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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.

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.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:26:13 PM »
I don´t know what it takes to convince you, but I have attached the color version of my avatar, shot with a 1DX at 560mm, f5.6, 1/200s and ISO400.

Really Eldar, I thought the B&W was lovely, this is Superb, pity you didn't use the 100-400, you could have saved yourself....$15k ??

I have to come up there some time for some of these Lynx & Wolf Image opportunities, really Lovely stuff.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:23:37 PM »
Keep this up, we'll be at 10 Pages in no time I'm sure.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:22:55 PM »
Frankly, I'm just not seeing excellent images from the 200-400mm: most images posted on the Internet taken with this lens could have been taken with a 100-400mm costing a tenth of the price and a fraction of the size/weight.  The latest generation of Canon 300mm, 400mm, 500mm and 600mm lenses, in comparison, deliver images that sparkle.  If you need focal length versatility, go for a long prime and mid-range zoom.  I'd be happy to be proved wrong!

Hi Mikea, you wouldn't be AvTvM or Michael in another life would you ?? I mean, your 3rd Post on CR & you come onto a Thread specifically set up for people to discuss the merits & or handling of the 200-400, post their Images etc, and dump on the Images & the Lens in question, not bad for a 3rd time Poster.

But, if we treat your Post with a modicum of respect, yes, almost all the Images you find taken with the 200-400f/4 could be to some degree emulated using the 100-400f/4-5.6 with a 1.4x converter (200-400f/4 of course isn't able to emulate the 100-400 at less than 200, clearly), I disagree though that in right hands you are going to get anywhere near the same IQ from the 100-400 that you will get from the 200-400, and having owned (and given away) the 100-400 & currently own the 200-400, I, unlike yourself, speak from experience.

If your serious (and I doubt you are) about wanting to discern the IQ difference between the two, it's simple really, hire both & go out and take some Images side by side & see if your prepared to make the financial commitment of the 200-400 over the 100-400, it just seems to me to be a smarter method of determining the Pros & Cons of each Lens prior to the commitment, than reviewing Photos on the Internet.

Fortunately for Canon there aren't too many people out in the real World that share your opinion, currently the 200-400f/4 is basically a back order almost anywhere you can find the Lens, and that's at US$16k compared to the 100-400f/4 at what ?? US1.6k, I wonder why all those Wildlife & Sport photographers are prepared to pay the huge premium to own the 200-400 over the 100-400, Oh yes I know, they clearly have no idea about how best to select gear, more money than Brains, didn't listen to mikea.

I've seen very little on the web re the 200-400f/4 being the ideal Lens for BIF Imaging, I've seen a load on the Web about the 600f/4, 600f/4 + 1.4x, 800f/5.6 being the ideal BIF lenses. And my own experience supports this view, the 200-400 is an amazing Lens for Wildlife & I imagine Sports, but for BIF it can't compare to the 600f/4 + 1.4x, and I own & use that Combo as well, so again, I speak from experience.

Maybe instead of spending your time on the internet reviewing those Thousands if Bird Images you might take some time out & go take some Images yourself with the 100-400f/4 & the 200-400f/4 (Hire them for a few days) & Post them here so we can be convinced you have any idea of what your talking about, I mean this only in a respectful manner of course, I'de love you to be able to convince me, I'm really not interested in convincing you.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 05, 2013, 07:19:50 PM »
The point is, I bet for every person to whom you recommend against choosing Canon, there are several people recommending the opposite to their co-workers or friends or family.  For the most part, people tend to recommend what they use…and more people use Canon that the other brands.

And among all the possible scenarios we see here on CR, this is the one irrefutable piece of info, it's irrefutable not because some at CR say so (although we do, repeatedly), it's irrefutable because Canon, for 10 years ?? (Neuro, need help), have continuously been the largest seller of Cameras on the Planet, by a decent margin.

It could be because they make Garbage and have a supreme Marketing team that's able to sell Ice Makers to Eskimos, but....... I don't think so, it may just be that Canon make an excellent group of products (not saying in all areas the best, just excellent), have first class support, and are smart enough to paint their large Lenses....white.

Sony A7R Cons:
- Battery charger not included. The battery charges from either an AC or USB source, in camera. Separate charger is $79.

On top of crap battery life, you have to plug the camera in to charge the battery…Sony, WTF?!?

Yes, that threw me as well, I spent 10 Minutes ripping the Box apart thinking "no way", but seems Sony found a way.

The other thing that threw me initially was no software out of the Box to handle Files from the Camera, your on your own and that truly is "WTF".

If you shoot RAW your choices are to download some hopeless Sony thing called "SonyHomeWhatever" which only allows you to view your files, crop and make very minor adjustments, but doesn't allow you to save the file in any other format or method, completely useless (This was my experience, there may be software out there that I wasn't able to locate).

Initially LR didn't handle the Sony RAW file from the a7r either, but the new Adobe 5.3 Release fixes that.

I do like the Camera, I feel it has potential in my own case as a back up to the 1Dx, perhaps a replacement for the 5DMK III in some scenarios, But Sony have sort of crippled the release by it's poor management of support gear, Lenses in particular.

