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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 II + 70-200 f2.8 IS II is one GREAT combo
« on: February 20, 2014, 03:25:11 PM »
Typically my most used combos. I'm moving towards primes for weddings/events now but until I have the money for a full quiver of good primes I find these two lenses on my 5dII and 1Dx. Throw in the 16-35II and I have a great range covered. Very happy I went with these 2 lenses plus the wider end to start.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 08, 2013, 08:17:37 PM »


Tough shooting in super low light and heavy snow. The Snowy's have the upper hand in their element.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Underwater DSLR Cases
« on: September 06, 2013, 10:15:19 AM »
There are a number of really good splash housings out there (SPL, Del Mar, Aquatech, CMT, Essex, and more). These are specifically meant for above water photography though. I had an SPL for my 30D for about 5+ years and have since moved onto CMT for my 1DX. It is lighter and more streamlined which is key for such a big rig.

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Lenses / Re: Similar sized, midlength prime to the 16-35
« on: June 29, 2013, 03:46:58 PM »


This is the housing by the way. I think the dome port is going to be an issue unless the front of the lens is close enough. O well 35mm will have to do for now.

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Lenses / Re: Similar sized, midlength prime to the 16-35
« on: June 29, 2013, 03:43:55 PM »
I'm just winging it. He's a nice guy and all but I would imagine his suggestion would be a properly sized flat port. I had a port for my 10mm fisheye on my 30D housing and would use a 50mm and 24mm at will with no issues. May have to suck it up and but the right port.

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Lenses / Similar sized, midlength prime to the 16-35
« on: June 29, 2013, 03:29:59 PM »
So I'm wondering if anyone can recommend which prime lens would be close in length and no greater diameter than the 16-35 II. I'm looking at the 85mm 1.8, 100 2.0, and 135 2L. From the specs it looks like the 135 is closest but I'm not sure I want that much reach when shooting in the water. Anyone with the 100mm how much shorter is it really?

I don't want to buy a lens only to find out that it is too far from the port and will have focus issues.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 18, 2013, 11:55:39 AM »
I also just got the email from Canon. Serial numbers match but I do not have my camera body currently as it is being fitted for a new waterhousing. Guess we'll see when it comes back. I know I didn't have the "A" marking but the little black mark on the battery rail is not as noticeable.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: CF card recommendation for 1DX
« on: April 08, 2013, 03:33:45 PM »
Don't have the SanDisks, but have had no problems with the Lexar 1000x. I have 2 of the 16GB in my 1DX and I shoot primarily surfing which is fast action with a good amount of long bursts.


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If you learn to use back focus you will love it and never go back. Makes so much sense to separate the focus from the shutter in many instances for me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 600D vs 100D
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:33:24 PM »
I'm intrigued by this little camera. Shooting in water and swimming with a small camera would be great. Put this in any manufacturers housing along with a 580 or 600 in a flash housing and thats the easiest thing to swim with ever.

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Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 11, 2013, 03:11:04 PM »
Seeing a nice puddle of water inside the port of my SPL housing. Luckily it was only my 30D and my nifty fifty in there so it wouldn't have been a huge loss. It was a tough swim in with head high surf and good current that day all while trying to hold the housing over my head and out of the water.

Oh well, found the leak, fixed it and have been swimming with it again. Still scary as it hasn't happened in 3+ years of shooting in the water. Also a little nerve racking considering I will soon be getting a housing for my 1DX.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma lens for birding?
« on: February 05, 2013, 11:28:55 PM »
I have the Sigma 120-400 and am very happy with it. I would like to have a prime 400 but do not have the funds and I have found this lens more than sharp enough. Fast focus as i shoot primarily surfing with a lot of movement in front of and behind the subject. No real complaints honestly other than I with it were faster.

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Lenses / Re: Going to get the 24-70 2.8 II. Want a 70-200 as well
« on: January 22, 2013, 09:38:18 AM »
Great shots. I'm pretty happy with my decision to pick up the 24-70 and 16-35 for now. I have used the 70-200 VII so I know how amazing it is and that is part of why I was so torn. I'll use the other lens to make some money shooting weddings and what not. The toughest part will be deciding whether to pick up the lens or an SPL waterhousing for the 1DX next.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX import issues (not my camera)
« on: January 18, 2013, 04:53:26 PM »
My buddy just posted this on facebook. Not my 1DX but he just got one for the company he works with.



Any idea why they would all appear like this?

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Lenses / Re: Going to get the 24-70 2.8 II. Want a 70-200 as well
« on: January 17, 2013, 06:48:14 PM »
Got the lenses yesterday and am beyond happy with my choices. Just shooting around the house and the beach a bit the past two days. Super fast autofocus, quick to lock on in low light also. Feel so much better on the 1DX than my non L primes which were my go to's prior. Whether I get the 70-200 or a waterhousing for the 1DX next will depend on what the majority of my work is moving into the spring.

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