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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:32:55 AM »
Excellent news! I've had my mouse hovering over the buy button of a 16-35II or 14II for some time but knew as soon as I bought one something new would be announced.

Immediately interested in the 14-24 as this would sit perfectly with my 24-70 and 70-200II. Will have to wait to see what the prices and performance are like to potentially be tempted away by the 16-50.

So 6 months to become available and a further 6 months for the launch price to drop a bit?

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 + 2x teleconverter vs 100-400
« on: August 28, 2012, 11:29:16 AM »
I found this comparison pretty useful:

I wouldn't say there was much difference in sharpness between the 100-400 @400 and the 70-200 IS II with 2X III @400 but the 100-400 wins on contrast. I wonder if some RAW processing or post production could fix that though.

I agree with bbasiaga in that if you mainly shoot beyond 200mm then get a lens that has a native range you're after. TCs in my opinion are for occasional times you want more reach and only on sharp and fast lenses.

If I find myself using my TC a lot it'll probably lead me to sell it and get a lens that fits the bill better. But a TC is a good stopgap so you can priorities your money elsewhere.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 + 2x teleconverter vs 100-400
« on: August 28, 2012, 06:16:01 AM »
I had the 70-200mm f2.8 non-IS but wanted more reach since I've gone full frame. Have toyed with the idea of 100-400mm, 300mm f4 IS and the 400mm f5.6 but have decided to get the 70-200 f2.8 IS II and the Extender 2X III.

The Extender 2X III has arrived today but I'm still waiting for the 70-200mm f2.8 IS II to arrive so I'm unable to share my experiences just yet.

I can say however share my reasons for going down this route:

70-200mm f2.8 IS II is an amazing lens and worth the upgrade from the non-IS version. Sharper and with IS.

100-400mm would only be using this lens in the 200-400mm range as already owned the 70-200mm that does a better job in this range. From what I've seen, the 70-200mm f2.8 IS II with the Extender 2X III is nearly as sharp and still has the IS - will wait and see how the AF performs.

300mm f4 IS - I struggled to justify the cost of this lens at f4 when I could crop a shot from the 70-200mm at f2.8. I think this would be a great lens but I just don't think I'd use it all that much.

400mm f4.6 - this lens is supposed to be really sharp but the lack of IS at that range and speed worried me (I mainly shoot hand-held) and if I wanted to zoom out to compose a shot it would mean a lens change. I think at an event I'm shooing, as I only have one body, I'd be swapping this on and off way too much.

There are so many routes to go down I don't think there is a right and a wrong. You have to find what is best for you I suppose.

My 70-200mm f2.8 IS II should be here in the next few days - I'm also taking this and the Extender 2X III to an airshow in a couple of weeks so I'll let you know my findings after that.

I think the combo is going to be sharp enough for me... at this stage I've just got my fingers crossed that the 5D MKIII will be able to keep the AF tracking through the extender. Watch this space!

Lenses / Re: Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 23, 2012, 09:01:54 AM »
I'm heading to the Southport air show in a couple of weeks. After moving to a full frame (5D3) I'm no longer getting the reach from my 70-200 2.8 (non-IS) for this kind of event so I've just upgraded to the 70-200 2.8 IS II and the 2x Extender III.

I've heard mixed things about the extender but I think on a fast and sharp lens it should be ok. I'm also hoping the 5D3 tracking will help it keep up with moving subjects.

I'll have to wait and see - if it's rubbish then I'll send the extender back or keep it for much slower subjects. I wanted the 70-200mm IS II anyway so no problems there.

Great tips in this thread. Even though I'll have IS I still think I'll take a monopod to take the weight of the gear if nothing else. Will also help the IS and give me a smoother pan wit the IS in mode 2. It's a long day so loads of time to test a few different settings and shutter speeds.

We should all go away, get shooting, and post our results here.

I too sold my crop for a FF (5D3) and now I want to buy a crop as a second camera. Thinking about a 7D.

Before I do that though, I'm going to hire an extender for my 70-200mm f/2.8. These hire pretty cheap (in the UK at least). I'm going to get one for a weekend at just £10 then I can try out resolution and focus speed and tracking for myself.

