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I'm in love with my 5Diiis but I'm planning at this juncture to supplement them with a 5Ds-R.  About 60% of my photography is closeups of insects and small animals, 20% is other wildlife including birds in flight, and the remaining 20% is landscape photography.  The 5Ds-R looks to be ideal for closeup and landscape photography and I will dedicate the body for that purpose.  The 5Diiis will remain my go-to cameras for general wildlife photography and for anything else that might capture my fancy.

All of this is subject to some real product reviews.  So far, no one's gotten his/her hands on one of these for a thorough writeup.  We'll see if the product lives up to its billing.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:08:55 PM »
It's breeding season for Great Blue Herons down here in southern Arizona, and they are extremely active.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 320, M setting, f7.1 @ 1/1000

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 19, 2015, 07:06:58 PM »
Hi-Tech Phoebe.  Certainly not one of my typical images.  I saw this Say's Phoebe perched on a metal fence post, decided to photograph it, and it launched at the instant I pressed the shutter.  Those upright metal poles are a bit weird, I think, and they add a certain dream-like quality to the image.

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO+1.4X Extender, ISO 500, M setting f6.3 @ 1/2000

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 17, 2015, 08:47:03 PM »
You looking at me?  Photographed yesterday morning.  Burrowing Owl.  5Diii, 400 DO+1.4X Extender, ISO 500, M setting, f6.3 @ 1/1250.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 16, 2015, 06:57:45 PM »
Haven't posted in a while.  American Kestrel (male).  Kestrels are among the quickest birds to fly when I attempt to photograph them and getting a nice portrait is nigh unto impossible.  Obviously, this one hadn't read the memo.

Canon 5Diii, 400DO+1.4X Extender, "M" setting, f6.3 @ 1/1250.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder Canon's Latest Products
« on: February 09, 2015, 08:00:24 AM »
According to the Amazon site no preorders will be accepted prior to April 30.  Based on my past experience in ordering new products that means that the cameras will not actually be shipped before July or so.  That's an awful long time to wait for a product as hyped as these.  In my relatively limited experience I can't recall a delay between a Canon product announcement and shipment of this order of magnitude.

EOS Bodies / It may be quite a wait for the 5Ds and 5Ds R
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:16:06 PM »
The various articles that I read about the new full frames had gotten me hot to trot.  I am excited about the 5Ds R as both a landscape and a closeup camera and was ready to pull the trigger.  I'd assumed that today's anticipated announcement would mean that I could pre-order today and I was prepared to wait a few weeks for delivery.  But, no one's allowing pre-orders at this time and to my dismay, the Amazon website says no pre-orders until April 30!  That suggests that it may be July before these cameras are actually in consumers' hands. That's a long time to wait for a product and, to be honest, I wish Canon had either been quicker to get these cameras to market or had delayed its announcement by a couple of months.  Getting my hopes up and then telling me that I'll have to wait -- probably for 1/2 year -- is a bummer. :-[

EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:45:42 AM »
You can count me in.  I've given a lot of thought to this camera and if it is as advertised I see mostly upside to it. 

My passion is nature photography, both wildlife and landscapes.   Much of the wildlife photography that I do is on a small scale.  Here, in southern Arizona, there are boundless opportunities for about 9 months out of the year to photograph insects, reptiles, and other small creatures.  From about March through November I do a lot of exploring with a 180 Macro lens.

It seems to me that the big pixel sensor will allow me to capture closeups in extraordinary detail, beyond anything I've been able to obtain up 'til now.  That's a huge selling point.  The camera also will be a superb landscape camera, I think.

Now, as to birds in flight.  Well, there I see pluses and minuses.  On the plus side I should be able to do major cropping and still get lots of detail.  I would think that the issue of noise, particularly background noise, should be pretty much taken care of.  I'd like to see a faster burst rate.  By modern standards 5 fps is slow, very slow, for wildlife photography.  But, heck, the 5Diii that I presently use gets me 6, so I think I can live with it.

So, I'm going to be among the first to order the new camera.  I'm looking forward to it!

EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 03, 2015, 09:22:36 PM »
I've about decided to buy this camera, depending on its price.  North of $4000 and I will quickly lose interest.

That said, I still have a few questions.  First, how will the crop format work?  Is the camera going to utilize just a reduced portion of the sensor?  If so, well, then I'd probably prefer to do my cropping in Photoshop.  Second, is the fps burst speed going to be linked to the format?  Will it increase when a crop format is used (as is the case with the Nikon D810) or will it always max at 5 fps? 

I have a couple of 5Diiis that are a long way from retirement and they will still be my go-to cameras for birds in flight and for long telephoto work.  I envision the 5Ds as being ideal for landscapes and for closeup photography.  Probably 50% of what I do involves closeups, using a 180mm Macro lens, so this camera ought to be a real workhorse for me.

Depending on price, that is.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 07, 2015, 03:39:09 PM »
Ruddy Duck, dressed for the prom.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, "M" setting, f8 @ 1/800

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 05, 2015, 08:47:54 AM »
On the fence.  Male American Kestrel. 

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 320, "M" setting f6.3 @ 1/1250

I purchased the 16-35 f4 L when it first came out.  I've been absolutely blown away by this lens.  It is wicked sharp and the IS works splendidly.  I'm getting blur free images hand-held at 1/40.  For landscape photography I need nothing else.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:49:57 PM »
Young Bobcat.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 640, aperture preferred setting, f7.1 @ 1/1250.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:02:29 AM »
Not something you see every day. Juvenile Crested Caracara, photographed this week in southern Arizona.

5Diii, 400 DO + 1.4X Extender, ISO 400, "M" setting, f6.3 @ 1/1250

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 23, 2014, 09:07:11 AM »
Just a kid.  Juvenile Ferruginous Hawk. 

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, aperture preferred setting, f6.3 @ 1/3200

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