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Canon General / Re: Bag question
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:59:28 AM »
Take a look at the Thinktank Streetwalker Pro HD.  Great sturdy bag.  It can hold all that you stated.  It's a backpack, though.  So you have to decide if you want a backpack or a shoulder bag.  Perhaps you should look into a roller bag, if you are not going on hikes in the woods with your gear.  I suggest the Thinktank airport line of roller bags.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gloves for Photography
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:53:02 AM »
Aquatech sensory gloves!  I used them on a ski trip in the blue ridge mountains of NC and they worked well!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Aqua+Tech/Ntt/Aqua+Tech+Gloves/N/0

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Lenses / Re: lens recommendation soccer
« on: February 14, 2013, 01:18:36 PM »
I'd definitely go with 6D and 70-200mm.  No doubt.  It is in a different class than the 70-300mm (non-L).  I would keep the AF point in the center and shoot away in AI-SERVO.

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Lenses / Re: Focusing Problem with 600mm f/4.0L IS II with 1.4X Extender
« on: February 14, 2013, 12:07:04 PM »
Do you have another camera to try it with.  I tried my 600 II out for the first time on Sunday with a 5D III.  I too was getting fuzzy results.  Come to find out...the MA was set at -8 automagically.  I never set it for that lens.  So I entered into MA and use the INFO button (I think twice) to enter in the lens serial number and set the MA to 0.  That seemed to correct the problem.  Have you tried disabling MA all together?

Here is a test shot from Monday night shot at 840mm (1.4x III was used) at ISO 800 and f/5.6 with 0.3 second exposure (IS program 1 was on):


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup body for vacation
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:52:26 PM »
For a second body that is reasonably priced, I'd go with the 7D.  The 1D III I've had also and got annoyed by the 10MP and the low resolution LCD display.  I was unable to judge my results using the LCD on the back very well.  The results were mostly stellar, but annoyed me.  Also the 10MP does not lend itself to much cropping ability. 

If you wanted to spend even less, why not a good 50D.  It has something like 6.3 FPS and 15MP and the LCD is decent.  Just an idea to limit the expense.  These can be had for good prices now days and would be much better than the 550.

Kind regards,
Jason S.

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Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:26:09 AM »
The news Gitzo 3 series from a weight handling perspective should work fine.  Especially since the new 600 II weighs about the same as the v1 500mm IS.  I had the 800mm before the 600 II, so the greater weight of that lens and all the other stuff that bolts on was a concern.  That is what swayed me to get the 4 Series.  Most folks I spoke with actually recommended a 5 Series, but I did not want the added weight and girth (5 series is huge).

All I would say is, for the amount of mula you are spending for a new tripod, I would look to the future and get something that you will not have to replace (unless it breaks).  If you think that one day you will want to get a RRS tripod, I'd suggest just getting one now.  You might save some $$$ now by getting a 3 series on Amazon, but will loose a lot if you try selling it later to get the RRS.  Buy once, not twice or three times. 

You could always save your Amazon points to purchase things like a Lenscoat for the 600mm or a replacement foot, or Don Zeck front cap, etc.

Kind regards,
Jason Simmons

Well, I guess I am not quite convinced that the RRS is enough better than the Gitzos, which are themselves very good, that it warrants paying almost double the price. The Gitzo will certainly do the job, and as I mentioned before, all of the professional or other highly skilled bird and wildlife photographers I follow seem to use Gitzo exclusively, so it can't be all that bad of a brand. I also have no doubts that the Gitzo will last me for...well, forever, barring some random unknown event that breaks it for me ( ::)).

On top of that, I have a bunch of Gitzo parts and cleaning supplies, such as the grease used for the joints and such, that came with my other Gitzo Series 0 Mountaineer (GT0541). I guess I also feel it would be nice to stay within the family.

Sounds good to me.  I trust Gitzo and that's why I bought another.  I have three Gitzos and they have never once let me down.  The new version 2 of their systematic line is very innovative, you will be both impressed and very pleased.  RRS I am sure is great too and I have one of their monopods which is an absolute beast.

I too purchased my Gitzo from Amazon, used my Amazon Visa points and got the Gitzo rebate to boot.  From a value stand point, you cannot go wrong.  Best of luck!

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Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:43:59 AM »
The news Gitzo 3 series from a weight handling perspective should work fine.  Especially since the new 600 II weighs about the same as the v1 500mm IS.  I had the 800mm before the 600 II, so the greater weight of that lens and all the other stuff that bolts on was a concern.  That is what swayed me to get the 4 Series.  Most folks I spoke with actually recommended a 5 Series, but I did not want the added weight and girth (5 series is huge).

All I would say is, for the amount of mula you are spending for a new tripod, I would look to the future and get something that you will not have to replace (unless it breaks).  If you think that one day you will want to get a RRS tripod, I'd suggest just getting one now.  You might save some $$$ now by getting a 3 series on Amazon, but will loose a lot if you try selling it later to get the RRS.  Buy once, not twice or three times. 

You could always save your Amazon points to purchase things like a Lenscoat for the 600mm or a replacement foot, or Don Zeck front cap, etc.

