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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 3000 mAh AA battery for Flash ?
« on: September 30, 2013, 03:55:46 PM »
The 801D charger lasted a few years. So no hard feelings. However, the first that stopped working was the slow charge!!!
So I had no other option that to use fast charge.

My only complaint was that the way it broke down was very dangerous.

I believe that your charger will serve you some years. Just keep an eye on it...

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The IS on the f4 L IS isn't quite as good as the one found on the f2.8 II version
Says you. Canon says otherwise (that they are equal).

In my experience, they are similar, which means highly effective.

The IS on the mk II 70-200 f2.8 L IS is quieter and visibly smoother in the viewfinder. The unit on the f4 LIS is very effective but it's a fair bit older in design than the newer f2.8 version. There's a number of reviewers who have stated that they found the f4 LIS to be slightly less than 4 stops ability and the f2.8 II LIS to be slightly over. Regardless of outcome, both are very capable units and very capable lenses.
The IS on the mk II 70-200 f2.8 L IS is indeed much quieter. However, my f/4 L IS seems 4 stops effective while my f/2.8L IS II seems ... 1 stop effective! True this is my subjective view due mainly to lens weight but the end result is the same for me.

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Lenses / Re: EF 135 USM L or EF 100 Macro IS USM - which one is sharper?
« on: September 30, 2013, 07:19:20 AM »
even better the Sigma 150,which is actually sharper than both the 100L and the 135mmL.
Very funny! Is this sharper (especially at full aperture as OP asked)?
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=674&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=807&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

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The IS on the f4 L IS isn't quite as good as the one found on the f2.8 II version
Says you. Canon says otherwise (that they are equal).
That's the objective part...
that said, it's still very capable. The f2.8 has twice the brightness and the same level of IS, so you gain a stop in low level shooting. But it's a heavier and harder lens to handle, so I think that the extra stop is lost due to the size and bulk of the f2.8 version. The f2.8 version can melt backgrounds a little easier but focus accuracy becomes more critical as the depth of field diminishes.
Now we agree! Since I have both allow me to say regarding the f/4 IS version:  its IS combined with the lower weight - as you also say - makes it a killer combination. That's me. Other members find easy to handhold still a heavy lens. That's the subjective part...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 3000 mAh AA battery for Flash ?
« on: September 29, 2013, 07:28:37 AM »
The Powerex Maha MH-C801D Eight Cell is the one that I use. It's a great charger with built-in battery deep-conditioning system, and selectable soft and rapid charging.
Until it decides to fry your batteries ... melt its own plastic by not stopping charging. It has happened to me!
In addition, it seems I am not the only one (judging from Amazon.com feedback on this product)...
(The first that stopped working on my charger was the soft charge button...)

Thanks you, Sir, Dear Tron.
Thanks for your infor.
Now, Poor Surapon---Now What will I do, 2 sides of Powerex Maha MH-C801D= Good  or ----Bad ???
Thanks.
Surapon
I have not given up on Maha because of that (I do not know though if it this was wise). I got the Maha/PowerEx 9000 model that is a more sophisticated charger. Unfortunately it charges only 4 batteries at a time. I have it for almost 2 years and it has been fine. No complaints apart from the fact that it refuses to charge some older (but in good condition) batteries.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 3000 mAh AA battery for Flash ?
« on: September 27, 2013, 07:22:20 AM »
The Powerex Maha MH-C801D Eight Cell is the one that I use. It's a great charger with built-in battery deep-conditioning system, and selectable soft and rapid charging.
Until it decides to fry your batteries ... melt its own plastic by not stopping charging. It has happened to me!
In addition, it seems I am not the only one (judging from Amazon.com feedback on this product)...
(The first that stopped working on my charger was the soft charge button...)

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I too have both the f/2.8 and the f/4 versions of the 70-200 IS. The f/4 is unbeatable for size/weight. Its IQ is also very good.

I used the 2.8 II only in one occasion where I needed the fastest possible 70-200 optic. That has given many good photos but except from such (and rare for me) special cases the f/4 is enough. I can even put my 5D(II or II), 24-105 and 70-200 f/4 IS in a small Thinktank Urban Disguise 30 and still have room for a small optic or flash.

The only thing that stops me from getting 70-300 is that the overlapping would be too much - and no I will NOT sell 70-200 f/4 IS - and the reverse use of focus and zoom rings.

