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Reply #3290 on: May 06, 2017, 09:13:48 AM

It's the big glass thing on the front of the camera.



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Reply #3291 on: May 06, 2017, 09:26:55 PM

It's the canon 100-400 f4-5.6 is usm ii. It's heavy but amazing for wildlife. I traded some stuff for it.

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Reply #3292 on: May 06, 2017, 10:45:04 PM

It's got really sharp focus at what I would assume is 300+.
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Reply #3293 on: May 07, 2017, 04:39:54 AM

I might have left off the L in the description (canon luxury designation - means it has weather-sealing and improved optics and triples the price). The main part I love about it, it's got amazing image stabilization, like four stops worth.  So instead of needing 1/500'th of a second to make a sharp image without a tripod, you can still get one at 1/60th or 1/30th of a second. They are also sharp because 400mm really brings the faces into the whole frame, so I'm not cropping too much. The zoo's photographer uses the same lens so I'm pretty sure it's a good choice.

I'm not really sure what to do with the lens other than take it to the zoo. I'd never take it camping or hiking or traveling; it's a heavy, heavy lens and really goes against my current approach to photography. I have a 100-300 f5.6L lens from the beginning of time and although it doesn't have IS, it has great optics as well and that goes on all my trips since it's not an arm killer.

The fox was an interesting shot to me, because it was behind a net, so I'm pretty sure the painterly fur on the back is image distortion from the net, but it turned out being one of my favorites from the trip. I was really mad because as I was putting away my gear because the red panda was hiding, the two foxes walked up to each other and "kissed" it would have been a great shot. So instead I chalked it up to a learning moment and I have the picture in my mind at least.

I have a bear one I'm still editing that was pretty cool too. He jumped into the pool then climbed out and rubbed his back against some bushes and did the bear stand up thing and grabbed a tree in front of him.

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Reply #3294 on: May 07, 2017, 05:31:17 AM

The Canon L lenses are fantastic, no doubt.

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Reply #3295 on: May 07, 2017, 07:38:55 AM

Yeah, I don't take my Nikon 70-300 out very often. The image stabilization isn't as good on that, for one, so if I want to shoot animals in the wild, I've got to be very patient and usually have a tripod to boot. There's almost nothing else it's great for. It doesn't really help with a stealthier style of street shooting because people always spot you even from a long ways away--a big lens draws visual attention. I suppose if I wanted to try and do architectural shots of facilities that I can't get very close to--factories, industrial areas, etc., it might be sort of useful, but that's another environment where walking around with a big camera and a tripod is generally a Bad Idea. So it's a fun lens to have and yet an odd lens that only has really specific uses.
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Reply #3296 on: May 07, 2017, 07:59:18 AM

Longest lens I use is my 70-200 Nikon f2.8. It's the old version so it's IS is pretty rubbish, but on a full-frame camera it's a great focal length for people work. I can pull out for full body shots at a few metres or come in close for heads, and it doesn't weigh a ton.

It's only a moderately decent sample (a lot of people don't realise just how much variation there is between supposedly identical lenses, but it can be huge) but it's good enough for my uses as long as I'm careful with apertures. Oddly mine is very good wide open but gets less good past f8, especially on the left hand side.

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Reply #3297 on: May 07, 2017, 11:05:27 AM

The longest lens I have for digital is an ancient Canon 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6. It has no stabilisation but it's pretty sharp if you don't have it wide open and if you keep the speed above 1/320. I've taken a lot of zoo pictures and shots of my dog with it so it's ok for fast work.


IMG_3767.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr


IMG_4628.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr

For portraits, I really like a wide lens. My usual choice for digital stuff is a 17-50mm f/2.8 Sigma. When I shoot indoors, it's in my apartment so I don't have a lot of room to move back, it's nice to just have that width for full length shots without being in the next room, then close it up for headshots.


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If I need length in analogue, I have a 300mm and a 70-200 for m42, a 135mm for Kiev automat or a 300mm monstrosity for Pentacon6 (which is 165mm full-frame equivalent) with the option to attach a 2x extender to that, all of my other lenses are wide or in the ~50mm range.

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Reply #3298 on: May 07, 2017, 01:48:03 PM

I'm afraid to ask how big a 300mm (MF?) lens is. I was thinking of picking up a 300mm f/4, especially now that I shoot with a full-frame, but currently got no reason to need one. My biggest lens is a 80-200mm.

Couple of holiday snaps from a trip to Barcelona a few months ago. La Sagrada Familia is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen - one day I'll go back and see it again once it has been finished.


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Reply #3299 on: May 07, 2017, 03:43:41 PM

I'm afraid to ask how big a 300mm (MF?) lens is. I was thinking of picking up a 300mm f/4, especially now that I shoot with a full-frame, but currently got no reason to need one. My biggest lens is a 80-200mm.

Here it is attached to my Arax 88 (Hasselblad 500 copy) via my Soviet 2x converter when I was shooting the moon a few weeks ago.

It takes 112mm filters, has 17 aperture blades and weighs around 5kgs. Originally it had a Kiev bayonet mount but I had it modified for the Pentacon 6 mount as all of my medium format cameras with interchangeable lenses use that mount.


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Reply #3300 on: May 07, 2017, 03:59:18 PM


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Reply #3301 on: May 08, 2017, 02:24:29 AM


Yeah, it's not a birding lens, that's for sure. The thing is made from a solid chunk of machined steel.

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Reply #3302 on: May 20, 2017, 10:36:31 AM

Test roll through a Praktica Super TL, CZJ 50mm f/2.8, Kodak TMax 100 film.


