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Lenses / Re: Telephoto choice for Australia
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:40:59 AM »
Hi kirispupis,
that´s a nice trip. my last trip to Queensland is not too long ago and if you don´t want to get very close pictures of shy wildlife in the wild you´ll be fine with the 70-200 with extenders. I might get also the 1,4 III
I have the same lens on my 5D III and the pictures are better and the AF is quicker with the 1,4 III.
I have the 2x III with me if I need the extra range but perfer the 1,4 III.
This year we do a trip from Perth via Tasmania to Sydney for birding and I got myself a 600 II for this trip and we don´t have any luggage issues. We try to fly Jetstar as much as possible because you get 10 KG of carry on luggage and you can choose how heavy your suitcase will be.
I´m traveling all the way from Germany and the only issue we have is, that they weight even your carry on when you leave in Australia and for us once again in Singapore ( but they don´t have Problems if its 1 KG more than 7 )

I have all my equipment in a Lowe Flipside 500AW, even the EF600 fits in there nicely. It´s the size that is allowed in Australia for carry on, they have different sizes then we in Europe or the US and not 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. It´s the perfect backpack for a holiday, I walk around with it the whole day without any issues.

And if your Handluggage has to get weighted put your raincoat or what ever you take on the plan in the back of your luggage cart and hide your 5D III with the 70-200 in it. This should lower you handluggage weight enough to get through and not pay extra. Or put it in your wifes backpack, like I do most of the time  ;D

I don´t know if you are into snorkeling or diving but they have a wunderful underwaterworld and it might be good to get a nice underwater camera like a D20 not to expensive and big but get´s you nice pictures where you won´t take your 5D III.

Have a nice trip and hopefully you might post a few nice landscape or wildlife pics here.

Software & Accessories / Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« on: January 12, 2013, 03:26:54 AM »
I got my for my new 600 II lens and I don´t regret it. Would buy it again, but only for my big whites.
My 70-200 IS II won´t get one.

Lenses / Re: 500 x $10K or 600 x$13K
« on: December 30, 2012, 03:55:04 PM »
I know what Problem it is to decide for someone who didn´t had a big white before.
It was the same for me. I love to take pictures of birds but only had a 70-200 2.8 IS II or the 70-300L.
I only do birding on vactions, I love to take pictures of parrots but sadly there are not much here in Germany.

I went for the 600 IS II and got it delivered this month and I would do it again without any regred.
It fit´s perfectly in my Lowepro Backpack and is not problem as a carry on for flights. This was important for me.

The other thing is with the 500 you only get 700 or 1000mm with extenders and with the 600 - 840 and 1200mm. For this small shy birds 200mm more do matter a lot.

The weight is really OK. It´s getting heavy if you are standing under a tree and wait for a bridy head to pop out and after 10 to 15 Minutes you have to take longer breaks from holding it up. With a 500 it won´t be much longer before the arms get tired. So for this reason I got a Monopod with a tilthead.

You will be very happy with both lenses, there is not bad choice. The new 800 might be a very good choice too when it hits the Canon stores but this might take at least another year and with the 600 you also get 840 5.6 with the 1,4.

All you need then is a nice flash bracket with a better beamer and your are good to go.

Underwater / Re: Advice on inexpensive underwater system
« on: December 19, 2012, 03:04:21 PM »
There is no easy way to put it. You will get the best quality with your SLR. I took my 5D II always in a Ikelite housing and was very happy with the results. It might be possible you can rent a housing. We in Germany can, and it´s not to expensive. 120 EUR first week and 70 EUR every other week. Or get yourself a Ikelite Housing they are retailing at 1600 USD.

The only X10 housing I know dows cost 1600 USD too.

With both you need a port, to save money you get Ikelite standart port cheap on the used market.
My favorite lens for snorkeling is the EF100 L IS.

And to make it easier to get the shot I love the Inon 45 degree viewfinder.

If you don´t like that you can always get yourself a Canon PowerShot D20 a lot cheaper and waterproof to 30feet but you might not be happy with the quality but that is only 280 EUR. No housing needed.
I got one for my wife.

But you loose RAW  and that what you need to get good colors in post. And more if you don´t have a Underwater strobe with you.

I hope this helps you a little.

Software & Accessories / Good Mono for my EF600 II ?
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:16:38 AM »
Hi all,
I´m very happy with my new EF600 II on my 5D III, but if you stand in front of a tree and wait for a bird to pop his head out of a nest it gets heavy after 10 minutes. And there are time where I won´t take my 3 legged friend with Sachtler Head.
So I´m looking for a Mono and maybe a Head that let me move vertical.

I don´t wanna spend 1000 EUR and it should fit into a suitcase.

What do you have for your big lens ?
Do you use it often or go for your Tripod instead ?
Are you happy with it or anthing you miss ?

Thanks all for your input


Canon General / Re: Record Spending Into Camera Gear - HIGHEST
« on: December 13, 2012, 01:40:55 AM »
every few years it´s a expensive year. I got this year 5D III, 600EX-RT, 16-35 II , 70-200 II IS and a 600 II IS

I´m happy with what I have today :
EF 16-35mm f2.8L II
EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II
EF 600mm f/4L IS II
Don´t regret buying them for one second.

