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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: In the market for a mirrorless
« on: October 20, 2013, 10:25:05 PM »
Did my homework but still ooking for opinion.

In addition to my kit, I'm in the market for a mirrorless for wife and daily use (man purse use).

Then the idea is to get as close as DSLR results with limiting weight to the max, which precludes from anything with lens ecosystem. I prefer fast glass and I'm more a 35 than 50 person. Fast AF is nice but non critical, basic street speed is enough (and I do some street with a 85L so...clearly no need for speed). Low light performance is indeed very important.

With all that in mind, I'm of course leaning toward the Fuji X100s. Reviews are good and I know quite a few of you have some fun with it...

But is there some naysayers with a better option that fits my criterions??
sony a7 or a7r

fuji xe-2

these are the best mirrorless you can get

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 20, 2013, 10:01:13 AM »
He must be joking, my arm is still aching since I tried to lift the Sigma, and by all accounts its IQ suffers with extenders. I have taken 1000s of bird photos at 600mm with the 300 II + 2xTC III. But, here is my grandson playing cricket taken with the 300mm II +1.4xTC III on the 5DIII (100% crop). I cannot think of a greater pleasure than the 300mm III, a grandson and cricket.

It looks like my 135L at f2.2

My American express card is burning last couple years with Canon L lenses and 5D III bodies.

Perfect - I have a British Airways American Express card, and the Avios (mileage) points for all the purchases paid for flights for my wife to South Africa and Brazil for wild-life/bird photography. Happy you, happy wife, more glass!

Alan,
Slightly diff. at my house: happy wife, happy me, more glass ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« on: October 19, 2013, 10:45:35 PM »
Luma Cinch II

I had blackrapid RS-sport previously but I like the Cinch II much more.

I haven't try Luma Cinch II yet. Recently I tried to carry my X100s the way Luma Cinch II(One end on the side and the other on at tripod) and I feel the camera is huggin me much better than the BR strap.

 -

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Lenses / Re: Good or lucky copy of the 50L?
« on: October 19, 2013, 08:06:39 PM »
Congrats on your new toy.

My 50L is good at f1.2, but MUCH MUCH better at f1.6

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:19:44 PM »
He must be joking, my arm is still aching since I tried to lift the Sigma, and by all accounts its IQ suffers with extenders. I have taken 1000s of bird photos at 600mm with the 300 II + 2xTC III. But, here is my grandson playing cricket taken with the 300mm II +1.4xTC III on the 5DIII (100% crop). I cannot think of a greater pleasure than the 300mm III, a grandson and cricket.

It looks like my 135L at f2.2

My American express card is burning last couple years with Canon L lenses and 5D III bodies.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:17:25 PM »
Buy it. Its the best of the best in the Canon range. Whatever they do over at Canon, the 300 prime rules over the others. The image quality is nothing short of outstanding including the older models. The latest is light, autofocus is lazer quick, pictures are punchy and contrasty and I can tell whenever I pull up a shot that it was done with the 300. Its damm sharp with both new extenders and soooo versatile. This is how good it is....

Photo speaks for itself Mick ;)

YOU ARE NOT HELPING AT ALL...I guess I have to see what Canon or BH has to offer this x-mas.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:13:56 PM »
Don't know that I can talk you out of it.  I have one and rather give up my 600mm II than the 300mm II.  It is just a very versatile lens by itself and with both 1.4x and 2x extenders.  If Canon comes out with a 7D II with 1Dx like AF, then it gets even more versatile. 

Here are some samples:

300mm II + 2x III on 1Dx; f/8 ISO 1250:



300mm II + 2x III on 1Dx; f/8 ISO 1600:



300mm II on 5D III; f/2.8 ISO 100:



Let me know what you decide.


Thanks jasonsim for showing me your "bad photos" ;D

I tried this lens at local camera store twice(without 2x TC III), I love the AF speed.

After seeing your photos, I'm 1-step closer to pull trigger now :P

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:09:47 PM »


Dylan

The speed loss with either TC is unnoticeable on a 5D III. And that's probably a good reason to avoid other lenses.

My 5yrs daughter joins indoor swimming team. The longest f2.8 lens I have is 70-200. I feel 300mm will fit my needs most - besides, it's quite less expensive compared to the big brother 400mm.

Thanks

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:05:58 PM »
Sorry, I can't even start to talk you out of it. It is a simply awesome lens at 300mm and f2.8. With the 1.4xTC III it is the second best 400mm available (well, 420mm f/4), very fast focussing and very, very sharp. With the 2xTC III, its IQ is still excellent and it is has snappy focussing on the 5DIII, but slower on the 7D. It is a superb lightweight 600mm. I don't have any bad photos from it attributable to the lens, only me. 

Go forth and buy it! And you too Neuro.

