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Street & City / Re: The Helmsley Building
« on: August 19, 2012, 11:02:32 AM »
It is an excellent capture. I would suggest converting to monochrome though, it might have more impact that way.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X won't wake from sleep
« on: August 19, 2012, 11:01:42 AM »
I have noticed the same difficulty in waking the camera body from sleep mode with most lenses of mine. Up till now it happened several times with the fisheye, the 70-200 mm, the 135 mm f/2 and the 400 mm prime as well... did not enjoy that one during a fast-paced waterpolo match...

Lenses / Re: Looking for a EF 70-200 IS USM II. Used is fine. Ideas?
« on: August 16, 2012, 04:12:53 PM »
Good luck, not many would sell that lens second-hand. If they do, they are either borderline insane or getting out of photography :)

Lenses / Re: Do you switch off IS in sunny days?
« on: August 16, 2012, 04:11:55 PM »
Never switched off, neither on the 70-200 mm or the 400 mm, tripod or monopod, it stays on. Might improve battery life but sharp captures are more important than draining the battery in my book.

Lenses / Re: Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 16, 2012, 02:03:59 PM »
Would take the ultrawide and the 70-200 mm, although that might create issues by having to keep changing lenses constantly. For airshows I usually take fisheye, tilt-shift, 70-200 and 400 mm prime +/- 2x III TC.

Lenses / Re: Choice for a landscape lens
« on: August 16, 2012, 01:57:45 PM »
Depends on budget, but the 24 mm TS-E II is a prime contender. Sharpest wideangle Canon produce with added bonus of depth of field manipulation and fixing converging verticals. Price a concern maybe though.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Does Zeiss glass ever go on sale?
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:21:57 AM »
Not really, but you can find Zeiss glass second-hand. Might I interest you in a 50 mm f/1.4, brand spanking new?  :P

Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:18:47 AM »
24 mm TS-E II L
70-200 mm f/2.8 II IS L
400 mm f/2.8 L IS I

Editing my first real batch of 1d X pictures, and I can't believe how much I can bend the files, how superclean the 100-400 range is and just how much sharper they are compared to the 5d3! I am amazed!

That camera is the embodiment of love at first sight of RAW!

Lenses / Re: Owning the Canon 200-400 f/4L Vs 400 f/2.8L II
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:16:22 PM »
When the 200-400 lens becomes available I will be purchasing it or the 400 2.8 prime. The delima of which of these 2 lenses would be more effective is making me mad.

The versatility of the 200-400 with the built in ext will be excellent. To think, though, that with the 1.4X and 2X ext gives you 3 incredibly useful focal lengths is equally incredible.

Owning the 70-200 f/2.8 II and using both ext's on it often, I think that the 200 to 280mm range of the 200-400 would go unused much of the time.

I have owed the 600 f/4 300 f/2.8 and the 200 f/2. Of all of those lenses, the 300 f/2.8 was my favorite.

Has anyone else given this much thought?

The 200-400 f/4L zoom lens cannot REPLACE the 300 2.8 and 400 2.8 primes.  For most sports shooters, f/4 isn't going to cut it and I've experienced this myself, especially night football where all you have are stadium lights. You also need access to all of the AF sensors in the 1DX and/or 1D Mark IV.  All other purposes, yes, it's a great lens and would alleviate the need to buy a 300 and 400 prime perhaps.

Although in theory I agree, it provides useful versatility. I am just back from shooting a waterpolo match, and although the 400 f/2.8 on a 1DX performed like a beaut, not having the second body with the 70-200 or the fisheye made me lose quite a number of shots (second body is being serviced). Just saying, 200-400 is useful versatility wise.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx AI-Servo frame rate question
« on: August 12, 2012, 02:59:24 AM »
Have you changed the number of frames it captures in one burst? It can be limited, mine is set to 20 in one burst for example.

Lenses / Re: How do you update Canon lens firmware?
« on: August 11, 2012, 08:51:07 AM »
I believe it has to be serviced at a Canon centre.

Lenses / Carl Zeiss 50 mm f/1.4
« on: August 10, 2012, 04:10:34 AM »
Have had this lens for less than 6 months, and although I love its build quality, contrast and sharpness, I have barely any use for a nifty fifty for frequent use. Tried to sell it over eBay and locally (Malta) but with no success. Any idea where I can sell this little beauty, preferably in the European Union.

Lenses / Re: Canon 400/4 DO - why no upgrade?
« on: August 10, 2012, 04:08:21 AM »
Very few are privy to Canon's plans, but the DO line never really caught on with sports and wildlife photographers, no matter how lighter the lens is, if the optical performance is still inferior to their heavier counterparts, togs will prefer carrying a heavier, but optically superior lens. All it takes is a carry case and a monopod/tripod/gimbal head (delete as appropriate).

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