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It is much, much more hand-holdable than the version I.  I would say heavier than your 100-400L lens, but you could hand-hold if you needed to.  You cannot do so with version I.  It has great IS, so I'd say you can do it.  It is in my opinion the 2nd sharpest lens above 100mm, the first being the 200 f/2L.  That is Canon's greatest lens and I would argue the 300 lens is 2nd.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post Your 4th of July Photos
« on: August 05, 2012, 12:20:59 AM »
I'm finally posting one.  This was with the 5D3 and 24mm f/1.4L II lens. 

Lenses / Re: Another help me pick a lens yay...35L or 24-105L
« on: August 05, 2012, 12:07:38 AM »
He asks the question, should I get the 35L (which I LOVE!) or the 24-105L?  Remember, he loves the 35L on his camera, which is APS-C.  Did anyone catch that point?

So, even though we're asking an A or B question, nobody chooses A or B.

NNNNNKay, that aside, why not answer his question.  For your camera, I'd get the 24-105L instead of the 35L.  See, that was easy.

For a guy who is just beginning to build his lens kit up, no way I'd buy a 16-35L over the 24-105L.  Too much money and too specific.  You always go general first, then specific.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 05, 2012, 12:02:50 AM »
I actually know a guy who went from the D700 to the D800.  He's regretting it.  The IQ isn't any better to him on a computer screen or print, and the file sizes are insane.  The camera doesn't have time to shoot mRAW or sRAW.  So you're stuck.

My cameras have all been clean upon purchase, except the 1D Mark IV. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 04, 2012, 11:45:13 PM »
Yep.  The 1Ds3 sort of flopped too, but that was after the release of the 5D2.  Everybody, even pros, began buying the 5D2 instead.  I can see this turning out like the 1Ds3/1D4 pair.  Studio/sports.  1DX is really the sports camera and right now the 5D3 and 1Ds3 are still the studio cams.  The 1DX does not render like the 1Ds3 therefore I do not consider the 1DX to be the true merged 1Ds/1D lines.  It's just not quite there.  The 1DX did not do worse than the 1Ds3 with regard to detail, but it also did not improve it either.

I like the 1DX, but I'm still keeping a 5D3 because I like the 22mp.  If a higher MP cam is released, it will be well less fps and render nicely, much like the 1Ds3 I'm guessing.  Anybody guessing yet as to the model name?

Lenses / Re: Another help me pick a lens yay...35L or 24-105L
« on: August 04, 2012, 08:37:51 PM »
I think in your particular case the 24-105L is the clear winner.  If you follow the suggestions of the other zoom lenses, you're stuck with APS-C and can't go FF.
Except you can always sell the EF-S lens if you upgrade...and in the mean-time (which if he can't get another L lens for year, probably means at least a year if not longer), you've got a lens that is better suited for the body he has. 17-55 on APS-C covers landscape through the early end of portraits. The 15-85 would cover the full range he'd want, but, I'm not sure its worth the sacrifice of the extra stops of light.

Get a used 17-55, they go for $750-800 on the used market, and if you switch bodies, sell it for about the exact same price. Or, just as likely, find someone with the 24-105 and trade with them.

The difference between 17mm and 24mm is pretty significant, especially for landscape work. And the difference between f/2.8 and f/4 can be significant in indoor lighting. So why pay as much, or more, for something that would limit most of your photography?

Better suited for what?  Certainly not the question he asked. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX lock up?
« on: August 04, 2012, 07:51:51 PM »
Ran chkdsk /R /F from command prompt, and it found no errors. I also ran "error checking" (right click on drive, properties, tools, "error checking"). It, too, found no issues.


Shawn L.

Some guys on another forum had problems with a circuit board in a particular batch of 1DX's and actually had to send it back to Canon to have the board replaced.  This likely isn't it, but I'm just sharing this so that you are on the lookout in case it happens again, with other cards.  Don't be afraid to send it in.  Canon will not charge you.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem with 5D III?
« on: August 04, 2012, 06:05:41 PM »
It's probably the lens, unfortunately.  That particular sigma lens is making it do something it shouldn't.

EOS Bodies / Re: Now a 5D3 owner after all !
« on: August 04, 2012, 06:02:27 PM »
Glad you like it.  I do like the 1Ds3, but I like the 5D Mark III better.  I think technology has advanced enough that the images overall actually render a tad better.  I did some side-by-side comparisons and overall the 5D3 is best.  But I do love the 1Ds3 from ISO 100-400.  However, I love the auto ISO in manual mode, the multi-exposure, HDR, and high ISO capabilities of the 5D3.  The colors are very, very nice too.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Sports and posters
« on: August 04, 2012, 05:51:32 PM »
Has anyone doing sports ever printed a poster size photo of a player in action, or just plain made a poster?  I need to make a few this fall of some players, and was wondering if the 1D Mark IV's 16mp (uncropped) will be enough or the 1D X's 18.  I was thinking maybe I should pre-plan the poster shots and shoot them with a 5D Mark III?  Has anyone done this?  Thanks.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: August 04, 2012, 05:18:19 PM »
Almost as angry as the Aflac duck.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: August 04, 2012, 04:06:35 PM »
You can do this with 4 shots too:

Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: August 04, 2012, 04:02:03 PM »
Didn't plan the shot, just looked up and saw it.  Clicked to spot metering very fast and auto ISO as quick as I could and got this shot.

Lenses / Re: Long Range L Choices
« on: August 04, 2012, 02:55:49 PM »
You could always go big...  The Canon 1200mm comes to mind.  You might need the hulk to help you lug your gear.  (Just thought I would lighten it up for a sec.  Sorry it's not constructive to the thread.... )  ;D ;D ;D

 ;D ;D ;D

Strap that to your back in the wilderness of Africa.  Wouldn't it be cool to do 400 yard macro work?

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