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No experience with PCB stands.  I have several Manfrotto air-cushioned stands, they're great.  I usually use a 1004BAC with my Einstein, alone (usually with the PCB 4' octabox) or overhead with stripbox on a Manfrotto 024 boom.

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Lenses / Re: Can you stack Canon 2X plus 1.4 Extenders?
« on: Today at 02:47:28 PM »
The MkI and MkII versions of them can be stacked, the MkIII versions cannot. 

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Av mode, wide open, spot metering, +1 EC.  I take two shots at even values from |12-20|, three shots every value from -10 to +10.

You could also shoot by 5's, analyze, then shoot by 1's for a set of values around the first result.

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I started using FoCal's Manual Mode when I got my 1D X, before it was supported.  Take pictures of the target with various AFMA values applied, then load them into FoCal and let it plot and calculate the sharpest value.  Easy and effective, I still do it that way even though the 1D X is now (partially) supported.

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Reviews / Re: www.photozone.de reviewed EF-S 24/2.8 STM
« on: Today at 12:12:24 PM »
Any way, the EF-S 24 has a limited market. Basically it really only makes sense on SL1/100D, if one wants really compact size ... and lowest possible price - for an optically very decent lens.

I think that a 'normal' lens that fits easily in one's pocket makes a lot of sense.  I certainly find the 40/2.8 useful for just that reason – when I'm primarily shooting with a telephoto lens, I don't have to carry another lens in a bag/case.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: Today at 11:34:11 AM »
7D2?

... did Canon release any camera's in 2014 in time to be evaluated for this article that fit into any of the categories?

My take on this is either that a few "list compilers" view the 7D2 as unworthy, or that Canon's wonderful marketing dept. flubbed big on the release date of the 7D2, or both.

The 7DII first started shipping ~2 weeks before the article Eldar linked was published.  If it didn't miss the cutoff date, that would mean the list most likely isn't based on actual experience with the cameras, but on theoretical reviews of specs.  If that's the case, the list is even more useless.

Did you just suggest that not releasing the 7DII in time for it to be reviewed for a 'best of' list published in Norway (a country with fewer people than any of the world's 40 most populous cities), and published in Norwegian at that, was a 'big flub' on Canon's part?  Please try to get a grip on reality.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: Today at 11:08:08 AM »
It is in Norwegian though. It only list 2014 releases. Best pro camera is Nikon D810 ("the amateur´s dream, the pro´s choice"). Link attached:

http://www.lydogbilde.no/nyheter/foto-video/ta-bedre-bilder

Well, that makes the 'recommendations' completely useless as far as high-end cameras.  But thanks for sharing.  ::)
No, it is not useless, because it is a reference for people thinking of buying into a camera system. And the advice they are getting does not include Canon. Whether you or I agree with their recommendations, is absolutely irrelevant. Ruling these lists in the past has been one of the main contributors to Canon´s previous success and now they´re gone.

They're 'gone' because they didn't release a high-end dSLR in 2014.  What was the 2013 pro recommendation...the D610? 

FWIW, Canon bodies still top several such lists. 

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: Today at 10:10:47 AM »
It is in Norwegian though. It only list 2014 releases. Best pro camera is Nikon D810 ("the amateur´s dream, the pro´s choice"). Link attached:

http://www.lydogbilde.no/nyheter/foto-video/ta-bedre-bilder

Well, that makes the 'recommendations' completely useless as far as high-end cameras.  But thanks for sharing.  ::)

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Ok, these are all fair points, I agree to disagree with some of them but my main issue with this thread is...Who owns this lens? Speak from experience, not on paper regurgitation.

That might be the problem.  If the lens was popular enough that more people owned it, it would be unlikely Sigma would stop production.

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Reviews / Re: www.photozone.de reviewed EF-S 24/2.8 STM
« on: Today at 09:05:04 AM »
it's been said many times already..it would hit the mirror of a FF camera. i have both the 40 and the 24 mm pancakes (got the 24 yesterday but didn't manage to go out and test it). i will post a photo with both side by side with the rear element all the way retracted, hopefully we can stop this debate...

I am fully aware, that as an EF lens it would need to be designed differently from EF-S ... without rear lement protruding into mirror box. But it would still have been way more useful as an EF lens. Even if it were slightly larger.

You may be fully aware that the lens would need to be designed differently, but it seems you're not aware of the consequences.  It would not be 'slightly larger' as an EF lens, it would be significantly larger.  The rear protrusion and smaller image circle (a 27mm lens is 'normal' on APS-C) mean a standard design.  As an EF lens, it would need to be a retrofocal design, more complex, more elements = much bigger.

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I don't know what the scope is for automating this process, would it require quite a high human interaction to mount and dismount each item, thinking lens release button?

I am a big fan of job-creation.  ;)

Most companies are not big fans of increased labor costs.  Those costs are passed on to the consumer.  So, I guess you're also a big fan of higher prices. 

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: Today at 07:16:17 AM »
All I want is a 5D Mark IV that is equal in features and price to the Nikon & Sony full frame bodies that will come out in 2015.

Is that too hard to ask? :)

So, you want Canon to make no improvements in some areas, and downgrade in others, so Nikon and Sony can catch up?   ???

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Sony entered into the digital camera market at the same time as the 5D Mark II was released. The evolution of Sony's products since then has been dramatic and their lineup/quality has far outpaced that of Canon.

That depends on how you define quality.  Also, you certainly cannot say that about their lenses (well, I suppose you could, but you'd be wrong).

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 & 600mm f4 ii for BIF?
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:45:08 PM »
But when birds are moving fast it lets me down.  Works great for hockey, great for more or less stationary birds, great for the fire department helicopter fly by, birds in flight against a noisy background w/ the 600mm?  Not so much.

Focus is the issue for me and BIF.

Interesting.  I've not had any significant issues with my 1D X and 600 II (without or with a MkIII TC).  Perhaps the iTR feature (the main difference between the 1D X and 5DIII AF) makes more of a difference for BIF than I thought.

Below are a few examples (not generally what I consider good shots, but they do show BIF tracking against a complex background):

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Correction in subject line:  Half, not have.

Correction to your correction:  halve, not half nor have.

Thanks, Neuroanatomist.  Lost track of my nouns versus verbs.  Halve a happy Thanksgiving. ;)

Eye will.  You, two!   ;)

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