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  1. mikenott

    Ultra lightweight gimbal head?

    I agree.... mostly! Still spend quite a bit of time (four hours+) in hides and putting it down can lead to missing those moments".
  2. mikenott

    Ultra lightweight gimbal head?

    Still looking into this. There isn't an ultra lightweight gimbal head that I can find and the best option (for me!) seems to be the Flexshooter pro mini except it is so expensive (approx. £520). Still looking (and negotiating with the wife :D:D ).
  3. mikenott

    Ultra lightweight gimbal head?

    Thx for suggestions. I just don't get on with monopods and monogimbal not really suited to tripod. Done some research and my 4G Mongoose 3.6 is still the lightest around at 1.5lb/0.68kg (which is why I bought it), so may have to accept the bulk and benefit from the weight saving. Funny there are...
  4. mikenott

    Ultra lightweight gimbal head?

    I am gradually moving to lightweight gear (old age and my arms now drag on ground due to carrying 1Dxii/600 f4 :D) but still need to use a tripod from time to time (waiting around, hide shots) - my Gitzo tripod and 4G gimbal head are far too heavy duty and my small ball joint head is too sloppy...
  5. mikenott

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    Reason I ask is that I have always had my IS on. Interesting exchanges elsewhere (e.g. here https://www.facebook.com/groups/canonr5/permalink/460824385124921 where some people are saying IS off in certain circumstances. Just wondered if I just blindly follow what I expect to be the best rather...
  6. mikenott

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    As there is a bit of focus(sic) on birds in flight, what's the consensus here on image stabilisation on or off for BIF on the R5 (+RF100-500?)
  7. mikenott

    New bird photographer

    Agree with advice to go MkII - not least because to some extent you are future-proofing yourself if you decide to upgrade your camera body at some stage. The MkII works extremely well with all bodies up to and including the new R5 (with an adapter).
  8. mikenott

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    My understanding is the same. Physical/mechanical interlocks, not software. Never mind. I'll just wait or the 24-600 f2 isviiii drone version :smoke:
  9. mikenott

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    Important: Canon R5 and the RF 100-500 PLUS RF 1.4x I found this info whilst looking at the RF100-500 and RF1.4x Extender combo. It significantly affected my (personal!) decision, so I thought I would share. The RF1.4x can only be used with the RF100-500 when the zoom is greater than 300mm...
  10. mikenott

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    Very nice images, especially of the Little Owls. Still waiting for my R5 (late ordering).
  11. mikenott

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    This guy seems to talk a lot of sense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vyq304j4wE
  12. mikenott

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    One aspect that intrigues me is the possibility of taking stills from video. I have experimented with this on my 1Dii + 600 f4 but single frame resolution was not too good. But with 8K video, images may be comparable to a 20 megapixel still camera? Also seen some videos showing the eye tracking...
  13. mikenott

    So is the Canon R5 a bird photography body?

    Now all the specifications are out, just wondered what the thoughts were on whether the R5 is a good bird photography body. See many good things so where does it fit in the Canon 1Dx iII/II, 5D IV and 7DII spectrum? Would you like to own one .......... and will you?
  14. mikenott

    Micro adjustment

    I have used FoCal a lot. My engineers mind likes measurement and (implied) precision o:) I have had lenses that I thought were "iffy" and found problems getting ANY satisfactory results, even using FoCal. I used this to prove to Canon that my 300f4 was out of range for AFMA. It may mean that I...
  15. mikenott

    Canon 500 f4 Mark 1 purchase - some advice

    Decided not to go ahead. Thanks for your thoughts.
  16. mikenott

    Canon 500 f4 Mark 1 purchase - some advice

    Thanks for reply! Really? Wow. That's a big change over recent years. I am not looking. but will pass on the suggestion.
  17. mikenott

    Canon 500 f4 Mark 1 purchase - some advice

    I have a budding young (teenage) photographer who is just about able to buy a second hand Canon 500 f4 Mk1 lens from a well known Norfolk store. Lens is good, with some dust but no affect on image quality. It does have a non-working focus recall button on the lens, but not too worried about that...
  18. mikenott

    What lens for eos 1DX mk2

    The decision on the 500 MkII vs 600MkII is an ongoing one. I had the MkI(sic) 500 and switched to the 600 MkII because it was the same weight and I was a bit (too) paranoid about reach. I think most photographers would have real trouble telling the difference between the same cropped photograph...
  19. mikenott

    What lens for eos 1DX mk2

    I would only say that you should try the 1.4x before the 2x. With a new lens there are always challenges and a learning curve and and sticking to the tried and trusted 1.4x will help. The 2x brings its own challenges and I would suggest you need to have faith in your 500/1.4x combination first...
  20. mikenott

    Canon battery issue

    I have had this happen a couple of times and ater thinking the camera was broken, it just turned out that the battery cover lever wasn't fully turned. The camera won't turn on until it is fully rotated. Just in case ;););) If you checked thie lever, my apologies...... Michael.
  21. mikenott

    Drop in polarising filters for bird shots

    As it has been very quiet on here, I thought I woudl ask a question that has been perplexing me for a while. Is it worthwhile spending money on a polarising fillter (in my case a Canon PLC-52) into a 600m lens? I often go to a hide which faces east and the glare from the water is quite strong...
  22. mikenott

    How do most people carry their big white lenses?

    As an alternative, my solution is to use a Scopac for the tripod and to carry the big white (600+1DxII in my case) in my hand BUT using a Kirk Enterprises Arca Swiss handle (see image), The one I have has an enclosed "D" to put your hand through making it VERY secure in the hand. With the Kirk...
  23. mikenott

    Collins Bird Guide for Android Survey

    How can you find out on the day of launch that another ten days testing is required? Creeping incrementalism means probably out in September. Mind you, a good launch is better than a bodged release.....
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