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

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

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,

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. 

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

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. 


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





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.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: [advice] My last tripod
« on: May 12, 2013, 03:24:04 PM »
Since you want a 3 section, I'd strongly recommend a Gitzo GT3532LS systematic version 2.  It has the latest tech and new features that have won many industry awards.  RRS is great too, but the Gitzo is just as good for less and they have a $150 rebate running now!

Lenses / Re: Canon 500 F4 IS vs Canon 300 f2.8 IS II
« on: May 11, 2013, 10:16:57 AM »
Hiya,  I think you made the right choice with going with the 300mm f/2.8L IS II.  I had the 500mm f/4L IS for about 2 years and it was good, but the 300mm f/2.8L II has a clear advantage in IQ.  The new IS is awesome and there is a new mode 3.  The AF speed is stellar with the new Mark III teleconverters.  I use the 2x III on the 300mm and the images are super sharp at f/5.6 (wide open).  Pared with a crop sensor camera and you have a beastly setup.

Needless to say...I also picked up a 600mm f/4L IS II which mostly lives with a 1.4x III or 2x III on it.  It works great too, but I still think the 300mm f/2.8L IS II is the sharpest.  I don't think I will ever get rid of the 300mm unless for the replacement version. 

Best of luck and happy shooting!

Software & Accessories / Re: arca swiss help please.
« on: May 07, 2013, 10:58:27 PM »
I also used to use the Krik 1'' clamp on the end of my Black Rapid strap.  But now I use a Acratech Swift Clamp that has a built in loop for the Blank Rapid strap to hook into.  Plus it's quick release. 


As others have said, you will love the Arca Swiss system of plates and clamps etc.  The RRS brand is probably the most comprehensive of them all and they make super stuff with wonderful aesthetics.  I use a mix of Kirk and RRS plates and replacement feet.  Ball heads are RRS BH-55 and BH-40 with the screw type clamps.  Wimberly full gimbal with the RRS cradle with the quick release.  Gitzo 4 Series systematic carbon fiber tripod for the heavy stuff with an RRS universal leveling platform.  Gitzo 2 series explorer and a center column basalt series tripod for the smaller stuff.  RRS monopod with the RRS monopod head (this doubles as a self-defense weapon; it's that big and sturdy).

Best of luck with your selections.  Cool thing is that the Arca Swiss compatible stuff from the major players works will together; in most combinations.

Lenses / Re: Canon 85L II AF speed on 5D III???
« on: May 03, 2013, 01:53:10 PM »
Love the AF performance on my 1Dx.  I need to check it out on my 5D III, where I've only used it for portraits. 

Got these a few week's ago:


I am very pleasantly surprised by the results from the 85mm f/1.2L II on the 1Dx in AI Servo.

Lenses / Re: A Walk Around Lens for a Trip
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:51:04 AM »
Is there a reason you think you need a focal length beyond 85mm or 105mm?  I've never been to that part of the world, but imagine that most of the photo opportunities will be on the wide to normal focal lengths.  Remember that the 7D is a crop body and will provide an effective 1.6x zoom on the lenses you decide to take on the trip.   If you are set on taking your Tokina 11-16mm, I'd recommend a 24-105mm f/4L IS zoom.  They can be had at very good prices for a lens that was sold as part of a kit; maybe better priced if you don't mind a slightly used lens.  I think you will find that 105mm on a 7D long enough and if not, you have 18MP to work with and crop.

If you wanted a one lens solution know that there are IQ compromises with any of the super zooms that you mention.  If again, you can live with 85mm on the long end, I would recommend the Canon 15-85mm EFS USM IS lens.  It is wide enough that you might just leave the Tokina at home and travel ultra light.  Maybe throw in a 40mm f/2.8 USM (cheap at $150) for the times you need a wider aperture. 

Good luck with whatever you choose and have a fun time in Israel!

Kind regards,
Jason S.

Lenses / Re: EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II [CR2]
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:41:26 AM »
I can also testify that the 600 mk II with 1.4x is sharper than the bare 800mm.  It is not by a lot, but still noticeable.  The bonus is that the 600mm mk II can take the 2x very well also.  I've been able to get great results with that combo. 

However, for those that want to get past 500mm, I think a used 800mm is now an excellent value.  I would only assume that a new 800mm II would be priced around 15k or more (Nikon version is what 18k?).  I am still not sure what a 800mm f/5.6 II + 1.4x III would give as an advantage over the 600mm II + 2x III.

600mm II + 2x III on 1Dx:

another at 1200mm:

Kind regards,

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2L vs 35mm 1.4L for events photography...
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:17:46 AM »
Yep to get back to the original posters question...I would agree that a 35L is going to be a better option.  Paired with a 85mm f/1.2L and you can cover nearly every situation, provided you have room to move around and frame your shots without much restriction. 

Kind regards,

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