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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: December 20, 2014, 10:38:30 PM »
The success rate will be a little higher at 1/30 and fairly reliable at 1/60.
At 400mm, I think getting a sharp image at 1/20 or 1/30 is going to be a pure stroke of luck.
Below is an example of how I inted to use it for. This was shot at 1/80s, 600mm (300mm f4+2x) on a monopod, but it is a bit soft, hence my hope to get a better result using 1.4TC with this new lens.
Usually, I start around 1/100s and as I get more keepers I go slower and slower ending at 1/30s.
Handheld at 1/60s would be a dream for me, but if keeper is too low I would put a monopod. 10% is acceptable.
The most important criteria at this time is sharpness.
Anyway, decision is made; I will get one. Thanks for the input.

Lenses / Re: $600 burning a hole in your pocket?
« on: December 19, 2014, 03:16:41 PM »
How about the Canon 35/2 IS?
600$ over at B&H, great IQ and AF, IS for handheld stuff, f/2 for more creative shots, flexible FL for both groups of two or three as well as portraits of one person...
Seems to be the best option here. :)
I was thinking about the 24-70 f4 but that would be over.
For the budget, 35/2 IS indeed would be my option.

Macro / Re: My DIY for MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro / Stand and Light.
« on: December 19, 2014, 02:20:00 PM »
Not bad!
I envy you with the 65 MP-E. I am using a reversed fd 28mm with extension tube for now. I am a beginner in this.
Do you focus stack, if yes short or long? For the fly for example, how many shots did you use?

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: December 19, 2014, 11:58:23 AM »

It was a ridiculous test, but I frequently used my original 100-400 from boats and kayaks and wanted to see what I could get away with.

I hope that helps.
Maybe ridiculous test for others, but not for me.
Actually, I am wondering if you could repeat similar test for 1/20 and 1/30th sec and see how much keepers you have.
I do alot of low light panning and thinking about using this lens for that purpose once have the fund for it in January.
Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 19, 2014, 11:43:34 AM »
I love the lens, its super heavy, but for portraits, its amazing  :D

nice shots.  It's heavy for its size, but I'm also used to lugging around the 70-200mm f/2.8 mkii. 

It's funny... when I hold an 18-55mm kit lens... it feels like there isn't anything there... it's just gonna float away.

Ooo... you, strong... ;)
I had a very sore right arm after lugging the 70-200 + 2x half a day a month ago... (admittedly, I had to point it upwards most of the time)
I think it is a matter of practice.
Wait until you shoot 20-ish basketball games in 2 days with 1DX+ 200 f2.0 . That is heavy.
I always take a day off after this tournament.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I'm getting impatient for the new 5D 4.
« on: December 18, 2014, 02:49:54 PM »
Made an account just to reply to this thread.

You are wanting to move from a decade old P&S, to a top of the line FF DSLR? With intentions of getting a 24-70 2.8II, 85mm, and 70-200 soon? Are you serious?

What makes you think you are ready for this system? It's obvious you have no idea what your needs are.

At what point was a P&S not enough, and in the matter of moments, a 5dmkIV is what you NEED?  You are biting off more than you need.

Grab a t3i and kit lens and start shooting already.
Made an account just to reply to this thread.
Agree, this has been the most fun to read so far. I understand if you couldn't stand. But please stick around, don't go away.

Grab a t3i and kit lens and start shooting already.
Agree again, fun is in shooting.

Are you serious?
Actually, he might be serious.

You just retired, and would have more time.
You just won the lottery.
Your just married a reach guy.
Your kid just got a high-paid job.
Money is no longer an issue - yes I would be serious. That's why he was asking.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I'm getting impatient for the new 5D 4.
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:15:42 AM »
Hi JC.
I'm having trouble getting to grips with your two contradictory statements, as in you haven't felt the need to upgrade your decade old P&S until now, but feel that you will outgrow a far more complex and capable DSLR in a year or so?
Any one of the cameras you have compared should provide you a lifetime of fantastic images based on how long it took to outgrow a G6! As others have said, waiting is a long wait for the next greatest thing since bread came sliced!
Others may prove me wrong here, but it seems that the incremental improvements between versions are getting smaller, perhaps with the exception of the 7DII.

Good luck choosing.

Cheers, Graham.
Well said!

