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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 IS L II -VS- 135 f/2 L + 70-200 f/4 IS L
« on: March 01, 2012, 05:27:31 PM »
200mm and bokeh = ef 200mm f2.0L

=$6000, not in the OP's budget

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 or 1DX for Ultimate Image Quality...
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:23:52 AM »
Which features of 1Dx would make it 'worth' ~2x the cost ?

Twice the frame rate ?

AF features ?

~81% the number of pixels with some degree of  'improved' ISO sensitivity / dynamic range ?

Dual CF vs CF / SD card slot ?

Integrated grip?

Improved weathersealing ?

Custom features ?

I was planning on the 1Dx but am now questioning my commitment.  The 5DIII seems like the marriage between my 1dIV and 7D with more pixels / full-frame sensor. 

How much better DR / ISO performance can we hope the 1Dx will have c/w the 5DIII and does that justify the 'surcharge' for some of these other features ?

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 IS L II -VS- 135 f/2 L + 70-200 f/4 IS L
« on: February 29, 2012, 09:24:03 AM »
That is definitely a jack-of-all trade lens (but master of none).  I did try it at one indoor event, and had to really slow down the shutter speed, so it was only usable for me for stationary shots. IQ was good, but not as sharp as either the 70-200 or 135, but definitely usable.  The extra reach may prove useful to some, but if changing lenses as needed is not an issue, I'd go for the extra stops of light with the 135, and stay with constant f4 zoom. 
Again, photography is about choices / compromises and planning ahead.  No one (affordable) lens exists to cover every situation. I guess that is why my camera bags have become so full.  ;)

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 IS L II -VS- 135 f/2 L + 70-200 f/4 IS L
« on: February 29, 2012, 12:50:53 AM »
I regularly use both the 135 and the 70-200 f2.8 II and as mentioned it depends on what / where you want to shoot. I don't use the f4 zoom ( see below).
The 135 is fantastic. especially but not limited to when that extra stop is needed, and it is a bit less obtrusive.
Indoor sports is my primary use, so originally I bought the 2.8 II 70-200 with a 7d (incorrectly assuming I needed the extra reach, but I found the lighting a bigger challenge.) To handle that,  I now have the 1d IV, and I still find that I lean on the faster 135 much more.  For my shoots (low light),  I not only need the increased ISO sensitivity of the 1 series (c/w the 7d) but I find it more worthwhile to trade off a little reach / zoom flexibility for that extra stop. That may not be as important to you.
If/when I go full frame, I anticipate facing the dilemma of even less crop, but with added / better low light sensitivity so I may be able to go back to using the 70-200 2.8 again.
The versatility / quality of the faster 2.8 zoom made the f4 not an option for my work, but think carefully which is more important for you.
You might re-consider both the 70-200 f4 AND the 135 b/c as I see it you kind of get the best of both worlds = albeit the difference in quality/speed between the f4 and 2.8 II for me was the deal breaker.
Not an easy choice, but looking at the lens gallery will only make it harder to decide b/c it won't be 'obvious' which has better image quality.  YOU have to think what lighting conditions you will want to shoot, and then the decision becomes a LITTLE easier.  Good luck !!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Just got word the 5D III isn't coming this week
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:14:22 PM »
Engagement Photo - Polaroid

Wedding Video - VCR

Child's first birthday - Point and Shoot

Child's Graduation - SLR

Child's Wedding - dSLR

First Grandchild - 5d III

First Grandchild's inheritance (well at least we have nice photos of him  :) )

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  ;)

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