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Lenses / Re: Canon 17-40mm & ND filter
« on: January 16, 2014, 03:19:40 PM »
I was wondering if anyone out there is using a Canon 17-40mm lens with a high (i.e. 10 stop) ND filter. I'm thinking of building a small set of 82mm ND filters (separate, not variable - probably a 4 and a 10 stop to start with) along with step rings so I can use it on all my glass.

I guess the question is two-fold:
Is anyone using strong ND filters with this lens and do you see any vignetting on the 17mm end?
Any ramifications to using an 82mm ND filter and step ring to put it on the 77mm thread of the 17-40 lens?

TIA for any info.

FWIW this lens has a rear 'gel' filter holder so you can use tiny gel filters that cause no vignetting at all :)

Never tried it though myself  :o ;D

Had to get up and look at my 17-40 f/4L and can't find where the gel filter goes. Nothing like my 500 has for filters.

Lenses / Re: 7D user - advice on my best option for a 'go to' lens?
« on: January 16, 2014, 03:05:52 PM »
From what you say I'd think the 17-55 f/2.8 would be the way to go. It will give you more quality than your present kit lens and the f/2.8 will also be nice. It is a quality lens. My "all around lens" on my 7D is the 15-85 which works out to a 24-136 on a FF but then I shoot outdoors and want the wider view. Wanted the 50 f/1.4 but don't do any available light work so decided to save the money.

I don't think the 24-105 f/4L would give you as much for your type work. If you are thinking that you would have the FF lens if you went FF in three or four years you may find that the 5D IV, or whatever it is, comes with a new kit lens that is better than the present 24-105 at a very good price.

I've had a 24-105 for almost two years (kit with the 5D3) and have never had it in my 7Ds. They get the 15-85, the 70-200 f/4L IS and beyond. I don't think they have gotten the 10-22 either since I now use the 17-40 on the 5D3 (landscapes). Good luck with your decision.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 11, 2013, 12:24:51 PM »
Photography Bay said
 "The 5D X  (or whatever the camera would be called) would likely see a marginal kick in specs as compared to the jump in performance we saw from the 5D Mark II to the 5D Mark III."

So if you are looking for a real improvement over the 5D3 I would say to wait for the 5D5/5D X Mark II. There will always be something better down the line.  ;D

BTW, I am VERY pleased with my 5D3 for still images (no interest in video).

Technical Support / Re: New 5D3 won't download images
« on: September 16, 2013, 03:33:15 PM »
I would want it fixed too. But curious why you had to send the camera and 70-200 f/2.8L II in for calibration? Didn't the AF microadjust work? I would be more upset over that.

I'd wait a few months if I was you for Nik.  ;)

Is there a rumor about an upgrade to Nik or a firesale as Google dumps it? Is the 15% discount still available?

I was going to add the Nik Suite to Lightroom. A friend uses Nik with Photoshop and his experience and advice is helpful to me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: If you plan to upgrade your camera, read
« on: September 07, 2013, 08:07:57 PM »
I suggest that you upgrade only to a larger sensor body.
It is just a waste of money to buy another camera having the same size sensor IMO.

Does that mean I should wait for the rumored medium format Canon? I already own a 5D3.

I love my 7Ds but if I were you I would go for the 6D and consider the 24-105L kit lens for it.

Or save for another 5D3. I smile every time I review my images from it.

Lenses / Re: Long telephoto prime lens for landscapes?
« on: September 05, 2013, 12:56:14 PM »
Once I bought my 5D3, my 70-200 f/4L IS moved from the Birding group to the new Landscape group. It does nice work there. It still visits the birders on occasion.

Lenses / Re: How to carry 5DMKIII with 70-200/2.8ISMKII
« on: September 05, 2013, 12:36:02 PM »
I regularly carry my 5d3 and 70200 2.8 ii on a black rapid strap (both the double and the spot version) with absolutely no problems or worrys.

I usually keep it attached to the tripod mount just so that it is more evenly balanced

ditto, I carry the 100-400L with the 5D3 (similar in size to your combo) with the RS-7 and jave absolutely no issues or worries. I leave it on the tripod mount at all times. Its just so much more comfortable with a 5+ lb setup on your shoulder as opposed to your neck like the canon strap.

+1 for the Black Rapid RS-7 and 100-400. It hangs by my hip right at my right hand and is evenly balanced.

Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:47:40 AM »
If it's a BIG lens, the 800 II.
If it's the expected sales, the 100-400 II.

If it's not white it's not a Big Lens announcement.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Save $50 on Adobe Lightroom 5 at B&H
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:25:26 AM »
OOS for me too  :(

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 versus Photoshop Elements 11
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:38:16 AM »
Thank you all very much for your replies. I think I am going to try a free trial of Lightroom 5 (along with some instruction via youtube or another website, such as some of those suggested above).

@ajperk - While you are looking on youtube, find the Tim Grey talk he did at B&H titled "Getting Started with Lightroom 5." It's an hour 55 minutes long and he goes into setting up your folders & files to make Lr's filing system very easy to use. Worth watching.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 versus Photoshop Elements 11
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:15:51 AM »
Since the OP does not have either Lr or PSE I would start by getting the new Lightroom 5 and then if you find that the additional editing ability of PSE is needed get PSE 12 as it should be out by then. Most people find that Lr5 works for 95% of their images.

I just took the Ed2go Lr 4 course (Lr5 was not released yet) and found it worth the money. It gave me a good overview of Lr. The instructor there thought that the Lr cataloging was better than PSE 11 cataloging and a better place to start as you could do corrections to groups of similar images and then "fine tune" the ones that needed it.

Software & Accessories / Re: How Long Does Your CF Cards Last...
« on: July 31, 2013, 01:40:22 PM »
I keep some of my old 4 GB and smaller cards in the car. I have read about folks leaving the card in the card reader by the computer and going out without one. Decided that was not going to happen to me.
Was on a workshop when the pro ran out of space on his card. Loaned him one of mine.

Software & Accessories / Re: Sidekick or Full Wimberly
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:16:49 PM »
I don't have experience with the equipment to answer your question. But I am very happy with the full version II for my 500 f/4L IS. Your setup is quite a bit lighter so it may work on a sidekick  :-\

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