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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 26, 2014, 05:59:46 PM »
We are visiting a zoo this weekend.  This will be my first zoo visit since I graduated from point and shoot cameras.  I will take my 6D and either 70-200 2.8 II or 135L along with my 35mm f/2 IS for wider shots.  Its a mid sized zoo and most of the animals are reasonably close, mostly within 50 yards/meters.

The 135/2 is my zoo go-to lens.
Easy to carry, fast as heck!

Noticed you choose your 135/2 over your 70-200.  Do  you find the 135 has enough reach?

Yes, as you said- in a mid-size zoo (Houston) the animals are pretty close, so the 135 works very well (although I take a standard lens on a second body).


I think I will take the 135/2 and 35/2 and see how it goes.  We will probably be there for most of the day and I'm not sure I like the idea of carrying the 70-200 that long.  The f/2 lenses should do well for the indoor exhibits also.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:19:22 AM »
We are visiting a zoo this weekend.  This will be my first zoo visit since I graduated from point and shoot cameras.  I will take my 6D and either 70-200 2.8 II or 135L along with my 35mm f/2 IS for wider shots.  Its a mid sized zoo and most of the animals are reasonably close, mostly within 50 yards/meters.

The 135/2 is my zoo go-to lens.
Easy to carry, fast as heck!

Noticed you choose your 135/2 over your 70-200.  Do  you find the 135 has enough reach?

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART for Canon
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:06:53 PM »
A terrific review as usual Dustin.  Very thorough and objective.  This lens interest me but the AF issues have kept me away, and will continue to after reading your review.

I also love my 35mm f/2 IS lens and am hoping Canon comes out with a 50mm f/1.8 IS with similar IQ and size.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DR of Nikon vs Canon Article
« on: November 23, 2014, 06:40:26 PM »

EDIT:  I just noticed that this site has only reviewed 3 Canon cameras, whereas it has reviewed 20 Nikon cameras.  Similarly, it's reviewed 37 Nikon lenses and not a single Canon lens.  That would seem to suggest a bit of bias I think.

Photography Life is a good website, primarily focused on Nikon gear as the review totals indicate.  I think they are trying to expand coverage to include Canon, Sony and other manufacturers as well.  They have some good general photography articles and tutorials.

I agree that most articles praising the greater DR of SoNikon sensors seem to focus on lifting shadows of badly underexposed pictures.  I'd like to see some examples using well exposed pictures with high DR to see how the Canon and SoNikon compare.

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EOS-M / Re: Tele lens for EOS M?
« on: November 22, 2014, 01:30:07 AM »
... I only mount my 8-15L, 100L and Tamron 150-600 these days (there really aren't EF-M alternatives for these).  Probably not a coincidence that the long lenses both have IS since I shoot handheld with them M.  I do mount the Tamron on a tripod/gimbal sometimes and the M goes along for the ride.

Last summer I rented a Tammy 150-600 for use on our vacation in Alaska.  I used it quite a bit with good luck on my 6D, but was unsuccessful using it with my EOS-M.  I tried it several times when I needed more reach, but could never get it to auto focus.  Both attempts with this combo were to shoot wildlife (once breaching whales and the other time a grizzly bear moving across a field) at a distance that were moving rapidly in marginal light.  Just wondering what you use the M/Tammy combo to shoot and if you have experienced AF issues.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 7D mkII?
« on: November 21, 2014, 07:28:48 PM »
I think the 6D is a good general purpose body as long as you don't shoot a bunch of action stuff.  For six months after buying my 6D I kept my 7D to use for action, but I found I hardly ever used the 7D after getting used to the IQ and high ISO performance of the 6D.  I also found the 6D's AF to be more accurate than the 7D's for non sports applications.  I find the non-center AF points to be useful for many situations.

The 7D2 is a great option if you really need a top notch AF system.  I plan to rent one next weekend and try it at our sons high school basketball game.

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Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 02:58:33 PM »
Tough call.  Probably 50mm, but I like and use every focal length from 16mm to 400mm.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8L Mk II and 2x tele Mk II
« on: November 18, 2014, 10:57:03 AM »
I've owned both the mkII and mkIII version and really prefer the newer one.  Sharper and AF is quicker.  I think it's worth the extra money IMHO.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 04:43:40 PM »
Hope this rumor is true!  I'd love to see Canon breath some life back into the M line.  I really hope the M3 has DPAF an optional EVF and the 7DII sensor.

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Interesting thread.

