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Lenses / Re: 300/2.8 L (IS MK1) or 400/2.8 L (non-IS)
« on: April 16, 2012, 05:29:39 PM »
@ Paul - I am using the 7D for sports and wildlife, so I am excited about the reach and flexibility with extenders.  AF and fps are as good as I can get...will migrate to a 1D system (hopefully, some day, budget allowing).  This is just a passionate hobby for me, do not have the raw artistic skills you pros have, (yet?).
Thanks, Dan.

Lenses / Re: 300/2.8 L (IS MK1) or 400/2.8 L (non-IS)
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:13:55 PM »
@Trumpet - thanks for the feedback.  What do you think about the IQ of the lenses, based on the relative age of each?
I love the 100-400, but find myself almost always shooting at the longer end and lose AF with extenders.

Lenses / Re: 300/2.8 L (IS MK1) or 400/2.8 L (non-IS)
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:11:07 PM »
@Flake - Thanks for the third party lens perspective.  I have been one dimensional (Canon only) for so long that was not part of my consideration.  I love the focal range the Sigma offers, as I would be using extenders to get the reach I want for birding (on top of the 1.6 the 7D provides).  As far as the reality check of who is looking at me or showing off, it would be too little, too late (past that stage in life).
Will definitely look at the Sigma, but what are your thoughts about the IQ of an "older" 400 (non-IS) versus a relatively "younger" 300?

Lenses / 300/2.8 L (IS MK1) or 400/2.8 L (non-IS)
« on: April 16, 2012, 01:43:15 PM »
I have squirreled away enough of my "allowance" over the past several months that I have approx $3000 to invest in a second hand "big white".
The question I have for the group is, based on my budget, which of these two lens gives me the most "bang for the buck"?
I will likely have the lens on a monopod (kids sports) or tripod (birds and such), so would the only benefit for IS be for framing the shots?
Thoughts?  Advice?

Technical Support / Re: Canon 7D Unusual Problem?
« on: April 16, 2012, 01:12:34 PM »
I did the same thing here and did not get any flicker.  I would return for another copy.
Definitely unusual.

Lenses / Re: Advise on next lens for my current setup
« on: April 06, 2012, 04:03:45 PM »
Two different applications for the lenses you are looking at.  What areas are you trying to expand your shooting range in?
Sports/wildlife, then the 100-400.  Mature/macro/portratiure, then the 100 macro.
I have the 70-200 f2.8 II, so have not shot with the f4, so cannot comment there, but the 100-400 is a great zoom lens (especially on a crop camera).

Lenses / Re: Looking for advice.
« on: April 04, 2012, 04:43:04 PM »
thought about getting both primes?  Second hand copies might be within your budget...
The 50/f1.4 is a great lens and would figure a 20%-30% keeper rate is pretty frustrating.  I love mine!

Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site Information
« on: April 01, 2012, 01:21:56 PM »
Glad to see CR continue to evolve as one of the top forums out there.  Karma, reputation or whatever it is called next helps, but after a while it all becomes a blur and loses it original purpose.

Every one can identify positive contributors and those that are not.

Glad CR is doing everything possible to maintain civility.


I have the BR strap w/ Kirk clamp setup and it is not cumbersome, bukly or unsightly, at all.  Solid connection that is quick and flexible from body plate to (tripod) lens plate.

Lenses / Re: Best lens/TC setup for football game
« on: March 29, 2012, 01:20:59 PM »
The 100-400 is a great combo with a 7D.  You mentioned renting a lens, but why not rent the 7D as well?

Will deliver better results with higher fps, faster AF and 1.6x reach.

Of course, just someone else spending your money.  ;D


Software & Accessories / Re: Monopod ball head style
« on: March 27, 2012, 08:24:37 PM »
I have used the manfrotto 234 tilt head for years and it has been great.  As you mentioned, keeping two hands on the camera are key, so any head requiring one of your hands to control/manipulate is counter productive.

If I want to rotate or switch orientation, I loose the tripod collar rathere than using the tilt feature of the head.


Canon General / Re: eBay scam?
« on: March 24, 2012, 06:00:35 PM »
Right on there!  If was direct thru eBay, then would not be as conmcerned, but the "e-mail me your eBay user name" was a bright red flag.
Reported the listing to eBay.

I am a huge fan of the BlackRapid strap, but hear good things about Sun Sniper.
They both attach to the tripod mount and the camera hangs inverted.  Very ergonomic.

EOS Bodies / Re: please help...5D Mark II or 7D ??
« on: March 22, 2012, 05:28:06 PM »
Great point about the built in flash on the 7D.  5D2 would be a transition for the OP from the Rebel.

EOS Bodies / Re: please help...5D Mark II or 7D ??
« on: March 22, 2012, 04:27:37 PM »
Sounds like your shooting interest are better served by a FF purchase over crop.
I have had a 7D for about 2 years now and the love affair is still going strong.  fantastic for sports, wildlife, and fast moving kids.  I recently bought a 5D2 as my entry point into FF and it is a beautiful solution for everything else where speed (AF and fps) and reach (crop sensor) are not my primary considerations.
Neither one is a bad decision, just depends on how you want to apply the tool to the situation.

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