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Reply #3303 on: May 30, 2017, 09:47:51 AM

Local classic car club had an outing the other day so I came along and shot them with some classic camera gear.

These are with the Moskva which is quickly becoming my favourite camera. It's a 6x9 medium format camera that's just a blast to use. People love it when I ask f I can take their picture then press the button to unfold it.


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I'll have some colour 6x6 shots from my Arax in a day or so once I've scanned and cleaned those up.

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Reply #3304 on: May 30, 2017, 10:39:10 AM

Those are gorgeous pics of some gorgeous cars, Iain.   Heart

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Reply #3305 on: June 04, 2017, 02:33:44 PM

I'm digging the Bugatti.

Here's a couple from a holiday I had in Beasain and San Sebastian / Donostia.

There was a rock/metal club on the edge of Beasain and the grafitti was amazing - my photo can't do it justice.


2017-04 Northern Spain 002 by Aled Moses, on Flickr

Overlooking Donostia.


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Reply #3306 on: June 04, 2017, 04:31:57 PM

That's a really nice full sunlight shot--hard to keep that from feeling harsh.
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Reply #3307 on: June 18, 2017, 11:11:52 PM

I hope you like scrolling!




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Reply #3308 on: June 19, 2017, 01:19:03 AM

Is that Hurricane Ridge pic recent? Also, the detail is flipping outstanding. I can almost see my office in the second pic, if it wasn't just below another building.
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Reply #3309 on: June 19, 2017, 10:14:27 AM

It's from Saturday and Sunday for Seattle.

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Reply #3310 on: June 22, 2017, 09:06:35 AM

Crows started making a crazy racket yesterday evening. Saw these two staring at me from a crook in the tree. Maybe 20 feet from my balcony.


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Reply #3311 on: June 22, 2017, 11:26:22 AM

Love the huuuuuuuuuge panorama. And the trash-pandas are cool too. Nice and sharp, great pose.

I was at an airshow last weekend. Nothing big, just the local aeroclub putting on a display with some old planes and a few static exhibits plus some re-enactors doing a Germans v Soviets WWII battle complete with (fake) aircover. There was a MiG-29 flyby that I missed, which was actually the whole reason I went out there in the first place, but I did get some nice shots of the An-2 doing low passes against angry skies.


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Using a Hind as a vantage point by Iain Compton, on Flickr

Bombs away! The aircraft is a ZlŪn Z-26 trainer painted in JG-41 colours.

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Medium format stuff (6x9 Moskva)

Wehraboos. As you can see, these guys are LARPing the late stages of the war when recruitment standards were considerably lower.

Moskva_Airshow004.jpg by Iain Compton, on Flickr

Zdravstvuyte Dedushka!

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Reply #3312 on: June 23, 2017, 03:34:42 AM

Bunk, that's a brilliant picture of the raccoons.  Surely worth a great many retweets/likes/upvotes on your choice of social media...

Wehraboos. As you can see, these guys are LARPing the late stages of the war when recruitment standards were considerably lower.

As the Wehrmacht found itself scraping the bottom of the barrel in year fifty-eight of the war, actor Brian Cox (centre left) and the physicist Brian Cox (centgre right) both found themselves drawn into the struggle for Grossdeutschland.  The bloke on the left looks like he'd be right at home with a "Meine Ehre Heisst Treue" dagger, though.

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Reply #3313 on: July 07, 2017, 07:41:43 AM

Some pictures from a side trip I took while doing some work in South Africa.





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Reply #3314 on: July 07, 2017, 07:45:14 AM

Derp Zebra is best Zebra.

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Reply #3315 on: July 07, 2017, 09:32:51 AM

HELLO, ZEEBA NEIGHBOR!


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Reply #3316 on: July 08, 2017, 08:03:51 PM

Some landscapes.






I've decided that star trails photos really take a dedicated laptop--you really just cannot manual it. For one it's boring, no matter how pretty it is. (On this one, I'm sitting on a deck by myself for 90 minutes reading on my Kindle--and my friends told me that elephants sometimes come up at night and get really angry with people who aren't inside. I thought they were kidding until I heard a group of them coming up the valley trumpeting furiously and breaking trees, so that was the end of the star trails, which was fine, because I had gone from "wow, fuck, look at the stars" to "I want to go to bed and also I don't want to be pulled off this deck by an angry bull elephant".
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Reply #3317 on: July 08, 2017, 09:15:51 PM

Mighty fine landscapes they be, too!   Heart

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Reply #3318 on: July 08, 2017, 11:15:43 PM

so not some amazing beautiful artistry.... but had an interesting day Tuesday.... we weren't wearing seatbelts, I was driving.... life lessons Oh ho ho ho. Reallllly?



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Reply #3319 on: July 09, 2017, 05:58:59 AM

Yikes.
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Reply #3320 on: July 13, 2017, 03:27:45 AM

State Theatre, Kosice. Moskva 5, 6x9 medium format camera on Fomapan 200 film.

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Reply #3321 on: July 16, 2017, 09:51:58 PM





Before and during the fireworks.
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Reply #3322 on: July 16, 2017, 11:18:01 PM

Nice shots, Khaldun. 

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Reply #3323 on: July 22, 2017, 06:34:56 PM

Had another go at low key portraits.


ChloŽ 30 by Iain Compton, on Flickr


ChloŽ 18 by Iain Compton, on Flickr


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Reply #3324 on: July 23, 2017, 10:07:13 PM

Two light setup?

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