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Photography Technique / Re: Panning
« on: June 15, 2014, 12:29:17 PM »
“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Practice, practice, practice...

This is a difficult technique. 
1. Pic one part of the subject.  If it has eyes, the close eye.
2. Use your center focus point, and keep that center focus point on that one eye.
3. Use servo focus and motor drive your butt off.  Seriously, Servo focus will get more and more accurate in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th pic, as the computer can predict the motion.
4. Use wide angle and get close.  This will speed up the back ground relative to the subject.
5. Use fill flash.  This will freeze your subject to a degree.
6. “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Practice, practice, practice...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark-II as an action oriented DSLR
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:50:13 PM »
As a sports shooter I am very interested in this camera.  My current 7D, a back-up to my 1D4 is a 4 year old workhorse with about 250K clicks.

If we had a significant upgrade to the 1DX like 14-15 fps, then I could see 11-12 fps. 

I would love an integrated vertical grip, but can't see that.  It would scare off some people and the profit from an add-on grip has got to be significant. 

There has got to be some unique holy shirt feature.  Maybe 120fps 1080p video or live iPad view/control.

I do the same with a 5DIII and a 5DII before that, never a problem.  I am using OEM Grips.  I think an after market grip would be fine as well, but obviously check it's structural integrity.

If you are using a 70-200 f2.8 or similar large lens with a tripod mount, black rapid should be connected there.   But that's true grip or no.  You just don't want that big lens pulling on the body.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens - Sharpness
« on: June 09, 2014, 12:52:49 AM »
Wow guys thanks for all the useful info! I guess my biggest fear now is buying the lens and then seeing Canon update it within the next year

I think the chances of a unicorn taking the presidency of the united states in the next year is more likely than an upgrade of this lens being announced let alone updated... I dont even recall seeing a patent for an update

Haha! When do you think this lens will be updated?

If they update this lens, it will be $2500+. And there have been no rumors of it. The 70-300 f5.6 IS is probably as close to a replacement for the lens we will see.   If you are worried, buy used.   

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens - Sharpness
« on: June 08, 2014, 02:09:26 AM »
Great lens, my first white lens and my first telephoto.  An unlike so many people above, I still have mine!  ::)

I own a 400mm f2.8 IS , and a 70-200 f2.8 IS II, and both vIII teleconverters.  And I still won't sell my 300mm f4 IS.  Because when I need to pack light it goes with me.  When I can pack heavy, it goes with me.  And I shoot a ton of sports with it.  Football, basketball, horse racing, car racing, bike racing…  I will use the 400 and 70-200 when I can, but the 300 is a lens I can stick in my camera bag when i don't think I'll need telephoto.  It's 33% lighter than the 70-200 II, but I swear it feel like half.  In Basketball games I will se it up high in the stands and shoot with a remote camera. 

It's also a decent macro lens.  For nature when you don't want to get bit, stung, or sprayed by the wee beast, it gives great stand off distance.  No it's not 1:1, but it's a whole lot better than other 300mm lenses.

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This lens performs great with a 1.4X converter.  I had vI, then bought vIII. 

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
« on: June 02, 2014, 01:25:19 AM »
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rant about 5DIII
« on: June 01, 2014, 01:35:26 AM »
Ok, totally my noob mistake.
I should have caught it, no idea why I didn't- excitement and adrenaline, etc. maybe.
I was on low speed continuous- here's why:
Turning my main wheel didn't bring up the high speed continuous. It didn't even now, skipping straight from single shot to the low speed cont., until I went into the Q menu and brought it up. Weird.
At the event I didn't notice the H icon wasn't there, just was puzzled about the slow speed.

Oops :P

Anytime you are coming up on the "once in a lifetime" shot, check your settings, fire a test shot or burst, look at the result..   It's a tough lesson to learn, but our cameras have sooooo many settings, most of which you can't even see.   How many of us have shot in broad daylight at ISO 12000+ because that is the way set up last night?   

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: May 30, 2014, 11:01:32 PM »
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 29, 2014, 10:01:58 PM »
I wish the 1DX could change crop factor like Nikon.

Why?  There are only 3 positives I see to the variable crop factor. 
1. Nikon cameras FF cameras can take crop lenses from Nikon.  But Canon FF can take crop lenses from 3rd pard companies.  Are there really any Canon crop lenses you need to have but can't replace with a Sigma, or Tokina?
2. You save space on the memory card.  With 32,64, and 128GB cards under $100, is this really still an issue?
3. I don't have to crop as much in post.  SO what, a little more work.  What about the photos that are saved because your subject is off center and not cutoff by the frame? 

Not trying to argue here, but I like the crop factor of cameras that cram more pixels into a smaller space when I need more reach fro a telephoto lens.  But an 18MP 1DX photo cropped in software to Canon's 1.6X factor is a 7MP photo.  Same in camera as if it was done in post.  Only difference is in post I can move my 7MP around, or crop less or not at all.

If you are moving from crop to FF, losing a lens or 2 is a bitter pill to swallow, but hey.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:58:26 AM »
I have a 1D IV and love it.  I have used a 1DX briefly, and it is a better camera.  But the real issue is what are you going to hang off the front.  A IV with a 70-200f2.8 IS II, will shoot so much better than an X with a body cap. 

Now what are you shooting?  If mostly daytime sports like me, the IV is the better choice.  Low light weddings etc... iDX, but then a 5DIII or even 6D might be the better choice.

If money is an issue, I'd say buy a IV, especially now when X is still the newest but might get updated anytime. 

Technical Support / Re: Fix for a large CP Filter Stuck on Lens
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:30:08 PM »
Wrap an extension cord around the filter.  Hold both ends together and twist.  Grab the cord ends with pliars if needed.

Technical Support / Re: Lens cleaning and calibration
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:27:43 PM »
Call or email here: http://www.sp-ts.com  They have always done well  for me and will give you an estimate based on your description.  My guess is $100-150 for cleaning.

I had this problem with a 15mm fisheye.  Never found solution.  Older Sigmas are just known for not working correctly with Newer Canon equipment.

If the lens was this way when you bought it, you should take it back there.  But yes, Canon should fix or replace it for free.

Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: May 07, 2014, 06:43:06 PM »
My cheap ebay 13mm extension tube, (no idea why they went with 13) is all metal, at least in the mount and body. 

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