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Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 18, 2014, 01:45:20 AM »
The 70-200 2.8L II is an excellent lens, and plays very well with the 1.4 III (my experience).  I also have the f4L IS which is smaller and lighter.  The 2.8 should do very well, but doesn't have the reach.  70-300 f4-5.6 L IS perhaps?  Neuro loves his.


Hi There,

First time poster but been following for a little while now.

A little background, I've been an amateur photographer for a number of years now, first starting off with a 550d with the 18-55 and 55-250 kit lens which to me was a great starting point but then ended getting a 50mm 1.8 and 28 2.8 and getting good results when photographing my many fish tanks and reasonable results with cross country riding with the 55-250 in very good weather. Last year I ended up selling all the camera and the 2 kit lenses and purchasing the 70d and 18-135 STM lens. I mainly did this for the video and as a plus side, the photos were turning out better both on my primes for the fish and the 18-135 wasn't that bad at the sports side.

Now the thing I miss about my 1st setup was the reach of the 250 EF-S. The lens itself wasn't brilliant but I want to have something that range and the possibility of a little more reach if needed for wildlife. I was planning on going for the 100-400 replacement but this doesn't seem to be happening.... much to my announce.

So canon have kindly introduced a cashback offer for the 70-200 2.8 II with £210 off which got me thinking.

Not sure if I should go for this to use for everyday shouting (out and about/sports etc) giving me 112-320 on my 70d or do i wait for the 100-400 replacement?

If you advise to go for the 70-200mm II then what's the compatibility with teleconverters between this and the 70d? Its a dark art that I simply don't understand and get confused about but I was wondering if that could be my solution to get some extra reach.


cheaper than lens coat

A piece of foam pipe insulation split lengthwise down one side that I slide over the edge of my vehicle window.  It makes a great rest for long lenses when shooting from the vehicle.


Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:53:58 PM »
You will love this lens

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 10, 2014, 02:09:22 AM »
Hummingbird at feeder
Magpies vying for a spot

Canon General / Re: Canon Says No to Retro Design for Them
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:02:40 AM »
You had me until you lost me.

I think that the appearance/aesthetic of a camera has some importance.  The ergonomics has great importance.  The most important thing is that it will do what you need it to do, be durable, and give you head room to grow.  People who focus on the aesthetic without the other most important factors are more interested in making a fashion statement.  I don't degenerate them, they are entitled, as are serious photographers.

Regarding your Canon comments lagging, I can' agree.  I would love them to improve everything and not charge for it, and make it light and small and ergonomic, but, wait, wake me up.

I'll keep my 5DIII and Canon glass until the 1DX replacement comes out.  But that is just me.

Thanks for your thoughts though.


What the camera looks like is relatively unimportant - what it does is what matters.  Unfortunately, with the
exception of the dual pixel 70D (which has yet to prove itself), Canon seems to be lagging in almost every
department, sensor development, high iso performance, mirrorless, etc.  On the other hand, it seems to be working for the bottom line when other manufacturers are struggling.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:05:51 AM »
FWIW, I have both for my 5DII &II  The 2,8 is very thin dof.  The lens is very heavy after a while, it is long and has b big  diameter.I find the image as good as my F4L is, lighter, shorter, smaller diameter, and easier to use. May even give some better shots.  I yo can afford it I see no reason to get rid of this gem.

I have both the 70-200 2.8 ii is and the 70-200 f4 is, if weight and money aren't an issue go for the 2.8 ii is, it really is an amazing lens, everytime I put it on my 5Diii it just astounds me how good it is, that being said the f4 version is brilliant as well....most times the F4 is attached to my "walkaround"7D, the reduce weight of the f4 makes it easier to throw it around.

I purchased the f4 version first then saved for the f2.8, Sometimes, when I look at my gear, I think do I really need both of these 70-200, the answer is "yes" because I have two bodies....if it was only the 5Diii I would only have the f2.8..

There are some great third party lenses out there, but the 70-200 2.8 l is ii, really is the best " one lens to rule them all"

EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: February 16, 2014, 11:09:16 PM »
Hard to say what Canon will do.  I think many people will not want a camera without possibility of lens change.  As stated, the adapter opens the door to all the Canon and third party glass, and the is works on it as well.

I just got back from a trip with my 5DIII with a couple of lenses and the M with zoom.  I found the little camera was very capable for most situations.  I also tried my 70-200 f4L is and 1.4X extender just to see what it could do.  I took pics of a hummingbird sitting on a branch of a tree in shade.  It did very well.

It is small, easy to carry and conceal when in sketchy areas, and for the price, a great deal.

My two cents (about 1 cent more than it is worth likely) is that they will come out with a V.3 for the USA. Who knows, it may be full frame too?


I found this PDF from the G1 engineering group an interesting read. Among other things, they make a passing comparison between the G1, a fixed zoom compact and mirrorless:

Comparing the G1 X Mark II to an
SLR or mirrorless camera

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a compact digital camera with a fixed integrated lens. This means that many aspects of performance can be optimised for this lens. Sharpness, distortion, lens zooming position, sensor can all be optimised for the integrated lens. This kind of optimisation is not found in cameras with interchangeable lenses, especially those with lenses of f/2.0 or larger.

