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Lenses / Re: Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 18, 2012, 11:52:16 AM »
This is all very timely.  Next weekend I'm going on a day cruise on a restored Liberty ship which will be subject to mock air attacks.  I'm taking my 200-400mm and going to have a great day out there in San Pedro, California.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Wedding Photography Photos - 5d MK III
« on: August 17, 2012, 07:42:09 PM »
Hugo, really beautiful work my friend! I can see you like what you do as your images are fun! :D

Ditto on that.  Really fun shots.  Nicely composed and thought out.  All of these in this tread provide some wonderful ideas.

Portrait / Re: A girl and her horse
« on: August 15, 2012, 01:45:37 PM »
Wondering how many will try pulling dark tones on the second pic *drool*

Funniest comment I've seen in a while! Haha.

Ditto that.  Great shots.

Portrait / Re: Sadie - Lyra, Flour, and Chaos
« on: August 15, 2012, 01:43:58 PM »
Nice shots.  What camera and lens were you using? 

Lenses / Soviet lens for video
« on: August 13, 2012, 04:51:53 PM »
I recently purchased these lens for video work but will also certainly try them for stills as well.

Does anyone have any experience with them in either capacity?  The adapters (two sets) are in the mail and I haven't been able to try them yet. 

MC Helios 44m-5 2/58mm f2/58 *IN U.S.* m42 screw pentax
CHROME Mir-1 2.8 37 f2.8 37mm m39 m42 screw pen...
EXPORT Industar 61 L/Z 2.8/50mm Soviet Close Focus
Mir Arsat 26B 26V 3.5 45 f3.5 45mm Kiev 88 Screw

Any information would be appreciated.
My camera is a 5dMark III.

Lenses / Re: Rokinon 35mm T 1.5 CINE LENS FOR CANON VDSLR
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:20:13 PM »
I have been checking since I posted and it looks good.  I appreciate the input from those who have bought these lens.

Lenses / Rokinon 35mm T 1.5 CINE LENS FOR CANON VDSLR
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:01:22 PM »
Anyone have any experience with their lens for video?  I'm interested particularly because of the price point.

Lenses / Re: EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II Stock News
« on: August 08, 2012, 04:06:25 PM »

More stuff I can't afford may be available for others to buy soon!

Yep....... same here......

Lenses / Re: Long Range L Choices
« on: August 02, 2012, 01:49:37 PM »
I would stick with Canon lenses. The series II will give the best performance and retain value very well.
Also, don't rule out the 500mm series II.

The 400 2.8mm would be great, for low light/Auto focus performance. As your mark III can make better use, of the f2.8 aperture for focusing. The weight of 8.5 ish pounds would lead to a good tripod. Yet managable. This focal length would perform excellent for sports.

My overall opinion is mixed.
For me the 400 has great speed, but not enough reach for birds. It would excel at sports though.  So as a bird shooter, I did not consider this lens.

The 600 would give the best reach for birding.
The 500 would weight the least and a good cost savings over the 600mm.

So for me, I will most likely get the 600mm. As I want the reach, over the weight advantage.

So it really comes down to what you need. I would rent both lenses. Some stores offer a percentage return on the rental fee. As long as you order one of those lenses, while returning the rental to the store. Henry's in Canada offers this service. I believe it''s through head shots.

Thanks Richard for offering some good ideas.  I eventually will upgrade to one of these lens and this discussion will help me make the decision.

Sports / Re: 2012 London Olympics
« on: July 31, 2012, 12:24:19 AM »
This may not be for everyone, but they start on Friday and I'm going, so I can guarantee at least one person will be posting in here.
I was so upset about not getting any swimming tickets I went out and bought a 5D MkIII and a 70-200 2.8 L II lens, so my future posts will be using that.
(I subsequently managed to get some swimming tickets so am now effectively bankrupt)

Nice shots.  Have fun.

Gotta have some fun.

Lenses / Re: Best lense for bird shots
« on: July 24, 2012, 02:30:54 PM »
"The 7D + 100-400mm is an excellent combination for shooting birds.  Personally, I chose the 100-400 over the 400/5.6 for the IS (even the 2 stops really helps with perched birds) and the shorter length (when retracted) which makes it easier to transport."

I use the same combo and have gotten great results with BIF.  The push/pull is easy to use with practice.  I haven't  tried the 400/5.6.   

Landscape / Re: Alien Landscapes
« on: July 23, 2012, 03:05:21 PM »
This is where Captain Kirk battled the Gorn, Season 1, Episode 18. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 23, 2012, 02:32:29 PM »
No flash allowed!  ISO 12,800 with 5D Mark III and NR set to 50 in Adobe Camera RAW

Very nice.  Thats a lot of DoF for F4. What lens was it?

Yeah, I'm curious too.  It's a great shot.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Upgraders (to FF) - what is your experience
« on: July 20, 2012, 01:09:48 PM »
My first DSLR was a Canon Rebel XS, and I eventually upgraded to a T2i. I was in the same boat as you, debating whether or not it was worth spending the extra money for a full-frame camera. Now that I've made the jump to full-frame, do I think it was worth it? In one word: ABSOLUTELY!

 I still have a crop-sensor body for some work (7D), but I use it rarely because I love the full frame advantage. The superior low-light performance and increased shallowness of DOF are added perks.

Full frame IS expensive, but in my opinion, it's well worth it.

The 5d3 is my third camera and I just love it.  It is expensive but the rewards are worth it.  I was using my 7d for bird shots but now have almost stopped using it since the 5d3 can get the same shot with a sharper image with cropping.  The auto focus is great as well.

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