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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II
« on: June 26, 2013, 02:14:00 PM »
I'm still leaning to one of these:

1. 400mm f2.8 IS II + x1.4 and x2 TC III --  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
2. 300mm f2.8 IS II + x1.4 and x2 TC III -- ;D ;D ;D

I thought you said you were done for this year? Is this next years wish list?

I have met some nice guys and exchanged names and phone numbers. Unfortunately I have also met disgusting professionals!

Now, please professionals DO NOT TAKE ME WRONG. I am not making generalizations in any way. I am just stating the fact (It's a long story...)

Same, previous year I met other people (from different countries) and had exchanged names, contacts and we even went out together that day.

Lenses / Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« on: June 26, 2013, 02:01:48 PM »
I notice you left off the 300/2.8L IS II from your list...
Are you thinking of it as a lighter/smaller alternative to 600 (perhaps with a 2X) ?

Partly.  But primarily for sports, as my daughters get to that point...
You are not thinking of making someone crazy by shooting first with your Canon S100 ps camera and then presenting the 1DX/300mm 2.8 combo after he shows you his "super" digital rebel as THE camera :o ?   (The crocodile Dundee case...)

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8
« on: June 26, 2013, 01:54:16 PM »
it optically trounces the 14L
The-Digital-Picture site begs to differ: Below are comparisons at f/2.8 and f/5.6.

But could they just have gotten a bad sample of the Samyang?
Have you tried many good copies of 14mm II Canons and you find them worse than Samyang?

Me?  I have never tried either of those.  I am just wanting to know what to buy, at under $750...If I had the "coin" many of you have, I would be paying people to post on this forum for me!  If I hadn't bought a new camera, and a couple of lenses already in the last few months...then I could afford a high dollar wide angle lens.  Of course I would have to just hold it up to paper and let it burn the image on that, because I would have no camera to mount it on...!
Actually I was lucky! I found a used 14mm 2.8L II in a shop in mint condition for 1000 euros less than the price of the new. Then I brought with me some stuff (3 lenses and a battery pack of my stolen 40D) and I deducted a lot. So I got it for 650 euro  :)

I wasn't looking for it. I was thinking too of Samyang 14 but at the price I got the Canon it was a steal!

Then, I took a look at the-digital-picture and found that comparison which shocked me because truth be told many sites said the Sam is very good.

Lenses / Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« on: June 26, 2013, 01:07:11 PM »
Well, I am not neuro but this can not completely right. He does not have 500mm f/4L IS II, 800mm f/5.6L IS, 200mm f/2L IS, 200-400 f/4L 1.4X.

And - I think - he does not have 8-15, 17TS-E, 24 1.4II.

All true.  I notice you left off the 300/2.8L IS II from your list...perhaps you are aware that that lens is high on my list for a future purcahse?   :)
I have just forgotten it! But quite a coincidence!  :)  Are you thinking of it as a lighter/smaller alternative to 600 (perhaps with a 2X) ?

Hi guys!

I was ALMOST buying the 24-70 mkii. But then, in the last minute, i decided to go prime.

I just bought a Sigma 35mm f1.4 and a 135L.

I will give myself 6 months to get used to this focal lengths. If it doesn't work, I'll sell them and get the zoom.

Thank you for all advices!
Excellent choice! Have fun with your lenses (I am sure you will) :)

Lenses / Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« on: June 26, 2013, 09:50:15 AM »
I just ordered the 70-300L as a travel telezoom - lighter, but more importantly more compact than either the 70-200 II or 100-400, fits vertically in my photo backpacks.

That's not why you did it . . . 

You did it because they're like Pokemon to you . . . gotta catch em all.   ;D
Well, I am not neuro but this can not completely right. He does not have 500mm f/4L IS II, 800mm f/5.6L IS, 200mm f/2L IS, 200-400 f/4L 1.4X.

And - I think - he does not have 8-15, 17TS-E, 24 1.4II.

(@neuro please can you verify?  :)  :) )

So you see there's always room for ... improvement ... OK just joking.

To tell the truth I have suspicions that I have L.A.S (Lens Acquisition Syndrome) but at least I have sold a few up to now (6 lenses plus the battery pack of my stolen 40D)  ;D

Never the less very interesting comment, I am sorry I replied to your post since I am not neuro but your post may have struck a chord with me  ;D   ;D

Canon General / Re: Is this a fair offer for an on location job?
« on: June 26, 2013, 09:39:22 AM »
And, for gods sake, don't EVER give away copyright blatantly and blindly to ANYONE. You shot it, so it's yours - they can have USAGE right, but you should NEVER give away images.
I am not a pro, neither wishing to be one and I have another job. So I cannot comment on your generally helpful and interesting suggestions.