To sum up: It seems difficult to choose. I would rank Nature People/pets Event and Travel categories and then choose accordingly.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Choosing the right tripod
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:28:48 AM »
I moved from a Manfrotto 055PROB + 410 Junior Gear Head (total ~3.7Kg) to a Gitzo 3541LS + Markins M20 head (total ~ 2.3Kg)

This proved to be a night and day difference in weight for me. It cost a lot but now I am able to take it with me more often.

I believe this is overkill for you. You should try to focus on a Carbon Fiber solution though. A rather expensive but light tripod that you take with you is better than a cheaper heavy tripod that stays at home.

Keep in mind that for tripods you can have only 2 out of the following 3 characteristics: Cheap, Light and Stable.

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Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 24, 2013, 08:56:59 PM »
... I just ordered a 16-35L f/2.8 II and a 70-200 f/2.8 II ... What to do of this addiction?
Embrace it, enjoy it, buy the rest of L lenses  ;D  ;D  ;D

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Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:15:11 AM »
One Lens to rule them all, One Lens to find them, One Lens to bring them all and in the darkness bind them!
In the land of Canon where the profits lie ...  ;D

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Lenses / Re: 400mm f2.8L IS II or 600mm f4L IS II?
« on: September 23, 2013, 09:58:32 AM »
I would keep the money for the moment. That or I would get the 300mm f/2.8L IS II. It is an excellent sports lens. Also, it is much cheaper and lighter that the 200-400 zoom.

Earlier in the year, I was on an Irish sea birds workshop. I was the only 400mm f2.8 L IS, mk I...and flippin heavy...but stunning pictures, even If I do say so myself :D
There was a 600 LIS II and a 500 LIS II, both very good.I think the 600 is a bit better than the mkI. The new 500 is increadibly light and easy to use. There were two 300 LIS II with TC's and again very light and easy to handle, sharp and beautiful optics. It lost a stop vs my 400 when focal matching but could move closer to the subject to get the same framing.
If I was going to do it again, it would be a hard descision between the 300II or 500II. My 400I was mroe flexible with TC's but heavier and a lot harder to handle when tracking large birds...even lugging it abot over the island was seriously hard work! I personally found the 600IIL a bit too long for my likes. I suppose I could chop my 400L in for a 400IIL :D
True, the II series are lighter or much lighter! I am not interested for a 300 2.8 (I do have an excellent 300mm f/4L non-IS) or a huge 400 2.8 or 600 4

I got a 500mm f/4L IS II and indeed it is a very good and light (for what it is) lens.

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Lenses / Re: 400mm f2.8L IS II or 600mm f4L IS II?
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:02:27 AM »
I would keep the money for the moment. That or I would get the 300mm f/2.8L IS II. It is an excellent sports lens. Also, it is much cheaper and lighter that the 200-400 zoom.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 3000 mAh AA battery for Flash ?
« on: September 20, 2013, 06:18:39 AM »
I too use Eneloops (the 2000mAh version) for flash. It's nice to know that you can keep them and they will still be charged when you use them again.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's to be expected from Canon in Q4 2013?
« on: September 18, 2013, 07:36:10 AM »
Nothing

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Software & Accessories / Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« on: September 18, 2013, 06:55:42 AM »
check out gura gear - their bataflae 32L is huge and will easily swallow all you equipment.  Also rugged and very lightweight.
As you said: It's huge. Half of it will hold a 600 f/4 or 800 f/5.6 without camera or a 500 f/4 with camera.

OP mentioned 300 2.8. So a Bataflae 26L would be a better choice. It will hold the 300 2.8 with camera attached in one half and the other equipment in the other half with room to spare...

P.S I do have 26L and believe me it's BIG. You do not want even bigger than necessary...

I tend toward larger bags, so (1) I can keep equipment easily accessible and (2) take that extra items (water, sun screen, sandwich, ...) with me.
Well this thread is about OP's needs:

300mm f/2.8 IS II (with lens hood reversed - body attached is nice but not needed)
70-200 f/2.8 IS II
24-70 f/2.8 II
16-35 f/2.8 II
1.4x & 2x III TCs
Tripod on back/side
Misc filters, RRS pano slide, small first aid kit, snake bite kit, lens cleaning kit

The 26L holds all of them with room to spare.

In addition he didn't require water, sandwiches and sunscreen. Not that I would put them in a photo bag that carries so expensive equipment. Murphy's Law is always active ...

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