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Fourteen stops. HAH! I fart in the general direction of your fourteen stops! And Laugh. MUHAHAHAHAHAAAA!

I think the message taped to an Arrow & shot into the Chest may have had more impact & been more pointed   ;D

Love those Movies.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for bicycling?
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:38:28 PM »
Battaflea 18L From Gura Gear

I understand all these cloud services, not so much the need for them, but from a Business perspective it's a reasonable Business Model, but.

I've just never been comfortable with having my Images on someone else's server, in the cloud, what ever, just seems....risky.

So, I set up my own system without too much trouble, at home I set up my MacPro as a server, connects to my esPro 8TB (2 complete systems totalling 16TB on RAID), on this I store 2 copies of my current 5TB of Images, as long as I have Internet access, I can access my Home System & download Images, check Images, work on Images.

Yes, it's quite a bit more expensive than cloud service, but it's 16TB, it's mine & it's just as accessible as anything iCloud, Google, Canon etc offer, without the risk.

Well, if my House burns down I'm in a bit of trouble, so I just purchased another 8TB system and will set that up as a cloned copy at my Son's Apartment.

This is the only way I can see to get the service I want for the amount of Images I have with the comfort of knowing my Images aren't on someone else's server.

Most of these cloud systems are developed for people wanting to store their phone camera photos I think, nothing wrong with that at all, but for someone that has anything more than 100GB, the systems really don't work.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need help finding a backpack
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:23:06 PM »
I could probably review about 15 different Backpacks I've owned & tried, but perhaps just get straight to the best all round backpacks I've owned & continued to use.

Gura Gear Battaflea, 32 & 26, absolutely the best Packs I've ever used.The 32L carries the 600f/4 II in one side when required comfortably. The 26L carries the 200-400f/4 in one side when I don't need the extra size of the 32L, if I'm travelling with my Sons then I take both plus just recently purchased the Uninta from Gura Gear for my youngest son, I am not so impressed with the Uninta, should have bought the 18L Battaflea.

Unfortunately only the Battaflea 18L has a Laptop Compartment.

One Bag is never enough when you consider you want to carry the gear necessary, and get it into the overhead locker of a commercial jet, the depth of some packs make this difficult, I've never had an issue with the Battaflea.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:19:23 AM »
135f/2 L +35f/1.4 L

Bought them both the day I bought my first 1D, the 1DsMk3

Still own all 3, the 1Ds doesn't get too much use anymore, but I find I cant sell old Cameras, seems like selling your Kids, cant do it.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:14:07 AM »
I think the bokeh is a combination of three things. First is my horrible skills with the software. I have not spent much time on any of these I have posted, but I had a bit too much light on the background and not enough on the cat, so I did a fast exposure twist. Secondly, the green is extremely green, coming from very young and fresh leaves, so I have lower the luminance, to make it a bit less dominant. And third, and I believe the most significant, is that I get an amplification of some artifacts in the bokeh when I export to as small a format as I use. I have no clue why that happens. I do not believe it is possible to see the chicken wired dense.

I posted this on the 85 1.2II thread, but a leopard shot with an 85mm prime at 1.2 is not that usual.

Both Lovely Images, but you can see the difference in the Bokeh between the 2 Images.

Have a look at how your applying any contrast, and what type of contrast your applying, too much contrast can totally screw background bokeh I've found, of course if you have tendrils of smoke in the background etc, contrast can help pull these out of the general bokeh. Just a thought.

And your right, the 85f/1.2 is not the first Lens you would reach for when thinking "wildlife", but it's worked for you here.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:39:02 PM »
Eye contact with Denzil, the young Amur Leopard at Nordens Ark.
70-200 f2.8L IS II @110mm
1/100s, f2.8, ISO800

Lovely Image Eldar.

EOS Bodies / Re: Can Canon deliver a FF sensor that is class leading?
« on: June 04, 2014, 03:57:39 AM »

Photography Technique / Re: What Lenses Do You Use for Panoramics?
« on: June 04, 2014, 03:53:57 AM »
24TSE II, more recently Otus 55

Software used to stitch, Autopana Giga 3.5

RRS Pano Head

Work in progress !!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 04, 2014, 03:35:49 AM »
This was actually a very difficult animal to shoot, both from a focus and exposure perspective. The AF system of the 1DX, which I believe is second to none, really struggled to find focus and I got more out of focus images of this one than I can remeber having had with anything in the past. I also had to over expose by 1.3 stops to get the details in its fur.

Can imagine, Dark to Black Body, Dark Green Background, probably low light, I'm surprised you did as well as you were able to, from all the Cameras I've used over the Years, the 1Dx is pretty well the Prima Low Light Image Maker.

Hardest Image I can think of I've tried to shoot, Black Frogfish (Underwater Imaging of course), never been able to quite pull that one off, Like shooting into a Black hole in Space.

We wont start a discussion on DR, Crap, I mentioned DR, shoot me.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 04, 2014, 03:31:08 AM »
I heard they can be fierce, and are not afraid of confrontation ...

Depends which one we are discussing  ::)

It's sad they still end up in Jackets, this we can all work towards stopping, someday.

Not much we can do about the poor acting sort though.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 03, 2014, 07:30:35 PM »
Wolverine (female). This is shot from within the enclosure in Nordens Ark. This is an uncropped image shot at 200mm. A fantastic experience, to sit on the ground and have this animal walking up to me (too close for the liking of the keeper though).

200-400 f4L IS 1.4x @200mm
1/100s, f4.5, ISO640

Lovely Image Eldar, looks like she's just pushed her face through an OOF curtain, well done.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:38:32 PM »
The very grumpy Pallas´s cat mom out looking for mice, in the last light of the day.
200-400 f4L IS 1.4x @200
1/125s, f5.6, ISO1600

That is one sad sack of a cat Eldar, if I saw this walking towards me in the glooming I think I'de grab my Toys and make a run for it.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:36:31 PM »
Hey guy's not been online in a while but here are 2 from a shoot the other day with the 1dx and 85 1.2LII :-)

Nice Bornshooter, good to see your Posting again, miss your Images, to the morning coffee.

"Market share is for the unwashed masses – those poor poor amateurs and professionals leading their lives of quiet desperation. I'm an artiste and as such am blessed with superior taste that makes all your plebeian concerns insignificant."

Geez, unfocussed, that's almost...poetic, I picked out this section because I thought it was so well put, but the whole Post was just as good.

I think the issue Aglet in particular has is that he sees himself as not being like most of us, you know, the "Common Folk"   :) those majority of "enthusiastic amateurs", the majority of those "Pros", the incredibly mentally challenged....Canon users, poor people, the misguided.

I think Sporgon had it in one

Aglet; I hope your day job's a stand up comic.

Personally I have no real clue why Canon haven't developed as yet a higher MP Sensor, I'de like to see them do it, I'de likely buy it, but in the meantime I'm sort of Ok with my 1Dx & 5DMK III, you know... Those Cameras used by the majority, the "Common Folk".

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