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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:00:27 AM »
Sloth bear, 2x leopard and Tiger...  all shot in Karnataka, India within 6 days of each other... lady luck was on my side! :)
I like the leopard leaping. They are all great.
Nice! Which sanctuary was this taken in?

Thanks...  the leopards and Tiger were shot at Nagerhole (Kabini), the bear at Bandipur. We also saw another tiger and leopard at Bandipur, but I didn't want to bore you!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 27, 2013, 07:18:41 AM »
Sloth bear, 2x leopard and Tiger...  all shot in Karnataka, India within 6 days of each other... lady luck was on my side! :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Wildlife Tips?
« on: June 27, 2013, 07:00:21 AM »
Generally i use AV mode, f/6.3, ISO 800, AI servo, Centre + 8 expansion point AF, Evaluated metering... 

though reading this thread have given me some ideas to play with! :)

Maybe set-up TV for a fast shutter speed (fast moving targets) and Av mode to auto ISO and f/6.3-8 for those static targets?

Having two settings that you change between quickly is very useful...  so using different Tv and Av settings accordingly will be of use...  You may well be shooting a bird perched when a tiger runs past...  you don't want to miss it...  :)

Be patient and be prepared! I once got charged by a sloth bear (not slow at all) that stopped 2-3m away from me, reared and then sloped off...  i was caught so un-aware i missed the shot... it still haunts me! :(

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you carry your tripod?
« on: June 27, 2013, 05:26:46 AM »
Long treks - i have tripod attached to my bag.
Medium distances (once the tripod is off my bag) - Tripod over my shoulder, Camera on the black-rapid again.
Short distances between locations (<500m) - Camera attached to tripod and over the shoulder.

I tend to carry the tripod over my shoulder once of my bag (with/without camera on it depending on distances) mainly because it is a faff to take off the bag, re-attach/detach the tripod contantly... :)

FYI - ThinkTank shapeshifter bag and Manfrotto 055CXPRO3

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Firmware Update is on the Canon USA Website
« on: June 27, 2013, 02:55:13 AM »
Any EOS-M guys upgraded and have any real-world feedback on this update yet? 

EOS Bodies / Re: From NL: Big Product launch invitations
« on: June 27, 2013, 02:11:33 AM »
Only time will tell...  I'm interested to see what the new crops are going to look like.

Hi guys!

I was ALMOST buying the 24-70 mkii. But then, in the last minute, i decided to go prime.

I just bought a Sigma 35mm f1.4 and a 135L.

I will give myself 6 months to get used to this focal lengths. If it doesn't work, I'll sell them and get the zoom.

Thank you for all advices!

Have fun and enjoy your rockin' kit! :D

Lenses / Re: 24mm options...
« on: June 27, 2013, 02:05:30 AM »
I have all three lenses - 24-105mm, 24-70mm II, 24mm 1.4 II.  The series II are similar but 24mm prime seems to me to be sharper.

thanks for the info... much appreciated...  think i'm going to go for the 24-70 anyway... I will keep the 24-105 for those times i want the range without changing lenses! :)

Another mystery solved by population knowledge! :) Enjoy the lens, it's the dogs' bollocks!

Lenses / Re: Prevent Dust into lenses
« on: June 27, 2013, 12:28:16 AM »
Firstly, thanks for sharing your idea, you obviously put thought and effort in MacGyver-ing a solution to a problem... that being said, i don't see it as a problem and for me a pointless. The only time i might worry about dust getting in my lens would be if i was predominantly shooting amidst sand-storms, and in that situation, I would question the effectiveness of your solution anyway... 

I would recommend relaxing and enjoying your equipment instead of trying to preserve it as mint condition. It is important to look after your gear and keep it well maintained, but it is a tool designed for a job...  it will be fine... :)

"A" for effort!

ps - I'm not touching the whole 'ugly-fication' argument, that is a whole other debate which i find pointless in 99% of situations...  oh well, i did touch it after all! ::)

Lenses / Re: 24mm options...
« on: June 27, 2013, 12:15:50 AM »
If I remember correctly, you are based in India (same as I am).

Correct, im in bangalore! :)

Choosing between these two lenses is extremely difficult because both are stellar lenses. You need to identify how you like your shots and whether you are willing to change lenses on the go.

Indeed, but I think I am more inclined to favour versatility over speed...  When i go for a specific shoot, I often find i do a lot of street/candid environmental shots along the way. I rarely shoot lower than 2.8 or feel the need to...

Do you intend to buy the lens in India?

I do...  i am not planning for going back to the EU (or US) any time soon, and due to the current exchange rates, i can usually get things at the same if not slightly cheaper here...  and I get 2 years warranty here (i will be here for another 3 years anyway).

Lenses / Re: 24mm options...
« on: June 26, 2013, 10:35:46 AM »
I got the 24mm TS-E II and I never regretted it. It doubles for architectural and landscape photography and it is very sharp.
I do not find the manual focus a problem. But of course, I do not use it for street photography.

The TSE was my first thought, but when testing my competence in MF (which was ok) i realised how much i use my camera for candid "capture the moment" when walking through town or trekking...  So i decided that AF was important to me. :)

Lenses / Re: 24mm options...
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:21:16 AM »
Have you considered the new 24mm TSE?

Indeed, that is where i started, but drifted away from it as i do like AF for quick street/environmental shots.

I think I'll be adding the 24 2.8 IS to my collection next for use on a crop body, my main reasons being the compact size and low weight, the low light handholdability and the ~40mm equivalent focal length, good as a walkaround lens.

This is also a consideration for my wife, she is getting a 100D...  hmmm, I had narrowed it down to two and now i'm back to three...  on the bright side, at least i have a choice and the money to spend on it too...  damn these 1st world problems!  ::)
Thanks for the input, i think I am more leaning towards the 24-70 (+ new CPL filter, sigh)...

Lenses / Re: 24mm options...
« on: June 26, 2013, 05:47:55 AM »
I'm now torn between the 24 f/1.4 II and the 24-70 II.

From what i gather (online) there is little or no difference in IQ at f/2.8 or higher.... so it really breaks down to a choice between a speed vs versatility (assuming equal-ish IQ, excluding barrel distortion which is higher in the zoom; vignetting appears to be about the same in both at equal aperture)... 

Is that statement true or am I forgetting a particular perk of one over the other?

How often will i need faster than 2.8 in a wide-angle vs how much i would like better IQ over a range! dang... I feel like Homer Simpson choosing between glaze and sprinkles!

Unfortunately, renting is not an option...

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