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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. 

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. 

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.


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.

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.


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. 


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


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.

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. 

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:



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).

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. 

Maybe something wrong with your 70-200.

...or maybe with your 100-400.  ;)

The 70-200 II + 2xIII is sharp, it's that the 100-400 is a little sharper @ 400mm, and the 400/5.6 is a little sharper still.  As for a 'bad copy', TDP tested three copies of the 70-200 II, and none of them with the 2xIII beat the 100-400 @ 400mm.

Copy 1

Copy 2

Copy 3

I like Artie, but the thing to keep in mind is that his blog is there to earn money for him ("Please remember to use our links") and the ~$2500 70-200 II + TC combo will earn him more than the other options. 

It seems like several of his posts are actually comparing the 70-200 II + 2xIII to the 400/5.6 prime, and favoring the former for IQ. I'd have to declare shenanigans on that...

I can no longer trust the TDP ISO charts, since my experience with certain lenses is opposite what his charts say.  Example was my Canon 200mm f/1.8L lens.  Mine was super duper sharp, sharper than my 200mm f/2L IS was.  But his ISO charts indicate that the sharpness was very bad (just look at em).  There is sometimes sample variations and so...  he's also using a 1Ds III, which well, I don't think can stand with the 5D III or 1Dx sensors.

My 100-400mm was indeed sharp, but the AF was not nearly as fast as the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II + extenders.  Sharpness wise, I think they are at very least on par.  So why bother keeping another big lens around.  A similar situation was when I compared my 600mm II + 1.4x with my (now sold) 800mm bare.  Even the 600mm II + 2x was sharper than the 800mm bare and I thought my 800mm was a good copy.

I had a 400mm f/5.6 also.  It was sharper than the 100-400mm, but sharpness is not everything.  The 100-400mm and the 70-200mm have much better color saturation and micro contrast.  Simply put, the 70-200mm f/2.8L II is the sharpest telephoto lens by Canon.  It has fluorite elements while the other two do not.  Its AF is the fastest of any zoom.  And it has the latest gen IS.  Why not take advantage of that tech slap a 2x III on it and be done. 

70-200mmII + 2xIII @ 278mm . 1/1600 s . f/5.6 . ISO 400 . +2/3 EV

I'd probably get rid of your 100-400 though, as the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with the 2x III is better at 400mm; especially on a 5D III. 

My 100-400 @ 400mm is better than my 70-200 II + 2xIII @ 400mm.  Not massively better, but noticeably better.  That's also consistent with TDP's ISO 12233 crops.

Not only me saying this, but Arthur Morris ( says the same thing and gave the same advice.  The 70-200mm II even with extenders has more resolving power.  Maybe something wrong with your 70-200.


Kind regards,

Good choice Andreas!  The 600mm II + the extenders are great for birding.  I'd probably get rid of your 100-400 though, as the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with the 2x III is better at 400mm; especially on a 5D III. 

As far as hand holding...yeah for a few snaps...I'd suggest a sturdy monopod and tripod.  Even hiking around with the 600 and a monopod can be challenging. Oh and get a gimbal head for it too.

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