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Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:39:17 AM »
My Tip? Use it as much as you can! I had to sell mine to get a 200-400 but really wish I had both. Try some field sports if you don't already for practice.

Andy

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Dual ST-E3s
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:33:35 PM »
Does anyone know if you can use two or more ST-E3's to control the same flashes? I usually use two cameras (1DXs) and would like to be able to use both at the same time (different lenses) to control my 3 off-camera 600's. I don't have two ST-E3's right now so I can't test it by manually selecting the same channels  . . .

Thanks,

Andy

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Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 05, 2014, 12:55:32 PM »
Ironically, I had my new conn 24-70 II break at the mount a few months ago after being dropped. In the article, Roger said it had a metal mount but it appeared to be plastic to me . . .  I was actually glad it was plastic and broke where it did. None of the optics were broken and the repair from CPS only involved replacing the mount ring . . . still $350 but cheaper than a new lens or glass. I think engineering a planned "break point" into a lens is a very good design decision and probably precludes more catastrophic damage.

Andy

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d mk III, the honeymoon is over
« on: December 24, 2013, 08:49:04 PM »
I vaguely remember getting an err 20 with my 5DIII when using a Lexar CF card about a year ago. Switched to Sandisk and have not had any problems since. Same thing with my 1DIV at the same time (while shooting basketball). Again, returning the Lexar card and replacing with Sandisk solved the problem.

My two cents.

Andy

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Technical Support / Re: Best Possible IQ
« on: December 11, 2013, 05:26:42 PM »
Just how big is this "coffee table book?"

I can't imagine it will be larger than the largest size print you would make from a 1D or 5D. The reproduction is going to be in CMYK at about 300 DPI, right? Which means it can't possibly be more demanding than an actual print. So long as you shoot at ISO 400 or less, what advantage would larger format offer?

What am I missing here?

You're not missing a thing. I'm a Medium Format devotee, but it's generally unnecessary without a specific need for what it offers. Some will tout the "look"...but only a trained eye can spot that. I got into it because I wanted resolving power for very large prints.

I have to say, if I was the one hired for this shot, I'd be using a 5D3 and a 24mm TSE. If I wanted more resolution, I'd rent the Schneider-Kreuznach 50mm PC lens and do some stitching.


5DIII and TSE lens would be the way I would do this as well. Shift the lens from side to side and the stitch the images. You might get a panning head to help keep the stitched images in lines as well.

Andy

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Best HDR Software?
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:57:56 PM »
I have both Photomatix and the NIK suite. I think NIK is slightly better for HDR.

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Lenses / Re: Pimped my lens!
« on: August 23, 2013, 10:16:48 AM »
Looks great. You can now shoot zebras unnoticed.

Fine, if you are standing among zebras.

This would allow stand in the middle of zebras and shoot the approaching lions without spooking the lions. :)

I'm going to take it to the zebra enclosure at the Nashville Zoo and see if I can get their attention . . . I can hear them commenting, " Hey check out the new guy! Is he white with black stripes or black with white stripes?"

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Lenses / Re: Pimped my lens!
« on: August 23, 2013, 10:13:31 AM »
I thought this fabulous lens (canon 200-400) needed a fabulous lens coat. . . .

Lenscoat and the others that sell these things don't have much besides bland colors and camo and are fairly expensive. I saved about $50 doing it myself and have something unique now. I know, I know what's $50 bucks after spending an arm and a leg on the lens but every bit counts . . . .

So, I bought some neoprene (3mm), seam seal and seam tape. I made this in about an hour. I don't do a whole lot of wildlife, mainly sports so no need for camo - just want some extra protection. . . .

I might re-do the top piece - working around the bump out for the tele-converter was tricky. . . . I'm also thinking about using the leftover pieces to make some cool clothes for the kids . . .

it looks cool as a wildlife photographer...but you may get some odd looks on the sports sidelines. :o

Thanks, better to be noticed than ran over on the sideline of a HS football game . . . Also helps when you are trying to sell images if they recognize you.

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Lenses / Pimped my lens!
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:25:43 PM »
I thought this fabulous lens (canon 200-400) needed a fabulous lens coat. . . .

Lenscoat and the others that sell these things don't have much besides bland colors and camo and are fairly expensive. I saved about $50 doing it myself and have something unique now. I know, I know what's $50 bucks after spending an arm and a leg on the lens but every bit counts . . . .

So, I bought some neoprene (3mm), seam seal and seam tape. I made this in about an hour. I don't do a whole lot of wildlife, mainly sports so no need for camo - just want some extra protection. . . .

I might re-do the top piece - working around the bump out for the tele-converter was tricky. . . . I'm also thinking about using the leftover pieces to make some cool clothes for the kids . . .

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135mm all the way. I use a 5dmk3 with a 70-200mm2.8 in low light levels all the time. With action you want all the speed you can get. Btw- the 135mmf2 has nothing to fear from any 70-200mm for portrait work. Honestly, sometimes the advise given out is very odd.

