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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?

Software & Accessories / Re: Leveling bases- which one to choose?
« on: January 28, 2014, 07:59:44 PM »
Center of gravity?  Are you going to be putting wheels on your tripod? 

Really though, I would not be concerned with that.  I use the RRS universal leveling base with clamp and a Wimberley full gimbal on top and a 600mm with 1dx and it is super solid.  My legs are Gitzo GT4542LS systematic 4 series tripod.  Vibrations are really controlled with this setup. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Leveling bases- which one to choose?
« on: January 26, 2014, 09:30:33 PM »
Go with the RRS universal leveling base with quick release clamp ( TA-U-LC ). That way you can use it on you mountaineer or another tripod, if you decide to switch to a systematic or other type.

Note that this one is rated for more weight than the other RRS leveling bases.  Makes a difference when using a full gimbal and a 600 or 800mm lens.

-Jason S.

Lenses / Re: 135L or 100 Macro IS?
« on: January 17, 2014, 01:10:50 PM »
What Neuro said.  I have both.  For macro work there is only one option.  If you never have done macro shooting before, you might try the macro lens first.  You might find that you don't do much macro or don't like it; in which case you can then trade it for a 135mm f/2L.

For portraiture (face and bust on FF; maybe just face on crops), either one can do the job very nicely. 

If you think you will need the focal length for indoor sports (I use it for ice skating), then the 135mm f/2L is a much better choice.  A 70-200mm f/2.8L would also be sufficient for this type of shooting.

For me personally, I have found that I don't have a big interest in macro.  So for me, the 135L would be the better of the two, if I could only get one.

Hope this helps.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II to Finally Arrive? [CR1]
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:40:51 PM »
I am late to this posting, but must say that I am very happy with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art.  I used to have the Canon 35mm f/1.4L and thought it was great too. There was about a year gap when I did not have any 35mm prime. 

The Sigma I think produces a superior image in sharpness, color saturation and tone; not to mention the bokeh is very unique and surreal. 

Just check out this photo from an outdoor shoot:

Canon General / Re: Advice for future path please!
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:31:21 PM »

Definitely do not go with the 300mm f/4L IS.  I don't think it to be much better than the 100-400mm L IS that you already have.  If you are happy with the results from the 100-400mm L, then keep that.  If you are looking for something lighter and a bit sharper with new IS system, then perhaps consider the nice 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS.  If you think you need something faster (meaning larger aperture), I would think about the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.  Combined with the new version 3 teleconverters, I found no need to have a 100-400mm or 70-300mm.  I get excellent results using the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens.  My other main lens is the 24-70mm f/2.8L II.  Those two lenses (24-70L f/2.8L II and 70-200L f/2.8L IS II) cover most anything you care to shoot.  Of course to get the most out of them, a full frame camera would be ideal. 

Are you going to keep the 7D?  Will you be going full frame in the future?  If you have FF in your sites, then consider upgrading your lenses first starting with the two I mention above. 

If you need a fast prime, I would suggest a 50mm f/1.2L or holding out for the new Sigma 50mm Art lens. 

As others say, if you do lots of macro then get the 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro.  It is the best macro for Canon and works well as a portrait lens. 

Hope this helps.


Lenses / Re: Get a 300mm or 600mm? Oh the agony...
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:17:00 PM »
I originally got really excited about the 200-400mm f/4L IS + 1.4x converter.  But after the delays, steep pricing, and darn heavy weight, decided to skip it.  I instead got the lovely 300mm f/2.8L IS II with its relative light weight and the amazingly well balanced 600mm f/4L IS II.  I think they are the best combo going now on the Canon side.  I must admit that I rarely ever use the 600mm bare.  I always have one of the version 3 extenders on it. Seldom do I use the 300mm f/2.8L IS II bare either, but it is so buttery and sharp when it is bare! 

The 300mm II + 2x III is my go to wildlife combo, when I want to travel light and expect to hike around looking for my subjects.  I would not try doing the same with my 600mm II + 1Dx.  I typically will walk around with the 300mm II + 2x III + 1Dx on the RRS monopod with their very nice and useful monopod head.

