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Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: Today at 11:47:53 AM »
Yeah.  It is big but:
-Even cropped it blows the 100-400 out of the water in most cases,
-With a TC it still exceeds the IQ of my 100-400,
-You really can hand-hold it.

I know I  won't use it every day, but then again, I did not pay the present MAP for it either  ::) .

Thinking of selling a nice 100-400, BTW.

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I have the 7 (which is my most commonly used bag) and the camera and lenses should be a no brainer.  I've put an Ipad2 in the back compartment.  I don't know how much bigger the Macbook would be.  I'd suspect it would be a bit of a squeeze.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advise Please
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:55:56 AM »
Try to go to a store where you can pick each camera up and hold it / use it.  There are many happy users of each system out there.  You can learn to use either menu system so ultimately buy whichever "feels better" in your hands.  And, despite opinions, either will offer lenses that fit your needs.  Then practice, practice, practice....

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Software & Accessories / Re: Chuck a 5dmk iii in a rucksack
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:44:16 PM »
My wife loves her neoprene pouch on her NEX-7.  I think it was Op/Tech.  They do make a size that should be big enough for you camera. 

This does provide some protection, if that's what you want.  If you are looking for something more substantial, I'd consider a ThinkTank Holster, which could be a "stand alone" solution but could also be tossed into the rucksack (although it takes up more room).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Back Button Focussing and AF Points
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:41:36 PM »

Quick question: Using BBF, is the camera's AF performance still relevant? Number of AF points etc?

You can still choose zones and focus points on the fly it just separates the focusing form the shutter button.

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Canon General / Re: Helen Oster
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:40:02 PM »
To at least 21 more times to be 21 again!

Thanks for all you do for us.  Don't take this the wrong way but I've not needed your assistance to date and hope I never do!  But I am really glad you are there and appreciate what you've done for so many.

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Photography Technique / Re: technique for hand held larger lens
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:31:49 PM »
Nah.  He's using his tongue to hold the lens, as well!   ::) ;)

Funny thing, but fooling around with the 300 f/2.8 + TC2xiii, I get worse results with the monopod on than with hand holding.  I think it has to do with where I hold (elbows tucked, left hand under lens, etc) with the added effect of the monopod creating and additional rotation point for the lens.  I think I need to spend some quality time practicing with the monopod to get that right.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Back Button Focussing and AF Points
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:11:28 PM »
I'm "hooked" on BBF.  Not better or worse, just what now works for me.  I recently got more aggressive using differing focus points, as well (had been center focus then recompose) and really appreciate the versatility this brings to the 5diii.  Still training my fingers to find the button I want when I want it, but it is getting to be second nature.

And, I've gotten used to switching to the green square when I hand off the camera for someone to take a shot of us.  Yeah, DOF not always ideal but the camera does a pretty good job of setting it up and exposing.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:33:07 PM »
Very nice

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:53:52 PM »
Thx.  I always expose a little "to the right" then bring it back in post.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:48:49 PM »
Thanks to all for posting some truly spectacular photos on this thread.  I rented the 300 f/2.8 in November and now recently purchased one (through the "group buy" deal last month.  I've not had time to fully try it out yet, but here are a couple of OOC jpegs from a trip to Bosque Del Apache in November using the 300 + 2xiii combo.   These are only cropped to fit here.  I STILL have not gotten to post processing on any of my shots from that trip.  These are hand held. 

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Canon General / Re: Should Canon expand the file Seq #
« on: April 13, 2014, 11:34:12 AM »
Since getting the 5diii, I've been able to "customize" names (ie/ pictures from India became IND_xxxx) but this still has some limitations.  A file name that routinely embeds the time and date would be nicer so I could just get that info from the title without opening up the file for more EXIF details.

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Lenses / Re: Kitlenses - 50D
« on: April 12, 2014, 10:37:56 PM »
Don't know what you are lookig for in terms of your photographic styles and needs, but when I had a 50d, the 15-85 was my mainstay.  That and a 10-22 and a 70-200 would suffice for almost everything you need in terms of focal lengths.  Beyond that, it depends on what you are wanting (ie. do you concentrate on landscape, portraits, wildlife, etc.)

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:45:04 PM »
Nice review.  Thanks.

Lots of info in this thead that has got me thinking.

First, the 40mm Pancake.  I also have a difficult time figuring out where it fits into my regime.  Frankly, I do like using it on the M with the adapter and almost never put it on the DSLR.  But, as others pointed out, the price was very right when this lens came out and it does fit into my pocket.

What's really got me thinking is using the M in conjunction with the DSLR.  I am not accustomed to carrying more than one camera body on my adventures but the discussions, here, were like an epiphany for me.  I can carry my 5Diii with my usual 2 or three lenses and then also bring the M with an appropriate lens to expand my opportunities while out and about.  That's another reason why I look about on CR.....to get new ideas and to learn.

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Photography Technique / Re: What if we were still shooting slide film?
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:16:58 AM »
I've been guilty from time to time of taking a less than stellar shot thinking I'll fix it later in post (which never turns out to be such a wonderful image anyway).  I'd never do this with film because working in the darkroom to get the guy out of the background is much more difficult than using the clone stamp in PS.  Certainly not all of my film exposures were keepers, but I think I was more careful and more selective.

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