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EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy the 5DMkIII now or wait for 5DMK2
« on: February 24, 2012, 04:00:09 PM »

Undecided whether to go for  a 1DX or 5D3/X. I await prices specs and factual delivery dates with interest.

In the same boat - but not sure which way to paddle  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy the 5DMkIII now or wait for 5DMK2
« on: February 23, 2012, 11:31:45 AM »
Should clarify the last option -
1Dx, instead of the 5d 'update' (not "I don't care for the 5D line")

Lenses / Re: What's your favorite Canon lens and why?
« on: February 22, 2012, 05:39:40 PM »
The one I am currently looking through b/c that means I am shooting and not in front of a computer  ;)

Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« on: February 22, 2012, 12:39:46 PM »
I've used it on both and feel the images were similarly handled, though I was at max focal length on the 70--200.  I will do a comparison specifically at 135 this weekend, but I am pleased with the results at 200 + 1.4 and don't really have a need to do 135 + 1.4, except to have 135*1.4 at f2.8 instead of 135*1.4 af f4 (using the 70-200).

Lenses / Re: Problems with 50 f1.4 & 135 f2.0 on 1.6x crop sensors
« on: February 21, 2012, 09:49:52 PM »
No problems with either lens on either a 7d or 1.3x 1dIV.

Software & Accessories / Re: Portable Memory Card Backup
« on: February 15, 2012, 07:07:21 PM »
EyeFi SD cards can synch instantly to web sites automatically if WiFi will be available ??
I use it, albeit slow with large RAW or video files but doable if the hotel has access and you have enough batteries for the camera.

Software & Accessories / Re: Looking for a new bag/backpack
« on: February 15, 2012, 11:39:42 AM »
If willing to consider an over-the shoulder and a separate laptop sleeve, (as opposed to traditional backback), I was amazed at how much gear the ThinkTank 30 Retrospective can hold.  While it sounds nice to have an integrated space for the laptop, in my searches, I found that having accessibility AND adequate packing makes the bags either too big or too flimsy, so I keep them separate. I'm sure others have different experiences/preferences, and most own (or have owned) MANY bags before finding the right one 'for now'.

But I routinely carry the following in the Retrospective 30

7d & 1dIV bodies (front pockets)
16-35 / 24-70 zooms (with hoods)
35 / 50 / 135 primes (with hoods)
430 Ex speedlight
Dual Rapid strap slings
plus pockets for the filters / batteries / chargers
plus occasionally use the 2 'loops' to clip on additional lenses (70-200), or water bottle

Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« on: February 15, 2012, 11:24:54 AM »
Ditto - if you have ANY doubts, just look at the lens gallery here and you'll see how versatile / sharp this can be.  For the current price, maybe the best 'value' in the L series.

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: February 15, 2012, 11:01:21 AM »
Nice shots, looks like a little catch light in the eyes - off camera flash or ambient lighting ?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Optimal sports and action setup?
« on: February 12, 2012, 02:55:03 PM »
I'd go with the 7D now, who knows when the next version is coming? If you wait for the 5D upgrade, all your money will be used on the newer body.  While approaching 3 yrs out, the 7D body for ~1K is still a very nice camera, and this leaves you options ($$) for lenses. Once you understand /demonstrate to your employer what type of images you need and are capable of, then maybe they will pay for the next body  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Optimal sports and action setup?
« on: February 11, 2012, 05:52:03 PM »
Alot depends on budget, but a very reasonable starting point for the enthusiast on a moderate budget is a 7d, with the fastest glass you can afford.  If MOSTLY doing sports then the extra reach of the 7d (or 1d IV) must be balanced against the better low light performance of the FFs - but I'd stay away from the 5d2 if SPORTs is the priority.  AF options doing sports is very tricky (doable, but tricky) and my keeper rates with the 7d & 1d IV are very good. Until we have solid spec's on the 5dIII/X, I cannot speculate there.
If budget is not an option and you can wait, the 1Dx would be the BEST (costliest) of both worlds.

But whatever body you choose, definitely put the most thought into your glass and WHERE you will be shooting.

