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  • Quote: what lenses would you bring to an African Safari?

    For the actual Safari a FE70-200G F4 would be perfect

  • Most of the camera manufacturers will be producing 50 mega pixels as the norm, by the end of the year.
    This creates a problem with lenses which are not up to it. I own seven lenses and have been testing them on a 36 mega pixel camera.
    I have had to bite the bullet and replace some with newer more modern versions. My Minolta 400 F4.5 lens was only lens more than 5 years old that would cope with loads of mega pixels.
    The second adverse effect of high mega pixels, is because the greatly improved detail and sharpness. any flaw in the technical ability of the photographer is greatly exaggerated. Some reviewers ( regardless of the manufacture ) blame their tool and call their short comings things like shutter judder.
    I have used 36 MP with lenses from 19mm to 400mm at all F stops from F 1.8 to F32 and have failed to produce shutter shake.
  • kingfisher121 is a close friend of mine and probably the best kingfisher in-flight photographer.
    check his EPZ post?
    most of the rest of us are photographers who reach a good standard and then plateau out.
    Then we can only improve by using better equipment.
  • A round of new top end cameras has started with the A77 mk2, followed by D810.and the 7D mk2
    In the pipe line are possible 5D mk4, 1DX mk2. and of course the A99 MK 2.
    I used Minolta, changed to Nikon when digital cameras arrived. then moved to Sony.
    I would even consider moving to Canon, if the 1DX mk2 has enough megapixels for my type of photography.
    I currently use the Sony A99.
    What I am looking for when the mark 2 is available:
    Faster AF, focus points to cover the viewfinder, higher top end ISO, more frames per second,
    36 megapixels, larger capacity battery, even lighter if possible, mirror less if possible,4k video,
    eye recognition,and maybe a choice of a 24 megapixel model, like the A 7 series.
    Will this improve my photography? Time will tell.
  • The Sony SLT cameras are part way to mirror less, removing the mechanical side of the mirror.
    My next camera will be the A99 mk 2, was this to be mirror less, I would welcome it.
  • The future of photography is full frame, Sony EF lenses are superb. They are also cheaper, smaller and lighter than A mount.
    If you could run to it, the A7R at 36mp gives better image detail. Manage with your E lenses, and try to build up possession of some EF lenses.
    The A7 range is dominating the smaller camera market, and is used by many commercial photographers.

  • Quote:Frame rate looks confusing, is it 6fps with AF enabled, and 10fps with no AF? Could be me not reading the info correctly

    6 fps in CAf and 10fps in Saf perhaps.

