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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Wildlife - Post Here.
« on: October 08, 2011, 10:23:24 PM »
White Pony

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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Wildlife - Post Here.
« on: October 08, 2011, 10:22:28 PM »
Ring-Necked Duck

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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Action & Sports - Post Here.
« on: October 08, 2011, 10:19:41 PM »
Sledding

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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Wildlife - Post Here.
« on: October 08, 2011, 10:18:02 PM »
Red Tailed Hawk

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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Landscape - Post Here.
« on: October 08, 2011, 10:15:59 PM »
Zion National Park

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Canon General / Canon Professional Services (CPS) in the US - worth it?
« on: September 19, 2011, 09:52:52 PM »
I have been a silver member for a while now and just got a card in the mail from CPS. They are offering a third free Clean and Check (usually only 2) if I upgrade my status to Gold in the month of October. I have never used the Clean and Check before but have been thinking about sending my bodies in (5D II and 7D) for good measure - I use at least one of them everyday and I also have 6 "L" lenses. I do have insurance but with a high deductible. My question is, is CPS worth it?

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United States / Re: Upgrading lenses
« on: September 19, 2011, 09:50:32 PM »
Used 300 f2.8 and/or 70-200 f2.8. For night games, you will need the 2.8 and should shoot at least 1/500 sec. Kind of depends on whether you are using full frame or crop camera but those two lenses are good regardless. If you are using a a crop like the 7D, the 70-200 should give you enough reach. On a full-frame you might need the 300.

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United States / Canon Professional Services (CPS) in the US - worth it?
« on: September 19, 2011, 09:44:27 PM »
I have been a silver member for a while now and just got a card in the mail from CPS. They are offering a third free Clean and Check (usually only 2) if I upgrade my status to Gold in the month of October. I have never used the Clean and Check before but have been thinking about sending my bodies in (5D II and 7D) for good measure - I use at least one of them everyday and I also have 6 "L" lenses. I do have insurance but with a high deductible. My question is, is CPS worth it?

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Lenses / Re: Hello and What to put in my camera bag to come?
« on: August 16, 2011, 11:58:48 AM »

On which camera do you use the 70-200/2.8 II IS the most? That lens is still an option for me... bet again, it is heavy :)

When I used it on the friend's 7D it felt like an akward range - and I assume it feels more correct on the 5D2. Or?

Now that I have the 5D2, I use it most of the time for every situation except sports/action/wildlfe. IMO, the 7D and 70-200 really can't be beat except by a 1DMK4 for action. I think I would prefer the 70-200 over the 70-300 because it is faster and if you use it on a 5Dmk2 you have a lot of resolution to use for cropping that makes up for the shorter length of 200 versus 300.

As I said earlier with the 5Dmk2, I walk around most often with the 24-105. It would be perfect if it were a 2.8 but I am sure if that were the case, it would be close in weight to the 70-200 . . .

The 70-200 is a big lens I won't argue that. I use a black rapid "sniper" strap on my cameras which allows for the camera and lens to hang off my shoulder at my side instead of around my neck. It makes it a lot less obtrusive/easier to walk around with. I sometimes take the 70-200/5Dmk2 with me on short bike rides through the park with the kids and lock the strap so the camera sits at my back out of the way.

If you got a 5Dmk2 or 3 the 24-105 could take the place of the 16-35 I recommended earlier and as a bonus, you wouldn't have the gap between 35-70 requiring you to get a 50.

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Lenses / Re: Hello and What to put in my camera bag to come?
« on: August 16, 2011, 09:56:06 AM »
I am in a similar situation to you. I am not a professional (anymore, I shot for the AP in college) and I now have 4 kids under 10. I started with a 7D, a 16-35 /2.8 and a 70-200/2.8.
The kids play sports - basketball, soccer, baseball and gymnastics. Outside of a 1 Series camera I don't think you can get a more versatile action combination than the 7D and the 70-200.
I also occasionally take individual family portraits using the 70-200 and on a tripod for groups - great bokeh in the background and super sharp.
For indoor family events and landscapes - the 16-35 is perfect, relatively fast and great for group shots. I used it as my walk-around lens at Disney last fall.
If I could only have two lenses - those would be the two I would pick.

Last Fall, I picked up a white box 24-105 /f4.0 IS and a 5Dmk 2. That combination has become my new everyday walk-around kit. I also picked up 50 /1.2 for the gap between the 16-35 and 7-200. Great for low light situations without flash. I also use it with a 2x extension tube for macro work.

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Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 19, 2011, 09:59:21 AM »
Please sign me up! Thanks.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: July 10, 2011, 02:15:24 PM »
I haven't seen many macro shots with this lens posted. I think it is pretty good on a 5DII when you have some room to crop . . .
Tv=1/3000
ISO=640
Av=f4.5
Crop=~50%
Luck=+1

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Lenses / Re: EF Lens Adaptor for iPhone 3 & 4!
« on: July 08, 2011, 09:25:28 AM »
I guess if you needed to take a photo and immediately email it . . .

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EOS Bodies / ISO 50
« on: June 15, 2011, 05:03:12 PM »
Just curious - in general, lower ISO equals better Image Quality.

I shot a water fall last weekend with an ND filter trying to get lower shutter speeds to allow the water to blur. I also used the expanded ISO on my 5DII and set the ISO to L which I think equals 50. Technically, should the IQ be better or worse with ISO below 100 in a DSLR like my 5DII?

Thanks in advance.

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Contests / Re: Blue Crane Digital Giveaway!
« on: May 28, 2011, 08:38:09 PM »
"Shoot Great Video with your Canon DSLR" - Thanks.

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