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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.

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  :)

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