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Lenses / Re: Cheap Canon 300mm or 400mm do I Choose?
« on: March 01, 2013, 02:33:16 PM »
hmmm... if your longest focal length lens is 85mm, why not look at one of the very good 70-200mm options?  Or if you don't mine a variable aperture throughout the range, maybe look at a 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS lens.  They are super sharp and lighter than the 100-400mm and has 4th generation IS. 

If you don't need f/2.8, the Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS is very very good.  The best in this range is the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens, but if you don't need f/2.8 look at the f/4.

Hope this helps some.


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I have and use both.  I would say that the 50mm f/1.2L is going to be your more walk-around everyday prime.  The 85mm f/1.2L is a heavy beast and slower to AF.  The 85mm shines for portraits really.  Here are some samples taken with my 50mm f/1.2L:

@ f/1.2:

 
@ f/1.8:

 
@ f/2.8:

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Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: February 25, 2013, 10:06:53 AM »
If you can fund it, I would just get the new Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens.  It is spectacular, very sharp, and compatible with full frame camera's should you decide to go that way some day. 

I sold my 35mm f/1.4 and 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, after getting the 24-70 II.  I have the 50L and 85L II, but rarely use them now.  Maybe that is a sign that I need to sell those off too. 

I think the best trinity at the moment is:  16-35mm II, 24-70mm II, and 70-200mm IS II.  You cannot go wrong with these and your clients will never know you did not use a prime lens...neither will they care!  Now, if you like shooting with a bunch of primes, then that's a different story.

Kind regards,
Jason S.

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Perhaps save a little more mula ($$$) and purchase a used but nice EF 300mm f/2.8L IS lens.  They are about $4000 in mint condition and work great with a 1.4x teleconverter and make for a really good 600mm f/8 ( stopped down 1 stop) lens.

I would stick with what you already have ( 100-400mm L ), if size and weight are a concern.  You might find that you can wait even longer and maybe get a nice used 500mm f/4L IS. 

A shot using the 100-400mm on a 5D III:


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Lenses / Re: What are Canon's sharpest lenses?
« on: February 21, 2013, 11:25:56 AM »
Well...the sharpest lens I have and have used without any doubt is the new Canon EF 300mm F/2.8L IS II.  Hell, it is even sharp with a 2x III converter on it. 

Second might be the new 600mm F/4L IS II, followed by the 200mm F/1.8L or 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II or 85mm F/1.2L II.  My 24mm F/3.5L TS-E II was also really sharp...sorry I had to let it go; just found I did not use the tilt and shift features all that much.

Kind regards,
Jason

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Lenses / Re: Tele lens help
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:11:46 PM »
I would get the EF 70-200 f/4L USM over the consumer grade zoom.  For about the same money, you are getting excellent build quality and better optics.  It's widest aperture is a constant f/4, so you can always add a 1.4x teleconverter later to gain more reach. 

Just my 2 cents.

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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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