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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body for $4999
« on: June 05, 2014, 03:22:47 PM »
Dam.....$4999 :o :o :o

What is "GREY MARKET" again?

Grey market refers to a camera coming directly from Canon via the dealer without any Canon USA warranty.  Might be a non authorized dealer.  Many authorized dealers do offer both USA and grey market versions.  Typically these dealers will provide their own 1 year warranty.  So if something goes wrong with the camera within that first year, you need to contact your dealer (i.e. BH or Adorama) and they handle the repair.  With a USA version, you get 1 year warranty from Canon USA and can get the thing services by Canon USA and CPS.

Thats my understanding.  Please others chime in, if I'm not on the mark.

Jason S.

Lenses / Re: Need a 600mm. Don't want to pay for one
« on: June 04, 2014, 03:13:07 PM »
If you need 600mm there is no alternative to the 600mm f/4L II IS.  It simply cannot be beet.  A close second would be to use a 300mm f/2.8L II IS + 2x III.  You loose little in terms of image quality, but loose a little more in AF speed.  Sadly, I cannot recommend the 300mm f/4L IS.  It is too old and does not take the extenders well at all.  If you can live with 400mm, I'd recommend the 400mm f/5.6L. 

You might just wait for the new 100-400mm L to be released.  It should take the 1.4x III and can be used to AF on 5D III and 1Dx bodies.  Though, it is still just rumored and should be pretty expensive ( guess around $3k ).

For the price, the Tamron might be the only option without having to pony up some serious cash!

Best of luck,
Jason S.

Lenses / Re: The Next \
« on: May 20, 2014, 11:42:50 AM »
I was really hoping for something special before the WorldCup, but I guess Canon believes the best stuff is already available to cover the games.  I'm sure many would have like to put the 7D II through its paces there.  100-400mm II would have also been lovely on the 7D II to cover the matches.

Yep.  My experience too.  I used to shoot indoor ice skating with a 5D III and 135mm f/2.  Too slow to keep up.  The 1Dx does a little better with the 135mm f/2L, but not much.  To get the best Servo performance with your 5D III you need to use 24-70mm f/2.8L II and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.

Hi there.
I was shooting a wedding yesterday. 5d iii worked great with one major exception. When shooting couples dancing (iso around 5000 1/200 s ). it was not able to deliver a sharp image (maybe one sharp in 10 shots) lenses used 50 f/1.4 , 85 f/1.8,  135 f/2L and 16-35 f/2.8 L II. Servo mode tried differnet cases different settings (points, first image priority etc). It was not a motion blur. Does anyone have an experience working with these lenses in servo?  I mean I tried everything with no result. Are these lenses simply too slow for tracking?  Was it too dark?  Thanks.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Interested in Hasselblad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 12:55:02 PM »
What?  You need a larger sensor for higher resolution?  The Nokia smartphone has 40MP...come on.  What needs to happen is make the denser res sensors better and less leaking from pixel to pixel. Also better technology like Foveon sensor (I think Canon was looking into that possibility).

There also becomes a point where the resolution game gets to a stasis level...don't know if that is 45MP, 55PM, 100MP...

Just getting to the Nikon 800 MP level would be a win and they'd grow their market share for sure. 

not sure if Canon should buy Hassey, but perhaps they should buy a portion and allow Hassey access to their sensor and digital body technology.

If we look 5-10 years out, 35 mm format bodies will be maxed out with resolution and FPS.  25-100,000 ISO will become nearly noiseless.  Where does Canon (or Nikon) go from there?

An increase in resolution will require a larger sensor.  Challenge for Canon to get consumers (pros) to switch to MF is that the current lenses will not (most likely) work on MF bodies.  So even if Canon came up with a $10,000 MF body, another $25,000 (or more) would be required for a new set of lenses.

Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 10, 2014, 11:44:05 AM »
Congratulations on the Wimberley WH-200.  I use one also.  I did replace the stock cradle and clamp with the RRS PG-CC though:

Just makes it a bit easier to lock in the lens foot, especially since I have the RRS foot on my big white.

Kind regards,

Hi guys
I would like to have your feedbacks on gimbal tripod head.

To support BIG WHITE, which Gimbal head you guys use? Any third party(low cost) out there?

At this time, I'm leaning to Wimberley + Wimberley - P10 Quick Release Plate:


My WimberleyII Arrived today....AWESOME ;) Thanks everyone.

I bought the WIMBERLEY II and a cheap gimbal head on amazon(not as smooth as the Wimberley)

I'm going to return the cheaper  version:

EOS Bodies / Thinking about moving from a 1Dx back to 5D MkIII
« on: May 08, 2014, 09:09:11 PM »
I'm again thinking about selling off my 1Dx and picking up a 5D Mk III again.  It will be my third 5D III in two years or so. 

Negatives about the 1Dx as compared to the 5D III:

1.  only 18 MP; I need to crop most of the time even when using my 600mm + 1.4x.  I photograph mostly birds with this combo. 

