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Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:06:07 PM »
I have bought many refurb lenses from Adorama and have never been let down:  50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.8, 24-105 f/4, 135 f/2, 70-200 f/4.

The last 3 in the list showed up *brand new* with warranty cards and all accessories.  I am not sure why they did that, but I have not bothered to ask :-)  And even the true refurbs looked and performed as new.

Adorama has a buyer for life in me...

Sports / Re: F1 Photography Advice
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:14:17 PM »
Guess I can throw in my own $0.02 worth...  I am an engineer by trade and I still don't get why soooo many people around the world LOVE F1.  I appreciate and love the tech, but I have to think that 99% of the world does not.

Once Vettel took pole position it might as well have been over.  He easily led the race and even set fast lap right at the end, as if to say he could have won it by more.  I personally found the practice laps more exciting than the actual race.

For me, taking pictures at multiple corners actually helped make the race more interesting.  Sitting at one spot waiting for the long train of cars just got old.  They all did the same thing and drove by.  I think I got a better sense of the driving by watching how they setup for the different corners.

In the end the weekend itself was fun.  Austin is a GREAT town to hang out in and check out the scene.  The track is immense and offers a lot of visual activities.  But the actual race?  Maybe I just don't get it...

But I don't feel like I lost anything by taking pictures...

Sports / Re: F1 Photography Advice
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:56:18 AM »
Just finished processing my COTA F1 pics from the weekend.  We went all 3 days scoping the place out.  Our plan was to camp out at turn 11 thinking a lot of cars would overcook their brakes/tires and get some good action in the turn.  We saw some doing it in practice, but on game day nobody slid off!

At the start of the race I was at the hill edge sharing space with a lot of big lenses.  Everything I shot was with a 5D3 and a rented 400 f/5.6  Turned out to be a great combo and I can highly recommend it.  So I took a few frames and then went to join the family on the hill.  Bad idea...  The heat and lack of breeze down there, combined with the crowd just made it...boring.  So me and the woman ended up packing our stuff and walking around to turns 9 and 10.  The race is truly different at every turn and if I go back next year I will just walk as many of the corners as I can in the 2 hours.

The worst part of the weekend was the heat and harsh sun.  There were a lot of sick looking euros out there about to pass out.  Good thing I am a native Texan.  I am not a pro but spent some time trying to get rid of the washed out look of the raw photos.

Sports / Re: F1 Photography Advice
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:43:09 AM »
I will be going to Austin this weekend for the F1 race.  I have been to the track before to watch the ALMS series.  I had a 5D3 and a 70-200 f/2.8, non IS.  I ended up cropping like crazy...

Now I have a 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and am renting a 400 f/5.6...  I hope that combo gives me some better results.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone still using their 450d?
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:01:19 PM »
For an old SLR I still wish I had my old XTi.  Even more simple and actually great image quality under iso 800.  And I just loved the shutter quality.  It was quiet and muted, yet very solid feeling.  I eventually worked up to a T2i which I still keep to this day.  I let the kids take it with them to granny's house with a 50 1.4

It just does not seem worth it to sell for a couple hundred bucks...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Any deals coming for 70-200 IS II?
« on: October 29, 2013, 02:51:56 PM »

You can always go refurb + coupon code at the Canon store:

$1599 for a 70-200 F/2.8L IS II...


If it ever comes back on the site...I ordered one the other day when it was $1999 - $300 coupon.  They lasted for literally 5 minutes and have been out of stock ever since.  I had just put in a price watch notify and got an e-mail like 2 minutes later.  I was in a state of panic trying to find my credit card...

But I am very excited to finally have this lens coming, even if it was not quite as good of a deal.

If you are in continuous, high speed servo AF shooting, does the lens/body have time to open the aperture/grab focus/close the aperture to proper setting between every shot?

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 6D v 5D3 body battle...
« on: September 09, 2013, 01:55:13 PM »
Does no one mention how the 6D silent shutter is significantly better?

How is the 6D silent shutter "significantly" better than the 5D3's version?  My 5D3 is pretty darn quiet...

As for a choice between the 2 it was easy for me...5D3 as I shoot the kids volleyball and soccer games.  The 5D2 just could not handle VB and I suspect the 6D would struggle as well.

Lenses / Re: Noisy 70-200f4L
« on: September 06, 2013, 02:12:25 PM »
Just tried out my copy on a 5D3.  It's far from "silent".  My 70-200 f/2.8 non-IS is not as noisy, but you can still hear it.  The f/4 noise is rougher in nature.  Both focus as fast as I could imagine they should be, considering how much internal guts they have to move around.

Then I put both on my T2i.  Both are a bit more quiet, but its obvious they are not being driven as hard.  My 5D3 is capable of much more "violent" focus swings when I force it onto something that is hard to get a lock.

So I second the thought that a body makes a difference...

