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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:52:17 PM »
I do a lot of zoo shooting (in fact I recently self-published a book called Zoos Of The Southwest). As others have alluded to, the main issue is shooting through fences. For this you need a long focal length and a large aperture. I have found a longer focal length to be the more critical of the two. 300mm seems to be the magic number for getting through a fence. Even a 300 5_6 works well much of the time. 200mm is almost too short and will only work with an aperture of at least 2_8. The 200 f4 may blur out fences in ideal circumstances, but often not. It sounds like you already decided on the 2_8, so that is a good choice.

I also briefly had the Sigma 100-300 f4 someone else mentioned. I bought it used for a good price, used it for a year and loved it, then the autofocus died and repair parts were unavailable. So now I use a Canon 70-200 2_8 (non IS) sometimes coupled with 1.4xii extender. This is a good combination, but the upcoming 100-400ii will really be the ideal zoo lens.

Software & Accessories / slide scanning alternative
« on: November 23, 2014, 09:46:06 PM »
Like many of us who have been at photography for a while, I have lots of slides. I do not own a slide scanner because I work at a pro-level photo lab and can have them scanned at work. However, when I need something quick and dirty I have found this method works well. I just put the slide on my light table and photograph it with a macro lens. My tripod has a center column that swivels out to a horizontal position so that the camera can be pointed down. Here is one I just shot, as someone asked for it on a zoo forum I frequent. Taken with 5d3 and Canon 100 2_8 macro (pre-L version).

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: November 23, 2014, 04:29:37 PM »
That's a nice one. Haven't been to the SDZ for a while. I remember November as being perfect weather in SD.

Yes the weather was perfect. If you have not been there for a while you may not have seen this exhibit. It opened a couple years ago next to the kopje where the klipspringers are. Originally it held a North China leopard, for which the exhibit was too small IMO, but then it held caracal and now serval, for which it is ideally suited.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:38:38 AM »
Serval kitten at San Diego Zoo. November 19, 2014.
5D3 with 70-200 2_8 (non IS).

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 3
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:37:02 AM »
Cute Baby Animals (CAB) are Money In The Bank (MITB) :)

C'mon, who doesn't love lion cubs. Four of these "little" fellows at the Philadelphia Zoo.

GREAT! Very cute.

Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 12:57:41 PM »
Frankly, I never understood the attraction of ordering a product before it is reviewed. Is being the "first kid on the block" one of the motivations?

As a general rule, this is a good policy. However, with this lens I think ordering is a safe bet. Does anyone doubt this lens will be anything less than stellar?

No question this is a great lens and Canon will sell tons. I think I will need one next year when I get the money.

I also like the lens hood. The door for adjusting polarizer is great, but so is the "normal" shape of the hood. I am not a fan of the tulip shaped hoods, especially the elongated ones for my 70-200 (and yes I know what the purpose of that design is).

Street & City / Re: overgrown train tracks
« on: November 06, 2014, 12:38:54 AM »
Well here is one from a low angle. There is a freeway right behind this location, so the background is busy. Since this shot is wide angle the freeway is less noticeable, but it is there.

Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: November 05, 2014, 02:06:22 AM »
My best railroad image. 5D2 with 24-105L.

Street & City / Re: overgrown train tracks
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:54:53 AM »
I went back this afternoon to try some more compositions. This is JPEG straight out of camera, other than downsizing and adding watermark. 5D3 with 24-105L.

From my adopted home state of Arizona:

Elk at dawn, Grand Canyon (2 months ago, 5D3)

Pronghorn in afternoon, Prescott Valley (2 years ago, 5D2)

Pronghorn at dusk, Buenos Aires NWR (almost 20 years ago, Pentax K1000)

Third Party Manufacturers / Most ridiculous camera ever?
« on: October 30, 2014, 11:56:57 PM »
The original version was enough of a mystery. (The mystery being who in their right mind would buy one?).
Now we have this limited version:

Oooh, but how cool is a gold plated lens? Sorry, the lens itself is not gold plated, just the hood and lens cap!  :o

But hey they are donating a portion of the 41K sale price to "humanitarian causes." Great, all for it, but they do not say what percent, I imagine it is well below a thousand dollars. So you can do that or you can buy a regular DF for three grand and mail the extra 37 grand yourself straight to your favorite charity. (Or buy a camera that actually makes sense and send the extra whatever is left to charity).

Lenses / Re: More EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Talk [CR2]
« on: October 30, 2014, 02:21:19 AM »
If it is based on the 70-300L design, let us not forget that lens does NOT take 1.4x or 2x extenders. Any chance this new 100-400 would not take extenders?

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are the Canon fun Pentaxian colors?
« on: October 26, 2014, 09:34:42 PM »
There is always this option: easy skin covers. The problem is the Canon version only comes in red or camouflage while the Nikon version comes in yellow or camouflage. As much as I am making fun of all these colors, I actually think the yellow looks kind of cool. (Well it looks good with a black lens anyway, probably not so much with a white lens).

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are the Canon fun Pentaxian colors?
« on: October 26, 2014, 09:14:17 PM »
I can only say one thing: What the hell is this S___? :o :P
I can also tell another: Pentax is dead. :-X

Well, it does have a white lens. We all know which company started that trend...  ;)

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