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Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 20, 2014, 12:11:11 PM »
Well, I use my 300 for my primary wildlife lens.  With a 2x TC, its a hand holdable 600mm 5.6 with a very short minimum focus distance so its great for photos of small passerines, shorebirds or shooting from a hide.  It's easy enough to hike with once you get used to it especially with a nice black rapid style strap.  I've also used it for field sports with and without the 1.4x TC.  Its good for tight portraiture, especially for indoor sports where you will definitely need the wide aperture.

There's plenty of good uses for the lens if you shoot the style of photography it calls for.  Mine is the ancient non-IS version and I would instantly trade up for the vII if I could afford it.  I bought the sigmonster because I got a crazy good deal on it and it will come in very handy for when I'm distance limited like, say, shooting waterfowl or in a restricted habitat but I will almost certainly continue to use the 300 primarily.  It is just too good and too useful for wildlife and sports.  I'd say keep it around for a bit and see if you use it.  You can't really lose too much money if you find yourself selling it on later and you'll never be hard pressed to find a buyer.  I'd guess that if you have any interest in wildlife or sports photography, you won't ever want to get rid of it.

Thanks for the type of answer I was looking for. I PP a few BIF and was amazed at how sharp this lens is. I think I am going to use it for a few more weeks then make a decision from there.

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Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 19, 2014, 11:49:55 PM »
I felt uncomfortable for the first time ever with this lens. Its awesome fast and sharp but wonder if the limited use will be worth tying up $7300. Any uses that would be helpful to try.

Heh, I just got a Sigma 300-800 and it makes my 300 f2.8 look like a toy.  Also, I'm trying to imagine what life is like for someone who can drop seven thousand united states dollars on something they can't even think of a use for.

I probably did not phrase the question correctly. I have intentions of indoor sports/events, wildlife with teleconverters. Just after it came its big and heavy. Just having second thoughts on tying up that much money on something I will use sometimes. I do want the 400 but the cost is too high. Its not money I want to throw around so after some shooting I was looking for opinions to see if anyone has been down this road and had suggestions. The IQ is awesome and the af is fast.

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Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:18:33 PM »
No but i have been doing indoor high school sports and getting into wildlife. Thought I would try is it aince my 70-200 makes me crop too much. I bought it for that purpose but just trying to justify if its worth it or if I should get the 300mm f4 which is cheaper.

You have a 70-200/2.8 II.  The 70-200/4L IS is cheaper, smaller and lighter.  It's also f/4.  Do you need the extra stop or not?

I would like it but not sure if its worth $5800 more.

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Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 19, 2014, 06:32:27 PM »
Are you a professional sports photographer?  Otherwise, I think if you don't know what to do with the lens, you probably made a mistake spending that much money on it.

No but i have been doing indoor high school sports and getting into wildlife. Thought I would try is it aince my 70-200 makes me crop too much. I bought it for that purpose but just trying to justify if its worth it or if I should get the 300mm f4 which is cheaper.

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Lenses / Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 19, 2014, 05:40:25 PM »
I felt uncomfortable for the first time ever with this lens. Its awesome fast and sharp but wonder if the limited use will be worth tying up $7300. Any uses that would be helpful to try.

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 05, 2014, 11:53:00 PM »
Nice review. Thanks for taking the time.

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Yes please post them.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:29:30 PM »
I think for piece of mind I will get the extended and then if it gives trouble they just replace it.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Opens New Midwest Service Center
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:44:19 PM »
Exciting i have been an digital imaging tech for canon for over 15 years and look forward to having my equipment locally serviced. There is a Sigma service center near there also. Yeah. That facility is nice. I get to play with all the high end printing equipment while my gear gets serviced :)

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: March 29, 2014, 11:30:56 AM »
Mine does have a tight zoom ring around24-35 then is smother like it gets stuck a little then goes fine. Anyone have that issue? Is this normal? No clicking just a tight zoom ring.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: March 29, 2014, 12:31:08 AM »
I had june 2012 copy i sold because it just had af consistancy issues canon refused to acknowledge. I just got a new black and grey boxed one today from bestbuy and it is an 082 batch (8-13) i think. The zoom ring is tighter and when i pick it up nothing feels loose like my original had felt like something was loose. It seems just as sharp. No dust or bubbles. I tried to mimick that youtube video and do not hear that same clicking noise so hope i got a good copy. Any suggestions to test before i send off the rebate upc?

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I have gone thru all the core I series thinkpads. The w530 was good but the high gamut panel is tn and not much good for editing. My advice since you have a good workstation and should use that is get a t440s with the 1080p touch screen. Its got 96% rgb screen and ips. Its a little more affordable and should handle all your basic editing the desktop will not fulfill like traveling etc. the w540 is incorporating newer concepts other pc makers are doing. I can assure you to ignore early threads since hardly anyone has received these main stream. Distributors are just getting them in. They did add a number pad and shifted the keyboard. They tried to lighten the laptop so it feels a little more plasticky. You can get a base model with the 3k display and upgrade the rest for less on your own. Ram, hdd, wifi, wan are all upgradeable. You can even lose the dvd drive for an extra hdd for pp projects. The brick is smaller but a laptop like this is not meant to be an ipad ( light and travel friendly) the w530 was not better. You have 30 days to return so i say try one and if you don't like it return it. I personally use the new x1 carbon with the whqd display and it works well. I do wish the rgb gamut was higher but the contrast is insane. I measure 2200:1. You can always try the t440s first. Its a great laptop.

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This is the Blue Muslin I ordered. Pretty Happy.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga for RAW editing
« on: March 10, 2014, 08:06:33 AM »
Hi all,

Does anyone of you have experiences with the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga? I need a Laptop/ Ultrabook for traveling and university that runs Lightroom 5. The hardware looks good but I'm a bit worried about the display for RAW editing.
What's your opinion?

Thank you
LuCoOc

The thinkpad Yoga has the best of the yoga series in terms of screens. It is an 1080p ips display but only gets about 60% rgb coverage and would be to low for anytype of PP with it regardless of processor. If you were to get it the i7 4600u with 8gb of ram and the wacom pen is the one to get.

I recommend the t440s or x1 carbon (haswell version) with the whqd display. They are still light and have the better screens. The t440s has a 96% rgb ips screen and the carbon has a high rez 87% screen but the 2000:1 contrast makes up for it. I have gone thru the whole line up so let me know if you have anymore ?

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hi,

i use colorama white and black for 99% of the studio shots, i use a globo to create effects on the paper also i use LED colour lights that are normally used for stage work to colour the backgrounds, the effect is very good.

Fats

I do have a white one so I will try that. Thanks

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