I started shooting volleyball on a 5D2 with a 85 f/1.8 and 135 f/2.  I found court placement critical to get the desired shot.  But both can produce lovely results.  I find it interesting you are having good results on a Rebel.  I would think both of your lenses get too long on average.

My biggest impediment was the 5D2 AF.  I am not thinking the 6D is much faster and have to question its value.  Find a refurb 5D3 and save yourself the missed shot hassle.

I finally broke down down and got a 70-200 *non* IS.  This season will be my first with it and I think it will be worth it.  As long as you get the exposure down the 5D3/6D can run stupid ISOs and come out with beautiful shots.

EOS-M / Re: My EF M 11-22 has arrived
« on: August 11, 2013, 04:56:21 PM »
Could not resist and just ordered a 11-22 from Henry's in Canada.  $399 + $12.95 CAN will come out to just around $400 US.  Seems like a deal compared to the EF-S 10-22 or EF 17-40.  I loved my 10-22 back when I had only crop sensor bodies.  The IS should help make up for high f-stops in the applications I want to use it.

Looking forward to playing with this setup...

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:49:43 PM »
Lemmi the mighty Chi-Terr

EOS-M / EOS-M Field Performance
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:22:53 AM »
Just finishing up a vacation to Big Bend National Park using my EOS-M with 22mm f/2.  In short the camera functioned very well and I am pleased with the results.  My former "light" trip camera was a S95.

As for carrying the camera I am using an Osprey Raptor 70oz hydraulic backpack.  They are light day packs perfect for up to 12 mile hikes.  The EOS-M is in a Dashpoint 20 (minus the lens cap) wrapped around the backpack shoulder strap.  It slides down to the bottom perfectly and is never in the way.

So gripes...when pulling the camera out of the Dashpoint it is very easy to hit the picture play button and turn on the camera when you did not mean to.  In fact, you may end up hitting a lot of buttons that you really did not want to hit.  I wish there was a setting you could use to have the camera only respond to the power button.

I both love and hate the touch to focus/snap setting.  It is great to use a person in the far corners as the focus point, but you end up with a lot of palm shots as your hand brushes the screen.  I guess just delete and go on.

But for likes....the pics are beautiful.  Much more resolution and pic quality compared to the S95.  I am only shooting jpg's with +6 sharpening and +3 saturation.  The 22mm is a great lens and I don't see the need for anything else.

In short the touch lens can lead to settings getting screwed up, but it has its moments of greatness as well.  Highly recommended.

And as for Big Bend...AMAZING park.  Very few people here, beautiful landscapes and animals.  Best kept park secret in TX.  Visit it!!!!!

EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:41:55 AM »
Construction is fabulous!  Very solid in the hand and the 22 f/2 fits better and tighter than my other bodies.  Why can't a 5D3 lens fit this tight???

 ;D  You must not have a "Shorty Forty"!  The first time I put it on, I thought I had accidentally cross-threaded it!  :o

Oh, I see you have one - maybe it's not as snug as mine...  :)

My 40 is tight...tighter than any other EF/EF-S lens that I own.  But it's still not as tight as the 22, and once the 22 "clicks" onto place there is -0- rotation.  The 40 can be moved back and forth a hair.

Believe me, the first time I mounted the 22 I thought something was wrong and I was thinking I was going to break something :-)  Now I know that feeling was that of quality.

EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 09, 2013, 09:45:17 PM »
Got my new "Point & Shoot" in the mail today as well.  I agree with a lot of your points.  I am using this to hopefully replace a S95...  I will "try" to not compare to my T2i or 5D3.

Construction is fabulous!  Very solid in the hand and the 22 f/2 fits better and tighter than my other bodies.  Why can't a 5D3 lens fit this tight???

Even with the new firmware the AF is perhaps, ummmm, deliberate.  But it's no worse than the S95 in that regard.  I think it will work fine for around the house and vacation duty.

Although I know its a mini T4/5i i really don't want to shoot raw and process.  My desire it to just shoot jpg and be done with it.  And as compared to my S95 I can already tell the resolution is *much* better.  Forget the added 6MP, it's quite sharp and the 22 f/2 bokeh is very good.  I know raw is much better than jpg on my T2i...but I don't want to go there :-)

I am playing with my hand holding style and am getting used to choosing focus points.  I think it will be much better to grab focus on the extreme sides of the frame by using my finger instead of a rocker/thumb knobbie thing.  It just seems to work on a form factor like this.

Yes, if you are leaving the screen on and playing with the menu for a while it does warm up.  But such is the price you pay for putting a Digic 5 in a powershot body.  And I am still not burned :-)

The little 1/4 turn fasteners on the strap seem cheesy, but I guess they will hold?  I would still like a hand strap and need to look for one.

I put my 430EX on the shoe and it works great..even if it's bigger than the camera.  But for some crazy reason I could see carrying it around if the need arises.

Love the pinch cap on the lens...makes me want them for all my glass.

Well worth the $299...if you are on the fence, jump off and pick one up before they are gone.

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