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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 19, 2013, 12:31:24 PM »
I have both and as many have, I've agonized over the issue before getting the 2.8II. IQ is pretty much the same on both, obviously from F4 onwards and obvioulsly you get more flexibility with the 2.8 for the reasons explained above. That extra stop is a great thing to have, whatever high ISO cameras exist now, it is always a plus.

Asuming money is not a big driver in the desicion, this was my rationale:

If you consider/want to be able to shoot (also) some wildlife without going for a dedicated lens, get the 2.8 that can use the 1.4 and 2x extenders, big versatility value here and IQ won't dissapoint, even with the 2x it is more than acceptable with good light. You get basically a 70-400 (f2.8 - f5.6)

If portrait is your thing, I'd say get the 2.8II, here I think there is a real visible differnce btw f4 and f2.8

If you value more the size and weight, then the F4. Significant weight difference here and the F4 is still more than usable with the 1.4x by the way. Being limited to 280mm in such case you get "only" a 70-280 (f4 - 5.6)

In my case, I value more the possibility of putting the 2x extender whenever I need to than the weight penalty while travelling, therefore I'm selling the F4. FInally, the 2.8 comes with the tripod mount ring for free, a night and day change whenever you use the tripod, logically.

Good luck with teh choice!

Lenses / Re: Help on Markins Plate for rental Canon 300 2.8 II
« on: October 28, 2013, 03:34:37 PM »
Thanks, that helps a lot. I was not able to find the 300's foot specs!

I think it could do ok for just a couple of days of limited tripod use.

Lenses / Help on Markins Plate for rental Canon 300 2.8 II
« on: October 28, 2013, 03:18:30 PM »
I'm renting a 300 2.8 II for a couple of days and was wondering if anyone could tell me whether I can fit my markins plate PL-55 on it? it is the plate I have for the 70-200 2.8 II

I have never used the 300 II so do not know if the lens curved foot would accept this plate given the plate it has a stop on one side. I would think of aligning the plate's stop to the forward side of the foot but will the screw position have enough play to fit it?

Though i'll be using the 300 mostly handheld I would really like to be able to use it as well on my tripod and I don't want to buy another plate just for a rental lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Prediction for next round of DSLR cameras
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:43:29 AM »
For those of us shooting Raw, how about adding the darn histogram based on the raw data and not the jpg!

-35 or Celcius some years ago in arctic Sueden when I had a 7D, probably -40 including wind chill while driving on the snowmobile, the back of the camera covered in frost due to condensation from my body heat or when approaching the eye to the viewfinder. Zero issues

Lenses / Re: Best 35mm wide open????
« on: September 22, 2013, 03:35:46 PM »
Take a very close look at the Sigma 1.4. It packs the more bang for the buck than any other 35mm imho.

Not only it is probably the cheapest high performing 35mm prime, it is right at the top, fighting for number 1 or 2 spot in all the reviews I could manage to read.

At the end I got one and I can´t be happier that I did not get neither the zeiss nor the canon´s equivalents =)

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: September 22, 2013, 03:23:13 PM »
In my experience LR4 is slow by design. It did improve a lot having very fast HDD for the raw storage and running LR, its catalog and having all previews in a fast SSD.

However, LR5 runs faster to the point I find its speed sufficient. Loading the develop takes 1 or 2sec max and almost no delay while browsing the catalog (30k pics)

So my advice is get the fastest SSD you can for LR and catalog, the fastest dedicated HDD for the photos  and upgrade to LR5.

And finally, maybe it is just me but I find the CR2 raws load a bit faster than DNGs. I used to convert to DNG at import, not anymore.

Lenses / Re: Rare opportunity to get some nice L glass which would you pick
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:26:39 PM » one else thinks this sounds too good to be true? the scam factor on this is raising major red flags for me. i would hate for you to drop significant money on what you feel is a great deal only to find out you got taken and are unable to recover your money.

please tell me this is an individual you know who is unloading his gear on the cheap.

The OP stated these are Canon refurbs, so yes it should be ensured he's dealing with them or an authorized reseller...

EOS Bodies / Re: Whats up with the....
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:43:32 AM »
I've noticied that too when moving from 7D to 5DIII. I prefer the 5DIII's.

Maybe it helps in order to have the button half pressed closer to the trigger threshold in those situations you are just about to capture the action but do not want to take the pic just yet..maybe i'll save you some micro seconds...dunno but in my case like it better  .=)

Lenses / Re: Rare opportunity to get some nice L glass which would you pick
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:38:09 AM »
As pretty much everyone suggests, the 16-35II + 85L II

But that 85L at that price is a steal. If possible I would get two and sell the other for a nice profit!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Have a 7D, add a 6D or go for 5D Mkiii?
« on: September 12, 2013, 01:46:57 PM »
Had a 7D for a couple of years before moving to a 5D3. Initially the driver to move to FF was not really the AF but the sigificant IQ improvement.

Then recently got again (and temporarily) a 7D as backup for a trip with the idea in mind to shoot birds in flight. I can tell you I stopped using the 7D for birds very quickly 7D (puffins to be exact, super small, super quick, very demanding of the AF). The best pics all come from the 5DIII.

The AF success was so low I switched to the 5D3 despite the loss of reach. WHAT A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE, almost all the 5D3s nailed the focus, way, way better success rate than 7D.

Cropping to reach similar FoV as the 7D is not that much of a penalty, the full frame pixels are so much better quality (noise, sharpness) that to me, the 5DIII is the winner in all areas. I certainly prefer to have a cropped ~10Mpx image in perfect focus that hundreds of 18Mpx blurred ones.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Big Sigma Primes [CR2]
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:34:16 PM »

Good point. Perhaps the Art line is for apertures larger than 2.8. With the upcoming release of the 18-35mm f/1.8, we know that Sigma doesn't play by the rules. The new superteles might just be faster than 2.8. Wouldn't that be a kick. Don't know about the weight though.

If Sigma were to do an optically, even maybe mechanically competitive 300, 400, 500 & 600 I think it'll be unlikelly they'll be any faster than the Canon counterparts. I mean, Sigma is really upping their game with the recent releases but the laws of physics are the same all around hypotetical 300f2, 400f2, 500f2.8 will be monster 10Kg lenses with uber gigantic front element diameterss, unpractical for 90+% of the people they might be in fact trying to reach.

Software & Accessories / Re: In the market for a new tripod
« on: August 21, 2013, 12:15:00 PM »
And what is the heaviest/longest lens you plan to use with it?

Lenses / Re: Should I get a clear filter for my lens?
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:32:30 PM »
...polarizers for each of your lenses.

Coupled to a 5dIII or the like, you won´t even need to remove them in low light situations if you do not want to.

Sure...because who needs that extra ~1.75 stops of light when there's not enough to begin with...   ::)

Those with very good low light capability cameras, >1.75 stops better than the previous generation  ;=)

Well i hope it sucks. I´m too much attached to my Zeiss 21/2.8 and can´t justify having both   :-\

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