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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:

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.

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

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:


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!


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
4.  Thinktank Glass Limo -
5.  Gitzo Series 4 GT4542LS beefy tripod and more stable than series 3. Get series 5, if weight is no concern to you.
6. Aquatech leg wraps
7.  RRS universal leveling base with clamp
8.  Wimberley Full Gimbal
9.  RRS cradle clamp for Wimberley head

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!

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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