BUT, the above quoted phrase I believe SUMS it up as good as possible for EVERYONE (amateur or professional).

Lenses / Re: 24mm options...
« on: June 26, 2013, 09:07:52 AM »
I got the 24mm TS-E II and I never regretted it. It doubles for architectural and landscape photography and it is very sharp.
I do not find the manual focus a problem. But of course, I do not use it for street photography.

I wonder if a 14-24 would be versatile enough? A low distortion 16-35 with improved optics would make a better walk around lens for me personally.
I agree. Actually distortion is not so much of a problem. But sharpness even at the edges is an absolute must.
It will be a better walk around since it will allow the use of filters (including filter systems like Lee) and anyway 16mm is already very wide. The upper end at 35mm instead of 24mm would help to make less lens changes.
But I guess we will have to wait a few more years ...  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 25, 2013, 03:42:01 PM »
3rd option:
28 MP APS-H, usable ISO 6400, 8 FPS + EF-S compatible in 18MP crop mode with 10fps
... with a flying elephant that will help us carry all our gear  ;D  ;D ;D

Seriously, don't get me wrong but as the OP said it's about compromise.
I don't believe that Canon can/will improve in all aspects in a new APS-C body...

Lenses / Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:01:25 PM »
As I have already mentioned I am interested in your impressions mostly regarding the opposite use of rings.
P.S It will fit nicely vertically on the bataflae 26L bag I just ordered  :)

I'll let you know on the rings - lens arrives tomorrow.  TDP's specs show it as the same (retracted) length as the 24-70/2.8L II with the hood mounted, and that fits vertically in my Flipside 300 - so I assume the 70-300L will be the same.

So...I got the 70-300L on Thursday, AFMA'd it that night (a constant +2 at four focal lengths across the zoom range), and took it on an excursion Friday afternoon.  The size is great - it does fit vertically in the Flipside 300, so I was able to take four lenses (and I needed all four).  It also fits in a Lowepro Lens Exchange 100 AW, so that'll be nice on a belt to pair up with the 24-70 II.

I did find the reversed placement of the zoom/focus rings (relative to my other L zooms) a bit annoying.  I'm sure I'll get accustomed to it, although frequently switching off with the 24-70 II will slow that process down (it would have paired well with the EF-S 17-55/2.8 when I had it). 

I just ordered the Tripod Mount Ring C for it.  It's a small enough lens and my RRS ballheads are robust enough that it's not really needed for balance (though it won't hurt).  But I think the tripod foot will give me a good place to rest my hand, keeping it off the focus ring and positioning my fingers under the zoom ring.

The convenience of the lens and it's excellent IQ more than offset the annoyance of the ring placement, IMO.
Thanks for letting me know. I had a chance to use it for a minute. Weight was OK but the rings were a bit of a problem. Good choice with the tripod foot. I believe that it will be steadier. My 70-200 f/4L IS is also safe with no tripod ring but I occasionally grab the ring of my 300L f/4 (non-IS) which has a plate and put it on 70-200 when I intend to shoot a lot of pictures in tripod.

EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 25, 2013, 12:51:22 PM »
I have to wonder how many that voted for lower MP's and better ISO performance will then turn around and flame the 7d2 if it does in fact end up being low MP high

Ahhhh the 7d2, such a tricky camera to ponder.  When I had mine, I rarely had the need to use the high speed - I generally had that turned off because it was just overkill - but then again, I am not a sports shooter!

I guess it can go either way ---a baby 1dx or a baby 5d3...I'd hope for the latter because unless it does have good performance at high ISO, it won't be a camera I will consider...
I wouldn't complain for one. having a 5D2 and 5D3 I believe a 16MPx fast with high ISO capability 7DII would suit me fine. Plus 16MP*1.6*1.6 = 41 MP equivalent pixel density.
7D was somehow the baby 1D4 (somehow please don't start ...  :) ) so it is natural for me a low MP high fps count high ISO camera (like 16MP 9fps 6400 max usable ISO) to be the baby 1DX.
Also I consider 6D a baby 5D3 (again ... somehow  :)  )

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