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Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: November 14, 2013, 04:38:43 PM »
There is also another comet I the morning sky called lovejoy.  It's a little brighter right now than iSON.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Expected pricedrop for the Canon 1dx?
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:03:09 AM »
Hello, long time lurker and first-time poster!
I have a question regarding the 1DX.  Currently I own a 5d2 and a 5d3, both gripped and nearly a dozen L-lenses and I use these bodies almost always together on an assignment. Through the CPS-program I was glad using a 1DX for a month and it blew my mind for how accurate this thing really is in low light (80% of my work environment) across the whole AF area and the output of the images are simply outstanding! Man what a magical camera this is! I'm back using the 5d3 now, even though the images and the controls are very similar but it is a lot harder to get the keepers I want (and slower/tracking to focus).  I never knew the difference would be this big for me and I find myself missing the 1DX tremendously.
Now to my question and the need vs want dilemma. Even though I could afford the 1DX now, but it will hurt my pockets deeply and I would rather use those funds for traveling and taking more pictures! The price is a little too high for me and seeing the camera is out for quite some time, do you think there would be pricedrop in the near future? I considered to buy it second hand and I see quite some good deals but my insurance cannot guarantee full service so that is a problem. For me the near future is in and around Q1 2014 where I have a shitload of assignments piled up until the summer and a camera this capable could be really useful in those situations.
Thanks!

My thought on this is if you think you can make up the cost of the camera through your assignments then don't think twice.  If you won't ever make up the difference then stick with the 5d3.  If you can write off the depreciated value as a tax loss then you might be able to play some shell games.

Otherwise it doesn't make sense unless you are buying it for fun.  Business is business and should be mindful of how long it will take to recover the expense.

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Lenses / Re: The 100-400 or the 70-200 f2.8 II+2x Mark III for wildlife
« on: November 09, 2013, 05:29:34 PM »
I used to use the venerable 100-400 for wildlife and bird shots. After I bought the 70-200 f2.8 II I started to use that, coupled with the 2x III extender, for the same purposes. I had read mostly negative reviews about extenders, but, to my amazement, the images I get out of this combo are nothing short of astonishing. IQ is equal, or even superior, to the one produced by the 100-400. Autofocus speed, however, takes a hit, which is visible. Still, that to me seems to be a bit faster than the autofocus speed on the 100-400. I'm tempted to use the combo, instead of the 100-400, now, but its weight discourages me to do that, if I'm shooting without a tripod. What do you guys think?

I agree with your analysis.  I returned my 100-400 in favor of the 70-200 with 2x and 1.4 extenders.  The AF lock on the 70-200 is much better.  I discovered that the 100-400 wide open suffers from coma issues and the AF system has some trouble with that.  The 70-200 is pretty sharp all the way open and allows the AF system to do a better phase detect on edges.  I believe the AF is slightly faster too but difference is really not noticeable.  What is noticeable is that I had more keepers and less missed shots due to AF hunting.   You can also just use the 70-200 as a portrait lens.  The combos give many more options.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 09, 2013, 08:52:59 AM »
Having used both and now own the 5diii, the two cameras are purpose built.  The 1dx is geared up for sports photography and the 5diii for event and wedding photography.  I mainly shoot wildlife which is somewhere in between.  The 1dx is a fine camera that excels in many areas that the 5diii can not.  However I chose the 5d3 for several reasons.  The higher megapixel sensor on the 5d3 produces smaller noise patterns than the 1dx.  I can crop a 5d3 shot tighter than I can on the 1dx...though at very high ISO the 1dx wins.  However the 5d3 is very usable up to ISO 3200 with some post processing and noise filtering.  Second, the 5diii in quiet mode is nearly silent.  It's the quietest dslr made and allows me to shoot closer to wildlife from a blind without scaring them away.  You can also shoot during a wedding ceremony without turning everyone's head.  Lastly the size and weight were an issue for me.  The 1dx is quite heavy and large.  I try to travel with a small backpack and the 1dx was too large to pack.  I can fit a 5d3 with a 300 2.8l plus extenders and one other smaller lens into a street walker pro backpack.  Not so with a 1dx.

I do miss the 12fps but while I had the 1dx the shutter scared away most of what I normally photograph.  I believe the upcoming 7d mark ii will fill the gap for me once it comes out.

