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I would also, in fact did. Had the f/4 and sold it to get the 2.8 IS II and it is now my most used and to me versatile lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: Price of 5Ds
« on: January 31, 2015, 10:35:18 PM »
The Nikon D810 is about $3300 now so maybe $3799 MSRP at the most.  I think the take rate will be a lot lower if it is more than 4K and 7.5, no way.

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I see that RRS now has a link to lens plate for 100-400 ii

http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Shop/EF-100-400mm-f-4-5-5-6L-IS-II-USM/

Beware that this is a "make-do" lens plate until custom made one becomes available.   

This is the same "lens plate" (the MPR-113 Rail) recommended to me when I first called RRS and posted this topic.

If a "make-do" lens plate is OK with you, it should "make do".   We must all wait for custom make version.

RRS now shows pre-order for foot replacement for the 100-400 II.  Called LCF-54 for $100.  See http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Shop/EF-100-400mm-f-4-5-5-6L-IS-II-USM/

I am going to order this new one from RSS but until them I am making the RSS L84 work.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Firmware: EOS-1D X Version 2.0.7
« on: January 29, 2015, 11:28:35 AM »
Was hoping that they would add multiple my menu screens similar to 7D M2.

I would find that valuable.
+1

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I'll post a dissenting opinion.

I've purchased just about every screen available for the 5D2. I have tried precision matte screens, split focus, the original, microprism and a few others. The prices varied from $15 to $200.

The short version is that none allowed my to achieve critical focus with my Zeiss ZE lenses.

I then tried a Zacuto Z-finder Pro loupe and mounted it to the lcd on a clip-on frame (pn Z-FRM or Z-FRM32 depending on your camera.) I can nail critical focus almost every time. Yes, it's a little unwieldy but the camera is pressed against your eye and it's stable. The second issue is that this goes through batteries, so you need a few in your pocket. It does however work.
Yes, the 24mm TS-E, which was the main reason.  In the end I felt the focusing in auto was off a little and the metering as well.  I did end up getting the Hoodman 3.2 for live view focusing and also it is great for easier viewing of images.  For me this was a lot better than the screen.

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Landscape / Re: Landscape paradise: Colorado vs. Pacific Northwest
« on: January 28, 2015, 02:47:30 PM »
I don't have images but I lived in Tacoma and Colorado Springs and can say for sure, IMHO, go to the pacific northwest.
Rivers a kilometer across, mountains with glaciers, oceans and beaches, you can go from sea to mountains in very little time.  The rain forests up there are something to be experienced in person, you will never forget that place.

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I recently sold all my Canon gear with the exception of my 70-200 2.8. I was hoping to downgrade some of it since I am trying to cut back to more of a hobby rather than pursue photography professionally. I just do not have the time in my life so I got a chance to get all my money I paid for my gear and even made a little. The question is I still need a body and a mid zoom like 24-70 2.8 II and a prime. I just am torn if I should wait a few weeks or take advantage of the 1dx rebates and grab a 1dx now and the 24-70 and wait for the rest till the announcement. Either way I plan on saving some for a nice vacation with the family. Any help would be appreciated.
I'd go for the 1D X and 24-70 II while the getting is good.  They're selling for insanely good prices compared to what most of us paid and unless you need lots of pixels or a smaller camera, I don't think you'll find a better camera than the 1D X.  As for primes, that's a personal one, but the rebates are good on them as well.
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Another +1.  I recently sold my 5D Mk III and bought a 1D X at the new lower prices and am 100% satisfied and feel with the pluses it has over the 5D Mk III that it is a lot better than it might look as far as the features go in real life useability, and better focusing.

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I bought one for my 5D Mk III from focusingscreen.com and he sends you a complete kit, finger cots, screen in canon box, printed instructions, he is very good.

I just was not happy with the results overall and went back to the standard screen.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Canon EOS-7D Mark II AF Grid Void
« on: January 28, 2015, 12:05:59 PM »
I did get a lot of soft images compared to my 1Dx last weekend but this is the first time I used the 7D Mk II a lot so I figured it was me, still probably is but the 1Dx for sure hits focus nearly all the time.
I don't think the gap between zones bothered me much till I read about it.
I also had two different lenses, 7D had the 17-55 and the 1Dx had 70-200 f/2.8L IS II the 85 f/1.2L II.  I'll need to compare with the same lens and see if I still notice a difference.

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Software & Accessories / Re: lee system
« on: January 28, 2015, 11:54:06 AM »
Hi Nancy.
Very valid point, but I would like to say that if you are faced with both situations and only have the budget for one set of grads, the soft grads will (IMHO) work better on water than the hard grads on the rolling hills with forest scenario.

Cheers, Graham.

Re: Soft vs. Hard grads - It depends on your scenery. Water: abrupt flat transition from sky to earth = hard grad.
Rolling hills with forest: irregular transition from sky to earth = soft grad. I have the second case, here in the middle of the continent.

I love 2filter as well.  I have purchased all my Lee filters from them.  Very good selection, knowledgeable, helpful etc. 
The large 105 polarizes are nice but you have to use the holder so if you want a smaller polarizer you might end up with regular ones too.


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Canon General / Re: Photographer Petitions Canon for Left Handed Camera
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:13:22 PM »
I do have empathy for her but I can't support her petition just because there are so many options.  :'(

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Canon EOS-7D Mark II AF Grid Void
« on: January 27, 2015, 07:31:10 PM »
Ok, good points!  I noticed this when I got my 7D Mk II but it did not register right away.  Not really until now, I just thought the gap was pretty large and has a weird look, anyway maybe for the thirds rule sine the area are fully across the frame and divided that way.

Not sure but something to watch out for in use.

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Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: January 27, 2015, 07:24:02 PM »
My left eye, even when I did not know it was my dominant eye.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 05:53:35 PM »
As the owner of a 36MP (D800) I think 50MP is getting into overkill territory for most folks. Consider all of the threads about soft images and "AF" problems from the 7DII...and I'll bet 99% of the complaints can be traced back to poor technique/mishandling of the camera. I predict you're going to see a lot of similar threads for this 50MP body too.
I had this happen to me too when I first used the 7D Mk II, a lot of soft images VS 1DX on the same shoot.  I figured it was me.  I've not read other posts about it yet but will have to use it some more and determine where I'm messing up.  I'll still get a higher MP full frame body when it comes out though.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Bundles from Adorama
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:08:55 PM »
I've bought from Adorama, new and used and sold stuff to them over the years and never had any problems.  Not that I am buying every month but still no issues and the double rebate is legitimate, other shops are offering the same deal, local to me and mail order.
Where they get you is hooking you into the printing but, paper and ink cost but it does add to the fun of digital photography for me.

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