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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
« on: August 19, 2012, 10:59:03 PM »
I'm grumpy because it's Sunday night and I have to go to work tomorrow  >:( >:( >:(

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specs? [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2012, 10:52:45 PM »
If they do have a 7D Mark II or a 70D, neither are going to be better than a 5D Mark III.  They need a camera that will fit between the 1D X and the 5D Mark III, like where the 1D Mark IV is right now, for that to happen.  But keeping on topic, suppose it were a 24mp sensor (which it won't be) but suppose it is a 24mp APS-C, it'll still be noiser than hell above ISO 3200, where it won't compete with a 5D3, rendering the extra resolution at high ISO's useless. Will it be a good camera?  Sure!  But I'm thinking it'll just fit between the current 7D and the 5D Mark III.  I'd rather speculate on a camera that fits between the 5D3 and 1DX :)

Lenses / Re: Going to FF from APS-C, need lens advice
« on: August 19, 2012, 07:33:17 PM »
The 70-300L is not a slide barrel zoom, it's a rotation zoom. 

I'm not sure having a 70-200L and a 70-300L zoom lens is the way to go.  If you want to keep your 70-200L, I would personally either get the 100-400L or the 300 f/4L prime lens.  If you want the 70-300L zoom, you might consider selling the 70-200L lens.

I would agree with most of this.  However the 70-300 is no where near as sharp as the 70-200.  Just because there is overlap on the focal length don't expect the images to be as good with the 70-300.  I would not take the advise of selling the 70-200 to get the 70-300.

Buying a 300 f/4 prime is a great suggestion though and this lens works well with the 1.4x converter.

Nobody advised him to sell the 70-200L TO GET the 70-300L.  All that was stated is that if the poster WANTS to get the 70-300L no matter what, then there is no sense in having both.  Which, there isn't.

Lenses / Re: Going to FF from APS-C, need lens advice
« on: August 19, 2012, 06:53:48 PM »
Personally my beginning FF kit would be a 5D Mark II w/24-105L kit lens.  70-200L II IS lens.  And a 300mm f/4L prime lens.  This being coming up from APS-C.  Why would I do that?  Because that's exactly what I did when I went to FF :)

Lenses / Re: Going to FF from APS-C, need lens advice
« on: August 19, 2012, 06:49:49 PM »
Thanks, but not really useful.  There's "lots and lots and lots", "lots and lots", and "lots" of money.  I'm trying to use the least number of "lots".  If I had unlimited amounts of money, I'd be on the GOP presidential ticket and wouldn't need this group's advice.  I would buy the entire Canon and Nikon lens lines and all 3 or each's top DSLRs.  Unfortunately, I have to watch my Benjamins.

I think he was joking.  Breathe!

Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 19, 2012, 06:48:34 PM »
I group my lenses together.  I have many lenses, because I shoot a lot of different things over a wide variety of situations.  However, I am becoming more specialized in my photography, so I will likely sell a lot of my shorter focal length lenses:

16-35L, 24L, 35L:  This group is fun to take on not necessarily landscape photography, but scenery photography, especially in Pennsylvania where we like to go, or out west, etc.  Compared to my 24L and 35L, I don't really like the IQ of the 16-35L, but I like the shorter focal length flexibility.
50 primes (own the 50L, 50 1.4, 50 1.8, over several years of accumulation :)):  Just a great, convenient focal length for any type of shooting situation.  A 50 always goes in my bag as a backup lens.
85L:  Excellent lens at all apertures, for just about everything.  Love it.
100 f/2:  Indoor sports lens.  Love it.
24-105L:  Good general walkabout lens.  I have good enough glass however, that I can say this is my lowest IQ-wise performing lens.  Dislike it.
135L:  Indoor sports lens, portrait lens.  Love it!
180L:  macro lens, my only macro lens, and will never sell it.  I absolutely love it.
200 f/2L:  Amazing lens for anything, including indoor sports, flattering portraits.  CANON'S BEST LENS.
300 f/2.8L:  Must have for me, sports lens.
400 f/2.8L:  Must have for me, sports lens.
100-400L:  I like the versatility, but don't use it much.  Will likely sell it.
70-200L:  My everything lens, mainly sports on the 1D Mark IV but love it for everything!  CANON'S BEST ZOOM LENS.

