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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:08:34 PM »
I sold my 300 f/2.8L I IS and 400 f/2.8L I IS lenses (because I don't really need the 300 anymore) and bought a 400 f/2.8L II IS for sports all next year.

May I ask what was your rationale? I would never have gone from the 400 f/2.8L mrk I to II myself.

I did this with the 300mm f/2.8 L and while its nice in many ways - weight, handling, faster IS etc - it was really a luxury upgrade as IQ differences are so negligible that I doubt anyone who has not owned both would be able to spot the difference.

I don't regret my upgrade as I can easily afford it and splash a little extra on my hobby. But for a working tool I would not even have considered it.

That's just it.  It's going to be a working tool for me, and I could not handle the excess weight running around at football games and track meets anymore.  The was my first consideration.  The second was that I don't need my 300 anymore.  I want to use the 400 and 70-200 combo.  I had to crop too many times with a 300 lens on FF.  Those two things coupled together made the price worth it to me.

As for Northstar's question, I absolutely considered the 200-400 lens.  However, many of my venues require f/2.8 to keep the ISO down low enough (some places just to get to 5000) so I didn't purchase that.  I do agree, however, for daytime/sufficient light, it could potentially eliminate even using a 2nd camera and shorter lens if you can get back away from the end zone and can shoot at 200.  That would be an excellent point.  But there are just too many night games/events for me right now.

Again, thanks everyone for the comments/contributions.  I will be able to produce photos the weekend of 9/6-9/7.


bdun...as you know...I totally understand the 2.8 need for sports photography!  i get it.  200-400 is an awesome range, but it's no good if it requires you to shoot at iso 12,800 or 16,000 ISO versus ISO 6400.

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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:04:14 PM »
Did you notice faster/better AF on your 300 i to 300 ii upgrade?

No. I have read some claims of this - but none convincing. I shoot lots and lots of moving subjects with the 300mm and have exactly the same keeper rate as before. I take three and almost always at least one will be spot on.

If you look at the old reviews of the mrk.I lens they already considered the AF as being "lighting fast" etc. That's hyperbole, but it was - and is - impressively fast for all the glass that needs to move around.

If you use an extender it may however be different due to Canon's new extenders.

good to hear your opinion...thanks. 

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 27, 2014, 09:06:48 PM »
Professional T20 cricket match between Surrey and Essex Eagles at the Kia Oval, London.  Essex's New Zealand international batsman Jesse Ryder is clean bowled.

the player/batter (whatever you call him  :D ) really "pops" in this picture...almost like 3D.

nice job!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can't get my 1dx to catch focus fast as 7d
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:09:17 PM »
Many people think having the most advanced AF system in modern DSLRs is enough to ensure sharp shots. It still takes a lot of user experience and dexterity. Ask sports photographers, or those who shoot dancers in low light at ISO 12800 at 1/400!


so true...I shot a HS football game last week where i HAD to go to ISO 12,800 and above(even at 2.8 and 1/500th)....the 1DX AF was still spot on and i had no trouble at all acquiring focus. (quick to AF and not one instance of hunting)

example...ISO 16,000 at 2.8 and 1/500th.   and this shot is very heavily cropped to boot.


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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 27, 2014, 09:47:21 AM »
Well, it's time to upgrade again.  I sold my 300 f/2.8L I IS and 400 f/2.8L I IS lenses (because I don't really need the 300 anymore) and bought a 400 f/2.8L II IS for sports all next year. 

Anyone using this lens currently?  I was really amazed how much lighter it felt vs. the version I and I'm also expecting slightly faster AF with the 1Dx.  It'll arrive about September 2, just in time for my first weekend of sports this fall, 9/6-9/7. 

Thanks for any input.

Congrats Bdun!  I'm curious, did you consider the 200-400 for about the same price? 


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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 27, 2014, 09:37:57 AM »
I sold my 300 f/2.8L I IS and 400 f/2.8L I IS lenses (because I don't really need the 300 anymore) and bought a 400 f/2.8L II IS for sports all next year.

May I ask what was your rationale? I would never have gone from the 400 f/2.8L mrk I to II myself.

I did this with the 300mm f/2.8 L and while its nice in many ways - weight, handling, faster IS etc - it was really a luxury upgrade as IQ differences are so negligible that I doubt anyone who has not owned both would be able to spot the difference.

I don't regret my upgrade as I can easily afford it and splash a little extra on my hobby. But for a working tool I would not even have considered it.

Did you notice faster/better AF on your 300 i to 300 ii upgrade? 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: August 25, 2014, 05:40:18 AM »
Hi,

my name is Stefan and I am from germany.

I'd like to show you, 3 of my all-time-fav pics:







Excellent Betz!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 23, 2014, 01:43:14 PM »
When you have to get "the shot" and you're under crappy stadium lights at night, the 1DX can't be beat!!

ISO 12,800 - (thanks 1DX)
f2.8
1/640th
300mm 2.8

About 25600ISO right before the sunset  :)



Beautiful photo Dylan! 

But it's a little different shooting at very high ISO during the "golden hour" versus very high ISO shooting in the dark of night where the only light available is coming from an insufficient number of stadium lights that like to cycle to screw up your white balance/colors.  ;)



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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:42:12 PM »
When you have to get "the shot" and you're under crappy stadium lights at night, the 1DX can't be beat!!

ISO 12,800 - (thanks 1DX)
f2.8
1/640th
300mm 2.8

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 20, 2014, 08:19:19 AM »
My dog had just stolen this Red-tailed Hawk's lunch - a dead squirrel it left on the ground



Funny story and great capture!

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Lesson learned: If you buy Canon, or any product for that matter, check it thoroughly and use it as much as you can immediately after purchase. If there’s something wrong, return it. Getting satisfaction from repairs is a futile effort.

i have to disagree... completely.

canons repair service is the best service i ever had the pleasure to work with here in europe.

when your local service is that bad i agree that writing a letter to canon directly is maybe the best way to deal with it.

I also think you should use/test your new gear immediately and extensively.  If it's not up to par, return it to the retailer you bought it from for a refund or exchange.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: August 20, 2014, 05:33:02 AM »
Few shots from Thursdays skate session.  ;)

Awesome skateboarding photos!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 18, 2014, 05:40:35 AM »

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:03:45 AM »
these specs are perfect for field sports during the day!   


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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:01:06 AM »
Call me skeptical, but Canon is notorious for crippling their cameras to keep them from cannibalizing sales of the high end.  I will be shocked if it's better spec'd than the 1D X, which it sounds like it will be in all ways other than the FF sensor.  Unless it costs more than the 5D III, that is.

agree.

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