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EOS Bodies / Re: Weather sealed 1D4?
« on: August 18, 2012, 02:25:23 PM »
Now theres a man with sense! A 600? Great idea but i just wanted to know, is the X that much better? My 7D is like a slug and its IQ poor conpared to the 4. If you've owned a 4 and an x, can you tell the differance IQ and autofocus wise, cos my 4 while it lived its short life was amazing.

Mick  oh look, my wifes brought me a beer. Doesnt things look better after a beer. Or two, or three,....

Well yes, I have both and the X is better.  It's faster and the IQ is better.  But, you lose the reach, hence why I keep both.

You can comfortably use a 70-200L lens in indoor sports, especially basketball and volleyball.  For outdoor sports I only use it as a backup lens, with the 300 f/2.8L and the 400 f/2.8L as my go to lenses.  For close action shots the 70-200L is useful on the 1.3x factor on the 1D4.
Yep, my point is that the OP doesn't say which 'sports' will be shot.  Then again, no mention of the body, so a 1.6x (7d) or a 1.3x (1d) crop may be there, or it may not be there.  My point was that you can put a 1.4x or 2x tele on the 2.8 with any body, where as you'd need a 1d series to autofocus the 2x on a F4 lens.  I should have said it as 'reach' instead of 'range'.

Good point.  What camera does the OP have?

Lenses / Re: NEED HELP!!! 70-200 F/2.8L IS II USM vs. 70-200 F/4L IS USM
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:34:10 PM »
I'm going to annoy everyone by saying it again.  The f/2.8 lens is a Group A lens while the f/4 lens is a Group C lens.

True...but how is that relevant to the OP? 

I shoot w/the 5D Mark 2

It worked!  :)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: ST-E3-RT on ebay
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:23:27 PM »
There is optical transmission and radio transmission.  Radio goes much farther.

EOS Bodies / Re: Weather sealed 1D4?
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:20:00 PM »

If you can get it covered, I'd just try to get another one.

Lenses / Re: NEED HELP!!! 70-200 F/2.8L IS II USM vs. 70-200 F/4L IS USM
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:19:18 PM »
I'm going to annoy everyone by saying it again.  The f/2.8 lens is a Group A lens while the f/4 lens is a Group C lens.  :)

Sports - what size of field???  You can toss a 1.4x mkIII on a 2.8 and get a 4 with greater range.  While it doesn't matter when you're close to the action, but if you're on a football field, your need for reach will become a factor.

You can comfortably use a 70-200L lens in indoor sports, especially basketball and volleyball.  For outdoor sports I only use it as a backup lens, with the 300 f/2.8L and the 400 f/2.8L as my go to lenses.  For close action shots the 70-200L is useful on the 1.3x factor on the 1D4.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X won't wake from sleep
« on: August 18, 2012, 12:56:38 PM »
I've been a long time watcher of the canonrumors and forum websites. My first post here.

I'm trying to narrow down a problem I am having with my 1D X and EF 180 f3.5 L Macro being used with the EF 1.4x III Extender. If the camera goes into sleep mode it won't wake up by pushing the shutter button. Turning the power switch OFF and back to ON the camera is unresponsive (it won't turn back ON). Removing the lens and Extender from the camera and reattaching them, the camera comes back to normal operation. Also removing the lens from the Extender (leaving the Extender on the camera) operation comes back. With the Macro lens alone operation is normal.

I have tried this combination of lens and Extender on my 7D and 5D Mark III and it works perfectly. Using the Extender with my EF 500mm f4 L IS and EF 70-200 f2.8 L II IS on the 1D X, again operation is normal.

Does anyone have this combination of lens, camera and Extender who could duplicate what I am seeing?

I have contacted Canon through E-mails and they don't have a resolution for me yet.

Thanks in advance for any help you may have to offer.

You may have discovered a new bug.

EOS Bodies / Re: Weather sealed 1D4?
« on: August 18, 2012, 12:54:42 PM »
My 1D4 is/was in mint condition. I bought it used with a tiny number of shutter actuations. I took it out and it started to rain. No problem thinks me, its weather sealed, a little rain wont do it any harm. Well, it stopped working. Dead. Sent it to Canon repair center, just been returned, "uneconomic to repair". So a pro body, weather sealed against rain etc goes out in one rain storm and dies. Thats £3000 down the drain. I've spent many 10's of thousands on Canon gear and im furious. The 1DS in the same storm works a treat. Any advice on what should be done next other than cancelling my 500f4 and moving to Nikon?

Well Mick I'm sorry to hear that too.  That's tough.  I'm faced with the same situations this year as I have a full college sports schedule slated ahead of me.  In Ohio it is unreasonable to think that I'll never be out shooting in the rain.  I'll be using a 1DX and a 1D4.  This is definitely a concern. 

