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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 mine...so 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?

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. 

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