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Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 01:31:49 PM »
I will be shocked if it's not a great lens and it will be better than the old 100-400. I've been waiting for over a year for this lens. Had my money set aside ($2200 actually) and ordered at 00:05 EST today. Now, I'm waiting for delivery.

+1 same story

Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 01:25:53 AM »
+1 done deal at Amazon.  Long wait is over!  Now when will it ship?

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 10, 2014, 07:49:52 PM »
So. Same filter size, same F range, same focal length, except heavier, longer, wider and also 50% more expensive than the previous version.  Am I missing something?  Unless the AF performance or sharpness or something blows the prior version away (hard to imagine at the same F stop) we just waited 10 years and are paying 50% more for turn-style zoom? Please someone tell me I am missing something major here.

While more expensive, 50% higher isn't so.   Increase from $1699 to $2199 is about 29% - which is real money, for sure!!!  :(

Lenses / Re: Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:18:47 PM »
The way it sounds, I'm guessing they will have a slot in the hood to be able to use your fingers to rotate a ND or Polarizer. That would be nice. I thought about using a dremel and make slots in in my 70-200 hood to allow me to rotate a ND filter, but I thought it might ruin the use of the hood and maybe let light in the slots and cause a reflection.


It drives me nuts trying to use a polarizer and hood at the same time. :-\   Why not have a threaded hood to match the (77mm?) filter size?   Just rotate the hood and the polarizer rotates with it?  The solution might work with long telephoto lenses (like 100-400) that have a relatively narrow FOV and a fully circular hood.  Obviously not a good solution for wide angle lenses because of vignetting due to wider FOV and irregular hood shape.     


Lenses / Re: Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:07:24 PM »
I like this and think most are possible.  Not sure about the 77mm thread.  And no way on the collar, no money to be had by having a collar that goes on another popular lens model. ;D

I don't mind a different collar .. .but Canon should finally make the collar-foot with Arca grooves cut in at the factrroy. So we don't have to get RRS replacement foots ... which is a hassle and significant expense if you don't live in the US:  ;)


I would order immediately if price were $69,995.  Couldn't justify at over $70K  ;) ::)

I know I'm in the minority, but I sure hope the 100-400 replacement is a push-pull zoom.

At least two of us in that minority...

I have wondered about the pros/cons of push/pull zoom and found this link, which mentions the 100-400

Interesting discussions with personal preference perhaps a factor.  I think the push/pull design has made way for the rotating ring mostly because of recent advances in autofocus.  And just maybe the rotating ring may cost less to make??

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon .mov encoder?
« on: August 22, 2014, 07:37:11 PM »

Lenses / Re: Development Announcement of a New 800mm f/5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2014, 06:52:13 PM »
What sense does it make to put IS on such a big lens that would likely always be mounted on a tripod where IS is not needed? Or even not recommended?  Is use of a monopod assumed to be the most frequent user choice?   Certainly hand-held, where IS would be most helpful, doesn't seem practical because of quick fatigue with such a big lens.

Is the 16-35 f/4L intended as a replacement for the current 17-40 f/4L  ???

Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:48:24 PM »
I think I'll buy two!  Then I'll be totally broke.  Yikes!

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:09:15 PM »
This lens not identified as L lens.  Does it make sense that it should be an L lens, or can you get high quality optics at this focal length without L design standards?

Photography Technique / Combining HDR and Panorama Stitching
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:51:31 PM »
Interested in hearing about experiences with panorama stitching combined with HDR.   What is your workflow?

I have shot my HDRs at each pano position first, then did HDR processing for each position (using Photomatix Pro), then stitched the resulting TIFFs into pano image using PS6.   

I get mixed results.   Any suggestions?

I have a WD Passport HD and received the following email from them today:

Dear WD Registered Customer,

UPDATE: November 1st, 2013

As a valued WD customer we want to make you aware of new reports of Western Digital and other external HDD products experiencing data loss when updating to Apple's OS X Mavericks (10.9). WD is urgently investigating these reports and the possible connection to the WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager and WD SmartWare software applications. Until the issue is understood and the cause identified, WD strongly urges our customers to uninstall these software applications before updating to OS X Mavericks (10.9), or delay upgrading. If you have already upgraded to Mavericks, WD recommends that you remove these applications and restart your computer. If you have already upgraded to Mavericks and are experiencing difficulty in accessing your external hard drive, please do not save anything to the drive, disconnect the drive from your computer, and contact Western Digital Customer Service at for further assistance.

The WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager, and WD SmartWare software applications are not new and have been available from WD for many years. However, solely as a precaution WD has removed these applications from our website as we investigate this issue.

Western Digital

Do Canon EF and EF-S lenses both fit these cameras?   Good possibility without a mirror?

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