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Lenses / 300 2.8 non-IS VS either of the IS versions...
« on: Today at 07:25:26 AM »
First things first... I am not a pixel peeper. At all, if I can't see a "defect" at normal viewing sizes (corner softness, chroma, etc..) then it doesn't exist as far as I'm concerned.

I've never shot with the non IS, but I have rented a IS v2... Which was phenomenal. I mean stunning. I also used it with a 2x v3 converter, and even that was spectacular.

I'm also big on IS to eliminate any shaking, mostly during panning or action shots. I often use slower shutter speeds (1/60 give or take) usually to achieve motion blur behind the subject. Yes, I'm quite aware that IS doesn't stop the subject, etc....

Now onto it.. Will I easily notice a difference if I were to start regularly using a non IS versus buying one of the IS versions?

I have a chance to get a very clean 9.5/10 300 2.8 local to me for a reasonable price.

Let me hear it folks!

I shoot with a 5D3 and my heaviest lens(es) are the 70-200 IS II and the 70-300 L.. I've also shot with a 300 2.8 IS II.

This was/is all used on a RRS BH40 and manfrotto 55X:

That combo handled my equipment just fine.

Lenses / Re: January in Japan...Advice?
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:05:02 AM »
I live in Okinawa, and travel to the mainland occasionally (I suppose that's an appropriate term)

I went to Hokkaido last year for the snow festival. I shoot with a 5D3 and during the day my 24-70 II was more than enough, and at night I used my 24mm both indoors and out. I brought a tripod but rarely used it as this was a vacation, not a photo safari.

So, 9 days, flying into Tokyo. I'd try to find the flights going into Haneda and not Narita for starters.

As mentioned, those monkeys only need a day, unless you really have something for monkeys, but IMO there is much better stuff to see around.

But like mentioned, if you're going to see them, you'll want some focal length. You have that covered with the 70-200. I doubt you'll be able to set up a off camera flash close to them... They might grab it and run off with it...

Seriously. Monkey's are azzholes!! Look at these guys on Ishigaki-jima:

<a href="" title="5D3_1328 by volksron, on Flickr"><img src="" width="800" height="534" alt="5D3_1328"></a>

I wouldn't bother bringing a macro, especially as you'll be in the colder regions, in January. Spring/summer? Sure...

The 50 you have will be great for the markets, though you might find it a little tight... I like my 24L...

This is a 3-street wide market right outside Ueno Station
<a href="" title="5D3_5374 by volksron, on Flickr"><img src="" width="800" height="534" alt="5D3_5374"></a>

As far as travel, once you arrive in country, use Skymark or Peach airlines. They fly to all the cities, and cheaply...

There's so much I want to write here, but my mind wanders too much for it. If you would like to chat and discuss things in an easier manner, find me on FB (Ron Wroblewski), my profile pic is me with those monkeys, so I should be easy to find..

7D + 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200 II last winter at around -12°C for about two hours with nasty winds. Everything worked fine, except my fingers.

Kind regards, eL

I had my 5D3 with 24-70II in about -18c while I was in Sapporo. Flawless. Batteries definitely don't last as long.

I was on that same island a month later. The view of the stars there is incredible.

5D3_9407 by volksron, on Flickr

Kabira Bay. Incredible

Software & Accessories / Re: Any suggestion about back pack?
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:44:16 AM »
Any compromises? Get the second link you provided, in addition to a crumpler 4 million or 5 million dollar home? I don't think there's really anything on the market that meets your criteria 100%

EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: July 06, 2013, 10:44:54 AM »
I just use the included strap. Why mess with what's free and works?

Landscape / Re: My photo on the Bing home page today!
« on: July 06, 2013, 10:40:11 AM »
Did they pay you? Or are they profiting off of you at no cost?

I didn't pass it up when they had the Ebay one for 399 with the 22mm... I sure as hell wouldn't pass it up for 299. This really is a great camera, especially when coupled with eye-fi

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M firmware update 2.0.2 available
« on: June 27, 2013, 07:37:19 AM »
I loved my EOS-M prior to the update for everything it was and wasn't (full time shooting done with a 5D3), but now with the FW upgrade it's much better. It will definitely be used a lot more now.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Firmware 2.0.2 IS faster
« on: June 20, 2013, 03:16:58 AM »
So fast I can't even see anything!

Lenses / Re: Marco Equipment for Baby shots
« on: June 19, 2013, 03:50:39 AM »

Canon General / Canon service center
« on: June 07, 2013, 09:13:31 PM »
So, a little story...

I live/work in Japan, but am an American citizen only. I have a job that grants me SOFA status, which basically means though I am a civilian, I work on a military base here and am granted the same privileges as an Active Duty military member.

That status granted me the ability to purchase a brand new 5D3 last summer at the base exchange, as opposed to having to buy one out on the town for a much higher price (sidenote, most Japanese electronics are cheaper in the states than Japan).

I flew to America a few weeks ago, and on my return flight, I decided to check my camera bag as opposed to carrying, so I would have a lighter load at the three airports I must always traverse. Mistake. When I arrived home, and began unpacking everything, I noticed that the multidirectional button/pad seal was torn.. no biggie... Except then when I tried using the button, it was stuck to one side, would not operate, etc...

I tried messing with it, tried getting it to work, and actually ended up breaking it off. Now my 5D3 is pretty much useless to me without that function. I emailed Canon, explained the situation of the camera, my situation, they said send it in, so I did.

Got the email today that the camera is being fixed under warranty, no charge. I didn't know their warranty covered things (airline transport) that most companies would just laugh at. I was expecting a couple hundred dollar repair, instead it cost me the 45 dollars or so to USPS priority mail the camera to their California service center.

In short, Canon just earned my continued business, despite me being a long time canon fan (Canon G2-PS800-PS1000-SX10-Rebel T1i-5D2-and now onto my 5D3, S95, and EOS-M. I don't really use the S95 anymore with the M in the stable)

Just wanted to share. Comment if you feel like

Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 05, 2013, 09:39:45 AM »
I'd keep my 14L II, 24-70II, 70-200 IS II. Can I have an extender?

Canon General / Re: Trip to Japan
« on: April 18, 2013, 09:06:28 PM »
I live in Okinawa, Japan is pretty spectacular.

definitely go to kyoto, see the temples there. Check out Harajuku in Tokyo, lots of wild sights there. Go visit the Tokyo skytree for sure.

There's a really cool overnight train that goes from Tokyo to Sapporo on Hokkaido. If you have time/money it's worth it.

Can you speak/read any Japanese? The trains and planes all have English, but the bus system is more hit and miss. It can be tough to figure out.

Get up early and check out the Tsukiji market as it's due to close next year.

The Ueno area has some really nice museums, parks, and sights.

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