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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:07:27 PM »
I will say this: do NOT use flash!! Especially if you are front row. It's a safety issue (skaters can be blinded...).

Just use high ISO as necessary and live with the noise.

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:53:25 PM »
Hi, I have a little experience having shot a few skating shows recently...

One of the only situations I tend to prefer APS-C to FF...so I can get additional reach out of my 70-200. The downside is the noise...but at the required ISOs to stop the action you will get a good amount of noise with ANY camera.

But - I will say that even though I've been disappointed with noise levels (esp. using 7D and ISO 3200), not one person I've shown the pics to complained about the quality. So I wouldn't worry so much about noise...I would instead emphasize AF tracking technique and fast shutter speeds (I use 1/500 but for slower skaters you can get away with 320)...hope that helps.

Your T5i will do OK but if you want something better, try a 70D...or if the 7D II is available at the time of your show, that's another option. If you MUST have FF, I would go straight for a 5D III at minimum (if not a 1D series). The 6D is merely average at tracking and you will notice little difference in hit rate..

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 swap
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:03:45 PM »
I had 5 version 1 lenses, none were really good.  The AF issue is likely due to some 5 cent internal plastic guides that crack, or break.  You can replace them yourself.  Thher are also internal lens adjustments that seem to need tweaking over the life of the lens which goes out of adjustment due to bumps.
 
The 24-70mm f/4 is not likely going to be a improvement, its about the same as the 24-105mmL.
 
I'd recommend having your lens tuned up.  It might cost you $300, but you should see a big improvement.  The one weak area is the curvature of field, at wide apertures, the edges will be oof, or if you focus at the edges, the center will be soft.  This is a lens design issue and can't be fixed.  Its only apparent to those who obsess over IQ.

I have both the 24-70/4 and the 24-105 and the former is significantly better across the range and much better in the corners. Early copies that were reviewed do not seem to have been assembled that accurately; it has an unusually large amount of adjustable elements apparently.

I have both as well.

However, I have different impressions. Both lenses have their own strengths and weaknesses and I have come to the opinion that one can't truly replace the other.

The 24-70 has better:
IS
Performance at 24mm, particularly in corners
Distortion control at 24mm
T-stop advantage (slight increase in exposure despite both being f4)

The 24-105 has better:
Range (71-105mm)
Performance in the 50mm range (significantly better, too)
Performance at/near MFD

At 70mm both seem to be about the same TBH.

Now, you may mention that I didn't bring up the close focusing ability of the 24-70 as an advantage over the 24-105. Why? I find it to be incredibly soft, plus one has to get so close that the lens blocks light. Not that useful in my opinion, but nonetheless it may find some use when I can't be bothered pulling the 100 macro out.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:19:14 PM »
No, I will wait for reviews and the ability to try one in a store first, I think.

Also, the initial batches usually have bugs/initial issues that need to be ironed out first, especially with a camera this advanced. However, at the same time, I desire one sooner rather than later because of upcoming events...

The 7D2 and the 5D3 would complement each other extremely well as a combo...glad Canon thought ahead here.

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FOR SALE Photo Equipment / Looking to part with a few items
« on: September 07, 2014, 08:17:16 PM »
Hi all,

Within the next month or two, I'm looking to part with some of my gear that I find I'm not using very much. Would like to gauge interest on CR before I turn to other sources (eBay, store trade-in, etc.)

Anyone who is interested contact me for details. If interested in more than one item, shipping cost can be consolidated. USA/lower 48 residents only, please (it's too much of a hassle to ship internationally!) PHOTOS COMING SOON -  in the meantime contact me with any questions.

1) Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 STM (for the EOS M system).

- Bought new from Vistek in Canada. Used only a few times, practically in mint condition (well taken-care of!).  Still have original packaging. Will throw in 55mm HOYA HMC multi-coated filter, which has been on the lens since day 1.

- Great lens (sharp, etc.) but I find I'm just not using it enough to justify keeping it.

