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Lenses / Re: Lens recommendations for wildlife
« on: January 29, 2013, 02:52:14 PM »
I have the 2.8 is ii
The 200-400 sounds good but it just is not out and not in my price range.

It depends on how much you plan on shooting at 400mm.  The 70-200 IS II takes extenders pretty well.  The general consensus is that its IQ at 400mm is close to the 100-400L's but its AF will be slower.  If you go this route, make sure you AFMA with the lens + extender(s) -- it won't automatically port over the settings for the bare lens.  If you shoot at 400 a lot or want longer, then the 400 f/5.6 is really you're only choice.

I suggest trying the extender route first.  If that works for you, then you could wait for Canon to revise the 400 f/5.6 later.

I have the 70-200 ii and 2xiii combo and AF is not slow at all imho, and IQ is brilliant!

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35 1.4 or Canon 50 1.4 or Canon 24-70 2.8 II
« on: January 29, 2013, 06:50:35 AM »
If money is not an issue then it's almost a no brainer decision - 24-70 f2.8 II.

+ 1.

You loose some aperture, but you gain a more versatile lens which according to many reviews is unsurpassed in IQ. I used it last year in june, and I loved it (unfortunately just for loan, but one day it will be mine.... which is the same time I am selling my 24-105), but I am on the other side not qualified to make statements as to whether it is so and so good. I have the 50 1.4, and it is less than a year and a half old, and it has already been to the shop for repair because of the AF. The Sigma is great and I love it, although I am getting a strange greenish cast of some of the shots I took in studio with it, so I will have to figure out if it is my fault, the strobes and a flare issue, or if it is the lens before I can recomend it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:21:55 PM »
Lots of discussions on if APS-H is really dead, or has an opening to return...

I always wonder about this because didn't Canon put an H marking on their new fish-eye zoom? Kinda odd to add for just one discontinued camera isn't it?

Interesting point, as the 8-15 is from 2011, i.e. quite new and a while after the release of the 1D iv... Hmmm... However, there is virtually no mention of a whift of a rumor concerning the release of a APS-H sensor, at least not that I have seen.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:13:37 PM »
the organ pipes are resonating with your reasoning quasimodo -- funny:   I had typed "junior 1DX" in my previous epistle but then changed it to "5D3 features in a crop body with higher fps".  If we accept the premise we have both noticed, then quite a logical conclusion is that 7D2 could very well be a page turner instead of a yawn.   All the necessary R&D efforts can be leveraged from other bodies -- only the sensor is apparently changing.  Moreover how "7D ish" is that -- to introduce a brand new sensor with such a body?  it would make logical and poetic sense, at least to me :D :D lol lol.  and don't forget that "mid level" price is, well, half way between Rebel and 1DX..... hmmm..... fingers on the calculator now.... yup thats higher than the 6D.

It should be a walk in the R&D park to borrow the 5D's AF and metering systems, drop into a dual DIGIC<something> architecture of the 7D,  and call it something maybe even 7D2.   The unanswered question is essentially how much crippling Canon will do in order to protect other FF bodies.   


it will be most interesting to see which camp, the "wow camp" or the "cripple camp" does the snoopy dance when the 7D2 is introduced.

+ 1 also to ahsanford re:  positioning and justification of a flagship APS-C body and continuation of the 7D isms that made the original a success. 



 

LOL. and to Ahsanford. I never intended to say that it will be in a APS-H size.. I do not believe that. I believe that we just might see a killer 7D which will de facto make the demand for the APS-H non-existant..?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2013, 02:34:42 PM »
to be sure quasimodo so noted and thanks for the catch!  thats three of us thus far :D

LOL!

But to be serious for a little while. I think this is a valid question. Although Canon officially did not count the 7D as a professional camera it was used by many professionals as a second camera. I have heard virtually no rumors that pulls in the direction of a 1D V, and according to the various pages I read it is sorely missed. I think we are in for a positive surprise (except for price, which I believe will be stiff). I think that it is not impossible that the new 7D II might be a cropped 1Dx, and that the traditional 7D might be replaced by upgraded Rebels...?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2013, 02:17:08 PM »


fair comments, to be sure;  I'll join you in hoping 7D2 comes before 2014,  and I'm officially putting you into "camp wow" :D :D You're the only one so far who has suggested, along with me, that the presumed demise of APS-H and the announced amalgamation of 1D and 1Ds into the 1DX creates more "room" for a full featured crop body without confusion as to the numbers painted on the side.   
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Uhhh... page 4 on this thread.. My words were, if not insightful, at the very least the same essence...

