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I say 1 point 4, and encourage others to do so.  I think a related question is of you call f1.4 a big or a small aperture.  I call it big (The aperture inside is adjusted to make a BIG hole) f22 is small.  Some people say 1.4 is small because the number itself is small. ???  This drives me nuts.

Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 14, 2012, 07:17:05 PM »
I really prefer to not use a head when I use my 400mm 2.8 IS MK I on a monopod.  The head is just a wobble point and a little more weight.  You twist the camera to vertical in the  tripod collar.

IS is awesome on this lens, and if you think you don't need it because you'll be on a tripod, you are wrong.  Lenses of this size and focal length wobble on the heaviest and most expensive tripod.  If your shooting in bright daylight at 4000 sec, no you don't need it, but I shoot night sports and trust me IS makes a big difference.

EOS Bodies / Re: Joystick issue 5d mk iii
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:33:50 AM »
Mine popped off, but I did not loose it. I was able to put it back, but the rubber weather seal is not in the right place, and of course it could pop off again.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Nikon 500mm f/8 Reflex
« on: July 03, 2012, 07:05:24 PM »
With my 400mm f2.8 I use a ballhead and Wimberly sidekick.  I really like this setup because it so quickly converts from a full gimbal head to a ball head for shooting with shorter lenses.

Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 02, 2012, 07:08:34 PM »
CPS will fix it for a number of years after it goes out of production, though i don't know how many years that is.  And of course other shops will fix it long after that if they can find parts.

Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 02, 2012, 12:33:34 AM »
One thing that you may want to check into is the compatibility of the 400 f2.8 MkI and the 2x MkIII converter. Unless I am reading the 2x MkIII manual ( wrong, it says "Using an Extender with this lens may result in incorrect autofocus." The 2x MkII manual ( contains no such warning.


You are absolutely correct in the information you posted.  Thanks.

I have The Mark I IS lens and extender III (1.4X and 2X).  They work great together.

Note, there was a Mark I and Mark II version of this lens before the IS versions.  I assume your talking about the mark I IS lens because you said 5 years old...  Also, The "Mark I" is only called that because the mark II is called/labeled a Mark II.  The Mark I does not say Mark I on it. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 30, 2012, 09:54:33 PM »

IMG_3192 by TexPhoto, on Flickr

IMG_4038 by TexPhoto, on Flickr

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Nikon 500mm f/8 Reflex
« on: June 28, 2012, 10:21:17 PM »
Every now and then i am tempted to buy a 600mm Sigma f8. 

Thanks for your reply. As I mentioned previously, I am not looking to sell to the US, as I will be travelling to the UK for work, but most importantly from my research I discovered that they are much more expensive than in the US. I believe new they are around £ 3,600 or US$ 5,600 and nobody - or very few - have stock.

He's an idea: Buy 1 and.... take photos with it.

That's very clever, well done. Here's a sweet.

And thanks for your reply to me. 

$5000 in the U.S + 17.5% Vat = $5875, so at $5600, they are cheaper in the UK, unless you are evading taxes.  And that's what your asking here correct?  How to illegally avoid the taxes that will kill your profits?  You could hand carry two, and mail the boxes to yourself.  No VAT on empty boxes as far as I know.

I just bought a nice low shutter count (6500) 1D Mark IV for $3200.  I think you might have trouble selling for more than $4000.  B&H is selling them for $5000, but you are not B&H.  You might do better than $4000, but enough to justify the effort/risk?  What is the $ value of your time?

He's an idea: Buy 1 and.... take photos with it.

Looks nice and I am thinking of getting one to replace my iMac 27.  I'd add a cinema display.

What bugs me is why this can't have the same G3/4 internet service as the iPads have.  This would make a laptop so much more useful.  Of course you can add an iPhone and various USB dongles, but that is not the solution I am looking for.

Lenses / Re: Recommendations for a fast sub-28mm lens for ~$1k?
« on: June 12, 2012, 08:16:39 AM »

Lenses / Re: What to look for when buying a used lens in person...?
« on: June 10, 2012, 12:28:25 AM »
1. Visual inspection.
2. Shoot with it on your camera.  make sure it auto focuses,, exposures are correct etc.   Consistantly.
3. Shoot something flat that has detail, like a brick wall.  Examine at 100% for sharpness, check center, and all 4 corners. 
4. As with any purchase online or off, know the going rate.  Don't spend $500 on a $700 retail used lens only to find them new for $480, or used for $350.  eBay completed auctions is a good place to check.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/2.8 IS
« on: June 09, 2012, 12:51:30 AM »
#14 Welder's Glass.  In my eye protection...

1/2000, f16, A-priority -3 Exposure compensation.   ND Filter?  That's for artsy waterfalls and guys who don't own welder's goggles. 

1 D Mark IV, 400mm f2.8IS, 2X Extender III, Tripod + Ball Head + Wimberly side kick.  And 25th floor apartment balcony for slighter higher vantage point.

Landscape / Re: Venus transit
« on: June 05, 2012, 11:23:35 PM »
I had about 5 minutes as it started, then lost it for 1/2 hour behind clouds. Then it popped out again for 5 minutes an I go these.

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

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