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Lenses / Re: 300 2.8 non-IS VS either of the IS versions...
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:36:59 AM »
The first EF glass I ever bought was a 300 2.8 non-IS more than 20 years ago. I used it for several years with great results. A decade ago, I replaced it with another one. If anything, it's even sharper than my first, and at least the equal of my newer lenses, including a 70-200/2.8 IS II. Over those ten years, mine has gotten a little worse for wear, but still delivers image quality that holds up to the test of 20+ MP cameras.

The only drawback with this older lens is that Canon stopped servicing this one some years back. Should you need parts and repairs, you're probably out of luck unless you can find some independent shop willing to take on the task. But, if that's a risk you're willing to take (in the past ten years, I had to replace the mount, as I had used the lens so much), if you can get one of these at a (relatively) bargain rate, don't hesitate.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Photography's Top Manufacturers for 2020
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:37:19 PM »
Still, I'd bet on a Chinese company emerging, or a offshoot of a existing one.  Some of them are ruthless, and have no qualms about playing dirty tricks to steamroller the competition.  One comes to mind, but Ill not name them.
Not only dirty tricks to contend with, but also shoddy workmanship, and questionable, likely toxic materials.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:33:50 PM »
I'm definitely one who favors the CF cards, even though I've broken pins on card readers. (Some are, to say the least, pretty flimsy!) Then again, I've snapped an SD card in half trying to install it while on a moving boat!

Lenses / Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:28:40 PM »
The first EF lens I ever bought was a 300/2.8 L (the original non-IS version) more than 23 years ago. Over the succeeding years it's my been favorite and probably most-used lens. In fact, I'm still regularly using a second one I bought as a replacement a decade ago.
Canon seemed to hit it out of the park with this one, as it still is an equal to the late-model 70-200 and 500 lenses I own.

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:51:56 PM »
Can't say I cheap out on many things photography-wise. I've done so in the past, and they almost always had a way of disappointing me.
I use 1D-series bodies and L glass for almost everything. Of course, not every piece of gear is the latest generation, as I expect that paying for quality it should last a long time.
One of my most-used lenses is 20 years old. I'm known to keep things until they're pretty well worn out. Maybe most people call that being cheap; I just look on it as getting good value.

I think that is over starting out quite a bit.  The 7d mkii has to be better than the 70d, worse than the 1dx/ 5d mkiii/6d in image quality, but better fps than the mkiii/6d.  To reach that sweet spot, aps-h is a nice fit, so I don't entirely discredit the presumption.

It is unlikely... but not impossible.
Whether it's an APS-H (not so likely) or an APS-C, the replacement for the 7D needs to be better suited for action photography than the 6D/5D III. Still, it likely won't have as good IQ or high ISO performance as these. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better for high ISO, 6D or 5D Mk III?
« on: June 29, 2014, 05:35:41 PM »
With larger pixel and less MP, 1DX is your next choice if you want to go higher than 6400ISO. 5D III will not be your answer.

@ 12800ISO, I'm very happy with my X.
I've used the 1DX and absolutely love it. When I replace my 1DS III bodies, I plan to go with these. That is, unless the next generation is out by then.

EOS Bodies / Which is better for high ISO, 6D or 5D Mk III?
« on: June 29, 2014, 03:36:27 PM »
I have a 6D, which I've been using in low light situations. In recent months I've found myself frequently exploring the limits I can go and still come up with what I consider successful photos. I've very happy with the results I've been getting up to ISO6400 or so. Even what I've shot at 12800 pleasantly surprises me.
But, I got talking with a couple people who suggested I might be better off with a 5D Mk III. I'm not so concerned about its performance at lower ISOs, as I've got three 1DS Mk III bodies that I use in most all situations, but I want to get the best results when I shoot in "available darkness".
What would you suggest I do?

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 10, 2014, 11:20:31 PM »
My first L lens, in fact my first lens in an EF mount, was the 300mm f:2.8. This was more than 20 years ago.
And, I guess I jumped in pretty hard as I bought it with an EF 2x extender and EOS-1 body.

Lenses / Re: Lens choice for airshows
« on: May 20, 2014, 11:18:04 AM »
Might I suggest a used 300mm f:2.8, perhaps one of the non-IS models. I've had two of them over the last 20+ years and they've served me well.
It's an incredibly sharp piece of glass and still gives awesome images with the 1.4x and 2x iii converters.

And, no, I'm not selling mine!

You gonna need 2-3 people to lift this lens on the tripod:
It's "only" 35 pounds, lighter than my Speedotron packs, and I frequently carry two of those into many jobs.
Besides, if you can spend $15,000 on this lens, you certainly can afford an assistant. 

Photography Technique / Re: What if we were still shooting slide film?
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:51:04 AM »
Back in the days of film, I was usually taking a few hundred rolls of slides a year and close to as much black and white. Today, I probably shoot three or four times as much. So, yes, I'm probably a good bit less critical when I press the shutter.
Like most, I'm often guilty of taking many shots these days, where in the past I would have been satisfied with one or two, figuring what each exposure cost. So, yes, my percentage of keepers has gone down.
But, in part because digital is almost free, I try many more things today than I would have done a couple decades back. Sure, a lot don't pan out, but I've gotten many images that I could never have captured on film.
And, funny thing, looking at my favorite slides these days, I've noticed that they're either not as great as I thought they were, or I've become a better photographer.  True, 20+ megapixel sensors and fast L glass doesn't hurt, but even the 10 MP files from my 1D, blow away all but the best of the best from my film days.

Photography Technique / Re: technique for hand held larger lens
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:25:50 AM »
I'll second all comments that say getting sharp hand-held shots with larger lenses is almost entirely a matter of technique.
I've photographed from boats on a regular basis for more than thirty years. One of the first things I learned was a tripod or even a monopod was useless. All they do is pick up and magnify vibrations, so what you have is worse than had it been hand-held.
Two tips I've found most useful that apply anywhere are pressing your elbows into your sides and holding as far out on the lens as you can. With longer lenses, it's usually a compromise to do both at the same time. So, if I have to give a little on one, it usually would be on holding the lens out, as tucking the elbows in seems to be the most important tool for stability.
One support I have used with success is an Ergo-Rest. I clamp this onto the lens and, holding onto the lens out as far as can I manage, push the double-legged platform into my chest.
It's helpful, too, if you can build up your strength, so holding whatever equipment you use for reasonable times isn't an unbearable strain. Whenever I find that my gear has suddenly gotten heavy, it's almost always because I haven't been working out enough.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:39:13 AM »
On the basis of better IQ and lesser noise at high ISO, there's a good chance the 7D II will be at least as good as the 1D IV. In there last few years, there have been great strides made in sensor technology. Let's hope the camera that finally comes to market doesn't have too many, hence smaller, pixels to negate that virtue.
On the other hand, the reliability and durability of the 7d II will likely not come close to the 1D IV (nor any others in the 1D family) unless it's sold at a price point above the 5D III. Since it's being billed as a prosumer camera, we can  be pretty certain THAT's not going to happen.

White will reflect the sun rather than absorb it, keeping the camera and lens cool, so hot climates like ...  OOPS, Whats wrong here???
I probably wouldn't want one here. Just yesterday we had close to 10 inches of snow. I'm afraid I'd keep losing it each time I set it down.

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