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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: January 09, 2012, 08:52:55 AM »
Ithaca NY (Cornell University)
7D f5.6 1/350 ISO 100 @24 mm

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM
« on: January 09, 2012, 07:16:22 AM »
How is the AF speed wide-open?  Any shots of moving targets / low lights?

Portrait / Candid portraits
« on: January 08, 2012, 02:36:11 PM »
Here's one to start off - I'd like to see more 'candid' portraits, rather than posed.  I'm curious to see what settings people use when they are not really planning on taking a shot, but rather when something interesting occurs and there is not always time to be 'creative' with the lights or the settings.  I was recently shooting a hoops game, and the cutest kid was on the bench teasing the players during a time-out. didn't have time to think, just took a quick shot with my 'action' settings. Love what the 135 2L can do here.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel / carry bags
« on: January 08, 2012, 01:53:04 PM »
True - but there is excellent closure protection with velcro - 2 sets actually, which are very sticky.  You need to pull with both hands to lift off the flap, and inside, an additional flap which allows another layer of closure of the long side pocket with more velcro.   This is definitely a well-made, and thought out bag, and I am looking forward to a long day of shooting with it next weekend.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel / carry bags
« on: January 08, 2012, 08:58:59 AM »
FWIW, I received the bag yesterday (Think Tank Retrospective 30).  The bag is well built/sturdy canvas-type feel, is loaded with pockets/dividers, and has very nice zippering with nice adjustable straps/carry handles.  Looks like a man-bag and not a camera bag. Only 2 'complaints' are that when carrying over the shoulder, the cover flap is pretty long and must be folded over itself to gain full access to interior, but because it is so big, it does serve well as a shelf when changing lenses - very handy even though it slows the lens-change process down slightly. The other minor flaw is the side pockets are 2 small/tight to carry gatorade bottles- they barely fit a slim water bottle. But, there is a handle loop where you can hang a carabiner to a lexan bottle, so no biggie but just one more thing flopping around, and one more item to remember to bring. Better for the environment I guess, (and my gut,) as now I'll bring Crystal Light, instead of buying gatorade :)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:00:53 AM »
What I meant is I control the shutter speed, choosing 750, or 1000 based on what my viewfinder meter 'tells' me and the autoISO would then adjust itself, usually to 1600, or 3200, or occasionally down to 800.
I've tried Tv mode but my keeper rate is higher when I do it myself.

As far as composition / style - basketball is not my usual sport, and I had a tough time on the ACTION/SPORTy moments, so I chose to go after the more personal / candid shots.

My volleyball parents always like to see the emotion of the moment, rather than the stop-action hand on ball so to speak.   What I REALLY like about the 135 is the bokeh, really isolates the player IN  the moment.  Next week, I am shooting a VB tourney for 2 days, and I am renting a 1D Mark IV as a trial...trying to decide 1D MIV vs 1DX.....

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 ?

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