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Lenses / Re: Which Canon Full Frame Camera is For You?
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:22:09 AM »
The most frustrating thing about this video is that he basically says don't buy any of them, just wait until the upgrade.

This is an incredibly annoying attitude and is really unhelpful.

Bottom line for me is that there will always be a better camera than the one you buy now, but unless you have the money to buy the best of the best every time it comes out, as soon as it comes out, then just buy what suits your needs and budget best right now. Stop lusting after things that don't exist and just max out what you have first.

This reminds me of the old proverb... "a camera in hand is worth two in the bag!" :)  If you need a camera now, get it, don't wait! :P

if all my gear got stolen (touch wood) i would not be waiting for 'the next one' i would grab whatever was best and available for me now (5DIII). :) Agreed it is annoying Fro tells you just to wait.  He should have said "but if you have to get something now get xxx". but it is fair to say, if you are not in a rush, buy glass and wait for the next ones which *should* be around the corner!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High ISO heaven!
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:15:30 AM »
Thank you all for the appriciation! :D

Nice image indeed! does it look if push the levels up a shade?

Not too great...  the down side to high ISO (i find) is the lack of flexibility in recovering slightly off files. I took about 30 shots and this one was spot on for exposure so it came out the best. at times like this I sometimes bracket, either automatically or manually, so i have more leeway to play with the file. not that I composite images, but i can choose the one closest to what i want, so less pushing/pulling required. Also, i try to expose to the conditions and what i actually see, rather than expose to 'perfect'... If it is dark i under-expose, if it is bright I over expose. Oddly this logic seems to work for me. well, to my taste anyway! :)

That's a gem of a photograph. So you're saying, you were browsing the jungle...alone?

Not this time, it was on a safari, but i have in the past and come across leopards and a tiger in the dark once...  Wild elephants on the roads are not uncommon, leopards and tigers too near the parks (or Mumbai where they roam the streets from time to time).

Hi adhoc.
Lovely image, what software did you use for your PP please as it looks great. BTW that is not to imply it was the software that made the shot, just that under your guidance it has done a nice job.
I think it would scare the living bejesus out of me to come across a predator like that at dusk, not sure if my fascination of big cats would have kept me there long enough to capture that shot, my head would be saying get the shot, but my legs would already be leaving! I'm used to seeing my top predators from the other side of a fence! What is the real risk level for a shot like that?
Cheers, Graham.

I used LR5 (CC), and i knew what you meant! :)  No special fixes or settings at all, it was just a case of getting it right in camera (something which is not all that common for me)! :)

As for the risk, it is actually pretty low. there are always cases of tiger/leopard attacks, but this is extremely rare and usually because of urban encroachment into reserves combined with very old and starved cats / trapped cats.

That being said, this was taken during a safari in a jeep...  it is not the cats i'm scared of, it's the elephants and bears that will get you! :)

That is a fantastic capture.  Well done, sir.

Why thank you...  i'm somewhat pleased too!

To check out my other antics (like the time I came face-to-face with an Indan rhino, or the time i got charged by a bear, feel free to check out my site...  all amateur work! :)

Lenses / Re: How satisfied are you with the 100-400 II?
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:29:05 AM »
I'd also like to add, re. handling:

The 70-200 2.8 and 100-400 are almost the same size...according to the stats the 100-400 is 80g heavier than the 70-200 2.8, yet it actually FEELS lighter when I'm using it. I'd say it's probably due to the orientation of the zoom ring in front on the 100-400, it's easier to balance the weight when handholding. I like that better as well....

Good to know, i was considering grabbing one for my wife, and the weight was a concern... :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Best backpack for 5D with grip
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:26:33 AM »
I find bag choice is always hard, often trading comfort for accessibility... 

Do you want a bag with quick easy access, or one just to lug your other gear in until you have time to switch lenses etc?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / High ISO heaven!
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:24:32 AM »
Ok...  i know the 5DIII (and 6D/1Dx) are high ISO monsters...  but to get not only usable, but what i think is fantastic IQ from uber high ISO was somewhat unexpected.

I came across this leopard on a temple in the middle of the jungle in India, it was already getting dark, but still fired off a few shots at iso 12,800.  I did not expect anything amazing from them, it was more of a record shot, but when i got to my computer it was amazing.  some light post and this was the result!

5DIII + 500LII
iso 12,800

Nail the exposure and you can get fantastic images at high ISO!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:21:16 AM »
Another cat from Kabini India

A leopard sat on the ruins of an old temple in the jungle. I had less than 1 minute in horrible end of day lighting for this shot. It was too close to go wide angle (which would have been amazing as the temple was amazing too), but no complaints!
5D MKIII + 500mmLII
ISO12800, 500mm, f/4, 1/125

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:18:08 AM »
A tiger taken in Kabini, KA, India.

5Dmk III + 500mmLII
ISO400, 500mm, 1/500

It was just sat there, so close...  for 20 secs before disappearing into the bush

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VC
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:30:20 AM »
The leaked price is apparently $1499, which makes it a pretty interesting option if they've kept the lens sharp at 15mm f/2.8.

Translated press release is here:

it is an interesting lens, but I find when i shoot UWA i also shoot higher f-value as it tends to be a landscape...  the appeal of fast UWA is minimal for me.

A bigger question will be for astro and how the AF can keep up.

Better compression whilst maintaining IQ is never bad...  it will make the interweb even faster, especially on mobile devices.

However, until this is integrated as a standard in webpages and browsers it is just nice maths.  It took over 10 years for mp3's to become moderately mainstream (first developed in early 80s). Only time will tell.

I can not see it taking off as a standalone camera...  however, if this makes it into smartphones i think it would do very well indeed, as focusing with those little bastards can be a pain!

Also, take a snapshot of a group, everyone in it can reselect the focus they want...  I do like the idea of interactive images! Link it instagram or the likes and it could be a selling point...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ENELOOP ????
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:21:55 AM »
Fantastic info guys! I have nothing to contribute, but appreciated the info for my own use!

Thanks! :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: m42 Lenses on 5D MKIII (and 6D)
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:19:00 AM »
Not Macro but I really love my Contax-Zeiss 25mm F2.8. It is rated as the worst of the the Contax-Zeiss lenses so I am looking forward to getting some of the others!
There can be some compatibility issues - there is a lot of useful information here:

Thanks! :)

Lenses / Re: Next Lens Purchase...where is the gap in my gear?
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:17:11 AM »
35L (or Art)

But unless you are lacking something for a specific purpose, I tend to throw my money into photo opportunities!

Pick up the 500L and go on Safari somewhere?

If i felt some serious GAS building up, i would release it on a 135L...  great value, easy re-sale if you want to, fantastic quality.

Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:10:19 AM »
...and now I literally DREAM about owning it!  I'm hoping that Sigma comes out with their new 85 ART, but I'm realizing it's probably not happening soon.

A 'friend' lent me some Bigwhites whilst i was on safari once...  the end. I understand you predicament! :)

If you think you are going to fold 'one day' you might as well do it now and have the extra time to enjoy it! ;) Assuming you can afford it...  life ain't cheap!

Either way, you have a great kit. Well done! :)

Lenses / Re: $600 burning a hole in your pocket?
« on: December 23, 2014, 01:56:17 AM »
I'm another advocate of some primes...

However, I would skip the IS as I am assuming they just sit the cam on a tripod.

How about some better sound gear? Mics/Lavs?

24mm non-IS + 40mm STM + Rode mic? :)

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