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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: December 07, 2013, 08:14:36 PM »
These lenses sell to two markets:
1) Large photo agencies that supply them to their pros. 
2) Affluent amateurs...doctors, lawyers, dentists, executives, business owners, etc...
I think the actual amount of professional photographers buying these would be very low.  Sports pros get them supplied for the most part and wildlife photographers that can actually make a living are a rare breed.

I agree, and my thought would be area 2 being the larger Market.

Good friend of mine is a Pro Photographer & shoots the D3x + Nikon 200-400f/4 V1, he won Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013, he simply can't afford the new Canon Big Whites (but would move to the White side if he could), and Nikon South Africa doesn't support Pro Photographers with Loaners, it's Sad but True, not too many Pro Photographers are making a success of a Business surrounding being a Pro Photographer, mostly (at least in Africa) make a living around the Safari Business, Photography being an adjunct to that Business.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 07, 2013, 08:02:19 PM »

Yes...I'm having a lot of fun last couple days.


Hi Dylan, well done, have a look at getting yourself a drop in Circular Polariser for the 300, it's not too expensive and is a huge benefit when shooting bright sunlight & especially green foliage.

I'm surprised, considering just how good this Lens really is, that the Thread for the Lens doesn't have more Posters showing Images from this possibly best ever Lens made by Canon.

Have Fun, look forward to seeing more from your current Lens Passion.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:52:48 PM »
5DIII 24-104 f4L @ 105 f6.3 1/125 ISO 1600.  About 50% of the image was cropped out
Brilliant!

I agree, Lovely Image well done.

Not using a Flash to fill, allowing just the light from the welding torch was the making of this shot, good decision, made the shot.

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Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:25:35 PM »
Even though you offered the concession that the 100-400 could have made that shot, I would argue that the 100-400 wouldn't be able to capture that shot.  Why?  Because the bokeh would look terrible as the 100-400 has a terrible time with grass/twigs in the background.  Anyone who comes onto this thread and claims all pictures taken with the 200-400 could have been taken with the 100-400 are either delusional or just plain jealous.

Hi arbitrage, I in fact agree with you, it's a long while since I owned the 100-400, I remember it was a pretty good Lens, not great, but good (hated that push pull thing though) and I've seen a load of very good Images taken with that Lens, Mine just didn't seem to be among them, my comments previously are a result of experience combined with a need to keep my cool when faced with "delusional" statements from 3rd time Posters.

Haven't heard anything more from mikea, so I guess my guess may have been correct, his objective was to inflame, not to educate or enter into amiable discussion.

I do know I absolutely enjoy the 200-400f4 and my Imaging has improved with the combo of the 1Dx + 200-400f/4, Some People can pull absolutely wonderful Images out of a Box Brownie, I'm just not one of them, I like the gear, I enjoy it, newer the better, I'm sort of hopeless when it comes to new gear, I even own the a7r, not sure I like it a lot, but I do know I like it more than my Canon M.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 07, 2013, 03:24:46 AM »
And you keep on inducing doubt about the sanity of selling that lens. If it had been with the 200-400, these would have been ISO2000 and 3200 ...

True, & True.

I as a rule shoot the 200-400f/4 @ a Base ISO of 400-800, where I would shoot the f/2.8 @ 200-400.

Under the conditions in my last 3 Images Posted I would have been shooting at ISO 2000 Minimum.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 06, 2013, 11:12:43 PM »
Same Lion, but out in the Open where I was able to Fill Flash.

1Dx 400f/2.8 L II, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/200th ISO1000

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 06, 2013, 10:31:34 PM »
Beautiful shot Edward. Nicely done.

Thanks Click

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 06, 2013, 10:13:58 PM »
Timbavati South Africa 2013

1Dx 400f/2.8 L II, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/1600th ISO1600

Another shot taken just on Sunset, No Flash

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: December 06, 2013, 09:15:58 PM »
I wonder if Canon would decide to not develop an 800mm f/5.6 IS II and instead just release a 600 f/4 IS with 1.4TC instead??  Already the 600II with external 1.4 TC has equal IQ and AF to the 800 IS I.  So a built in TC that could be even better optically paired to the lens may make a 800 II a useless proposition.

I don't think Canon can afford not to go ahead with the 800f/5.6 V II Lens, Nikon have had their new 800f/5.6 out now for a little while, coupled with a 1.25x Converter matched to the Lens, for a US$18k price Tag, Canon have to follow through and I would think 2014 first half will see this Lens on the Shelves, I'm a little surprised they've taken so long considering the other 300/400/500 & 600 Version II Lens releases.

I think the 800f/5.6 Lens is the most specialised of all the Large Lenses, very small Market, very big price Tag.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:11:24 PM »
A barn owl.

Cropped to my taste, and cropped to 100% to show the detail in the full image.
I love barn owls cool shoots

Agreed, Lovely Image.

I still remember (and get Goose Bumps) when I think of a recent Nat Geo Image of a Barn Owl Flying out of a Window of an Old Barn towards the Photographer, amazing Image.

