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Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:06:44 PM »
I need help! Spring is in the air and I am coming down with GAS, I am spending to much time looking at lens reviews....how can I rid myself of this affliction?..? ;) ;)
Fortunately I seem to have some sort of immunity against GAS... ;)
Looking at the gear in your signature, is there anything left to buy?  :-P

1DX, 600L II, 800L as well as the Zeiss versions of the Canons I got. Fish Eye and TS are second priority

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:34:19 AM »
I need help! Spring is in the air and I am coming down with GAS, I am spending to much time looking at lens reviews....how can I rid myself of this affliction?..? ;) ;)

Fortunately I seem to have some sort of immunity against GAS... ;)

Lenses / Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« on: January 31, 2014, 11:09:03 AM »
the 16-35 does pretty well on crop

Lenses / Re: 200/2 IS Lust
« on: December 21, 2013, 11:27:14 PM »
I did/do not need the 200 f2L - however I did never regret buying it. One of my favourite lenses.

Lenses / Re: Superteles: 300 vs 500
« on: July 27, 2013, 06:57:53 AM »
The 500 F4L IS is a great lens, you will not regret upgrading.

Lenses / Re: I've tried the 200-400 today! :D Very happy
« on: February 09, 2013, 12:04:28 AM »
Felt the same when I tried it out a month ago, really amazing lens.


Lenses / Re: Need advice on telephoto zoom Lens
« on: February 08, 2013, 08:57:16 AM »
70-200 2.8L IS II

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Potential upgrade from 7D
« on: January 20, 2013, 03:20:48 AM »
Or just get the 24 1.4L II - not ultrawide on 7D but the perfect tool for indoor low light shots without using a flash.

Lenses / Re: EF200mm f1.8L vs EF200mm f2L IS vs EF300mm f2.8L IS II
« on: January 19, 2013, 02:30:24 AM »
Service and availability of spare parts could be one reason not not go for the 200 1.8L, lack of IS another.

You should think carefully if you really need the F2.0 at 200mm, otherwise you might be better off with the 300 F2.8L IS II + 70-200 F2.8L IS II.

However, although I do certainly not need F2.0 at 200mm I will one day get the 200 F2.0L...

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Production to Begin in Q2
« on: January 10, 2013, 10:21:09 AM »
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<p><strong>From Singapore<br />

</strong>A member on the clubsnap forum was at an event in Singapore this week and was told by a Canon guy at the event, that the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x wouldn’t start production until Q2 of 2013. Pricing was estimated at $16,000 (Singapore dollars), that converts out to about $13,000 USD and goes along with the $11,000 pricetag we’ve heard for a while now.</p>
<p>We don’t even have an official announcement yet, so this could be possible. I am hoping once they do announce it, that stock will be available immediately.</p>
<p><strong>Source: [<a href=\"http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/canon/1207372-canonsg-launch-ef-200-400-f-4l-1-4x-2.html#post8294287\" target=\"_blank\">CS</a>]</strong></p>
<p><em>thanks dolina</em></p>
<p><strong><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">c</span>r</strong></p>

That's interesting! The Canon rep that I asked during the very event wasn't able to comment on price but did tell ma about a commercial go live in S'pore in Q2...


Lenses / Re: 300 f2.8 Ser 1 vs. Ser 2?
« on: January 08, 2013, 08:54:41 AM »
I would also consider $1,200 to be too cheap to be true for a decent copy.

However, I can highly recommend the Mark 2, IQ, sharpness, bokeh are amazing and it's comparably light, can carry it around all day with ease. I am mainly using it for shooting candid portraits while exploring a city. The perfect tool for that purpose...

Canon General / Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« on: January 06, 2013, 09:39:38 AM »
Definitely the Mark II. Had the chance to compare pics taken with the IS MkI at the same location at the same time with those I had taken with the IS Mk II. Both on 7D and the IQ difference was very visible...

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x --- Brief hands-on review
« on: January 06, 2013, 08:27:54 AM »
2 more pics:

Lenses / EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x --- Brief hands-on review
« on: January 06, 2013, 08:26:17 AM »
I went to the Canon event @ Cathay Orchard Cineleisure (Singapore) today in order to have a look at the 200-400 F4L IS USM 1.4x and was not disappointed.

With exception of the 200 F2L IS all of Canon’s current long whites were lined up nicely with an 1DX attached on tripods with gimbal heads so that I could easily compare all of them side-by-side despite the huge crowd.

I did totally disregard the 6D, the EOS M, the 24-70L II, the cine cams and lenses and all other gadgets I am not interested in and went straight to the biggest swarm of people surrounding the 200-400L.

The 200-400L was definitely the star of the event and most difficult to put my sweaty hands on. Thanks to the Wimberley the handling of the lens was very easy despite its considerably large size.  The build quality is top notch and the AF snappy, accurate and lightning fast not only in center AF mode (=as great as on all current whites).

Manual focusing works well and the zoom ring operates smoothly although much slower than the one on the 70-200 F2.8L IS II. Zooming on a lens with such a huge diameter feels a bit odd but I am sure this is just the case because it is totally new to me. I just hope that zooming will be as easy when handholding the lens which unfortunately was not possible at the event.

IQ and bokeh are amazing (at least on the screen of the 1DX; the card doors were taped over on all cams so that I could not snatch any card).

Switching between 1.0x and 1.4x using the inbuilt TC works very well (of course the use of the TC costs you one stop), the locking mode is almost superfluous since the switch does not flip on its own and will hardly be flipped by mistake. The design as seen in the pics is supposed to be the final design. According to the Canon rep only the internal design is still not final but very close to.

He told me that the 200-400 would be commercially available in S’pore by the end of 2Q2013. He was not supposed to comment on the price tag and did not show any reaction to any of the price ranges I was throwing at him.

Here comes the surprise: According to the rep the lens will only weigh slightly more than 2kg (which should be pretty much in line with the 300 2.8L IS USM II). Therefore the lens will be handholdable and can be carried around all day without getting a sore back/arm. Hence my expectation towards the price is that it will cost at least as much as the 600 F4L IS II due to the huge amount of fluorite used to bring down the weight so much.

The Canon rep did not know anything about 800L and 200L updates nor about any upcoming DO super teles.

Verdict: If I would not own the 300 F2.8L IS II I would not be able to sleep tonight and when I would finally be able to sleep again in a couple of days I would definitely dream about the new addition to Canon’s white line-up…

P.S.:  Please excuse the poor quality of the pics, I snapped them secretly when the Canon reps’ eagle eyes were for a short moment not watching me closely. I just switched my RX100 on without checking/adjusting the settings/mode dial.
P.P.S.: The black AF points on the 1DX do really suck!

Absolutely nothing with regards to the 20mm on Voigtlaenderrumors.com

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