Kind regards,
Jason Simmons

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Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:30:16 PM »
That's impressive, but Joe is svelte and, well, it was in a controlled environment.  Here is a Gitzo in the wild:



Another capture of a Gitzo in rare form:



:-)


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Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 06, 2013, 02:48:38 PM »
Hi,  I am 5'11'' and have a Canon 800mm and 600mm II.  I chose the GT4542LS (4 series).  It weighs slightly more than a 3 series and a whole pound or more less than a 5 series.  I use is with a Wimberley W200 II full gimbal head on top of a RRS universal leveling base.  Note that the RRS universal base is rated for 35lbs while the base made to go into their RRS TVC-34 / 33 is only rated for 25lbs.  Big difference.  The best thing is the GT4542LS does not cost that much more than the GT3542LS; the GT4542LS is also taller. 

The main benefit to getting the 4 Series is the reduction in vibration.  Vibrations attenuate quicker with the beefier legs.  Very important for those longer focal lengths. 

Kind regards,
Jason

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Lenses / Re: Which 50mm (with AF) is best from f/1.4 - f/2.0?
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:26:05 PM »
My vote would go to the Canon 50 f/1.2L.  I've not tried the 50mm f/1.4, but have had three Sigma 50s.  The first two were terrible.  The last was very good, but decided to stick with the 50L for the weather sealing and build quality.

Here is a sample at f/2.8:



Here is one at f/1.8:


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 27, 2013, 09:34:02 PM »
I don't think a 7D II will be cheaper than a 6D.  Though I do think it will MSRP for less than the 5D III started out at.  My guess is around $2500, if it has 10 FPS and an AF system matching the 5D III's.  The 6D remember uses the more consumer grade body; fiberglass-type material.  The 7D II should come with a mag-alloy body like the 7D has now.  Remember that the 7D MSRP'ed at 1699.00. 

On another note, does anyone think that one of the 4 lenses could be a 135mm f/1.8L?  That would really be the only lens I'd be interested in.

Thanks and kind regards,
Jason S.

Surely they wouldn't price it above the 6D?

Of course they would ...

Of course they wouldn't.

The 7DII will be cheaper than the 6D. That's for sure.

There's a reason the 6D is named '6D': to signify that it is positioned above the 7D.
The marketing message here is that a FF camera is a always a step up from a crop camera, regardless of specs.

This message is needed to assert the premium-ness of FF; without it, it's hard to charge a (hefty) premium for FF.

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Lenses / Re: 200mm F2 IS OR 135mm F2
« on: January 24, 2013, 01:16:48 PM »
If you don't have a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, I would definitely consider it and take it for a test drive even.  My experience, and I've had the 135 L and the 200mm f/2L IS USM (both now sold), is that the 70-200 II is faster to AF than the 200 f/2L.  I know, because I used to use both exclusively to capture indoor ice skating.  The 135mm could not keep up and many shots were missed because of it.

The zoom also allows for more shots.  Especially when you need to be stationary and the action is going towards and away from you. 

I sold my 200 f/2L IS and later on picked up a mint 200mm f/1.8L USM for half the price.  That is one of the sharpest lenses ever and mostly because it had lead in the elements.  Canon no longer produces elements with lead. 

Sample taken with the 5D III at 200mm f/1.8 ISO640:
 

 
Here are some samples taken with the 200mm f/2L IS and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II wide open and at 200mm:

5d II @ 200mm f/2 ISO160:
 

 
5D II @ 200mm f/2.8 ISO320:
 


Hope that this helps.

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Well...I'm probably due a hefty return once all the exemptions and credits kick in...but, honestly, don't know of something I must have.  Especially since I got a new 300mm f/2.8L II just before Christmas along with a 2x III, Gitzo 4 series tripod, Explorer tripod, and bunches of RRS stuff.  Still looking to sell my 500mm f/4L IS.  Maybe I'll set up a "baby sitters" fund so that I can make better use of the equipment I already have ;-). 

BTW, I think my paycheck was reduced by more than the 2% payroll tax increase.  I'll have to wait until next check, but perhaps the payroll department was withholding amounts commiserate with falling off the fiscal cliff.  Now that there was a fiscal cliff deal, perhaps the payroll dept. will catch up; wishful thinking I know.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:56:29 PM »
Soaring high like an eagle!  Enjoy


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Lenses / Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: January 03, 2013, 01:38:22 PM »
I suspect that the use of the built in 1.4x will need no stopping down.  I don't need to stop down my 300mm f/2.8L IS II + 2x III combo.  I use it at f/5.6 all day long:



When I used to have the 2x II, I would stop it down slightly to f/6.3:



As many have said on here though, I don't think this will be the ultimate birding lens.  560, is still on the short side.  I often need my 800mm, which btw you can buy for less than the price of the 200-400mm. 

I think this will be the lens of choice for those on Safari's where they are stuck in a jeep or something and need the flexibility of the zoom.  Also for outdoor sports in daylight.

Kind regards,
Jason

So its going to be very expensive, heavy and slow at the top end.

Same price as the one stop faster 600/4 II maybe.

If this lens is not sharp at 560/5.6 it will bomb.

Even the extremely sharp 300/2.8 II prime has to be stopped down to get half decent images with matching 1.4X converter. So how useful will a 560/8 be on this new zoom?

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