I have 3 Crumpler Bags. Good quality. You should look at 4, 5 or 6 million dollar home bags.
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Just how big is this "coffee table book?"
I can't imagine it will be larger than the largest size print you would make from a 1D or 5D. The reproduction is going to be in CMYK at about 300 DPI, right? Which means it can't possibly be more demanding than an actual print. So long as you shoot at ISO 400 or less, what advantage would larger format offer?
What am I missing here?
You're not missing a thing. I'm a Medium Format devotee, but it's generally unnecessary without a specific need for what it offers. Some will tout the "look"...but only a trained eye can spot that. I got into it because I wanted resolving power for very large prints.
I have to say, if I was the one hired for this shot, I'd be using a 5D3 and a 24mm TSE. If I wanted more resolution, I'd rent the Schneider-Kreuznach 50mm PC lens and do some stitching.
Looks great. You can now shoot zebras unnoticed.Fine, if you are standing among zebras.
This would allow stand in the middle of zebras and shoot the approaching lions without spooking the lions.
I thought this fabulous lens (canon 200-400) needed a fabulous lens coat. . . .
Lenscoat and the others that sell these things don't have much besides bland colors and camo and are fairly expensive. I saved about $50 doing it myself and have something unique now. I know, I know what's $50 bucks after spending an arm and a leg on the lens but every bit counts . . . .
So, I bought some neoprene (3mm), seam seal and seam tape. I made this in about an hour. I don't do a whole lot of wildlife, mainly sports so no need for camo - just want some extra protection. . . .
I might re-do the top piece - working around the bump out for the tele-converter was tricky. . . . I'm also thinking about using the leftover pieces to make some cool clothes for the kids . . .
it looks cool as a wildlife photographer...but you may get some odd looks on the sports sidelines.
135mm all the way. I use a 5dmk3 with a 70-200mm2.8 in low light levels all the time. With action you want all the speed you can get. Btw- the 135mmf2 has nothing to fear from any 70-200mm for portrait work. Honestly, sometimes the advise given out is very odd.
For volleyball, the 70-200L 2.8II would be my choice. Focus is nearly instant on a 1Dx and the zoom would be a must for me.
I shoot a lot of actor/performer headshots, and while I wouldn't give up my 85LII or 135L for portraits, the 70-200LII is also a great portrait lens...distance to subject to background being key factors.
I've read that the AF speed is good, but not as good as the big primes....which has me questioning weather I want this lens for shooting sports/action....any thoughts?
I think in this situation, less is more. I would bring the 5DMIII, the 70-200, and either the 24-70 or the 50mm. If I were doing this just for the Company, I wouldn't want to be bogged down with all this equipment, changing lenses, toting around a big camera bag, etc. You want to have fun at this event too, I'm guessing. Being outdoors, the 70-200 I think is plenty to catch the action up close. The wide angle or the 50mm prime would be good enough to capture the scenery surrounding the events.
I don't think you need a backup body. If your camera bugs out, remember you aren't getting paid. Same thing could happen with someone who volunteers with a point and shoot.
Less is more.