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Lenses / Re: Old lenses - really so bad?
« on: October 24, 2013, 02:04:00 AM »
Maybe you need a new shop to buy equipment from. The only reason to upgrade lenses is they don't work anymore. I
read that my 7D needs good glass. My 17-85 works fine on the 7D and I don't consider it good glass compared to other
lenses Canon makes. I won't be replacing it as it seems to have improved on the 7D compared to the 40D it came with ;D

I have the 70-200 f4 IS USM lens and used it with the 1.4 Extender vs ll all the time. I used the 2X vs ll and found the  pics to be a bit soft. I could usually sharpen enough in PS and get good prints. Using a tripod and live view worked better but was not as easy as I would have liked. I bought the 100-400 and am extremely happy with the pics I am getting with it on my 7D. I recommend getting the 7D or 70D and the 100-400 zoom. You could then take 2 cameras and use whatever lenses give you the results you are looking for. If you go with the 70-200 and 1.4 Extender you could crop your
pics and get larger images of your subjects. I would try this before you buy a new lens as you may find this gives you the results you are after.

Lenses / Re: Just got my first white lens!
« on: October 13, 2013, 03:05:34 AM »
Congrats on the new lens! Don't buy anything that's just for the T3i. Make it something that can be used on your upgraded camera body. Save until you can buy a 5D lll or the next generation 5D. This way you will be shooting professional pics for your paid gigs. You will own quite a few bodies and lenses in your lifetime. I hope you make tons of
money and it becomes a career for you or a very lucrative hobby.

I shoot the best framing I can get in Camera then crop in PS if needed. I will use any means at my disposal to get the printed pic that I want or if I can't then I won't print that pic and will move on to other photos.
I cropped many pics to get what I wanted. Then I bought the lenses that would let me crop in camera the 100L Macro and 100-400L zoom. I still crop. I might own the longest lens Canon makes someday and still find I crop with pics from that lens.  ;D

Lenses / Re: any 100-400 mark 2 update?
« on: October 02, 2013, 05:26:22 AM »
I bought the 100-400 L lens this Spring. I thought that after I bought it the Mark ll would be released. I am really glad I
have this lens. My copy is fine and I take sharp pics with it. My 70-200 plus 1.4 Extender is collecting dust. If you think
you will get lots of use out of this lens then buy it when the instant rebates come out again. If you think it's not sharp
enough then take it back to the store and get them to solve the problem by refunding your money or sending the lens to Canon to be fixed. This lens has been rumoured to be replaced for a few years. If I was still waiting for vs ll, I would have
missed out on getting some really nice pics. Welcome to the Forum and good luck with your purchase. It was posted on
this forum that the 100-400 outsells the 70-300 4 to 1. There's a reason for that. It is a good lens if people take the time to learn how to use it. It was suggested to me to buy a monopod to use with this lens. So far my pieds (feet) are stable enough and I could use my tripod if needed.     

I own the 70-200 f4 L I bought a 1.4 Extender with it and used that combo from day one. Even at 5.6 I could sharpen
the pics in DPP or PS and be happy with the end result. I bought a 2X Extender because I wanted more reach. Hand held
the images were softer than I liked. Mounted on a tripod and using LIve view and manual focusing produced an image that I could sharpen in PS and print. I was happy with the results. I decided to buy a 100-400 L. It's a Heavy Beast.
I am getting used to the weight and am quite happy with the results. I got a pic of a Black Bear that was eating apples
off a branch that it had broken off the tree. I haven't printed it yet but am sure I will be happy with the final print as the
jpeg that I emailed to friends looks great. I don't go on long walks but if I did it would be with the 70-200 F4 IS USM L with the 1.4 Extender  and my 17-85 IS lens. Good Luck in your decision.

