While we're on the bug theme... 100m 2.8L Macro IS
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Funny..I was just reading and researching on this subject.
Is there not an official Canon screen replacement...vs this 3rd party one the OP was talking about?
Where are you? You are welcome to use mine.
South Lanarkshire, just below Glasgow in Scotland.
Wow, I wasn't expecting so many great responses!
It's true I've only shot with a few primes (the Canon 100L & 200L, and Sigma 35 Art), so my experience is limited in that regards. But like I said, I rarely zoom in and out in between the widest and longest ends of my zooms, so it seems only logical that I could benefit from the lighter weight and faster aperture of primes; granted I'd be losing out on the convenience and versatility of my zooms if I choose an either/or scenario.
So I think what I'll do is purchase the 40 pancake and 85 II for now and see how I cope with not being able to zoom. I actually returned the 24-70 II a few weeks back (forgot to update my sig) due to $ constraints, but I grew very fond of it while I had it. This is why I'm in a position to make a switch now.
If I go with the 24-70 II again or the 24 II, I'd buy it reburb from the Canon store (as I did with my 70-200 and will do with the 40 and 85 as well). Or, for the cost of a 24-70 II, I could buy the Tamron equivalent AND the Sigma 18-35. Basically, I have about $3800 to spend and I'd have that much more if I sold the 70-200 to reconfigure my kit. IDK, all your input has got me really thinking and torn whether this is the best decision, and unfortunately the closest camera store with any of these lenses in stock is over an hour away
I currently have the exact same setup -- 5D3, 300 2.8L IS MkI and I am currently looking for a 2xIII. I PM'd another CR person several months back -- username "Harv" -- and he had sent me some samples of pics with that rig and I have to say they were totally crisp and clear.
Based on Harv's examples, image quality looks fantastic and at about 1/2 the cost of a used 600mm but with all the maneuverability of the 300.
It is sharpness and AF quality that is my main concern with the combination - I know the 300 is sharp but it's how much the 2 X III TC effects it.
I am a long time reader of Canon Rumours. Today i would like to have your opinion.
I own a 7D, a 100-400mm, a 15-85mm and a 50mm f1,4. I am not a pro, but I am really enthusiastic about photography. I mainly do wildlife, landscape and travel photography. I am very happy with the 7D but for wildlife (here in belgium) photography I often have to raise the Iso up to 1600. Which is already a lot on the 7D. So I am thinking about getting faster lens or a 5Dmiii for it is better iso performance. I cannot afford the 200-400 f4. So I was thinking about the new sigma 120-300 with a tc 1,4.
What do you think? What would you get? Both? If so in what order to spread the expense? Going FF i would loose the extra reach previous switchers' opinion on that are welcome.
Thanks a lot for your comments, advices,...
Hi, me again.
So on the gift thing, this is actually from my parents in a way, it's a thank you for managing their estate; my dad died first and I took care of the finances for my mother for about a decade. Never took anything for all that work except for this lens. My dad shot wild life and I suspect he'd both approve and think I'm crazy (which is prolly true).
The tools I have so far to help are a manfrotto monopod (I think the same one as shown in this thread), a gitzmo tripod w/ a ball head (yeah, I know, need a gimbal head, trying to decide between the wimberly and the mongoose). All left over from my Dad's stuff.
The tripod is pretty useless without mirror lock up and remote release, this is too big of a setup for it to hold it still when the mirror moves. Is that normal or not?
I've also found on both monopod and tripod that if I don't use IS when just taking a shot w/o remote release then things are blurry.
I haven't yet tried doing multiple shots, I'm doing single shots. Does everyone use continuous to get keepers?
With the monopod I have to use IS, I can't hold it still enough.
The comments about this being like shooting are spot on. I target practice with a .30-30 and the feeling is very similar. No recoil though.
I don't consider myself particularly buff - I think most people could hand hold this if they prop the left elbow against their chest - I thought that was standard technique for any longish lens?
When shootin portraits i only use single point autofocus and i have no problems, even with my 85 1.2. With my kid running all over the place, i use case 1 and try to keep the focus point on his eyes and everything is fine to. Have you tried to microadjust your lens? This may be the problem...
Hi thanks, yeah, it's been calibrated by Reikan Focal. And I do get most shots in focus, andeven miss by 2 cm the shot is useless.
I have tried googling about inconsistencies in AF with the 200mm f2.0 and 100% of the hits I find is the opposite, NO inconsistency, incredible accuracy etc etc. And I'm very used to the 1dx, and I had MUCH better hitrate with my 70-200 mk2, so I'm starting to think that there might be something off with my lens...
That's an expensive item to be just a paperweight. Don't think twice. Send it in to Canon for evaluation. Or exchange as defective if it's still in the exchange period.
Thx Kernuak & Romain!
@Kernuak - Haha, I was kinda iffy about the dust texture. Got a few comments saying they liked it and a couple who weren't very fond of it But this was shot wide open on the 50L @ f/1.2 (with an ND Filter attached), and an Alien Bee AB1600 to the right of the model. Pretty much all!
Between all the outstanding photos in this thread and a bit of a windfall coming to me, I confess to being terribly tempted to skip the 5D III and live a little...I like the way you think Jim! Good luck!