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Both images with A7R and Zeiss ZE, 15mm f2.8. First image 30min after sunset, second image 25min before sunrise this morning.

Like the 2nd in particular, Lovely.

I have the Zeiss 15f/2.8 Canon mount, unfortunately not been able as yet to get the adaptor for my a7r, so at present just able to utilise with the Zeiss 35f/2.8.

I've not found the Battery Life to be excessively Bad, 300-450 Images seems to be about my best, so it means on a Busy shoot I need perhaps 1 spare charged Battery, recently in Svalbard due to the Cold conditions I was changing my 1Dx Battery about every 2 Hours.

I Like the Camera, see the possibilities, hamstrung by Sony due to quite poor Market implementation but just the same I think Sony have a reasonable winner here, all depends on wether Sony commit to the Lenses and support over the next couple of years. This is where the likes of Canon/Nikon leave Sony behind, support of the product.

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: December 06, 2013, 07:53:04 PM »
The 300-600 is a possibility, but I'de not hold my breath waiting, I could only imagine a quite small market, but when you consider the size of the 200-400, I wouldn't imagine the 300-600 being much bigger in size than the current 600, slightly heavier, as is the case of the 200-400 over the 400f/2.8 II. Price ?? I'de imagine a similar premium that we have on the 400f/2.8 to the 200-400f/4, So around 20% more expensive than the current 600f/4 II.

The 600f/4 (1.4x) I see as a definite, Nikon are offering their own Long Lenses now with a dedicated Converter as part of the package, albeit it's similar to what is currently being offered but tuned to the particular Lens, which I feel is a good idea.

Having the 200-400f/4 (1.4x) I immediately saw the possibilities for Canon with the built in 1.4x Converter especially if it was offered as a "Build to Order" option on the 400/500/600/800, that way they could keep the standard no converter Models as they currently do, and the current prices, but have the more expensive "Option" for those that see the benefit and can afford it of the Built in Converter & don't mind waiting 6 months for a Special Build Option.

If they offer it up I'm certainly offloading my current 600f/4 II & jumping into the 600 with the Built in Converter, great idea.

Need Gura Gear to make a slightly longer Battaflea 32L Bag then, currently the 600f/4 fits one side, just (but not with the 1.4x Attached), and the 200-400f/4 the other side.

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Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 06, 2013, 07:41:30 PM »
I wonder what this would look like with your newly acquired A7R ...

Ha Ha !! Not a chance on a Cold Day in Hell, I doubt the EVF could keep up even with the Animal strolling, but once the actions over, and you want that Beautiful Panorama where the only thing moving are the leaves in the breeze ?? Maybe. I bought the a7r because I've never been Happy with the Canon M, and now v2 M is ...... the same as V1 really, so a7r for the Walk Around Camera in downtown Tokyo etc, plus I have a couple of Zeiss Lenses and I do Love the Zeiss Lenses. And so we convince ourselves.

Why is there a poll for the Nikon DF at the top?

Yes, Good question, I guess I've never noticed it until now.

And yes, they do have wolf in them. They need space. The flat was not good for it so he went off to a sheep farmer when he was 4.

Have you checked lately that the Sheep Farmer is still around ??

In Australia the German Shepard (The Dog I mean) was an illegal Animal from after the 1st World War until the 50's, It was felt that if the German Shepard's (with their Wolf Genes) got into the Dingo population in outback Australia we would have an interbred animal that was capable of devastating the Sheep population, at some point someone decided it was a fanciful idea and allowed the Dogs into Aus. We've had little luck in Aus with introduced species, Rabbits (the long eared variety), Rats, Cane Toads, Fox's, English People (As against the Good Scots & Irish types   ;) ), long line of disasters.

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Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:40:46 AM »
He looks a bit like the family dog, doesn't he? ;)

I suppose so, if your into keeping a Wolf as a Family Pet, Beautiful Animal & a Lovely Capture.

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Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 05, 2013, 10:23:47 PM »
Ok, this isn't a Bird in Flight, I know the difference.

But this Female Cheetah is running down a Thompson's Gazelle at somewhere between 80kph & 100kph, I'm no BIF photographer in any way, I leave that up to People like Gary Samples who does an excellent job of it, but I don't think too many BIF are any more difficult to Photograph than this situation. And I don't for one moment say that this Image is an amazing Cheetah in Flight Image, but the 200-400f/4 does this amazingly well and in this Image you have the disadvantage of Tall Grass to get in the way of the Lenses ability to focus on the subject, not something you generally have to worry too much about with BIF.

To shoot this with the 100-400f/4-5.6, you would need the 1.4x converter attached and then your shooting an Animal running @ 100kph @ f/8, not an impossible task I admit but a lot more difficult than it seems, but the 200-400f/4 in this instance was on the 1Dx 560mm f/5.6 1/2000th ISO800 and just handled it supremely well, I don't think the 100-400 could have done it as well, but, I didn't have the 100-400 so it's conjecture, based on experience, mine.

Could the 100-400 have done it, I'm sure it could have, I'm just glad I had the 200-400 instead so I was more sure of getting The Shot.

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