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I think it's going too far to say that the 5D has "bad ergonomics".  I find it immensely comfortable to use, with the only 'why did they do that' button placement being the playback zoom buttons.  Yes, perhaps the 1Ds have better ergonomics - and I certainly prefer the integrated grip look rather than the 'bolt-on' type - but mostly it seems like you have particular preferences that are determined by the size of your hands or simply habit.

I agree with Smithy.  You've been using the ID for how many years and you say it's better than a camera that you've used for how long?  Oh, that's right "playing with it for a while" and you decided to share your wisdom.  My apologies for my sarcasm.

Yosemite here I come.  Assuming I can get in, assuming I can afford the gas to get there (I bought a 5dIII), assuming I can get a place to stay, assuming the bears already ate that couple from Minnesota.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video & Audio
« on: June 05, 2012, 06:15:10 PM »
I'm learning a lot from this discussion.  Keep it going.

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. 

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