EOS Bodies / Re: Bad News Closing out 2013? [CR2]
« on: September 22, 2013, 03:45:57 AM »
No news is good news. That's the saying I remember. We just bought my wife a 70D to replace her Olympus C7070 Wide
Zoom that she's been using for 8 years. She loves the 70D and will get much use out of it. Now we can sit on our wallets and save our money and spend our time going out and taking pics together using almost the same gear. She can use my lenses that I have and if her pics start to make mine look bad I'll have to strive to get better at my photos. It's win win.
I was worried that she would throw her hands up in the air and give me the 70D and go back to the Oly. Not going to happen cause the 70D does everything she has been doing and more. She shoots jpeg and until she has problems Raw can wait. I'm impressed at looking at the quality of the pics she has taken with the 70D so far and if I get in a situation
where my 7D struggles I'll get her to take the pic that I want. ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: RAW or JPEG
« on: September 21, 2013, 03:47:12 AM »
Like others I started with jpegs and changed to raw only after needing to enhance my pics to fix things that weren't quite
right in the pic. I started to use DPP to increase the contrast to 3 and sharpen to 7. I convert and save to TIFF and quality
jpegs so I can attach the jpegs to emails so I can email them to friends. Mail compresses the jpegs nicely to keep it to around 1 gig or less for emails. I want to learn how to print from DPP so i can ditch PS.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: September 15, 2013, 03:54:19 AM »
I enjoyed viewing all the images on this thread L and non-L. I use my L version anytime I want to take pics of flowers and
macro shots. My macro's aren't that good yet. Practice and more Practice is what I need. Maybe I can get outside this week between periods of rain for some interesting shots.         

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: If you plan to upgrade your camera, read
« on: September 12, 2013, 05:42:15 AM »
Where does it say that all opinions must be not thought provoking or of a personal opinion. It's ok to get upset at someone's post and go on a name calling attack when the simple solution is to laugh it off and just say that the op is wrong and  give some facts to back up your opinion. I strongly disagree with the post and I gave my response. I just
don't see getting mean spirited. "Buy a good camera then it's L glass forever more?" End of Story.  8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: If you plan to upgrade your camera, read
« on: September 08, 2013, 04:31:12 AM »
Interesting opinion and statements. I agree that buying every new Rebel that comes out is not a good use of savings.
XXD's don't always warrant an automatic upgrade. I think my L glass purchases are on hold. I would like a 16-35 f2.8
but my 17-85 has gained new life thanks to my 7D which has made my error 99 - 40D a dusty paperweight. I shot 83
pics yesterday with my 7D and 17-85 and am quite happy with the pics that I got. I should have swapped with my 100
Macro when trying to take a pic of a spider on it's web. Oh well maybe next time. 17-85 is a good range for a walk around
zoom lens. A faster shutter speed and better optics would be nice. Are you listening Canon? Then I might consider a new
L lens purchase. I don't think I'll buy a new camera until the 7D wears out. I need a new all in one and maybe a new
Laptop. But the 70D is very interesting as an upgrade for my wife.

I have the 70-200 f4 IS USM Lens and have used the Canon 1.4 ll Extender since day one. I have some fantastic shots with that combo. You May not fill the screen but with cropping you will get better results than without it. I have used the 2X ll Extender and have gotten a good pic with tripod and using live view and my cable release on my 7D. But with the Canon 1.4 I can handhold and pan for BIF pics. Buy the Canon and as long as it's in good condition you won't regret buying it. 

Lenses / Re: Why pick 70-200mm f/4l IS over 70-300mm f/4-5.6l IS?
« on: August 25, 2013, 07:05:47 AM »
I have the 70-200 f4 IS USM lens and I love it. I have used it with both the 1.4 & 2X vs2 Extenders, but not both extenders at the same time. The 1.4 @ f5.6 I see no image degradation. The 2X images were softer and not as crisp but still could be sharpened enough in PS to give sharp images for printing. See Page 73 of "Show Your Bird Portraits"

I use the pic of the two Eagles as my desktop pic on my iMac while my wife uses a pic of two Canada Geese landing taken with the 70-200 and 1.4 Extender as her desktop pic. I bought the 100-400 f4.5-5.6 this spring because I wanted more reach and couldn't wait for vs 2 of this lens. I have yet to try extenders with this lens. I find the images taken with the 100-400 sharp enough for me.
Good Luck with your decision.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 09, 2013, 03:46:44 AM »
This is an interesting post. The other 7Dll post is not dead yet and is at page 18. I wonder how many posts will be started
before there is something more realistic than these sporadic faint hope posts. We will all be shooting with full frame and
won't care when new crop cameras are released. I haven't tired of my gear yet to upgrade anything so will coast along
improving my pics and reading new posts that are informative.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 06, 2013, 06:35:09 AM »
A rumor that a 7D ll will be available the second half of 2014 is just another rumor. That's why we all are here to talk about rumors. Until Canon posts a notice about a 7D ll like they did for 70D I will believe No 7D ll. I think Canon wants the semi pro to go FF, the 6D is a good start, the 5D lll is a great start. Cost and available funds will always be an important factor. Personally I am liking my 7D more and more every time I use it. It'll have to break before I replace it. I wonder if Canon is thinking  "If it ain't broke don't fix it!" " or replace it!"

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