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Lenses / Re: EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM or EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 05, 2013, 08:56:29 PM »
Cool!  I have the 1.4X III and have to say my 400 seems as sharp with it as it does without.

Are you going to use a monopod or tripod?  For sideline sports like football you generally can't use a tripod.  Players could be injured by it.  A monopod is far less dangerous. 

Lenses / Re: EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM or EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 05, 2013, 09:40:44 AM »
I shoot a variety of sports with a 400mm f2.8 IS, and I strongly recommend the 400.  When the 400 is too short, you can crop.  When the 600 is too long, you can't.

Also the 2.8 vs 4 is very helpful especially for night games.

I use both 1.4X and 2X converters, though mostly only with surfing, motorsports etc.   My favorite converter is 1.6X - my 7D. 

I think you couldn't do this roll less justice than to pre-shoot all pictures of it digitally.

I agree.  I honestly think a photowalk through NY city with all the pics taken in the same day would have been more interesting.  Grand Central Station, then Robert Deniro, then India...?

Lenses / Re: Cheap Canon 300mm or 400mm do I Choose?
« on: March 01, 2013, 12:52:04 AM »
The 300 IS f4 is a great lens, and works really nicely with a 1.4X Extender to become a 420mm f5.6. Love mine. 

Lenses / Re: Canon Cine vs. L lens video. Hilarious
« on: February 27, 2013, 05:45:38 PM »
Also I think many DSLR shooters are unaware Canon makes a line of Broadcast Lenses, some of which cost $222K
B&H price: Price:$222,109.95
And there a plenty of other manufacturers of $$$! "cinema lenses"

The Cine Lenses are a compromise between DSLR Lenses, and Pro Video.  And priced for it. 

And last, if it's too much, don't buy it.  Shoot something awesome with a 50mm f1.8 and show the world your skills.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:43:21 PM »
I heard the mark II pinch caps are just around the cover, and have better sharpness and color.

Yes, but the're only f/2...

Do they have IS?????  My lens caps need stabilization.

Tokina has caps that have IS, but Canon though it made the cap too big and heavy.  Sigma also has some new caps but people worry that they won't fit on Canon lenses made a few years from now. 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 25, 2013, 05:12:24 PM »
I heard the mark II pinch caps are just around the corner, and have better sharpness and color.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Finnish wearing on my 5D Mark III
« on: February 25, 2013, 04:29:35 PM »
That looks bad!  But I'd say it also looks like you are rubbing it somehow when carrying it.

I touch up the black on my cameras with a permanent magic marker.  It's not perfect, but it looks bette than the bare scratch.

In your case i might look into some kind of paint.  maybe even a ruberized paint that would be thick and protective.

You might also consider a vet0cile grip, Canon or 3rd party.  That would take the punishment you seem to be giving it.

Lenses / Re: Super Tele Zoom Lens substitute for a spotting scope?
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:40:14 AM »
Spotting scopes can be had for Waaaaaaaaaaaaay less money.  If you had a good tele, or super tele, I'd say pick-up a cheap spotting scope just to avoid wear and tear on your lens.

A quick check of eBay finds them for $50+ I am not saying the $50 one is good, but a spotting scope is something that gets tossed into your rifle kit and beat up on.  I don't think you want to do that with a $$$ lens.

Canon General / Re: What am I doing wrong???
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:20:37 AM »
If you are not shooting AI Servo, try it.  Kids and sports demand fast focus. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Best way to clean dust off focusing screen of 5D3?
« on: February 24, 2013, 01:55:58 AM »
A crazy thought i had is this: Russian 35mm cameras like the Kiev (a whole brand of camera) used the Nikon F mount. Essentially they copied Nikon so well the lenses and bodies were interchangeable. 

I wonder if in some effort to stay compatible with Russian Gear, they chose to go with Nikon.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 2x and 1.4x mk3 extenders
« on: February 22, 2013, 09:11:02 PM »
Cool!  I used to have a 1.4X I, and a 2X II, and they fit together.  When I got V III of both, and they would not fit together, i consoled myself with the theory that this was Canon and me growing up.

And now, I must resist the urge to buy a 12mm extension tube... Must resist!,... already ordered on eBay...

Technical Support / Re: Old Lens Underexposes
« on: February 16, 2013, 10:16:02 AM »
I had a sigma that was over exposing some of the time, almost always by 2 stops.  The problem turned out to be a stuck aperture that would only close down to 5.6.  So if you needed 2.8, you got 2.8, need 5.6, you got it.  need f8? you got 5.6.  need f11, you got 5.6.

Any way new aperture fixed the problem.

And 9 years is not old.

Lenses / Re: UV or clear protection filter?
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:28:31 AM »
I am one of those live free and don't use any filter when you don't need one people. (I protect my lens with a lens cap)  But i think even the UV filter or death people will tell you not to stack 2 filters if you can avoid it.  Light bounces around between the 2 parallel filters and other problems.

Landscape / Re: Need some advice & guidance about night/astrophotography
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:15:39 AM »
You might also consider picking up a cheap film body if you want to capture the light streaks of the stars as they move.  Assuming you have a 2nd lens, a film body or 2 can allow you to set-up and shoot multiple photos at the same time.  Esspecially handy when some of those photos have 1+ hour wait times.

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