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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: In the market for a mirrorless
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:46:37 AM »
The X100s is way more portable and compact than any X+lens combo. The IQ is easily equal to the 5D3 and to my eye has a certain snap that is very appealing. If you can live with one fixed lens then it is the way to go IMHO.

Rent the 100-400. It is a fantastic lens on safari and will give you great results in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Another alternative is the 70-300L if you want something a little smaller, but in my experience you cannot go wrong with the 100-400.

Lenses / Re: Questions on EF 24-70mm II on 5D Mk3 vs EF-S 17-55mm on 7D
« on: October 14, 2013, 03:42:55 AM »
I sincerely doubt if you can get a better camera/lens combination than the 5D3/24-70II or the 5D3/70-200II. The detail, sharpness, contrast and colour are in another league. In my experience the 7D simply cannot capture the detail of the 5D2/5D3, so if you are looking for more detail that is your starting point.

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:30:14 PM »
One more

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:28:36 PM »
Another from the same trip

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:26:11 PM »
I find this to be a pretty convenient travel lens and the quality is surprisingly good.

Lenses / Re: Sell non L primes to get 24-70LII
« on: June 12, 2013, 12:32:20 PM »
The great thing about the 24-70II is that it is sharp across all apertures - and you can't say that for any of your existing lenses. In fact, I doubt of one of your existing lenses can compare to the 24-70 at f2.8 - you would probably have to stop down to f4 or f5.6 to get sharpness - but not on the 24-70II. For me that is what it is all about. I can choose the aperture I want for the DOF I need as opposed to trading off sharpness (or lack thereof) for DOF.

So unless you are shooting in very, very dark places the 24-70 at 2.8 will do everything you need it to do while giving you pinsharp images. Can't ask for any better.

I find it interesting that all the responses so far seem largely to be based on rationale (thinking/logical) rather than emotional (feeling/heartfelt) arguments - the abililty to change focal lengths quickly, to reduce weight/improve IQ over a particular focal range, to avoid having to swap lenses, etc.

I think we are just rationalising our emotions. Will the 200-400 be 7,000 GBP better than my 100-400? Probably not...but I want one and so I say that I am looking for better IQ and bokeh.

I think the OP wants the Sekonic to trigger the flashes using it's test button and radio transmitter, and theoretically it is supposed to work that way, but in reality never does. Ideally one could use the Sekonic to fire the controlling TT5 and it's slaves thereby easily getting a reading on the light meter.

The 200-400L as it suits my style of shooting wildlife better than a 400L, 500L or 600L as one can't control the distance to wild animals. I have a 100-400 and while it is quite good I have always wanted that big white clarity and bokeh.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
« on: June 03, 2013, 11:32:25 AM »
7D + 100-400 in Botswana

Camera Body Gallery / Re: 7D - Anything shot BY a 7D
« on: June 03, 2013, 11:11:03 AM »
7D + 100-400L in Botswana

Lenses / Re: Tele for backpacking
« on: June 03, 2013, 04:55:58 AM »
I am sure this will get me flamed but consider the 7D with a EF-S 18-200. Sure the 18-200 has some limitations but it is capable of producing great images, has good IS, the 18-200 range on the 7D is extremely versatile, and lastly and possibly most important of all - it is light and there is no chance of getting dust on the sensor as you won't have to change lenses.

If you are set on the 6D (great FF camera) then consider the 70-300L for it's greater reach than the 70-200 F4.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: June 03, 2013, 04:51:26 AM »
Love this lens for it's sharpness!
160th @ F4 1:1 crop

Lenses / Re: Anything shot with 70-200 f4 IS USM + 7D
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:09:18 AM »
Enough that I AFMA'd the lens a second time. Still not sharp.

The 7D has a very demanding sensor and with the 70-200 F4 I always felt cheated...the image just wasn't as sharp as I got from my 70-200 2.8 at F2.8. Mind you, the same applies to the 24-105 which also needs to be used at F5.6 to do justice to the 7D sensor.

So far the only lenses I feel are up to what the 7D can produce wide open are the new 24-70II, the 70-200II, the 70-300L, the trusty old 50 F1.4 and of course the new big whites. Even the 100-400 which works very well on the 5DII and 5DIII doesn't quite cut it - close, but it could be better. I am sure there might be other lenses, but these are what I have used in the field.

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