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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:37:13 PM »
Kinkaku-Ji (Golden Pavilion) Kyoto Japan December 2012

5DMK III & 135f/2 L

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:07:51 PM »
Cats will be cats.

Nice Sanj, the background looks like the Wildebeest lawn mowers have been through.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:06:30 PM »
The lynx was pure luck. I was out to shoot moose when the lynx came. It has never happened before and I don´t believe I will experience that again, but I sure will try.

The wolfs are wild, but I had some expert help who led me to them. We were in a hideout, with the wind against us, so they did not spot us. There was a crack in the forest to our right and the alpha, which I assume the standing wolf was, jumped to his feet and by the next crack they were gone. Poor moose I guess, but great experience.

Agree with Northstar Eldar, your Images of Lynx, Fox & wolves are wonderful, all very different subjects to what we as Photographers get to see & Photograph, the Lynx & wolves are as well somewhat endangered so it's such a treat to see Images in the Wild like this.

How about an Amur Tiger next ?? Oh sorry, wrong Country   :o

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:01:15 PM »
Arctic fox,
1DX 200-400mm 4L IS 1.4x at 560mm f5.6 1/800s

Nice Eldar, it's such a pleasure seeing Wildlife from the Scandinavian perspective.

Most online subscription sellers do a test of the subscribers credit card about a month before the renewal date and send a warning e-mail if the credit card bounces.  They realize that cards expire or are cancelled, its a normal happening in business.

If you receive the notice, just give them the new information.

I'm wondering if I can use a prepaid card with a account that has just the exact amount that is due to Adobe for a year.  Then I don't have to worry about Adobe getting hacked, and I can deposit the proper amount when a renewal is due.  My card number was stolen shortly before the Adobe announcement and I had to get a new one.  Its happening more and more often.

Yes, my one real; outstanding concern regards the Subscription Model.

I've taken the Suite Model @SGD500/Year, locked price for 3 years, through Innercom in Singapore who are a Adobe Reseller, this way I can have my Office Pay the yearly subscription via Bank Transfer.

The new $120/year (SGD170) is clearly a better deal, but it currently requires Credit Card online payment, with Adobe I'm extremely wary, if there was a way to Pay with PayPal etc, I'm off the current Model and onto the New Model in a New York Second.

If you want to drink the Kool aid, good for you. I will be using my CS6 for along time.

What will you do when CS7 comes along with features that would be really beneficial to you and/or your work?

At some point Canon will release the 1DxS (or what ever) which you will want to own, CS8 will receive the upgrades to allow you to handle Image files from your New Camera, CS6 at some point will not get the Upgrades, this is not new.

Save your Image Files with all your side Car Files etc in TIF, I do, I've never saved my Images in Adobes File Format.

At some point all software will be a similar Business Model to Adobes "Rental" system, I'de say within 5 years there won't be any Software Company offering Stand Alone Products versus "Rental", Adobe are a PIA, but they currently offer the best Software to handle Image files plus a load of other software, On One are about the only Company moving up with a stand alone alternative, and you can bet in 5 years they will be offering their software along similar lines to Adobe.

It's a Business Model that given some Pain at inception will offer a much better more manageable cash flow scenario, for Adobe (and that is the number one priority for any Company), and adobe have a very large Cash Surplus so they can weather initial issues and Play the Long Term Game.

It was only 6 months ago on a different thread on CR, but same Topic when I suggested that given time Adobe would offer a "special" deal on PS+LR and some chap that was an Adobe reseller shot me down harshly stating Adobe would "never" offer anything like that, well, we are 6 months down the track, Adobe have as many of the Pro Photographers and Companies onboard with the "Suite" subscription Model as they feel initially that need, now it's time to extend the Model to get the amateur photographers into the system, it works, and although i dislike admitting it where Adobe is concerned, they have actually approached this from a Business perspective quite well.

PS+LR at 120 bucks a year is a good deal, those that are concerned about a price increase, get over it, the price will go up,what doesn't, any stand alone non subscription model software will also see price increases over time.

If your concerned about file format, save your Files in something other than PSD and that allows you to use other software.

I see the way Adobe approaching this is somewhat similar to the way Apple (plus the rights holders) are approaching Music, you pay a yearly subscription, all your music is available online that you own on your computer, any "Non Original" 9read Pirated) Music is also available in the original Format as long as you Pay the Yearly Subscription, the endeavour is to win over as many of the "Pirates" as they can, it won't work 100%, I'm sure Apple and the rights holders don't expect it to, but if they win over 50% of the Target group that's an enormous amount of Cash Flow in very real terms, it's smart business.

I wasn't convinced 6 months ago re Adobes subscription Model, I've changed my mind, it happens from time to time, and I'm quite Ok with that.

I prefer the 100-400 IS L replacement instead of the 200-400 Extender, because it´s really a pain to travel with the 200-400 Extender. It´s to heavy.

Yes, of course.

But, it's interesting that from anyone that actually owns the 200-400f/4, the weight of the Lens, although a factor as in any Lens, isn't a main deciding factor of ownership, People buy the 200-400f/4 (1.4x) for a lot of very good reasons, they don't not buy it, because "it's to heavy" to Travel with.