I think renting one is the only way you're really going to know if it meets your needs for sure.

Lenses / Re: Lens creep. Is this normal?
« on: August 10, 2012, 08:14:49 AM »
Although my 24-70mm L thankfully doesn't creep while in use, if the camera is hanging down (Black Rapid) while I walk, it'll be fully extended (zoomed out in this case) when I come to use it. I've always had to be careful getting this lens out of the bag as if you pick it up by the front section it'll pull the zoom all the way before the body lifts.

I see the new 24-70mm L II has a lock so I'm guessing I'm not the only one who has this problem with the original.

Lenses / Canon 2x Extender III AF Performance
« on: August 04, 2012, 07:12:05 AM »

I took my new 5D3 out for a field test at a motor sport event and was very impressed with the subject tracking capabilities. I was using my 70-200mm and the AF Servo maintained focus from the cars coming into view all the way to flying past me. Perfect.

After just going full-frame I'm thinking about getting a little more reach and am thinking about the 2x extender. I'm happy to take the hit on aperture and IQ (extender III with 70-200 IS II seem to work pretty well together) but my question is about the drop in AF speed.

I read somewhere that AF speed is reduced by 75% but what does that mean in the real world? The lens I want to use it on focuses pretty quickly so is quarter of the speed still ok or an age?

Also, once focus is acquired, will the 5D3 still be able to track the subject or will it drop out due to the AF slower speed?

I'd love to hear from anybody that has this combo and has used it for motor sports. Is the extender mainly for static subjects or those moving across the way - rather than subjects whizzing towards you with speed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mk III focus calibration
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:42:51 AM »

It's the first time I've heard of this type of software. I'm tempted to buy it to run against my 5D MKIII. As only manual tuning can be completed on this camera do you think I'm best off getting the basic "FoCal Standard" version of the software?

I'd love to hear any stories people have of using this software - how easy is it (or otherwise) and did they notice much improvement.

Looks worth £20 to get sharper images out of a £3k camera with £1k+ lenses attached.

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f2.8 to 70-200mm f2.8 IS II worth it?
« on: June 27, 2012, 04:15:56 PM »
Wow! Some great example shots there - thanks for posting them. I can't believe the sharpness of that shot at 200mm handheld at 1/60th. Incredible.

Looks like my mind is made up. I'll throw my non-IS onto eBay soon and if it meets the reserve I'll do the upgrade.

Thanks for the unanimous decision... though I also appreciate the comment about the f/4 version. Although I know the IS is heavier than the non-IS, I've never really had a problem with the weight of any of my f2.8 lenses and I'm not sure I could be happy with a smaller aperture now I'm used to it. Definitely worth mentioning though so thanks for bringing it up.

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f2.8 to 70-200mm f2.8 IS II worth it?
« on: June 26, 2012, 04:57:23 PM »
Thanks very much for the feedback. My funds are still hurting a bit from the 5D3 purchase but I think this will be my next step - I was going to get a 16-35mm but I want to see where this 14-24mm talk is going...

Has anybody had much experience with the 70-200mm f2.8 IS II with the 2x Extender III? I think the combination is sharp enough for me but I'd like to know what people think of the AF speed - as it will be reduced. Can it still track motor sports etc even if it takes a little longer to get the initial lock on? I hear it's faster AF than the Extender II but I've not used either. I may rent before I buy but I'd like to hear your take on the subject.

Thanks for any replies

Lenses / 70-200mm f2.8 to 70-200mm f2.8 IS II worth it?
« on: June 26, 2012, 03:21:38 PM »
I'm just looking at the lenses I own and wondering if upgrading my 70-200mm f2.8 to the IS II version would be worth it. Now I've upgraded to the 5D3 I'm doing more low light work and I'm thinking the IS will be a bonus.

The test shots make the IS II look a little sharper and also it seems to work better with extenders. I just wondered if anybody on here had used both and what their thoughts were.

I think by the time I've sold my old one and bought a new one it'll cost me about £1,000. For that money I could extend my reach and options by getting a 7D or put the money towards a 300mm or 400mm.

