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Lenses / Re: Used Lenses
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:34:57 AM »
I've bought two lens from ebay sellers and was pleased with both.  I only consider buyers who have more than 500 sales and they must have 100% satisfaction.  No grays and no reds.  Those people have something to lose if they mess with you.  I read the last 50 transactions too just to see if there are any comments worth considering, like slow shipping. 

A little off your thread question but something worth considering. 

IQ is almost identical at 400mm. I basically use my 100-400L at 400mm like most. I kept the 100-400 mostly for the following reasons:
It is much shorter and stores in the same length as the 70-200L.  You will not like trying to store the long 400mm f/5.6 L
IS comes in handy, don't underestimate it, I've used it at 1/20 sec handheld.
Close focus.  When you want to actually fill the frame with a small bird or object, you can get close enough to do it, the 400 5.6L does not focus closely.
Ocassionally, the zoom comes in handy.
If it matters, resale value is a little better as well.
For your purpose, the 400mm f/5.6 L will be fine, but the other advantages of the 100-400L make it a lot more versatile and easy to use.  Thats why you see it recommended so often.


Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 released
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:42:42 AM »
Thanks for the tip.  I've been using the beta raw for my 5dIII and love it.

This may be "ignorance is bliss" but I enjoy and use LR 4 for my personal and professional work.  I have not used the previous versions of LR so I can't compare with the current version but I am mystified by all the ruckus. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Dogs playing around
« on: May 29, 2012, 01:28:18 PM »
Playing wolves and buffalo.......... and the buffalo don't like it........

I don't have the 300 but I love the 100 - 400mm.  It's so good for birds and I use it all the time handheld for BIF.  Can't beat it in my book.

Lenses / Re: Most requested lenses for replacement?
« on: May 27, 2012, 06:38:13 PM »
135II would get better contrast. IS is a complication/weight that is not needed.
Thats what I said until I tried and bought the 70-200 2.8 IS II. Now I can't live without the IS.

Canon's latest image stabilizing tech is truly remarkable.

Who doesn't want to be able to shoot 1/10 - 1/20 sec handheld at 200mm?

All lenses should come with IS, even wide angle ones.

Here, here..... Love my 200 mm. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Konova mortarized unit
« on: May 24, 2012, 07:13:17 PM »
I read the subject and I couldn't help but thinking of the Canon EF-1200mm at 70-degrees dropping the 50mm f/1.8's down the front and having them fly out as mortar bombs.

Sorry, got nothing for you on the slider, never use them at all.

Well, I never thought of it quite that way, but I like the visualizations.  Just add sound effects and we have a hit movie.

So, I'm just curious what will be the future of APS-C?
Last not least, marketing-wise aps-c is the drug that sets you on your way to buying expensive lenses and ff bodies with a hilarious price tag, so one more reason for Canon to keep it around.

Yes, that's what happened to me.  I didn't even see the spider web................

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Konova mortarized unit
« on: May 23, 2012, 11:34:22 PM »
pardon the spelling............ :-[

Third Party Manufacturers / Konova mortarized unit
« on: May 23, 2012, 11:33:38 PM »
I currently have the Konova slider and was considering getting the motorized set up which would also include the hand crank.  Anyone have experience with this brands motor setup that can provide advice? 


Lighting / Re: How about this strobist set up?
« on: May 22, 2012, 10:51:30 PM »
I got this crazy idea to attach my Speedlites to my shoe adapters to create this crazy contraption ;D I didn't fire the flashes like this because I have to buy more AA batteries. This requires 32 of them. I'm guessing the effect would be similar to a ring flash. One very expensive and heavy ring flash  ::) I wouldn't realistically try using this setup because it's heavy, awkward, and not that sturdy. Just did it for fun and thought I'd share  :P

Hilarious!!!  Well done.  Now put it on amazon and sell it for $10,000.00. 

My experience with the 5dIII has been that my raw files need less work in post than on my 7d or t3I.  I don't shoot jpeg because I like the option of maximizing the potential of each photograph.  I don't have any deadlines and so time isn't an issue.  I suspect that it might be a big issue if I had to process a 1000 photographs by Wednesday. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: How much time do you spend in post ?
« on: May 21, 2012, 11:20:36 PM »
I typically spend 5 minutes give or take on keepers and sometimes longer for really good content that could have been shot better.   :-[

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Entry-level video production
« on: May 21, 2012, 03:45:21 PM »
Finally, they need to seriously consider what editing software they're going to use, after all, Adobe Production Premium CS6 would blow 100% of their budget, not to mention having really powerful PC/Mac to edit (need a serious graphics card either NVidia or AMD with at least 1 Gig of Video RAM to process HD video files). I spent 1.5 times their total budget on a custom-built PC that runs Adobe Premiere Pro with GPU-acceleration (utilising fully the Mercury Playback Engine). My other computer a 3Gig dual-core 64-bit Windows Professional laptop will not even playback full HD video in real-time (and it has a 17" 1600x1024 screen).

Seriously, they need to consider computer hardware + software too (unless they already have them) and I would advise doubling or trebling that budget. No point capturing great 1080p video if you cannot process or edit it.

I second DB's recommendations.  I would also recommend using lynda.com monthly subscription to learn Premiere Pro if you don't already know it.  I spend a weekend with it and got the basics down with no sweat.  Now of course I have to go back over it again and again (the tutorials) until I really get it!  It's worth the extra money to have a no nonsense tutorial you can access day or night (assumes internet connection).  You can even "rent" premiere pro from adobe if you don't want or need it full time.  Good luck and have fun.

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