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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 18, 2014, 01:58:59 AM »
Edward and the rest: AMAZING

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Just like the big brother 24-70 II, the new 16-35 f4 IS MTF charts look awesome.

My 16-35 II & 50L are on ebay.

I'll hold off until I see some actual reviews of the 16-35 F4 but I suspect I'll be joining you in putting my 16-35 II on ebay as well...  (Especially since I take alot of video with that lens too)

Wondering what exactly you need to hear in the reviews? Don't we already know:
1. It has the same build quality as other similar lenses
2. The IS will work fine
3. The corner sharpness is improved.
4. Handling will be same as other similar lenses
5. USM will work perfect.

What exactly do you need a review on? Curious! :)

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Hope you find your gear. Sometimes it is not stolen, just misplaced. I suspect it was not insured. Did you buy it using a credit card? Sometimes card purchases are insured by the card. Amex had/has this feature I believe.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Working on Faster f/2.8 Ultra Wide Zoom [CR2]
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:45:18 PM »
Does this mean no 16-35 f/2.8 III?

Impossible to predict. It's a favorite photo journalism lens, probably much more practical than the 12-24 range. And future high ISO improvements may make an update to the f/2.8 even less relevant.
Long term, I would think:

1.   12-24 (or 14-24) f/2.8L 
2.   16-35 f/4L IS  (the 17-40 f/4L is a goner I think)
3.   16-35 f/2.8L III (I tend to think there'll be an update)

I think there's room for all three zooms, and if push came to shove I would probably favor an optically excellent 16-35 2.8L III over an optically excellent 16-35 f/4L IS.  But I'd prefer an optically excellent 16-35 f/4L IS over the less-than-excellent 16-35 f/2.8L II (which I currently own, and love).   The 14 f/2.8L II may not see another update.

I think the 17-40L will stay, and so will the 16-35 II. The 12/4-24 and 16-35 will be additions.

Same same

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Lenses / Re: Canon Working on Faster f/2.8 Ultra Wide Zoom [CR2]
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:42:53 PM »
For travel landscape shooting, the 16-35 4L IS is perfect. The IS makes hand held slow shutter speed and low ISO possible which is great. For serious landscape work, really should be looking at the TS-E or Zeiss lenses. For event and photojournalism, the new 2.8 would be the choice to stop the motion.

16-35 IS promises to be great for the most serious of the serious landscape work. At f8 I urge you to show me any difference between the Canon and any other lens.

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Reviewing further US and UK pricing and allowing for taxes the 16-35mm f2.8L II and the EF17-40mm f4L are comparable to US pricing (slightly more expensive). The 16-35 f4L however represents a 21% premium over US pricing in the UK clearly Canon Europe are extracting as much as they can out of early adopters. I will wait until the price comes down.

Converted from my currency (CZK) to USD, estimated price is 1375 incl. VAT :( Still, that places it 275 above 17-40/4L and 475 under 16-35/2.8L II, which according MTF and other specs still sounds like awesome deal compared to 16-35/2.8L II...

The pricing is right on this lens, easily worth spending the 275 over 17-40/4L.

16-35 II is a different ballgame though.  If you are interested in doing indoor event work, IMO the 16-35 II f/2.8L is the better purchase; there simply isn't enough light at many indoor events to use an f/4 lens.  In fact, often f/2.8 isn't even enough; f/2.8 is more useful in low light than f/4 IS at 35mm, and with shutter speed needing to be 1/100 minimum to freeze motion f/4 will hurt in the ISOs department.  A noisy picture caused by five digit ISOs or motion blur will be much more noticeable in low light than less than perfect corner sharpness, and IS aside from not being as effective at wide focal lengths also will not freeze motion.  I do have primes that are below f/2.8, but none of them at 16mm which can be useful in tight quarters like a dancefloor.  The 16-35 II is one of the rare lenses that has a UWA-wide/normal zoom range, f/2.8, and accepts filters (I don't know how I'd feel with a bulbous element at a crowded event).

On the other hand, for landscape work this new 16-35 f/4L IS looks like an easy winner over the 16-35 II f/2.8.

