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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f4 L lens for sports photography?
« on: January 23, 2014, 12:36:19 PM »
I have a 5Dmk3 and the 7D.  I rent the 300 f4 often for sports but have been holding off to buy to see what Canon releases this year.  I much prefer the 300 f4 on the 5D over the 7D - the backgrounds are better and the focus speed and accuracy is much better.  Yes, the 5D is slower frame rate but the keeper rate is significantly higher at the end of the day with the 5D. 

I had the same thought with the crop factor getting out to 480mm but, personally, did not find any advantage to this except with birds.  For sports with the 300mm the 5Dmk3's autofocus works with the 300mm f4 so much better it has actually made me want to sell off my 7D - I would rather pop on the 1.4x extender on the 5D set up and crop from there.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mark III or 6d or stick with 7d
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:30:33 AM »
I made the move from 7D to 5Dmk3 at beginning of 2013 and am very happy.  The ISO performance is much better, love the focusing on the 5Dmk3 - I am often still amazed how quick the 5Dmk3 will pull focus where the 7D would just hunt (especially in low light).  In general, the raw files from the 5Dmk3 offer more room to play- lighten shadow details and clean up noise. Rent a body from and play with it for week to see to how it fits with your shooting style, that made up my mind. 

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon Refurbished
« on: April 20, 2013, 10:05:58 AM »
I purchased a refurbished 5Dmk3 six weeks ago when Canon marked them down to $2379.00.  It had less than 100 shots taken on it and looked brand new.  It has performed very well and I would definitely buy more refurbished items from Canon when on sale.

Lenses / Re: Best sports lenses for Canon 7D
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:05:09 PM »
I have both the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and the 70-200 f/4 IS (wife has now claimed the f/4). I prefer the shallower DOF that the one stop gives you with the f2.8. It really isolates the subject. It is also quite a bit heavier. I also had the 70-300 non L and while I got some nice sharp shots at times, I also got the opposite - some soft images. My 2 cents.

+1 The 70-200 f2.8 is the way to go with the 7D - I have shot over 30k pics of my various kids sports with this combo.  Well worth the extra money IMHO.  I purchased a 5Dmk3 a few months ago and the 70-200 takes on a whole new meaning with FF, it will be a lens that will last you a long time and is very versatile.

Lenses / Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:30:12 PM »
The 70-200/4L will give you better IQ than any of the other options.


I had the 28-135 and the variable aperture and inconsistent image quality drove me nuts.  The 70-200 zoom range takes on a whole new view thru a FF compared to a crop.  I use my 70-200 2.8IS 70% of the time on my mk3.  Maybe look for a marked down Canon refurbished 70-200 with IS.

EOS Bodies / Re: refurbished 5d III, what do you think?
« on: March 08, 2013, 01:30:33 PM »
I am a big fan of the high end refurbished gear (when the price is right) and purchased a 5Dmk3 earlier this week.  The L lenses and high end bodies are built to perform in environments beyond what I will use them in.  There is no reason for me to pay full price for a tool I use for a hobby and pleasure if I can get a moderately used one at a good savings.  If they have been thoroughly reviewed by a Canon technician and certified to meet specs I will buy these items all day when they are 15% or more marked down off the refurb price.  The only time I buy new is if Canon or Apple release a game changer product - and neither has done so recently IMHO - or the new product is discounted significantly.  Another good source, I have found, for used items is  Watch their sale listing as they will mark items down that don't move.

To me, $12,000 dollars for a "18 MP still camera" seems a bit on the steep side. 
Especially so when I can accomplish the same thing in Servo Mode and Photoshop Stacking.

Watch the video, it's not about an "18 MP still camera".  It's about pulling images from 4k video - not something you can do in Servo Mode and Photoshop.  I agree with you on the price being steep.

Software & Accessories / Re: Good GND filter to go with new Lee system
« on: February 28, 2013, 01:47:46 PM »
I have a Singh-Ray 3 stop soft grad and a 2 stop hard grad and find this to be a very versatile combination.

Technical Support / Re: Why won't mountain lion find my 5D3?
« on: February 24, 2013, 09:23:24 AM »
Have you tried different interface cables between your camera and computer?  The cables have always been the trouble spot for me when my camera and mac wont connect as described.  The cables are very cheap and the connectors can be compromised easily - especially if you have young children around who like to put things in their mouth.

That makes more sense :-)

The main reason I gave up on Aperture was because it is such a resource hog, get the maximum RAM you can and then take whatever steps you can to maximise your workflow. Things like splitting your library into smaller, more relevant libraries, limiting other programs open at the same time, simple stuff will make a good difference.

+1 Aperture is a resource hog.  I also found Aperture to be a poor with RAW conversion and noise reduction, it has improved but still lacking far behind LR4.  Aperture is great for file management.  You may consider LR4 before you get too far down the Aperture road.  More RAM will help with both programs.

EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:01:52 PM »
Anyone know what Canon camera is in this below linked picture?  Never seen one with the red piece by the hotshoe.

Update:Even more suspicious is the Canon logo has been removed, this has a pop-up flash and looks to be in new condition.  Can't place the lens either the more I look at this - size wise looks like the 85mm 1.2 but the bulge appears different by the camera mount from the current 85,1.2???

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 05:48:53 PM »
Sorry, a little off topic.  Anyone know what Canon camera is in this below linked picture?  Never seen one with the red piece by the hotshoe.  Looks like a 7D is why I am posting on this thread.

Update:Even more suspicious is the Canon logo has been removed, this has a pop-up flash and looks to be in new condition.  Can't place the lens either the more I look at this - size wise looks like the 85mm 1.2 but the bulge appears different by the camera mount from the current 85,1.2???

I second staying on the grounds if possible.  Makes the whole experience more relaxing but more expensive.

My last trip to Disney I carried the 7D, 24-105L, 50 1.4 and a Joby tripod.  Just stored the lens not being used in a common backpack in a plastic bag in case something spilled or to protect on water rides(as mentioned above).
Kept the 24-105 on during the day when lighting was good and switched to the 50,1.4 at night to keep ISO a low as possible on the 7D.

I would not do a point-n-shoot.  When you look back at the photos you will regret it if you want to enlarge some.

Have a fun trip!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: January 09, 2013, 06:34:00 PM »
you must start to pay tax like  other countries and  and not live on borrowed money.
take a look at your debt. (what  has  this to do with the subject in this thread?)

What country pays a tax and to whom do they pay this to???  Agree with you on the borrowed money part if you are referring to the US.  The US is hedging off inflation (among other things), and has been since Greenspan, to the point that within 2-3 years the initial price of the 5D3 at $3499 could seem like a bargain...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:18:34 PM »
Little different idea...get a good photo printer. Your obviously doing well on income to just buy this stuff as a hobby. When I added a home printer it made me grow as a photographer, I felt like I had more control over the process and owned the photo. It is completely different, IMHO, to hold your print than to just look at images on a computer screen. Another benefit was my kids got more interested and are learning the art of photography now as well.

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