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Lenses / Re: 300mm f/2.8 L IS II - what do you use it for?
« on: July 30, 2014, 08:53:22 AM »

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:02:49 PM »
Matter for you but it sounds like a lot of gear to me. Having three bodies might allow you to cover more possibilities but handling them all in the car/jeep/landrover on safari is another matter. Depends how many people you will have with you and the type of vehicle but I found two bodies with lenses quite a handful.
Also, regardless of weight you may be pushing your luck with three carry on bags. Virtually all airlines have a limit of two. I wore a vest and had no problems (apart from comfort when it was full of lenses).
Hope it goes well.

Lenses / Re: Safari 300 2.8 Mkii or 200-400 1.4x
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:27:29 AM »
I did a safari to Botswana and Zambia last year and it is an unforgettable experience. I had two bodies and a 70-200ii and 400 f/5.6. I have since bought the 300 f/2.8ii and think it is an amazing lense. I would personally think the 70-200 and 300 + 1.4/2.0 ext combo would work fine but if you have the money to get the 200-400 then go for it. Contrary to what some have said, I found f/2.8 sometimes was the difference between getting the shot and not, particularly where leopard sightings were concerned as it was invariably low light. Even though 300 is short it is such a sharp lense that cropping on either of your bodies won't be a problem.
Enjoy Francois.

Abstract / Re: best missed shots
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:13:14 AM »
Finally a thread topic I can excel at.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 10, 2014, 03:05:49 AM »
There is a brand new lens under the cover. It is a super L IS UM f/2.8-800 mm lens. A famous Dutch cycle press agency is testing this canon from Canon. On sale after Photokina 2014 Köln Germany, price about € 35.000.
Composition would be a challenge unless they're shooting from the top row of the grandstand.

Site Information / Re: 1dx users now 300L IS II?
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:20:27 AM »
Neuro is still ranked as CR Geek.
The ranking is related to the pricing of products. So next after 1DX is 300mm f/2.8.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 07:06:00 AM »

I think you really want a 1D-x....but for 7D money, good luck with that!
You think so? If the 7Dii doesn't give lower noise at up to 1600 they may as well not bother.

With that complete list, yes it's a 1D-x requirement. But if you take a single spec in it's not too much to ask. But I really can't see a 7DII having a faster frame rate than 8pfs....happt to be proved wrong though.
You should re-read my original post. I didn't compile a list of specs. I just said I wanted slightly more reach, a faster frame rate than my 5D and low noise at up to 1600 iso. That doesn't come close to being a cheap 1DX. Of course, if I had the money for a 1DX I'd probably buy one, but ….

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 04:59:50 AM »

I think you really want a 1D-x....but for 7D money, good luck with that!
You think so? If the 7Dii doesn't give lower noise at up to 1600 they may as well not bother.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 03:27:31 AM »

Besides that, I'd want better movement-tracking AF (at least 5Dmk3 level, preferably better) and speed (I could live with 8 fps, but I'd want a big buffer - that's my only real gripe with the 5Dmk3 as compared to the 7D).

Yeah, I forgot to mention the buffer gripes me too.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 03:24:06 AM »
I want a faster frame rate and a little more reach for field sports and wildlife. If the light goes down I'll use my 5Diii. I wouldn't use a 7Dii above 1600 iso with my 300 f/2.8 anyway so if it can give me low noise images at that iso I'll be buying next year after the reviews are out. I'm assuming sensor and AF wise it will be a significant upgrade on the current 7d. After 5 years it should be.

Definitely Retina for photography. I bought the 15" MBP for the bigger screen and separate graphics card. If you have in mind linking to a 4k monitor down the track it might be worth considering.

I know the feeling, but unless you will be getting a commercial/financial return from the investment, it does not make sense.

And why is that?  Some people, like myself, enjoy photography as a hobby, not for a commercial endeavor.  I have roughly $17k in gear now and I'm looking to add a $10k+ lens next year.  I know hobby fisherman that have $25-30k in boats or weekend motorcyclists that have $20k in a custom Harley's.  Photography as a hobby is no different.