Getting this one next year to complete the focal Range
EF 24-70 f2.8 II

And I´m torn between

EF 100L IS 2.8 or EF 300L IS II 2.8 or EF 85L 1.2

as my 5th Lens

Lenses / Re: C EF 600/4 IS USM I
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:42:15 PM »
I have the 600 IS II and it fits very nice into a Lowepro Flipside AW500 and that´s a good Backpack.
Fits in every normal plane, even the small ones flying between Fiji Islands. Airlines have more Problems with 7 KG limit. Camera is not attched to fit it in the bag. I´m looking to get the 300 IS 3.8 soon too. I only bought the 600 first. Would do it again every time, you won´t regret it Version 1 or 2 doesn´t matter.

Thanks all, I´ll post a a few pictures with it when I got some good ones.
Now the Winter is starting here in Germany.
I had the 50mm before and did not use it very often. I think I´ll go for the 24-70 II lens to complete the set and I already got the 1,4x and 2x III to cover everything from 16 to 400 and up to 1200mm.
The other lens that is very tempting to me would be a 300L IS II but not this or next year. Before that I´ll get a second big body.
I´ll wait what we will see as new equipment until March and if there isn´t anything new I like and the 5D III FW Update does not bring red AF points I´ll get the 1DX.

just got my EF600 II Lens today. Wow that was really quick. I had only to wait one month. instead of the 5 month they told me first.
Just want to let everyone know that it fits fine into the Loewepro Flipside 500AW.
With and without attached lenshood. This makes air travel very comfortable and also trekking with a lens like this.
I could also put my 5D III with 70-200 2.8 IS II in it and my 16-35 II and there is some space left.
Sorry for the bad pic quality. It from my phone. Haven´t ordered my 1DX yet.
I hope for some better weather on the weekend to take my new lens out for a test drive.

Lighting / Birds with Better Beamer & sync times
« on: November 09, 2012, 10:00:35 AM »
Hi everyone,

I´m very happy with my 5D III and my Speedlight 600EX . Now that I put the order down for my EF600 II Lens I try to get all the right equipment for shooting Wildlife.
I thought I get the RRS B91-QR to put my Speedlight 600EX with a OC-E3 cord on it and then add the Better Beamer FX3.

So far so good, I hope this is a setup I´ll be happy with, if you know a better solution let me know.
I don´t have a Gimbal I´ll use it on my Sachtler head.

What setting do you use to get a good lightning of your wildlife?
Isn´t there a sync speed limit I have to watch ?
Because with 600mm and maybe a 1,4 Extender 840mm I think I need about 1/1000 to 1/2000 to get really sharp pictures, but from my tests it looks like the strobe won´t keep up with it.

So what are you using ?

Sadly there is not always the chance to walk around it and get the sunlight shining as you need for a perfect shot.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and story how you did find the right setting.



Thanks I think I´ll try with the Manfrotto 233B. looks like a lot cheaper solution then the 24EX.
Very nice picture (wine) with this easy setup.

Thanks Charl,
glad to help. I hope you get a few nice shots when you got all your equipment and post a few here for everybody to enjoy.

Lenses / Canon 100 2.8 L or 70-200 IS II L with 12 or 25mm extension tube
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:03:26 PM »
Hi everybody,

I hope someone already compared it and can help me decide.
The 100L is a very good lens, I had it a few years before and it was one of my favorite, because all my other lenses were not very fast at this time, but I had to sell it and I´m not sure if I really need it again.
Now I got the 70-200 IS II and will get the 24-70 II soon, both with 2.8 so fast enough for me on my 5D III.

My question would be if the qualitiy of the pictures with one of the two lenses with Canon extension tubes will be close to the 100L marco lens.
I know I´ll loose infinity focus but with most Macro pictures it´s not shot and go like in a city.

And the second thing I have to decide is what to do about strobes.

I do have the new 600 Speedlight and I´m not yet sure if I can live with it or should get a macro flash.
I would mostly go for flowers and occasionally a insect if I get a good one close enough.

Did someone compare the two Canon macro strobes and maybe another good and not to expensive vendor?
And did someone get a good result with the LED lights ?
I´m not sure about the LED´s, also thinking about getting one for Video, but I´m curios about the Colors.

Thanks a lot to everybody for your help

I´ve got a roll from some posters I´ve ordered and I cut it down to the lenght of the lens and it did fit.
It was not the diameter with lenshood. I can let you know when I get my lens delivered.
Because for me it was important to fit into a carry on luggage sized back pack that I could also use when I´m trekking for birds.

I think it will fit but I might go with the AquaTech Soft Hood, because I can throw this in my suitcase and it does the job. And it saves me some weight in the carry on. With my upcoming 6 1/2 weeks Australia trip next year I need this, because the in country flights won´t be easy, they often control your carry on for weight. And Jetstar they give you 3 extra KG don´t have every route I need.

I´ve had the Flipside 500AW already because the 5D II with underwaterhousing from Ikelite and 2 big underwater strobes didn´t fit in any other bag I tried.
I was also thinking about the 200-400 but 560 on a full frame was too short for me. With a 7D this lens would do nice I guess. But why guess and wait for a price that will knock you off your feet, when a 600 is already availible.

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