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I did travel to japan in 2014.

I used the only slr I had a t1i.

if I was to go now with a 5dmk3 the lens will be 16-35 4l is lots of sweeping landscapes. a 70-200 4l is with a 1.4 extender. a 50mm or 85 1.8.

also I might suggest to get a JR rail pass you can only buy before you enter japan. 1 two week premium pass will pay for its self just one trip to the south.

the ito area is where my Japanese part of the family lives near MT Fuji. I will recommend you visit Hiroshima and the peace park there. its a place that will open you eyes.

palace stairs koyoto by joseph kelly, on Flickr

koyto by joseph kelly, on Flickr

0ffrings by joseph kelly, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400 L II vs Sony 100-400 GM OSS
« Last post by Neutral on March 17, 2018, 03:56:08 AM »
Well, I used the 1.4TC yesterday, so some comments there:

1. The size is excellent, extending the camera by just 16mm (compared to 26mm on the Canon 1.4 IIII). 

2. It is a very important piece of the puzzle for Sony for now, because native lens options essentially end with it at 560mm/f8.  The 2x is not a real option on the camera, because autofocus past f/8 is not PDAF.

3. Good news for Sony: The TC on the 100-400 GM has a smaller hit to autofocus speed than the Canon 100-400LII + 1.4 III.

4. Bad news for Sony: like the 100 - 400LII + 1.4 III, it's a pretty terrible Bird in Flight combination in terms of autofocus speed.  But then again, the Canon combination isn't very good for birds in flight either -- not so much tracking the bird, but getting the initial AF lock, if you only have a couple of seconds and you aren't already focused on or near the vicinity of the bird.

5. The only way I could get it to autofocus was to AF on some trees at about the same distance at a lower zoom, then point it at the bird, and then letting it do its thing.  Then, following the bird (using a small zone AF, like center + expanding).

6. I photographed 105 shots of two eagles circling in the air.  I was very lucky: they circled for a long time.  If you've ever shot eagles, when they do this, it's very easy to focus on them, because their flight pattern is relatively slow and predictable.  Exposure setting was something like 1/2000, f/8, ISO 320.  I was using a monopod with a sirui tilt head.

Literally ONE was in "best" focus, which wasn't really perfect, but was probably as good as I'd get with AF.  TWO were very close after artificial sharpening.  FOUR more were close enough to be considered good focus after artificial sharpening.  98/105 shots were garbage.

For reference, on a 6DII, my shot percentage would have been something like 60%+ in perfect focus, with or without an extender.

7. For bird portraits in a situation where the extra 40% reach lets you take a well-composed shot where the subject fills up the frame, it's excellent.  In my opinion, better than the Canon, because you can focus magnify, manually adjust, and guarantee a perfect focus on the eye much easier than you can on the Canon.

8. Whites against contrast solids had CA that don't correct in post (without manually photoshoping it).  Slightly OOF whites had bad CA, worse than without the extender.  It is also small enough that if your subject fills up the frame and you can resample that image down to typical distribution sizes from the original 42mp, it will disappear. 

9. IQ was generally pretty good, but it definitely suffers a little.  If I could split the difference and get 20% closer to the subject, I would rather do that than to use take the extender, with the 40% magnification.  This, based on some heron shots (though the extender shots were in a different location as the non-extender shots).  Note that this is no different than the Canon.

Attached is the best shot I could get out of 105.  It was photographed using uncompressed RAW (so, 85MB file), 1/2000, f/8, ISO 320.  It is cropped, but not resized, and sharpened as best I could in LR.

