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Lenses / Re: Community thoughts on Canon 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:39:46 PM »
Sorry to hear you are having problems with this lens.  Take a look at the review at the digital picture and see if you think your is off.  It does talk about stopping down for sharpness, and he does not seem really exited.

About 8 years ago I made the jump from Nikon to Canon, and I love fisheye, so this lens was on my list.  But I recall reading that the Sigma was as good or better, and I bought it.  When the 8-15mm came out I sold the Sigma 15mm and I have to say, I frigin love the 8-15mm.  It is always sharp, seemingly always perfect.  The versatility of the zoom is a great help

Lenses / Re: Can you stack Canon 2X plus 1.4 Extenders?
« on: November 28, 2014, 03:34:01 PM »
As Above, the Mk 1 and Mk II's can be stacked. for 2.8X

The Mk III's cannon stack, unless you put an extension tube in between.  This is because the elements will touch before the noun is together. 

But, I doubt this will result in better picture quality than 2X by itself.  At X2.8, your f2.8 lens is going to be an f8, and probably a lousy blurry f8.  This is the case when I do this with my 400mm f2.8 IS.  The photos at 800mm are of a better quality then the photos at 1120mm.  There is more detail at 800mm and that is in the daytime.  At night, shooting the moon, no way 1120 is going to be better than 800mm in my opinion. The moon (and the Earth under you) are moving remember.  You can't take a long exposure unless you have some way to track the moon. 

Find a friend with a telescope that will follow the moon. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 & 600mm f4 ii for BIF?
« on: November 26, 2014, 09:45:58 PM »
7D is going to be a great birding camera, and the 600mm f2.8 II an amazing birding lens.  But this is effectively a 960mm combination.  Finding and staying on a BIF can be very difficult at a focal length this long.  I am no expert, but you are always better getting closer than using longer lenses.  Especially if you are giving up light.   

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Contact Cleaning Body Cap
« on: November 26, 2014, 09:38:14 PM »
My concern is that if this cap simply has some abrasive surface that is rubbed/scraped across a contact when the cap is put on or taken off, where does the "stuff", that was removed, end up?  If you remove the cap, will there be a risk of the contact "dirt" falling into the camera/lens area?

Some photographers are leary of even changing lenses in the field because of concerns of dust.  Would there not be a risk of this cleaning cap creating the type of dust some photographers want to avoid?

I think it is a good idea to clean contacts occassionally, but to scrap them every time this cap is put on and taken off may be too much.

All the moving parts in your camera create dust when they move.  They are wearing on themselves.  So you could avoid taking pictures all together. I don't see the surface specified here but I imagine it's a fabric, and would certainly create less dust then the metal to metal contact of mounting the lens.  And would tend to hold oils from your hands and to some degree dust. 

I doubt this will reduce sensor dust, but the idea seems to be to clean the contacts not remove dust.  Personnally I never put a body cap on the camera unless I'm shipping it for repair or to sell. 

Lenses / Re: Landscape Lens for Crop To Make Me Go Wow!
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:36:32 PM »
My first though for landscape is, tell me about your tripod.  You are using a cable release?  2 second delay?  Mirror lock?  (OK, I don't the ink the 650 has that).  Shooting at the lenses sweet spot f8-f11 usually?

Great lenses are a great addition to your kit, but good lenses used in a great way can make fantastic photos too.

That said, you need a wide lens.  17-50.  or EF-S 10-18 would be my recommendation.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:25:16 AM »
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Sports / Re: Basketball
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:15:49 AM »
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My first Canon DSLR was a 5D Mark II.  I loved it for it strengths, but was frustrated by it's weaknesses.  I wanted to shoot sports and it was slow and did not focus quickly, etc.  I purchased a 7D as a second body and broke my own one body rule.  And I freakin loved it.  I loved having 2 bodies each with their own strengths.  They complimented each other so well. 

Today I have 3.  A 5D3, a 7D, and a 1D Mark IV.  It is rare that I take all three bodies anywhere, but I usually take 2.  For the same reasons.  Admittedly, the control differences of each can be a pain at times.  But the advantages...  Sitting at a pro surf contest on Sat, the 1D4 is pointed seaward, attached to a 400mm f2.8 with a 2X extender.  The 7d is by my side ready to snap the odd looking observer, or not so odd bikini.  A few hours later, the 5d3 and 1D4 are swapping back and forth as I photograph a college basketball tournament.  The 7D is 88 feet up pointing straight down at the other basket, snapping off pics with the remote in my pocket.

Anyway, to each his own.  Good Luck.

Sports / Re: Winter Baseball
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:33:58 PM »
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Sports / Re: Surf Photography
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:53:51 AM »
I really like your series TexPhoto.

Thank you.  This was a tough day of shooting.  It rained on and off, sometimes hard.  I was shooting with a buddy and we had a normal beach umbrella and trash bags for protection.  We had maybe 20minutes of good light in the 8 hours of shooting.

I brought all my gear in a large wheeled ice chest which worked great.  In the car, the cooler kept the gear from getting cold in the air conditioning, so no condensation.  It was not very waterproof though, and collected rain as we shot.  I will make a plastic rain cover for it next time.

Sports / Re: Surf Photography
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:49:58 AM »
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Lenses / Re: 70-200 or 100-400 conundrum.....
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:33:57 AM »
As others have said, this is a tough question.  Both lenses have some real advantages.   As I shoot sports the f2.8 is critical for me.  I simply could not shoot night games with an f5.6 lenses.  And I do sometimes ad the 1.4X converter to this lens. 

Part of me wants to recommend some combination of both.  70-200 and a 400mm f5.6 prime?  But that is probably not going to be in the budget.

For general photography and "ocational" wildlife I'm going to say 70-200 f2.8 and converter.  I just think the 70-200 f2.8 should be in the bag of almost any photographer, it is such a useful lens.

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:37:25 PM »

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