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Had and sold the 50 1.8 (that should say something).  Then got the 50 1.4 which is now gathering dust since I got the 40.  Any issues with low light or IQ just don't matter when I can slip the 40 into my pocket and take with me no matter what body or other lenses I m using.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Review
« on: January 17, 2015, 01:43:40 PM »
Seems like they are finally getting the DO technology right.  I do know some folks who get excellent stuff from the Mk 1 but the lighting needs to be just right.  But, my 300 f/2.8 ii with a 1.4 is my option for this focal length (weighs a bit more but already spent that $ so won't be spending more).

Given the weight savings, do want to see a 500 / 600 / 800 DO down the road.

FWIW, I've traveled many times with the LOKA (even internationally) and never had an issue (yet) with carrying it on.  It does fit into the overhead on all but the smallest commuter planes and then it does fit under the seat in front (sit in the window seat so they won't be as strict if it protrudes a bit in front of you). 

Otherwise, I'll put my most important gear in my Retrospective and then put that into my carry-on duffel so I can include my kindle, earbuds, travel paperwork and other items along with it.  Then, I'll put my remaining camera gear (a lens or two, maybe a TC, etc. in a soft towel or clothing and put it into my carry-on luggage.  In a worst case (pardon the pun) scenario, if needed, I can take the Retrospective out of the duffel to carry as one bag, take the remaining gear from the carry-on luggage out and put it into the duffel, and check the carry-on luggage with no camera gear inside. That way, no baggage handler gets the opportunity to break something.  I've had to do this a couple of times and that was on small turboprop airplanes.   

The unfortunate bottom line is that sometimes you need to be very critical when deciding what to bring.  No offense intended to anybody (and certainly I am often guilty of carrying too much camera gear), but some folks take awfully wonderful shots with a fixed lens Rangefinder or a very minimalist kit.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:48:56 PM »
FWIW they closed the Sony stores in my area a while back. 

Between myself and my family, we have many Sony Vaio laptops (I am on my second) and despite the price being a bit more than some of the competition, I always thought the product was well worth it.  I was disappointed when they got out of the computer business. 

Now my wife and my kids have 3 different NEX cameras and a RX-100 between them.  Sony also manufactures sensors for other camera makers.  I sure hope they aren't going anywhere.

EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 09, 2015, 05:48:00 PM »
@ East Wind ( and others):

Does Magic Lantern with its focus system improve the AF time and/or the lag time?

@ Distant.star:

I've been looking at the Fuji X system and wondering if that would be a "better" system for me even though I'd need a set of lenses with the X-mount?

@ Cory:

You might want to look at the Joby Gorilla-pod series for light and small that could go nicely with a small mirrorless setup.  I've used the SLR-Zoom with the Ballhead-x to support my 5Diii and a 70-200 f/4 and that is much smaller and lighter than my Redged  tripod.  So an even smaller Gorilla-pod should work for you.


Appreciate your comments sofar.....

EOS-M / Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 09, 2015, 10:51:22 AM »
Tried to be a bit provocative in my title but I am looking for opinions.  I do have the 5Diii and it is my go-to for just about everything.  I got the M during the huge price break a while back and that body with the 22mm and the 18-55mm and the adapter has been untouched for about a year.  I have gotten some great photos with the M but the slow focus and the shutter lag (better after the firmware update but still slow) and the lack of a true viewfinder (without some more investment) have made it a rarely used spare.  I've thought about bringing it along to use as a crop-based sensor to get more reach in conjunction with my usual kit, but then never do that.  I have thrown it in my briefcase on a quick business trip but then wind up using my smartphone for a P&S quick snap or two because it is so easy and convenient.  When the grandchildren are active, it is really tough to get a good picture with the M unless I can get them to be still (yeah, right).

None of the above is news or is earth-shattering information for any of us.  I guess I am wondering why I have this camera.  I am starting to think that if I want a smaller body with versatility that I'd have been better off with a M4/3 or a Fuji (if we ignore the price issues and the need for different lens lineup).  I guess I just need some "counseling" here.   No flaming desired but I'd like to hear others thoughts.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1D W
« on: December 30, 2014, 03:50:16 PM »
I'll take the 200-600 F4, I'm sure it'll weight less than 2 pounds so I can hand-hold it while using the 1200/5.6 with my other hand.

Sorry but you are mistaken.  It is the 200-600 f/2.8 that weighs 1.9 pounds.  The f/4 weighs 1.6!

 ??? ::) ;)

Lenses / Re: Buying lenses (or bodies) right after Christmas (poll added!)
« on: December 29, 2014, 04:38:25 PM »
I agree with the others who will not hesitate if it is a product from a reputable dealer with a return policy. 