I'd sit back, have a few beers, recoup and then make a new plan.  I don't think this is normal and I wouldn't necessarily switch to Nikon.  I know they are expensive, but it might be worth it to save up again and get another one, and have the 500 f/4L.  I think that was anomaly because I knew of a lot of shooters who shot out in the rain.  I plan on wrapping mine up as much as I can but I really worry about the 1DX.  But what can you do?  In the past I had the option of staying home if it were raining, but not this year.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: August 18, 2012, 11:37:56 AM »
I should have waited to purchase mine smh. The price of this camera seems to be dropping quicker than a brand new vehicle. Almost 15% since release.

And since the 6d "entry ff" rumor imho the 5d3 will continue to drop, since a lot of people wanting a ff body but not the old 5d2 will stop buying the 5d3. The early adopters willing to pay no matter what now have got it, so that's it for the $3500 price tag.

The 5d3 be very good for some applications (wedding/event). But many folks don't need the added gimmicks but are set back by the lack of sensor improvement over the 5d2.

And the one thing really setting the 5d3 apart from the competition is the af - but it's a mixed bag even apart from the af point highlight problem in servo: few people need this massive af point coverage, but might do better with less af points that are geared for non-f2.8 lenses, too (even my 60d has cross points on the side for the 70-300L, the 5d3 puts it in a group with only horizontal points to the sides).

The main advantage I see with the 5D3 over the 5D2 is the auto ISO in manual mode and this has really made it more of a sports camera now than just a wedding/portrait camera.  You can now shoot sports with spot metering with a fixed aperture and minimum shutter speed.  This would be unheard of with a 5D2.  The AF sensor issue you talk about is true, don't get me wrong, but there are far less total AF points on the 60D and 5D2 that those cameras don't really factor into serious sports shooters' thoughts.  In other words, the 60D does offer those points on the edge, but the 60D has less accessable points overall.  Also, the "sides" of the 60D's fram is also 1.6x the distance of the sides of the 5D3.  None of the advantages of the 5D3 over the 5D2 are gimmicks at all if you need the 5D3 for things that the 5D2 can't do.  It's a matter of what YOU need the camera for.  If I were only doing weddings, I probably wouldn't have spent the money on the 5D3 and just had a pair of 5D2's, to be quite honest with you.

My point is this.  If we would see a 6D or something come out, it is very difficult to predict what type of camera it will be.  Could it be an 18 MP APS-C camera?  Sure, but maybe it will have an auto ISO in manual mode as well.  Sort of an APS-C 5D Mark III with 18 MP?  Or not.  Who knows. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dX dust in viewfinder
« on: August 18, 2012, 10:25:49 AM »
Yeah I had that when I first bought the 1Ds Mark III.  There was a lot of garbage in the viewfinder and so I sent it in to Canon and they checked it over and also found dust on the sensor (which when I looked, DID show up in my photos).  Canon cameras seem easy to get dust on the sensor as well.  My 5D Mark III is already showing some around f/16.

Lenses / Re: Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 17, 2012, 03:49:14 PM »
Adding to IIIHobbs suggestion, I would also suggest you consider using auto-Iso and manual or shutter priority. The camera still meters in manual when auto-iso is set. This lets you control the motion blur and depth of field while still enjoying auto metering.

I'd also consider spot metering.  Consider it, and play around with it.  It works pretty well with backlit airplanes, if they are backlit.

Okay, I agree with you there.  If it were ME, I'd certainly go 70-200 f/4 IS lens.  Because like you say, it's newer and has IS.  I agree IS has a huge advantage.

Its tricky, because the common sense is that the IS isn't going to do you any good for sports since people are moving so fast...
I somewhat disagree with that, because the difference between f/2.8 and f/4 is the same as just bumping up your ISO one stop, and unless you're already at the upper limit of your camera, or the upper limit of usable image quality, I think the f/4 IS is definitely a good sports lens.  Additionally, sometimes you don't want 1/250+ action-stopping shutter speed, and in that case the panning mode with the f/4 IS is more valuable than the f/2.8 non-IS.  The idea that only f/2.8 lenses are professional is becoming less true every year with the advances in digital technology.  In film days ISO 1600 looked pretty bad, now you can't buy a DSLR camera with IQ as bad as even the best ISO 1600 film (and the difference is probably a stop or two better).

You can't think just in terms of exposure for sports.  You need to think in terms of types of AF sensors that are accessable to the camera for focusing.  An f/2.8 lens MIGHT be able to use dual cross types, for instance, whereas a partcular f/4 lens cannot.  This is exactly why I have 300 f/2.8L vs. the 300 f/4L.  High action focusing in low light.

EOS Bodies / Re: Your Canon EOS-1D X user tips
« on: August 17, 2012, 12:59:50 PM »
Thank you Viggo.  Yes, it's under a Custom function, not the main menu min shutter speed.  You must register this setting.

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