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Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:52 pm

pardus wrote:Bucky, 18K? I just bought the Canon 75-300mm and it was less than 3k, or is their such a vast difference between the two?

Yip Pardus Bucky is correct, I am paying pretty close to that for my 100-400 which is due to arrive this week :dance:
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Unread post by bucky » Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:20 pm

Pardus , If you can , put another 3k in the bag and get the same lens in IS , it has a 3 stop image stablilizer , which is pretty good .If not I found my canon 70-300 on the 350d to be a fine combo for the park , if you look in my satara report , those owls and the hyena pic where all with the 70-300 (5 years old)

I think , looking at berts pics , that there is no comparisson between that , and the 170-500 sigma I bought , even my old 70-300 seems better than the sigma .
Berts pics have so much colour and clarity !

Yvonne was taking pics of the same ellies and girafes as me in the park (We met up and where searching for cheerah on the s28 in convoy) , i would love to compare her pics with the 100-400 to mine with the 70-300 and sigma 170-500
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Unread post by bert » Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:27 pm

bucky wrote:Berts pics have so much colour and clarity !

Bucky, the clarity is lens quality but the colour is helped with a little bit of photo shopping.
Depending on the colour already created by light in which the picture was taken i ad saturation with 10-15%
The shot of the hill with the marble rock is natural, but the giraffe has a little bit of saturation added to it.

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Unread post by bucky » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:00 pm

DB , I have the 350d , just got it before my trip (The day before) .

I am very happy with pic quality from my canon 70-300 , and mixed with the 1,6x effect of the 350d makes a very effective lens .

I cant say im overly happy with the sigma 170-500 on it , and anything that was medium/far away has not got sharp results , even in a window clamp with remote release , so no shake .
I dont know if the dust/heat haze causes issues on long shots with a bigger lens .

Id go for the 70-300 with or without is depending on what you can afford , if he has 18k spare get the 100-400 , or else a 400mm canon L lens , although this leaves him with no short range option .
I would without a doubt buy the 70-300IS for 6k before the sigma 170-500 at a little more cost .
I have got the 55-200 usm canon lens also , and this is a little small for most shots .

I have used a 70-300 for years on my old film camera , as I was not able to afford anything bigger , and all previous photos I posted where with this lens scanned from slides or pics .

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Unread post by bert » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:11 pm

pardus wrote::hmz: Plastic surgery....I'm a shocked puritan :shock: Guess what I'm doing with my next batch of Kruger pics.



Its like a bit of lip gloss or eyeshadow :wink:
But why have a program like photoshop for eg. if you dont use it. :shock:

I mainly use four tools

Bit of saturation of needed
Highlight/shadow.
Sharpening (only a little if needed. A out of focus or moving object will never be sharp)
And sometimes i cut away a bit of the edges if a branch or bit of grass annoys me.

Nearly forget. Polish away the ugly dusts which comes when changing lenses on one digital body.

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Unread post by pardus » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:15 pm

Bert, you are precious! - Eyeshadow and lipgloss nogal! You are in my opinion, a very good photographer because your pictures have soul.

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Unread post by bert » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:27 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Because I am going to have a 100-400L lens he was thinking more in the line of a 300mm lens. Thanks bucky for your help!


I also own a 300 4.0 L lens
Never disappointed me
And with a 1.4 converter still able to use auto focus.

My friend bought a 450 5.6 L which is taken out of production and was on sale. The leopard in the tree was his image.
Have seen his pictures and quality and sharpness was perfect.

Know a few photographers owning this lens and they are all very satisfied.

You even might find it on the second hand market

@Pardus. Txs, i try to add a bit of the shivers of the precious moments in mother nature.

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Unread post by bert » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:36 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Bert can you use auto focus on the 100-400 with a 1.4 convertor?


No :?

But with a subject not moving and with aid of a rice bag or tripod you can still make good shots
The darter pic was taken with the 1.4 converter from a tripod

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Some of my photos from the trip to Kruger

Unread post by ivr11 » Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:09 pm

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This one is a little fuzzy when viewed at 100%. What can I do to over come that in the future? Is there any way of fixing it with out sharpening?

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I used a Canon EOS 350D with a Sigma 70 - 300mm

Your comments and suggestions will be appreciated.

Thanks

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Unread post by bert » Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:13 pm

Hi and welcome
Did you use a bean bag or any other kind of rest
The fuzzy part looks like a minor shake

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Unread post by ivr11 » Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:19 pm

No free hand. Just learned about beanbags last week. Will try it in the future. Still very new in the game.

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Unread post by Dries » Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:55 pm

Hi all,

Anyone know about a good sight were I can post my wildlife photos and get some critical feedback on them?

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Unread post by Impisi08 » Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:11 pm

Dries,

Http://www.naturephotographers.net is a very nice site where members can give feedback. Unfortunately membership is not free (USD 39/year).

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Unread post by j-ms » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:16 pm

Here in the good old RSA, the place to go to is one of the SANParks forumite's sites (Hedrus) at http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za.

A good active forum with lots of info and a positive attitude to giving feedback on photos.

Quite a few of the SANParks forumites belong to Hedrus's forum as well.

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Just saying Hi

Unread post by obelix112za » Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:11 pm

My name is Heinrich, I curently work as a Assistant Bar Manager at a very busy 92 Bedroom Conference & Leisure Hotel in Ireland

I'm madly passionate about photography & even though I own only a 30D (I'm planning to buy the equivent of the 5D in a year or so.), and 6 cool Canon lenses and loads of accessories.

I also own,operate & maintain my own website, which I'm proud of, cause I'm selftaught with very little PC knowledge when I first started.

One of my biggest dreams is to turn pro photographer (mostly wildlife & macro) & have my own Photography Site with photo's, techniques, tips etc...

I haven't been back to S.A for about 3 years now, but I'm landing end of December for a 4 month holiday (lots of Wildlife photo's)

Cheers Everyone (going to browse the forum now)

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