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Lenses / Re: Gear for upcoming trip to Italy and Greece
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:31:00 PM »
There has to be a compromise between bulk/weight and gear.  On a trip my "travel triumvirate" has always been the 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200 (I have a 5diii).  The wide is good for architecture, etc.  So your 16-35 will be valuable.  My 24-105 will be replaced by my new 24-70 f/2.8ii for future trips but 80-90% of my shots have been on the 24-105 travel lens.  There is an occasional need for some reach so the 70-200 is a nice addition so bring that.  I carry this in a Retrospective bag.  If I think a set of legs would be in order, I'll bring a Gorillapod.  If this were a birding trip, etc., then my glass collection would be greatly expanded. 

Have a great trip.  Enjoy the people, the food, the sights and take some great photos.

Lenses / 24-70 f/2.8ii made me a believer
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:21:16 PM »
I know this is a bit redundant for those of you who have used this lens but I recently gave it a good "workout" at my grandson's birthday party.  All I can say is, wow!

I used to think that the descriptions on threads, here were a bit overblown but, the colors really do pop and the contrast is really better.  Wide open, the sharpness is incredible.  The only lenses I used were this and my 70-200 f/2.8ii.  There are some shots where the 24-70 might have been "better" than that excellent glass.

Anyway, after debating about whether to get this lens, I am now glad I did.  I might just need to sell the 24-105.

Please, no flaming for no photos, BTW, but my family has a great reluctance when it comes to posting pics of the kids online.   

EOS-M / Re: EOS M or Sony a6000
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:06:06 AM »
FWIW, I have an M with which I have an ambivalent relationship and (while not the a6000) my wife as a NEX 7.  There is no doubt that the Sony is a very capable camera and that it has a lot of capabilities plus a wide array of compatible lenses.  The issue I have with it is it is just a bit difficult to use in terms of changing settings on the fly.  My M, which is way slow to focus (sorry but it does not compare to the 5Diii - but that's an unfair comparison) and hunts a lot with some of my EF lenses using the adapter but I can change settings quickly and the IQ is on a par with a Rebel.  Maybe it is just because I am so familiar with the Canon menus and already have a lot of EF glass, but I'd go with the M for a small package, and agree that an M2 through eBay might be the best bet of all.

Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: February 09, 2015, 11:19:30 PM »
So this is crazy.  Earlier, I voted and explained that I use my left eye.  I can prove this by the smudge on my glasses that I'll get from my eyelash touching the inside of the ocular lens on a hot day. 

But, this past weekend, I was at my Grandson's birthday party shooting away (70-200 f/2.8 ii and 24-70 f/2.8 ii with a 430 ex on my 5Diii) and suddenly realized that I was using either eye and, in fact, began to use the right eye more than the left.  I tried to think back as to when I unconsciously switched and could not come up with an answer.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Monopod - advice what to purchase
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:51:15 PM »
I have to agree that I'd look for lightweight and reliability without breaking the bank.  Been happy with my Sirui p-326.  It i a six-section CF with twist locks and it is really light and compact.  I have never used a ballhead on it since it is just for stability or "help" holding a load.  I've got an Arca compatible clamp (Sunwayfoto DDY-58) on top and I am all in for less than $150.

I'll sell you mine for, say, $300.


Seriously, lots of good options on eBay including cases with straps, straps (both neck and wrist), and supposed OEM straps.

EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 04, 2015, 05:39:01 PM »

I don't think that the camera limits my photography in any way- I do that all on my own!


When I moved to the 5Diii, I did so to get better IQ and less noise (had a 50D).  I am still trying to use this camera to its full potential.  No need to upgrade to anything else until I achieve that.

Portrait / Re: New Arrival
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:51:03 PM »
Congrats.  Enjoy the family.

So, with my tongue firmly implanted in my cheek (for those of you on this thread who are international, that is a saying meaning I am trying to be funny and don't mean what I am saying) you actually now have a very useful alibi for your G.A.S.  You really need that new camera equipment to get better photos of the baby!

 ;) ;) ;)

Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: January 27, 2015, 12:16:47 PM »
Easier to hold the camera steady with my left eye looking through the viewfinder.  Essentially, the eyecup is one point of contact and my nose / face against the body is another while my right hand is a third.  Otherwise, the shutter button and my right hand is off "in the air."

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag for tripod?
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:12:33 PM »
My Redged came with a bag and that is nice.  But, I used a pants leg from worn-out jeans with an old carry strap and self-made a carry bag for a set of sticks years back.  Was neither lightweight nor ideal but it worked when I needed it

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera Bag
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:05:35 PM »
+1 on the Loka.

Email their customer support with your list and they'll get back to you on the feasibility.  While YMMV, F-stop has been pretty up front when I've asked about differing sets of gear and which ICU would work.  My Loka has been through trips on 5 continents and I've yet to have an issue with it as carry on.

Lenses / Re: POLL: Which of these UWA options would you buy?
« on: January 25, 2015, 01:44:52 PM »
I've got the Rokinon 14 f/2.8 and the EF 17-40.  Been thinking about the 16-35 f/4 and selling the 17-40.  But, the lightweight of the 17-40 and the change in $ to get the newer lens has kept me from jumping.  I don't use the UWA that often and with post-processing, the final image is usually fine. 

Photography Technique / Re: Monument Valley
« on: January 25, 2015, 01:34:01 PM »
"When" is an important question.  Winters terms can bring freezing temperatures and in the summer it gets hot.  By August, the monsoon season brings spectacular cloud formations against a blue sky, but also the risk of storms and flash floods.  The Lightning can be amazing (but also potentially dangerous).

I'd really consider a guided tour of Monument Valley. You can do it on your own but a guide in their vehicle is easier and they have some local knowledge (things change in terms of wildlife, washes) not in any guidebook.  Last time I visited, I did not do a photo-centric tour but I am sure the various companies can help you.  Plus, this does support the local economy.

Lenses / Re: Advice - what to take to Europe
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:24:20 PM »
My most recent trip to Paris I carried my 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200.  The 24-105 was on the camera 90% of the time, the 17-40 a few times for narrow streets, and the 70-200 was used once.  This might just be my own style and bias. 

Since then I've had a couple of changes and I thought my new travel kit would be the 17-40, 24-70 f/2.8 ii, and the 70-200 f/4 IS.  I have a Gorillapod SLR Zoom than can hold the 5diii with the 70-200 if needed and did use that for night shots.  But, I am thinking about bringing the Eos M for a crop sensor if I need some "reach" and maybe trimming down to 2 lenses. 

I am very lucky that my wife understands my insanity.  We often wind up with her in a shop looking at antiques while I am around the corner taking some photos.  It works well for us and we both enjoy the trip.  The bottom line is that this should be a great time for both of you.

It is fun to watch market forces in action.

FWIW, I got mine in Sept 2012 for $2749.99 from a NYC authorized dealer (that we all know and use) on their eBay site.  I've been watching the prices since and knew they'd eventually drop. Basically, it has "cost me" $150 a year to upgrade from a crop body to FF, so I have no complaints. 

Needless to say, I am glad I did not wait to get this camera.  For those of you "on the fence" think about what you would have now instead of waiting for the price to come down another $100.  The import versus US is probably not an issue and is absolutely no issue after the first year warranty is over, but at the time I felt better with a North America warranty.

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