So it depends what you are going to do with it, as is often the case :)  IMO, 16-35 II f/2.8L remains king for now for event photography.

Absolutely

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It seems that the recent competition for Sigma has propitiated that Canon launch prices closer to market reality. If the picture is as good as it looks on the MTF chart, these two lenses are sales success.

I think same.

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16-35 f2.8II was the first lens I ever bought when I got into photography again after 15 years. I was very excited that I had bought (without reading any reviews) a great Canon lens. It was expensive. And then reality hit hard after I took my first few pictures. I could not believe how bad the corners were. Then I slowly realized it was a bad lens and got rid of it. Attached is the photo which I took. Hated the corner sharpness.

Now I have the Zeiss 15mm and 35mm. Canon 24-70 II. But I think this new lens is very tempting.

Excellent shot Sanj - it tells a great story!

Thank you Jamesy. Not that this picture is anything great but I do realize that it is always the story that matters, not the corner sharpness.. :)

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Yes, I think this combo can create great photos in this and next two lifetimes.

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16-35 f2.8II was the first lens I ever bought when I got into photography again after 15 years. I was very excited that I had bought (without reading any reviews) a great Canon lens. It was expensive. And then reality hit hard after I took my first few pictures. I could not believe how bad the corners were. Then I slowly realized it was a bad lens and got rid of it. Attached is the photo which I took. Hated the corner sharpness.

Now I have the Zeiss 15mm and 35mm. Canon 24-70 II. But I think this new lens is very tempting.

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: The magic of 1dx 12 fps
« on: May 14, 2014, 04:32:40 AM »
Bret.
This was in Namibia. There is a small snake park run by this great guy Stretch. It is right outside one of the gates of Etosha national park.

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: The magic of 1dx 12 fps
« on: May 14, 2014, 04:26:36 AM »
1dx's 12 fps make certain shots a possibility which other camera's would struggle to get.

Please post any such photos you may have.

Here is one of mine. There were 3 of us on the ground with 1dx, 5d3 and 7d. But only the 1dx got this photo...
sanj,
For those of us that will never experience 12 fps, could you, would you please post a few of your 'spray' frames before and after the snake spray you've already posted, show us what we are missing?
 
 
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Thanks all for posting such lovely photos!
Tolusina: So sorry I do not have before/after photos. 12fps fills up the hard drives rather fast so I delete all CR2 files that I do not need. Here is what you would find interesting: None, except one, of the before/after photos had a hint of venom coming out. That is how fast the snakes are. I am attaching few photos of the event.
The last one is hilarious to me. All three of us are so seriously trying to find that one frame which has the venom in it...
THAT IS WHAT I am not interested in in this thread. Shots that have nothing before or after... shots where 12fps makes one lucky...

From left to right: 1dx, 5d3, 7D

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: The magic of 1dx 12 fps
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:11:50 AM »
Bdunbar yep, 12 fps comes in handy in such situations…

Thank you all for the encouragement.

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: The magic of 1dx 12 fps
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:10:29 AM »
1dx's 12 fps make certain shots a possibility which other camera's would struggle to get.

Please post any such photos you may have.

Here is one of mine. There were 3 of us on the ground with 1dx, 5d3 and 7d. But only the 1dx got this photo...

Good time not to have a macro lens!

Nice shot.... Perfect timing!

Yep. Let me try to find a photo of three of us on ground. If I find it I will post..

And it is not perfect timing. Both the photographer and subject were spraying…. :)

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: The magic of 1dx 12 fps
« on: May 12, 2014, 11:03:44 AM »
Very cool Sanj!

I have posted a couple of these willow tit images on other threads, but this is one where 12 fps came in handy. I wanted the bird in the air, just after it jumps off, with his legs still stretch behind and that first go with the wings.

It builds a nest in the trunk and flies off with the mass it carves out. From the moment I could spot its head in the opening in the trunk, until it was gone on the right side, was 3 frames of head-airborne-tail. With the 5DIII it would have been a tremendous struggle to nail these at that exact time in the air.
1DX, 600mm f4L IS II,
1/4000s, f11.0, ISO4000

Lovely photo. I know it is tough to get these shots. Even with 12fps many times I just get a tail in frame!

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