Coming from a P&S to a full frame (regardless of the model) you will enjoy discovering what a full frame can do.
Forget about having the best ever, that is just a headache: unnecessary debate.
Fun is in shooting and not in having the best gear.
Buy a 5D MK III, a good lens and enjoy!
I moved from Ti1 to 5D III 2 or 3 years ago and discovered  heaven.

Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 18, 2014, 10:38:06 AM »
It will melt 85mm f1.8 and 135L in second.

Your next best is 200mm f2 IS

I disagree that the bokeh you posted cannot be achieved with a 135L. You should try a comparison with yours :)
What the 85L can do is achieve that with a much wider field of view

I wish I had brought 135L and taken same shot to compare the two ::)

I'm going to skip the debate about bokeh between 85L II Vs 135L - we all know which lens has upper hand. The photo was to demonstrate how 85L II can be at f1.2 in low light. This photo was taken at f1.2 1/125 I believe ISO is about 2000.

With 135L, I'm more likely to be f2  1/160min ISO=????
Own both and the 135 gets used only when shooting fast moving subject and need to jump from MFD to infinity quite often.
Otherwise, 85 all the time. Both bokeh and focal length match my needs way better.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: December 18, 2014, 10:35:14 AM »
Thanks everyone. So far I am pleased with the results everyone has obtained with this new lens. Mine is due for delivery today. Looking forward to putting it through its paces over the next few days.
Great thanks to all who has posted and commented on it. So far, I like what I am seeing. Will wait until January before pulling the trigger.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: December 17, 2014, 03:16:10 PM »
Thank you very much Mt Spokane Photography for the effort.
I am very much interested in this lens. Please post more as you go, especially with any TC you have.
Renting wouldn't be possible for a while, have to rely on your opinions to decide this time.

Hope this helps some of you.

Please post more comments when you have spent more times with it. I like to hear more from someone who has worked with both lenses. Would appreciate it very much. Would like one during the first quarter.

Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:46:33 AM »
I have been dreaming about the 85mm L for years now and I finally got it.
It is a lovely piece of magical engineering. It is way too expensive, too heavy, slow focusing and not very useful for other purposes than taking portraits of people you like and who like you.

I am happy with it.
You can take photos of people who don't like you too, you show them the picture and you become friends.

I use mine to shoot boxing, yes boxing and basketball. But I am with 1DX. It is my go to lens for these disciplines.
Just don't try to focus from infinity to MFD.

Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:34:19 AM »
The 85 f/1.8 is not even close to the 85L

Try these on a 85 f/1.8 :P:
These are nice! Well done!

Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:55:11 PM »
it´s a nice lens sure.

i like mine.. even with it´s slow focus.

but soft bokeh is often just an excuse for photographers with no ideas.

some people seem to think "i use the 85mm f1.2 and the portrait will be great".
well no....

Good advice but not in the case of the OP.
Looking at what he has, he passed already that stage.
I am sure he knows what he wants.

If money can afford it, buy it.
This is the reason I am with Canon.
Paired with 1DX, words can't express the feeling.
As opposed to what said above, it can make a somehow photo to one that makes people watch it - you are not a novice.
As for examples; go to
Just talk to the wife, if you have one, before pulling the trigger. She may not share your GAS; because if you really pay attention to what you already have it is really a GAS. Good news is, you are not alone.

If you pull the trigger, my suggestion: assign some time for special projects where you shoot whole events only with it (i mean unpaid events). You will get to know it better; then you will make the right choice when choosing the right tool for the right moment.

Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 16, 2014, 03:12:14 PM »
Excellent all-around responses! Thanks all! It looks like one of my main concerns wasn't made clear the first time, so allow me to add this wrinkle to my question: is the focus fast enough at for me to shoot reliably at f1.2 during a wedding event? Not at the altar where everybody is basically stationary, but when the bride is coming down the aisle or when she's tossing the bouquet or everyone is dancing at the reception... you know the drill. I'm all for big aperture and sweet bokeh, but is my subject going to be in focus? An all-bokeh pic of the bride's face (exaggerated) isn't going to sell money.

Thanks again!
Now that you are asking a specific precise question, the answer is no.
I used it on two weddings and keeper was around 50% during the walking down the aisle and bouquet tossing.
For these two specific moments you better go with the 70-200 2.8. No joking during these two moments. Please don't take your chances during wedding. It is a one in a lifetime moment.

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