If mostly indoors (gyms / courts / reasonably close action, typically poor lighting) my first purchase would be the 135/2. 
If funds are tight, then (believe it or not) I like the 50/1.4 or the 85/1.8 if you can be close to the courts. (the 85 1.2 is too slow on the AF for fast sports but beautiful if doing more photojournalistic shots and less 'action' shots).
If doing bleacher shooting and funds allow, then the better (BEST) option would be the 70-200 2.8 II.
If you do use the 135 (which I do and love, check out the lens gallery here) and it still doesn't "reach"your target,  then you'll NEED the 70-200 2.8 or the 135 with a 1.4 or 2x TC.  Again if budget is less an issue then the  200/2 is another thing of beauty, but as a compromise,  the 200/2.8 is a bargain at ~800 USD.  Be aware though, that shooting primes and sports requires a great deal of practice/knowledge to be in the right place at the right time to get the framing you need, and the 135 and 200 primes do not have IS, so a monopod is very useful.

Outdoor field sports is a whole different ballgame, where lighting is better (but more variable), and many more multipurpose lenses become more practical. 28-300 as a single option, 70-300 or 100-400 as cheaper alternatives. 

I'm leaving out the very good 24-70 as an INITIAL lens to recommend now that a new one is on the horizon (at the end of someone's pot of gold), but I do use this quite a lot, and am considering upgrading myself, but until I try out the mark II, I would hold out for now.  Though again, if $$ is not the limiting factor, it is an excellent court side choice (more versatile than the 50 prime),  The EF-s 17-55 2.8 is another great idea if you decide to go the 7D body as it is a superb all-around crop body lens, and has a niche for sports, if you do use 2 bodies.   The 24-105/4 is another nice piece of optics, but for sports, best reserved for the outdoor arenas.

You should begin there with these 2 focal length ranges (< 100 and 135-300 or more), and have 2 distinct perspectives, with enough shutter speed to get all the action.

If keeping 2 bodies is an option, then when you want the group / team photo holding the trophy, the 50 (24-70 or 17-55) on a crop body (with the Nike Zoom  :)) gives you the best chance to get the emotions of the moment without having to change lenses after the winning point and everyone is running around.

Bottom line, think about your camera's location (ambient lighting and your ability to get close physically or optically) before spending your money on the more expensive, faster lenses, but in the end, that is where I would start, good luck and happy shooting.

Portrait / Re: Portraits of my "Better" half
« on: February 11, 2012, 04:48:44 PM »
Here's my MacLady

by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Snowy pictures
« on: February 09, 2012, 06:56:16 PM »

135Lsnow7Da by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Software & Accessories / Re: Sling Straps: Black Rapid, Sun Sniper
« on: February 07, 2012, 05:43:10 PM »
Just finished a 2 day volleyball shoot with the 1d IV and 7d on a double strap - using it for the first time and LOVED IT.  What I also tried at times was attaching the left strap to the top of my monopod. thus allowing me SOME freedom to relax the weight of the monopod/7d/70-300 (or 200 or 135) while switching/shooting with the second body one-handed.  Not necessary (obviously) if NOT using a monopod, but I found the 135 and 200 primes really excelled with one while on the 7D, and the 1dIV with the 24-70 hanging off to the side gave me nice coverage.  But I felt simply handholding the 200 or 135 primes gave me sl soft shots, even at 1/800 or 1/1000 but was vastly improved with the monopod.  A little awkward at times but better than leaning the monopod on the wall / floor, thus I was able to go back and forth between bodies/lenses and capture much more action.

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: February 06, 2012, 07:48:59 AM »
As the OP, let me add that MY intent was to share images we took 'spontaneously', not those where our subjects posed, not those where we artificially adjusted lighting, and definitely not those with models. If the subject happened to look at the camera, that is ok by me, but if the shooter asked them to look, smile or say cheese, not so much....

I would like to learn from those with more experience, and in particular, I was curious as to how shooters 'quickly' decide on settings, etc.  A much older thread discussed custom settings which can be preset, but I was hoping to add to that discussion with candid examples, so keep posting and feel free to add to the 'practical' technical discussion on settings, and quick setup procedures.  We all have our own visions, composition styles, etc, but the newbies who follow along might benefit from how we set our equipment.

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