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Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:50:25 PM »
300 f/2.8L IS II is awesome.  Sharpest lens in Canon's line-up and killer bokeh.

With 1.4x III added:

With 2x III added:

The results with the extenders is simply amazing.  Any extender on the 200mm f/2L IS and it falls to pieces.

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 25, 2014, 01:12:07 AM »
I would your $5000.  I was there and ended up keeping the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.  For capturing fast moving sports, there is no substitute for the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. 

For portraits, I would suggest an 85mm f/1.2L II and / or 135mm f/2L.  I had both and kept the 135mm for head shots.  Kept the 50mm f/1.2L and sold off the 85mm f/1.2L II.  But I do think that the 85mm II is the king of bokeh.  It was just that I did not use it enough and always ended up taking my 24-70 f/2.8L II + 50 f/1.2L + 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II around in my bag. 

Sure the bokeh is nice with the 200mm f/2L, but I'd wager that my 300mm f/2.8L II or 600mm f/4L II's bokeh is even nicer!  Those are just not so practical for portraiture.  So stick with something you are most likely to use and keep in your bag. 

You might also look into a 200mm f/1.8L; I liked it even more than the 200mm f/2L; but it is also gone for same reason of lack of use:

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 12:00:17 PM »
I really like the 100L for it's IQ, modern design and it is pretty light weight.  Maybe for APSC I would suggest the EF-S 60 mm as a more affordable option.  Here is a sample:

It seems weight is importance factor for you.  The f/4 IS is no doubt much lighter.

Do you use a strap system like a BlackRapid or something like that.  Using something like a strap system or a Spyder holster system might make the f/2.8L IS II manageable for 4 - 6 hour sessions.   

One major reason to have the 2.8 is to stop action, especially indoors.  You don't have a need for that it seems. 

How big is your studio?  If it is pretty large, you might be able to make use of the 70-300mm L IS, which at 300mm will blow out your backgrounds nicely!  So, if you don't need f/2.8 to stop action and you want a lighter lens, perhaps the 70-300mm L IS is a good middle ground.  It can also be used as a travel lens with your 24-105mm IS. 

Depends also on your you want parts of their face out of focus? Then the 2.8 is needed. 

In a studio, you can move around no?  What do you need that your 24-105mm f/4L IS cannot give you now?  I am thinkin 105mm in a studio setting as long enough.  If it is shallow depth of field you are after, you might be better served by a 50mm prime: Canon 50mm f/1.2L or Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art.  Just my two cents.

Kind regards,
Jason S.
Indoor sports on monopod... great... I don't care about that :D

I shoot mostly hand held and portrait orientation, meaning I have to hold camera body and the lens for 3-6 hours a day in this position.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM For Sale
« on: July 01, 2014, 11:45:55 PM »
Certainly not a good investment. Is this thing even serviceable still? 

I'm quite content using the 600mm II + 2x III.  Sure it is f/8, but I bet the image quality is better than the bare 1200mm. Lets not forget that these 1200s were FD mounts that were retro fitted to EF.

If you were looking to invest in Canon lenses instead of your 401k for instance, I'd suggest buying 80k or whatever the selling price worth of new Canon version II big whites. 

Investment wise, would this be a good thing to buy?

I'm certainly not going to buy it, but it does make me wonder.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: June 27, 2014, 04:23:24 PM »
I got a second one last year $79 after the $300 rebate and free 13x19 paper.  I mainly got it for the ink as I already have a Pro-100 that I am using.  I might get another (3rd) Pro-100 for again, just the ink and paper.  What to do with the two spare machines?

It does print very well and the glossy on the Pro Platinum paper is the best I have ever seen.  I was lucky to pick up a 8 free packs of Pro Platinum 8.5x11 size when purchasing one pack direct from Canon last year too.  Not sure why they had the fire sale on the paper.  But I have more paper than ink at this point. :-)

Jason S.

They'll give printers away to sell ink.

Can't remember the last time (or ever) they sold large format printers for super low prices.  I'd say that your argument is invalid.

The fact that they've not done it before with this format printer hardly makes the observation invalid. Printer companies have frequently given printers away counting on future ink sales where margins are huge.

Anyway, I just ordered one through B&H, essentially the same deal. The $300 rebate is not precisely "cash back." You get a $300 valued American Express card to use -- apparently no way to get cash per se.

The B&H guy told me best results have been reported with the Pro Platinum paper.

Some other photos from the event:



Hi Folks,
Done with the charity polo event.  Thanks for the tips and advice!  Here is a first shot from the event:

More to come.

Jason S.

Thanks Dekaner.  All sound advice. Now I wish I had kept a second body :-). All I will have is the 1Dx.  Hope to just grab some with the 300mm and then maybe use the 70-200 with the 1.4x on it. Good tip for the divet stomp. I heard of that happening, but was going to shoot it from a distance. I will change that for getting right into the divet stomping action with the 24-70mm. I could leave that at home and take the 17-40mm. The ultra wide might give some interesting shots. 


I've shot a number of charity events and have never needed anything longer than a 400.  You'll be good with the setup you've listed.   The actual polo matches are not very long and they move very quickly.  Best to have two bodies.  I'd recommend the 300 w/ and w/o the 1.4 (depending on where you're standing) and the 70-200.  You'll want burst speed, so skip the flash (you may want it to shoot portraits before/after).  Somewhere in the center of the field of play is best.  A few other tricks, focus high (literally) with an aperture of f/4 or higher during the match.  There is a lot of room between the horses/riders and the background, so bokeh is not an issue but DoF is.  If you shoot center point and f/2.8, you'll get the horse's head in focus and not the rider.  Also, be prepared for the divet stomp, which is an event halfway through when they are changing horses.  Everyone goes out onto the field of play and literally puts the divots back in place and stomps on them.  You'll want to be in the middle of the action with a wide lens.  Enjoy, bring the monopod and stay hydrated!  It could take hours for the actual match to begin, but it's worth it.

If the sun is going to be anywhere overhead, then take something for fill light.  I have a feeling a sheet of plywood covered in aluminium foil would seem gauche at a polo match, but a flash can't hurt.


I do have a flash, but no better beemer.  Wont I be much too far away for flash to be useful?  I have a large reflector, but no assistant. :-(  You are right about the sun being right over head.  The match is scheduled to start around 2PM EDT.  Not the best for eliminating shadows.


Hi Folks,

I have been enlisted to shoot a charity polo event tomorrow and looking for advice on what to bring with me.  I am thinking to bring my 1Dx with 24-70, 70-200 and 300mm f/2.8 with the two converters 1.4x and 2x. I will also take along my monopod. Do you think that is sufficient or should I drag my 600mm along?

I normally use the 600 on a large tripod, so I would rather leave it behind.


Also what are some of the money shots for polo? 

Jason S.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 05, 2014, 03:27:56 PM »
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM...since sold and upgraded to the f/2.8L IS II version.  Great lens!  I thought I was crazy for spending that type of money on a lens ($1050.00, 5 years ago).  Oh how things are very relative. :-)

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.

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