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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: July 27, 2014, 09:39:00 PM »
I am just afraid of the day the new 16-35 2.8 III (or a 14-24) will be announced. I already have 14mm 2.8 II, 16-35 f/4L IS, TS-E17mm f/4L (and a Zeiss 21 2.8 ) and ... I will want/need it since (judging from the 24-70 2.8 II and the 16-35 4 IS ) it is almost certain that it will be coma corrected too.  :-[
I'm looking forward to the 16-35 f/2.8 III and/or the 1x-24. 

The reasonably high probability of a Canon 12/14-24L in the relatively near future is yet another reason I'll likely put the proceeds of selling my 16-35/2.8 II toward the TS-E 17/4L, rather than getting the 16-35/4L IS.
They'll probably announce it at Photokina, just to be cruel...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: American Alligators
« on: July 27, 2014, 04:15:43 PM »
This guy came up with a fresh caught blue crab in a South Carolina salt marsh yesterday evening.
Nice one, Phil - looks like he's enjoying his meal!  I heard/saw one eating a white crab of some kind at a distance - the sound is something, isn't it?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show us your Hooters (Owls)
« on: July 27, 2014, 04:14:12 PM »
The great-horned owl was back this morning and I was ready with my flash and Better Beamer (almost, forgot the fresnel ???) but I got a better shot in terms of lighting, but I'm still not happy and wish I had the 600mm+2x on my tripod...


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Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:05:06 PM »
Well, I LOVE my 400 f/5.6L, even without the IS. Are you shooting with  a monopod? That takes care of the IS issue for shots down to 1/100 (with good technique). I shoot in burst mode or 2 sec delay if wanting to get a single sharp photo. Actually, with good technique, I can occasionally get a tack sharp shot at 1/100 without monopod. Generally I shoot freehand at 1/500 and up for birds in flight or nervous birds hopping about from perch to perch.
I never had an issue getting sharp photos with my 400 f/5.6, and I think it is the single best value in Canon's entire lineup.  It's 90% as sharp as the $12k 400 f/2.8 IS II for 1/12th the price.  Plus it's the only 400mm lens you can easily fit in a backpack, at least for the EF mount.  I genuinely miss that aspect of the lens. The build quality is excellent as well and it's partially weather sealed.

Are you sure about this?  ;D

I do alot indoor shooting with fast shutter speed(1/1000 or faster). In my case, f5.6 won't do any goods.
Obviously I didn't mention the trivial little issue of the aperture in stopping action or delivering shallow DOF.  Like two stops really makes any difference  ;) ;D ;) :D ;)

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Canon General / Re: Canon at Photokina
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:12:25 PM »
Just a 70D - sorry to start rumors  ;):

Source: http://www.lydogbilde.no/nyheter/canon-med-unik-teknologi

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Canon General / Canon at Photokina
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:54:31 PM »
I just saw this in my Twitter feed -- looks like Canon is getting ready!

Could that be a 7D II in the photo?  It has a locking mode dial...

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 12-24mm f/2.8 L - Constructing the Enigma
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:53:10 PM »
Why not use the drop in C-PL from the big whites?  You can also use ND filters in gelatin or screw-on format as well.  That would resolve the need for a 150-200mm front filter!

Interesting idea but how would a drop in filter system accommodate graduated filters?
Poorly, but at least you'd have 2 of the 3 most used filters, and in many cases you can use an exposure blend in place of the grad NDs.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 12-24mm f/2.8 L - Constructing the Enigma
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:02:37 PM »
Why not use the drop in C-PL from the big whites?  You can also use ND filters in gelatin or screw-on format as well.  That would resolve the need for a 150-200mm front filter!

If they could actually build this, I'd pay big white prices for it.  The only catch for me would be the f/2.8 - I'd be happy to settle for f/4.

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How sure are you that it wasn't swapped during the reshipping?
That's pretty uncommon while the box of crap is a very common eBay scam.

I'm not convinced the OP is being honest about this (or that his "friend" who re-shipped didn't steal it.  While there are 338 negative ratings for this seller over the last 12 months there are over 24,000 positive ratings. 

I sell a ton on eBay and eBay has a system that is in favor of the buyer over the seller.  Had this been a legitimate case it would not have been decided in favor of the seller so quickly.  eBay would have asked for more information if the buyer hadn't provided all the necessary details. 

Also, the buyer did not report the case to ebay for 45 days after purchase.  Why so much time?  International shipping to anywhere in the world is 6-10 days.  Even if it goes to a friend first and than to the end buyer it should have been discovered and reported much sooner. 

Sorry... not buying into the sob story.
I was also confused about the buyer losing the case, that's very rare and is why I actually video myself packing, taping, and mailing the package.  Yes, it's overboard, but it's helped me win a case.

As for buying the story or not - if he's lying, why would he post here?  I guess to sort out how to get even more out of the seller?

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Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 25, 2014, 11:36:09 AM »
Well, I LOVE my 400 f/5.6L, even without the IS. Are you shooting with  a monopod? That takes care of the IS issue for shots down to 1/100 (with good technique). I shoot in burst mode or 2 sec delay if wanting to get a single sharp photo. Actually, with good technique, I can occasionally get a tack sharp shot at 1/100 without monopod. Generally I shoot freehand at 1/500 and up for birds in flight or nervous birds hopping about from perch to perch.
I never had an issue getting sharp photos with my 400 f/5.6, and I think it is the single best value in Canon's entire lineup.  It's 90% as sharp as the $12k 400 f/2.8 IS II for 1/12th the price.  Plus it's the only 400mm lens you can easily fit in a backpack, at least for the EF mount.  I genuinely miss that aspect of the lens. The build quality is excellent as well and it's partially weather sealed.

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Street & City / Re: Watch out! Of burglary zone.
« on: July 25, 2014, 11:30:57 AM »
Have you ever seen this one - I'm not sure if it's real, but it was a popular dorm room sign in college:


Source: http://awakenedaesthetic.com/2012/04/etsy-daily-beware-pickpockets-loose-women/

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 11:22:10 AM »
They have corrected (without acknowledging their errors), others remain.

Like this one - 16-35 f/2.8L II vs. 17-40 f/4L - I'm very curious to see how the new 16-35 f/4L IS comes out - they'll probably say it's worse like the 70-200 f/2.8L IS vs. II

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Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:23:04 PM »
Cool shots, especially this last one.  I really like the lighting.  Using a 17mm for portraiture is quite challenging to say the least, but you kept the camera nice & level, so they turned out really well.  You must have been quite close to the actress!

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Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:20:53 PM »
I've heard good reports of the 400 DO in practical use - as opposed to the reviews......
I would check that out, too, though I can say that the 400 f/5.6 is a great lens if you can get used to the lack of IS.  Many of my best photos were taken during the 4 years I owned this lens.  The 300 f/2.8 II IS + 1.4x III and 2xIII is what I upgraded to and other than the cost, size, and weight, I can recommend it without reservation. 

Also, your post scared me a bit as "going native" means going without clothes in American slang :o

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ephotocraft.com in Virginia is excellent.  They normally match prices and have great service.  I use them all the  time.

I did not know about them.  I will have to check them out.  I am getting sick of the attitude at Ace Photo and Burke is not that far to drive.

Thanks for posting it.
I've ordered quite a bit from them over the years.  They always seem to have something that's out of stock or pre-ordered everywhere else, namely new camera bodies & battery grips.

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