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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:14:51 PM »
jd, a good place to start might be this Book, I've found it exceptionally handy & definitely worth the $30 investment, it's certainly helped me improve my Printing & Monitor set up etc.


On my own Monitor set up I use the X Right i1 Pro, again, I find it worth the investment, currently I use it to set up my Apple 30" Cinema Display & my Sharp K321 4K Monitor.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:56:11 PM »
Marc Adamus (although, I think he may have moved to a D800 as well...and his work tends to be a bit overly saturated for my tastes.)

jrista check this, your half on the money.

Also agree this guys work is amazing.

Finally found a Post on this thread I felt I could respond to, Thanks.

Finally, let's for once all be honest about something. There isn't a nickel's worth of difference between Nikon and Canon anyway.

Completely agree, perhaps a large part of the issue re comments on the worth/worthlessness of Nikon/Canon/Sony/Phase One etc etc on these forums, and this one in particular, is envy, boredom, vicious mindset, the list is long.

Enjoy what you have while you can, stop looking over the fence.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 27, 2014, 07:21:11 PM »
Spider Monkey - shot earlier today.

EF400+1.4x III, f4, ISO250, 1/1000.

Thought I was looking into a Mirror at first, Love the shot, sort of Planet of the Apes look, mean & ready to Kick Butte.

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:05:57 AM »
I sometimes also shoot landscapes or animals.

Love the Chimp shot, well done.

Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:04:08 AM »
Bdunbar you are going to simply Love that Lens, I had both the Mk 1 then the Mk II, both superb lenses, the biggest advantage with the MK II is the weight loss over the MK I.

I did sell my 400MK II and at times I've regretted it, that f/2.8 is just amazingly useful, I now use the 200-400f/4 and although it suits my wildlife well, I've compensate for the loss of the 400f/2.8 II by always having the 300f/2.8 II with me & hope I'm close enough to use it when needed in low light.

Great Lens, reasonably sure you'll have no regrets, have fun look forward to seeing some Images.

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 27, 2014, 05:56:56 AM »
Think about it this way.  You'd be paying thousands more in order to take pictures where less and less stuff is in focus.  Yes, I know that it is a fantastically sharp lens , but let's not kid ourselves about to the real reason most people lust after the lens.  Super thin DOF/background separation.

Umm, what ?????

Yes, that's why I bought my Canon 200f/2, my Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4, my Canon 135f/2, my Zeiss 135 f/2, the stupidly thin DOF, what else ???? Well sharpness included of course, all these Lenses have that in spades.

The 200f/2 is I think just about affordable pain, can you or can't you, if you can, that's the end of the debate, once you have it I can pretty well Guarantee you will never get rid of it, well, at least until Canon release the 200f/2 V II.

It may just be about budget, how much pain are you prepared to endure for the "right" set up, and the "right set up" is somewhat loaded.

If you can afford the 200-400f/4, it's an amazing Lens, I haven't a single regret purchasing mine.

if you can afford it, hook it up to a 1Dx or a 5DMK III, talk to your Wife/Bank Manager if necessary.

Another option might be, 1DMK IV (I have kept mine, love the 1.3 crop), set it to your 70-200f/2.8 & have a 1.4x MK III Extender for the longer shots, yes it's a bit of messing about setting that 1.4x, but a 1DMK IV 2nd hand will be a reasonably cost effective method of getting you reach & quality.

The 70-200 f/2.8 II works very well with the 1DMK IV and the 1.4x Extender, not too badly with the 2x Extender, not great, but not bad, biggest issue with the extenders is loosing the f stop, if you can live with that, your in clover.

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:47:47 PM »
300 f/2.8L IS II is awesome.  Sharpest lens in Canon's line-up and killer bokeh.

Any extender on the 200mm f/2L IS and it falls to pieces.

Well I can agree with the first point, the 300f/2.8 II is an amazingly sharp Lens & it does work well with the 1.4x III Extender, the 2x III Extender not as well, but that's to be expected.

