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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
« on: September 13, 2013, 10:55:23 PM »
I really enjoyed the review (keep em coming) and am enjoying my 17-40mm f/4L IS.  It is light and gets the job done.  I used to have the 16-35mm f/2.8L IS II and for the price (even getting it at a bargain used; $1100), I decided to go with the even more reasonably priced 17-40mm I found used on FM. 

The results are nearly the same as what I used to get on the 16-35mm, since I would stop it down anyway.  The times I used it at f/2.8 the results were not that impressive.  Lots of vingetting on both...cannot say the 16-35mm II was so much better in the corners. 

So for me, the decision was easy...I don't do weddings and appreciate the lighter weight and 77mm filter size of the 17-40mm.  I also like the 5mm on the longer end!  17mm is plenty wide on FF. 

Here is a sample that I took with my 17-40mm f/4L IS on a 5D MKIII:



and...


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My vote would be a 6D for weddings.  The 5D III as you know, is ideal.  But if looking to spend less than a 5D III, then the 6D would be next best.  7D is not really great for low light situations where you cannot use a flash or use it effectively.  I'm no wedding photographer, but doubt that setting up lighting up at the alter is allowed.  I was at a wedding in Rio last year where three photographers were all hovering around the bride and groom at the alter...two with flashes on camera with the a bounce modifier (high ceilings).  The third had the 85L 1.2 on the body, don't remember her having a flash on. 

I don't think you'd need 8 FPS that the 7D affords at a wedding.  So again, 6D.  You might even consider a used or refurbished 5D II.  Up until the 5D III, those were the darlings of wedding photogs.

Regards,
Jason

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Canon General / Re: EF 800 f/5.6L IS II [CR2]
« on: September 04, 2013, 12:28:31 PM »
I bet neuro's already working out how to fit it into his finances...  :D

Not really.  I like having f/4 when I need it, and 840mm f/5.6 when there is sufficient light.  I'm actually leaving leaning the other way, toward the 300mm f/2.8 IS II.  ;)

I've got the 300mm f/2.8L IS II and the 600mm II and think the combo goes together well.  The decision on which to use is really tough when I need 600mm.  If I need to be mobile I go with the 300mm II + 2x III.  When I can go with a large tripod, I choose the 600 II. 

Now if only the 7D II would come out and make that 300mm f/2.8 II even more useful!

Kind regards,
Jason

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Canon General / Re: EF 800 f/5.6L IS II [CR2]
« on: September 03, 2013, 12:54:43 PM »
I had a good feeling it would be the 800mm; as stated in an earlier thread.  But they better make it appealing.  Not just compete on par with the Nikon version, which by the way is heavier than the current Canon 800mm. 

I don't know why it would need to be priced over the Nikon version.  Since it uses elements that are smaller in diameter than the 600mm IS II.  Less fluorite element should mean cheaper to produce.  Also less material for the barrel, etc.  But, more often than not these decisions make little sense. 

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Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 30, 2013, 02:05:48 AM »
I will 2nd or 3rd the guess for a new 800mm.  Sales of those must be pretty stagnant since the 600mm f/4L IS II came out.  I know I sold mine in favor of the new 600mm II.   Very few wildlife photogs are going to pay more for an 800mm, when the 600mm + 1.4x III renders more focal length (840mm) and has better image quality.  Plus I can put the  2x III on there and have a very usable 1200mm f/8 lens. 

Nikon has come out with their new 800mm lens, so Canon must answer.

That's my logic at least...I'd say it would need to be f/4 or be f/5.6 and much lighter in weight than the 600mm II to get some interest. 

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Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 29, 2013, 11:42:15 AM »
Who is going to pay for a $1500 70-200 EF-S lens that is plastic, no weather sealing, no hood included, and may or may not have fluorite elements?

I know I would not!  It will still have a lot of glass and only be marginally lighter.

 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 70D in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:28:48 AM »
To clarify, does this mean the pre-orders for bodies are being shipped? I pre-ordered mine over a month ago, and was told by a B&H rep this morning they would likely begin shipping early next week.

