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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 13, 2013, 08:57:48 PM »
The eagle season has begun:

Great Image Cog, and welcome to CR.

I'm personally slow to migrate to new technology, so Adobe has already long since supported any model camera I buy. It would be interesting to hear from someone who has purchased a model before it is officially supported by Adobe, but that uses an existing RAW format, and what their experiences were when attempting to open those files in LR or PS.

I recently purchased the Sony a7r, Adobe PS CC & LR CC would not open the files initially, it took about 2 weeks after the Camera release before Adobe 5.3 release candidate became available, that's the initial Beta release of what we now have as an official 5.3 release.

Even Sony, to my knowledge, don't have a full-blown set of software to handle RAW files from the a7r, they have on their web site a very very basic set of software to open files, but it doesn't allow conversion to another format i.e.. RAW to DNG or TIFF.

This is one of the issues that have a lot of people upset with Adobe & the new Creative Cloud offering (PS CC & LR CC), if you don't take on the rental programme, at some point your stand alone software (LR4 & CS6 etc etc) may not receive the upgrades that allow you to open New Camera Files, as I initially found with the a7r RAW Files.

On the a7r as well, Sony do not supply the Camera with any software, no CD etc, your pretty well on your own, poor support in my view from Sony.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of swapping a 5d3 for a 1D4.....
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:05:49 AM »
My initial view would be Don't do it, if I read your Post correctly you mention the opportunity to clean swap a 5DMK III for a 1DMK IV, so my view would be, don't do it.

I own all 3 Camera Bodies and use them mostly for Wildlife (+ the 5DMK II) I never sell a Good Camera, it's like selling your children.

When I was using the 5DMK II + 1DMK IV, the 1 DMK IV was the King for me, 10fps, weather sealed, much better AF System than the 5DMK II, and the big big decider, 1.3 Crop.

The only thing the 5DMK II had that was better, was a larger MP file.

But then along came the 5DMK III, suddenly I was finding I was using the 5DMK III more than the 1DMK IV, the 5DMK III had a 61 point AF system, larger file size, Ok weather sealing, the 1D MK IV became the back up to the 5DMK III.

Then along came the 1Dx, I bought 2 Bodies, never take the 1DMK IV anywhere anymore, and use the 5DMK III as a back up.

But, this is wildlife Photography, with the occasional Landscape thrown in, street scenes if I'm stuck in a City between flights to another place that has Wildlife, and if a slow Bird flies past, some BIF Images.

yeah man, adorama is the worst.. I have experience the same thing.. Didnt get my 18 dollars refund.. support sux. by that experience no more adorama for me. sticking to bnh

Please email me:  with your order number and further  details and I will see what I  can do

Good Luck with the required Lobotomy, probably the only way you'll be able to communicate with this Lad.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 11, 2013, 12:45:28 AM »
A lot prettier than my last Post on this thread, it's a wonderful experience to shoot these Wild Dogs anywhere in the wild, I wasn't expecting them in Tanzania, and I certainly didn't expect to photograph them right on Sunset, the colouring of these Guys is about perfect at anytime, but with sunrise/sunset, just Beautiful.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 526mm f/5.6 & 1/320th ISO640

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 11, 2013, 12:01:38 AM »
Hey Edward,

I think I need it more than your son! ;)


Hi Jack, well I haven't had it quite long enough to gives up on it yet, problem is always going to be the 1Dx & even the 5DMK III are a hard act to follow. The a7r for me was always a potential replacement for the 5DMK III, not in Sony's wildest dreams could it replace the 1Dx and what I use that Camera for, and of course that's not what it's aimed at.

The a7r is definitely a nice Camera and I do love the ability to use Zeiss AF Lenses, but that EVF is a bit strange when your not used to it, get past this & it's a pretty nice piece of gear.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:58:05 PM »

How you like your A7r so far eml58?

I might have to hold off the A7 purchase, since the "itch" for 600mm has just started ;D

Hi Dylan, I like the size, I like the Lens (Zeiss 35f/2.8), I like the Image Files the Camera takes, I like the menu system, in fact there's a lot to like about the a7r, but.

I really don't like the EVF, I may get to like it, but I don't think so.

Good friend of mine is a Leica M9 Owner, loves his Leica Lenses, bought the a7r same time as I did, compared to the M9 he's in Love with a7r, thinks the EVF is just wonderful.