The 600mm II + 1.4x III + 1Dx is my birding rig when I have a set subject and plan on being in one general spot for a while.  The rig is supported by a Gitzo GT4542LS Series 4 tripod, RRS universal leveling base with lever clamp and a Wimberley full gimbal head.

If I ever stopped wanting to bird, I'd probably get rid of the 600mm II and keep the 300mm II with the two converters. 

If you want to save money and your primary subject are birds, I suggest finding a nice condition used 800mm f/5.6L IS.  They have the 4th gen IS system and is super sharp wide open.  They are going for around $8500 - $9500 used. 

Hope this helps the original poster make a wise decision. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of swapping a 5d3 for a 1D4.....
« on: December 12, 2013, 09:11:58 AM »
Anyone have any thoughts on this crazy idea?

Depends on what is most important to you.  If you find yourself needing the extra reach and the 10FPS, then it might make sense.  However, for landscapes and portraits, I for one would want a full frame camera.  Also, it would be good for you to go to a local shop that might have a 1D IV to try out.  I for one think that once you get used to the menu system and the AF layout of the 5D III, going to a 1D IV might seem awkward and a step back.

6FP is not all that bad.  I have captured some amazing wildlife and sporting shots with a 5D III.  I have a 1Dx now, and soon to have 6D.  But the 5D III is a wonderful camera!  If the buffering is the only issue, you might invest in a new CF card, a Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB or higher (the 16GB are artificially slowed down).  Also take out the SD card that  you might have in the 5D III.  I believe leaving an SD in causes the bus to slow down even for the high speed CF card.  Give that a go and see if you need something more. 

Kind regards,
Jason S.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 70D Body $949 at B&H Photo
« on: December 11, 2013, 01:15:02 PM »
Sounds to me like they are having trouble selling their current stock.  I think the pricing was too ambitious with the 60D now on the used market for $500.  The 70D is a great camera though and has the benefit of the new dual phase sensor for video.  The camera performs very well for even the current price.  I was able to capture BIF using it without a problem. 

I did, however, end up selling mine after getting back from my fall eagles trip.  I sold it for more used than what BH is selling it for new! 

Taken with a 70D and 600mm f/4L IS II + 1.4x III:

EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS M with EVF Second Half of 2014?
« on: December 09, 2013, 04:03:36 PM »
we really have to wait until the second half of 2014 for the possibility of an M with a viewfinder? The M has been out well over a year now and there is no replacement in the works? Aren't these sort of entry level cameras usually replaced every year or so? Why are they so unprepared and disinterested in making a compelling product?
The only positive hope I have is that they dont want to piss off Americans when they rehash the M system in to a full frame option next year so they are just keeping it low profile and focusing more on the Asian market in the meantime.
I'd be thrilled if Canon created a full frame mirrorless option to lead the EOS-M lineup.

I don't believe the EOS M was ever meant to be entry level.  It has a nice solid body and feel.  The ef-m lenses are all top quality with metal mounts.  All that's missing are the red rings.  So, it should not be surprising that no next version will be available anytime soon.

I am just hoping, as others are too, that Canon will come out with some telephoto lenses (zoom or prime).  At least to get you to 200mm.  Even something like an ef-m 15-85mm IS STM would be a real hit!

Kind regards,
Jason S.

Canon General / Re: Macbook Pro for Video Editing?
« on: December 09, 2013, 03:15:30 PM »
That MacBook Pro Retina should do very well!  I am using a MBPro Retina 15 with 2.3GHz i7 quad core with 8GB ram and 256GB SSD.  I hooked it up to an Apple 27inch Thunderbolt display and a Lacie 2Big 6TB thunderbolt external drive. 

I have been pleased with it thus far.  But I find that I rarely use the portability offered by the MacBook.  So looking forward to upgrading at some point to the new Mac Pro desktop. 

Kind regards,

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:48:37 PM »
Great photos Dylan!  I'm glad you are getting great use out of that new 300mm! 

Here is one of mine I took a year ago today with the 300mm II + 2x III on a 7D:

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