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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:08:49 AM »
I have used B&H and will use them again. Have been very happy with their speedy and efficient service in the past and hope it continues.

I am actually in the process of buying a new 1066X CF card and decided to check Adorama out as I rarely go to their site, and they do not even have the one I want, so the order stays with B&H.

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 08:40:07 AM »
Sorry for your loss, but at least it is fixable.

May I ask why you were using a BR strap in the first place (especially if you knew about issues with the BR)?

I am a big fan of the traditional neck strap, I find them comfortable and they allow you to control your camera by holding it lens down flat against your body when not in use.

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The lens is moisture resistant.

Wonder what that means?


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Why is there no 400 f/2.8 ii in that list? I do not own (may soon change) the 400 f/2.8 ii but use one a lot, and it should be in the list as it is one of the very best lenses Canon produces.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 10, 2014, 08:59:04 AM »
I am from the old camp and like to be able to carry my equipment with relative ease, hence the 300f2.8mk11, with the 1.4 extender a superb 420mm f4 lens comparible to the 400mmf4 on a 200-400 lens. The 2 x extender gives you a very good and lighweight 600mm f5.6 lens with excellent image quality.

This versitile combination costs much less than both the 200-400mm and 600mm pairing. If you want further reach use a crop camera.

Yes but you use the 300 for its IQ and portability.

The 200-400 and 600 are different beasts altogether. And do not forget you can still put a 2X on a 600 and get great IQ at 1,200!!

Your point works very well too if you replace 300 with 400. But that costs a bit more.

I may be wrong but I doubt that those who buy a (or more) new US$12,000 lens put it on a crop body (1D MIV not included) but that is something else.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 10, 2014, 08:43:42 AM »
As someone else wrote, it would be more sensible to have discussion on the 300 vs the 200-400 as they overlap in focal length and the 600mm is for a different purpose. I made the decision to buy the 300mm f/2.8 II plus extenders because I care about both IQ and weight.

There is very little to choose between them in IQ. But, the 300 weighs 1.27 kg (2.8 lb) less. At 300mm it gives a stop wider aperture and better IQ at f/2.8 than the 200-400 at f/4 – see:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=764&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=2&API=0&LensComp=739&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0
At 420mm and f/4 it is nearly as good as the 200-400mm at f/4.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=764&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=4&API=0&LensComp=739&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=1&APIComp=2
At 600mm, it is slightly better than the 200-400 at 560mm with the in-built TC at f/5.6.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=764&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=5&API=1&LensComp=739&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=2&APIComp=1

Whereas I would never use the 200-400, I could see myself using the 600 with a 1.4xTC on the rare occasion I wanted to sit in a hide for a day, not too far from my car. So, I would take up the offer on a free 600mm.

You can go on  a hike with your arm wrenching 200-400 while I will jauntily carry my 300mm as I am more concerned with celeris than ceteris.  :P


Sorry, but I have to disagree. The 300 is a truly amazing lens but it cannot really be compared to the 200-400 X 1.4.

People tend to buy the 300 first as a big white as it is the cheapest of the lot. The difference in price between the 300 and the 400 is pretty big, and from memory the 200-400 1.4X is a bit more on that.

So the comparison between the 200-400 (560) and the 600 is perfectly valid. And remember extenders can still be added to them both.

I frequently use the 400 and while I love the 300, they are both for very different uses.


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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 10, 2014, 07:35:46 AM »
And now Dylan a tough question. Actually a very tough one: Does your wife know? Does she even  know about this poll?  ;D ;D ;D

If the size and color is same as my 400mm f2.8 IS II, she couldn't tell the diff. That why I ruled out Tamron ;D

That is truly very Funny, deceitfully crafty, and smart.

Maybe, but then again his wife my well be on the pradarumors.com and lvrumors.com sites chatting to her friends about the latest Louis Vuitton. She may be saying, "he thinks I do not know, but he has his eyes on this stupid lens he'll hardly ever use anyway. I hope he gets it, as I have had my eyes on the latest LV shoe and bag set for a while now. Those and a nice 2 carat gem. He won't even know, they all look the same to him!!!"