I have too.

There is a big jump in price, the 400 Do would be perfect if its image quality was better than the 100-400mm for its weight and size.

Im guessing the 500mm F4 II is the most popular for birding? being longer than 400 and nearly a KG less? and more than F2.8 is needed for wildlife for decent DOF?

Ive been doing the same and with the high ISO capabilities of the 5DMKIII justifying at the cheapest £6000 more than the 400 F5.6 when its IQ is stellar and comparable to the other big whites although a few stop slower, no IS and its weight is 1/3 any of the big whites. IS isn't necessary when shooting at such high shutter speeds but its nice to steady the viewfinder!!

If only they made one with IS…. It would be perfect.

I went to the Farne islands this weekend and there were plenty of guys with the big whites but they were laden with massive tripods with gimbal heads and looked nakard! Just seems a pain in the ass to shoot with, difficult to track as the closer the birds came overhead you and the camera body need to go really low almost crouching on the ground while attached to a tripod and your just not free when using  tripod.

After having my 40D and battery grip with 24-105mm and 5DMKIII with 70-200mm II and 2x extender strapped to my shoulders and my bag on all day with 8 hours of shooting my arms were tired. Im 26 and a pretty fit strong guy so I hate to think what they were like carrying the big lenses and tripod all day.

Another issue I saw was where we were was very close to the cliffs and about a foot over the fence was a huge drop. The cliffs weren't particularly flat obviously and the guys were having trouble getting the tripods stable enough to shoot, then when the light changed and they needed to move position it was like a mass migration, there was me just laughing away to myself.

Also while on the boat the lenses were too big for them to quickly get the lens set up and shoot where as the guys with the 100-400, 70-200mm with extenders, 70-300mm, 400 and 300mm primes managed to get up and shooting really quickly, so there are pretty big positives to being mobile.

Another question is how come they can make a really nice compact 300mm F4 IS and not a 400mm F4 IS that isn't DO, I suppose the reason is it would be smaller cheaper lighter and make the 2.8s less attractive?

Obviously I would love one, a 300 F2.8 400 F2.8 or a 500 F4 who wouldn't but there has to be some kind of balance between weight, usability, size and price. Which keeps bringing me back round to the 400 F5.6…

I think the 200-400mm would be my perfect lens is the best of both worlds but its still 3620g and massive!

It makes me wonder even more when I was shooting with the 70-200mm F2.8 II with just a MKII 2x extender and the IQ I've been very surprised with, I wasn't expecting brilliant results but they really are pretty good… The AF did hunt a little but was still pretty impressive with the 5DMKIII.

This is a 100% crop from that combo.

Puffin, Farne Islands, Seahouses by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

5DMKIII 70-200mm F2.8 IS II 2x extender MKII, F7.1, 1/2000, ISO 640

Obviously I don't really have any experience with the big whites so these are just observations of one trip. So any thoughts are most welcome :)
The sharpness of that shot is very impressive - better than I can get from the 70-200 with 2x extender.
I was also very happy with the IQ of my 400 5.6 but I sold it a month ago and replaced it with a 300 2.8ii, my first big white. I personally think the 300 is a huge upgrade in IQ and obviously speed and for me, even as an amateur, worth the 'investment'. Shot it at a football match on Saturday for the first time and mostly wide open and was staggered at the results. Almost makes me look like I know what I'm doing. Can't wait to try it with the extenders. The step up from 300 is a stride too far for me though and I'll rest here (for now).

Lenses / Re: 300 2.8 IS Mk1 v Mk2
« on: June 23, 2014, 10:20:16 PM »
You might want to look at this new thread of photos with the 300 and the 2x started by one of our CR regulars....
Thanks for the heads up.

Lenses / Re: 300 2.8 IS Mk1 v Mk2
« on: June 23, 2014, 08:41:21 PM »
Just pulled the trigger. My 300 f/2.8ii will hopefully arrive this Friday. Very excited as it's my first super-tele. Will post my impressions of it with the 2xiii if that is any help.

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