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I'd love to see this lens.  An f4 would be fast enough for me, and from a dof perspective at this fl, I don't see a big issue.  I'd like to see IS, but that wouldn't be a deal killer.  Regarding filters, I am sure there is something that could be worked out externally that on the short end, vignetting would not be a problem. 

I hear such great things bout the Nikon 12-24, surely, Canon can beat it.  The 24-70 is II can take up the slack on the long end.  I would love to put up my SamYang 14mm with manual focus for this lens.

sek

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Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:16:52 PM »

I totally agree.

My 400 5.6 lens when calibrated with AFMA to my 5D III is awesome.  It is an old lens, but it is relatively small, light, and it also travels well.  Not that expensive either.  Don't rule it out for lack of is.  I love my new 300 2.8 II also, but for your restrictions, do consider the 400 5.6.

If you are unsure, try to rent one before you buy, or see if one of your buddies can loan you one.

sek

I've heard good reports of the 400 DO in practical use - as opposed to the reviews......
I would check that out, too, though I can say that the 400 f/5.6 is a great lens if you can get used to the lack of IS.  Many of my best photos were taken during the 4 years I owned this lens.  The 300 f/2.8 II IS + 1.4x III and 2xIII is what I upgraded to and other than the cost, size, and weight, I can recommend it without reservation. 

Also, your post scared me a bit as "going native" means going without clothes in American slang :o

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I agree and also with Neuro.

If  you haven't used the web site before it can be somewhat confusing, so it is good to know that they have great support on phone and by email.
sek

Really Right Stuff has a gizmo for this IIRC.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:32:21 AM »
I've used both, and I find twist locks faster and easier.   A whole set of twist locks can be easily loosened or tightened with one hand.  A set of flips can be closed with one hand, it's harder to open the whole set.  With most flip locks, you need a tool to disassemble the legs, not needed with twist locks (important if you use the tripod in water/silt/sand).  Twist locks allow you to loosen a leg with some tension, making height adjustments easier.

I suspect there's a reason the top brands – RRS and Gitzo – use twist locks.

I prefer no center column (or optional) and availability of a leveling base for using a gimbal or shooting panos.

I totally agree.  I took Neuro's advice on the leveling head and it makes all the difference- amazing.

sek

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:29:20 AM »
I think that the main points have been already made, but I will add some points.  On a well built vegan flip, this is what I prefer.  A twist type on a tripod must be well build or it will not function that well imho.  I prefer no center column for stability, however the Manifrotto CXPro3 Carbon Fiber has one and it works very well for macro.

Interestingly, I have about a half dozen tripods for some reason, and actually, I like each one for various reasons.  And even more interesting to me, I find that they are somewhat personal possessions too.  So I would take in the sage advice of these learned people, then go to local stores, and even borrow some if possible to see what fits your needs best.

sek

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 10, 2014, 02:59:38 AM »
Slightly different, but vultures snacking.

They are very aggressive birds of prey who are very noisy as they fight amongst themselves and rip flesh from bones.

This was shot at night.

sek

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 11:25:55 PM »
I just can't get excited for iq less than 5DIII with less AF ability, and less low light performance.  I don't want to settle for less fps either, so this will not be a camera for me.  I will eagerly wait to see what it offers.  I hope it satisfies the nay sayers.

sek

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement September 5, 2014?
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:31:55 AM »
I'm with you on that.

sek

Bring it on.  And if there is a substantial improvement in sensor technology (by every one else's standards but Canon), let us know when that will percolate up the line, especially to the 5D and 1D series.

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Amazing shot Eldar, congrats.

Let me ask you what you likely have been asked a zillion times before.  How hard is the manual focus?  I have a cheap (but good) Samyang 14mm 2.8, and it is difficult for me, especially in low light.  On top of that, with manual apterture ring, I have to sometimes open it up to really see to focus.

Another comment/question.  The entire pic has amazing dof especially for f 5.6.  The colors are quite vivid which I would expect from this lens with polarizer.  So I guess my question is, is this close to how the scene really looked in person?

I also enjoyed your other shots, thanks for sharing.

sek

I believe this lens deserves a thread of its own. By far the best UWA lens I have ever used.

This is Aldeyjarfoss on Iceland. One of the most spectacular falls I have seen. Look at the formations in the rock. That tells the story of a dramatic creation of an island.

5DIII, 1/500s, f5.6, ISO200, with circular polarizing filter.

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That makes sense.

Thanks for clarifying.

sek

CR3 makes this near real...right?

Real.  Just like aliens.

Aliens are real; the people who report seeing them, but consistently fail to get high-quality photos/video, despite the near-ubiquity of adequate-quality recording equipment, are not.   :P

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M with Rokinon 300mm EF-M lens
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:48:48 AM »
Very nice!

I have the Samyang version of the 14mm for my 5DIII and find the manual focus difficult.  Not bad for landscapes and stationary things, but moving objects is hard.  I use my Hoodman loupe too but I wish there was a way to make it stay on the back of the camera without having to use eyeball pressure.

Great shots!

sek

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Judging from who is answering here, you are sunk.

My prediction, along with sugar plumb fairies dancing in your head, you will be dreaming of clicking "check out now" on B & H tomorrow morning.

I'm thinking 1DX personally, however that's me.  Tell us which one you buy.

sek


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Good points.

I didn't know that about the no RAW!

If no raw, I have no use for it.  However, I did enter, and I'll check it out.  I plan to return it.  If I get it, I'll post it with impressions.

Thanks.

sek

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I may look at what people post, but I'm not participating in their program.

1. Unless I'm wrong, I don't know any way to process RAW files from the camera. So all you have to go on is jpg out of camera.

2. I'm not comfortable having a credit card dinged for $1000 until I send the camera back. Frankly, it looks like a sales gimmick dreamed up by one of the minor marketing demons.

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Will anybody be giving this a try? 

Any opinions on this new camera?  The Foveon X3 sensor to me is interesting and at least worth a free week of shooting.

Here it the link.

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-dp2-test-shoot?utm_source=Sigma%20Corp%20of%20America&utm_campaign=a2ac4ab9a4-PDN_dp2_Quattro_Test_Shoot6_24_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_34bfa8ccd3-a2ac4ab9a4-50256345

Let's hear from everyone.

sek

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I'm going to even the score and go with RLPhoto on the Drobo.

They have a number of solutions available.  I use one at home and one for my small non- photo related business, and they have worked flawlessly.  At home I use Macs exclusively, and at work it is a mixed environment with Windows. 

Depending on the type you buy, you can get a network device or a single computer backup system.  They come with multiple bays for adding more storage (mine has 5 bays), and a RAID "5" configuration for safety.

The systems are easy to set up, and work well.  Never had a problem.  Not only do I use them for backup, I just store all my photos on them too, and work with them from LR, so it is fast.

If you are really paranoid, you can also use a cloud solution.  With an at home solution, you never need an internet connection, and you don't need to worry about their server or yearly fees.  If you need more storage, simply add a HDD as you go, or replace one with a larger capacity.  I would start with at least two drives of the highest capacity, and fastest access possible if money is a consideration.  Add as you need it.  There is also a slot for an add on SD chip for added speed, which I have not added as yet.

Hope this helps.

sek

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