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Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: November 16, 2013, 04:54:49 PM »
Too cloudy this weekend here in VA to take pictures.  Hope to get some with my 300 and 600.  Will likely shoot a number of short exposures and stack them.  Always seems to produce better results than longer exposures at high ISO.

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 16, 2013, 04:51:50 PM »
Honestly I use quick release for everything BUT my 600.  I can't come to feel comfortable relying on it to keep that much weight attached.  The wimberly accepts the rrs foot or other arca style plate and I don't find it too inconvenient to just release the plate and slide it out.  I would work without it first to see if it's something you really need on the 600.  It's a lot of money riding on a spring loaded catch.

Hi Morlin,
Just wanted to chime in regarding buying RRS in Europe. I live in Denmark and have bought various stuff including the LCF-53 replacement foot for my Canon 200-400 which I am really satisfied with btw. I went with a German based dealer which has pretty much all the accessories you can think of getting for wildlife and nature photograhy. They are not cheap, but I recommend them highly for fast delivery and restocking of soldout items. Check them out for yourself:

Big thank you for the link. I´ve been looking around on most of the biggest camera gear stores here in Sweden but at least on their websites they don´t have as much gear as this one. From this site I can buy all except the lens itself instead of looking all over Sweden stores to find them. Here I have leveling base, leg warmers and more stuff that I have been looking around a lot to find.

The tripods from RRS are very expensive and I guess I will go with a Gitzo anyway because there are limits on how much I want to spend. Most of all because I want more lenses and so on in the future as well and what I spare on a Gitzo instead of a RRS I can spend on other gear instead.

I´m getting more and more clear what to look after. A whole RRS setup might be the best but very expensive.

So with other words:

Gitzo Systematic series 3 the XLS because of the flexibility.
Wimberley gimbal head. Might go with the side mount (not the sidekick).
Leveling base. Might be the RRS leveling base.
RRS lens replacement foot.
Leg warmers
Lens coat
Quick release plate. Not sure which one to buy. Suggestions?
Teleconverter 1,4 mkiii
Drop in polarizing filter.

As mentioned earlier this is really new to me so I´m not to sure about all the stuff yet. One question.. The quick release clamps you can buy is that something that needs to be added or is the clamp on the gimbal head good enough?

Also been thinking a while of a better beamer but not sure yet. Not that much of a investment so I can look at that one later. It will also take a couple of month more for me to save some more money before I start pressing buy-buttons. The lens itself I think I actually will look for the best price in the local stores and go and get myself instead of order on the web. Like carrying your baby home for the first time. Haha.

Thank you all.

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 15, 2013, 04:56:28 PM »
Some people have reported difficulty getting the 600 in and out of the lowepro with lens coat on the hood and the hood reversed for storage.  Often the lenscoat will roll back or cause difficulty getting the lens into the case.  I solved that issue by slipping a plastic shopping bag over the end of the lens.  It slips right in and storage seems faster regardless as there is nothing to get hung up on the case.

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 15, 2013, 08:18:35 AM »
One area where an straight long leg is useful is when you have to shoot on the side of a hill or steep shore of a lake.  The extra length will extend below and still give you a comfortable height.  Now packing one is a bit more difficult.  All depends on where you shoot the most.

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 14, 2013, 11:08:36 PM »
Here's what I use with my 600 II:

  • Backpack: I have the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II, works great, holds the 600 with body and 2x TC mounted.  It's too long for airline carryon, the Lowepro Flipside 500 AW would work for that (bare lens), but I'd rather pack the hood in checked luggage and carry the lens on in my Storm im2500 hard case. 

I have the same case and is the best I've found for carrying it around or hiking.  I've found that if you remove the camera body and carry that in your coat or vest pocket you can squeeze the 600 AW II under the seat.  It's not an easy maneuver but you can get it there.  Put your rolling gear case up in the overhead.  :)

Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: November 14, 2013, 11:01:16 PM »
I think the hardest part for me is getting up that early in the morning....

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 14, 2013, 04:44:55 PM »
Get the full wimberly not the sidekick.  Get the biggest carbon fiber tripod you can afford.  Lenscoats really don't do much but a dark colored one will help heat your lens in cold weather.  And it should be removed in the summer so that it does not overheat.  There is a reason it is white and not black.

Add a 1.4xiii extender.  It will work with a 2xiii but at f8.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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?



Just to clarify, the screens offered by focus 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.

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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