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Lenses / Re: 70-200 F4 IS + 135L or 70-200 F2.8 IS
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:20:14 PM »
I have the big f/2.8L II IS and had the f/4L IS before and sold it.  Bothe of them get attention from people out in the public but the f/4 is so much lighter it really is nice.

That being said you could consider going primes all the way, the 200mm f/2.8L II and the 135mm f/2L would get you good coverage in smaller size.  Both new are about $1800.  There are other considerations but it is a good option.

Lenses / Re: Dust Donut - Add Weather Sealing to Any Lens
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:09:15 PM »
Is there any reason you cannot buy a Canon lens mount gasket and install it on a lens without it?  If you wanted better protection at the mount at least you would know it would be the proper material as others have pointed out with something like this you won't know until or unless you get one yourself to try.

Guess you better get yourself a Nikon body, and spend time on your knees praying for Nikon to release those lenses. 

What is the point of this post, anyway?  Oh wait, now I remember - you're the guy that Canon screwed over.  I guess it's happening again, with Canon not releasing lenses specifically for you.  Boo hoo.   :'(

 ;D  good catch Neuro

Lenses / Re: Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 17, 2013, 10:40:03 AM »
You should look at the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake and the 35mm f/1.4L and either of the other 35mm f/2.
Just depends on your budget.  Also consider whether you like the 35mm or 24mm for indoors shooting or even more towards 50mm.
What do you not like about your current 50?

Lenses / Re: 135L vs 85L vs 70-200L II
« on: January 17, 2013, 10:33:34 AM »
Just my .02 but I would not sell the 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS to get other lenses.
You can always have all three like many people have stated.
I "only" have the zoom now but plan on getting the 85 f/1.2L II as my next lens.  Having zooms and primes gives you a whole lot of options and there is nothing wrong with having them all.
No justification needed, if you want them, get them, and use them when you want the characteristics of each.

Software & Accessories / Re: What brand of ND filters do you have?
« on: January 11, 2013, 03:58:34 PM »
I just researched this quite a bit and decided on the following because I can use them with all my lens.  I compared these to heliopan, B&W screw on in 82mm size with adapters and the price is similar and decided on the Lee system.
I ordered from 2filter and the price was better than the ebay from above for the Big Stopper, $168.58
Lee 4X6 Graduated Neutral Density 0.9 HE Filter
Lee 4X4 Neutral Density 0.9 Filter
Lee 4x4 Big Stopper 10 f/stop LEE Filters GLASS ND 3.0 Camera filter
LEE Filter Holder, model FK holds 3, 4x6 or 4x4 filters
Lee Wide Angle 82mm Adapter Ring
Lee 77mm Adapter Ring
Lee 72mm Adapter Ring
Lee 105mm front mounting ring for FK holder
Lee 3 Pocket Filter Pouch

Reviews / Re: I'm amazed by my 5D Mark iii
« on: January 10, 2013, 11:02:47 PM »
Congrats and I am with you as well.  I also have sold my 7D because I simply did not use it anymore.

Lenses / Re: How many times did you return (L) lenses to get a good copy?
« on: January 10, 2013, 09:59:25 PM »
I have had eight and returned none of them.  Maybe I should look at them again with some test screens, but I've never seen anything that stood out in my photos.

Ramon, thanks for the reminder about your site.  I have read those reviews a while back but I am glad I found them again.

Thanks and the idea mentioned is great, I;m going to do the TS-E for now and if I want to I can get the 85 f/1.8, from what I hear it is so fast on focus and a really nice lens on its own.

I know  :'(
This is a tough one for me, I know I will love them both but which one first is my dilemma.

At the beginning, if I had not gotten the 50mm f/1.2 first I would probably just have gotten the 35 and 85 but now that I have it I really don't want to part with it either.

It is a bit weird but the 50 and the 24-105 are my least used lenses.

I find it hard to get rid of them because when I do use them I really like them.

Really two topics.
I don't have to sell the zoom to get the other lenses I just don't think I use it a lot.

I have the 16-35mm f/2.8L II and 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS and that make three zooms that cover a huge range and are weather sealed.
I am a bit afraid if I sell it I will want it again someday even though right now it is little used.

I do have two nice primes, 50mm f/1.2L and 35mm f/1.4L and ready to buy either the 85mm f/1.2L II or the TS-E f/3.5L II.
I have a realy nice RRS TVC-34L Tripod + BH-55 Pro Ballhead with bottom plate and L bracket for the 5D Mk III, so with or without grip I am covered with the tripod for TS use.

I've always wanted a TS or PC or whatever the manufacturer of the time my gear was calling them, and I know lot's of you have and like them.  Also I will eventually get the other one that I do not have after the upcoming purchase.

I am leaning towards the TS-E right now but when I look at the images online from the 85, I really like that bokeh too.

I like the Powershot G15 :)

I call the 6D the "warmed up 5D2". Slightly microwaved in a BPA-free container ;) Its not a knock on the Camera, when they sell it for $1299 in a year during Christmas, I promise to pick one up :P

I'd probably have a take a good look at that deal too if it happens!

Regarding the 5D Mark II, with it being EOL, how does that affect peoples decision VS the 6D?

Lenses / Re: 2x EF Extender III or ???
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:33:53 PM »
I just went through this myself and purchased the 2x EF Extender III.
I was considering the EF 400 f/5.6 not the 100-400 but same issues basically and am glad that I got the converter.

It is a lot heavier combo than I thought but for occasional use it is a great option and I'll probably get the 1.4x before I get another longer lens.

You could always see if you can borrow one or go to a nice local shop and try it out, maybe rent with rental amount to purchase if you decide to do that but from all the advice of others a lot more experienced with these I went with the converter first.

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