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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod...
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:29:13 PM »
Hello guys! I’m on the market for a good solid tripod.

I've used Gitzo, and liked them.

But for the last 3 years, I've used only RRS, I previously owned the RRS TVC=33, I now own the TVC-34L. Main difference being 3 section on the series 3 to 4 section legs on the series 4, the 4 leg gives me more versatility, otherwise the TVC33 was an excellent tripod.

Consider a levelling base, I use the TA-3-LB/LC-HK, this gives me the levelling base, Clamp & hook to add weight in high winds.

If you set up with the levelling base & Clamp, you then need to add an L Plate to your 5DMK III (B5D3-LA), the BH-55 LR is an excellent Ballhead and works with the 200f/2 a peach, if you go the levelling base/clamp route, buy the TH-DVTL-55 Dovetail plate that fits the bottom of the Ballhead so you can simply clamp it in/out of the levelling base.

I replace all my Lens feet with RRS replacements, all of them, no comparison, excellent feet made much better than Canon's. For the 200f/2 you will clamp the foot direct to the Levelling Base rather then via the L Plate, but the L Plate you will use for shorter Lenses i.e.. 135/100/50/35/24 etc.

I use the Canon 200f/2 L on this set up quite a bit, both the previous 33 version and now the slightly longer 34 version.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gitzo 1325 tripod is it good?
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:52:50 PM »
After having wasted money on countless tripods in my pursuit of something I actually like, a good advice is to go for the right one sooner rather than later.

Best advice I see here, Buy what you need, and try to by the best you can afford, and do it once.

I used to use Gitzo, excellent Tripods, I now use the  RRS TVC-34L, combined with a TA-3 LB/LC-HK (Which is the Levelling base/clamp & hook), unfortunately this will set you back a lot more than the Gitzo you mentioned, but I use a lot of RRS equipment and I can't say I've found any better anywhere.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:43:35 PM »
Amanda in glasgow :-) Getting a little fed up shooting models now to be honest looking forward to a trip to budapest next month :)

Lovely Image Bornshooter.

Wasn't it Budapest ?? where you shot the Lovely Lass and everyone mentioned the tiling on the walls, tongue in cheek of course.

I have a feeling Budapest may have as many Lovely Lasses as Glasgow, your not shooting them would be a little like myself going to Botswana and shooting, Landscape ??.

Whatever you shoot look forward to seeing the results.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 12, 2013, 04:30:39 AM »
The Giant Frogfish is about the size of a Soccer Ball, so to shoot this with the 100f/2.8 L IS Macro, i had to get some distance back from the Face, drag the strobes forward but keep them out of the picture, so no longer a True Macro Image, but the versatility of this Lens, and it's sharpness, is amazing.

Giant Frogfish, Alor Indonesia.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 11, 2013, 09:19:31 PM »
Beautiful shot of an interesting bird. I think it might be a Hadada Ibis.

Thanks Serendipidy, looked it up after reading your comment, I believe your right, good Bird recognition skills.

Unfortunately for me if it flies it falls into only two categories, Planes or Birds.

And I prefer both on the Ground.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:24:01 PM »
Yep, only a Mother could Love a Face like this.

Masai Mara Kenya 2013.

1Dx 200-400f/4, shot @ 513mm f/5.6 & 1/250th ISO400

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:21:56 PM »
I rarely post here, although I do look a lot, some really great Images in the thread by a lot of good photographers.

My general rule is if it doesn't have teeth and attitude i pass it by, but from time to time something grabs my attention.

Haven't a clue what this Bird is called, but the colour attracted me.

1Dx 200-400f/4

Masai Mara Kenya.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:35:53 PM »
Tawny Frogmouth on nest.

Lovely shot, agree with others, very unusual bird, well done.

Beautiful shot, Click. I love everything about it. Sharp, nice colors, well composed, and great water ripples.

Beautifully rendered background totally works in this Image, makes the Subject jump out, well done Click.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:26:10 PM »
Here´s one more from the Lynx encounter.

Lovely shot, great experience, it's encounters like this that push me out the door, always looking for the out of the ordinary experience.

EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:18:47 PM »
have an IR conversion done on my M.

Excellent idea, I did this to one of my 5DMK II's, I think all round it would work better on the M.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: November 11, 2013, 01:55:27 AM »
To keep it going ... Here is my cabin in the mountains and how it should look a months time from now. Really looking forward to it :)

Lovely Photo & a Lovely spot, Xmas here sounds just wonderful, enjoy.

Canon General / Re: Any special "hints" for shopping?
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:25:53 PM »
There is nothing specific that I need

My first thought on advice might be catch a show, see the lights, a good meal.

If you don't "need" it, don't buy it.

"Browsing" is for Ladies looking for something they're not sure they want, reasonably certain they don't need, but have a compulsion to test the credit card limit (My apologies if you fit into this scenario, other advice might be useful, but I know it would be ignored).

Think about what you "Need" to add to your Kit, research it before leaving, go to the particular shop that has that particular item that you "need", treat the whole situation as a planned mission (have a back up plan), wear blinkers or at least dark glasses, complete the mission, go home & enjoy.

If you choose to ignore this advice, revert to the afore mentioned back up plan, a large limit on your credit card, Good Luck, not likely but always welcome.

Lenses / Re: Primes for wildlife ...
« on: November 10, 2013, 06:53:29 PM »
I do around 4 Safari trips a year to different parts of Africa, each trip anywhere between 2 weeks and as long as 6 weeks, 2013 I've spent 3 months on Safari in Africa.