Alan,
What are your thoughts on shooting surfers with 5D III + 300mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III or 1.4x TC III? You think the AF will be fast enough?

Thanks
Dylan

I have done a lot of surf shooting with the MkI 300 2.8IS and MkII 2xTC, so a slower AF combo, surfing is an easy AF task, heck I used to shoot it with manual focus FD 300 and 2xTC! You will have no issues, particularly if the sun is out and you have good contrast, very early and very late in the day it can be a little slower.

The newer combo is easily up to the task.

Here is a very strongly back light difficult surf AF situation, even the earlier combo, the 300 f2.8 IS and 2xTC MkII easily tracks focus.

Thanks privatebydesign for the info and photo. Awesome

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 03:40:23 PM »
buy the new sigma 120-300 instead. it is cheaper with almost as good IQ and AF speed but with the added versatility of a zoom. + you'll save £2300 which you could spend on another red ring or two like 50mm 1.2 & 135 2.0

I have a friend bought this lens last August. We went out did some shooting. AF is quite off in AI servo on my 5D III. AF is also on slow side compared to 300mm f2.8 IS II. I'm not sure he got a bad copy or the lens itself. He returned the lens the back to BH and bought the 400mm f2.8 IS II instead. He extremely happy NOW.

I already have 50L and 135L ;)

Love the zoom though

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 03:30:20 PM »
Sorry, I can't even start to talk you out of it. It is a simply awesome lens at 300mm and f2.8. With the 1.4xTC III it is the second best 400mm available (well, 420mm f/4), very fast focussing and very, very sharp. With the 2xTC III, its IQ is still excellent and it is has snappy focussing on the 5DIII, but slower on the 7D. It is a superb lightweight 600mm. I don't have any bad photos from it attributable to the lens, only me. 

Go forth and buy it! And you too Neuro.

Alan,
What are your thoughts on shooting surfers with 5D III + 300mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III or 1.4x TC III? You think the AF will be fast enough?

Thanks
Dylan

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 03:27:25 PM »
Sorry, can't help you. The 300/2.8 II is on my short list.


I'm waiting for special rebates from Canon and/or BH. Hopefully this Christmas. I might get the x2 TC III with it. I live 10mins away from Hungtington Beach, CA. I'm interested shooting the surfers.

http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/

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I just don't see the point of buying 17.3 x 13mm system anymore.


What's more, Sony has shot itself - or its customers - in the foot by not providing what has hitherto been a major selling point of Sony dslrs: in-body image stabilization.  Until now, any lens you attached to a Sony FF digital camera (or aps-c dslr) benefited from image stabilization; unsurprisingly, Sony's A-mount lenses don't have IS - they don't need it.  That's all changed now, of course, so in situations where IS is needed, unless you add a third party lens with IS or wait and buy new Sony lenses with IS, you'll need to use a tripod (as a tip-off, Sony adds a tripod mount to the adapter you'll need to attach A-mount lenses); and if you're going to use a tripod, there goes the size advantage and then some. 


I take a lot of photo with my 5D III + 50L + 85L II + 24-70 II. Is there an "IS" on any of these?

I wrote "in situations where IS is needed".  If you never need it and wouldn't benefit from it, well, good for you.  Either way, the size issue remains - just how much difference does the body size make if you're using something as big and heavy as the 85LII or 24-70 II, and what would the ergonomics be like of attaching one of those to a small body?

At least, you and I have this in common. I hate it, therefore, I'll get some Zeiss FE primes: 14,16 or 17mm, 55mm, and 85mm. That's all I need in compact system.

Everything else: 5D III + 24-70 II, 135L, 70-200 and 300mm f2.8 IS II (maybe x2 TC).

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Lenses / Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:41:28 PM »
Can someone talk me out from NOT buying 300mm IS f2.8 II !!!PLEASE!!!

Yes I admit, I have "Red Ring Acquisition Syndrome"

Please show me your BAD photos taken with this lens ;D ;D ;D

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I just don't see the point of buying 17.3 x 13mm system anymore.


What's more, Sony has shot itself - or its customers - in the foot by not providing what has hitherto been a major selling point of Sony dslrs: in-body image stabilization.  Until now, any lens you attached to a Sony FF digital camera (or aps-c dslr) benefited from image stabilization; unsurprisingly, Sony's A-mount lenses don't have IS - they don't need it.  That's all changed now, of course, so in situations where IS is needed, unless you add a third party lens with IS or wait and buy new Sony lenses with IS, you'll need to use a tripod (as a tip-off, Sony adds a tripod mount to the adapter you'll need to attach A-mount lenses); and if you're going to use a tripod, there goes the size advantage and then some. 


I take a lot of photo with my 5D III + 50L + 85L II + 24-70 II. Is there an "IS" on any of these?


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