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Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 27, 2013, 09:31:21 PM »
OK, ... I pushed it  ;D :-X

I don't think that you'll regret it! I haven't had much chance to use mine yet, but the several times I have I have been extremely pleased with the sharpness.

Enjoy the Lens Elder, will be interested to hear your views on the Lens, and see some Images from it.

At times I still enjoy the Primes, and I completely agree with eli72, I don't believe you'll regret the 200-400 it's an amazing Lens.

One thing I didn't mention was weight, and in other reviews comments I've read some feel it's heavy, my own initial feel was I agreed, but while I was in Svalbard shooting primarily from a bouncing Zodiac in reasonable to awful Seas all my Images were Hand Held, it's heavy, but no heavier than the 400f/2.8 L II and because of the lighter front end (f/4 versus f/2.8 ), the weight distribution is more even which helps a lot for hand holding. It's not hand holdable like the 70-200f/2.8 L II, but it's quite good I feel for short sessions.


1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 27, 2013, 04:37:28 AM »
This is from the Valley of Aurland in Norway. We have lots of beautiful hiking trails to offer.

Lovely Image & Beautiful Country, I couldn't believe how Beautiful it looked from the air when we flew into Tromso & Oslo on our Svalbard trip, definitely on the list of places to spend time going forward.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 27, 2013, 04:31:05 AM »
I hope elm58 will tell us some more of his experiences with the 200-400 lens, when he has been using it for a while.

Hi Eldar, I'll give it a go, no review, but my experience to date.

On Nick Brandt, I agree, what an amazing Photographer, I've tried to replicate his work, no success, I've bought his Books and as you say, amazing Images but no indications on how he does what he does, although he does say he doesn't use PS to achieve the results.

I've had the 200-400f/4 from day of release, had a Pre Order in at Cathay Photo in Singapore a year prior to actual release.

To date I've had the Lens on 3 Trips/safaris, Northern South Africa (Mala Mala & Londolozi) Tanzania & The Serengeti and recently to Svalbard.

When I first picked up the Lens, I ran alongside Tests against 4 of the other lenses that I own/owned at the time, 200f/2 L, 300f/2.8 L II, 400f/2.8 L II & 600f/4 L II, I tested each Prime Lens at f/4 & f/5.6 and then shot the 200-400f/4 at similar lengths & f stop (i.e. 200f/2 @ f4 & f/5.6 against the 200-400f/4 @ f/4 & f5.6, 300/400 & 600 Primes same).

What I wanted to see was how the Primes compared against the Zoom for straight sharpness when shot at similar Length & f stop.

Not scientific in any way, just a hands on Test I could conduct at home, I shot the same subject all the way through (A flowering Plant) rather than a Test Sheet.

The results for me showed what I expected to see, The Primes are sharper, but I was surprised at how Marginal that sharpness was, the 200-400f/4 is a very sharp Lens even comparing against the Primes.

I next tried to compare the 200-400 ability to lock Focus when compared to the Primes, to evaluate this I simply had my Lads ride past the front of my House, for about an Hour while I compared the Focus Lock merits of Primes against Zoom.

The Standout Lens was my 300f/2.8 L II, nothing in the listed lenses Locks on as fast or as accurately as this Lens, among the remainder, the 200-400/200/400 & 600, there's really nothing between them, they are all excellent Lenses for Speed of Lock On and Accuracy.

I've now shot the 200-400f/4 on the 3 trips mentioned earlier, that's 30 thousand Images with the 200-400f/4, against that I've had either/and the 300f/2.8, 400f/2.8 or the 600f/4 alongside on a trip (not all Lenses on all trips), but the 200-400 + one of the other Lenses (although I always bring the 300f/2.8 ).

The only place I find the f/2.8 an advantage, is Low Light, dawn/dusk, and the ability of the f/2.8 Lens to Lock Focus quicker than the 200-400f/4, and that makes sense as the Lens is Focussing wide open and doesn't shut down to the chosen f/stop until you actually take the shot, so the f/2.8 Lenses are able to focus using twice as much light.