- Asking for $350 ($320 for lens + $30 to ship). Will be flexible to reasonable offers.

2) Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4-5.6 STM (crop cameras only)

- bought new from local store. Used only TWICE. Should still have original box (need to check). I have an extra-slim 67mm PROMASTER filter on the lens (since day 1...a $40 value). Great lens, especially with cameras like the SL1. I like this lens but I find myself wanting a little more. Besides, now that I'm using a 6D, I can't use this lens on that camera anyway.

- asking for $280 ($250 for lens + $30 to ship). IF not interested in filter, reduce price to $270. Reasonable offers will also be considered.

- PICTURES BELOW!

3) Canon EF to EF-M Adapter (GENUINE)

- bought new on eBay. Used a few times but still in very good condition. I do NOT have original packaging for this item however.

- Asking for $70 ($50 for adapter + $20 to ship).

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The items below are lenses I'm considering selling, but am not QUITE ready to part with just yet. But next month I will know for sure. Let me know if interested in any/all of these items:

4) Canon EF 24-105mm f4 IS USM
(Not committed to selling yet)

5) Canon EOS 7D

6) Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 STM

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WILL ADD PHOTOS LATER. Please contact me if interested in the mean time and I will send pics.

Thanks for looking!

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Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: September 07, 2014, 09:59:42 AM »
There's some stuff I'm looking to part with in the next couple of months or so...looking forward to see whether this pans out or not.

If it's not too late to be part of the test group...

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:45:07 AM »
EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
I'm guessing this means the 24-105L is at the end of the line? Or will they have 3 lenses, this (replacing the 28-135), the 24-105L, and the 24-70f/4L?


That's my thinking.

Although I don't really like that we have to lose the 106-135mm, especially as the only zoom lenses that reach beyond 105mm (besides the 70-xxx series) is the monster 28-300. BTW, a non-L version of that would be nice

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Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: August 31, 2014, 11:35:04 AM »
The price on the 24-70 f/4 should have been under $1K from the get-go. No way did it feel or perform like a $1500 lens.

Indeed although at this price I think it becomes a potentially significant lens, especially if your[sic] talking entry level FF sales.

Perhaps. The 35 f/2 IS came out at $800, but it wasn't until the price drop to $550 that I decided to pick one up. Decent lens, just overpriced (initially) for what it offers. Same with this new 24-70. I was interested in it but the price needed to come down. No way was it worth $1500, and I'm not even sure it's worth $1000. But pretty soon, used ones (or white box models) should be able to be picked up for $800 or less...now we're talking...

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Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:58:53 AM »
The price on the 24-70 f/4 should have been under $1K from the get-go. No way did it feel or perform like a $1500 lens.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:42:17 AM »
90% sure I will get one. It just may not be immediately though.

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Lenses / Re: Has anyone tried new 10-18 on a full frame?
« on: August 23, 2014, 08:58:38 AM »
I don't think the lens will physically mount on the FF cameras...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 02:52:34 PM »
So how confident is CR that this new camera will be called "7D Mark II"?

Sounds like a good camera on paper - only interested in one thing though and that is high ISO performance.

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I'm not a pro but I've shot some ice skating shows - same type of thing.

Using flash wouldn't even enter my mind as a remote possibility - as everyone else has already said, it's a safety issue and you don't want to blind the athletes/performers. Plus, its use is banned anyway (people with small P&S/smartphones fire off regardless). But that aside, I don't think it would even help very much...I prefer natural lighting anyway.

I know the noise struggle...especially at shows that are poorly lit and even 2.8 isn't enough (on the 7D) to stop action without overstepping the ISO 3200 boundary. I've tried DxO Optics Pro and while it's great at what it does, it is FAR too slow when one is dealing with hundreds of images...

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Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:58:16 PM »
Cool idea!

Is this fee going to be a one-time fee or a monthly subscription type fee?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 17, 2014, 11:14:41 AM »
Doesn't sound right...it must be some kind of mistake.

In fact, if it's Best Buy I'm almost SURE it's a mistake. Don't get me started with them...

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