This image has a long edge of about 1800 pixels, so it's not exactly a deep crop, though it's still a significant one.  That said, I am able to get very good 1500-2000 pixel bird crops out of a 6DII with the 100-400LII with or without the extender, definitely superior to this one.  But I will try some more, and report back.
Thanks for sharing test results.
As I mentioned earlier, to my opinion, the only one Sony camera that could be used for BIF with long tele lenses  is A9.
I am not birds shooter but i did some tests using 100-400GM and a9 and results are excellent for BIF, practically every shot in focus. For a7r3 this is different, many shots are soft.
One missing feature for a9 and a7r3 as well for other mirrorless brands is ability to register  focus distance preset in camera. This is very irritating when you can not set focus to infinity instantly.
Using such feature AF preset could be assigned to  any button ( e.g. on focus lock button on lens ) giving ability to set requied focus distance instantly. Register focus to infinity and then by single press of button you are there.
This would be very useful for any mirrorless cameras, not only for Sony but also for Canon when working in live view.  Also this could be extreemly useful for sports shooters.
If Canon does that for their future mirrorless then they could have some advantage over other brands. And do not forget to pay me royalty  fees for advice if they do that 😁

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Headed to Japan: gear/locations/advice needed
« Last post by Sporgon on March 17, 2018, 03:36:14 AM »
Definitely require an EF 50mm f/1.4 IS  ;)
Deals on Gear / Re: Hot Deal: Refurbished Canon EOS 5D Mark IV $2379 (Reg $3299)
« Last post by MrFotoFool on March 17, 2018, 03:34:35 AM »
It is just after midnight Friday night (or early Saturday morning depending on your view). I thought 5D4 would be sold out by now, but they were still in stock. I bit the bullet and bought one as a second body to go with my current 5D4 (also bought from the refurbished store several months ago). Lots of other cameras still in stock, but not 1Dx (i or ii). Most nice lenses, however, are sold out.
Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 Coming for Photokina [CR2/CR3]
« Last post by mb66energy on March 17, 2018, 03:33:55 AM »
While this lens is a good companion for the M50 - no IS means no easy buy for me.
Now it depends on (1) overall IQ at f/1.4 and (2) size. If they manage to make it very small e.g. like EF-M 15-45 it would make the M50 (and all other EOS-M cameras) a nice low light compact camera.

Very interesting ... but no IS ... today we have vast amounts of options but that doesn't make it easier ... because a lot of options are not the one we/I need/want.
Similar to the Razorback variant but much closer in profile, and size, to the P-43 Lancer that preceded the jug.

I was actually having a pretty good day with the panning shots thanks click! 
This post was so neglected and lonely so I thought I will write this....

Hello Post.
Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400 L II vs Sony 100-400 GM OSS
« Last post by Talys on March 17, 2018, 01:29:08 AM »
Phil, thanks for more testing. To my eyes, both eagles are very soft, and they are over-sharpened.  I can do better than that with a Canon 100-400mm II + TC.

I couldn't agree more, on both points.  I'd have deleted them had they come out of my 6DII.

The autofocus for birds in focus is simply a waste of time, except for the very specific circumstance where the bird starts stationary (eg perched), and takes flight laterally where the AF doesn't need to adjust. 

I took about 1,000 more BIF photos today, mostly with the TC, and a few without; With the TC, it was awful.  Without, it actually went pretty well.  I'll post up some of the shots when I get a chance.

With the TC, I was able to get some great photos of larger subjects, like dogs -- so, I suspect, it is an acceptable wildlife lens combination, just not for small, moving subjects, like birds.
Travel / Re: Post your best Europe photos
« Last post by ethanz on March 17, 2018, 01:18:16 AM »
I was there at the end of May, so I think the rainy time.
Videography Technique / Re: Mic and Lighting?
« Last post by Cory on March 17, 2018, 12:59:36 AM »
It occurred to me that I'll often need my camera in hand for demonstration purposes so I'll need a 2nd camera of some sort.  Regardless of what that'll be I'll need lighting so I just got the Genaray LED-7100T before seeing your post.
I already have an inexpensive, but not too bad camcorder (although without a mic input) that I'll likely get started with.  Then, it's off to figuring out whether to get another DSLR or camcorder and then there's a few common mic suggestions that many seem to make (one being yours).
Thanks again.
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