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Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: February 15, 2015, 05:23:48 PM »
Caught chimping my other camera on the sideline during a CFL game in Nov.

Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 24, 2015, 02:00:20 PM »
I like motion blur/panning shots and try them often.  However, I prefer something in the image to still be sharp as a focal point.  Like in Besisika's shots above.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 w/18-55 IS STM $323
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:35:31 AM »
Dang it.  I would snag one of these.  But I am currently in Canada.  Have a US shipping address in AZ and will be there for Xmas, but can't order anyways.  :-(

Anybody want to snag one for me?  :)

I would love a new 100-400.  Been waiting for one for awhile.  I would find it useful for a lot of stuff I do.  Only reason I don't already own the current version is I can't stand the push/pull design.  Hope the rumours about the new one having a zoom ring are true.  If so, I will be on the pre-order list when announced.  :)

Lenses / Re: What telephotos do we own?
« on: September 28, 2014, 12:42:53 AM »
No love for the 200 f2?  Not long enough?

Canon General / Re: CPS Canada - No (more?) welcome package?
« on: August 26, 2014, 11:00:42 PM »
I am in Canada.  With my renewal this year, I just got points/credits that I could use on the CPS Rewards site.  You can pick a few things from a few basic gifts like, pens, microfiber clothes, coffee mugs, toque, umbrella, etc.

Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 26, 2014, 08:40:38 PM »
I just got my 400 2.8 IS II a couple weeks ago.  Upgraded from the 400 2.8 IS I as well.  The weight savings is remarkable.

I also grabbed a Benro CF monopod to replace my trusty 681B.  Total weight savings from the old combo to new is exactly 4 lbs.  Makes a big difference running the sidelines.

And the AF of the new lens with the 1DX is lightning.  Not that the v1 was a slouch, but the new one is faster.  Faster with the 1.4x III as well.

You will be happy with the upgrade.  I sure am.  :)

I will throw in my $.02.

On 200-400 vs 400 2.8, a lot depends on where/when you shoot.  I shoot a lot of high school football.  Around here, that is all at night on some terribly lit fields.  For the me choice is simple.  The 400 2.8.  I am already at ISO 6400/8000 or higher to maintain 1/800-1/1000 shutter speeds on the fields I shoot.  Can't afford to give up another stop.

If all I shot was during the daytime, the 200-400 would quite likely have been my choice.  Had a chance to play with one for a bit.  No doubt it is an outstanding lens.  The versatility/convenience/IQ is amazing with the built in 1.4x.

Regardless of which lens you choose, I would strongly recommend setting aside some money for a couple new bodies.  If you want to shoot sports, grab some combination of 1d4, 1dx, 5d3 bodies.  Two bodies is the usual minimum for sports work.  I often use 3 bodies.

Not that you can't do a good job and make nice pictures with 7D's or 70D's, but you stated you wanted the ultimate combo and that is what the 1D bodies are designed for.

I am not an SI staff photog, so take all this for whatever you think it's worth.  :)

In the end it is your decision.  The nice thing about high end glass like this, is it holds its value pretty well.  So if you change your mind, you could probably swap a 200-400 for 400 2.8 with little difference in $$.

I have to ask, what sports are you shooting that require a gimbal for your stated combo?  And are you planning on using this gimbal on a monopod and not a tripod?

Finally, but too late for me, I'm now using the combo 600 EX-RT and ST-E3-RT. I really like this system.

Ditto.  Sold my PW's for the Phottix Odins a year ago after waiting for a year to get TTL on the 1dx.

Recently sold the Odins (which work great btw) and went with the 600ex and st-e3 as well.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 29, 2014, 10:35:25 AM »
Need to know what you shoot.  Or are planning on shooting.  No doubt the 1dx is the better camera.  But depending on what you are doing, two 1d4's may be the better option.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:43:04 PM »
Would love to order from Adorama sometimes.  But their shipping to Canada just isn't on par with B&H.  I just tonight loaded up a cart at both Adorama and B&H.  Many similar or identical items.  Only difference is a refurbed SL1 in the cart at B&H. 

Adorama total = $1079 + $244 shipping (UPS which I hate)
B&H total = $1544 + $228 shipping (Purolator)

Both including customs clearance.

Not sure why shipping from Adorama should be more on a smaller $$ order than B&H.  My guess is because they are using UPS shipping to Canada which everybody knows is pretty much the biggest ripoff around.

So, B&H continues to get my monies.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of swapping a 5d3 for a 1D4.....
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:00:47 PM »
I am a sports guy.  So I just traded my like new, hardly used 5DIII to the fellow I sold my 1DIV to.  Got my 1DIV back.  Nice to have it back home.  I never used the 5DIII anyways.

Old pic.  But ya, I keep my boxes.  And prefer to buy used with a box.

Canon General / Re: CPS Canada Shipping
« on: July 09, 2013, 06:37:33 PM »
did you get contacted by CPS before sending 1dx?  I am still waiting for notice!


I just sent mine in.  First one last week on Wed. afternoon.  CPS sent email Thurs. morning with copy of Service Details.  Had it back Fri. afternoon.  Sent second one yesterday.  Got email of Service Details this morning.  Guessing I will have it back tomorrow afternoon.

Kudos to CPS Canada for the prompt service and turnaround.  From Sask. to Ont. and back in less than 48 hrs.

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