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Lenses / Re: Please explain the need for f2.8 zooms
« on: February 01, 2013, 06:09:26 PM »
I see where you are coming from with the irony. There is a lot of issues and opinions with aperture. Your views are correct. This is how i see it and my experience of togging....generally the sweet-spot area for most lens are when they are stopped down a couple or three stops.  Please note my comments are general and this will depend on all sorts of variables, light, composition, distance etc etc. If you have a lens that has variable f say 4.5-6.3 then you will be stopping it down to say f8-f11. Ok alls well and good in good light or stability like on a bean bag or tripod. Obviously stopped down to f16 etc for landscape and on a tripod. However when shooting on the move or moving subjects then f2.8 or less is a must. I use a 70-200II IS F2.8 and from a fast moving vehicle for stills or video are perfect. I could go on but will not become too boring. Hope this helps.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 II + 2X converter versus 100-400 f/4.5-5.6
« on: February 01, 2013, 05:43:08 PM »
Hello there all on this topic. I use 70-200 II plus 1.4 and 2x. Also 100-400, 400 5.6, 400 f4. Undoubtably 400f4 IS is best route for sublime results. I regularly use 70-200 plus 2x and get excellent images. The only proviso is you must have great light. In the UK only good for limited use however when BIF in Portugal, Spain clear sunny days etc, brilliant. Most versatile and portable combination and sublime lens coupled with 1, 5 or 7D for Candid, portrait, insects, birds, sports, weddings etc. Still get fast AF and bright finder in bright light. Believe me its true. Dont expect to get fast AF on any body lens combo in dull conditions. I have captured fast flight kite surfers, sports and BIF with 70-200 II LIS. I must reiterate, great light=fast AF and sharp images. Failing that USE FLASH. One 580EXII or 600 plus lightweight stand set up strategically will suffice. Oh yes, also constant aperture naked or with 1.4/2x combo.

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