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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:40:41 PM »
No quite a flower pot, but the first Image I managed with my brand new 200-400f/4.

I was testing the Lens against the 200f/2, 300f/2.8 II, 400f/2,8 II & 600f/4 II

Seems to work well, but this is probably not the lenses best use, but it does it Ok.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: November 26, 2013, 06:59:00 PM »
If CR decided to send me both the 400 DO and the 200-400 for a comparison, I would write an excellent review...and wouldn't even need to travel to a jungle somewhere!!   I have plenty of wildlife here, although it's not exotic wildlife.

You may have a long wait.

But to answer your question, no I've never used the 400f/4DO, I did see it in action on my more recent Svalbard trip though, a Husband & wife team were using this Lens on a 5DMK III as well as the 500f/4 II, which is another Lens I've never owned.

Both Lenses were putting out excellent Images from what I could see, the 400DO has the very real advantage of size & weight, especially when sitting in a Zodiac bouncing around in Arctic Swells, I had a huge amount of 1/2 Polar Bears & Walrus.

Only downside I noted was for some reason the 400DO ended up fixed to the 5DMK III and they couldn't get it to part, so they weren't able for the majority of the trip to use one of their Bodies with anything but the 400DO, fortunately they had a 5DMK II as well.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: November 26, 2013, 06:50:32 PM »
I 'de like to weigh in on the debate of wether or not the review being discussed is of use to prospective buyers of this Lens, or not.

When I'm looking to Buy a new Lens I tend to look around for as much info as possible, but I'm often an early adopter, so info can be sketchy at best, mostly People doing pre reviews of technical data, but little on the actual use of the Lens.

I thought JVL Photos mini review of a Lens that's been on the Market now for 12 months or so, was well done, informative, and important to me, showed some different aspects of use for this Lens that I had quite honestly not considered. The shot of the Boy ? running away from the Camera in the Rain / perfect example of what the Lens can do, but most owners wouldn't consider.

There are better, more technical reviews out there yes, but I liked this one as an example of what else can be done with the Lens other than Wildlife & Sports. So from my own perspective I enjoyed the review and most importantly it has given me some ideas for future use of the Lens. A well structured "use" review of any Lens in my opinion is worthwhile to all of us as prospective/current owners of these Lenses.

Some extra points.

My Dad always said beware of anyone that starts a conversation with "I don't mean to offend", it's generally a pre curser to offence, but it's become such a part of general conversation today that you hear it all the time, people just don't realise that they are being to some degree offensive, I feel it's probably a "new age" thing, part of our culture as we go forward.

I go on at least 2 Safaris a year, plus other trips, but I don't see myself as some "rich Dude" with more money than sense, I worked hard for what I have and I enjoy the opportunities that hard work has provided. It often ticks me off when I see people dumping "generally" on anyone that can afford an expensive Lens, I would have thought most would like to own Lenses like this, being critical of those that do own the Lens is a bit of a wasted effort I would have thought.

I own a Ferrari FF 2012 Model, the only thing I can think of at this point that I would change about this Car ?? I had it painted Black, in hind sight that may have been a poorly thought out decision, sort of like buying a 200-400f/4 painted Black.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: November 26, 2013, 06:30:47 PM »
Nice post, I appreciate it.  Is this now your favorite white lens?  Do you use it more than the others now?

Hi CarlTN, I do use the 200-400f/4 more than I do my 300f/2.8 II & 640f/4 II, but then prior to owning the 200-400f/4 I certainly used the 400f/2.8 II more than the others as well.

That's mainly because the 400 range is just about perfect for what I shoot, Wildlife.

Being able to now (like the nikon shooters have been able to do for 10 years) frame the shot in Camera with the 200-560 has been a big difference to how I shoot, and I feel my Images have improved because that.

It's not a one horse race though, in low light the 300f/2.8 II is the Lens I reach for, and anything out past 600 and the 560 range of the 200-400 begins to loose out to the 600f/4 + 1.4x extender.