 :o

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So, I was sitting watching some birds building a nest last night in our Boojum tree and thinking about getting out the 100-400 to try to get a decent shot in the backlit dusk and simultaneously goofing around online.  I log into canonpricewatch.com and see this ridiculous price for a 300 f/2.8 ii.  You know the lens I rented last fall and fell in love with and put myself on a watch list for a good refurb price and have since wondered about? 

And then the "GAS" attack hit me.  How could I avoid that price for a new one with a Canon Warranty?  About 5 minutes later I received my email confirmation even though the sun had passed its useful moment and the nest was now in the dark, but I didn't mind.  I guess I will need to figure out what to use to pay for it, but I will manage.

Guess I'll be looking at a 2xTC soon.  Anyone want to buy my 100-400?

Congratulations JPAZ, what a great deal you just got!

The 300 is an amazing lens and you are going to love it.

Terrific deal!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D 1.1.4 Firmware upgrade sighted!
« on: March 08, 2014, 09:35:49 PM »
No, because imho screwing 3rd party batteries is a given after the last 5d3 update and Canon ignoring any complaints about it.

Hardly surprising when a 1D X battery costs US$ 169. And it is a pretty much must have accessory for most.

Not sure how much the 6D or 5D costs but I am sure it is not cheap.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 08, 2014, 06:23:16 PM »
No easy answer.Between the two, if I was into birding or need the distance etc I would choose the 600.

But as someone mentioned earlier once you have one of the two, you are very likely to want the other, eventually. In fact I think if you get the 200-400 you would want the 600 more, than if it were the other way round.

If it was for personal use (rather than professional use) and I was forced to choose, I would go for the 600.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cinema EOS C100 Dual Pixel Upgrade Explained
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:46:57 PM »
Do you think Canon are going to come out with a C100 that has this built in? Seems a bit stupid to buy it and then hand it right back to Canon and say yes please upgrade it and here is a little more money.

It is a camera I am very interested in for my video work. I love the video (and stills) from the 1D X and I believe that the C100 is very similar, possibly even better, and there are other benefits such as the sound etc.

Having a 1D X and a C100 could be the perfect combination for doing videos and shooting stills.

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That really is a terrific deal on the 300!

You do get some very sweet deals in the US on electronics.

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Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:07:20 PM »
I do not see any point in getting another DSLR. If I wanted a light weight option I would probably go for the Sony RX 100 II or wait for III to come out (won't be that long now). An alternative of course if that Lumia Camera phone thing, but I have not looked at it properly.

I am hearing very good things from multiple people about the Sony A7R, but for me the sheer size of the RX100 II (or III whenever it comes out) would probably make me choose the latter.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lexar CF Card 1000X and 1066X
« on: March 01, 2014, 06:41:35 PM »
Would not surprise me. But because I use Lexar 1000Xs my concerns are that they have decreased the speed at which they say the 1000Xs can operate at.

What I mean is, I could swear that before they stated that the 1000Xs could write at 145 or 150MB/s.

But now they have released this new 1066X card they are saying their 1000Xs can only write at 95MB/s.

Does that mean their old 1000Xs only write at that speed?




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Software & Accessories / Lexar CF Card 1000X and 1066X
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:59:45 PM »
Was just looking at the Lexar 1000X CF cards at B&H and notice they now have 1066X cards too.

I have not researched them, but at first glance it seems that the difference is in the read and write speeds. The 1000X is 150MB/s (read) and 95MB/s (write) while the 1066X is 160MB/s and importantly 155MB/s.

I do get confused now and again, but weren't the 1000X cards also supposed to have a 150 or so write speed? Has something changed recently? I do not recall ever seeing these 1066X cards, and as it is such a strange number I wonder whether there has been some new legislation or something that has forced Lexar to make changes.

Anyone?

Thanks.

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