If Canon produce a Version II 100-400 with all the small tweaks we expect, that will be a Lens that will have a huge following and rightly so, the old current Lens has been a bit of a Classic, but I don't think People will buy the New 100-400 just because it's not as heavy as the 200-400f/4, it's more likely to do with the fact that one costs $12,000 and the other likely to cost +/- $2,000 (I imagine if it stays in line with recent Canon upgraded Lenses, it'll be as much as $2400 after all Nikon's New 80-400f/4.5-5.6 is selling well at around the $2k mark, you can almost bet Canon's will be 15% more expensive).

Of course I could be completely wrong on this.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: November 22, 2013, 01:38:46 AM »
Liked the review.

I've shot around 30,000 Images now with the 200-400f/4, mostly (perhaps 95%) on the 1Dx, a small amount on the 5DMK III, for a lot of reasons I think the 1Dx is the Body to work with on this Lens, but I guess i feel the same about all the "Whites" in this respect.

I've never noticed any difference in the IS between the 200-400f/4, 300f/2.8 II, 400f/2.8 II & 600f/4 II, none at all.

I've noticed a marginally faster snap onto Target when auto focussing only on the 300f/2.8 L II, but the 300 is quite possibly the all round best Lens that Canon have ever made I feel.

On sharpness, again I've looked extensively at the Lenses I mentioned previously, I own (or owned) all of them, also had the Version I lenses in the 300 & 400 range (since sold the 400f/2.8 L II), and as mentioned i think by Eldar, you really do have to Zoom a long way into the Image to try and see where the Primes are sharper, the 300, yes I see a difference, very marginal, but it's there, the 400 & 600 ?? a lot harder to see.

Weight, the 200-400 is pretty well the same length & weight as the 400f/2.8 II, and therefore has the same Hand Holdability (new word I think) as the 400, short periods just fine, longer periods, bit of drag. The 200-400, just like the 400 & 600, are best attached to a Tripod or Monopod, or Eldar's Flag Staff Addaption, which I'm in the process of setting up, great idea I think.

I liked the older Nikon 200-400f/4, especially the newer version, I shot the Nikon on the D3x & D800 (a minor slide to the Dark Side for a comparison), and the Canon 200-400f/4 1.4x is simply at a different level, unfortunately that leads to the only negative view I might have of the Lens, it's price, still, you pay for quality, and the 200-400f/4 has loads of that I feel.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 22, 2013, 01:21:25 AM »
Masai Mara

Lovely Shot Sanj, hard to get these Guys into anything that resembles Photogenic I feel, but the background in this Image does this a treat.

Love the Masai Mara, heading back 2014 for the Crossing on the Masai Mara side, did it mostly from The Serengeti this Year but missed the Crossing action by 3 days, still a great Tanzania experience though.

8 Pages and counting.

I’m not too sure how many people would put down their 200-400′s for one of these

Ummm ???? No, I don't think so.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:20:12 PM »
Tanzania 2013

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/6.3 & 1/250th ISO800

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:17:44 PM »
Tanzania 2013

1Dx 200-400f/4

Trying to get this to 8 Pages

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:50:35 PM »
That Lioness looks p!ssed ... great shot.

I was actually out of the vehicle taking a leak when I looked down slope and saw this Lady heading my way, with intent I'm sure. I can tell you i squeezed off pretty quick.

As soon as I got back into the vehicle she stopped and seemed confused, it's amazing how habituated these Animals get to the vehicle, in the vehicle they don't seem to see you as Food, out of the vehicle you really do become part of the Food Chain.

I grabbed a dozen Images before jumping back into the Vehicle, love that 12fps on the 1Dx.

Can you point me to this statement on Adobe's site?  I read the FAQ and terms but couldn't find it.  That would influence my decision, assuming my current LR3/CS5.5 cannot be installed on two computers (I've never tried - can they?).

Not sure where it is on the site, but I have CC Suite installed now on my MacPro & my MacBook Pro.

I resisted for some time getting into the "Monthly" business, not in favour of adobe having my Credit Card details, I finally found a reseller in Singapore (Innercom), that gave me an excellent deal for the CC full Suite with a 3 year Lock, cancel anytime, I paid the first year with a Bank Transfer.

I believe the current deal for Photographers @ $10/month represents excellent value, seems to be a 2 year lock on price, so at least for 2 years you really can't go wrong if all you want/need is PS & LR, which most of us get by on just fine. I would cancel my current deal at the end of the first year & flip to this deal, as long as I can use Pay Pal or some form of payment other than Credit Card on line, Adobes recent screw up in allowing customer details to be hacked doesn't fill me with confidence in the security measures at Adobe.

And I've got over the whole "rent software" issue, it's quite honestly where all software companies will be in 5 years.

And with the Adobe system, if you cancel out of the programme and go back to stand alone CS6/LR5, you don't loose anything, you still have your files, your RAW files, your adapted files you will need PS/LR to access, but I save everything in .TIF and to date that works for me.

Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 06:52:51 PM »
Congratulations Dylan, Lovely Lens.

I suggest you get the 1.4x VIII Converter first, almost no perceptible loss in IQ on this Lens (420@f/4), the 2x although Good, is not without some IQ loss, acceptable, but not perfect, certainly not as good as the 600f/4 II @ f/5.6, but not much is.

Look forward to seeing some Images from this truly wonderful Lens when you get the time, enjoy.

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