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I had both, in fact, 2 of each.  The 5D got 90% of the use, the 7D was better at difficult AF, but really poor in low light.  I could get images with the 5D MK II as much as two stops faster (ISO 6400 versus 1600)  The reason is that using lots of NR does not erode the detail away.

Ideally, a 1.4X TC would be my choice.  Unfortunately, the best TC that physically fits (Kenko 1.4X DGX is known to lockup the 5D MK III.  I was able to confirm this the hard way)
I was able to use it with AF and a shorter extension ring.  I handhold the lens, so I had to hold my breath and be very still.
5D MK II, 100mmL f/10 ISO 800 and a substantial crop.

Sports / Re: The Destroyer
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:20:12 PM »
Here he is in his new truck at the Spokane County Fair last fall.  (Canon 5D MK II with 70-200mm f/4L IS)


Lenses / Re: How many times did you return (L) lenses to get a good copy?
« on: January 10, 2013, 11:36:41 PM »
The only "L" lens I returned was a 24-70mmL.  It was average, which is to say not very good.  I owned five total of them before giving up on the likelyhood finding one I thought was excellent.
Now, I prefer primes and have not tried the new 24-70L.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 10, 2013, 11:33:18 PM »

I wonder how many of us do this, with so many different items, not just camera equipment. I do not buy my camera stuff online, unless it is something simple like CF cards. Anything costly is purchased in store.
There is no profit in selling cameras, the profit that keeps stores in business comes from selling accessories like memory cards and filters. 

Lenses / Re: 35L "focus stuck" after drop?
« on: January 10, 2013, 11:27:20 PM »
Probably some of the internal plastic parts cracked and broken, plus the lens elements are sure to be decentered.  Send it in for repair and rent a replacement if need be.  This is not a home screwdriver repair job.

EOS Bodies / Re: CES 2013
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:06:32 PM »
I think the only THING they have announced was the 200-400 F4 1.4X with ridiculous price tag....
So far, I'm still disappointed with Canon... :(
I haven't seen a announcement, only rumors.  Can you post a link to a official announcement?

Lenses / Re: Would you keep a lens that required +18 AFMA?
« on: January 09, 2013, 09:59:17 PM »
My 35mmL required a +2 on my 5D MK II and a +17 on my 1D MK III.  Different bodies react differently to a lens.  Canon adjusted the lens so it was on with both bodies, and it was also near perfect with my 1D MK IV and 5D MK III.
The issue with third party lenses is that Canon is not going to fix it for you, and you can have Canon and Sigma pointing fingers at each other.  Exchange the lens for another. 
It will be interesting to see if Sigma's docking station solves more issues than it creates.  On paper, its a step forward.

Generally, I just use liveview.  Its the same as mirror lockup for most applications, and you don't end up wondering what happened.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 09, 2013, 02:53:56 PM »
Prior to the advent of online buying, a buyer had the option of buying locally, or calling a mail order outfit, usually one who advertised on photography magazines, and many of them were awful.  I did discover B&H that way back in the 1980's and have bought from since.  I also discovered a couple that only got one order!
Although we are a relatively small town, our local Camera store branched out into high end Audio Video and into online sales, and even opened a second store after 100 years in business.  Even so, their stores do not generally keep the high end 1 series bodies or the D4 in stock, so I have to order  from the warehouse if I want to see it.  (I can pick it up, its only a short distance from the store)  They do have a reasonable assortment of tripods, heads, and other accessories, but nothing close to what can be ordered online.
This is a typical example of adapt or die, stores that did not take internet retailing seriously and do what it took to stay in business are paying the price.

The focus screen is very delicate and easy to scratch, the mirror is tougher.  Only use a blower on the focus screen and mirror.
Fortunately, replacement of a focus screen is not a big deal, but replacing a mirror is expensive.

EOS Bodies / Re: Got this here itch
« on: January 08, 2013, 11:10:39 PM »
Its amazing to me how people actually try to make buying and selling decisions based on totally off the wall rumors, and then complain when they don't actually happen.
The rumors site is for fun and what-if discussion, but if you need a camera, go buy one because 99.9% of the rumors either never happen, or are way off as to features other than the obvious ones already on existing cameras. 

EOS Bodies / Re: What Canon Body is threatened buy the Nikon D5200?
« on: January 08, 2013, 11:05:24 PM »
Nikon is not really threatening any Canon camera, and Canon is not threatening Nikon.
Each have their proponents, but buyers of that level of camera are most often guided by the price.  They go down to Best Buy, and checkout the price of a camera / lens kit and, if it looks professional to them, they buy it.  Then, it sits in a closet because the images all look out of focus due to the shallow depth of field, and the controls are too complicated.
Of course, most of those who post here know what they are doing, but they are also a tiny minority.
I've bought many (un)used cameras locally from the closets of  buyers who went back to point and shoot cameras because they like everything to be in focus, and they like the ease of use.
My advice to someone wanting a DSLR is to first help them to determine if they really understand what they are getting into.  I gave my daughter one of my Canon DSLR's and lenses, I think it is gathering dust as well, since she prefers the old Nikon CP-990 I gave her many years back.  She mostly takes photos of projects she has made to list on Etsy or Ebay, and the CP-990 is fantastic for that.

What is this lens?  I thought they already had a lens that was 120-300 2.8 with OS?   I have the 120-300 2.8 non OS and I know there was already a newer version out?   I'm very confused....

Same new version with a very few changes...
Excepting the price, of course.  The old version has dropped to $3,000, the new version will be at least $3500.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Launches the Sigma USB DOCK
« on: January 08, 2013, 05:37:29 PM »
^ Do you really expect corporations to code their software to work with Linux, representing a whopping under 2% of computer users? ???

Anyways, if sigma would have had this accessory years ago it would have saved their brand an awful lot of hurt over bad AF!

Well, yes. They could easily have used a cross platform library for writing the application and then it would have worked everywhere. I am tired of companies offering software for Windows and Mac OS alone. It smacks of laziness.

it smacks of good business sense, you don't waste money and stay in business.

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