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Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:52:08 AM »
If you really must have a lighter DSLR to travel with or just as a back-up, the 6D would be it.  But learn about it's weaknesses, before you buy.

If you want something lighter, that gives DSLR quality output, I'd consider the Sony RX100.  The images and dynamic range coming from that camera are truly excellent.  It can also slip into a shirt pocket.

Kind regards,

Software & Accessories / Re: Gitzo, Really Right Stuff or ???
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:40:08 AM »
I'm curious - when do you remove the center plate?

As for G-locks, that's Gitzo-locks, so who else do you think would have them?  ;)  The 'gravity' part is marketing speak, as far as I can tell.  They state, "The higher the load applied vertically to the leg, the stronger the lock," but that would apply to any threaded fitting.  I find the RRS leg locks easier on the hands when opening/closing them, because of their shape.

Interesting that you call out the feet, though.  I like the idea of spikes covered by the rubber feet, vs. having to change them out (and having to pay extra for them).  Having said that, I've only rarely needed to use the spikes I have - the teardrop feet on the RRS legs are significantly wider, and shaped so that they contact the ground even at wide leg spreads.  If I do need to use the spikes, the RRS ones are significantly longer and dig deeper (the threading is the same, though - so you can add RRS feet/spikes to Gitzo legs and vice versa).

Both are excellent products.  Differences are degress of excellence, both will serve you well. 

This is really the bottom line - you can't go wrong with either.

I don't remove the plate very much at all, but it does give the option to use an optional column much like the RRS.  Just the swap can be made without tools.  The larger feet I was referring to, that come with the new systematic tripods, look like this:

I use lots of RRS product and you are right, any of these tripods will be great.  I have and use the RRS monopod.

Kind regards,

Software & Accessories / Re: Gitzo, Really Right Stuff or ???
« on: April 04, 2013, 01:29:25 AM »
I'd go with the Gitzo.  But the RRS are excellent legs too.  I have three Gitzo tripods and none have ever failed me.  The newest is a Series 4 GT4542LS.  I use a RRS BH-55 on it along with a full Wimberley Gimbal v2.  The Gitzo Series 4 is rated for 55 pounds and that is probably conservative.  it have larger diameter legs which reduce vibration.  It has a center plate that can be removed without tools.  It has 1.5 inch metal spikes built in...the rubber feet snap in over the spikes.  It comes with the large wide feet so the tripod wont sink in sand (think beach).  It has g-locks.  Most of these items are either missing from the RRS tripods or come at an extra expense. 

I also like the fact that Gitzo's are carried by most reputable / serious camera stores the world over.  So if I need a replacement part, it will be a whole lot easier to get. 

Neither, get her a Sony RX100.  Or just let her choose her own camera. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 refurb or new 7D as backup to 5D3?
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:37:13 PM »
I'd just keep the 5D2 or exchange for another.  As a backup, if your 5D III craps out during a wedding, you will still have another FF to continue with.  You won't have to think about your focus lengths and deal with the 1.6x crop.  The files coming out of the 5D2 are much cleaner than the 7D.  The 7D has great files up to about ISO 3200. Beyond ISO 3200 the 7D raw files get harder to clean up (noise reduction).  The 5D2 is much better in this respect. 

If you have a need to a second back-up body for doing something like sports or wildlife, then I'd recommend a 7D.

Kind regards,

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Get 6% Cashback on the EOS-1D X from B&H
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:02:07 PM »
I've had great success with the 2% back rewarded by Amazon.  They are a top noch company; no gimmicks or jokes.  They reward is credit to buy at Amazon only.  Ebay also gives 2% in Ebay bucks.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:57:11 AM »
Yes, he had two bad copies of the 200mm f/1.8L.

My 200mm, if there are any takers:

Reason for new version is probably limited usability with extenders.
I compared my old 200/1.8L with 200/2L IS and f/1.8 is sharper with 1.4x III and 2.0x III extenders.

Really? I just did a comparison a week ago over at TDP, and it seems very far from it:

With 1.4:

Am I missing something?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:42:22 PM »
I've had both these lenses and glad that I sold them off before the new ones come out.  For the 800mm, Nikon just came out with theirs, so it makes sense for Canon to respond.  Especially since most wildlife photographers are trading the 800mm in the the 600mm f/4L IS II ( I did ).  They need to redesign the 800mm to make a compelling reason for us to buy it over the less expensive 600mm II.  Make it lighter, thinner, give it the mode 3 IS, better weight distribution, etc. 

The 200mm could also be refreshed to reduce weight, mode 3 IS, new coatings, more fluorite, etc.  Make it start at f/1.8!!!

But looking at this from Canon's perspective, this is economic genius...refresh two already great lenses, give them a new paint job and sell them for double the price!

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Rebel? [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:27:01 AM »
Do they really need another Rebel?  They better had make the 70D something stellar...the lines are beginning to converge to closely.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tri Pods!!!!!
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:15:57 PM »
I have three Gitzo tripods and they all serve me very well!  They have a tripod for every situation and photographer.  They often times have rebates running, so be on the lookout.  Amazon has had the best rebates, since it is money back.  The rebates from BH and Adorama are typically a Visa or AMEX card. 

