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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:25:20 PM »

The lens is interesting, but not so much for me..  especially at that price!

A new FF camera would be great, but I want more speed less MP. 50+MP is miles too much for me. But lets see what else it has...

A FF subdued version of the 7D MK II (like the 5DIII was for the 7D) is what i'm looking for...  a good all rounder!

Lets see though!

EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: January 25, 2015, 05:25:02 AM »
5D MK IV would be nice....
Despite not being a big 50mm fan, my 50mm 1.8 is starting to be a weak link! so Maybe an upgrade...  not fussed!

Lenses / Re: New Canon 100-400mm Mk2 lens with 2x extender mk3
« on: January 07, 2015, 10:10:32 AM »
Just an observation: I'd have thought that in practice 2x extenders are best kept for fast lenses.

There is some truth in that. However, for someone chasing birds, any addition to the focal length is welcome. This usually results in experimentation with extenders.

Nevertheless, getting a supertelephoto is well outside of a normal budget, the 2x extenders provide a lot of additional focal length albeit at a price in IQ.

+1, i tend to always have a TC with me, just in case! :)

Lenses / Re: Any ideas on getting good focus when shooting thru glass pane?
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:42:29 PM »
I solved the birds through the glass at the feeder on my deck by making a bird blind.  I cut it out of a piece of 2" thick rigid insulating foam, cut a viewing/lens hole, and weatherstripped it all the way around.  I put it in place and leave it there for days at a time in some cases.  It's probably got a better "R" value than the window itself.  I cut it to fit tight and weatherstripped it to where there are no air leaks at all.  I just pull up a chair, take out the plug and start shooting!

Love it, though I think that might only work in areas where break-ins are low! :) 

Before now, i have set up a tripod next to the feeder for a long time, then slapped on my camera and lens using a wireless remote to get the pics..  :)


I think you're off by about a decade there.  The concept of psychoacoustic masking was conceived in the early 80s, and its predecessors were in early development at that point, but MP3 itself wasn't publicly released as a standard until 1993, and they didn't even start writing the first line of code for the first implementation of MP3 until 1991.  That first reference implementation wasn't finished until 1996, and wasn't published publicly until 1998.  By early 1999, just about everybody was using it.

I stand corrected...   :P

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High ISO heaven!
« on: December 23, 2014, 09:38:28 PM »
Great shot ! I could agree more with your statement, it's indeed high ISO heaven.  Last May I was in Spain on a photography trip. One day I was sitting in a hide for little owls but they didn't came out until dusk. I set the ISO high without much hope, but when postprocessing I was really surprised about how good the pictures still were.

5DIII, ISO 12800
But even the ISO 25600 shot were still more than useable.
Since then I also bought a 1DX and that's even better a high ISO.



Great shots Mario! :) indeed the 25600 is really usable :O Congratulations! :)

hmmmm  a 1DX...  now there's and Idea! ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 23, 2014, 11:14:42 AM »
Horses for courses....  If it fits your needs get it, if not...  don't! :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:53:38 AM »
3 in a row! :)

I changed my mind... get it.  We all have specialty lenses, and this isn't that expensive comparatively.  where else can you scratch the f1.0 itch?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High ISO heaven!
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:42:57 AM »
I'm glad you all like it... I'm extremely happy to have managed to get it...  the 5DIII is a beast.

Thanks! :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High ISO heaven!
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:35:38 AM »
Very nice shot.
How much noise reduction was applied to this photo? That looks closer to what I get out of my 1DX rather than my 5Diii. Nicely done.

Thankyou! :)

Noise: +23 in LR5 (CC). other than that, I did very little else...
Exposure : -1.2 (the camera obviously fighting for 18% grey...  obviously i did not nail the exposure as much as I thought! :( )
Vibrancy : +30
highlight : +22

Thats it....  :)

I hope that this helps?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D MkII vs 1D MkIV "real-world"
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:13:31 AM »
Well thanks for the responses. The 7D MkII doesn't sound like it's quite a match for the 1D MkIV on a number of relevant criteria, at least as far as my work-day requirements go. Another 5D MkIII or a 1DX might be more useful.

Even so...for a very tempting $2k it's almost worth adding one to the kit.


1/3 the price with 2/3 the ability....  it is a tempting solution!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High ISO heaven!
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:10:52 AM »
It is a great picture. Although it is a little dark for my own preferences I understand your concept to preserve the mood. After all this is just old (and valid) school to cater for the exposure meters which try to put everything in zone V. Congatulations again  :)

Thanks...  It is how it was, even down to the dull blueish hint of just after sunset! :) 30 seconds later it was too dark to see more than 4 meters! :)  It's nice when it all comes together, especially in wildlife photography as, well, the little buggers rarely do as you want them to! :)

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:30:37 AM »
After many times searching and only glimpsing or bad light or other-side-of-trunk, I finally found a rather nice Leopard who posed for me in the jungle! :)

Lenses / Re: How satisfied are you with the 100-400 II?
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:23:19 AM »
Got mine last week.  Took shots this past weekend.  Image quality and auto-focus speed exceed my expectations.  Unhappy that Canon did not implement autofocus on my new 70D with the 1.4 II TCE on the 100-400 II.   Maybe magic will happen later.

One can only hope..  though this does sound like a perfect excuse to go full-frame...  you know, to get the most out of your expensive glass? ;)

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