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1D X Sample Images / Battle of Williamsburg re-enactment
« on: August 13, 2012, 04:02:47 PM »
I shot these last Saturday handheld on my 1D X, exclusively with the 70-200mm f/4L IS.

A couple comments from my experiences with the 1D X this weekend:

First, the higher frames per second helped a lot. If I timed everything in the ballpark of when the troops were going to fire, and I just held down my shutter button, I couldn't miss it. Yeah, it goes by the generally negatively-viewed method of "spray and pray", but you know what? Sometimes you need it. The 12 fps didn't disappoint at all. Additionally, the buffer was large enough to take a lot of consecutive RAW shots and store them on my memory card without any buffering delays.

Second, I was pretty under-exposed in some shots, but I was able to bring out the shadows in their clothing, for example, with ease. The RAW files allow me quite a bit of latitude during post-processing to overcome my mistakes while shooting.  Overall, I was pleasantly surprised that the metering was quite good, especially in situations where I needed speed and accuracy, and exposure was an afterthought.

Third, the sharpness was very good considering I shot many of these photos handheld at 200mm, and some are shown at a 100% crop!

Fourth, it was raining most of the day. I was there for several hours shooting in the rain, without an umbrella or a plastic bag around the camera. I had a hood protecting the lens, but that was it. The 1D X performed very well through the inclement weather, and I wasn't worried at all about the wetness.

Anyways, thanks for looking, and I hope you enjoyed these photos! :)

EOS Bodies / Why are you buying the 1D X?
« on: July 10, 2012, 06:37:41 PM »
My 5D3 went back due to what I think is a short related to the electronic viewfinder.  That being said, I am on the fence and strongly considering getting the 1D X instead.  I'm next in the queue at my local dealer, and if I decide to pull the trigger, I will have one by the end of this week.


For those of you who have purchased a 1D X, I'm curious as to why?  What makes it worth it to you?  Specifically, why would you buy one over the 5D3?  Of course, specifications-wise it's better in almost every way, but it's nearly double the price.  I'm sure many of you guys are pros, who have previously owned a 1D series.  I don't have any experience with the 1D, so is the build quality really that much better than the 5D series?

I would appreciate any input that would help me decide...  I'm either getting another 5D3, or upgrading to the 1D X.  I'm sure I'll keep either body for a long time to come (my last camera was a 20D that I've kept for nearly 7 years).

Thanks for your help!

I told my buddy I wouldn't post this yet, since we'll be working on a thorough review and comparison of both bodies... but I couldn't wait.    ;D

We're going to be spending at least the rest of the week with both cameras, testing them in a variety of conditions.  However, we would like some input if there are any specific comparisons you would like to see.  How should we test for those comparisons?  We appreciate your suggestions.

We played with them for a couple hours today, but I'm not going to tell you my initial thoughts just yet, since we're working on a more formal writeup.  You may be surprised (both Canon and Nikon folks).  Thanks!

Software & Accessories / recommend me a backpack
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:32:51 PM »
Hey guys,

I was wondering if you could recommend me a backpack.  I current have a Lowepro Flipside 300, and although it's quite handy around town, it not big enough for long distance travels.

I'm looking for something that'll carry:
5D Mark II with grip
50mm f/1.4
24-105mm f/4L
70-200mm f/4L
100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

Additionally, I need to be able to carry a 15" Macbook Pro, associated chargers, and a couple CF memory cards.

The two I came up with are:
Think Tank Street Walker Hard Drive
Kata PL-BG-203 Pro-Light Bug

But, I can't decide which to get.  Plus, are there any other good ones you recommend?  Thanks in advance for your help! :)

United States / Traveling abroad with photography equipment
« on: September 08, 2011, 08:38:32 AM »
I had a question for you guys/gals who travel abroad with your high(er)-end camera equipment.

I'm going to India with my family just for a quick visit (~2.5 weeks) later this month, and I've decided I would like to take my 5D2 along with 2-3 lenses with me (24-105 mm f/4L IS, 50 mm f/1.4, and maybe the 70-200 mm f/4L IS). Since they look arguably look like pro gear (and brand new, since I recently purchased these a couple months ago), I fear that I may have some issues with customs when I arrive there, or when I come back. What do you guys do to make sure that they don't give you any trouble and/or make you pay duties on your own personal equipment?

The other thing I need to think about before I leave is insurance.  Since I don't use my camera equipment professionally (i.e., getting paid), and only as a hobby, do you recommend any companies for this (besides State Farm)?

Thanks for your help!

Lenses / recommend me a telephoto lens
« on: July 10, 2011, 02:58:44 PM »

I was wondering if some of you knowledgeable and experienced veterans can recommend me a good Canon telephoto lens to upgrade to?

I currently have a 20D, but I'm planning on upgrading to either a 7D or a 5DM3 (assuming it's released by the end of this year).  I also have the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS lens, but I find it to be slow when focusing. Most of the time when I shoot with the telephoto, it's during the day, as opposed to at night.  But, who knows...  that may or may not change in the future.  If I shoot at night with it, it would be pretty rare.

The two lenses I was originally considering are the 70-200mm f/4L IS and the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS. I feel that although they are listed as telephoto zoom lenses, their seem to satisfy different niches. Obviously, there is a big difference in focal length, and if I'm not mistaken, we can attach the 1.4x or 2x extenders to only the 100-400mm? I've read the 70-200mm is probably sharper, and will be faster as well. Then there is also the enormous weight difference, where the 70-200mm is nearly half the weight and would be much easier to walk around with all day.

I'm not sure how the IS technology differs between the two lenses (assuming it even does)?  Based on your experiences, the body I currently have, as well as the body I plan on upgrading to by the end of this year (at the latest), what lens would you recommend and why?

Thanks in advance for your help! :)

United States / WVIL Concept Camera
« on: April 24, 2011, 12:07:17 PM »
I saw this on another blog and wanted to share it with you.  It's quite futuristic and stands for Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens.  The system lets you separate the point of view from the point of control.  It's pretty ingenious, imo.


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