Thoughts please?

EOS Bodies / Re: F1 Silverstone - advice with the 5D MkIII AF
« on: June 23, 2012, 05:23:04 AM »
I can't wait to see the results you get from the 5D3 at the F1 so please post them on here when you get back.

As stupid as you might feel, go and practice by a main road and test the different AF Servo modes on the camera and get your panning technique right. There is a mode in the manual that says it's good for motor sport but you also might want to use the one that ignores objects passing through the shot - I think this basically slows the camera's reaction to big changes in focus presuming it's something your subject is passing behind.

A few years ago I took at 100-400mm to the F1 at Silverstone. It was before I had my 5D3 (obviously) and my mistake was to keep the aperture as wide as possible to keep ISO down and shutter speed up. The images came out a little soft so my advice would be to keep reviewing your shots and try different things - i.e. don't be afraid to play with aperture and shutter speed and let your ISO work out the exposure.

If you can get to the track early you should be able to have a good walk around to find a good vantage point. All the main spectator areas have high fencing between you and the cars (for obvious reasons) but there are a few places you can get a good view of the track by either getting high up or looking through the gaps in the fence the marshals use to get in and out of the circuit with recovery vehicle etc.

I know people have already mentioned the IS modes but also remember the switch that reduces the minimum focus distance. This really helps when taking shots through fences and the focus won't keep jumping between the fence and the car.

Most of all, enjoy the day! It's a fantastic spectacle and if you've not heard an F1 car before you better brace yourself. When I went to Silverstone I watched the first few laps without touching my camera just to enjoy the event before I then started snapping away. Keep the camera ready for any safety car periods, installation laps and after the race when the cars are going slower.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking for a Camera Body upgrade
« on: June 21, 2012, 04:05:09 PM »
I just got a 5D3 and I'll tell you why. I actually wanted to upgrade at about time time the 7D came out but I really wanted to go full frame. I couldn't quiet bring myself to get the 5D2 because I wanted the AF and frame rate of the 7D. I basically froze in my decision then soon heard about the 5D3 so I waited... over a year!

I got my 5D3 this week and am thrilled to bits with it. It's everything I wanted it to be. The best of the 5D2 and the best of the 7D in one camera plus a little bit more. That's not to say I didn't hesitate when I saw the price of the 5D3 however.

If your main interest is landscapes then I actually think you'll appreciate a full frame camera more than a crop. And if fast focus isn't so important then maybe a 5D2 will be perfect for you. I like to shoot some sports which is why the 5D3 AF is so important to me.

Saying that, if you also shoot wildlife then maybe the 7D will be best for you as you can get longer reach with your current lenses and fire a burst of shots off to try to capture 'the moment'.

You know, you could always get a 5D2 and a 7D for the price of a 5D3. Then you could have a landscape camera and a wildlife camera. You'd never need to swap a lens when you're out and about again!

Do you do much low light work? If so the 5D3 starts to be the more attractive option.

As for your Nikon option, if you have lots of Canon glass then it'll be a financial loss selling old and buying new and a headache I'd want to avoid. I'm sure I'd be just as happy with a D800 but I've invested too much in Canon and there isn't as much between those two cameras as people make out. And for what it's worth, I prefer the look, feel and usability of Canon cameras... maybe just because I'm used to them though.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L [CR2]
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:50:26 PM »
I really want this lens! I was just about to buy a 16-35 f/2.8 II but think I'll wait until we at least hear more about this lens. It'd sit so nice with my 24-70 f/2.8 and my 70-200 f/2.8.

My only worry is it's going to be stupid money like the new 24-70 f/2.8 II. I think I saw a pre-order for £2300 which is over twice as much as I paid for the 24-70 I.

Canon, I'll give you £1,500 for it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:37:39 PM »
I literally just read this post then turned the lights off and took a few shots in a dark room and my 5D3 was locking on very quickly, even in the dark corners of the room on low contrast objects. I've zoomed in all the way on the preview and they're in focus. That was using a 50mm f/1.4. ISO was on auto getting up to 16,000.

I got mine just last weekend so maybe the newer ones are better. Have you got the latest firmware?

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