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Not really, no. They are called pro bodies for a reason, and Canon knows it.

Sports / Re: Waterpolo
« on: July 12, 2012, 10:56:55 AM »
Thanks for all the advice.

It's a brilliant lens but I am not sure landscape shots would be suitable for its niche market, after all the distortion is quite noticeable, even at 15 mm. A TS-E lens would probably be a better landscape lens, but manual focus only, more expensive and a has a steeper learning curve.

Sports / Re: Waterpolo
« on: July 11, 2012, 08:52:07 AM »
Outdoor, and I am allowed to move.

Sports / Waterpolo
« on: July 11, 2012, 06:10:16 AM »
Hi to all

Will start shooting swimming events, mainly trials and waterpolo, any tips on where best to stand pool side? Have 70-200 and 400 mm f/2.8, should cover the range required nicely.

I have a 1D X on preorder, need it mostly for sports and wildlife. Canon kindly provided me with a 5D Mark III till my 1DX preorder is fulfilled, after testing the 5DIII extensively, I can say I am impressed. Impressive ISO performance and IQ quality, 6 fps is enough for most types of photography and the body is well built. But for my needs, the 1DX is a better fit.

Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 08, 2012, 02:45:35 PM »
Actually considering a Gitzo monopod with a RRS MH01 head, but as I asked, is it actually possible to put a Wimberley on a monopod?

Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 07, 2012, 07:05:09 PM »
Would it be doable to actually put a Wimberley on a monopod? Sounds strange to me but the thought arose.

Lenses / Re: Filters for TS lenses
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:10:55 AM »
Thank you neuroanatomist for quick reply... any of those filters available for sale through some retailer in the EU? Oh... and leave the glia and the Purkinje in peace!  ;D

Lenses / Filters for TS lenses
« on: July 05, 2012, 03:53:41 PM »
Anyone have any idea if ND or full grad filters would fit on a TS-E 24 mm f/2.5 L II in view of the lens design? Hitech, Lee, Cokin, Singh Ray?

Lenses / Re: Which lenses to pick up next?
« on: July 05, 2012, 03:52:17 PM »
100 mm f/2.8 L IS. Simply a beauty of a lens, both for macro and as a portrait prime. Bokeh master me calls it!

Lenses / Re: Owning the Canon 200-400 f/4L Vs 400 f/2.8L II
« on: July 05, 2012, 03:50:14 PM »
Why not go for a 400 mm f/2.8 L IS prime? Their price should come down now that version II is out, and the 200-400 will cost way more, and can one really comment on its IQ and sharpness prior to anyone ever seen or tested on in the wild? If it has the image quality of the 70-200 mm f/2.8 II then it would be a stunner of a lens, but at what price?

I was recently stuck in the same conundrum, until I found a second hand 400 for sale, pristine condition, tried it on a 1D-X (including with a 2x TC III) and was blown away.

Start to ponder the D800, then I look at the 400 mm f/2.8 glass sitting on my desk and I smile and all black thoughts evaporate  ;D

Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 03, 2012, 04:21:30 PM »
Proud owner of 400 mm of prime glass  ;D

Can anyone suggest a suitably sturdy monopod.. no way anyone can hand hold such a beast and get half decent shots!
Most monopods from the high quality manufacturers will cope with a large white. Gitzo tend to be very expensive and their tripods look the part, but I don't think their monopods can command the same superiority, because there are a few decent ones around. I've started steering away form Manfrotto tripods, but their 680B or (681B?) will cope and appears to be better made than their tripods. Also have a look at Giottos, as their tripods are better build quality than Manrotto, so I would expect their monopods to be at teh same level, although I haven't looked at them closely, the Giottos MTL 8261B tripod I have more than copes with my 300 f/2.8 and was much more reasonable than the Gitzo equivalent.

I have a Giotto CF tripod which I am very satisfied with, but a 400 mm needs a monopod, or else a gimbal head on a tripod? Although unsure what gimbal to go for, except Wimberley have a good rep with the version II of their head, although have no idea what brackets would be needed for a 400 mm

Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 03, 2012, 11:38:51 AM »
Gitzo GM5541 with RRS head.

Is a head strictly required or can affix the monopod directly to the lens collar?

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