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Sports / Indy Car Test Day
« on: September 18, 2013, 04:11:57 AM »
For those of you in the Southern California area, the Izod Indy Car Series will be having a test day in Fontana on Tuesday, September 24. The event is free to the public and if you are going to the race in October they are holding a Q&A session with the drivers, too. That should be good for some nice candid portraits.

Lenses / Supertele + drop-in cpl
« on: September 12, 2013, 10:04:38 PM »
For those of you with big white primes and the drop-in cpl. Do you leave the filter installed 24/7 and dial it in/out as needed for every shot, or do you take it out and only insert it when the shot dictates it?

Software & Accessories / Arca style clamps
« on: September 03, 2013, 04:21:52 PM »
I've seen the 1" Kirk clamp method recommended several times on these forums and always have the question come into my mind of, do you guys worry about the thumb knob of the clamp coming loose and your gear go crashing to the ground? All of the arca clamps I have are the RRS lever models, which seem pretty solid to me. No experience with the knob model ones to know how snug they are and if there is any slippage. Or am I just being too paranoid?

How about a arca style plate on the top of a monopod? Right now I use the 1/4"-20 screw on the monopod to attach the lens plate. Would it be safe to get a RRS lever clamp and attach that instead? How about when walking with the tripod/lens over your shoulder from one location to another? Is there any worry of the lens coming out of the clamp and tumbling to the ground?

Sports / AMA Motorcross - Red Bull Nationals
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:49:44 AM »
5D3, 300mm, f/2.8, 1/2000sec, ISO 100

5D3, 300mm, f/2.8, 1/1600sec, ISO 100

5D3, 300mm, f/2.8, 1/1600sec, ISO 100

5D3, 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II @ 145mm, f/11, 1/100sec, ISO 100

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 or 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 01:17:41 AM »
Lenses to be used in this scenario: 300 f/2.8 II, 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, 24-70 f/2.8 II.

When shooting anything action sports related I am pretty sure I would lean towards the 1Dx for the AF speed and FPS numbers. But, what about general purpose shooting of family/friends at events both indoors and out or nature and wildlife shooting? Is either body a clear cut better choice? Would the 5D3 be better in that you have more pixels to crop with? Or would the 1Dx prevail for a larger pixel size and overall IQ? Does one offer better contrast over the other? Or are they pretty much even in that regards?

All things like shooting conditions being equal. Is there any scenario where you would see a gripped 5D3 being the better option where you would consider leaving the 1Dx at home?

Third Party Manufacturers / New tripod suggestions
« on: August 17, 2013, 02:28:27 AM »
I just received my 300 2.8 IS II. Mounted with my gripped 5DIII and 2x TC III the weight feels like it is too much for my current Manfrotto ball head and tripod. I'm looking at getting a new tripod and gimbal head. The gimbal I am looking at is a RRS PG-02 FG. For legs I am looking at a Gitzo GT3541L series. Currently Gitzo is running a rebate at B&H for $200 on this tripod. I'm wondering if anyone has any input or ideas if this would be a good combination? Surprisingly there are not many reviews on YouTube for this tripod. Just some headless guy? with white gloves extending the legs, but I don't think that is much of a review. LoL

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Decisions decisions...
« on: August 07, 2013, 04:18:08 AM »
I'm at a mental impass. Everything I have read and learned about photography is glass glass glass. Do not go for the latest and greatest bodies because with natural progression to move to another body down the road your glass can travel with your growth. Which leads me to my dilemma...

I am trying to decide which would be the better item for purchase between a 1DX and a 300 f/2.8 II. I'm mostly interested in shooting sports and wildlife. While I do not do this professionally, I would like to start doing small things locally and see how far I could take it. I currently shoot with a 5DIII and 7D. For glass I have the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, the 300 f/4, and the 100-400, along with both series III teleconverters. I would really like to get the 300 2.8, but most of the venues I go to (Angel Stadium, Candlestick Park) will not let me bring in that big of a lens without a press pass. Not to mention I would feel kinda weird sitting in the stands with a lens that is larger than most people's head. LoL This then sways the argument back to the 1DX. But the voice in my head, we'll call him Fred, keeps repeating glass glass glass.

Then I think about it all and part of me says it is ridiculous for someone like myself, who is not making money from this, is even considering spending that kinda cabbage on a damn camera or lens. I remember a year ago, when I first started getting interested in photography telling a coworker that I want to upgrade my Digital Rebel camera for something newer. I told him my budget was around $750. Well 6 months and $35,000 later... LoL

Any thoughts for me and Fred?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5DIII AF area selection (sports)
« on: August 03, 2013, 05:15:23 AM »
Which AF area mode do you guys use when shooting sports? I have read a number of Canon reps and professional sports shooters saying they use "Auto selection:61 pt AF". Granted most of these are with the 1DX, but would that not be the case with the 5DIII? The only time I tried this mode was at AMA Supercross in Anaheim, CA. More times than not the AF system seemed to lock focus on the padded blocks used to line the track rather than the rider or motorcycle. Is there some setting that needs to go along with the 61 pt AF mode to get a higher pct of keepers due to focus lock? It seems like the only modes I get predictable results are "Expand AF area: +" and "Expand AF area: Surround".

Does the 5DIII have face detection like on the 1DX?

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