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Someone needs to get a life.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

Landscape / Re: Seashore, Beaches and Harbours
« on: May 17, 2014, 09:58:03 AM »
Harbour..... Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Not sure which Canon body to get
« on: April 04, 2014, 07:41:43 PM »
For your application I would also recommend the 6D.  You can't beat full frame for what you plan to do.

Most dealers offer it as a kit with the 24-105 which gets you the lens at a real bargain price.  You could also hold off on the 17-40 and see if you find 24mm wide enough on the 6D.

Thanks, guys.

I was not looking to update my 1D4 with the 70D.  As I stated, my 5D3 has pretty much become my primary camera and the 1D4 has been relegated to backup mode.

I was just thinking of reducing the investment for a camera that will likely not see a lot of use.

I don't need the funds and was just trying to think like a practical person.  Not an easy task for me.  :)

He!!, the 1D4 doesn't owe me anything at this point.  I'll just hang on to it for sentimental reasons if nothing else.  I suspect that, as others have eluded to, I would not be happy with a 70D at this point in my life.

Happy shooting, guys.

I have used a 1D Mark IV since it was introduced as my primary body and have always loved it.  Mid last year, I acquired a 5D Mark III and over time have turned to it more and more, to the point that it has now pretty much become my primary body.  I simply love the files it produces.

I shoot primarily motocross during the spring and summer months and mostly birds and other wildlife during the off season.  In addition to that, I shoot pretty much what everyone else does such as landscapes and people.

I am now contemplating selling off the 1D Mark IV and replacing it with a crop body which I would use for backup.  I'm looking at the 70D as I have read good things about the camera.

Question..... is anyone aware of any particular issues reported related to that camera?

I would appreciate any input.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:44:26 PM »
My 'Best Friend' and I were pretty much joined at the hip for many years and hunted up a lot of birds together.

We lost him a while back to cancer but he will be in my heart forever.

Thanks for looking.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Plans For NAB 2014 Next Month [CR1]
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:58:33 AM »
What happened to the year of the lens?  :(

Animal Kingdom / Re: Breakfast is Served
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:17:39 PM »
Breakfast about to be served   :D

Wow!  Nice shot!

Thanks a lot.

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