body, only in the older bodies 1DMK IV 1Ds MK III etc, but I've had no experience with these manual focus screens so at $50 each it's worth buying a few and see which works best. I certainly need something as I gave up the Leica M9 due to my inability to precisely focus this Range Finder, wonderful Camera & Lenses, my eye sight just wasn't up to the system.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: February 06, 2014, 01:40:47 AM »
Very good!
I am also looking forward to a higher resolution body, even though I am not very tempted by the 800.

I have practiced my focusing skills through the viewfinder for a while now and from f2 I get an acceptable amount of keepers. Wider than that is a bit of a gamble. I am tempted to install the EcS focusing screen in my 1DX and see how that works.

I've ordered the Ec-A screen so we can swap experiences later.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:37:12 PM »
Here´s an image of the local rock´n roll band from a fair in a valley I past through last summer. The drummer is in a class of her own  ;D

Love it, I'de hazard a guess if you had shot a 5 minute video clip the drummer would have looked the same throughout.

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