I will most likely purchase a 24-70L II lens.  When I do that, I am selling the 35L, 50L, and 24-105L lenses.  I am also going to sell the 100-400L zoom lens.  If I feel I need to go more specialized for sports yet, I can sell my 85L and use an 85 1.8 if I want to.  I'm still working this out. 

Future purchases will include the 600L II lens, as well as any future 200-400L zoom lens, if it's at least f/4 or wider.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
« on: August 19, 2012, 06:23:27 PM »
It's not September yet.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: August 19, 2012, 04:59:52 PM »

Fantastic shot!  Can you share your technical specs with us for that shot?  I'd really be interested to know how you did that!  Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Survival of the fittest/luckiest
« on: August 19, 2012, 04:07:19 PM »
Nothing bad happened, but a close call.  Imagine getting in your car, putting your seatbelt on, and putting it in gear and looking in your driver's side mirror to discover a 5D Mark III with a 180L lens sitting on the trunk!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 1D Mark IV in Canon Refurb Store
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:49:38 PM »
Oh just buy it already :)

Ok, Mr. Smarty-Pants,  :P  which would you pick - 1DIV plus 500 II, or 600 II to use with 1D X?

Hahahaha.  After buying the 1DX I'm out of commission on either the 500 or 600!  I'd LOVE to have the 600 though.  Ok, I'll pretend I make enough money to buy either, and yes I agree with you, I'd love to put the 600 on the 1DX.  I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I assume you are saving $$ to buy the 600 vs. another camera?  Secondly, how will you resist the 24-70L II lens?  I cannot, even though I don't need it really, I'm still buying it :)

EOS Bodies / Re: More Big Megapixel Talk
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:16:34 PM »
The 1DZ (or should that be the 1DY?) is coming soon, folks. Remember, you heard it here first.  8)

Z would of course stand for 'Zenith' but if it's a Y then we can hear the echo of fans reiterating 'Y So Late?'  :P

I will be looking forward to seeing those partially non-mirroless cameras  ;D

Musouka, I have to do it:


Pricewatch Deals / Re: 1D Mark IV in Canon Refurb Store
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:07:36 PM »
Been in stock every time I've checked over the past 3 days. So far, I've resisted temptation.

Oh just buy it already :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Digital Rev video review of 1D X available
« on: August 19, 2012, 02:52:14 PM »
I love the way he calls the body a 1D-(SE)X. I tend to agree with him. Had a photoshoot today, everyone was grumbling and reaching for their tripods and flashes in very low light situations, whereas I was happily snapping away at 12800 ISO...

Yeah, I had a few soccer shots last night at ISO 16000 and 20000 and they were keepers after noise reduction in post.  Incredible.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X won't wake from sleep
« on: August 19, 2012, 02:49:31 PM »
When the 1DX wouldn't wake from sleep, are you sure you didn't try this on a Monday moring?  ;D ;D ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Your Canon EOS-1D X user tips
« on: August 19, 2012, 02:45:28 PM »

I fire a 3-4 shot burst on every shot I take.  That way at least 1 or 2 will be spot on.  If you depend on one shot in any Canon DSLR's AI Servo mode, the hit rate with something this challenging will be less than 70%, in my experience.  So switch to AI Servo, "L" burst rate, which is 3 max.  Or you can select "H" and shoot say, 4 shot bursts.  I've found this to be superior to tracking cases and hit rates.

Yeah, I have it at 12fps, and I would usually shoot off 2-4 shots of a small event, like a surf-trick, but I like to get better at tracking and understand really how to set up the gear and how to track for best possible results. And many of the shots from today were just ONE shot, and they were still perfectly focused, and with the shortened relase-lag , it's hard to miss with this incredible camera. But I can always improve!

Yes and you are also shooting in very difficult situations.  Even field sports it's tough to get every shot in focus and often times impossible, especially at night.  I liked my keeper rate with the 1DX at night vs. the 1D4.  Although, during the state track meet last year I didn't have one OOF shot with the 1D4 and looking at my RAW files, I had shot 1579 shots!  If the 1DX can do that at night, well then that would be quite an improvement in itself.

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