In fact I need to clarify my thought re the 1Dx, I don't see the a7r ever being a back up to the 1Dx, what I meant to say was I see the a7r as a reasonable system camera (with some Lenses) to do the things I currently want to do with the 5DMK III, in particular the form factor & the 36MP sensor hopes. My biggest current "don't like" would be the EVF, never used one before and not so keen at this point, time might rectify that, we'll see.

But I'm happier with the a7r than I ever was with the Leica M9, except the Leica Lenses of course, but with the a7r + Zeiss Glass you have best of both worlds, Beautiful Glass that Auto Focusses on a 36MP Sensor, worth giving a try I think & hopefully Canon some where down the track go one better now that Sony have to some degree shown it can be done.

Canon plz we are waiting omg omg omg omg omg omg

Hilarious, and unfortunately, too the point.

I think it may be a long wait for a similar piece of gear from Canon, Mirrorless does seem to be something Canon want to be in because everyone else is, but they concentrate on the FF DSLR market and possibly intend to remain that way for some time.

The news on new M disappointed me and I went and purchased the a7r, I like what I see so far, some things I'm not so happy with (The EVF takes some getting used to when you've never used one before), but I feel that way about my 1Dx & 5DMK III as well, but I do think Sony have a reasonable winner in the a7r, it's such a pity they decided to bring it to market with such abysmal support, in Singapore when I picked up the a7r they had just the Zoom Kit lens from Sony, or the Zeiss 35, which is a lovely Lens. I think if you stick to the Zeiss Lenses that will become available for the a7r over the next 12 months or so the Sony becomes a viable system, won't replace the 1Dx in any way, but might replace the 5DMK III.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:11:31 PM »
And again I wonder how smart I was (and you) to sell that lens. I probabaly have to think of getting the 300mm f2.8L IS II ...

Hi Eldar, yes, the f/2.8 is an absolute must, I would not have sold my 400 if I hadn't already owned the 300, goes with me everywhere, 300f/2.8L II + 200-400f/4 + 1Dx, match made in heaven.

To give some idea of what the Original scene was I've attached a grab of the Original RAW out of the Camera, converted to jpg, Not wanting to start a DR war, but even for Canon Sensor Knockers I think this goes some way to showing what the Canon Sensor in the 1Dx can do when it comes to retrieving detail.

The other thing I forgot to do in the Original was use my Strobes, unfortunately they were attached to my 200-400 at the time and I opted to go with the f/2.8, decisions decisions.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:00:39 PM »
I hate this forum lol as after my purchase of the 85 1.2 i am now considering the 300 2.8 2 and 2x extender to get me started on wildlife so thanks guys :P i tell myself its an investment as the lens if kept well will retain much of its value :)
And if you buy it in the US under the assumption that you will sell it in Norway (where everything is more expensive), you´ll make a profit and can thus view it as a lucrative business ;)

I've sold my V1 300f/2.8 & 400f/2.8 Lenses to friends in South Africa (and my 400f/2.8 v2), could have made Money but I opted to sell at the same price I originally purchased them for, these Lenses are definitely better investments than any Car or Boat I've owned.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 04, 2013, 04:13:01 AM »
Timbavati South Africa 2013

1Dx 400f/2.8 L II, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/1000th ISO200

This was one of those Shots where I'de pretty well dicked it from the start, forgot to change the ISO, Forgot to change the Shutter Speed, came around a corner, Sun pretty well set behind the Trees, and saw this Guy resting inside the Trees, shot from the Hip as they say, 3 shots & he was up & away.

The 1Dx & 200-400f/4 was also on the seat, didn't look at it for this shot, this is where the f/2.8 is sooooo handy.

Saved in Post, almost.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:11:54 AM »
Snow Monkey Japan

1Dx & 135f/2, shot @ f/5.6 & 1/160th ISO800

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 04, 2013, 01:25:25 AM »
Thanks for the input regarding the Sony...I cannot buy one...but I am eagerly watching the development of all-things mirrorless.

Me too, I think Sony are on the right track with the a7/a7r, they've let themselves down with a mediocre approach to the Marketing side, basically you can choose from a Sony zoom, or the Zeiss 35 at launch, the Zeiss is excellent though.

I went to process some RAW files from the a7r today and was left a little Gob Smacked that not even Sony (as far as I could find out) have a full on software set to process files from the a7r, all I could find was some hopeless system called "PlayMemoriesHome", which allows you to view and do some minor cropping but no conversion from the RAW format, hopeless. Fortunately I found Adobe has a release 5.3 that does allow the files to be worked in PS/LR5.

I really do hope Canon at some point decide to get serious re mirror less, but I can't see any real signs at present, in the meantime I'll play with the a7r for a while and see what the possibilities are, and pick up the 1Dx or the 5DMK III when i need to get serious.

Software & Accessories / Re: Good idea to upgrade to LR5? Regrets?
« on: December 04, 2013, 01:12:39 AM »
Upgraded all my Macs to Mavericks no issues at all.

Upgraded to CC, including LR5, also no issues.

Only problem ? was today when I went to process RAW files from my new a7r, Sony make nothing that I could find that would handle the files (what a bunch of Bozos), LR5 also wouldn't then I upgraded to 5.3 release, all good.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:28:03 PM »
We don't have big cats in my neighbourhood, but this small one jumped at me after running quite rapidly. Shot @f2

Lovely shot, background is perfect, well done.

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