You need to decide if the features of the 1dx are really something that you need or not.  The 5d3 is my workhorse right now and has worked well through most every situation I have found myself in.  It should be considered a primary camera and at least a backup to a 1dx if you choose to have that as a primary.

Hope some of my comments help you decide.  You should consider renting both before purchasing.  Might save you some anguish later.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:39:52 PM »
One more - 100mm 2.8L Macro IS


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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:37:21 PM »
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?

TIA,

cayenne

Just to clarify, the screens offered by focus screen.com are actual new canon mfg screens that have been modified for use in 5diii.  They are not 3rd party screens.  The trick is modifying them without damaging or getting the screen dirty.  We'll see the condition when mine arrives.  I will run some exposure tests before and after and will report back to this thread.

Previous reports have indicated a slight over exposure which in my opinion is en enhancement on the 5diii.  I'll let you all know how it goes.

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Just ordered the S screen.  Used that on another body and makes it much easier to focus manually.  Just note that in the ordering process I had to use the 2 letter state code in The shipping address where it was spelled out n the billing address.

The guy is probably losing a lot of orders because some can't get through the cart process.

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Lenses / Re: Issue with second hand EF 300 2.8 IS..Thoughts???
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:35:08 AM »
You didn't indicate what kind of deal you got.  However the lens is a fine piece of equipment which would be worth having canon clean up for you.  I wouldn't trust anyone else.  Canon will also put back together and perform an optical test and readjust to spec....something a 3rd party repair facility may or may not do.

If you got a good deal then it's worth it to get repaired.  I got a used 300 with a bad IS module.  But I got a good enough deal to cover repair and shipping.  It came back as good as new from canon.

If you can't get it refunded then just get a quote from canon for the cleanup, get it fixed and strike it up as a lesson for next time you buy a used lens.  Either way it's a great lens and after 6 months of use you won't think about this any more.


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Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: October 04, 2013, 05:08:29 PM »
The issue with their study is that it's based on comets that have visited the sun before.  iSON is believed to be one that is not in an orbit...yet.  The going theory is that new comets out gas more at a farther distance and comets that have been here before have already been boiled by the sun.  No one has studied a comet to this degree before and certainly not one that is a new visitor.

Regardless of wether the comet is spectacular or not as it comes around the sun, I'm hoping for a really good meteor storm in mid January as the earth passes near the edge of its dust tail.


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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300 mm F/2.8 L IS USM Lens with a 2X III TC
« on: September 25, 2013, 07:32:04 AM »
Where are you? You are welcome to use mine.

South Lanarkshire, just below Glasgow in Scotland.

Sounds like a road trip!

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Lenses / Re: Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 25, 2013, 07:31:18 AM »
Be careful and check out your 24-70 II when you get it.  I could not get a good one.  I could not get them to AF as accurately as my mk I version on two different bodies.  I had high hopes but decided to return the last one and keep my original.  Now I am exploring primes in that range. Got an 85L which I am infatuated with to a fault.  Not exactly in that range but working my way down as my bank acct allows.

Something else to keep in mind though most wouldn't realize...you also tend to get more light transmission with a prime in general than with a zoom.  The additional optical elements can give you up to 1 stop less light even at the same f ratio setting.  Could be important if you do a lot of low light shooting.  One example I can give is that comparing my 100L with my 70-200L mk II at the same f stop and focal length, I lose 2/3rd of a stop worth of light on the zoom.

Might not be important to you but just be aware in your decisions....and test your new lenses every which way and then some to make sure it lives up to your expectations.



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 :(

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300 mm F/2.8 L IS USM Lens with a 2X III TC
« on: September 23, 2013, 04:40:46 PM »
It does take a subtle hit.  You also lose quite a bit of AF speed.  If you have to deeply crop it's a no go.  Shoot close to full frame and it's fine.  Sure is cheaper than a 600

Hi Scott,

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.

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Landscape / Re: Show your Sunday shot of today
« on: September 22, 2013, 06:05:25 PM »
Took this out on a walk by my house. 
5DIII,  300 2.8L IS +1.4x iii, ISO800 f5.6 1/60sec


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Lighting / Re: Ring Flash
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:14:43 PM »
I picked up a used canon ring flash.  It also doubles as a trigger for remote speedlights so there is some value there for wedding or portraits use...particularly if you have a 5d3 or other camera without an integrated flash.  I've found that the full front on ring produces a pretty harsh lighting.  I usually use fractional power or shift the power to the left or right tube.  I then let the speedlights provide the main lighting.

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