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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II vs f/4L IS
« on: February 03, 2012, 04:48:52 PM »
Might want to consider the 135/2 L and the 70-200/4
Best of both worlds ??

Lenses / Re: Upgrade choices- full frame; wide prime or zoom; 135f/2
« on: February 02, 2012, 12:24:39 PM »
But I am also interested in the 135 f/2.  I would love to upgrade to this image quality and low light capability for portraits and close distance sports photos of my kids.  But it doesn’t sound like this lens (either on a crop body or a FF body) can be counted on to take sports shots for things like baseball, football, etc. – on a FF, it doesn’t seem like enough zoom and on a crop, the lack of IS would be a problem.  Are there folks out there who have found the 135 to be useful for sports on a FF or crop body?

Check out the 135L lens gallery to see some sports shots with 135 on a 7D-simply awesome! No problems w/o IS for fast-moving sports, I was worried about the same thing, but with practice and high shutter speeds not a big issue, though a monopod does help.

I now also shoot with a 1dIV, but most times I put the 135 on the 7D to take advantage of the extra stop (f2) and use my 24-70 on the 1dIV. I  do love the 135 on a crop for any inside action.  If outside sports are more likely, then the aforementioned 70-200/4 may make more sense (more reach, more flexibility if only 1 body).

Software & Accessories / Re: TIFF or JPeg for storage
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:15:53 PM »
I started using PS just a little while ago and it sounds like I am doing something wrong.  My 'new' workflow is to use the Adobe Bridge import of the CR2 files (AFTER a separate back up to a HDD), rate the 'keepers' and trash the junk. The keepers get a touch up in Camera Raw first, and a "save as" JPEG to a new project folder for future uploading to my Phanfare website for group viewing.  My question is, when I "done" the original CR2 files, I now have the separate JPEG folder (which has a different filename now) and the 'edited' CR2 files in 2 different places. I used to use Aperture, but now with PS, I am not. Should I revert back to importing into Aperture first (or invest in LR), and then export to PS to edit and then re-import the edits?  That sounds like extra steps....

Software & Accessories / Re: Sling Straps: Black Rapid, Sun Sniper
« on: January 30, 2012, 08:54:53 PM »
Any users of the double-strap style ? Wondering how useful, as I just added a second body to my arsenal and have been fairly happy with the single RS-5, but a little annoyed that the phone pocket is too small for an iPhone in a case.
With the double - strap, how does it feel bringing the camera up, c/w with the single (where the strap feels stable ACROSS the chest, but with double, it is coming up more from the side) -- too much swing ??

Last one...

cruise2 087_edited by PVC 2012, on Flickr


ray1 zoom by PVC 2012, on Flickr


closeup by PVC 2012, on Flickr


st maarten 137_edited by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Not a Canon photo - but my Olympus 8080  ;)

Lenses / Damaged lens (filter)-service question
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:31:59 AM »
Had a mishap with my 70-200 2.8 II over the weekend :(

Dropped a few feet without the lens hood and dented the UV filter (and cracked JUST the filter luckily). 

Any ideas on how to get the bent / broken filter off and the need to have it serviced/re-calibrated?

Live in the USA, and was wondering how non-professionals get something like this fixed/checked.


so it can be the wrong thing to have if you want candid shots

But, ...having just switched from the 7d, I find the extra stop or two in low light performance allows me to grab 'party pictures' easier - the AFalso works better in low light, so I can grab a quick candid w/o flash.  Maybe not always 'publishable' but good enough for web-sharing those moments your friends  may or may not want to memorialize  :)

Just rented it 2 wks ago and fell in love with it (c/w my 7D), so I bought it :)

Agree with Neuro - excels in low-light/high ISO
Here is a sample photo in a terribly lit indoor gym (concert hall) with the 1DIV at iso 12,800, using the 70-200/2/8L IS II on a monopod at 2.8. 1/1000 (Tv) and minimally processed with Adobe Camera Raw.

PVC18Yellowreedits1D053 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Check out Think Tank Products   www.thinktankphoto.com
I got a Retrospective 30  They have a Hugle selection of Products

It holds both a 1DIV and 7D gripped, 16-35/24-70/135 (or 70-200)/35 + flash and doesn't look like a camera bag and stays upright when you put it behind car seat/in trunk or on the ground.

If carry-on roller bag is more your style, look at the Airport security.  I have the International and just a little too small for 2 bodies and the laptop.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 1D IV ??
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:39:33 AM »
As the OP, I again thank you for your insights - I didn't have enough time last weekend to fully explore the AF of the 1d and (mistakenly) undervalued it c/w my 7D. I trust the additional time I will have with it (now that I hit the "Proceed to Checkout" button  :) ), will allow me to better compare all of these options.  I also trust the incremental ISO / noise performance over the 7D will allow me the freedom to push my low light vision.  Ultimately, as so many others have said, why wait?  It is a great camera and I know I will be using it ALOT between now and whenever I might be able to get my hands on a 1Dx (as I have been unable to secure a pre-order). Again, thanks for helping me decide.

Lenses / Re: Photojournalism/indoor sports lenses
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:47:34 AM »
If you have no plans to upgrade to FF, then gripped 7D with the 17-55 2.8 EF-S IS should definitely be on the list - would overlap your current kit lens, but the 2.8 proves invaluable in your situation.  Not an L - but behaves like one I'm told.

Lenses / Re: Photojournalism/indoor sports lenses
« on: January 20, 2012, 07:41:35 AM »
If you are allowed to move around the playcourt then you can manage with primes like 85mm f/1.8 and 135mm f/2.

Ditto ...The 135 on a 7D crop gives plenty of indoor reach...

PVC16Black7d014 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

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