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Apr 17, 2013 00:26 |  #61

Try the ND gel filter first. $5.50 per sheet of Rosco gel at BH.
.6 and .9 are useful.
The screw in filter is OK but with a TC, I'm noticing a decrease in sharpness.
Also, the choices of ND's in the 58mm size are pretty limited if you want decent quality. Tiffen is what I settled on.


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Apr 17, 2013 16:30 as a reply to  @ yipDog Studios's post |  #62

^^ Thanks yipDog.


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Apr 17, 2013 17:00 as a reply to  @ Perfectly Frank's post |  #63

I use the CPL filter for my 300mm f/2.8 IS and it works great. Maybe try a CPL instead if the ND are a problem.


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Apr 27, 2013 00:17 as a reply to  @ butterfly2937's post |  #64

Got to try my new 500 II today at a local park. Panning takes a bit to get used to, but I'm liking this lens. All hand held.

IMAGE: http://flightlinephotos.smugmug.com/Other/500-f4-II-Balboa-Park/i-LVnfrvQ/0/XL/Duck-XL.jpg

The following shots using the 1.4x.. (700mm)


IMAGE: http://flightlinephotos.smugmug.com/Other/500-f4-II-Balboa-Park/i-KKPXvpx/0/XL/Family-XL.jpg

IMAGE: http://flightlinephotos.smugmug.com/Other/500-f4-II-Balboa-Park/i-fj3gsT6/0/XL/Airplane%201-250s-XL.jpg

When I took a few shots of a wedding in progress, someone asked me if I were a paparazzi. :cool:

IMAGE: http://flightlinephotos.smugmug.com/Other/500-f4-II-Balboa-Park/i-bgGR4Cm/0/XL/Wedding-XL.jpg

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Apr 29, 2013 01:30 as a reply to  @ Perfectly Frank's post |  #65

Unfortunately, been having some problems with my 500 II and 1D4 combo.
I'll press the shutter to obtain AF but nothing happens - no movement, nothing. I'll point the lens at objects near and far, and of various contrast, but it doesn't help, like the AF is dead. Cycling power off and on clears the problem. This problem occured about 6 times over the 2 hours I've used this lens.

Then my 1.4x III produced slightly soft images, not as sharp as those taken a few days ago. Makes me wonder if these two problems are related.


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Apr 30, 2013 05:43 as a reply to  @ Perfectly Frank's post |  #66

...here is my "home made" Really Right Petike :) replacement foot for 500 f4 L II, optimized for using it with an 5d mk3 gripped and 1.4x or 2x extender attached (if needed). First test will be tomorrow...


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May 01, 2013 19:47 |  #67

yipDog Studios wrote in post #15836535 (external link)
Try the ND gel filter first. $5.50 per sheet of Rosco gel at BH.
.6 and .9 are useful.
The screw in filter is OK but with a TC, I'm noticing a decrease in sharpness.
Also, the choices of ND's in the 58mm size are pretty limited if you want decent quality. Tiffen is what I settled on.

so the gels have better IQ than the screw in filters ?


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May 01, 2013 22:29 |  #68

silvex wrote in post #15888453 (external link)
so the gels have better IQ than the screw in filters ?

Not sure...just got a .6 ND gel yesterday so I will be able to do a direct comparison.I will post results.


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May 11, 2013 04:44 |  #69

Peter Sule wrote in post #15881983 (external link)
...here is my "home made" Really Right Petike :) replacement foot for 500 f4 L II, optimized for using it with an 5d mk3 gripped and 1.4x or 2x extender attached (if needed). First test will be tomorrow...

What modifications and have you used it yet?


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May 12, 2013 14:00 |  #70

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What modifications and have you used it yet?

...on Friday finally had the chance to try it out. The original lens foot was just too high, and you have to screw in an arca swiss plate to be able to use it with a gimball head. I wanted to lower the lens's position to reach the maximum stability. The minimum height that can be used is actually the height of the second small monopod foot, than I measured, how long it should be in both direction to be able to use it properly with an 5d3 (with and without battery grip), and with/without 1,4x and 2x extenders... a few hours was enough to make it form a special kind of aluminium, without using CNC machines :)
It seems it is working well, in a few days I'll post some images..

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May 12, 2013 21:00 as a reply to  @ Peter Sule's post |  #71

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May 12, 2013 21:08 as a reply to  @ post 15406060 |  #72

Simply amazing !!! The framing really makes the pelicans pop.


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May 12, 2013 21:12 as a reply to  @ Bianchi's post |  #73

IMAGE: http://yipdog.smugmug.com/Other/Misc-Stuff/i-KBtcL2F/0/L/Moon%20full%20frame-L.jpg

Your uncropped version of the moon would work well merged in many landscape shots...

Enjoying your shots yip here and in the 300 II thread

I had the pleasure of playing with the 300 II for a week on loan from CPS. I suppose you use a gimbal for both the 300 II and 500 II

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May 12, 2013 22:27 |  #74

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Your uncropped version of the moon would work well merged in many landscape shots...

Enjoying your shots yip here and in the 300 II thread

I had the pleasure of playing with the 300 II for a week on loan from CPS. I suppose you use a gimbal for both the 300 II and 500 II

Thanks! I don't really like doing composites unless a client requests an impossible shot.
Oddly the moon shot here is the only time I've used the gimbal/tripod. Kinda sad seeing it in the corner of my studio collecting dust!
All my wildlife and aviation work is handheld. The lenses are light enough that ive carried both the 300 and 500 around full days. The mode 3 IS plus 1Dx are helping out quite a bit!


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May 13, 2013 12:19 as a reply to  @ yipDog Studios's post |  #75

Hello,

..first shot with this lens..

IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/8734843943_dd58b83fd5_b.jpg
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