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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:06:47 AM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:05:21 AM »
Bee Eater

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:02:17 AM »
Thanks for posting these nice shots.  You have your work cut out learning the camera.  I have had mine over a year and am still learning


quote author=serendipidy link=topic=1280.msg305698#msg305698 date=1377302834]
A few shots of some wild ducks in the drainage ditch next to my house using my just purchased 5D3 (which I don't know how to use yet ;D). 100-400mmL @400, f/8 handheld.

Lenses / Re: Best telephoto clarity for the money
« on: August 22, 2013, 11:29:01 PM »
I don't have the stable of lenses that Neuro owns but I have the 400 and the 300 that you mention.  I don't have the 100-400 zoom.

I have found that my 400 5.6 is sharper than my 300 with is. I have really worked the AFMA and have gotten some nice shots with it.  It is somewhat longish with the built in hood extended, but not at all bad to pack when retracted.  It has a small diameter and it is light.  Obviously, it isn't a zoom, but is a fixed aperture.

I am lusting for the 200-400 f4 or 500f4 II.

Lenses / Re: Lens recommendations for upcoming road trip and beyond?
« on: August 22, 2013, 11:21:59 PM »
MKy 2 cents, I weigh in with most everybody else.  You lust for the lens, you want the lens, get it.

The weight I agree is over played (56 y/o fairly OK shape, not a problem).  The lens is big and somewhat heavy, but I manage it no problem.  I like to take bags with wheels that convert to a pack  (http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/rolling-camera-bags.aspx).  This way, it takes a load off and I have used it for big airports and even on some trails.

So where are you going?  Need some pointers of photo  ops?

Lenses / Re: Pimped my lens!
« on: August 22, 2013, 10:58:43 PM »
Looks great, very creative.

I do shoot wildlife, and I think you need to send the lens my way for a real field trip.  I'll get it back safe and sound in a few years.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 22, 2013, 07:00:51 AM »
Please take this the right way!

Looking at this pic I absolutely love it and appreciate it (I try many times myself for bird shots).  Breaking it down technically, it is imperfect in its pieces.  However, looking past that, the picture as a whole grabs me in and I totally love it.  An example where the technical isn't as important as the artistic gestalt.  I wouldn't change a thing- Excellent!

Lenses / Re: Canon 200-400 and Adorama
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:35:02 PM »
My advice:

"pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered".  Let it go and enjoy your lens.  What if you get a bad copy, or a damaged one.  You have to wait, frustration, etc.  Enjoy your new love interest and don't look back.  Just my 2 cents.


I was lucky enough to purchase a Canon 200-400 a few weeks ago from Adorama.  I have completely fallen in love with this lens.  With the purchase was a 2% reward which effectively turns into a credit to use later.  Somewhere between a few days and a week after I purchased the lens, Adorama started offering a 4% reward – the price of the lens did not change. 

My experience is companies will normally match a sale / promotional price for 30 days.  When I talked to support, they politely said bad luck but offered I could ship the lens back, get a refund and repurchase the lens with a 4% discount.  That seems dishonest to me because I really like the lens and to get an extra $200 discount, they end up with a used lens and the freight carriers make bank.

My Adorama experiences have all been outstanding – including this one.  One side of me says just let it go – you got exactly what you wanted for the agreed price and am extremely happy with the lens.  My other side (probably my selfish & greedy side) wants to push them just a little (as I stated above, I would not send the lens back just to get the discount) because I think most companies will match pricing for a period of time.

Any thoughts?

Update: The person that took my order (Manny Nunez) sent me an email stating that the 2% has been increased to 4%.  It was probably a mistake to start with customer service - I should have went directly to the rep.  Regardless, I am happy they honored the 4% and it all happened really quickly.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:00:53 PM »
Wow, thank you, that means a lot.


Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 21, 2013, 12:44:11 AM »
This may be my next toy!

Do you have the 1.4X III to compare it to?


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 21, 2013, 12:15:46 AM »
Egret-  I have already fixed the watermark, but haven't removed it from this one.

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 20, 2013, 11:35:09 PM »
Great shot Jim!

It looks like the iq really didn't suffer from the tc.  How was focusing etc?  This may be a solution to loss of reach with a full frame vs. crop camera.


Speaking of the 70-200, this time with a 2X III:


Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 20, 2013, 10:26:04 AM »
How not to land.

Anyway, there were a lot of different and challenging venues to shoot all in one place- rapid sports, outdoor photography, indoor photography in barns, portraits, event photography, animal photography, flash, natural light.  I didn't take artsy photos of the carnival, but that would also be great to do especially in the evening. 

It was a fun project, and harder to get good shots than I thought.  I plan to go back this weekend and see if I can improve.  I posted the pics to let everyone know that if you have time and are looking for something new and interesting, you may want to consider a fair and or rodeo.  Eeeeeha.

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 20, 2013, 10:22:26 AM »
Cowgirl Color Guard
Cowboy prayer before events start

Sports / Re: Rodeos and State Fair
« on: August 20, 2013, 10:16:09 AM »
Posts of final rodeo shots.

first- Hasta la vista- cowboy wrapping it up for the day.  No prize money for him today.
second- Girl proudly showing her prize winning heifer to judge

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