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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: December 02, 2014, 03:06:12 PM »
First picture I have posted - sure this will have been done before - hope it comes out OK

I am so looking forward to the new 100-400  - it is a fact isn't it?  But I can see the prime 400 and the 70-300 May be a good combo. Would the lack of IS be a problem do you think for a 5DIii? ( knowing this is all speculative)

Same boat as OP .  Choice  for me is the new ( !) 100-400 L or a Tammy or a Siggy or a 7DII.  I have a 70-300L which is great.  480 in terms of reach ( and a bit of cropping now and then )  would probably be enough but I never seem to want to carry two bodies now and I'm not sure a Mark II would change that.  Not helped by the fact I like the 70-300 a lot and won't sell it and while I did like the 7D before I got the  5D III the 7D is now not worth much second hand.  So perhaps the answer is 100-400 L (hopefully ) plus perhaps a 1.4 TC and save the 7D for those days when you need lots of fps or looooong reach.  But  lot of speculation involved in my next Xmas present I recognise.....

Technical Support / Re: 5D III OR 6D or 7DII
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:12:03 PM »
I have 5d3 and 7d - since I got the 5 the 7d is virtually unused - the extra reach is compensated to a large degree by ability to crop and fps too little difference except in few cases.  from the sound of it the 7 D2 will be better in low light than 7d but other changes don't take it above 5d3 from what I can see - maybe as second camera for a pro or someone upgrading from a rebel who doesn't want to go FF.  Unless you are mega into sports 5d3 every time for my money  ( I'm non pro).  And for what it is worth the 24-70 and the 135 are lenses worth a look - the former beats the 24-105 by a clear margin in my admittedly biased eyes, the 135 amazing if you are shooting in its range. IMHO

Lenses / Re: help on lens
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:20:47 AM »
thanks for your help guys

Lenses / Re: help on lens
« on: August 28, 2014, 05:46:53 PM »
I have the 135 L and the 70-300 L and we are talking outdoor well -lit  sports stuff and general so I know the 200 isn't going to cover a 400 range but wondering if the mid range full frame wider aperture and the near crop 320 equivalent might be nice on top of the lenses I have ( and might have)

Lenses / help on lens
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:27:42 PM »
Hi  - I have 5D 3 and 7D and at the long end 70-300L.  Waiting for a new 100-400L  to appear but..... keep on waiting. In the meantime would the 200 2.8 L be a good addition for well lit sports stuff?  Love the 135 L.  Any 70-200 zoom seems like a lot of money for not much more than I have at the moment. 200 f 2 too pricey and too big.  But the prime 200  on the 5D3 and the 70-300 on the 7D or various combinations look quite nice.  In due course a 100-400 lens with 1.4 TC  would be great but the 200 is not so pricey that other combos get ruled out for the future


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Next Zeiss Lenses? [CR2]
« on: March 03, 2013, 02:38:58 PM »
Interesting comment in the film clip which implies they need to improve the Zeiss standard to cope with new sensors - like the D800 I think he mentions.  A lot of people might possibly think Zeiss had some of the best lenses around already especially if you forgive the lack of AF.  Hmmm.  Can't be a throw away comment  as I see it.  And if Zeiss think this perhaps Canon and Nikon think the same.  I think other threads have latched onto this  in terms of speculating the Canon mega pixel camera will be held back until all the lenses are in place.  Can't believe Zeiss are making a 3000 euro  50 mm lens MF unless they see more than the D800 in sight.  Do people who know more about this sort of thing than me have any views?

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-300L IS + Kenko 1.4x Teleconverter
« on: December 01, 2012, 06:47:09 AM »
I have the 70-300 and the kenko.  Sure the AF hunts a lot in poor light but in good light I have found it OK.  And of course there is MF.....  IQ I think is OK too given the price of the lens and the TC and an effective focal length on a crop of 580mm..I think you would have to spend much more to do better.  For me its a better combination than the 100-400 but then I don't like the push pull zoom or the overall size and most of the time I don't need the extra reach.   I have a 5DIII as well as a 7D so will be interesting to see if the firmware update helps the AF at all.

Software & Accessories / Focal
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:36:44 AM »
In case interested people haven't seen it, the latest beta of Focal for Mac was released yesterday - I for one was having connection problems which now seem to be resolved

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 10:28:33 AM »
Ah yes - many a true word.  I have a Zeiss 18mm lens which is a lovely lens and cost a lot of dosh - unfortunately - don't know how, the pinch lens cap dropped a spring - £25 offer from Zeiss to replace the  cap which I have declined.  Finding the right sized spring is no easy matter, perhaps the Canon caps may be cheap enough to cannibalise? Silly really but I wouldn't now buy another Zeiss lens.

I have used HDEW and while they may import from HK or wherever you have no risk of import duty ( as they are UK based ) and they bolt on a three year warranty.  It may not be a full Canon warranty but I have had cause to rely on it with an earlier purchase and the camera was repaired quickly, no quibbles and well by what looks to be a reputable repair shop in Glasgow.  So only one experience but one satisfied customer here ( £2000 for a 5D III not too bad )

Canon General / Re: Europe trip, 1-2 months
« on: October 27, 2012, 10:21:59 AM »
what about some sort of theme to your travels?  What are you/your girlfriend interested in?  Is it rugged scenery or history or museums or battlefields or mountains or whatever.  Or food.....As other posters have indicated there is a huge amount to see so you need something to help you narrow it down - might as well be something you are interested in.  Just a thought.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III, or 6D+7D combo - your thoughts?
« on: October 17, 2012, 04:43:09 PM »
Uk wise a 7D and a 5D2 is pretty much the price of a 5D3. I would like a 5 D3 and will get one in due course but to give up the 7D even if only to keep the fps is not for me -  here is a Wiggins shot   to my mind impossible at 6 fps - he came round the corner very fast....

Lenses / need help
« on: October 14, 2012, 03:53:53 PM »
My present gear is 7D, 5D2, 70-300L, 24-105L, Zeiss 18 and Zeiss 50 plus Kenko 1.4 TC.  I have about £1000 in my camera fund which is sort of earmarked to upgrade the 5D2 to a 5D3.  ( Subject of course to the 45 mp camera not becoming available in two weeks time at £2000 and waiting to see what else might just be around the corner).

But wonders of wonders I have a little old pension policy about to mature which will generate a little extra for the camera fund without my wife getting too excited about it ( say £2000) and early in the new year I might trade down my car which might also add £2000 to the fund.

So happy days! 

I am a pure hobbyist, mainly taking pics of my kid doing sports and general family and travel pics.  So the 7D and the 70-300 are non negotiable as is the Zeiss  18 but after that how best to spend my ill gotten gains?  It needs to be something special.

Thinking the 1 Dx is just too big and showy for what it adds compared with the 5D3 plus lenses?
Thinking people like the new 24-70 but given its price does it really add much for me compared to the 24-105 given how much I love the Zeiss at the wide angle?

Thinking I don't like the 100-400 at all and sold a copy a while ago.
So does it come down to a choice between the 135 and 400 5.6  or the 70-200 II IS. + 2 X TC III ?   Or if both boats come in do I go for a real super tele?

What would everyone suggest?  ( PS I am a Yorkshireman so don't need to spend all  the camera fund even if it is there.....)    Of course there those telling me I should ditch the Canon FF stuff and buy the D800 but I am not convinced.....

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