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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon prevents me from buying the 7D Mark II
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:33:36 PM »
I have been a Canon user my entire life.  I love the product, including DPP which is my RAW converter of choice.

I presently shoot with a 1D Mark IV and a 5D Mark III, which are fully supported by my present version of DPP.  The 7D Mark II requires that I update my DPP.

Here is my problem with that.....

The newer version of DPP does not support my operating system.  I run Vista 64.  Updating my operating system requires that I go to Windows 8 which needs a clean install.  Huge job.  Also, I'm not sure that a lot of my current software will run on Windows 8.  I have CS4 as well as plugins such as NIK, Neat Image and a slew of other free standing applications.

As much as I was not comfortable with the user interface of Lightroom when I tried a demo last year, I thought I would now have to go that route.  Guess what?  Right.  It's now only available under CC and I refuse to rent software on a monthly fee basis which is why I still run CS4.

I'm 72 years old so I guess my 1D4 and 5D3 will have to do me the rest of my life or until my computer cr@ps out and I have no choice.

All Canon had to do was continue to support the operating system and I would have added a 7D2 to my bag.

Okay..... rant over.   :D

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Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f5.6 in combo with the 5D3
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:53:15 AM »
I have not used this combo for sports, but have used it extensively for birds, both static and in flight.  I would think that my application is as challenging as yours.

In my experience, the performance has been stellar.  Fast and accurate AF and great IQ.















If the combo can handle the above, I'm sure it won't have any problem with sports.  If the f/5.6 aperture becomes an issue, the ISO on the 5D3 can be cranked pretty high to get your shutter speed.

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This image won a contest here in Alaska which got me represented by a stock agency. It has earned me thousands of dollars since I took it in 2009.


Spectacular  :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 theory
« on: October 08, 2014, 08:53:00 PM »
It's also possible that the reviewers simply misquoted the sensor pixel count.

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I use a military grade Sanyo flip phone and have no idea if I like the camera in it or not.  When I want a picture, I leave the phone in my pocket and reach for a camera.  :D

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The following is an in-depth review by one of the best sources out there.  It's worth a read.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Tamron-24-70mm-f-2.8-Di-VC-USD-Lens-Review.aspx


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Lenses / Re: Sigma APO 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
« on: October 05, 2014, 11:47:06 AM »
Unfortunately, as with everything else in life, speed costs money.

From what I've read, never having owned either, the latest version of that lens is noticeably sharper.  Here is a review you can have a look at.....

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-120-300mm-f-2.8-DG-OS-HSM-Lens.aspx

The other option you can consider for a 300mm lens is the original Canon 300 f/2.8L (non-IS) which can be purchased for considerably less.  Just food for thought.

Good luck with your choice.

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Someone needs to get a life.

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:10:12 PM »
I shoot a lot of motocross and sometimes like to get right on the edge of the track on an inside or outside corner and use 'WA' to give a little distortion to add impact.  However, I'm usually shooting around 32 - 35 mm.







I don't know if this is of any help, but it's how I normally use it.

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:19:13 AM »
My guess is that it will hit the market at somewhere north of $8,000..... perhaps north of $9,000.  It's been Canon's pattern with Mk.II versions of the big whites.

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Photography Technique / Re: Benefits of IS in fast shutter speeds
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:38:56 PM »
I'm in my 4th season of shooting motocross racing, shooting 18-20 races at 5 different tracks over the course of each season.  On average, I shoot approximately 2,000 - 3,000 images per race.

I shoot almost exclusively with my 70-200 f/2.8L IS II on a 1D mark IV or 5D Mark III.  I shoot primarily at high shutter speeds to freeze the image as best I can to capture the bikes coming off jumps, doing whips and scrubs and churning up rooster tails in the tight corners.  Normally, these shutter speeds are anywhere between 1/2000 and 1/3200, depending on prevailing conditions, but can be as low as 1/640 and as high as 1/4000.  I NEVER turn off the IS and have NEVER seen any negative effects.

I occasionally drop to a very low shutter speed to do panning shots when I want the subject in sharp focus and the background blurred to give the feel of speed.  When I do, I set the IS to Mode 2.

In summary, the vast majority of my images turn out critically sharp and I see no reason to ever turn off the IS.

 :D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810 users are seeing spots
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:39:47 PM »
Keep grasping those straws, dilbert.  I hear they come in handy if you want to suck.  ;)

Neuro, you crack me up.   ;D

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 IS II - Difference between 2012 and 2014?
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:58:41 PM »
Warranty is not an issue as it starts from the date of purchase, not the date of manufacture.

I purchased mine when it was first introduced and it just about lives on one or the other of my camera bodies.  I have probably taken in excess of 30,000 motocross images with the lens and it continues to be one of my prized possessions, taking incredibly sharp images and focusing like a speed demon.

It was a superb lens when introduced and I can't imagine anything they would have changed on it other than the new center pinch cap.

I don't think you have anything to worry about with the copy you received.

Enjoy the lens.

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