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Lenses / Re: First L Lens or upgrade, looking for advice
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:52:59 PM »
If you're being paid to shoot a wedding, you need a backup camera and lens. What if your 60D dies just as the ushers seat the first guest?

Lenses / Re: Canon 35 f/1.4 II?
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:38:23 PM »
You do know that no 35L II has been announced, right?  You are aware of Canon's recent terrible record of delivering on lenses that actually have been announced, right?

I have a 35L, but I'll buy yours for $50. How's that for a price?

Seriously, check eBay, Craigslist, Fredmiranda.

Lenses / Re: First L Lens or upgrade, looking for advice
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:34:17 PM »
IMO, the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS is the best general purpose zoom for APS-C.

Lenses / Re: Recommendations for vacation lenses and gear
« on: June 16, 2012, 02:09:47 PM »
Just to add, if you weren't happy with the S100's IQ, you'll be less happy with a superzoom P&S, and should be looking mainly at the new Sony or the G1 X for a P&S solution, if that's what you decide.

Lenses / Re: Recommendations for vacation lenses and gear
« on: June 16, 2012, 01:52:17 PM »
Ok, so this is the third, maybe fourth, thread you've started on this topic.  To be honest (and perhaps a little blunt), this isn't about gear choice...it's about philosophy.  You and your wife need to sit down and discuss 1) what you want to achieve with the pictures from this trip (momentos for a 4x6" album that will remind you of the trip as in 'ahh that gorilla was pretty cool', a coffee table book or 16x20" prints for the family room, precious memories of a once-in-a-lifetime trip, etc.); 2), what quality if images will be 'good enough' for the intended use; and 3) what her tolerance will be for you lugging the gear, changing lenses, and having the camera in front of your face for much of the time.

Once you've made those decisions, then picking gear becomes straightforward, the gear determines the bag, etc.

Just my 2ยข.

Technical Support / Re: Shutter speed for dove release?
« on: June 16, 2012, 08:57:27 AM »
I usually use 1/1600 s for birds in flight - a little slower if you want some wing blur on a dove (1/1600 s still blurs wings on smaller birds, e.g. sparrows).

Software & Accessories / Re: Filters for 16-35mm f/2.8L?
« on: June 16, 2012, 07:51:18 AM »
Original or MkII lens?  I tested the 16-35 II with B+W filters, a single F-Pro causes no increase in vignetting (click for testing details).

A Cokin filter holder would work, but you'd likely need the largest (X-Pro, IIRC) for 16mm on FF.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMKIII Autofocus help required
« on: June 16, 2012, 07:42:04 AM »
Automatic AF point selection?  :o  That will always pick the closest subject.  Some options would be to stop down for deeper DoF, or switch out the round feeder for a directional one (only only perch) and manually focus on that spot.

Lenses / Re: lens belt?
« on: June 16, 2012, 07:28:25 AM »
I carry the camera on a Blackrapid strap (RS-4).  With a regular lens it's attached to the body, with a large lens (28-300, 70-200/2.8 IS II, 100-400) it's attached to the tripod collar.

Lenses / Re: lens belt?
« on: June 15, 2012, 09:56:36 PM »
Sounds perfect.

EOS Bodies / Re: Focus screen for 1dx.
« on: June 15, 2012, 04:15:16 PM »
The best manual focus screen is the Ec-B.
Is it supported by the 1DX?

Yes, the Ec-B is supported (although IIRC it precludes center spot metering and evaluative metering with the center point selected).  But I disagree that it's 'the best manual focus screen'.  It only provides focus assistance in the center of the frame. With an f/4 or f/5.6 lens, focus-recompose is fine, but with a fast prime (my usual choice when wanting to MF), focus-recompose means a back-focused shot, due to basic geometry.  The -S super precision screens show the true DoF across the frame and give a 'snap into focus' effect with fast lenses like my 85L II and 135L - that makes it better, IMO, because I rarely want the focal point dead-center in the frame.

Lenses / Re: lens belt?
« on: June 15, 2012, 02:03:50 PM »
The belt loop on the Canon cases isn't very convenient. I use a Lowepro Deluxe Technical Belt, which is great.  I generally have a Lowepro Lens Exchange 200 AW (which holds the 100-400) and one other case (for the 100L and 24-70, old Lowepro designation Lens Case 2S would be perfect, not sure what the new equivalent would be).

Lenses / Re: Help picking lenses for vacation!
« on: June 15, 2012, 01:01:54 PM »
If the former id bring the whole kit except the 35 which is covered by the 24-105. 

Well...except for the minor fact that the 35L lets in 8 times as much light as the 24-105L.  The 35L on a FF camera makes a truly excellent nighttime walkaround lens, especially in a in urban setting where people are possible subjects (the IS on the 24-105 lets you shoot at a much slower shutter speed, which means you get blurry people).

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L [CR2]
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:55:46 PM »
Hope this one becomes a reality.  If IQ is similar to the Nikon version, I'll drop my 16-35mm f/2.8L II like a hot potato.

Lenses / Re: Help picking lenses for vacation!
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:52:57 PM »
Depends on how much you're willing to carry...  I'd probably take all of it.  ;)  On a trip to China last year, I brought your list (essentially - 16-35 II instead of 17-40, 70-200 II instead of MkI), and a TS-E 24mm II, 1.4x TC, and 430EX II, plus an S95 for times when taking a dSLR wouldn't be possible.  I used the 24-105mm the most, followed by the 70-200 II then the 35L.  Although I didn't use the UWA zoom or the TS-E that frequently, the shots I got with them would not have been possible with other lenses. 

For me, the key was the right way to carry all of that.  The gear all fit in a Lowepro Flipside 400AW, which I then packed into a Pelican Storm im2500 for the air travel (in case forced to check, also for a lockable case for the hotel room).  I packed a Lowepro Toploader Pro 65AW and a Lens Case 1W into the main luggage so I had an easy way to carry camera+lens and one extra lens on day outings.

The gear:

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