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Lenses / Re: Price History of 300 2.8 II
« on: November 25, 2013, 12:03:27 AM »
I got my eyes on this 300mm f2.8 IS II for 6-7months - hoping for $500 - $600 discount/rebate. While Canon offers rebates on other lenses, nothing on BIG WHITES :-\

I finally pulled trigger on this lens through BH last week. Give BH a call about pricing. I'm glad I did ;)

If you want to save some money, refurb copy goes around $5800ish through Canon site. I saw couple times, however, I decided to go with BRAND NEW. My copy will arrive this coming Wed, since I selected FREE SHIPPING OPTION :o

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 24, 2013, 05:08:45 PM »
I'm not sure what coming down Canon product pipelines, but recent released primes seem to aim at f1.8ish with IS.

I might keep my 50L f1.2 and 85L f1.2 II around until I see f1.2 replacements. IS is helpful, but I still want that bulky red-ring large prime - that shallow DOF :P

Otherwise - f2 prime on ff mirrorless seems very attractive to me :o

Canon General / Re: Got paid $350 for doing what I LOVE - photography
« on: November 24, 2013, 10:41:14 AM »
Haha gratz Dylan! You got paid and that wasn't by seeling out, just by accident, even better!

Got in a situation kinda similar last week. I showed a few of my cityscapes to officials I was accompanying in Chongqing for meetings about urbanization. I now have a proposal for exhibition. :D
Even better  ;D

Landscape / Re: My dream world = Grand Canyon-Heaven on earth.
« on: November 23, 2013, 07:50:05 PM »
The Awesome sky at the Grand Canyon

Thanks for sharing surapon,

I like this shot. One question, were you in the bus when you take this photo?

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: November 23, 2013, 07:33:49 PM »
Priceless if I can shoot this lens at 1/60, indoor. Look forward to see IS on next version ;)

Lenses / Re: Wow lens filters are hard to sell!
« on: November 23, 2013, 06:43:27 PM »
Don't sell them, view them as an opportunity to use them on a lens purchased in the future.   :)

After getting the 85L II, I sold my 85/1.8. I gave away my 58->77mm step up ring, and given that I'd started buying L lenses at that point, I didn't see a need for a 58mm filter.  Then there was this MP-E 65mm available...

+1 with Neuro

I love B&W 007 clear. Shoot me an email if you have 72mm B&W clear for sale ;)

People tend to buy expensive L, but settle with $20 filter :-\

Software & Accessories / Photography Gloves for cold weather
« on: November 23, 2013, 10:20:39 AM »
I plan to take the kids to mountain this year to play with snow. Any decent gloves that you recommend? thin&warm or fingerless&warm gloves?

I saw this thread:


Lenses / Re: eye focusing with 5D3
« on: November 23, 2013, 10:16:35 AM »
For outdoor shooting, I have no problem shooting 5D III + 85L II @ f1.2 AF point, even the outer AF points. I have not yet try spot AF yet.

As Random Orbits mentioned, AFMA is very important for prime. Both of my 5D III are set to ONLY DUAL-CROSS-AF-POINTS and CROSS- AF -POINTS. The remaining AF points are on disable.

Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 22, 2013, 09:13:50 AM »
love to get that lens. Justification more the problem than money.
Is it a good lens for new born baby pics??? :-) if so I have three months to save....

For new born, 50L, 85L II and/or 135L on FF will be great

Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 22, 2013, 09:11:57 AM »
Have fun with it. You will never regret it.

It´s a fantastic lens with new functions and possibilitys.

I like the big whites.

Thanks M.ST
I'll put the lens to work.

Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:37:20 PM »
It's going to be a long weekend

Congratulations Dylan!  You will absolutely enjoy that lens!  Like others and myself have said, it is one of the most versatile, since it accepts the 1.4x and 2x converters very very well!  If I could just keep one big white, it would be the 300mm II. 

Enjoy and upload some photos for us!

Thanks jason.
I selected free shipping option.  The lens will be here next week. Will post some photos.

YEAP :-\....according to the tracking number, the lens should arrive on wed, 27th. I will take a day off to welcome new baby ;D

BTW...What's billmelater?

Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:15:31 PM »
I am more impressed with how you managed to conceal $6000 in a separate account from your spouse! Nice, but how will you explain it when it turns up at the door??

I know if I tried to hide something that big from my girlfriend she'd prob beat me over the head with the lens! I already suspect she thinks I love my camera gear more than her! Sssshhhh!  ;)

Anyway, congrats on your first great white! One day I'll actually get to use one!!!

You can always pickup the package at your nearest UPS/Fedex location etc...they will notify you when it ready.Trust me...this is not the first time I done that ;D

I don't have fixed income. I'm import/export electronic components, therefore, the wife doesn't have control of it. Besides, I thought we "the man" suppose to be the BOSS at home ;D  JK

Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:07:53 PM »
I'm just wondering why the invoice doesn't show a tele-extender or two?

As I mentioned, my photography account(account that the wife doesn't know) has about $12 left.

4% reward X $6000ish = $200plus will go to x2 TC III ;)
Dylan you only live once just go out shoot, shoot, and shoot until your heart is content. If I was you I'll be out finding many different ways to use that wonderful piece of glass you just acquired. Happy shooting and Merry early Christmas to you!!!!

Thanks ewg963.

With 2 kids(2 & 5yrs), I'm fully booked with family activities. I'll take your advice will do some shooting soon.

Happy thanksgiving & early Merry Christmas to you too ewg963 ;)

Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:51:17 PM »
Good for you Dylan.  I have had mine now for a few months.  (I previously owned the first IS version of this lens.)  I have to say the new 300 is quite possible the finest piece of glass I have ever owned.  It's a great lens and works remarkably well with both the 1.4 and 2.0x TC III's.    Enjoy.

Thanks Canon1. This is my 1st BIG WHITE. To be honest, it's not easy to spend $6000ish on a single lens, especially photography is just a hobby. I don't have much experiences with BIG WHITE lenses, but I rented this lens last week, man, I'm hooked.

Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:36:08 PM »
Congratulations Dylan, Lovely Lens.

I suggest you get the 1.4x VIII Converter first, almost no perceptible loss in IQ on this Lens (420@f/4), the 2x although Good, is not without some IQ loss, acceptable, but not perfect, certainly not as good as the 600f/4 II @ f/5.6, but not much is.

Look forward to seeing some Images from this truly wonderful Lens when you get the time, enjoy.

Thanks eml58. I might get both TCs by then.

PS. I saw your photos in 1D X thread - AWESOME photos.

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