As a support system to my 1Dx/5DMK III and Lenses, for those times when you want a smaller form Body & a couple of lenses, Shooting street scenes in Tokyo/Istanbul etc, I think the a7r has merit.

I'de like to try the a7r in an Underwater Housing, but I'm just not convinced re the EVF set up, that "lag" you get when looking through the viewfinder is a PIA, similar to why I dislike Point & Shoot Cameras with that lag you get between pushing the button & taking the image.

But I can see the minute Canon bring out the long awaited High MP 1 Series Body, my seeking a small form back up Body may just fly out the window.

I'm thinking my eldest Son needs a near new a7r.

Technical Support / Re: Best Possible IQ
« on: December 10, 2013, 06:46:58 PM »
A friend of mine have the latest 80MP Phase One. He made some shots in the Pyrenees this fall, which I saw in high quality 1mx1.5m prints. Incredible dynamics, resolution, color, the lot.

I agree with Eldar Sanj, if you want the best possible IQ, Phase One 645 with the IQ280 Digital Back & perhaps the Schneider 28f/4.5 LS if your using Flash, or the 28f/4.5 AF Phase One Lens if no Flash. Schnieder also make amazingly good Tilt shift Lenses, the new 50 TS Super Angulon I've tried and it's superb.

Problem may be wether or not you can Rent the gear where you are, if in the US I wouldn't see an issue, but because this gear is sooooo expensive it's difficult to Rent in most Countries.

I've toyed with the idea of the Phase one for some time, but you need to be seriously into Landscape or Studio to step up to the cost of this gear. The Images that come out of the IQ280 Back are just amazingly good, but @ 80MP you pay for it.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:00:12 PM »
Definitely not as Pretty as Bornshooter's young lady, and I'de imagine not often found on the streets of Edinburgh.

And decidedly poor table Manners, I shot this after she had pulled her head out of the chest cavity of a Tsessebe Antelope.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/9.0 & 1/80th ISO400

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:21:45 PM »
Not something I feel exceptionally comfortable with, but from time to time the opportunity presents & I have a go, so any failings are mine, not the gear.

This Guy was sitting in the top of a Tree so I had plenty of time to get ready for when he eventually took to the air.

It's a Bird, it's in Flight, so must be a BIF ??

And to top off my lack of knowledge of Birds in general, I've forgotten what this Guy is called, but the Image was taken in the Serengeti Tanzania, nice looking animal, bird, whatever.

1Dx 200-400f4, Shot @ 377mm f/5.6 & 1/3200th ISO400

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:58:52 PM »
Of the many many Lions I've seen, this Guy was the most memorable, the Eyes I've never seen quite so intense as they were on this Chap, he was the Alpha Male in a Coalition of 4 Brothers, the only one with these Rich Pale Yellow eyes, most Lions have that dark Yellow/Orange colouring, this Guy when he looked at you made you shiver.

Seemed to have the unfortunate habit of leading with his Nose as well.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 & 1/640th ISO800

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:54:29 PM »
And one of the few items (I know, it's not Photographic) but is a bigger lesson in Futility is.....

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:52:02 PM »
Someone once said (may have been my Father), when you have a great idea, wait awhile, it generally goes away.

The attached is one of the most useless pieces of equipment I've ever had a good idea about.

I think in these Images the "joints" must have been super glued.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:36:59 PM »
Me neither although it does take a few days. ;)  But seriously 300 X2 is a pretty good compromise.


I agree, if the 2x is going to work well, it's going to do it on the 300f/2.8 L II, I don't think Canon make a sharper Lens, possible exception might, I do say might, be the 200f/2

I don't think I've ever tried a converter on the 200f/2, I'm generally using it @ f/2 and looking for as sharp an Image as possible, I have used both the 1.4x & 2x converters at times with the 300 though and they seem to work very well on this Lens, especially the 1.4x.

The other Lens where I've found the converter works exceptionally well has been the 600f/4 II with the 1.4x

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 09, 2013, 07:21:46 PM »
Well something different a bored dog on the streets of edinburgh :)

Ahh !! This I understand, Wildlife, Edinburgh Version.

Looks like a close Cousin to Eldar's Wolf.

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