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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 16, 2013, 06:46:44 PM »
Merry Christmas and happy new year to everyone from me as well.

Here's a shot from yesterday , 200 @ f2. Spring weather in December, not complaining!

Looks like you solved the issues with the 200f/2 Viggo, Lovely shot, Lovely Child as well.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 16, 2013, 06:34:49 PM »
that is a great shot.  Where can i buy it?  And where was it taken?

Hi aj, I generally don't sell my Images, they're just an interest & I print for Family & Friends, but if you would like a Print PM me your details I would be Happy to send you a Printed Copy in the New Year (I like to Print almost as much as I Photograph), Merry Xmas.

The Image was taken at a Private Concession in the Northern part of South Africa called Mala Mala, the concession is 45k hectares and alongside the Northern Border of Kruger National Park, the Mozambique border North again & next door is another equally large Private concession called Londolozi. In my opinion the 2 best places in all of Africa for Leopard, probably 60% of my Leopard Images come from these two concessions, I generally visit Mala Mala or Londolozi about every 2 years, January 2014 will be my 4th time to this area, if you ever want to shoot Leopard this is the place to go, 45 minute flight from Johannesburg.

I am not very keen on getting the 35mm f/2.8 or the 55 f/1.8 lens as I probably won't use them that much ... coz it doesn't make sense for me to get the current 2 prime lenses (35mm & 55mm) when their size works out equal to (or bigger than) the Zeiss 24-70mm zoom lens.

Only issue Rienz is the Zeiss Zoom will be f/4, not too bad I know, but the 35 is f/2.8 & so far I'm impressed with the Lens, hope to have the 55f/1.8 by Xmas, and I pick up the Otus 55f/1.4 tomorrow on the way to Australia.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 16, 2013, 01:48:00 AM »
Appreciate all the comments, my last until after New Year, to all you CR people & your families, have a wonderful Xmas and may the New Year bring you all that you wish for (I'm wishing for a 1Dxs, Thanks Santa).

1Dx 400f/2.8 II + 1.4x, Shot @ 560mm f/4 & 1/1000th ISO800

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:59:47 PM »
The shot isn't as sharp as I'd like (nothing other than cropping done on this shot) but with my primes I couldn't have gotten the sequence of him moving towards me.  As he got closer I simply flipped off the 1.4x (I wish the lever was on the right hand side) and kept shooting on my 5D3.

Hi Sauropod, Love the Images, especially the Tiger into the water, this is a dream Image in the wild that few get the opportunity to capture.

The issue in this Image is one I often find with pretty well any of my White Primes/200-400f/4 etc, when I'm shooting Crocodiles into the water everything is as sharp as a button until the animal hits the water, i believe what happens then is the Lens/Body gets confused by the water splash and locks onto the water, the animal is then marginally out of focus but the water splash is sharp. I don't think there's any way to solve this issue except manual focus, and on a fast moving animal that's probably outside my skill levels.

If I was to Post examples of the Images I've docked up over the years there wouldn't be enough room on CR, fortunately it's like most things in life, screw it up enough you either learn from it & get better at not screwing up, or you get better at screwing up.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:54:18 PM »
It's a nice image for sure, great job!  But frankly I think even the lowly Rebel T3 might (emphasize might) have grabbed and locked in servo mode with such a large slow-flying bird against a bright sky like that, even with an STM lens.  Cheetahs are a farrrr different story though!! 

Do you find the 200-400 / 1DX able to servo track equally well for subjects moving away from the camera really fast (such as a running cheetah), as it can for when they're running toward the camera?

Hi CarlTN, your right of course, in the conditions I shot this Eagle you could have used pretty well anything, either lens or Body, my son was using a 6D on a 70-300L & got as good (I can't say better considering the difference in gear value and my Lads ego & my own). BIF etc are targets of opportunity, I rarely shoot them, although I have a mild fascination with Vultures, again, that's likely because they're big & slow & make the job easy.

Shooting a stooping Eagle with a 600f/4 + 1.4x Converter and getting sharp Images takes some real skill, Gary Samples Images spring to mind when discussing this particular subject, sharp & Beautiful.

I've owned the 70-300L since just after it was released, although I think it's an excellent Lens, Sharp & not heavy, I often found I'de leave it at home in preference to the 70-200f/2.8 L II and that Lenses ability to utilise the 1.4x converter. Now my Lad uses the 70-300L almost exclusively & just loves the Lens, he produces some remarkably good Images from this Lens on the 6D, on these trips with me to Africa he pretty well uses the 6D + 24-70F2.8 L II plus 70-300L, that's a pretty light load in the backpack considering I generally travel with 2 x 1Dx Bodies, 70-200f/2.8 II, 200-400f/4, 600f/4 II & 300f/2.8 II.

My only concern with the 70-300L was not being able to utilise the 1.4x on it, I think Canon made a small error of judgement there, my Lads Images would tend to say no, he does well with his lighter less expensive package. The combo 6D + 70-300L though is not likely to get some of the faster action shots though when compared to the 1Dx + 200-400f/4.