I can't see the 2nd point though, the 200f/2 works just as well with the 1.4x III Extender as the 300 in my experience, perhaps not as well as the 300 with the 2x III Extender.

I've had the 200f/2 for several Years now & used the Lens extensively, my current 300f/2.8 is the Version II, bought after selling the Version 1, both these Lenses are sharp, the V II maybe, maybe a tad sharper, but the benefits here at least to me have been mostly in the weight distribution and the weight loss.

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:27:06 PM »
Again, completely agree with Viggo's comments, I own & use the 85f/1.2, 135f/2, 70-200f/2.8, all excellent lenses, but the 200f/2 is just head & shoulders apart, the sharpness, the Bokeh & the colour rendition are just about perfect. The 70-200f/2.8 II @ 200 ?? lovely, but just not as good as the 200f/2.

If you can get past the price you will not likely regret owning this lens.

The attached is an example of what the lens can do, Japan in Autumn 1Dx 200f/2 @ f/2

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 24, 2014, 08:19:58 PM »
I've had every 70-200 Canon makes and had the 70-200 mk2 when I bought the 200, sold the 70-200 after a week when I promised myself I would keep it six months to be sure, but I have never looked back. There is NO lens like the 200 f2. It's simply insane in every aspect.

I bought mine used, it was hardly touched and only 13 months old and I saved 3238 dollars compared to buying it brand new. so it was actually only 2,5 times more than the 70-200 I already had..

The one lens I will NEVER sell..

Agree with Viggo, the 70-200f/2.8 II is a wonderful and very versatile Lens, the 200f/2 is simply a brilliant Lens.

If your thing is portraits I can't think of much that would do it better, the 200f/2 is a little less versatile than the 70-200f/2.8 II, but there's not much else that Canon make that's sharper then the 200f/2, maybe the 300f/2.8 II, maybe, I have all three, I generally grab the 200f/2 for anything other than wildlife..

I find myself more and more throwing the 200f/2 into the bag rather than the 70-200, unless I'm shooting wildlife, but for a longer Lens street work, Temples, People etc, the 200f/2 is just brilliant & it works so well on the 1Dx or the 5DMK III.

Be aware if you pick up a 2nd hand unit as Viggo has, you will need (unless it's been done) to get it into Canon to have the firmware upgraded for the 1Dx & 5DMK III, it works fine though without the upgrade on the earlier Canon Bodies, 5DMK II, 1DMK IV etc.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 21, 2014, 11:03:17 PM »

Hmmm, sounds like a trip to Svalbard would be more economic  ;)

Look forward to seeing some of your pictures from Japan.

No question, but this is how I get to do the Svalbard/Africa trips   ;)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:25:00 AM »
Enjoy your trip. Japan is something different, no matter what you compare it to. I wish I had the opportunity to do the same.

Stunning eml58 - Can't wait to see your photos from Japan :)

Thanks Eldar, Menace, last time we did Japan in the Winter, Snow monkeys etc, this time it'll be the Autumn Colours, looking forward to it, as long as i can get the wife out of Tokyo & the Shops.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:51:59 AM »
Heading to Japan for 4 weeks next month, preparing myself by looking at Images taken last time in that Totally Beautiful Country.

1Dx & 200f/2, shot @ f/4 (no idea why), 1/200th ISO400

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 15, 2014, 12:59:07 AM »
You might want to do that anyway even if baggage is not a problem, since SAA cabin crew have got to be among the worst out there. They are among the most unfriendly, sour and unhelpful flight attendants I have ever encountered. They all seem to hate their jobs, or more precisely, they like having the job and the travel it brings, but hate the actual doing it part. It could be that most of them are black, whereas most travelers on SAA flights are white, and there is some carry over resentment from the apartheid era where they see catering to the needs of a bunch of white folk as demeaning. In any event the general attitude of their flight attendants is very sullen.

Pretty well my own experience, it's sad, but I agree 100% with both the comment & sentiments expressed.

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