I still seem to head off on a Safari with at least 3 Lenses, 70-200f/2.8 II, 200-400f/4 + either the 300f/2.8 or the 600f/4 depending on where I intend to shoot, Bush, desert/open veldt.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:51:37 AM »
Yikes ... the look on that Lioness face is definitely more than an intent ... scary. In 2008, we had gone to Al-Ain Zoo in UAE, and while my youngest son & I were recording a few lions in the distance, with our camcorder, a lioness who we had not noticed suddenly jumped up at us from the pit ... she reached just short of 3 or 4 feet of our level ... I was scared sh!tless for a few seconds, coz I never expected it to jump that high ... so I can understand your anxiety when you say you "squeezed off pretty quick" ;D

They don't call them the silent killers for nothing, we do tend to become a little complacent around these Animals in Zoos or when we are in vehicles, we tend to think the Barriers, real or not, will protect us, of course the Animals have a completely different spin on the situation, for them the Barriers are just something between them and the next meal.

I'm glad though your Boy and yourself got away with nothing more than a scare, some don't.

We had an incident at Mombo Camp in 2011, the local Lion Pride, about 11 Females & Young Males, had taken to herding Impala into the Camp area using the Walkways & Buildings as a funnel to push animals onto an Ambush (happened 3 times in the 14 days we stayed there), My Eldest Son & I were caught in the gift Shop with a couple others while Lions roamed around up on the walkways and fed on 3 Impala they had killed inside the Camp area, my youngest son was still in our Room , fortunately our Guide grabbed a vehicle and went to the room and stayed with my Lad, we were trapped in the Gift Shop for 2 hours, and no credit card, worse, my Camera was in the Room, total bummer.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Lexar Memory Card Sale at B&H Photo
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:15:16 AM »
Just a heads up.

I purchased 4 128GB CF Lexar (1000x) Pro Cards around 12 months ago, 1 arrived Dead as a doornail, it was replaced, eventually ended up with 4 that worked. The reason I purchased these cards was they had a speed advantage over the 128GB Sandisk Extreme Pro Cards at the time, not a lot, but I felt they would be an advantage in my 1Dx, 2 Cards, same faster speed.

In the last 12 months I've had seriously corrupted files on all but 1 of these Cards, never ever ever had that issue with my 128GB SanDisk Extreme Pro Cards, never. And the Cards were used in 2 different 1Dx bodies, so the issue has been the Lexar Cards not the 1Dx.

I had to use SanDisk Rescue pro on 3 occasions to access my files as the Cards could not be read out of the Camera.

I now use these cards only as a back up to my SanDisc Cards and only after completing a deep reformat on all 4 Cards, not been impressed at all with Lexar, and at a premium on price to Sandisk, I'll not purchase another Lexar Card after my poor experience with these.

Perhaps the lower capacity cards aren't as prone to issues, don't know, don't intend to find out.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 25, 2013, 11:15:07 PM »
Beautiful shot and subject, as are all your shots. Amazing that you could get this shot from a zodiac at that focal length @ 1/250. It conveys the movement in his paw while otherwise maintaining sharpness. A tribute to your skills and to the quality of the lens. Out of interest, what IS setting do you most commonly use and how do you find the IS compared to your version II primes?
I would love this lens for its versatility but it is a reach too far at AUD$13,000. Am seriously looking at the 500ii at $10,500 on the basis that I can get 700mm with the 1.4x extender for wildlife and still use it @ 500mm for outdoor sports, light permitting.
Love looking at the pics and dreaming, please keep them coming.
Thanks dslrdummy, it's certainly a challenge, we were fortunate here as we were in a protected Cove and the swell was minimal plus only 4 Photographers in the Zodiac helped, but on other days I managed to get a load of Images with 1/2 a Polar Bear, or none. In this Image we had been following the is Guy for a while, looking ahead I could see he was likely to make a jump between the Rocks so I slowed the shutter thinking I'de get one of those blurred Images, but kept focus on his head & eye wanting that part to stay in Focus, didn't quite work how I thought, Animals often don't get the Memo, but worked Ok.

I almost exclusively use Mode 1 on the IS, sometimes Mode 2 if I'm shooting Cheetah running down a Kill, and this is similar on my use of my 300f/2.8 II & 600f/4 II. The IS seems no different between all my Primes and the Zoom, works just amazingly well, I find the 300f/2.8 II will focus marginally quicker than any of the others, but the difference is marginal. I do see a slightly darker Image when I flip in the 1.4x, but I compensate by shooting the 200-400f/4 at slightly higher ISO than I would say one of the Primes.