If you intend/need to do a reasonable amount of Travel to get to where you intend to use the gear, consider your carry on baggage and what restrictions are going to apply, as Photographers we tend to think like Gun People, what gear always at the top of the list, the rest we feel we can take care of.

In Africa most Airlines strictly apply 8Kgs as a bench mark for carry on, I Fly Business Class where ever I can & that allows 11Kgs, on Main Airlines you won't be able to book an empty seat, but I do that on the small Charter flights between airports & the Camps, that allows me to carry more than the 20Kgs the smaller flights will restrict you to. Never ever ever ever etc, Check in Camera gear within Africa, it's a huge Business in stolen Camera gear in this Continent, won't make any difference who you Fly with, all the African airlines have the same issue, they simply cannot control theft from checked in Baggage, it's  a total lottery.

Which brings me to Insurance, complete must if Travelling in Africa, don't leave home without it. Now Lenses.

The 300f/2.8 L II goes where ever I go, always. This is the absolute fastest focussing & sharpest Lens Canon make in my experience, works absolutely well with the III Series 1.4x Converter, pretty good with the 2x. But, you need to be able to get close, in most South African situations it's the perfect Lens, generally a lot of bush, Animals are generally closer due to the amount of bush. Completely hand holdable and I almost never use it on a Tripod or Monopod.

The 400f/2.8 L II is another superb Lens, I recently sold mine, but I've been extremely Happy with this Lens both in it's series 1 form and later when i upgraded to the series 2 version. But, it's still heavy, so expect to be using it for your best shots on a tripod or a monopod. I used to always carry as standard kit the 300 + 400 and 1.4x converter. 1.4x works amazingly well on this Lens, the 2x a little soft.

600f/4 L II, superb, just a brilliant lens, lovely weight, best shots again from a Tripod or monopod, crisp & sharp. 1.4x works just amazingly well on this Lens, the 2x a little soft. I use this Lens only when I'm scheduling to Safari in the Serengeti (Tanzania) or the Masai Mara (Kenya), the Lens needs large open spaces to be worth carrying, but if you have the open areas with Wildlife further away, this is the lens to have.

As soon as the 200-400f/4 was released I was about the first in Asia (Singapore) to get one, haven't for a moment regretted getting it, just a brilliant lens. Being able to to zoom to fill the frame 200-560 f/4 to f/5.6, my Imaging has taken a leap forward, way less cropping to get the right shot, close enough at 560 f/5.6 to be just about perfect. Light enough to hand hold for short periods, but gets heavy quick, used mostly again on Tripod/Monopod or bean bag. But, you give up light, it doesn't sound like a lot, but going from the 300/400 f/2.8 Lenses to a f/4 has required an adjustment, mostly now I shoot at minimum ISO400 as a Base where I may have shot a lot with the 300/400 at ISO200 as a base, but I feel the adjustment has been worthwhile. Major added advantage with this Lens is you don't need to change out converters, it's a flip of the switch in/out, that simple, huge benefit in lost shots, dust on the sensor etc, when I use the 600 + 1.4x I generally set the Lens like that onto a 1Dx Body and that's how it stays, I'de love to see a 600 with the Converter assembly of the 200-400f/4.

My standard rig now is 300f/2.8 + 200-400f/4 for places like Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia. If the Serengeti or Masai Mara it's those + the 600 and generally a hassle with Airline Carry On rules, which I either circumvent with bringing my son/s, extra seats where possible, pay off the check in person for a tag to allow the extra carry on.

All of these Lenses work exceptionally well with the 5DMK III or the 1 Dx, but, you will miss the 12 fps of the 1 Dx on Safari, nothing quite like it, the 5DMK III at 6 fps is Ok, but (there's always a but) it can't compete with the 1Dx, for Safari, the 1Dx is the Safari tool with spades.

I hope this helps, what ever you decide you can't go wrong with any of these Lenses, enjoy your Imaging.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:45:12 PM »
Edward, you are blessed to be in the presence of these amazing beasts on such a regular basis!  Your eye and your gear are an unbeatable combo!  So very cool!  8)

All the best!

Thanks Krob78, your right, it's a privilege I don't take for granted.

Another cracker yet again edward :-) what did he have for dinner?

Thanks Bornshooter, Thomson's Gazelle, Serengeti Cheetahs's favourite Prey, I followed this group of Female (Mum) & 3 young Cubs on & off over 5 Days, Mum Killed once a day, every day for the 5 Days, I was fortunate to see the actual Kill 3 times in this 5 Days, that's about as good as it gets I think, amazing Animals.

You sort of feel for the Thompson's, the look on their faces just before oblivion isn't pretty, but it's nature at work, at it's fastest.

Lenses / Re: The future of Canon L primes
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:36:32 PM »
Looking at what Canon really need to do, there's not a lot, I think.

800f/5.6 II, needed to compete with Nikon's new Lens, and I've seen it, it's good (Nikon's 800 I mean), probabely within the next 6 to 12 months, they have to, no choice for Canon.

35f/1.4 II, needed, forget what Sigma can & can't do, Canon need to revamp this Lens, again, next 6 to 12 months.

135 L II, needed, current lens is a beauty, but Zeiss have raised the Bar, so Canon will reciprocate, maybe 12 to 18 months away.

200f/2 II, hard to judge, how do you improve on perfection ?? but this Lens will probably get the Series II treatment, 12 to 18 months away.

TSE's, Overdue for a 50 & 90 revamp, 2014 for sure.

Man, 2014 looks to be a year to live for, of course we will all be poorer by 2015, but that's like 2 years away, why worry now.

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