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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 30, 2014, 08:43:13 PM »
A few shots from the San Francisco zoo (no, they were not in cages)

I have a Canon grip on my 5DII. I love the balance it provides with most of my lenses more than I need the extra battery life. My camera now feels very front heavy when I don't use it. I don't mind the extra weight.

Software & Accessories / Re: Messenger Bag for my 5D3+24-70+70-200
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:27:16 PM »
I'm also looking for a discrete bag. A few people stated the Think Tank Retrospective 7 holds a 5DIII, 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8. Will it hold a gripped 5DII with those two 2.8 lenses, or would I have to look at the Retrospective 10? Thanks for great feedback on bags!!!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Mail in Rebate Program
« on: August 01, 2014, 11:26:12 PM »
I would rather have the instant rebate as well. However, I have had excellent luck with 2 mail in rebates his year. I received one with the purchase of a 24-70 2.8 II and used it to help fund a 70-200 2.8 II. I just received that rebate this week. Hmmmm, maybe put that towards a 16-35 f4 as I don't have a UWA...

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Printer for Posters
« on: July 27, 2014, 03:51:45 PM »
I have also had very good experience with Aspen Creek Photo.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:58:53 AM »
sanj, I never stated dilbert couldn't post. However, we control how and when we respond to his posts. I noticed he has not addressed any of the unemotional, logical points made in a number of posts regarding lens ratings. He continually beats the 'joined at the hip' statement to death which got old in the first 2 pages of this thread. I learn a tremendous amount through this forum but not in this thread. I'm out on the rest of this one...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:10:22 AM »
Why does everyone respond to dilbert's nonsense? Can't we just ignore his posts and hope he goes away? It would make this forum much more enjoyable.

Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:14:05 PM »
Do you have to turn off back button focus settings with CamRanger? I'm intrigued for macro shooting.

Abstract / Re: Textures...
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:33:24 AM »
A couple more:

Abstract / Re: Textures...
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:12:41 AM »
Weathered old gate

I bought the 2.8 II last week and can't get it off of my camera. I also have the 24-70 2.8 II and the 100 2.8L IS. The color and contrast is incredible and in some cases the photos look almost 3D. I sold my 70-200 f4L IS a few weeks ago because the f4 was limiting and I didn't really use it. Go with the 2.8II as it's well worth the money and extra weight!

Canon General / Re: I hate photographing my family for posed photos...
« on: September 08, 2013, 12:19:38 AM »
When in doubt, offfer to pay them if they behave to your satisfaction. Works wonders, but won't do much for the baby...

Landscape / Re: Yosemite in the wintertime
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:53:33 PM »
I agree with the OP that winter is the best time to visit Yosemite. Significantly less crowded, especially if snow is forecast (it's great to have 4WD). Here are a few pics from our last trip when we arrived just after a big storm. I hope you enjoy. Taken wih a 5DII and 24-105L.

Lenses / Re: Input on Lens Decision
« on: February 18, 2013, 04:47:15 PM »
Thanks for the input everyone. I don't want to rely on the extender as it is not convenient so I tend not to use it. I don't do any video work, stills only. Even though I may not use it alot, I like the idea of having coverage up to 300mm when I need it. Reviews I read stated that image quality on the 70-300L should rival the 70-200 f4L at most focal lengths plus I get the extra reach. I think you reinforced the way I was leaning. Always good to get some objective opinions. Thanks!

Lenses / Input on Lens Decision
« on: February 18, 2013, 12:48:26 PM »
Since I upgraded to FF I'm not shooting much at longer focal lengths and rarely use my 300L or 1.4 teleconverter. I shoot some portaits, macro and am doing more landscapes. Here's my current equipment list:

50 1.4
70-200 f4L IS
300 f4L
1.4X III Extender

I'm considering selling the 70-200L, 300L and 1.4 extender to buy a 70-300L. This would allow coverage of longer focal lengths with less equipment. I don't think I'd miss the constant f4 and I rarely shoot over 300mm. I'd  have some money left over to possibly put towards a UWA, since I am shooting more landscapes.

Appreciate your thoughts.



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