I've not owned the 500f/4 II but I understand it's every bit as good as the other Version II lenses, I did own & use a lot the 400f/2.8 II but sold it when I purchased and had used the 200-400f/4 for a couple of trips. But the 400f/2.8 II with the 1.4x was a pretty good piece of gear, if I didn't still own the 300f/2.8 II I would certainly have kept the 400 if only for that f/2.8

And yes the AUD prices are pretty horrific, I'm an Aussie myself but I've lived in Singapore/Jakarta now for 30 years (but moving the Family back next year at long last), so I'm used to dealing with one particular company here that give me USD base prices (B&H/Adorama) less the 7% GST refund when I fly out next time I leave Singapore, I'm a Resident not a Citizen so GST refund works for me. If your planning a trip through Singapore worth looking at, you could save at least AUD1200 off that Aussie price of 13k. Unfortunately your getting it both ways now, AUD weak against the USD & Aussie Tax.

Only place I know off hand that gets a worse deal are South Africans, the 200-400f/4 is around 18k USD there, I don't think there's many favours done for Europeans as well.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: November 25, 2013, 08:27:59 PM »
Almost B&W

Alor, Indonesia

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 25, 2013, 08:17:50 PM »
Svalbard 2013

1Dx 200-400f/4
Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 & 1/250th ISO320

Shot from the Zodiac, we followed this Guy for miles, in & out of the water, amazing Energy levels these Animals have, they litterly swim hundreds of Kilometres. Longest recorded is over 400 Miles during a 9 Day swim, amazing stuff.

The possibility that in 50 years they will no longer be around in the Wild is just so Sad.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 25, 2013, 07:00:14 PM »
That sort of tactic - announcing a product, then a long delay, then some retailers start taking preorders, then another long delay - is a dirty trick that Canon would never play.

Ha Ha Ha  :) :) No Never, at least not this month, yet.

Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 25, 2013, 06:55:01 PM »
AvTvM will buy a Canon Camera, and actually be Happy with it  ;)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 25, 2013, 06:44:37 PM »
Each to there own :-) i bought the 85 1.2 because i love such shallow DOF :-) all i want is the eye in focus here :)

Love the Image Bornshooter, subject in this instance would appear to make it easy, lovely Lass.

My experience with the 85f/1.2 L II has been at f/1.2 you just don't have leeway for any movement in the subject, so I'm always cranking up the Shutter Speed, higher ISO, but your right, keepers with this Lens are fewer, but what you get are generally pretty good.

As I said, this Lens was made for you.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 25, 2013, 06:37:38 PM »
I had posted this on an other thread but this might be more appropriate:
Lets forget about the brand name of the camera used ... coz its about the joy of photography in the wild. Peace

Great stuff, have to give this a try, a perspective your not generally going to get, and live to tell the story.

Thanks Rienz.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 25, 2013, 04:52:09 AM »
Shot with the Zeiss 50@f2. Wonderful lens for tight crop portraits, imo. VERY tricky to nail focus of my kids up close wide open.

Brilliant shot, the eyes you've captured perfectly.

I do like this Lens, waiting for the Otus 55 to arrive for the Canon mount, looking forward to it, love these Zeiss Lenses.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: November 24, 2013, 07:44:49 PM »
Great shots everyone and a well deserved front page to you Edward.

November is not exactly the most inspirational time of the year where I live, but went for a walk this morning. Taking picture of flowing water is in my view quite difficult. Either you use a very fast shutter speed to freeze the water or you allow the water to smooth out, with a slower shutter speed. But if you let it smooth too much, then there is no life left. So I tried to balance that.

1DX, 24 TS-E f3.5L II, f16, ISO50, 0,3s
FANTASTIC! ... I like how you managed the white balance to get a perfect exposure ... AWESOME image.

So well done Eldar, it's a wonderful Lens, but you have to know how best to use it to get the best out of it, you've done that here, lovely Image. Have to say I've never used my 17 &24 TSE on the 1Dx, always on the 5DMK III, must give it a try.

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