I have both Photomatix and the NIK suite. I think NIK is slightly better for HDR.
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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 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.
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.
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 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 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?
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.
wonder if you have a bad battery.Ha Ha - a few weeks ago I had a referee jump for cover when I first started firing the 1DX off behind him at a basketball game - he said he thought it was gunfire . . . glad he wasn't packing . . .
I got a loaner from CPS, and took it along a snowshoeing hike yesterday. I had it powered on the whole time, exposed to single digit temperatures - wind chill driven, and powdery snow. The is on the mounted 24-105 was on too.
Took 100 shots or so, and even after checking all the shots later in the comfort of a local bar, the charge was still above 85%
I find the grip ergonomics better than the 1dsmk3 or the 5Dmk2 with grip
Yes, the shutter it's a loud and solid clunk - and 12 fps scares nearby P&S shooters