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Lenses / Re: Should I choose the 70-200 2.8 II?
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:02:17 PM »
Hi, the 70-200 + 5D3 is a killer combo but here is my opinion:

I have both the 70-200 2.8 II and the 70-300L + the 5D3. I rarely take the 70-200 with me if i'm going on a vacation or a trip. It is just too heavy for hiking/carrying around all day. The 70-300L is much better in this regard and as a bonus it's longer. If you add a 24-105 or 24-70 you won't need anything else for general purpose shooting.

The image quality is of course a bit better on the 70-200 (especially when stopped down to f/5.6 or f/8) but mainly noticeable in the corners. For situations other than very dark dawn or dusk or pixel peeping test chart shots the 70-300L will deliver quite good enough image quality compared to the 70-200 and does so in a much more travel friendly package. The IS and AF are also on the same level in my opinion. You can also ad a 1.4x Kenko TC but I've found almost no difference just cropping the image.

Then again the 70-200 will be used exclusively when I'm shooting an event, a wedding, sports indoors or portraits. But these will be things I will go to shoot for one or a couple of days as the main thing and not a holiday or a trip.

So in my opinion it depends on your shooting needs. If you plan to use the lens as a general purpose tele on vacations and trips then go for the 70-300L and maybe buy a 50/85 f/1.8 or a macro to accompany it. But if you must have the best IQ in a zoom or need the low light cabapilities for event/indoor shooting and are prepared to carry the weight around if you occasionally use it as a general purpose lens then go for the 70-200.

Or you can do what I did and end up getting both :)

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Very interesting release. Would be a great and light high system for wide landscapes while hiking with a 17mm TS-E or even the suggested dark horse Nikon 14-24 f/2.8. With the long teles (especially fast) the weight savings aren't that great and of course there's the issue of AF for tracking etc.

From the video
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that was linked to this thread a while back I have two issues though.

1) The shutter sound is quite loud vs. the recent silent modes from Canon. This I can live with.

2) Battery-life just plain sucks. The reviewer says "under 300 shots" with the A7r which is just laughable. Imagine a a week long hiking trip or even a weekend trip. All the weight you save vs. a 5D3 for example would be negated by all the batteries you would have to lug around... ;)

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My 5D3 (FW 1.1.3) works fine with the Kenko 1.4x PRO 300 DGX (blue dot) even if I have AFMA enabled. Lenses tested so far are 70-300L and 24-105L and both had AFMA adjustments by lens on both tele and wide ends.

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My 5D3 (FW 1.1.3) works fine with the Kenko 1.4x PRO 300 DGX (blue dot) even if I have AFMA enabled. Lenses tested so far are 70-300L and 24-105L and both had AFMA adjustments by lens on both tele and wide ends.

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Software & Accessories / Re: "Best" budget filters?
« on: October 26, 2012, 06:33:49 AM »
I use Hoya HD series filters. They are tougher than normal filters and are easy to clean. Much easier vs. a couple of the Pro1 Digitals I have. I can recommend them and they are not much more expensive than the Pro1 and good quality.

Here is a video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT6wBQR7iqE

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