The 200-400f4 is an absolutely wonderful Lens, if I had to have just one lens this would likely be it, 300f/2.8 L II might squeeze it out on sharpness/weight etc, but sheer versatility, the 200-400f/4 is hard to beat.

On Servo Tracking the 200-400f/4 & 1Dx will track just as well in any direction, including away from the Camera, when tracking Cheetah you will loose Lock if the Animal goes behind a Bush or Tree, but I rarely have to Manually re acquire focus lock, in 90% of cases the Lens/Body automatically re acquires, amazing technology in these modern cameras.

But, as I've mentioned in previous Posts, you can get sharper Images at 200/300/400 & 600 Using Primes (I've never owned the 500 so I can't speak for that Lens, but from what I've seen it's in the same Class as the other Large Primes), there's very little in it, but the Primes I feel do provide the marginally sharper Image, but the versatility of the 200-400f/4 makes this Lens almost Magical (taking a word from Steve Jobs when describing the iPad).

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 15, 2013, 01:56:30 AM »
Leopard Cub cleaning after chewing down on a fresh Kill by Mum.

1Dx 200-400f4, Shot @ 200mm f/5.6 & 1/250th ISO2500

Just on Sunset, in the shade so quite dark.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 14, 2013, 10:51:28 PM »
Nicely done, it must look amazing at full size. Hopefully I'll be able to get that close to something other than a magpie someday.

You must be an Aussie, only place I know they have Maggies, hated the damn things as a Kid growing up in place called Kallanie in the northern Wheat-belt of West Aus.

I still have the head scars to prove it.

This Eagle/Hawk (Guide did tell me what it was called but I instantly forgot), made the job easy, he was sitting in a Tree when we slowly drove up, allowed me to get set up, then did the right thing and flew straight towards us, veered left at the last, must have been someone's Pet.

The 1Dx set on 61 point/single point/auto select just zapped onto the Bird and never lost focus, love this set up for Birds & fast animals like cheetahs running down a Kill at 100kph.

Lenses / Re: New lens, Big White, if I can only get one. Which One???
« on: December 14, 2013, 10:19:14 PM »
As someone already mentioned, not a bad problem to have.

It's interesting to think about this, from my perspective, as I pretty well only shoot FF, I do keep my 1DMK IV just in case I need more reach, but the 1.4x generally takes care of reach when attached to the 600f/4.

So your 7D (1.6) throws an interesting curve into the decision.

My feel would be the 200-400f/4, as Eldar has mentioned, this is a superb Lens, with your 7D your going to have a 320-640 @ f/4 with the 1.4x converter bringing you out to 900ish @ f/5.6, not too bad.

Keep the 300f/2.8 as I've found at times you just need f/2.8.

Like Eldar, once I had the 200-400f/4 I sold my 400f/2.8 II and although at times I reminisce on wether I needed to or not, I do still have the excellent 300f/2.8 II sitting in the wings.

With the reach & versatility offered by the 200-400 on your 7D I'm not sure you need to even consider the 400/500 or 600.

If you have the opportunity try renting the 200-400 for a week, should be enough time to fall in Love.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 14, 2013, 08:42:13 PM »
6D + 24-70 f4 IS.

Shot on the Sussex coast at Adlebrough. A three frame stitch hand held, ISO 320.

Agree with Click, Lovely Image, perfect reflection.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 14, 2013, 08:39:58 PM »
Is there a lot of cropping in that shot? It must have been pretty (really, extremely) close if that fills the frame at 377mm.

Screen Grab showing Crop.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:43:22 PM »
Love your pictures.... tiny birds will drive you crazy trying to get pictures and then trying to ID them...

Have the same issue with Fish when I do Underwater Imaging, there's a gazillion of the damn things, I must have a dozen Fish ID books, mostly I've got down to 2 variations, "Big Fish" "Small Fish".

Might work for Birds, say 4 descriptions

BIF (Obviously Bird in Flight, or Bird being difficult)
BOB (Bird on Branch, my personal favourite)
Big Bird (Not to be confused with the Sesame Street Character, but similar)
Small Bird (Not to be confused with the Objects that are generally shot by "Bornshooter")

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:36:36 PM »
85 1.2
@ f11 iso 200

Love that 1st Image, looks like you've got the strobes down pat, nice to see you posting again, missed your Eagles.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:35:05 PM »
Was very fortunate to get an eye level position to take this shot  in the Golden light. Tiger (T19) at Ranthambore National Park, India.

Canon 1DX
70-200 F2.8 IS II (70mm f/4)
ISO 400
Great shot! This is the most beautiful cat on the planet!

Completely agree, Lovely Image and what a magnificent Animal.

Man I just have to get over there and shoot these Guys, only thing holding me back is I know it can be a PIA with all the other people trying to get the same Images.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 13, 2013, 09:38:10 PM »
I was going to Post this Image in the "Bird Portraits" section, after all, it is a BIF.

Except in this case it's a Baboon in Flight, similar, but different.

1Dx 400f/2.8, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/5000th ISO200

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