But where the 200-400 absolutely murders the Primes, is it's sheer versatility, the ability to be at 560mm f/5.6 then begin zooming back all the time keeping the subject locked in focus, perfectly framed to reduce the need to crop, flip the converter out at 400 and Zoom back out to 200, all with the same Rig.

Previously to do this I had 3 Rigs set up, 1Dx + 600, 1Dx + 400 & 5DMK3 + 200 (or 300) and I found myself exchanging Rigs as the Subject moved closer, or farther away, workable, but a PIA.

For the style of Photography that I personally prefer, Wildlife, the 200-400f/4 is a must have Lens that is as Sharp as you need, Locks Focus amazingly well and the finished Images require less cropping etc.

I still use my Primes, the 600 + 1.4x Converter, the 300f/2.8 L II for those Dawn/Dusk shots, I'll be buried with my 200f/2 but I've sold my 400f/2.8 L II.

If I had to choose one of these Lenses to keep and use only that Lens ?? I wouldn't hesitate keeping the 200-400f/4, fortunately I don't need to make that decision.

But, if I was a BIF Photographer, it would be the 600 + 1.4x the 200-400 isn't long enough for small birds, and the 600 + 1.4x (840 @ f/5.6) is still slightly sharper than the 200-400 with 1.4x in place (560 @ f/5.6).

I've tried the 200-400 with built in 1.4x engaged + 1.4x Converter, Images are Ok, not great, Ok.

With the 200-400 with built in 1.4x Engaged + 2x Converter, Images are simply horrible.

If your into Sports Photography ? 200-400f/4 is a great Lens, but you may miss the f/2.8, 400f/2.8 may be a better choice.

Wildlife in General, my view the 200-400f/4 is the best Lens available.

BIF, maybe the 600f/4 plus the 1.4x

Hope this is of some use in any future decision making for you, I always liked the nikon 200-400f/4 and was amazed Canon just hadn't produced one, I'm glad they held of as I believe the Canon 200-400f/4 (1.4x) is a step beyond the Nikon Lens (and I have tried them side by side, 1Dx + 200-400f/4 and D3x + 200-400f/4).

Technical Support / Re: Dust/Dirt seen through viewfinder
« on: September 27, 2013, 12:02:27 AM »
probably best for you to just have the Focus Screen replaced by Canon.

I had one of my 1Dx focus screens replaced recently, it's not a Warranty item by the way, took Canon Singapore 10 minutes & $60.

Reason for the replacement was self inflicted, I left the 1Dx on a 400f/2.8 II pointed towards the Sun while I went off and had a 2 Hour lunch, the focus screen melted around the edges where it had contact with the Metal Clamps that hold it, lesson learnt.

Now I always slip the Lens Coat Lens Cover on when not in use.

Software & Accessories / Re: How big do you print?
« on: September 26, 2013, 11:52:48 PM »
I have the Epson 4900, So Printing is generally 17" x 24" from 50' Rolls.

I use only Museo Paper, but I do use 3 different types of Museo Paper, Silver Rag, Portfolio Art & Archival Fine Art.

Most of my Printing is for Family & Friends and just for the enjoyment of seeing a reasonable sized print of an Image that I've put some effort into achieving.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: x-pro1
« on: September 26, 2013, 11:43:57 PM »

thanks for the replies>
the samples are great>
i've had my eye on the x-pro1 with 35/1.4 for ages and will one day pull the trigger> but should i wait for the x-pro2 or just get the x-pro1 any word when the v.2 is released???

There's a site called Fuji Rumours, indications on there say X-Pro2 late this year, early next year.


I'm also sitting waiting to see what this iteration brings, if FF, I'm in.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 11:13:55 PM »
edward...did you get a chance to see them at full speed...i imagine they can cover 100 meters in 3-4 seconds...as compared to the world record for humans at 9.6 seconds (roughly)

Yup, lovely capture. How far were you from the cheetah? Would it be about 35 to 40 meters?