Yeah, means they already have your money and want to generate some new sales for the 70D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:46:24 PM »
My two cents...I think Canon is being very cautious with a potential 7D successor, so that it will not cut into their 1Dx profits.  If a 7D II has 10FPS and the same basic AF as the 1Dx/5D III, I can foresee many sports pros getting one and possibly ditching the 1Dx or those still using a 1D IV will skip over a 1Dx all together.  The same might apply to the wildlife crowd. 

I know for myself, that if a 7D II is released with the same 5D III AF (sans the f/8AF) and 10FPS, I would seriously consider selling my 1Dx.  There is very little that would keep me from selling the 1Dx and 'hopefully' pocketing some good chunk of change ($$). 

The only feature that might not make it to a 7D II are:

1.  f/8 AF
2.  AF point tied spot metering
3.  1D type body with larger battery and therefore faster AF on certain lenses like the 85mm f/1.2.
4.  Slightly more weather sealing
5.  Higher rated shutter life
6.  The two programmable buttons

I might be missing some, but those are the ones that come to mind.

--Jason

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Lenses / Re: Suggestion for High School Football lens on 5D3
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:42:20 AM »
Jasonism - how does the 70-200 v2 + 1.4TC impact focus speed while shooting skating?  My 70-200v1 +2x is nearly useless in that environment.


Well, hard to say since I've only shot ice skating with the bare 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.  But given my experience with both the 300mm f/4L IS and 100-400mm L IS, their focus speed pales when compared to the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II + 1.4x III. 

70-200mm II bare:
 

 


With the 5D3 + 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II + 2x, I had no trouble capturing birds in flight. So I don't think you will have trouble using it with the 1.4x III.

5d3 with 70-200L II + 2x III:



Hope this helps with you decision. 

--Jason

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Lenses / Re: Suggestion for High School Football lens on 5D3
« on: August 11, 2013, 01:00:51 AM »
I suggest ditching the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and 2x III for the new 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II & 1.4x III converter.  This is an awesome lens!!!

Then if you want a prime , I'd recommend a 300mm f/2.8L IS II.

I shoot lots of ice skating and the version 2 70-200mm f/2.8L IS is my go to lens for that. Sometimes I will use the 135mm f/2L.

Hope this helps

--Jason

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:20:24 PM »
There is a reason "P" stands for professional.  Haven't you ever heard of "f8 and be there?"

Get over it.

why use f8 when f1.4 is available?

This thread is a bit unnerving as some folks seem to think that their way of shooting is the only - best - proper way.  Sometimes there is a need to use full manual mode.  Other times, I want to have shutter be the priority, especially when shooting birds in flight, where the light on the bird might change as I track it.  This is where using DSLR as a tool allows me to concentrate on framing, position of the bird etc.

I am never in fully Auto, but use Av, Tv, and M regularly.  Not sure why this would eat away at you that everyone, at varying levels of expertise, would use modes other than M (manual). 

BTW, sometimes I have a 35mm f/1.4 on my body and need to get more depth of field for say a group shot.  So, stopping the aperture down to f/4, 5.6 or 8, might be appropriate.

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Technical Support / Re: Not Windows
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:28:41 AM »
Maybe have a look at a Mac mini with quad i7, 4GB, and 1TB fusion drive.  Then upgrade the memory to 16GB on your own.  Comes with thunderbolt and USB3, so external drive options abound if more storage is needed.  I use a Lacie 2Big 6TB thunderbolt drive and it is nearly as fast as the built in SSD on my rMBP. 

Use the display / keyboard / mouse you have and upgrade once funds are available. 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 29, 2013, 03:06:51 PM »
It has been awhile, so here go some of my newer bird photos.  Enjoy:

Canon 5D III & 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II + 1.4x III:




 




Canon 1Dx & 300mm f/2.8L IS II + 2x III:
 

 

 

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Only thing that would make me consider a new 5D would be higher resolution (i.e. 36MP like D800) and faster drive (i.e. 8FPS+).  Then I would not need to have a 1Dx or a new crop (i.e. 7D II or 70D).

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I've almost exclusively used my 600mm II with the 2x III attached.  That might all change once a 7D II or equiv. is released. 


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