Lenses / Re: DPReview: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Review
« on: March 07, 2013, 11:33:55 PM »
Sold my 24-105mm right after getting the 24-70mm f/2.8L II.  Also sold a 35mm f/1.4 and 24mm f/3.5L TS-E II.  I probably should sell the 50mm f/1.2L too, but....

Don't get it, if you don't want your primes to collect dust.

More high praise for the 24-70 II, with the usual caveat of price.

Question for people who've bought the 24-70 II and had/have the 24-105mm f/4L IS 'kit lens'.  Did you keep the 24-105L, and if so, now that you have the 24-70/2.8 II, do you use the 24-105L any more?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Keep or sell my 7D
« on: March 07, 2013, 08:18:30 PM »
Sell sell sell...before no the 70D or 7D II is announced.  This is why I recently bought a 60D used for $500 as my travel / walk-about camera.  I figure is T2i's are selling for $400 used, I won't take a bath re selling a 60D when the 70D comes out. But I think the 7D has much more room to fall.  Recently sold a 7D body for 850.00.

But the paramount question is what are you planning to shoot with the 300mm f/2.8.  If it is action related, then I'd probably just keep the 7D. 

Lenses / Re: 200-400 f/4 L IS vs 100-400 vII (hypothetical)
« on: March 07, 2013, 03:02:59 PM »
I would forget about the 200-400mm L.  It has been announced for over 2 years (I think) and has yet to come out.  I wonder why it is taking so long to come out with that lens...makes you wonder.

I would get the 300mm f/2.8L IS II.  Armed with the 1.4x and 2x III converters you have a very capable 420mm f/4 and 600mm f/5.6 lens.  It is cut your eyes sharp using either extender wide open.  Fast AF too.

Plus it is probably lighter and cheaper than the 200-400mm will be.


If all you have is the 18-135mm kit lens, then the 7D will be of little value.  Do yourself a big favor and keep the 60D, but get a lens with USM.  The 70-200mm f/4L USM is around $600 or less and you will get killer action shots.  Just my two cents.

The way I would look at this would be...... are you being paid for the photographs you take or are they just for yourself, friends,  family maybe the local high school? if you are being paid maybe it's worth considering an upgrade if not then the 60D will be more than enough, apart from the frame rate and auto focus, they have the same M.P. and sensor and will produce a quality shot. get a better lens  with more range, the 70-200's are great for this sort of thing, you bought the 60D for a reason what were those reasons?

I would like to post them on a site eventually.  It will be a high school football site kept up by me and it is not for pay but I do want other people to freely look through the photos and enjoy shots of the games I see across the state of Texas.  I also hope to take video clips (nothing too long) of scoring plays.  I really appreciate how the 60D and 7D can handle video and a good lens can even make recording that even better.

I got the 60D because it was a great price, had good reviews, it felt comfortable in my hands, the shutter speed, and decent video recording.  The 60D was my second choice because the 7D was just out of reach.  I said I had got it last week.  That was my fault.  It was two weeks ago.  The sale at Best Buy and the opportunity to get the 60D in hand pressed me to get it.

Don't get me wrong.  So far, I like the 60D and many of the shots I have taken during the day are nice.  I have been just trying the camera out for outside shots and a soccer game during the day.  I want to take some more shots with it at a baseball game this week, if the game is played at night.  There should be a soccer game for high school during the evening this week as well so I could try it more.  Like I said, I think the night shots I had were off due to me still learning the camera. To be honest with you, I've been using manual focus for the shots I have taken.  I'm used to messing with manual focus from the Sony digital camera I once had.  I'll take some more and I'll try to post them here later this week, if I can.

I plan to have this camera for at least two years.  I can still return the 60D and get the 7D at Best Buy with the 18-135 lens for around $1448.  I'm very apprecitative of the lens recommendations and I can work extra to get a good lens around July or August.  Maybe by June if all goes well.   I'd only sell the 60D or 7D if the 70D and the 7D Mark II are signifigantly better and can get a decent price (not likely to happen for a while).

I got a couple of weeks before the 30 days is up.  I'm going to stay with Canon.  I have nothing really against the Nikon but I feel more comfortable with the Canons.  I'll keep absorbing all the information y'all have provided and I really appreciate all the info that has been provided.


Lenses / Re: EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM or EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 05, 2013, 04:25:01 PM »
That's a pretty big field (for soccer) but I think the 400mm f/2.8L II is going to be your best option.  I think you might find 600mm too long.  You probably want to have a second body with a 70-200mm attached also.   

The choice, 400mm or 600mm, depends on where you will be in relation to the athletes.  If on the side lines, I think 400mm is enough.  You can crop some and, if you have one, use a 1.4x extender on the 400mm.  That will give you 560mm f/4.  Not shabby and on a 1Dx should still AF very fast. 

Kind regards,
Jason Simmons 

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