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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 06, 2012, 10:53:45 PM »
Finally got into the underlit gym with my 7D and 135L.  Girls basketball (not my usual subjects), but I must say the 135 outperformed my 70-200 2.8 II.  Mostly shot wide open and got the ISO down to 800/1600 and sometimes 3200 with shutter speeds 1/750 or 1/1000.  I'm happy looking at my screen, though these compressed images don't do it justice.
These were all handheld, no monopod, M, AI servo, zone select, f2, autoISO, and shutter speed adjusted via viewfinder exposure meter.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: January 05, 2012, 08:34:50 PM »
NCAA Men's Finals, taken by my 15 yr old daughter while I was in men's room...


Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: January 05, 2012, 08:29:00 PM »
Doe and fawn with a 7D in mid-August, Pennsylvania suburbs

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel / carry bags
« on: January 05, 2012, 08:22:33 PM »
Was originally interested in wearing /carrying gear at indoor volleyball tournaments, not necessarily trekking adventures or air travel - went back and forth between the Lowepro FLIPSIDE and the Think Tank Retrospective series.  Ultimately chose the lower profile Think Tank Retrospective.  It was a tough call because of the positive feedback on the FLIPSIDE model, and the extra $$, but decided against the backpack model and ordered the messenger style Retro 30.  Appreciate everyone's input, though.  Enjoy my daily visits to the FORUM  :)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: December 31, 2011, 06:32:53 AM »
What is your recommended settings on a 7D while panning?  In particular, AF selection points / mode?  I am used to low-light gyms, so end up using M, auto ISO (1600 - 3200), f2.8 and 1/500-1/1000 with AI Servo - Hi speed continuous, Zone selection on my 70-200 2.8 II.  With the 135, hoping to bring the ISO down a little.
If I were to pan during a volleyball serve, what settings should I change? I'd love to learn to blur the background beyond my lens' bokeh.

Here are some 70-200 shots, sorry to go off thread but to compare with 135 shots I'll post next week from our next practice.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: December 30, 2011, 10:21:51 PM »
Ditto Candyman's request!  I have been shooting the 70-200 2.8 II IS for over a year with the 7D and am very happy, but JUST got the 135 and haven't had the chance yet to get into the gym (volleyball).

I was wondering if anyone has experienced some handheld camera shake with the 135?  The 70-200 "IS" has given me no trouble, but the 135 (w/o my usual monopod), seems sl less stable.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300 f/2.8L IS
« on: December 29, 2011, 08:41:33 AM »
Shot with your 7D I presume ?

Third Party Manufacturers / Travel / carry bags
« on: December 27, 2011, 03:29:24 PM »
Santa left some gift cards and wondering which day bags people prefer?

Looking for over -the -shoulder, light models to carry a 7D with grip, 70-200, + 3-4 lenses and a flash.
Currently using the BlackRapid  RS-5 Strap but hoping to add something for accessories.

Also looking to upgrade bag to travel by air.

Just read that Scott Kelby is using the Think Tank series - any comments / suggestions on preferred models, alternate brands ?

Will be adding a second FF body in March (assuming I can get my hands on a 1Dx - any info on pre-ordering would be appreciated).

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: December 24, 2011, 10:55:50 AM »
Great pick up, I was experimenting with depth of field trying to get a feel for it, Not much room for margin of error.  I do love the composition, bokeh and the blade effects, but you really have to be careful. I did spot focus there - just shows how 'accurate' the focus can be with the 7D, even in low light.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: December 23, 2011, 01:33:10 PM »
Just got the of my first portraits at a holiday party.

Software & Accessories / Re: PC or MAC
« on: December 21, 2011, 06:38:13 AM »
Possibly a Mac Fan boy but I switched to a MacBook Pro, 2.66 iCore 7 with 4 GB RAM and never looked back.  I use PS CS5 daily with Aperture on this device with barely a noticeable lag c/w with my MacPro - for which I use the 27 LED screen for final touch ups prior to enlarging. I also use iPhoto as my family JPG backup viewer for the devoted wife - she makes Christmas cards and the occasional book, but hush, hush don't tell anyone ;)
C/w with my 'old' office PC, circa 2009 well there is no comparison - the Mac clearly starts up faster, processes faster and never crashes, so put one vote down for the MacBook Pro.
With the newer generation now offering the SSDs for your iOS and startup drive- it is a no brainer.

Lighting / Re: Photoflex TritonFlash Battery kits
« on: November 28, 2011, 09:54:02 PM »
Nope, just starting to get outside and mobile :( sorry.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: November 26, 2011, 11:33:27 AM »
Just missed the boat....

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