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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:14:30 AM »
If a person has no legs or looses his legs, he/she has to do whatever they can to survive without in aid from anyone in my part of the world. I see many of them at almost EVERY stop light. It is heart wrenching. I used to cry a lot earlier but by now have become immune. :(

So True, it's something to see here in Indonesia & it does give your faith in Humanity a huge Boost how as there is no welfare support from the Government, it's then up to Family & the Village, and mostly when you see these sorts of situations, begging publicly, it's either they have no Family or it's a Business, as Sanj says, it can be heartbreaking, so you do what you can and learn that you can't help everyone.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:06:57 AM »

Wow! Look at the muscles! On the Paws, Cheeks, Neck... Is it a male? Claws are retracted. Seems very much at ease. Must be "Fed up" ;)

And you shot it @300mm? Not your 200-400L @400x1.4? What were you thinking? Or may be you noticed the claws were retracted...

Hi RPT, I had the 200-400 with me but happened to have the Strobe set up on the 300, so shot with the 300 as this Guy was Laying on the Rock but in shade & we were able to get so close to him.

Young Male, but Oldest Son to the Dominant Male Leopard in the area (A large 8 Year Old called Tyson), this Guy was substantially larger than his Dad, but at around 3 to 4 years Old lacked the experience to unseat his Dad as Dominant Male.

Tyson (see attached Image), is a Beautiful Male, apparently beats the crap out of any Male Leopard that enters the area (hence the name Tyson, although looking at is ear he possibly should have been called Evander), but let's his 3 Sons remain in the area unmolested (Real Family Guy), this is a face that just tells a story and only a Mother could Love.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:24:09 PM »
Mala mala South Africa 2013.

1Dx 300f/2.8 L II, Shot @ f/5.6 & 1/800th ISO400

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 07, 2013, 10:50:56 PM »
Stay tune ;)

Hi Dylan, finally found something you asked me about re the 300 + 1.4x

The attached isn't possibly the best example, but it was shot after actual Sunset, so still some light, but quite dim.

5DMK III 300f/2.8 L II + 1.4x V III, Shot at 420mm f/4.5 & 1/640th ISO1250

Majority of Grain was introduced in Post, I was wanting to give the Image that Old World Look, not always successfully I should add.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 07, 2013, 09:44:08 PM »
Duba Plains Lions, these amazing Animals are some of the only Lions that do all their hunting during the day, mostly using the water as a method of stalking & hunting their prey, and almost exclusively Hunt Buffalo. I've spent a week twice now at Duba, the 2nd fortunate to see these Lions make 2 Kills, unfortunate for the Buffalo of course.

5DMK III 300f/2.8 L II, Shot @ f/10 & 1/400th ISO400

Why would Canon feel compelled to rush into the high megapixel market when it's pretty much been a flop for Nikon and Sony?

In what sense is it a flop?

My understanding is the D800[E] is intended to serve a niche market of high end studio and landscape. Therefore I wouldn't measure it's success by comparing units sold to the 5Dmk3.

Agree. Why is it a flop?? Either for Nikon or Sony??

Cause its for a niche market.
Being a professional photographer is a niche market in itself, to be a niche within a niche... not really a successful business plan.

Going straight to the end of your post, if Nikon made a profit on the D800 (and whatever lenses & other equipment it wouldn't have sold otherwise, e.g. by getting customers who would have otherwise bought an MF camera), then it's a success.

And that's the bottom line, success for any Company is about wether or not the Product has generated Profits.

I don't know as I'm not privy to Nikon'd detailed P&L, but I'de be very surprised to find that the D800 hasn't been a financial success for nikon. From what I can perceive on the interment (dangerous), Nikon intend to bring in a D4x sometime early 2014, that would at least cement the fact that Nikon find the 36MP Sensor a success for them.

I owned a D800, purchased primarily as an Underwater replacement for my 5DMK II, I kept it 12 months & sold it along with the lenses I'de purchased, for me it wasn't that big an advantage over the 5DMK III considering what I felt were some inherent disadvantages (Menu system, horrible 105 Macro), so I currently use the 5DMK III and it works well.

The Sony a7r is another 36MP Body that is worth looking at over the coming year or 2, I recently purchased one, again to see wether or not the 36MP Sensor in a smaller form body could replace my 5DMK III for underwater Imaging, like it, don't like the EVF, time will tell, but I think Sony have a potential winner here, the Market at the moment seems to reflect that, the a7r is selling well, it certainly can't be considered a "flop" at this point, the opposite could be the case, but again, time will tell.

The High MP Market is becoming more competitive, a year ago it was Nikon & the D800, now we have Sony and the a7r, I would be very surprised if Canon didn't get into this Market, my best guess would be a Body +/- 40MP in 2014, probably a Pro 1 Body.

This high MP Market shouldn't be confused with medium format and the likes of Phase One, that's a whole different ballgame.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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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