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Canon General / Re: Why do you do Photography?
« on: April 18, 2013, 06:39:26 AM »
1) For the art and enjoyment of capturing a beautiful shot of something wonderful or finding beauty where people overlook it! The pride i get from showing people my work and them enjoying it.

2) To document my life, create memories that will hopefully surprise me and remind me of events when i look back in later life.

3) It appeases my inner geek...  I like technical things and enjoy learning and mastering, er, things (languages excluded).

Photography, combining all of the above, makes for a perfect hobby for me; producing beautiful photos, that will remind me of places of been seen, while always challenging me.

I just moved from a 450D to a 5D MK III...  all i can say is that i have not looked back...  EVERYTHING is better... I went for the 5D over the 6D mainly because of the AF and i prefered the feel of it in my hand... pick them both up, and try them...  rent them both for a weekend, see which one does it for you...  :) either way, the IQ is exponentially better! Enjoy!

Would f/8 autofocus on the 5D be a pipe-dream? otherwise, i'm excited about what it could possibly bring...  video i don't care that much about, since i barely use it now... red AF points would be nice but i have gotten use to it now! f/8 autofocus would be awesome though... sigh...  doubt it will happen though. Either way, bring it on!

Pick up a used 24-105 and keep the rest for a 17-40...  I find the extra reach of the 24-105 very useful on my 5DIII...  Enjoy it buddy! :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Nagarhole national park, Karnataka, India
« on: April 03, 2013, 02:32:22 AM »
Another leopard

Animal Kingdom / Re: Nagarhole national park, Karnataka, India
« on: April 03, 2013, 02:31:37 AM »

Animal Kingdom / Nagarhole national park, Karnataka, India
« on: April 03, 2013, 02:30:59 AM »
Hi all, went to Nagarhole (Kabini) last weekend and was lucky to have seen and shot some leopards and tigers...  here are a few images...  it was my first safari real wildlife shoot, so any feedback welcome...  They are not perfect, but i'm happy, and learnt alot...  better ones next time i hope! :)

Taken with 70-200 IS II + 2xTC III at 400mm f/8.

Lenses / Re: Renting a wildlife lens
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:18:54 AM »
Last one....  :)

Lenses / Re: Renting a wildlife lens
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:16:25 AM »
another one....

Lenses / Re: Renting a wildlife lens
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:12:19 AM »
So the 70-200 + 2x TC III worked a charm, it gave the flexibility to have a shorter tele with 2.8 in dense forest bits with low light and longer possibility when needed and/or when the light was better!

2000+ photos later, here are a couple of my shots.. (was lucky enough to spot a couple of Tigers and Leopards too)!

Lenses / Re: Renting a wildlife lens
« on: March 27, 2013, 05:13:05 AM »
I shoot wildlife (1Dx) pretty well exclusively, given the time frame you mentioned my suggestion would be the 70-200 f/2.8 V2 with a 1.4x & 2.0x extenders, keeps the weight down and gives you versatility (try to get the V3 extenders, much better optically than the V2 units), I use the 300/400 & 600 V2 lenses as well as the 70-200 and find with all the large Lenses I still use the 70-200 around 50% of the time, with the 70-200 you can zoom in, attach the extenders where required, but with something like the 500 your pretty well stuck if you need to move back, often not an option and by the time you set yourself back up to get the full animal in the shot, the animals long gone, and although the 500f/4 is not a monster, you will note the weight when compared to the 70-200.

Thanks for the advice eml58 - I think that that is what I am going to do...  I can always rent the big lens next time! :)

Lenses / Re: Renting a wildlife lens
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:06:58 PM »
I own a 500 f4 USM IS (not II). It is an outstanding lens for wildlife but it is big and heavy. I've seen people hand-hold it but I don't think you are able to take full advantage of the resolution of that lens doing it. You'd need a sturdy tripod and ball head or Wimberley type mount. If you're flying, it might fit in the overhead in its case by itself.
The IQ however, is much better than the 100-400 or the 70-200 with a 2x teleconverter.

I will be driving, and have a manfrotto 055xpro (8kg) tripod which i think should be ok...  :)

Thanks for the advice, i'll let you all know what happens, and photos of course...  I'm hoping for some big cat action! :)

Lenses / Re: Renting a wildlife lens
« on: March 26, 2013, 11:06:04 AM »
Have you considered buying a 100-400 versus renting the 500?  For 2 week trip, costs may be similar and in the end you could either keep the 100-400 or sell it and get a good bit of your money back.

it is just for 3 days (i live in India)...  it is an option, but since i don't use telephoto that much, i would be more inclined to buy the 2x TC...

thanks for the info.

Lenses / Renting a wildlife lens
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:01:01 AM »

I'm heading off on a last minute safari in India, and wanted to hire a 100-400L, but unfortunately it was unavailable...  my alternatives are the more expensive Canon EF 400mm f/4L IS DO or Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM. having never used either of these lenses i was hoping for some input from you guys upon choice...

Thanks for anything,


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2013, 12:48:27 AM »
Not regretting getting the 5d mkiii now rather than wait for the 7d mk ii...  it will be priced a little above the 6d i think, give people the option ff/specs... just my 2 cent! :)

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