Similar to the OP, I would love to add a 100-400 II to my kit, but my wife is already really unhappy with me over my recent purchase of a 16-35 f/4 IS.  So, it will be some time before I can get away with another significant equipment purchase - unless I sell something of similar value.  I have thought about selling my 70-200 2.8 II to fund the 100-400 II, but really hate to part with my favorite lens...  I have a 135L and 100L so have some portrait lens options if I sell the 70-200. 

I probably will not do it, the 70-200 2.8 is just to damn excellent and versatile, but its an interesting mental exercise.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 15, 2014, 09:10:48 AM »
My guess is that the next FF body to be released will be the 5D Mk4 maybe by June of next year. 

Personally, I feel that both 5D Mk 3 and 6D prices are pretty good now.  I'm happy with my 6D, but if I was buying my first FF now I would be tempted to get a 5D Mk3 at around $2500.  I paid $2100 for my 6D two years ago since I bought when it first came out.

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Lenses / Re: Critical View of 70-200 f/2.8 mkii+2xTC III
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:03:53 AM »
OK, so here is my dilemma, buy the 70-200 f/2.8 mkii+2xTC III or the new 100-400 4.5-5.6. I have a 5dII and will be using the setup to shoot cheerleading at night football games or cheerleading competitions is a gym. I’m concerned with having to set the iso too high in order to get a good shutter speed at night or in the gym. I wouldn’t need the 2xTC all the time, it just depends on how close I can get to the action.

+1 to what others have said already.  I've used the 70-200 II indoor at 3200 and 6400 ISOs at f/2.8.  Being focal length limited may affect the types of shots you get, but it's a good trade most of the time.  And if you really need the FL, then that is when the TCs come into play, but at least you have that choice.

Yes, for that use the 70-200/2.8 is a better choice, IMO.  I sometimes also take my 135/2 to indoor action events.

Agreed.  I decided to go with a 70-200 2.8 II and TC's since I frequently shoot between 70-200 and infrequently at longer focal lengths.  When I shoot indoor sports I use my 135L and 70-200 + 1.4x TC.  The 70-200 with TC's gives you great flexibility and a wide aperture if you need it.

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Lenses / Re: 24-105 IS STM: Better IQ than 24-105L?
« on: November 14, 2014, 12:27:26 AM »

How old is your daughter... I bought a SL1 for my daughter, who was 10 at the time (11 now) and she has maybe used it three times... I had an 18-55 for her initially, then a 28-135mm, then I let her borrow my 24-105 L, then I got her a 40mm prime.  I'm not sure photography is her thing...

I had a similar experience with our oldest son.  When he was 13 he showed some interest in photography, so I gave him my T2i(500D) 18-55 combo that I was no longer using (replaced with a 7D).  He complained it was too heavy compared to the little P&S he was using and almost never used it.  Other than a few cell phone pics, he doesn't do much if any photography now (he just turned 16).  Sometimes we want our kids to pick up or interest and hobbies, but they have their own ideas...

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:31:12 AM »
I expect Canon to come out with a new Rebel 750D/T6i next, just because historically they refresh the Rebel line frequently and its been 18 months since we have seen a new one.  I would expect DPAF to be added, probably using the 70D sensor with a Digic6 processor and maybe 5.5 or 6 FPS.  A refresh to the SL1 would come next.

I believe the Rebel line will continue to be "mirror-slappers" until the end.  If Canon comes out with an enhanced mirrorless camera, I bet its an M3 or maybe a new line all together.

For higher end bodies, I would expect a 5D MkIV next.  I assume Canon will stick with keeping the 5D line a great all purpose camera, so not 30+ megapixals.  My guess is Canon will come out with a high megapixal, landscape body to compete with the Nikon D810 as a different line, maybe a 3D?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 6d vs 24-70mm mark ii
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:09:49 PM »
I agree with those recommending the 6D.  I upgraded from a 7D to a 6D and for my style of photography (similar to yours listed) it was a terrific upgrade.  I also own a 24-70 2.8 II and its an incredible lens.  If you have a good copy of the Mk1, you will probably be happy with the 6D/24-70Mk1 combo for some time.

thanks for the comments, very helpful. 

In response, I typically shoot portraits and family shots.  I had a senior shoot last night and found that, in most situations, if I am patient and very deliberate with the 24-70mm, it will focus well, but it doesn't get it right every time like other lenses (most notably the 70-200mm). 

I didn't realize that the autofocus improvements on the mark ii are limited to 5diii and 1d.

The Mk2 focuses extremely fast and accurately on the 6D.  Some here claim that the 6D doesn't benefit from faster lenses, but in my experience they AF faster and more accurately than f/4 and slower lenses.

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