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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon EOS-1S the Name? [CR1]
« on: October 07, 2012, 11:12:49 AM »
Yep, 1DS III was $8000 at release and for the first few months.

Do you know how long it took before it took to come down a bit?  And do you remember what it came down to?


It came down pretty fast actually, because of the 5D Mark II.  I remember it retailing when the 5D2 was new for $6899, then $5999, then $4999, until the used prices went under $4k when there weren't any new ones anymore.


I don't ever remember seeing the 1DsIII retail new for $5K...


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unholy Trinity of Non-L Primes?
« on: October 07, 2012, 10:40:07 AM »
I've always heard photographers that praise a photographer for collecting either a 35/50/85 or 24/50/135 lens collection.
Point of order - the phrase 'holy trinity of primes' usually refers to the 35-85-135 combo.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 46mp sensor useless for landscape?
« on: October 07, 2012, 10:34:02 AM »
The 5DII sensor is a bayer filter image sensor, 19mp is actually 6 mp, 3 pixels represent 1

False, 19 MP is actually 19 MP.  The Bayer mask provides color sensitivity (and requires interpolation) but the spatial resolution is unaffected.  Note, though, that when Foveon counts the three 'stacked' pixels separately, that's a misrepresentation - a '14 MP' Foveon has only 4.7 MP of real spatial resolution.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: October 07, 2012, 08:22:31 AM »
The Wimberley replacement foot is really just a plate, and has no riser.  "Difficult to use as a handle?" I'd say close to impossible.  I just measured the extension of the collar where the foot mounts - it's 1/2" high, I can't see how I could wrap my hand around the Wimberley 'foot'.  I'd definitely recommend the RRS foot over the Wimberley. 

You could also go with the Canon foot and P-50 plate.  The combo won't extend as far back as the RRS foot, but the clamping surface on the Wimberley II is ~60mm long, whereas the RRS PG-02 LLR that I use has an 80mm clamp - the P-50 might not sit all the way back on the platform, but should be entirely within the clamp with most loads (perhaps not if you stack two TCs or mount a flash on the camera hotshoe).

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: October 06, 2012, 11:09:37 PM »
Yes, but RRS may rethink that for the 500 II.  There's a note on their website about it not balancing properly on a gimbal when TCs and/or a heavy body are used. It's fine with the 600 II with the 2x and 1D X - that combo has the back of the foot flush with the LLR clamp on the gimbal.  With the 1.4x and 2x stacked, the back of the foot is ~8mm inside the clamp (still safe, according to RRS). 

Since the 600 II is longer and more front-heavy than the 500 II, I expect there might be an issue balancing that lens with a 2x and gripped body.

Interestingly, the RRS foot extends further back than the stock Canon foot or the Kirk replacement - those might be problematic on a gimbal.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:56:40 PM »
Are you using a replacement lens foot with your 600?

Yes, the RRS LCF-53.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon EOS-1S the Name? [CR1]
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:43:48 PM »
Why in the heck would I sell the best sports/action camera in the world for something that isn't a sports/action camera?  What the heck are you thinking??

Well, not for sports.  But if a 1-series, it would very likely have the 1D X AF and metering, and the main sacrifice would a slower frame rate.  Wildlife photographers might be tempted to trade fps for pixels on target, being able to crop to the framing of the 7D and still have an 18 MP image would be nice.  I know I'd be tempted (but I'd not want to give up the ISO performance of the 1D X along with the fps).

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Lenses / Re: First Portrait Lens, Need Suggestions
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:37:12 PM »
Thanks!  I sure did like the colors of the of the 85 1.2.  I also hear great things about the 135L and it's color rendition.  Any thoughts?  Or perhaps too long on the crop camera?


I think 135mm is too long on APS-C for most portrait uses, but on FF it's a wonderful lens!

Here are a few shots at 85mm on APS-C, the first with the 85/1.8 and the second/third with the 85L.


Rebel T1i, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, 1/2000 s, f/1.8, ISO 100


EOS 7D, EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, 1/2000 s, f/1.6, ISO 100


EOS 7D, EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, 1/1250 s, f/1.6, ISO 100

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:07:22 PM »
Thanks, Rich and wtlloyd!

Any noise reduction for the ISO 6400?

Nothing special - all shots were converted from RAW with default settings in DPP. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon EOS-1S the Name? [CR1]
« on: October 06, 2012, 09:32:16 PM »
-1 seems much more likely - $8999 sounds like a 'real' price.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II or 70-200 II
« on: October 06, 2012, 08:10:48 PM »
...most of my shooting will be of my kids/family and will consist of indoor and outdoor shots equally.


I think I'm going to go with the 70-200 first and then probably pick up the 24-70 when it is more readily available.


I think that's a great choice!

Some examples from me...


EOS 5D Mark II, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @ 70mm, 1/250 s, f/2.8, ISO 100


EOS 5D Mark II, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @ 70mm, 1/640 s, f/2.8, ISO 100


EOS 1D X, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @ 70mm, 1/200 s, f/2.8, ISO 100

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Lenses / Re: First Portrait Lens, Need Suggestions
« on: October 06, 2012, 07:58:25 PM »
Personally, I really liked 85mm on APS-C for outdoor portraits.  So much that I eventually replaced my 85/1.8 with an 85/1.2L II, then when I went FF, I got the 135/2L for equivalent framing.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How does the 5d mk iii think
« on: October 06, 2012, 07:11:39 PM »
To everyone else: I've never seen the point of P mode. Are there any situations in which it's better than the other modes?


P is the camera's Professional Mode.

MWAC Attack-Episode 1: The Camera Small | Large


Since photography is a hobby for me, I never use it.  :o

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:51:30 PM »
Post your shots from Canon's longest MkII supertele!

Got mine a few days ago, have only had a couple of chances to use it, and those were close to home.  Looking forward to having a bit more free time to travel to some better local spots (Plum Island, etc.). 

All shots taken handheld, first two with the bare lens on an overcast, drizzly late afternoon (note the ISO used), the third on a sunny day (only one this week!) with the 1.4x III, and the last one

Thanks for looking!


EOS 1D X, EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/320 s, f/4, ISO 6400


EOS 1D X, EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM, 1/250 s, f/4, ISO 6400


EOS 1D X, EF 600mm f/4L IS II + EF 1.4x III Extender, 1/640 s, f/5.6, ISO 100

...and one bonus shot, the first one I took with the new lens.  It was pouring rain and dark outside, so I decided to treat it as an indoor portrait lens.  ;)  This one is with the 1D X, f/4, 1/160 s, ISO 10000 and handheld.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How does the 5d mk iii think
« on: October 06, 2012, 03:34:19 PM »
Problem stated by OP: Camera is using slower shutter not higher ISO

Real problem:  OP is letting the camera do the thinking instead of the person holding it

Solution part 1: get it the hell out of P mode  ::)

If you want to control DoF, don't care about shutter speed as long as it's above a certain minimum, and prefer the ISO ramp up instead, set Av mode, ISO to Auto, and in the menu where you set ISO range, set the min shutter speed you want.

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