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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: June 30, 2012, 07:31:08 PM »
I own the 100-400 for two years, mostly used for bird photography with 7D.  I have had both dust and moisture problems and finally died a couple of months ago.  Now it is back from canon repair after some $300 refurbishing. It is a very versatile lens and you can even do some great macro shots by adding a Hoya +4 macro lens in the front.  But... my prime 300mm f/4 IS L has better image quality and is sharper, so now it has become my preferred birding lens specially after adding a Keno 2X TC.

Here is a link to some tests:

I will probably not upgrade to the new 100-400.  I would be more interested in an improved version of the EF 300 f/4.

I was shooting hawks (not literally, I was photographing them) today with my 1D Mark IV and 100-400L lens.  It was fantastic.  What other lens would I have used?  I was able to zoom from 100 to 400mm whenever I needed to and on a 1.3x factor, even more.  Try zooming out on birds in the sky and as they "swoop" down, you need to bring the focal length in, which can be difficult of course, but not if you practice.  Overall I think the lens is pretty good.  I'm not sure if it would be easier to rotate vs. push/pull in my situation today or not.  Maybe.

EOS Bodies / Re: So, still no news of 1DX hitting stores in USA?
« on: June 30, 2012, 12:36:31 AM »
I talked one of the shops with which I Pre-ordered (i'm in the US). They said they expect to receive their first  shipments the first week of July, and there's a CHANCE I can receive mine after the 4th. they of course can't make any promises. But this is what they've been told by Canon. I tend to believe them. They were among the first to receive the 5diii's. I got mine from them way back in march. So we'll see. All I can surmise from all the info out there, is its likely some those who Pre-ordered may be getting theirs in the next couple of weeks


After 4th of July? That sucks, the whole idea was to take photos at low light of fireworks :(((((

Yeah I was also told by my retailer that they expecting shipment first or second week of July... so hope to get it soon...

Am I the only one happy with my current gear?  I'm going to go take pictures of fireworks in low light just fine, yes, without the 1D X!  Can you believe it??

EOS Bodies / Re: Is SLR dead?
« on: June 30, 2012, 12:08:44 AM »
I guess after reading all of these threads and 1D X and 5D Mark III forums, it seems a lot of people are unhappy with their current gear, AND the new gear for sale.  If there is an absolute perfect camera, it will cost about $27k or more.

While I agree with your flash set up as is, I have never found when I liked photos from my 7D in flash situations or low-light situations.  The 5D Mark III is the camera you'll be wanting to use in those situations.  7D works great and is a lot of fun in situations where ISO is 100-200.  I was unhappy with cropping and higher ISO's. 

EOS Bodies / Re: What is the Basis of your opinion of APS-H?
« on: June 29, 2012, 10:17:14 PM »
I'm with Paul on this one.  If there even is a 7D Mark II or 70D, it will most certainly be an APS-C sensor.  If it is truly the successor to the 7D, then it will most certainly have the same sensor.  I don't know how you could arrive at any other conclusion to this.  Since the 1D X supposedly merges the 1D and 1Ds lines, it is likely that APS-H is gone.  Yes I love my 1D Mark IV, but not because of the sensor.  It could be FF or APS-C, I'd still love it.

Lenses / Re: Need sharp wide-open
« on: June 29, 2012, 12:00:01 AM »
The 24L is the clear winner here, if you want to pay for it.  A tilt-shift lens for indoor family stills and video?  Why?
Yes!  I agree about the 24/1.4L version II ... a super outstanding lens even wide open, and more practical than the 24 tilt-shift.  It is a bit sharper than the 35/1.4L.  Of course it will be even sharper stopped down a bit.  It works very well on the 60D and 7D; I have used it on both.

I love it on my FF's and 1D4.  That little sucker is sharp!  My gosh, I did a landscape shot the other day and cropped in really far, on a distant farm house, and the house was still tack sharp!  Now that's impressive.

Support of "discontinued" models usually last around 7 years.

I believe it may have to under EU law

With the 1DX's rolling in, that'll mean more 1D4's for Brian and me  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Successors [CR1]
« on: June 28, 2012, 11:41:29 PM »
I'd say if you do like it, get a used 1D Mark IV, either on amazon or ebay, because I'm thinking a lot of people will sell when their 1D X's arrive.

Lenses / Re: Need sharp wide-open
« on: June 28, 2012, 11:15:12 PM »
The 24L is the clear winner here, if you want to pay for it.  A tilt-shift lens for indoor family stills and video?  Why?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: June 28, 2012, 06:02:42 PM »
I actually don't mind it.  I love the 100-400L zoom lens.  I can keep my hand and arm in the same orientation and zoom in and out, vs. rotation of my hand and arm orientation while turning to zoom.  This way I can keep a close eye on my object out at 300-400mm when I'm fine adjusting.  So yeah, if you haven't used it, what's the problem?

Lenses / Re: Unboxing of the the Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS USM
« on: June 28, 2012, 12:34:26 AM »
I don't think there is as much of the L vs. non-L quality anymore.  If you've ever shot with the 50 f/1.4 or the 85 f/1.8 or even the 100 f/2, you know what I mean.

EOS Bodies / Re: Good price for a used Canon 1V-HS?
« on: June 28, 2012, 12:29:28 AM »
Ya know... Since the beginning of this post, every 1V-HS I had on watch on eBay & Adorama sold.... 

Did you guys buy the freaking cameras I wanted!?

With that being said, does anyone here have a EOS-1V(HS) for sale?


I've always thought about getting one.  My dream 1V would be an ebay purchase for around $400.  Not that that can happen, but I'd pay $600 for a 1V and definitely as Paul said, an EOS-3 is a good deal anyday.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX new all-time low-light king?
« on: June 27, 2012, 06:56:45 PM »
Only time I'll need the high ISO performance is in indoor basketball and track, which I will be shooting this winter upwards of 2-3 nights per week (track once/weekly).  But really, have I gone above ISO 3200 on the 1D Mark IV?  No because I've never tried it.  I have not shot indoor sports before officially.  I really need to see a comparison in photos of 1D4 vs. 1DX.  I'll still get the 1DX sure, but if 1D4 still performs well enough in low light then I'll bring both cameras to the events and shoot with both.  Guess then I'll do my own comparison but it's just kind of cool to see it beforehand.  8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Track Meet Photo Review with 1D Mark IV
« on: June 27, 2012, 06:40:11 PM »
In better light, this was the Division II 3200 meter run. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Track Meet Photo Review with 1D Mark IV
« on: June 27, 2012, 06:36:55 PM »
So I was at a track meet and was positioned quite a ways from the track area.  I had a 300mm f/4L lens and a 1D Mark IV.  This event was nearing full dusk, so the ISO was at 1600 I believe in both cases and aperture was turned up to f/5.6.  Normally for these shots I like f/11 because I like more of the background in focus than what I got, but I already had the shutter speed down to 1/400s.  I did very little in processing, but I did a fairly large crop.  I wanted to point this out because the resolution is awesome despite such a large crop.  At the time I wasn't convinced I should really go higher ISO with the 1D4, but I guess looking at the photos now, should I have gone 1/500, higher ISO, and narrower aperture?  The shot from way across the track was fairly difficult from where I was but upon cropping, looked okay, minus the fans in the background, which I didn't really like how it turned out.  Thanks.  P.S.  If you open the photos themselves you get a full view.  Thanks.  Edit:  I'd like some help here from you guys.  You know I'd help you if I could :)

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