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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 (birdsasart-blog.com) 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,
Jason

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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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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or 6D
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:48:08 AM »
*subscribed*

 :D

I have the same decision to make (though coming from an even older 500D)...

I like portraits, and a bit of landscape, but with young kids, sports carnivals, running around at parties, love animals at the zoo,etc.. it just seems other than the top of the line cameras, I have to make a choice and compromise what I want to shoot.

I invested in the 15-85 EF-S which is a great lens, but to go to a 6D I would have to get a 24-105 which is an additional cost as well and from some comparisons I have seen the IQ between then (on the same camera) is quite similar..

I was hanging out for a 7D2, but the more I read it is a real unknown when it will be available and it will also be a top of the line crop with alot of extras I don't need, for a lot more cost. hence thinking I should choose between the 70D and 6D.

If you like your 15-85mm EF-S IS lens (I had one and enjoyed it), then I would go with the 70D.  If the improvements to hight ISO materialize, I too might be interested.  Like you say, the 7D II will be much more especially if they make it with a built in grip (a la 1Dx).  The only thing that worries me about the 70D is the AF performance; I hope it is better than what was on the 7D.  There was no mention if there are any double cross type points in the 19 point array.  That make a big difference when tracking birds in flight. 

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Lenses / Re: Used 300 2.8 L IS Mk I
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:00:39 AM »
Dylan, 

Here is a shot taken with the 300mm f/2.8L IS II + 2x III on a 1Dx.  It shows some inflight action.  I would say this combo is very usable. 

If you already have the 70-200mm f/2.8L II, I would recommend getting a 2x III and try it out at 400mm.  You will be surprised by it's performance.  Faster than a 100-400mm and the IQ is better.

Regards,
Jason

Wow...that is an amazing photo with x2 TC III Jason. Thanks for sharing. Will take your advise and try out x2 TC III on my 70-200. I heard nothing but "WOW & AMAZING & RAZOR SHARP & LIGHTING AF" about 300mm version II.

This could be my next lens ;)

Thanks Dylan.  It is a really great lens and so is your 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.  Happy shooting!

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wonder what the used market prices for these will be like in a years time

$40 - 75

Honestly, who knows.  Don't buy it to resell it in a few weeks or months time.  Buy it to use it!

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Just ordered me one of these with the 22mm lens.  Thanks CR!  Now need to sell my RX100.

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Lenses / Re: Used 300 2.8 L IS Mk I
« on: July 03, 2013, 12:21:27 PM »
Dylan, 

Here is a shot taken with the 300mm f/2.8L IS II + 2x III on a 1Dx.  It shows some inflight action.  I would say this combo is very usable. 

If you already have the 70-200mm f/2.8L II, I would recommend getting a 2x III and try it out at 400mm.  You will be surprised by it's performance.  Faster than a 100-400mm and the IQ is better.



Regards,
Jason

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Could this mean they are coming out with a new version of the EOS M?

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Lenses / Re: Used 300 2.8 L IS Mk I
« on: July 03, 2013, 01:23:43 AM »
Hi Dylan.  I will look to see, if I have any examples of the AF on a moving subject.  If I don't I would suspect that the AF is very good using the combo mentioned:  5d III + 300mm f/2.8 IS II + 2x III.  I say this because my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II + 2x III has no trouble with AF at 400mm.  Here is an example of that combo on a 5D III:


400mm . 1/1600th . f/6.3 . ISO 400

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Lenses / Re: Used 300 2.8 L IS Mk I
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:30:33 PM »
Loving my 300 f//2.8L IS II.  It is so light weight and short compared to the bigger great whites.  And it works well as a 600mm f/5.6L:


 


I did also have the 300mm f/2.8L IS v1 and did enjoy that one too...just it did not take the 2x extender very well.

Congratulations on your new lens!  You will love it!

Kind regards,
Jason

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gitzo tripod or no?
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:39:57 PM »
I have three Gitzos, a series 2 explorer, a series 2 Basalt w/center column and new series 4 systematic with 4 leg sections.  All have been great and will last a very long time.  They are extremely serviceable and most camera shops will carry them and might have replacement parts on hand.  The new systematic line truly sets the gold standard with innovative features.  After all, RRS modeled their top tripods after the older Gitzo systematic. 

RRS is a great product, I have plenty of their stuff:  two ball heads, clamps, plates, monopod, etc.  They are sexier / prettier to look at, if that is possible to say about a tripod.  They also have slightly better load maximums in their respective series.  These things come at a price premium of course.  I am sure no one is going to miss that once in a lifetime shot because they were not using a TV-34L and instead using a GT3542LS.  :-) 

With the rebates, there is argument that Gitzo could be a better value.  Just depends on what you feel is worth your hard earned money. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:41:49 AM »
Does it have AFMA?

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Lenses / Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« on: June 17, 2013, 01:05:07 PM »
If you don't need f/2.8 in a wide to normal zoom range, I'm inclined to suggest the new 24-70 f/4L IS, which has some decent macro capability.  Especially, if you are not certain macro will be your "thing".

Short of that recommendation, the 100mm Macro is a great lens and can double at a head & shoulder type portrait lens. 

--Jason

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 28, 2013, 11:11:28 AM »
Some from a recent trip to South FL.  Enjoy!


 

 

 

 

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Lenses / Re: Help with Long Lens + Backup Body choice for Iceland
« on: May 24, 2013, 06:05:06 PM »
Hmm...maybe instead of getting a longer lens, get a wide angle zoom.  Perhaps a 17-40mm f/4L and the 7D as a compliment to the FF.  The 1.4x on the 200mm f/4L IS should work decently well stopped down to f/8.  Never been to Iceland, but imagine during this time, there is plenty of light with little night.

I'd take the 5D III, 7D, 17-40mm, 50mm Zeiss, 70-200mm + 1.4x.  Light and covers mostly any situation.  If you have more money to spend, get the 16-35mm instead.

Kind regards,
Jason S.

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