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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:21:20 PM »
For Guilin, you definitely want an UWA.  I would take either my 16-35 or my 17 TSE. If you take one of the boat rides, you will miss many shots without an UWA. 

Make sure your dishes and cutlery on the boat are clean too.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:24:35 PM »
And now Dylan a tough question. Actually a very tough one: Does your wife know? Does she even  know about this poll?  ;D ;D ;D

If the size and color is same as my 400mm f2.8 IS II, she couldn't tell the diff. That why I ruled out Tamron ;D

I'm not sure how often you go birding, but even shooting big bald eagles from across a river bank, 400mm is too short.  In order to fill the frame with just the bird, I had to use a 2X extender with the built-in 1.4x extender.  It was almost enough for me to go buy a 600mm but I would almost feel guilty having a lens I only used once or twice a year. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 09, 2014, 08:40:51 PM »
The point I am making is that I believe the 2 canons are the best but the tamron is very close behind and will give you undiferentiaded results under most conditions so anyone on a budget should take a good look at it.

Anyone on a budget doesn't have a choice but to choose the Tamron.  Someone with (truly) the budget, is going to pick the Canon (nine times out of 10).

In that case I must be in a minority of 1 out 10.  If you have the strength and like using monopods or tripods then go for the Canons if you have the cash - you will get the ultimate quality. But, if you want to use hand held and like a light package for hiking and birds in flight etc, then those great lenses are just too heavy.  I could not handle them.  I would rush out and buy a Canon 200-500 f/5.6 that beats the Tamron, and pay the price.
I believe you are.  I would be surprised if it was even 10% of people who would prefer the Tamron.  Let's just pretend everyone (on this forum) wins a free lens at the camera store and they have a pile of Tamrons and a pile of Canons.  I really really really doubt that given the choice, very many people are going to walk out with the Tamron.  Because I deal with contracts and by nature, "paranoid", I would even say that the choice would not change much if you told them they could not sell the lens.

You might as well ask suppose somebody offered you a 100 carat diamond studded solid gold mounted Sigma 50-500 or a plain Canon, which one would they take? That situation is just as unlikely as everyone on this forum being offered what you would suggest. If I was given a 200-400mm Canon I would never use it. And that is a fact, not a let's pretend scenario. But, if someone were to offer me a 200-400mm free of charge, I would of course accept it - that is human nature.
The point in question is whether the Tamron or Canon is preferred, ceteris paribus. 

The only reasons I can imagine for buying the Tamron over the Canon are price and weight/size.  You already said you don't want a big lens so you've explained that your utility formula places a higher value on size/weight.  Because this forum is full of gearheads and guys who care about IQ, I still believe that at least 90% of those on this forum would choose the Canon over the Tamron if they could afford it. 

You can go buy the Tamron.   :P 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 09, 2014, 01:05:35 PM »
The point I am making is that I believe the 2 canons are the best but the tamron is very close behind and will give you undiferentiaded results under most conditions so anyone on a budget should take a good look at it.

Anyone on a budget doesn't have a choice but to choose the Tamron.  Someone with (truly) the budget, is going to pick the Canon (nine times out of 10).

In that case I must be in a minority of 1 out 10.  If you have the strength and like using monopods or tripods then go for the Canons if you have the cash - you will get the ultimate quality. But, if you want to use hand held and like a light package for hiking and birds in flight etc, then those great lenses are just too heavy.  I could not handle them.  I would rush out and buy a Canon 200-500 f/5.6 that beats the Tamron, and pay the price.
I believe you are.  I would be surprised if it was even 10% of people who would prefer the Tamron.  Let's just pretend everyone (on this forum) wins a free lens at the camera store and they have a pile of Tamrons and a pile of Canons.  I really really really doubt that given the choice, very many people are going to walk out with the Tamron.  Because I deal with contracts and by nature, "paranoid", I would even say that the choice would not change much if you told them they could not sell the lens. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:55:14 AM »
I only shoot birds once a year (eagles) so I don't really need the reach that often.  I wanted to take photos of my 5 and 3 year old kids so I got the 200-400.  For anything other than birding (and some other niche things), I would think the 600 is too long. 

The lenses really are quite different. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:51:29 AM »
The point I am making is that I believe the 2 canons are the best but the tamron is very close behind and will give you undiferentiaded results under most conditions so anyone on a budget should take a good look at it.

Anyone on a budget doesn't have a choice but to choose the Tamron.  Someone with (truly) the budget, is going to pick the Canon (nine times out of 10). 

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Canon General / Re: Gear envy
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:57:11 PM »
Yes, the 5D3 has a slightly higher resolution than the 1DX.

But surely the difference is not enough that it would matter, would it?  I like the 5D, but the 1D is better in every respect that I can think of (resolution not included). 

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Canon General / Re: Gear envy
« on: February 09, 2014, 04:23:56 PM »
I wonder why they bothered with the 5ds. Why not just have one model to track?  Does the 5d do something the 1D doesn't?

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Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 08, 2014, 02:53:44 AM »
So what are the red lines on the lens hoods for? 

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Lenses / Re: Selling price increase on big whites
« on: January 14, 2014, 03:29:14 PM »
I just noticed accidentally checking canonpricewatch that Big Whites selling price hiked up on B&H Photo Adorama and for some lenses on Amazon
for example 300mm f2.8 L II IS USM ( Which is by the way on my wish list) costs now 7099$ compare to 6799$ few weeks back .
Is there because of dollar -yen fluctuation or recent winter attack in U.S
Any thoughts?

I just looked at two lenses (which I own or am thinking of) and they haven't changed.  600mm and 200-400. 

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Lenses / Re: A tip of the hat to Canon Customer Service
« on: January 14, 2014, 03:23:52 PM »
Yesterday, I got a letter from Canon Rebates telling me that my "UPC" code for a recent lens purchase was invalid.  Today, I called and said: "Whattz up?".  The rep solved my issue in 4 minutes, and admitted that it was a problem on their end.  Well done, Canon!
Kind of a thumbs up because you shouldn't have had the problem to begin with.  The thing that really annoys me about mail in rebates is that you often have to follow-up with them.  It's enough hassle that I don't let it affect my purchasing decision. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D clearance sale
« on: January 04, 2014, 01:07:11 AM »
Henrys is interesting.  I started buying from them last year because I don't travel to the U.S. as much for work.  This year, I went to do some more shopping online and noticed their selection has been drastically decreased.  If you look at their bag selection, for example, they don't carry many of the models that I would consider "normal" models.  I just searched for a long-lens bag and came up with nothing. 

Maybe their clearance sale is to significantly decrease the value of their inventory costs (they might just have too much $$$ tied up in the clearance items). 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 $369
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:14:13 PM »
This seems like such a great price given I paid more for just an external flash.  For those that have added this body as a second body (for travel, etc.), how often have you actually used it?  I am tempted to get one of these for fun, but I'm afraid it will just sit at home much like my 40mm pancake does. 

I would love to have a lighter and smaller set-up but I find with my pancake, I never use when it comes time to leaving the house, I just grab a camera bag which is already a certain size and the weight difference doesn't make a big difference to me. 

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Lenses / Re: New to Canon - please help me decide on lenses
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:31:09 AM »
How important is budget?  Do you pixel peep?

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Lenses / Re: New Lens, New Lens Company - 40mm f/0.85 Ibelux for EOS-M
« on: December 13, 2013, 02:31:12 PM »
$2,080, but wow f/0.85 - check it out:
http://kipon.com/en/articledetail.asp?id=60


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