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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/2.8 IS
« on: December 02, 2012, 11:50:12 PM »
Am I the last one on the planet using this lens?

IMG_7125 by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Technical Support / Re: Canon 6D won't turn on.
« on: December 02, 2012, 09:36:41 PM »
It sucks, but it sounds like you have a bad camera.  Keep the packing and everything else, and return it tomorrow. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC Information
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:53:40 PM »
This lens has my name written on it. Am going to get it for sure.
Am tired of paying excess baggage every time I travel to Africa. Every time I board a small airplane...

Will sell both my 300 2.8 and 600 f4 (both version 1) and replace it with this. No more sensor dust, excess baggage etc.

I have lost shots earlier because my subjects came too close. Now I wont.

And on the long end 540mm f5.6 and 600mm f4 is not that different for me. If one day I start making money with my tele shots I will buy the 800...


A friend of mine is a pro wildlife shooter :), and sadly a Nikon user :(.  He loves the 200-400, and travels the world with one. 

Lenses / Re: Best Value "Normal" Lens for 6d?
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:44:16 PM »
I agree with eh 24-105.  It is a great walk around lens.  It's "kit" price is usually $800, and i sold my 3 year old well worn copy of this lens for $800 when I sold my 5DII and bought a III (as kit with a new 24-105)

Although "normal" in FF is considered 50mm only by some, that always seemed silly to me.  Why would "telephoto" and "wide" cover a huge range, and "normal" is only a single focal length?  I'd say 35 to 80mm is normal. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC Information
« on: December 01, 2012, 06:34:26 PM »
The instant 1.4 teleconverter is a great idea. Switching in a teleconverter on big glass is a great time to have 3-4 hands.  When I'm shooting surfers, I dread the swap, always worried a teleconverter or worse yet camera body with no lens is going into the sand. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Just ordered a 6D...
« on: December 01, 2012, 01:26:47 PM »
Would like to know how well the GPS and WiFi work. I'd love these on my 5D III.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Alternative (to weddings) revenue stream
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:40:51 PM »
I like the idea, but what about trying this out with some races that don't have 23,000 runners.  Why not find smaller races, get in contact with the race officials and become the official photographer, or if not "the" official photographer, than "an" official photographer.  Seems like you could give them (the race) photos in exchange for the being able to take the pics and show your website name.  See if you can get your website into the package given to runners. 

I photographed a skateboard marathon a year or so ago, and the skaters came to me asking for photos.  Now, it was a 1 mile course that they went around 26 times, so they had lots of chances to see me.

Lenses / Re: C EF 600/4 IS USM I
« on: November 30, 2012, 07:13:03 AM »
I have a 400mm f2.8 IS I and the weight is very similar.  All i can say is it's going to depend on your physical size and strength, and really your motivation to carry the thing.  i don't think the weight saving for the vIIs of the new super teles justify their prices (but other qualities may).

Honestly transport of the lens is the biggest issue for me.  One you are onsite and shooting you forget about the weight.  Getting on an airplane and traveling around the world with it plus other gear as hand luggage is another story.  Like I said, you must be motivated.

Lenses / Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:05:15 PM »
2nd on that.  The apparent 1.6X crop of the crop bodies is not a free extender.  FF pixels are in general better quality pixels, and when you crop the FF to the crop sensor size, the photos compare quite well.

That said, a crop body can make a great 2nd body, a back-up to a new FF.  For hose upgrading, I think it is worth holding onto your crop body, vs an eBay sale.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where to get photography training?
« on: November 26, 2012, 07:24:30 PM »
The camera club is what I was going to suggest.  (I prefer to call it a photography club as ther are people who just collect cameras) is a great place to find a camera club.  I found my first that way, and after i moved and could not find one, started my own.  Now we have 215 members.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MARK III with 50 mm f/1.2 performence
« on: November 20, 2012, 09:51:52 AM »
If you get one of the f1.2s, you have to go and buy a Rebel, so you can take photos of your lens and make it seem even bigger than it is.  Same reason men trim their pub..  public facing home lawns, yea thats what I meant to say.
It's a great lens.  If you can afford it, buy it.  Renting is also a good idea, just to get that monkey off your back.  I've had the 85mm f1.2, and sold it preferring my 50mm f1.4 Sigma, and the extra money in my pocket.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mark III or 7D and 5D mark II
« on: November 20, 2012, 09:41:37 AM »
I am a big fan of the 5D II + 7D combo, I shot with that for a little over 2 years.  But I am going to have to recommend 5DIII on this one.  It is  a great all around camera. 

While the 7Ds crop factor might make lenses feel longer, I don't think you'll be getting more detail than if you shot the 5DIII and cropped.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« on: November 20, 2012, 12:45:15 AM »
It would be nice if some 3rd Party would make a one piece heavy duty Lens cap for it.  Like the factory cap on the 17mm Tilt.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Shooting in B/W
« on: November 19, 2012, 05:17:43 PM »
Unless you have no way to convert it in post, no it is not worth doing directly.  Shooting in color gives you options when you convert to black and white. 

Lenses / Re: Best Lens for photographing children
« on: November 18, 2012, 09:30:56 PM »
From day care to 2nd grade my favorite FF kids lens has been my 24-105mm zoom. Wide enough to get the whole class at Halloween, but still get in tight on my little monster. IS helps indoors.  Of course the 70-200mm is important for sports, school play etc, but when mixing it up, I need the versatility of the zoom. 

I had an 85mm f1.2 for a while, and I don't think I ever got 1 sharp photo of a child.  The kids just move too fast.

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