"With the APS-H seemingly being dead as far as rumors are concerned, there is a void for those who want excellent IQ and the range given by crop sensors. I am betting the 7D II will kick some serious ass, the price notwithstanding."

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Argus 1.8 Billion Pixels
« on: January 27, 2013, 05:53:56 PM »
Apropos, or malapropos... Has anyone tried the Giga-pan Pro! Looks cool. There was a rulling in Norway that (the photo was of a footbal match) that you cannot post these pictures (with people in them). This because the immense amount of MP that a person sitting on the far end of the field can be zoomed in on, thus being characterized as a portrait and illegal to post on the web without explicit permission.

Issues of privacy are both important and pertinent with the rapid increase of image technology, imho.

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Canon General / Re: a 3 in 1 post, if I may
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:25:20 AM »
Welcome! :) like you I also benefit greatly by reading others posts here, as well as peoples willingness to share their knowledge and wisdom if you ask.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:13:24 AM »
With the APS-H seemingly being dead as far as rumors are concerned, there is a void for those who want excellent IQ and the range given by crop sensors. I am betting the 7D II will kick some serious ass, the price notwithstanding.

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Thanks, these are things to contmplate :)

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A timely question, and an unpleasant one at that too, lol.  However I feel I evolve all the time, and like to have the opportunities this then would present me with. At the same time as I am not forced to buy a bunch of 600, espescially now that one can get 580's quite cheap (given their discontinued status).

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Will this one do the trick?

http://plusiii.pocketwizard.com

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 27, 2013, 07:02:36 AM »
I think that...the best thing would be that if someone would make an adapter to allow canon lenses to be used on Nikon bodies, you would see a sales drop in Canon bodies.
Canon is taking waaay too long to get their proverbial $hit together.

It never takes long.....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Emergency wedding, of sorts.
« on: January 27, 2013, 05:26:09 AM »
Like you've mentioned and like most people here say, try to be just a guest with a camera, and let someone else work :) However, I was in your shooes a year ago. A good friend of mine asked the same question (they hired a professional for the ceremony) and wanted to have me take the rest. I do paid jobs (portraits and stuff), but if I do something wrong (or the pictures turn out not as good as I want them, I always have the option of taking them again. Not so with a wedding...

Forget everything your friend says about you being a guest and that you should enjoy yourself. You will be so consumed in doing a good job for him that you will not hear a word in the speeches :)

I was so scared that I would not get this right, that when I gave them the pictures they received 1400 high resolution jpg's (all was shot in RAW), and I told them that they could pick 10 pictures that I would work on in lightroom and photoshop. The good thing is that according to them, my pictures were much better then the professional  (BTW. if they do get a professional after all, stay away from their working path...).

If you do this, the best advice I can offer is to follow the bride! She is your real constituent :) In addition to the required shots mentioned by others I would try make some context shots, like the food, flowers, the cake and such. People tend cherish these details.

Different countries have different customs. In Norway it is not uncommen for the bride and groom to hold a speech for each other. Some of my best shots that evening was them looking at each other (and the following laughter, crying ect) when they spoke to each other.

As for lighting I agree with the previous comments. Stay away from it, but there is one instance where you cannot avoid it - the waltz. I if I were you would make sure that the flash is in ETTL mode, and switch to the green button to let the camera do the whole job for you. That is a picture you will not feel comfortable screwing up, lol.

Good luck :)

Enclosing a shot I took of the food that night.

PS. I bought a 85 after that wedding as I saw that my 135 was too long (to many people who move between you and the subject) for many of the guest shots.

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thank you guys for these links :)

Do you happen to know if if they can trigger each other in a long line? I have read that it has a reach of 30m, and what I have in mind for a special type of shot would require the possibility that the first one sets of the second which might be 30m further down, and maybe another 30m further down? (I have an idea of a portrait shot with a wide angle lens in a badly lit factory, where I would like to light a long way, to get a real sense of the depth).

Right now I have a 600 RT EX, a 580 ex II, and a 430 ex II and a ST - E2 to trigger them off. My dilemma is whether to sell my smaller flashes, and get several 600 plus the ST - E3, or if I should go for a pocket wisard solution for the flexibility?

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