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Lenses / Re: Safari lens advice: 200-400 or 500 f4 and 70-200 or 200 f2
« on: December 28, 2014, 07:37:09 AM »

i was in Namibia in january 2012 and going again next september to caprivi strip and victoria fall.
I had the following equipment :
5D mark III
24-70 2.8L II
70-200 2.8L II
2x extender III
low range tripod

Was happy of the pics i took with the gear i had.
Though a lens wider than 24 would be better for landscape.
70-200 is quite versatile, but you find yourself often short of range, while along with the extender it does the job bug can get slower.

One important advice is to be careful with dust. I tried not to change lens on field. Having the 70-200 with extender when it was full day safari, 24-70 during transition between locations or 70-200 alone when our guide told us we might encounter wildlife. You will see for yourself after a couple of days.

Big animals was ok with the 70-200 alone or with extender but forget about birds or maybe when quite close.

I was shooting always handholding while in the car, which is doable even with the extender but impossible with bigger lens. You might consider a good bean bag and a wimberley head on it.

If you can afford it the 200-400 seems like the best option to me. It covers a wide range which means you would not have to switch lens a lot and yet is not too heavy (well as i've read because i've not had the luck to use one).

Easiest option :
- your 1DX
- your 16-35
- rent a 200-400

Best compromise option :
- add a 7d2 for the 200-400
and keep always the 16-35 on the 1DX and the 200-400 on the 7d2 (with the internal 1.4 converter + the crop factor of 7D2 sensor, it's like having a 900mm lens on your 1DX)

Better options :
well i'm sure you will find people saying you need to carry all your lenses to have them in specific situations... dont forget all the shoots you might miss if you dont have your cameras ready all the time.

Enjoy your time in SA


more MP means you will see everything better ... it will improve qualities of our lenses... but it will improve defaults also!

When a lens as vignetting or chromatic aberrations issues... it will show up even more on MP bodies.
There should be no problems with the latest flawless L lenses (ie 24-70 2.8 L II) but older ones will render then point of having MP useless.

Put a great L lens on a low range body, you'll still get great photos.
On the contrary, put low range lens on a high end body... good luck to bring the best out of this !

I have one of the first 5D3s on the market.  I running the original firmware.  Do I need to update to each firmware to get to the latest, or can I jump right to the last version.  Also, how exactly do I update the firmware?  How do I get it on to the CF card without a card reader?

Hi, no you dont need to update  to each firmware, you can jump straight to the latest version.
To update without a card reader, you just need to install the latest version of EOS Utility and plug your 5D3 to your computer via USB. Then just follow the instruction you'll find on a pdf file inside the zip folder of the new firmware.

Hope it can help you and others.

Lenses / Re: African Safari Lens Help
« on: February 13, 2013, 06:33:24 AM »

i'm just back from 2 weeks in Namibia last month.

Here is what  i had :

5d mk3
24-70 2.8l ii
70-200 2.8l is ii
extender 2x iii

all fitted in a lowepro flipside 200 aw, which was pretty convenient to carry.

as you have 2 bodies, i'd say longer lenses on the 7d and wide ones on the 5d mk 3.

imho no need to have many lenses. just pick one carefully for each body and stick to it.
try to find a bag where you can put them both with the lenses already fitted to the bodies (it will save you time to clean).

consider a wide range tele like the 100-400 with maybe a teleconverter. it might be a more versatile option over have multiple lenses.

Technical Support / How to AFMA precisely without Lenscal?
« on: December 08, 2012, 04:54:20 AM »

i'm a new owner of both Canon EOS 5d Mark III & Canon Ef 24-70mm 2.8L II.

I've never done AFMA before. Is there any simple yet very precise way to do it without having to invest in things like Lenscal?

Would a Canon repair center do it (and at what cost since both items are under warranty)?

Thanks anyone for your advices.

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: November 28, 2012, 12:05:48 PM »
Never say never on such things.

It will happen, and it's forseable.

Why? Simply because every products no matter what the domain or when follow the same life curb.

I've not search FF body history and launch price for each item, but if someone can help remember those i would be glad to help and create a predictory chart so we can answer this question.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade advice: 6D or 5D2/3?
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:56:02 PM »
According to what you describe, a 5D mk2 would be well suited for you. with the arrival of the 6D, you can find it at a great deal.

EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:48:35 PM »
Well, look at the glass lineup Canon has and look at others... Canon Rules on this side!

So i am wondering... is there a Nikon troll who sneak in this forum to start that subject? Or are we all so fans of Canon that we are somehow blind at this supposed declined?

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: converting to dvd
« on: November 08, 2012, 05:05:50 AM »
what's your film format type and resolution (ie .mov 720x576 30p)?

Shrinking without losing any pixels... !!!

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 05:46:54 AM »
Correct me if i'm wrong but what's the point of IS in such short focal lengths?

With the release of 24-70 f/4L IS it will be a tough choice for some to decide with the 2.8 non IS version, what do you think?

Congrats on your new buy.

Enjoy it now! (and share your nice pics with us)

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 Mk II variation (by
« on: November 05, 2012, 04:08:46 AM »
Does AFMA can help change this?

What is Canon after-sales policy toward this random quality "issue"?

Lenses / Trip to Namibia next year... what gear?
« on: November 03, 2012, 05:05:21 AM »
i currently own a Canon EOS 400D (rebel xti)
and some lame kit lenses (18-55mm f4,5-5,6 & 80-200mm f4,5-5,6).

I have a trip sheduled early next year for 2 weeks in Namibia. For what i've read of the tour there will be a lot of landscape, as well as animals & people portraits photography opportunities.

So, if you had to go there, what gear would you recommand (even if it involve a massive upgrade of my current gear)?

Thx for you help.


so here is my story :

> bodies :
- early 90s  : 1st camera, a Konica Z up 28w (film P&S)
- 1995 : collection (never shoot with it) Canon demi EE 17 (inherited from my grand father)
- late 90s : 1st SLR (film), Canon EOS 500n (Rebel G)
- 2007 : 1st DSLR, Canon EOS 400D (Rebel xti)
- 2012 :
Sony DSC-TX10 (inherited from my late young brother)
(planned) Canon EOS 5D mk III

> lenses :
- late 90S :
Canon EF 28-80mm f4,5-5,6 (don't use it anymore)
Canon EF 80-200mm f4,5-5,6 (slow & not really sharp, tired of it)

- 2007 : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f4,5-5,6
- 2012 (planned) :
Canon EF 24-70mm f2,8L II
Canon EF 70-200mm f2,8L IS USM II + extender 2X III (in preparation of a trip next year to Namibia)

to be continued...

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