    6fps is full frame.
    10fps is cropped to roughly APS-C size



    When you switch in to 10 fps the camera zooms in like a 2x s converter but crops the photo.
    When you zoom in to 8 fps the camera does the same like a 1.4 converter and crops the photo.
    less pixels. but amazing image quality.
  • Took my A99 to the river today and captured a kingfisher, I have programmed the silent wheel to change the ISO.
    Misty and a little rain with black clouds. ISO at 1600 is about the same as the A77 at 160.
    ISO at 2500 is about the same as A77 at 250. Saturday I have arrange for a friend with another A99 to do the kingfisher on camera shot. Being wildlife not totally guaranteed.
    Also we will try some in-flight shots. I have posted ISO 2500 and ISO 1250. on this group . It's my first day with the camera and I need to get used to it.
    I have had the A77 over a year and the EVF gives me no problems, I feel you see an accurate image of what your' photo will be.
  • Took my A99 to the river today and captured a kingfisher, I have programmed the silent wheel to change the ISO.
    Misty and a little rain with black clouds. ISO at 1600 is about the same as the A77 at 160.
    ISO at 2500 is about the same as A77 at 250. Saturday I have arrange for a friend with another A99 to do the kingfisher on camera shot. Being wildlife not totally guaranteed.
    Also we will try some in-flight shots. I have posted ISO 2500 and ISO 1250. on this group only. It's my first day with the camera and I need to get used to it.
    I have had the A77 over a year and the EVF gives me no problems, I feel you see an accurate image of what your' photo will be.
  • My A99 is being delivered tomorrow, I will calibrate my 300G 2.8 lens and try to get a kingfisher photo.
    I have a friend who is already in possession of one, and hopefully we will get a kingfisher sitting on it, I did this a year ago with the A77
    The only downside I have found with the A77 has been noise at high ISO, and speed of focusing.
    I know the A99 has solved the noise problem. Over next weekend My friend Malc ( who is a kingfisher in-flight photographer ) will test the focus speed. If the A99 passes the test it will be one of the best cameras in it's price range. Up to now Sony have trailed in the high end camera market. The 5D mk3 Canon and The D800E Nikon have shone. I will let you know if the Sony A99 has joined the ranks of these two?
  • Don't read me wrong, I said of trout: Of the thousands of fish I have seen kingfishers catch, these have never been amongst them.
    I did not say kingfishers do no eat them. It's very unlikely they would do much financial damage to the fisheries, who charge up to 800 for a days trout fishing . The river Test is full of Trout. During the breeding season, a pair of kingfishers catch 100 fish a day to feed themselves and about seven young, I have photographed them with eels, roach, may flies, sticklebacks,minnows,and of course their favourite bull heads.I think the reason is that trout grow quickly,they are only small enough for the birds to eat them for a short part of their life. where as minnows, sticklebacks and bull heads, when fully grown are small enough for kingfishers to consume.
    With the aid of a telephoto lens,and the fact I'm usually only a few metres from them I identify most of the kingfishers catches.
  • Kingfishers are protected by the Wildlife and countryside act of 1981. They are a Schedule 1 species. It is illegal to have them in captivity, or to harm them in any way.
    Without a licence it is also a criminal offence to photograph them at the nest site during the breeding season, and the perpetrator could be sent to prison.
    In Victorian days, women used them to decorate their dresses, and trout fishermen, put a trap on a perch, because they thought they ate trout and salmon. Of the thousands of fish I have seen kingfishers catch, these have never been amongst them.
  • Full Frame seems to be the trend. Full frame are even now in compact cameras. Full frame gives more light to the sensors, and a high image quality. New for under 2,000 Full frame are Canon 6D: 20.2 MP. And Wi-Fi. Not the 1D4 focusing ability and only 4.5 FPS, and then the Nikon D600 24.3 MP. 5.5 FPS. Moving up above the 2,000 price range, we have the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D mk3, and the new arrival the Sony A99. I like most mature photographers would be content with any of these three, as the brand of camera has less effect than the photographer. Due to my association with Sony I have the A99 coming on the 1st November. This will replace my 1.5 crop A77. The only down side is, I will give up 12FPS for six at full res or 10 at reduced res. The full frame will also bring my lenses back down to earth, reducing the Telephoto and increasing the wide angles.
  • I'm retired, but if I wanted to make photography an occupation it would be very difficult.
    Writing a kingfisher book opened many doors for me, and I can't even get it published.
    I am a Sony advocate photographer, because Sony were attracted by the variety of kingfisher photographs I produce.
    This gives me work at Sony events, but they are few and far between.
    The knowledge and photographs gained in writing the book, led me to give talks to photo clubs and wildlife societies.
    these would not pay the mortgage. I photograph Dog agility events, which continue through the winter. print sales are a few hundred pounds per show.
    Weddings are lucrative, and portrait and pets photos would help put food on the table.
    According to Amateur photographer magazine, a professional has proceeds from photography in excess of 5,000 per year. To do a dozen weddings a year would make you a professional,but not earn you a living.
    Most top photographers I know specialize: Motor sports, fashion, commercial advertising.
    Like music and art, only the brave and best succeed.
    It would be interesting to hear your' views and experiences?
  • At the moment I am using a 1.5 cropped sensor for photographing kingfishers.
    I am hoping to acquire, shortly a full frame. both cameras are 24+ MP similar 10-12 FPS etc.
    I think the full frame sensor, will give an improved image quality, as I can adjust the distance to the bird to fill the frame.
    I also know the Full frame will cope with noise better.
    I would be interested in opinions regarding full frame V cropped?