For volleyball, the 70-200L 2.8II would be my choice. Focus is nearly instant on a 1Dx and the zoom would be a must for me.
I shoot a lot of actor/performer headshots, and while I wouldn't give up my 85LII or 135L for portraits, the 70-200LII is also a great portrait lens...distance to subject to background being key factors.

Sell your primes and get the 70-200 2.8 IS II.

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I have a 17" MBP that is almost 4 years old. It has been great but is now slow in comparison to contemporary models and is missing a few things like USB 3, thunderbolt and solid state drives (although I could add them). I have heard that a new version of the MBP is coming out this fall and I plan to replace mine then. I looked at the MBA but it doesn't have as many connection port as the MBP and not as much internal storage. I have an external CF Card reader, an external HDD, an external monitor, a second external HDD for off-site backup and need a network connection. When I looked at the MBA, I couldn't plug in everything at once unless I also bought an apple monitor that I could use to daisy chain some other peripherals.

I think the speed on either would be fine for Aperture (what I used for editing and storage). Definitely get a large display for editing.

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Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: August 11, 2013, 09:56:07 PM »
I've read that the AF speed is good, but not as good as the big primes....which has me questioning weather I want this lens for shooting sports/action....any thoughts?

I got it for sports primarily. I am shooting HS football this thursday, so I will find out. I will use it on a 1DX so I don't think the loss of a stop (from 2.8 on my old 400) will be much of an issue, but I expect to get a lot more usable shots from the zoom. I think the difference in focus speed is on par with my old 400. I am sure the difference between it and the new super teles is only milliseconds and wouldn't be noticeable.

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Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: August 09, 2013, 01:20:18 PM »
It is available at Adorama. Been there for over two weeks. Go get! :)

Got mine today from Adorama! I think I am going to leave work early today to test it out.

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I think in this situation, less is more.  I would bring the 5DMIII, the 70-200, and either the 24-70 or the 50mm.  If I were doing this just for the Company, I wouldn't want to be bogged down with all this equipment, changing lenses, toting around a big camera bag, etc.  You want to have fun at this event too, I'm guessing.  Being outdoors, the 70-200 I think is plenty to catch the action up close.  The wide angle or the 50mm prime would be good enough to capture the scenery surrounding the events. 

I don't think you need a backup body.  If your camera bugs out, remember you aren't getting paid.  Same thing could happen with someone who volunteers with a point and shoot.

Less is more.

I agree, the 70-200 and 24-70 would be exactly what I would bring (I have them both and use both for high school sports, in fact that is what I use for indoor sports with a 5DIII and a 1DX). Along with a flash for dark situations, you should be good to go. If you can, you could add another 5DIII or 7D. I would prefer the 5DIII just for consistency and familiarity. It doesn't sound like you are going to be restricted to the sidelines or behind barricades like you would at competitive sporting events so you won't need the longer reach of the 7D and again not having to learn a new set-up would more than offset the crop factor IMO.

Andy


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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:59:01 PM »
I already have the version I of this lens and have been thinking about selling it and upgrading. Is it worth it? I also have a 1.4x III and use it to get close enough to 400 that I don't think I can justify getting the 400 as a second lens. I would also love to have the new 200-400 but the cost is just ridiculous although it would be perfect for me - I shoot a lot of field sports (soccer, football, baseball, lacrosse . . . ). So again anybody that has upgraded for the version I of this lens, was it worth it?

Thanks,

Andy

Hi Andy, if you can afford it, absolutely do it.

I was always impressed with the Version 1 300f/2.8, but the advantages of the Version 2 are immediate weight gain, this Lens is about as Hand Holdable (is that a word??) as the 70-200f/2.8 L II, it's amazing how they got this (and the 400V2/600v2) Lens so light. You will see an immediate gain in Focus snap on, this V2 focuses faster, I get a lot more In Focus shots now than I did with the V1 Lens, agreed, I'm now using the 5DMK III & 1Dx so some o0f the faster response etc perhaps go to the new Cameras, I used the Version 1 Lens with the 5DMK II & 1DMK IV.

I have the 200f/2, 300f/2.8 v2, 400f/2.8 v2 & 600f/4 v2, the 200-400f/4 I'll have hopefully by the end June this year, and the only Lens I intend then selling will be the 400f/2.8 v2, the 300 I'll likely die with, this without any doubt is the sharpest Lens I own. The 200f/2 is no slouch either, but it's not as fast as the 300 v2.

The 3 Lenses i have that I use the most & just love the Images that come from them, in order of Love, 300f/2.8 v2, 200f/2, 85 f/1.2 L II.

Thanks, I appreciate your thoughts - I thought about waiting and selling my 300 (and a kidney) to help finance the 200-400. I have no doubt that would be a perfect lens for me. Maybe they will come out with a 100-400 ver 2 - that along with a 300 ver 2 would be a great combo as well.

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