Seems like you are asking Canon to make a digital equivalent of the Pentax K1000. Its a nice idea, but I doubt there is really a market for such a camera.
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I can use my feet, go back a bit shoot the same framing (by moving back) and get more OOF blur with the TC (200 +TC) that without (200 without TC) for the same framing ... does this explain my position?
I may be in minority here, but I like shooting Portraits with TC's since the depth of field is reduced by the TC's multiplier... e.g. if the DoF of the 135mm is 1.4 inches for a given length, you can slap on a 1.4x TC and reduce the DoF to 1 inch (1.4/1.4=1) and melt the background even more. This assumes similar framing.
I use a BR strap. If you think the weight of the f/2.8 will be too much for you, then you should stay with the f/4.
f/2.8 is only one stop faster. Are you going to be happy with the IQ if you halve the ISO? More likely, you should avoid the f/2.8 zooms if you're trying to take indoor photos without flash. f/2.8 is not fast enough. You need f/1.2 or f/1.4, which has a 3+ advantage compared to the f/4, which becomes significant. The DOF also gets a lot thinner, so that is the trade off. So my suggestion is to keep the 70-200 f/4 and thinking about adding a high speed prime (i.e. 35, 50 or 85) for indoor use for single subjects. For multiple subjects or for deeper DOF, you're going to need a flash regardless.
Careful with the renting idea though; 5D MkIII file format is not compatible with anything but the newest releases of Lightroom, Photoshop etc. Updating won't work, you got to spend money.
But unlike in a clear "I am going out to [insert destination] to shoot something" situation, in which I'll pack a few lenses in a bag (which I still do often), I am now more and more finding myself putting one lens on the camera, strapping it around me like a satchel strap (over one arm, under the other) and running off with friends sans agenda. This is sometimes out of trying to force myself to move my feet with just one length available, but it's also out of the pragmatic need to not need a bag -- having a bag while out in the city means it never leaves your side.
So now, in this use, size and weight definitely matter. The 24-70 is fine to hold and shoot, but it's a bit of a pickle jar to leave dangling around your neck all day (again, I'm not a pro). I'll still take it on more serious/deliberate shoots, high-camera-need situations (i.e. vacations, events), etc., but for 'I'm just bringing it along if I see something interesting' responsibilities, the very light 28mm IS seems great in that regard.
1) what you love about this lens?
2) what don't you like about this lens?
3) How many times did you return it before you get the right copy (I've heard the 24-70 is known to go through many returns before photogs are happy w/theirs, so I'd like to know if this is the case for the 70-200 f/2.8 as well)?
4) what price did you purchase your's for? what's a good price to get in now as it seems prices of lenses have gone up lately?
5) anything else you'd like to add...?
Can't say I've ever had the problem but maybe try popping in the oven at something fairly low like 80C for a while and see how it goes? It sounds like different expansion rates in the opposite direction caused your problem.
Brilliant news. I'm going to take the Zenit Photosniper I found in the attic, see if it still works.
Buy a B+W AUC Zirkular-Polfilter Käsemann with MRC-sealing
It delivers a perfect picture quality.
1v taking Infrared film is definitely a plus, but I don't think I can justify *another* $500 on a toy (seeing as on monday i'm signing up for $500,000 of debt; ie buying a house). So it'll probably just have to be a little 1100D-film-equivalent (seeing as the glass and film are the important bits).
Last year I managed to pick up a 1V-HS for $420 US in a 2nd hand store in Japan (their used market is massive) and it was in mint condition (as were the three others sitting next to it for the same price). I have seen excellent 1VHS bodies here in Australia for $550 USD (parity exchange rate)
I recently bought BlackRapid RS-7 strap. Wow...this strap helps alot.
What I like about this strap:
1. Reduce a lot weight compared to Canon neck strap, now I can carry 5d III all day
2. You look less tourist while travel
I second this. I actually use two of them connected and either shoot two bodies or do a body on one and a lens case on the other. I've gone on several mile hikes with my 70-200 with no problem thanks to these straps.