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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:
At 420mm and f/4 it is nearly as good as the 200-400mm at f/4.
At 600mm, it is slightly better than the 200-400 at 560mm with the in-built TC at f/5.6.

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.

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!!!"


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!

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.

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.

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.

That really is a terrific deal on the 300!

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

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.

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?

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.



EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement in Q2 of 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:39:50 AM »
People seem to be suggesting (not just on this forum) that Canon are scratching their heads over the potential specifications of a 7D Mk II. I'd have thought that it was pretty obvious -an APS-C sensor version of the 5D Mk III with a higher frame rate (i.e. 8-12fps).

The elephant in the room is whether the 20MP sensor from the 70D is good enough for their "flagship APS-C camera" or whether Canon are waiting to launch a new generation of sensors in the 7D Mk II. The more time passes from the 70D's introduction, the more likely I think the 7D Mk II will be the launch vehicle for the new generation of sensor; I would therefore expect any announcement to be just prior to Photokina. [Sod's law they will announce it next month and make this prediction wrong!  ::)]

Purely speculation but I would imagine one of Canon's biggest concerns is a new 7D Mark II potentially eating into 1D X and the big white market. They need to make it attractive enough, but not so attractive to take away any of the market from their flagship body and lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:14:51 AM »
I think it is great and will sign up immediately. Or I would, if I had not just lost all my money to a Nigerian email scam, anyway not to worry as I have just been notified that I have won the lottery. Filling that email out now. Maybe the beautiful girl - Iamyourski - will talk to me again now I am rich, she seemed to lose interest when I said I had no money left the last time we chatted online.  ;D

It most certainly won't come to the 1dx as its a different sensor. The C100/C300 share the same sensor and the technology for it was already built on the sensor, however it wasn't finished until implemented with the 70d.
This video should help you see its quality. https://vimeo.com/87006298

Thanks for sharing the video, I had not seen it. It is an excellent promotional video and plants the seed of me wanting one, as even though I do not do weddings I can see how useful it would be in different circumstances.

Let's hope Canon does not make any other similar videos but with a more general theme.  ;-)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:49:07 PM »
Stunning shot, Edward!

Appreciated Expatinasia, to be fair though, these Animals not only make it easy, they make it a pleasure, especially Lions, they tend to lay about for 16 to 18 hours a day, so all we need to do is find them in the early morning light or at sunset. Then sit & wait until one of them get's enough energy to look up.

In this Image some fill flash helped with the bright Golden light of an early morning Sunrise showing behind the Animal.

We had gone to Timbavati again in the hopes of White Lions in the Wild, one of the very few places outside a Zoo that these very special Lions can be seen and Photographed, but I'm batting zero after two trips of 10 Days each, maybe next time.

You are way too modest! You still have to fly to the right country, have the right gear, get a good guide and find the animals you want to shoot - at the time you hope to shoot them, put up with the flies, and then, after all that, hope that you do not get eaten by one! Pretty impressive, but I can see why it must be very addictive to be out in the wild like that.

Don't give up on those white lions, hopefully you will capture one on your next trip. What an adventure though.

One thing I would love to capture on film - or at the very least to see - would be buffaloes being taken by leaping crocodiles as they cross the river bed. To watch that stampede of life and death must be quite something.

Cheers, and thanks for sharing.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 26, 2014, 01:06:45 AM »
Nice to see you posting Gary, lovely portraits.

One of mine, to each his own I guess, I find my subject matter less troublesome than perhaps your own.

1Dx 400f/2.8 + 1.4x, shot @ f/4 & 1/320th ISO 320

Timbavati South Africa

Stunning shot, Edward!

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