  • Quote:what major advantage does full frame have.

    IQ

  • What kind of fish did you put out?

    First the fish I feed to the kingfishers are caught in their territory. They are Bullheads, Sticklebacks, and minnows.
    It is illegal to transfer fish, because of disease. In the winter the Little Egrets come in, and also Heron. They consume fish in huge numbers.
    The fish still breed in the winter but in small numbers.
    In the spring when feeding young, Two kingfishers can catch 100 fish per day.
    A single kingfisher will eat about 10-15 per day, depending on size.

    6 Years ago I had a heart attack, I interfered with nature by dialling 999.
    The last 6 years have been brilliant, especially my photographic work with Sony.
    The introduction of the A99 is my current buzz. It's good to be alive.
    See EPZ:
    hands on of the Sony A99
  • In the winter of 2010-2011, I started to put out fish for the kingfishers a couple of days a week, because they were looking rather thin.
    I was accused of interfering with nature.
    My logic was that people put up bird feeders for other birds.

  • Quote:I wondered about micro chipping. Works very well on dogs but I guess a skinny little bird would be a bit difficult.


    You seen how fat the kingfishers are.
    I feed them loads of fish.
  • Thanks Dave,
    I sold my full frame, and will have to wait a few weeks until my new one is available.
    So meanwhile am using a 1.5 crop sensor. Never desired a really wide lens, hope the 19-35 will be wide enough.
    plus 28-75 and 70-200 like yours will cover most things. Will have my tripod and remote, and travel by car.

  • Quote:

    is it optimised for sports/action use? .



    Time will tell, The focusing system has phase detection and 103 focus spots, and 10FPS ( to be confirmed, but info from someone who has used it )
    should I hope make it useful for sports/action

  • Quote:A99? I go one better mines an A100. Grin


    You are correct, You can get the best out of what you know.
    In my opinion 90% of the photo is down to the photographer,
    But I think it's worth learning something new to improve the last 10% as well.
  • Tomorrow 12th September should be the announcement of the A99.
    I am expecting 10FPS, 24 mp, Full frame, fast and accurate focus,with 103 focus points, and Image quality to beat any camera in it's price range.
    I do not trust photo magazine reviews, because they are compromised by advertising revenue.
    There is an unbiased review due out shortly, I will put the link here, as soon as possible.
    Also I will with the help of my friend Malc ( In- flight kingfisher photographer ) compare it with the 1D mk 4 Canon.
    Although the Canon is only 18 mp it has dual processors, which makes it faster focusing than the 5D mk3
    For his photos see my kingfisher of Europe group:
    https://www.ephotozine.com/groups/kingfisher-of-europe--813/forums/topic/ring-or-not--99145
  • Many thanks Stuart. I think I will leave the 300.
    and think about the rest.

  • Quote: Can we not come up with a less intrusive way of tagging and tracking wild creatures,

    My dogs are micro chipped, the oldest was done possible 10 years ago.
    I have a RSPB friend who is very much in favour of ringing, I will pass on these comments.

  • What lenses would take for a few hours in London at evening time?
    The last couple of times, I took 19-35 and 28-75.

    Would it be worth carrying also a heavy 300 prime?
    I also have lighter lenses, a 70-200

    and a 28-200 Tamron, not the quality of any of my other lenses.

  • Quote:I take it you mean Bushy Park? Most of them are busy!


    Yes
    When I was a child I lived in Kingston, and used to walk to,and spend time in Bushy park, with the deer about 60 years ago.
    It was busy then.