Yes, the previous Posted image was shot about 30 metres from the Vehicle.

We were fortunate on this trip to see start to finish 3 Cheetah Kills.

The difficulty is positioning your vehicle, without getting in the way of others, so you see the actual Kill from the best vantage point.

The Image with Mum & Cubs, these Guys were no further than 15 metres from the vehicle when Mum & One Cub noticed a Thompson's Gazelle.

Image in the middle shows Mum full flight, estimate + 80 KPH at this point, from standing start to Kill it was over in 4 seconds, maybe 5.

Final Image shows Thommy, I think he knows at this Point he has about a second of Life Left.

The actual Capture is just a huge pile of dust above the Grass, the drawback to the Serengeti being Tall Grass, it's a bummer for some shots, and distance was around +100 metres when she brought the Gazelle down.

The reaction of the Cubs is amazing, they just sit and watch Mum in action, they make no attempt to get involved in the Kill, we did see another Kill of a very Young Thompson's where the Mother captured it, waited until the Cubs came up, she then released the Kill several times to allow the Cubs to practise captures.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 08:53:46 PM »
Tanzania near the Mara River, Serengeti June 2013.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 & 1/800th ISO400

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 26, 2013, 08:51:15 PM »
Svalbard August 2013
1Dx & 200-400f/4

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 26, 2013, 07:52:36 PM »

It's always a possibility that I did misconstrue Sell174, and if I did you have my apology for my flippant remark.

I believe Sanj's motivation re this new Thread though may rather have been just to start a thread regards a new & very interesting Lens, the 200-400f4.

If you had taken the time to look at some of Sanj's other Posts, you would have found that Sanj doesn't look for the "Ohhs " Aghs", like most of us he's looking for positive critique and engagement regards the subject, the Lens, and to a lesser degree, the Images.

Your comments I've noticed Sella174 are often critical and acerbic, but definitely not always as I notice you have excellent technical input at times, I've not noticed any Posted Images (you may well have & I've simply not noticed), but that's fine of course just a little unusual that someone critiques an-others Images without first offering up some of their own for evaluation.

Saying "Sorry" when you dump on someones Images in the guise of being "helpfully critical" doesn't lessen the harshness of the criticisms, it's still painful to receive.

I'de like to suggest that you could have made the comments re "poorly cropped, angled etc etc" without being quite so offhandedly brusque.

But this is simply my opinion, feel free to ignore it completely, try though to keep in mind when your dealing with Peoples Images any critique aught to be considered, positive & thoughtful, just a view of course.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 07:29:11 PM »
Not the usual birds and wildlife, but I've just gone to the 1DX. Some from a gig shot recently:

Nice Ewinter, especially like the middle Image, almost Lionesq re the Mane, sorry, Hair.

Welcome to the world of 1Dx.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 07:26:45 PM »
From a fashion show last evening.

Very nice shot BalaCS

...And welcome to cr  :)

Yes, nice shot, some competition for Bornshooter, welcome to CR.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 05:25:29 AM »
The only problem I see now, is that I decided to sell the 400mm f2.8L IS II, to keep the 600mm f4L IS II. Seeing what you´re using, it might be that I should have kept it ;)

Well, you & me both, I did in fact sell my 400f/2.8 II after I had bought the 200-400f/4, I decided I would keep the 600f/4 II & the 300f/2.8 II along with the 200-400f/4, time will tell if that was a mistake.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 04:27:36 AM »

I see you added the extender for the shot of the Mum

Very wise !  ;)

Your right, it's to easy to be looking through that viewfinder & forget just how close, and how quick, these big Cats can move, especially when they have Cubs about.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:57:44 AM »
I take a deep bow in admiration and respect. Your animal portraits are stunning!

Thanks Elder, I think there's a lot of People that Post on CR that could do as well, in many respects better, my advantage is perhaps opportunity, to be able to get to the places where these Animals are is a real privilege.

But your kind words are appreciated.

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