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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.

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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:


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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.

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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,
Jason

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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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I have both for the time being.  I got the 600mm first because I thought everything was shifting to full frame and was looking to replace an 800mm.  Like others have said, for birding, I think the 600mm II + 1.4x III is the best option.  If the birds are stationary, then the 600mm II + 2x III will also work nicely (super sharp). This is not a lens you want to travel that far with though, since it is big volume wise.   Also hiking around with it is cumbersome at least for me.  So that is something to consider.  I mainly use the 600mm II on a sturdy tripod and a full gimbal head. 

The 500mm is lighter on paper, but in my hands it does not feel that much lighter.  It is however, much smaller in volume.  So would be much easier to take on a plain or even to hike around with.  Still not sure I want to hike around with it much.  If you think you might be sticking with a crop sensor body (7D, 70D and maybe the next 1.6x body) then I might suggest you strongly consider the 500mm.  If not for the slight weight savings and size differences, then for the price difference.  The 500mm + 1.4x on a 7D is more than enough focal length for birding. 

I also have the 300mm f/2.8L IS II and would choose to use that, if I am going to be hiking around looking for subjects to photograph.  I'd use it without hesitation with the 2x III.  It is much lighter than either the 500mm and 600mm and it is super sharp even with the 2x III on it.

Don't know, if that helps you any.  You might even consider a nice used 800mm f/5.6L IS that can be had for around $8500 these days.

Best of luck with your decision.  If you decide on a 500mm II, I might have one for you :-).

Kind regards,
Jason S.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 26, 2013, 05:31:57 PM »
Thanks Click and Bornshooter!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 26, 2013, 01:57:10 PM »
Here is my contribution for the day.  Shot this a few weeks ago:



Another:


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Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:03:41 PM »
Congratulations Dylan!  You will absolutely enjoy that lens!  Like others and myself have said, it is one of the most versatile, since it accepts the 1.4x and 2x converters very very well!  If I could just keep one big white, it would be the 300mm II. 

Enjoy and upload some photos for us!

Regards,
Jason

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Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:27:48 PM »
I'm late to this thread and sure many have covered this well, but here is what I have for my 600mm II:

1.  Lenscoat
2.  RRS replacement foot
3.  Don Zeck from cap 
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/676288-REG/Don_Zeck_C10_C10_Lens_Cap_for.html
4.  Thinktank Glass Limo - http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/glass-limo.aspx
5.  Gitzo Series 4 GT4542LS beefy tripod and more stable than series 3. Get series 5, if weight is no concern to you.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/846215-REG/Gitzo_GT4542LS_GT4542LS_6x_4_SECTION_SYSTEMATIC.html
6. Aquatech leg wraps
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/676050-REG/Aqua_Tech_1741_Tripod_Leg_Wraps_Set.html
7.  RRS universal leveling base with clamp
http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=TA-U-LC&type=4&eq=&desc=TA-U-LC%3a-Universal-Leveling-Clamp&key=it
8.  Wimberley Full Gimbal
http://www.tripodhead.com/products/wimberley-main.cfm
9.  RRS cradle clamp for Wimberley head
http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=PG-CC&type=0&eq=&desc=PG-CC%3a-Cradle-Clamp-for-Pano-Gimbal-Head&key=it

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EOS Bodies / Re: Get the 1DX or wait for the 7D Mark II?!
« on: November 07, 2013, 12:32:53 PM »
Wait for the 7D Mk III!

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 06, 2013, 06:32:25 PM »
You can without a doubt capture BIF with a 5D III.  For those that cannot, might need to improve their skill.  The AF on the 5D III is superior to 1D MK 4, which many wildlife photographers lived and died by and still do.

All captured with a 5D III:




 

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 06, 2013, 11:42:59 AM »
If landscapes are your main subject, I would get the 5D Mk III.  It has extra pixels that most landscape photogs enjoy.  The 5D III will still do very well with tracking birds in flight and 6FPS is very respectable.  The AF system is basically the same as the 1Dx and you now get f/8 AF (using converters). 

The 1Dx is good if you mainly stay in AI SERVO and do lots of sports or wildlife photography.  It has spot AF for any focus point that helps shooting indoor sports (especially helpful for ice skating and hockey).  There might also be a 1 stop benefit in ISO noise quality over the 5D MK III.  This might be important for wedding photographers and event stuff.  But, unless you are getting paid for those things, I'm not sure that is worth the extra coin on its own.  It has better weather sealing yes, but for me personally, I don't think I would test its limits anyway.  If it starts to hail or down pour and I am out with my 500mm or 600mm with the 1Dx, I am looking for cover; no matter what they say is sealed.  If you are a working professional and need the shots rain or shine, then you might test the weather seals more than I care to do. :-)

The other thing to consider is the substantial price differential.  The 5D III is on sale many places now and the savings from not buying the 1Dx, might afford you another lens to add to your arsenal.  I am thinking a 17mm f/4L TS-E might be nice for landscape work or a 14mm f/2.8L II.  Just a thought.

Best of luck to you.  You really cannot go wrong with either of those bodies!

--Jason

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L $1259 at B&H Photo
« on: November 01, 2013, 07:05:34 PM »
Awesome deal on a new 50L!!!  I really enjoy mine!

Some samples taken today with my new Canon 70D:

50mm . f/1.4 . ISO 1600 . 1/250 s:
 


50mm . f/1.2 . ISO 1600 . 1/250 s:
 


Congrats to those that get this deal!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 28, 2013, 09:31:31 PM »
If it were me and I could wait a while longer, scrape up together a few more bucks, I'd get the Canon 70D.  It seems to be a great all around camera.  You will thank yourself a hundred times over to have the Autofocus dual-pixel movie mode.  Otherwise, manual focus with the other bodies is very tedious!  To the point where I just don't enjoy making movies...even with the 1Dx! 

That's just my two cents.

Best of luck with any decision you make!

--Jason

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