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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stpper with UV filters
« on: July 17, 2014, 07:52:12 PM »
Not completely relevant to the thread, but I said I'd follow up. Like the 17-40mm f/4L, the 16-35mm f/4L IS has no vignetting at 20mm and above with an B+W XS-Pro clear filter, wide angle Lee adaptor, Lee filter holder with two slots and a 105mm adaptor, and a B+W 105mm extra wide circular polarizer. My 24-70mm f/4L IS is good at 24mm.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 17, 2014, 07:06:06 PM »
I've found that camera bags just don't do backpacking very well. I settled on a Mountainsmith Kit Cube bag, available from B+H. It fits into small backpacks or full backcountry bags and will hold a camera and three lenses (one attached). It is independently water resistant and well padded (not overly padded). My advice is to get the Kit Cube and buy bags that are designed for your outdoor sport.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stpper with UV filters
« on: July 17, 2014, 07:02:37 PM »
On my 17-40, I have a B+W xs-pro clear filter on all the time. The Lee wide-angle adaptor is attached to that. On the filter holder itself, I have two slots (big or little stopper and a graduated ND), and the 105mm attachment for a 105 B+W extra wide polarizer. On this setup, I have no vignetting at 20mm and above. Heading outside to test the 16-35mm f/4 with it now.

I would just check for vignetting and decide how wide you need to be able to go with your glass. I'm not at all wedded to front protective filters (don't use them on the lenses that don't require them for weather seal), but I don't like wasting time fiddling with too much stuff to set up my kit, so my lens lives with the Lee adaptor mounted and a 72mm lens cap. If I really need 17mm, I carry a 77mm ND and a 77mm polarizer. Pull the adaptor off, throw those on, and do the grad ND by hand.

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Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 17, 2014, 08:23:38 AM »
Being a landscape guy, I'm loving the 16-35 f/4 right now, but I'd like to see some love for 85mm, my favorite prime focal length, incorporated into the zoom lineup though. For me, the 16-35mm f/4, a 24-85mm f/4, and a 70-200mm f/4 with a focal length marker for 85mm (which I plan to manually add to my existing model), along with an EF 1.5x would be an ideal kit. Full coverage 16-300mm, with two overlapping focal lengths between each zoom. Plus easier math on the tele-extender front; I didn't get into photography to think about numbers, dammit. The 24-85mm would be optional kit for a lot of shoots, particularly with a 50mm f/2.8 pancake in the bag. I imagine they went with 40mm because it makes for a similarly useful lens on full frame and APS-C, at 50mm, APS-C crop pushes it a little too much towards telephoto. I think the the 24-85mm is a possible replacement to the 24-70 f/4 in 5-10 years. I doubt the extenders are going to change and I also doubt we'll see another 50mm added to the lineup. Anyone have insight into why 85mm gets no love in the zooms? I don't have a mark for it on my 24-105 or my 70-200.

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Lenses / Re: UV filter on the new 16-35 f/4?
« on: July 12, 2014, 10:06:00 AM »
Guys, remember, when you're ready to shoot a photo, remove the front glass elements from your lens. Actually, just remove the lens. It may be best to take the camera away, too. Guys, when you're ready to take a photo, just look with your eye.

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Lenses / Re: EF-S 10-18mm Image Stabilizer System
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:39:52 PM »
That makes sense. If you're at 16mm on a 5D, no image stabilizer in the world will stabilize a one-second shutter speed. Thanks! By the way, 10-18mm is a super fun lens. Highly recommend it for anyone shooting APS-C.

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Lenses / Re: EF-S 10-18mm Image Stabilizer System
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:36:53 PM »
Ef 16-35mm f/4 manual notes that the IS achieves 4 stops on a 1DX at 35mm. Maybe it's just saying that this is the body and focal length it's tested at?

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Lenses / EF-S 10-18mm Image Stabilizer System
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:32:54 PM »
Just picked up a 10-18mm for my sister-in-law, who is getting ready to head to Europe. I noticed in the instruction manual that it says the image stabilizer only works on the EOS 7D and only at 18mm. I was not able to hear anything kicking in when I tested the lens on my 20D at very low shutter speeds. I haven't seen this limitation mentioned in reviews. Am I misreading this? If not, folks should really know about this before replacing a 10-22 and thinking they're getting image stabilization.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 23, 2014, 09:24:08 PM »
Mini. Winter Storm Snochi.

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I had the 1.4x II and 2x II. Sold the latter because it degraded the image too much. That said, I'm planning on selling the former and buying a 2x III. Go to www.the-digital-picture.com and compare the image quality of your lens with the teleconverter to something like the 100-400L. It's really a toss up on the image quality front, in my opinion. For you, the 2-stop penalty may be the deciding factor. I use my 70-200 f/4 IS for landscapes, so I'm shooting at f/16 and down anyway.

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Software & Accessories / Vello Grip
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:16:09 PM »
Anyone know if the 5d Mark III Vello grip will work on the 5d Mark II, and if so, will it retain functionality of the multi controller?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Filter Holders
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:02:57 PM »
Great, thank you. I'm going to put the extra $ into the B+W extra wide 105mm. I'll post back here in a couple weeks with the vignette report at 17mm.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Filter Holders
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:08:04 PM »
That seems like a really reasonable compromise. Just to be clear, at 17mm (full frame) with the Lee filter holder, a 4"x4", a 4"x6", and the 105mm mount (without the filter), there's minimal vignetting?

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Software & Accessories / Filter Holders
« on: March 09, 2014, 04:27:59 PM »
I'm looking to pick up a filter holder for long exposures with an ND grad. I currently have a set of Lee .6 and .9 hard and soft ND grads, plus .9 and 1.2 Singh-Ray reverse ND grads, all 4"x6", which I've been handholding. I'd like to be able to shoot with an ND grad, standard ND, and circular polarizer all in place on an EF 17-40mm or an EF 70-200. This is where it gets complicated. Lee holder fits my current filters, but the combination of those three filters at once looks like it will push me to 20-24mm on the lens. Correct me if I'm wrong, but since I almost always shoot with a polarizer on anyway, my resting lens condition can be with a polarizer on the lens threads (B+W XS-Pro in the case of the 17-40), and a Lee adaptor screwed into the polarizer. Mount the filter hold, add the ND, adjust the grad, shouldn't get vignetting. Read something about needing to polarize the light before it hits the NDs; I call BS. I think it's a way for Lee to justify their idea of placing a 105mm filter at the front of the setup instead of closer to the lens like on the Cokin setup.

Other alternative I see is to go with the Cokin X-Pro, sell my existing six 4"x6" filters, buy three replacements (.9 hard and soft, 1.2 reverse) in the X-pro size, and drop the cash on Cokin's polarizer for that setup. No concern about vignetting there, and I can leave the adaptors in place on the lenses without the polarizer also attached.

Anyone have any thoughts? Anyone been down this road?

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Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 09:29:05 AM »
I previously owned the 24-70 f/2.8L. I could have sworn it had a metal mount. Am I crazy?

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