Also, 1+ on the CPW "street price" deals.  I have saved significantly over the past couple of years with a 300 f/2.8 ii, a 70-200 f/2.8 ii and a 24-70 f/2.8 ii.  All of these products were brand new each from a very well known authorized dealer.  I would not hesitate to use this service again.

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 27, 2014, 08:07:31 PM »
Seems there are a number of new AF confirm chips coming out of China that are programmable and work with 5D3, will be trying one soon on this lens, will post results if anyone interested...

 would appreciate it if you'd let us know how it works out, should you try one of the chips.

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag that will fit 5D3, 24-70 and 70-200?
« on: December 23, 2014, 09:51:44 PM »
But is the Retrospective 7 big enough for the 70-200mm 2.8 II?

I have a Retrospective 7.  My usual load is a 5diii with either the 24-105 or the 24-70 mk ii attached, a 70-200 f/4 is and a third lens, usually the 17-40.  But, I have carried the 70-200 f/2.8 ii instead of the f/4.  It works but is just a bit crowded.  Since you only want to carry the camera and the 2 lenses, it should be OK.  This is my favorite bag.

Canon General / Re: Pixma pro 10 or 100?
« on: December 16, 2014, 05:55:24 PM »
Just spent the weekend playing around with my new Pixma PRO-100 including some 8 x 12 and 5 x 7 prints in both color and B&W.  I do need to spend some time learning more about the process but I am impressed.  And, none of the prints were on Canon papers!

I can say that the ink usage, at least based on the software monitoring, is reasonable.  I've yet to experience any clogs (admittedly this is only a short time) and I do live in the desert!  I've ordered some of the buy 1 get 4 paper deals and did order some replacement ink cartridges. 

Given the rebates, this printer cost me less or about the same as other less capable printers I was considering.  I really do hope I made the right choice.......

Technical Support / Re: What photo printer do you use?
« on: December 14, 2014, 06:52:04 PM »
Don't put it on a table. Somewhere on the lower floors of a solid rack gives the printer less leverage to slowly work the furniture apart - and you retain some more office space as a side benefit.

Problem is, it sits in the middle of the room on the floor.  The shelves and cabinets don't have a space big enough.  I put it on a table in the only spot I can find. 

Maybe I'll need to build an addition, or, since it is now working on WiFi, just keep it on the stove top in the kitchen.

All in all, a good problem to have.

Technical Support / Re: What photo printer do you use?
« on: December 14, 2014, 03:28:57 PM »

I agree with you, this beast is quite heavy. It looks and feel solid.

The table I have it on actually rocks side to side as the printhead moves.  But a good beast....

 :) :)

Canon General / Re: Resurrection, of the posting kind.
« on: December 14, 2014, 03:25:46 PM »
My place of employment is very adamant about protecting them (and us) as well as bandwidth and use some sort of software to prevent us accessing certain websites or receiving certain emails.  Like any automated system, it is very flawed.  I've been blocked from very legitimate sites including airlines (to book business travel), my personal email account, partner/client sites and even our own payroll department when trying to  get a copy of a paystub.  Meanwhile, I still get plenty of "click-here-to-get-rich" and requests for help from a "grandchild-in-jail-in-a-foreign-country" (always humorous because my oldest grandchild is under the age of 2) but can often stream reviews like DigitalRev (not that this is a bad or dangerous internet site unless you suffer from G.A.S. but it does use significant bandwidth to stream) and our system does allow me to open CR and CPW (again a good thing but makes no sense given the IT department's goal). 

My point is that automated screening or protection algorithms are very flawed and could lock legitimate posts unnecessarily.  And, the "bad guys" are getting smarter and can often overcome these.  So this leaves the weary mods to act both on their own and with the help of reports from the forum members. 

I guess I'd rather deal with some trolls and misleading threads than have an automated system delete one of my posts just because of a word in the message.

Technical Support / Re: What photo printer do you use?
« on: December 14, 2014, 03:09:47 PM »
So I just unpacked and installed and set up the WiFi to the Canon Pro-100.  I never thought I'd miss my old i860 so quickly!  Just printed a couple of trial prints, one B&W and one color on generic glossy photo paper from one of the big-box office stores (can you say push an easy button  ;) ) and these first attempts are spectacular.  I used LR to manage the process and even with a non-calibrated monitor and defaults, they are really good prints. 

Now I just have to move some furniture around for this printer (it is very big) and wait for sales on ink and paper...........

I was worried about my purchase but now I am very happy.

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