2.  Loud shutter.  I get all kind of looks from parents when I photograph events ( indoor ice skating, tae kwon do, birthday parties).

3.  Heavy; especially with pro f/2.8 zooms.

4.  Most of the time, with 12 or 10 FPS I feel overwhelmed with the number of exposures I take back with me and post process. 

Positives for the 1Dx:

1.  12fps when really needed; like shooting BIF.

2.  Spot metering on any AF point (not just the center point).

3.  A bit faster AF speed on most lenses.

4.  better metering and AWB.

5.  the new auto exposure compensation when in Manual mode.  Not really used it, but would have loved it when I photographed eagles last Nov. 

6.  Ergonomic portrait shutting (built in grip)...I never liked the bolt on grips of the smaller EOS bodies.  They just seem out of place and not really ergonomic.

I could use some funds to feed another expensive hobby of the spare $3k might go a long way.  Or I can sell off some other lenses like the 70-200mm f/4L and 17-40mm f/4L.  These are kinda overlaps since I have the f/2.8L's. 

Anyone think that Canon will trickle down the auto exposure compensation in manual mode to the 5D III?  The last firmware update for it was over 6 months ago. 

Thanks for insight and constructive brain storming.  BTW, this is a hobby and I don't earn a living from photography.  I am called upon occasionally to do family portraits and shot important event ( got a polo event to shoot in June ). 

-- Jason

Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 28, 2014, 05:17:12 PM »
Unless you want to buy twice or thrice, I would suggest you buy a Gitzo or RRS (Really Right Stuff) tripod and a RRS ball head.  If you need a gimbal type head for the big lenses, I use one for my 600mm II, I recommend the Wimberley WH-200.  I would not trust putting nearly $20k in gear (600m II + 1Dx) on a tripod made in China.

Best of luck in your search!

--Jason S.

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to take my photography hobby to the next level, so to speak  :D, so I'm thinking of buying me a tripod and a tripod head. I've done some research online, but I think I'm more confused now, than when I started thinking about tripods and heads.  ;D (I guess, that happens a lot). From my understanding, Manfrotto and Induro seem to be the best tripod brands, so I'm looking to get the above mentioned gear from either of these two. I'm more inclined, however, towards Induro products.

In so many words, what do you guys make of this?

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM does not AF very accurately either.  I get some misses even on a 1Dx and must sometimes "rack" the AF, before I can trust it.

The AF on the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art was really reliable for me on the 1Dx and 6D.  So, I would not discount that Sigma has improved things drastically in these new Art lenses. 

Kind regards,

I say Sigmas AF in the new lenses is pretty good for the money....
If I can't trust it, it's worthless.
That was how I felt with the erratic and occasionally brilliant old model Sigma 50mm f/1.4.
My two copies got used for some personal work, endless testing but simply couldn't be trusted for client work. Therefore ultimately worthless.

I truly hope Sigma finds an AF fix for the new lenses deliverable via firmware. The optics are clearly awesome, but without dependable AF they're a commercial no-go.


Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 22, 2014, 01:23:40 PM »
Hmm, from scratch you say?

5D mk III - 3500
24-70 mk II - 2300
70-200 IS mk II - 2500

and maybeee Sony RX1 or some fast prime probably sigma 35mm or sigma 50mm

That would be my starting point too! 

5D mk III - 3500
24-70 mk II - 2300
70-200 IS mk II - 2500

and there is room for a few 600 RT flashes and an umbrella or two. 

That's all that is really needed, maybe the two mark III extenders, if they were into wildlife or field sports like soccer.

Lenses / Re: New TS-E Lenses for Photokina [CR2]
« on: April 21, 2014, 10:41:45 AM »
Way to go Canon.  These are the lenses we all are waiting for!

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:50:11 PM »
Awesome shots mackguyver!  I especially like the hawks!

JPAZ, nice shots, but the last one is definitely over exposed.  Bring it down in post and it will be awesome.  Bring the whites down on the first shot.

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:15:27 PM »
Of course, for the very best versatility:

When 600mm does not cut it, the 600mm II + 2x III is nice option to have too.  But I'm still on record for the 300mm f/2.8L II being the best with teleconverters.

Taken with 600mm II + 2x III on 1Dx:

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:32:03 AM »
The 300mm II is a great lens; probably Canon's best thus far in terms of IQ and resolving power.  I also have a 600mm II and only use it when I know my subject will be a known distance and I will be stationary (it is still heavy when you add a beefy monopod and 1Dx to it).  So 300mm II + converters are the way to go when walking around and potential subject is an unknown.  Also it's just much more versatile; thinking field sports, air shows, even some portrait work.

Here are some shots with the 300mm II + 2x III combo:

Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 02:11:07 PM »
You need to get further away or increase your depth of field by selecting a smaller aperture (maybe f/5.6 or f/8).

Kind regards,

Of course is this lens for portraits. But what am I doing wrong?
I don't know wether I may post this question here but there I go.
I have to make some photos at my work. Today I took a few, but I didn't manage to get both ladies sharp. What am I doing wrong or do I really need another lens for nice (bokeh) photos?

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