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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: November 19, 2013, 05:59:20 AM »
Honest question.  I don't get why a well made lens with half dozen machine ground lenses of a particular shape and in one configuration can cost 10-20x what another well made lens with a half dozen machine ground lenses of a similar shape and configuration?  How can the shape of a lens element or the coating cost so much more to produce?  What is special about this lens that Canon, Nikon or Sigma could not reverse engineer (i.e. lens shape) and produce for $400?

An interesting read from Lloyd Chambers here.
Yep, a good read. Making a lens with very tight tolerances, with aspherics in the mix is very difficult (centering issues with aspheric lenses can be tricky). While Canon/Nikon do make fast optics in the 50mm range with aspherics / special glass, etc, they are soft wide open. This one isn't :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 17, 2013, 08:25:42 PM »
Fall chickadee. 5DMKIII, 600 II + 1.4 III, 1/640, f8, ISO 2500, Better Beamer -2 & 1/3 fill flash
Very nice Vern. Well balanced with the fill flash.
I've started to use fill flash for some of my bird pic's. Works well if I underexpose the flash by 1/3 to half a stop. When done well, you can't tell that flash has been used.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 16, 2013, 06:31:24 AM »
Tawny Frogmouth with baby. A week ago, I found the body of one chick, on the ground, beneath this nest. Fortunately, they had a second one to show off :)
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC

Nice shot!  At first glance I didn't even notice the baby in the shot. 

I wish I could blend in that well with my couch when the wife comes looking for me to do some chores...chuckle.
Thanks ERHP and Northstar.
@Northstar....LOL  :)

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Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« on: November 15, 2013, 05:56:10 PM »
On a 5D3, a great little lens. For its price and size, super sharp wide open, and great contrast. It's replaced my 50mm f1.4 as my standard lens (great for general landscape/walk around, as others have mentioned). On a recent trip, I probably used this one for 40% of the images.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 15, 2013, 02:50:38 PM »
Tawny Frogmouth with baby. A week ago, I found the body of one chick, on the ground, beneath this nest. Fortunately, they had a second one to show off :)
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC


Very nice shot Mr Bean.  That's a really strange looking bird.
Thanks Click. And they have an even stranger "call" if I can call it that. Its a deep, but soft booming sound that you can hear at night.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 15, 2013, 06:37:19 AM »
Tawny Frogmouth with baby. A week ago, I found the body of one chick, on the ground, beneath this nest. Fortunately, they had a second one to show off :)
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
« on: November 14, 2013, 05:37:22 PM »
I'm generally a Zeiss fan myself but the Nikon 14-24 (w/adapter) represents a much better value and is sharper across the frame when stopped down vs the Zeiss.

I have both,, the Zeiss is sharper and has better colour and contrast (although at certain apertures the Nikkor is better at the edges.. but not by much),it also has no problems with focus shift,the same can't be said about the nikkor..
+1. I have the Zeiss 15mm and did a fair amount of testing against a couple of UWA Canon lenses and found the Zeiss to be unmatched. The testing process for me was using stars, as they tend to show coma/CA/spherical aberrations very clearly. The benefits of the Zeiss for me were:
- Sharp at f2.8 as I don't have the luxury of stopping down for star pic's (a slight amount of coma in the extreme corners).
- A hard infinity stop. Much easier to use when fumbling around in the dark.

Coma, in terrestrial use, translates as image softness. But, as has been pointed out, stopping down will reduce that.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 14, 2013, 06:36:09 AM »
First post to forums.
Picture taken last fall. Fox was really curious and followed me around about an hour.
Got few pictures of him and this was the best of all of them. Rest of the pictures he had a weird pose or I missed focus.
Will update camera settings later when back at computer.
Wow, nice photo. Beaut detail and the pose was just right. Very nice for a first post :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:07:07 AM »
Loving all the bird of prey shots! Wish we had hummingbirds in Australia they are amazing birds.

Anyway another Tawny Frogmouth, we are fortunate enough to frequently get these around the house pretending to be a fence posts.

Tawny Frogmouth by Synkka~, on Flickr
Nice one Synkka. What lens were you using?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:04:48 AM »
Feeding time at the Grey Butcherbird nest. This was a month or so ago and they have flown the coup, so to speak.

5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC





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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 11, 2013, 04:29:15 PM »
Thanks folks for the feedback. Browsing through this thread has certainly inspired me to try things and get a little better at my bird photography. A great quality of images has certainly been collected over the months :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:34:51 AM »
More of an oddity, than a "best shot". White kangaroo. Normally a dark grey, or light brown, like the one next to it (an Eastern Grey). It's not an albino, as they have pink skin / eyes. We have a few like this, not many.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 11, 2013, 05:07:14 AM »
Native grass flower, Kangaroo grass. Not really noticeable, unless you get up close. Most folk see grass as just....grass.
5D3 with 100mm L Macro

Very nice! Never knew grass could be so beautiful.
Thanks serendipidy. We are just finishing orchid season (down here in Australia) and now the native grasses make their appearance (kangaroo grass, wallaby grasses, etc). They are a little different to the garden variety grasses, as they can stand 50-100cm tall. But spectacular up close ;)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 11, 2013, 05:00:03 AM »
Tawny Frogmouth on nest. Not a true owl, but a member of the Nightjar family of birds. A difficult one to spot as they blend in with the bark of the tree. Unfortunately, we found the body of a dead chick, on the ground below this nest. Hopefully, they have a second chick under this adult.
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 11, 2013, 04:53:28 AM »
Butcher bird, the male. Currently, the pair are building a nest behind my place. We've already had one pair with young this season.
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC

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