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Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: March 05, 2015, 05:28:49 PM »
Thanks!  I found my manual.  I guess I dropped it on the floor while unpacking the lens. 

About to take her out for a spin...

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Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: March 05, 2015, 01:15:58 PM »
Just wondering...is there supposed to be a manual in the box?  Or has Canon gone the PDF-only format?


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Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: March 05, 2015, 12:07:29 PM »
Mine just arrived!  Bounce-bounce-bounce!

I'm going to take it out this evening for some sunset and night photography.  (Full moon tonight!  Not that I'll be photographing the moon with this lens.)

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Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: March 04, 2015, 08:25:23 PM »
So I ruled out the 100-400 mkii for now since I now have on field access at the little league games. I would probably be much safer with a 100-400 mkii but so far the 70-200mkii has worked like a champ for batting and infield plays.

But with the 100-400, you could get the outfield plays, too.   ;)

My 11-24 is supposed to be arriving tomorrow.  If another bleepin' blizzard doesn't get in the way.

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Last summer, at a local hot air balloon festival, there was a photographer with a drone. He got clearance to use to it at the festival.  The organizers gave him a list of rules to follow, and he agreed.  (Stay so many feet away from the balloons, stay high enough so it's no danger to people, that kind of stuff.) 

He proceeded to break every single one of the rules he agree to.  He got in the way of the balloons, he was dive-bombing people, he was flying when he'd agreed not to, etc.  It was very annoying just to watch that little mechanical mosquito constantly buzzing around.  The organizers were so mad there was steam coming out of their ears.

I'm guessing he won't get permission next year, and probably no one else will, either.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Initial Impressions and Photos
« on: March 02, 2015, 03:47:27 PM »
Very nice photos that showcase the lens well.  Thank you for posting.

But flare?  I didn't notice flare problems in your images.  Though you didn't have many images where that would be a problem.  Other reviewers have said it's difficult to get lens flare with this lens, even if you try.  Canon's special coatings, I guess.

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Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: February 28, 2015, 03:31:05 PM »
Hmm.  Sounds like the 11-24 might have the same problem with the lens cap as the 8-15.  The 8-15 has buttons and clicks on, too, but still somehow has a tendency to fall off. 

Not that I let that stop me.  My 11-24 is arriving in a few days.  I swear, I was only going to look, but when I saw it was available from an Amazon vendor it somehow jumped into my cart.   ;)

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Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: February 28, 2015, 09:24:07 AM »
I put tooth sticks behind the buttons which have to be pressed to separate the two parts of the hood/cap  of my 8-15, this way they can not separate unwanted and of course never did. I always shoot without Hood and remove them together. If i want to sell the lens, it can easyly be removed

maybe this would help you as well

Thanks, I'll try that.  I never shoot with the hood on, either.

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Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: February 28, 2015, 07:23:14 AM »
I love my 8-15, but I hate the lens cap.  It just doesn't stay on.  I hope the 11-24's is better. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:15:52 PM »
I often carry two bodies, one with a wide angle lens and one with a telephoto.  There are some environments were it's not advisable to change lenses, and some situations where you won't have time.

If weight is an issue, I might carry one body with a telephoto lens, and P&S as a backup/wide angle.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Next purchase?
« on: September 30, 2014, 10:47:07 AM »
You might consider the 70-300mm and Kenco extenders as a cheaper alternative to the 200-400mm. 

I like the 1Dx for night sports because it's pretty good in low light.  Better than the Mark IV, IMO.  You can crank up the ISO. 

Might be worth renting before you decide to buy, if you're not sure.





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Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: August 30, 2014, 02:08:42 PM »
Thanks! Yes, we got pretty close.  A lot closer than I expected.

The photos I posted were resized for bandwidth reasons, but mostly not cropped.  (In some cases, they are slightly cropped for aesthetic reasons.  Straightening horizons, stuff like that.)  I wanted people to get an idea of how well suited the lens was for this trip.

I found that all you had to do was be patient.  If an animal was too far away, don't panic.  You'll get another chance, and you'll get a chance to get closer.

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 29, 2014, 12:00:21 PM »
I use RAW if the lighting is tricky, or if it's a situation where I have to get it right - there won't be another chance.

Otherwise, I shoot in JPEG.  Especially if I'm taking a lot of photos.  I might take 2000 photos at a baseball game.  No way am I going to adjust them all in RAW.  Especially if they need to be submitted that night.

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Photography Technique / Re: Tripod/camouflage for birds/wildlife?
« on: August 29, 2014, 11:56:48 AM »
I just want to add...yes, the longer the better for birding lenses, but if a super telephoto isn't in your budget right now, consider the Kenko 1.4 extender.  I've used it with the 70-300mm f/4-5.6L and was very pleased.  Yes, you lose a stop, as expected, but overall the image quality and the focusing were very good.  I like it better than my Canon extenders.

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