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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.

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 14, 2014, 07:27:53 PM »
Although I empathise with "analogphoto" & his position, travelling around Africa on airlines with Camera Bags is a bit Par for the Course, it's not an unusual situation, as pointed out in an earlier post, most "Tourists" go there for the Wildlife & Photography generally goes with that pursuit.

Insurance is a total must, your just risking everything by taking the chance that you will be allowed to comply with the carry on regulations, and that's just simply not the case with SAA, I have been on numerous flights where the Cabin Staff standby at the Door while boarding (or in the waiting room) & simply designate what carry on gear will be tagged & taken to the hold, and call me a cynic if you like (been called much worse), but the Cage full of chickens never gets tagged, the Bag full of Papayas never gets tagged, the Huge Box full of Donuts never gets tagged, it's always the large Camera Bags & the Hard Cases that are likely to have valuable items as carry on, this is what gets tagged and the Cabin Staff generally don't care if your flying Business Class or Economy, wether you are complying and under the regulation weight or not, it's basically a lottery.

Having the Camera style waist coat with a couple large pockets is just good sense in the event you are forced to remove some of the more valuable items for safety, and if your sitting next to "analogphoto" and a long pointy object extending from your clothing pokes him in the ribs (we will assume this is a 70-200f/2.8   ::)) a nicely worded apology and explanation should suffice, it seems to with most reasonable minded people.

In any case, enjoy your trip & take loads of wonderful Images, but while in Africa try to keep in mind a comment made to me by a South African friend that won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2013, "In Africa, Crime does Pay".

Arranging an extra seat as has been mentioned is a good policy, I always do this for the flights between the airport & the Camps as the smaller Cesna type flights are quite restrictive on Bag weight, generally 18-22Kilos all in, so an extra seat is almost a must in my case, but, the major airlines flying main airport to main airport, generally don't allow you to buy an extra seat in your name, SAA are one of these airlines, you might consider Flying Business Class if it's an option as you get an extra few Kilos of Carry on allowance.

Try to keep within the Regulation carry on requirements for your Class of Seat
Steer clear if possible regards Hard Case Carry Ons (I don't mean "analogphoto")
Get yourself a good large pocket Camera Vest, just in case
Prepare yourself to be calm & smile a lot, may not help but will make you feel better
Absolutely have Full Insurance Cover on your Equipment
Prepare for the worst hope for the best

Always remember, Crime does Pay in Africa, but with suitable precautions it's a remarkably Beautiful place.

Site Information / Re: Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:27:11 PM »
..... As an aside, am I the only one to see threads with pages which wouldn't load?  I had a look at the "we the photographers" thread and about half the pages only came up blank - no content but no 404 either.......
I found the same on the Cars cars cars (and some bikes) thread.
I tried to back up one page to 15, got a white page. Tried clicking through from page one, got as far as page 10, can't see anything between 11 and 15.

Thought this was an issue with my Computer, so I'm finding the same issue as others, Blank Pages across most of the threads I've looked at.

The issue with the Images being left in the "reply" can be solved by someone putting together a small advice page on how to delete the Images from your reply, it's not exactly difficult, most people do this, some don't, perhaps because they are simply not aware you can, delete any part/parts of the Post you are replying to.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A77II
« on: August 10, 2014, 09:17:32 PM »
So, I'm sorry, but the reviewer in this video is full of crap when he says this kind of AF system has never been done before. MASSIVE LOAD OF BULL SH*T!!

Totally Agree, it's been done.

But jrista, you need to stop holding back, just say what you really mean  :D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:13:36 PM »
There's a separate thread now started by jrista re this size issue.

Must admit initially I wasn't so keen, but now I've sort of become used to it, when you click on the image to get a larger separate page it's sort of a Pain but you do get to see the Images you want to see in a larger form.

In essence I guess it's not much different to 500px etc, you click a thumbnail & view the Image full size.

Progress of a form.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:08:03 PM »
To shoot these little buggers is a rather stressful activity. Whenever you have them in focus, they fly off to somewhere else ...

Sounds like My Boys.

But love the Image, almost Disneyesque, Spell check tells me that's either not a word, or I've spelt it wrong.

A different take on the Surf shots Lemmy, but lovely just the same.

Landscape / Re: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
« on: August 06, 2014, 06:48:33 PM »
Been a while but finally got some time. Here are a few. The Grand Prismatic, The Tetons and in the Yellowstone park.Thanks,

Ray5, That first Image is a stunner, Love this place, trying to get back there this Winter, never been able to do Yellowstone in Winter.

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