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Photography Technique / Re: Focusing
« on: February 06, 2014, 08:31:48 AM »

I published an article about Configuring your 5D Mark III AF for fast action.
There is also quite a big section about back-button AF AND a quite different way to use it than most guys do.

You maybe want to check it out!



Photography Technique / Configuring your 5D Mark III AF for fast action
« on: February 06, 2014, 01:18:02 AM »

a week ago I posted some of my pictures to the birds in flight thread and some people asked me how to configure the 5D3 AF to get these results. Since this is a complex topic I wasn't able to simply respond but I took the time to create an article at dpreview.com. If you own a 5D3 or 1Dx you maybe wanna take a look here:


If you own a different camera there will maybe also be some useful tips for you. I would be be delighted if you took a look and maybe even left a comment here or over at dpreview.

Have a nice day!

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:04:06 AM »
@TrabimanUK, candyman: Sure can - but this is gonna be a longer post. I also have to check on how I did it exactly on these shots that I posted.

I could probably create a new topic on how to configure the 5D3 for really fast action in a couple of days if some more people are interested.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:35:38 AM »
Thanks Viper28, candyman and CarlTN!

@candyman: Yes it is quite incredible what the 5D3 auto focus is capable of when correctly configured.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:10:22 AM »
And some more...

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:07:58 AM »
Ok, here are some of mine. All taken with the 5D3 + 500L II

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: January 09, 2014, 12:42:47 AM »
I can't believe they finally did it!!! Especially #4 was on the wishlist of so many photographers including myself! I WANT THIS FOR MY 5D3 PLEEEEEEEEEASE!  :P

Lighting / Re: Shaping the Lite
« on: December 12, 2013, 04:14:44 AM »
Thanks for the comparison neuro! Is there a chance that you can do the same test with a better beamer attached? Would be interesting to see the beam spread then.


Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f/5.6 L
« on: December 12, 2013, 03:16:03 AM »
Am I the only one around here...

...who thinks a 400 5.6 is not a super telephoto lens?


Animal Kingdom / Re: A lesson I learned the last weekend
« on: December 10, 2013, 03:05:41 AM »
Hi Carl,

well, when I said warm I actually meant the colors are warm - the temperatures here in Austria (NOT Australia) definitely aren't.

I used the 5D3 and 500L II.

Animal Kingdom / A lesson I learned the last weekend
« on: December 10, 2013, 02:38:04 AM »
Hi everyone,

last weekend I was kind of unmotivated when it comes to photography. I didn't have a clue where to go and what to shoot so I simply went to a nearby lake where one can always find lots of ducks. Yea I know - Ducks? BOOORING you might say - which was exactly the thought I had when I strolled there. But at least I got one thing right: I went to the lake at the late afternoon hours because I knew that there would be some gorgeous warm sunlight and intense color.

After looking at the results I was actually pretty impressed. Please take a look for yourself and leave a comment if you like!


I think this shooting was a nice reminder to me (and now to all of you hopefully) that even if you shoot completely ordinary things you can get some pretty cool results. And now go out and shoot if you can.


Lenses / Re: Wildlife Lens feedback - experience with 500mm f4?
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:56:47 AM »
I own the 500II since about half a year and I can only say that this lens cured my GAS. There is simply no room left to improve gearwise, after a V2 supertele lens. I use it exclusively handheld and I have to disagree with Jim Saunders -> I can handhold it all day long. Of course you can't hold it to the eye the whole time but you can usually find a place to support your elbow (your knee for example).

I wrote a post about my experiences a couple of months ago. You can find it here:

Have fun!

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:43:06 AM »

I know this is not exactly what you've been asking for but i just wanted to mention that I got the 500II in March and my only accessory to the lens until now was the Lowepro 500AW backpack (and the mark II extenders). I'm not using a tri- or monopod. The 500II is perfect for handheld work -> I can use it all day long without problems, which is a great advantage when it comes to mobility in the field (not having to haul a tripod around).

This will not work with the 600II though, I suppose.

Have fun with an unbelievably awesome lens!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: November 07, 2013, 05:00:18 AM »
What is interesting is that it has nearly full compatibility with all the old Nikon lenses. Imagine Canon would release a similar FF Camera with compatibility with the FD mount... The used market would go nuts! ;-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Advice - worth the jump 550d to 70d?
« on: September 02, 2013, 09:37:41 AM »
In terms of IQ I wouldn't expect that there is a real visible difference between the two of them. 1/2 a stop is a VERY minor improvement if you take into consideration that there are about 4 years of technology advancement between them.

The 550D is a very stellar performer IQ-wise - even after all those years it's still quite as good as all the other (and newer) Canon APSC models. So if you want improved low light performance you will have to go full frame.

AF performance should be much better I suppose and since your primary interests are action related topics this will make a difference. In this regard take a look at the 7D though (what you most likely already did).

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