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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« Last post by LordofTackle on December 08, 2016, 05:01:26 PM »
La Jolla, CA, USA, 5DIII + 16-35 II

River Rhine, Konstanz, Germany, 5DIII + Otus 85 (stich of 6 single pictures)

Konstanz, 1DXII + 100-400 II
Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS
« Last post by AlanF on December 08, 2016, 04:58:33 PM »
Having looked a little on Canon's pricing I'm not sure it will be as expensive as some suggest here.

The 400mm DO II is 6.900$. Current 600mm f/4 is ~12.000$. My guess is the DO will effectively replace  the 600 f/4 and Canon will split the productions saving between them selves and their customers. So that I would only expect a 12.000$ price tag.

That would be a very attractive lens by all accounts. Offering a distinct advantage over 300mm +2x in a package you could consider lugging around even for hand held shots.

A 600/5.6 DO would weigh less than 2.5 kg (a 300/2.8 II + 2xTC III weighs ~2.7 kg). I can lug one of those around all day on a Blackrapid strap and handhold for long periods even at my advanced age.
Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« Last post by LordofTackle on December 08, 2016, 04:56:17 PM »
Sunset on the Maldives, 1000D + Sigma 18-250

Sunset on Iceland, Höfn, at approx. 11 pm, 1000D + Sigma 18-250

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by tc202 on December 08, 2016, 04:52:48 PM »
A Common Tern with Canon 70D + Sigma 150-600 S

Nicely done, LSeries.  :)

Thank you click!
Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by tc202 on December 08, 2016, 04:52:15 PM »
tc202, nice shot with pleasing background.


Thank you Jack!
Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma- 300mm f2.8 with tc or 500mm f4L MkI
« Last post by Jack Douglas on December 08, 2016, 04:47:04 PM »
But Alan, that shutter mechanism is supposed to be well damped with very little resonance and it's not made of wood! ;)

On the other hand, my African Grey is making a sound that I believe is meant to copy my camera. ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by AlanF on December 08, 2016, 04:43:51 PM »
It was very misty but this robin was sufficiently close I could get him at 400mm f/4, iso 1250 and 1/100s. Diffuse light can work quite well for showing detail.
P.S. seems quite conclusive to me.. Order placed. Total: AUD$1,135.00 (USD850.00)

Yikes, it's £1199 here!
Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma- 300mm f2.8 with tc or 500mm f4L MkI
« Last post by johnf3f on December 08, 2016, 04:40:43 PM »
I really wish the 1DX II had a truly silent shutter, then I would go for Jack's combo for walking bird shots and have a great setup for general large mammal stalking. 1DX II would be preferable for low light, fps and other features over the 5DSR. Unfortunately, my experience with my 1DX shutter is that, while birds will tolerate it, deer, foxes, etc will not and after one shot all you see is an empty frame.
We each have our special preferences, but it does help a lot to hear how others manage the trade-offs.

I don't have the 1DX2, I use the 1DX - which is also remarkably noisy!

I too would like a better silent shutter mode, but for humans not wildlife. With the exception of a fairly close in Vixen - who merely gave me a dirty look - my noisy camera has been completely ignored by wildlife.

With the racket that my camera makes I was expecting problems but, so far, I haven't encountered them. The local deer simply ignore it, but if I twitch they are gone! Birds at 6 to 10 meters couldn't care less. However foxes seem to prefer single shot to machine gun mode. They don't run off but they don't seem to like it - this is exactly the same with my (MUCH quieter) 7D2 as well. Perhaps Foxes just don't like the rapid slap slap of the mirror, but are quite happy with the odd clatter now and again? Who knows.

Despite my initial reservations the racket that the 1DX makes has yet to prove a significant issue - except with humans!

Perhaps your local wildlife is more skittish?

Interesting - thanks for the reply, John.

I tried my 1DX 1 a few times and neither deer nor a fox stayed in place, but that was only 1-2 deer and 1 fox, so not exactly a scientific study. I usually set-up my blind on a ~300 acre nature preserve where hunting is not allowed, but it abuts army corps land around a local reservoir that is highly hunted. I assumed that most of the critters have a bad association b/t mechanical clicks and whizzing bullets, but I could give it another try. Problem is, I don't get out often enough and risking missing the perfect shot of a big buck due to the shutter makes me paranoid. I doubt younger deer or the females that feed in my front yard would care, but the antlered bucks are more wary.

Here's a pic of a couple from summer time when the males will tolerate each other and they are a little less skittish. 5DMKIII, ISO 2000, 300 2.8II + 1.4XIII, f4, 1/320, shutter set to silent continuous. Would love to get better shots of these guys in autumn. I was walking on a trail where they were used to seeing people. Never seen them there during the rut/hunting season.

Maybe I'll try the 1DX 1 on the 600II from my blind over the holidays.

This same subject has cropped up elsewhere and opinions seem to be divided. It seems to be critical to some and irrelevant to others. So far it has not been an issue for me but that doesn't mean that this is always the case!
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