It seems that Canon's view remains that they already have a small camera form factor, and they're out to prove that it's a better system than mirrorless. Elsewhere they also dismiss the recent retro design trend. The overall tone and perspective in the paper is quite conservative, as in Canon knows best where to focus its efforts.

Hey Reinzphotoz

Most excellent idea!

Like Harley people (sort of) I feel like "born to shoot, and shoot to live".  I also feel that way about travel and exploring the world whenever time and money will allow.  I post quite a bit, but I don't want to keep being a pest about asking people about great places.

In the past I did get great suggestions about The Grand Canyon, and slot canyons in Arizona.  Currently I am in Ecuador.

I bet there are a lot of us out there who would love to be able to easily share stories and secret spots.  Great, great idea.  Thanks for coming up with it.


Hello CR Members,

I see that many CR members travel quite a bit for vacations/holidays/business trips etc ... so it would be nice to share some useful information that many of us members can benefit, from a photographers perspective. Especially for hobbyists (like some of us), it would be nice to have some handy info that we can refer to when we go on a holiday/vacation to a particular destination. I know there is "Regional" section, but I see that it does not specifically cater to holidays and Africa is also missing ... so maybe the Admin/Mods can make Holiday Ideas (or another title that is more appropriate) a sticky and it can be further divided into different continents etc. What do you think?

Video & Movie / Re: Just WOW
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:58:22 PM »
Ouch!  (and I'm a plastic surgeon).

Better hope potential bride/customers don't google you and come up with this.


Please hide this video of all the ugly women in the world. ??? Have you ever wondered all fat and old brides , with wrinkles and mottled skin , requiring the video of your wedding with this "miracle software " processing video in real time. :o If such software existed, the use license would cost millions of dollars per year. :-X A computer to run this software would have imagined at least:
128 gigabyte of RAM DDR6 (quad chanel) FSB 2333 .
4 different processors (OCTO CORE each) CLOKC with 9.3 GHz .
2 grafic cards with 512 bit, 1024 treads, and 32 giga of dedicated grafics memory DDR7 each.

Hear all the ugly women: :-*
This software does not exist , and when there , will cost much more expensive than all plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments that money can buy. Do a favor for themselves : Prefer plastic surgery , with a video of this because you would not be recognized by their husbands , they would get a divorce immediately watch the video . :'(

I'm serious . Do not ask me to make these imaginary corrections to your videos , I command you put the video on ... :o :o :o :o

EOS Bodies / Re: |RUMOR| EOS A1 Coming Feb 9th
« on: January 22, 2014, 01:29:00 AM »

Lenses / Re: Canon 400L 5.6
« on: January 16, 2014, 02:07:04 AM »
I have used it.  It is a great lens- sharp, light, small, easy to carry.  No is as you point out.  Reach isn't great on a full frame 5D3 at 400mm (especially for small birds like hummers).  If however you keep the shutter speed higher than 400, say 800, or maybe a little less (perhaps you have great technique and a steady hand) you should have no problem. 

Take a look in the old forums section, this lens has recently had a lot of posts.  For some reason people either seem to love or hate it.  It is an old lens to be sure, but it still performs (great for me).


EOS Bodies / Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 16, 2014, 01:51:22 AM »
I would have to say that the iQ from the 5D3 is awesome, and the ISO performance is spectacular in low light and high ISO's, so the new crop sensor along with the body it ships in would have to be very interesting for me to consider giving up that quality, when I can just get a 1.4X tele-extender and more or less get the same reach, and do it for ~$425 USD with current sales going on now.

My two cents.

And what do others think of that take on it?


It's looking more and more like I am going to be investing my money in a 5D III.

I just wrote this (below) in another thread.
5D3 + Daniel is looking like a likely couple to me. :)

Something just occurred to me now... How likely is it that a new 7D will have many advantages over the current 5D3?
Possible advantages I see (sure many debatable):
- Crop factor for birding, wildlife and sports
- Compatibility with EF-S lenses
- Built-in flash
- Higher burst rate and bigger buffer
- Price
Is that it? I am aware, from reading previous discussions here, that the crop factor is not a huge advantage (if at all), and compatibility with EF-S lenses is probably not relevant. The built-in flash may not even come with the new 7D anymore, and some people even dislike it. Burst rate, well, here I see a difference, but it is not important to me (I understand other folks may need it, though).
Anyway, when the 7D2 finally arrives costing US$ 2,000-2,200 body only (more? less?), how much will a 5D3 be costing? I have just found prices under 2,900 on, and has the 5D3 for 2,499 right now. Even Canon sells it refurbished for under 2,800.
What do you guys think? Will the 7D2 be worth buying when the price of the 5D3 drops even further? I am not so sure anymore.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need wheels for my photo backpack
« on: January 15, 2014, 12:16:42 AM »
I Love my ThinkTank Airport Takeoff ( Perfect for me-size, weight, fits in even small planes, holds two bodies with lots of lenses, flashes, and stuff.

Just got the Airport International Security 2.  It is larger, and heavier.  It feels much heavier/larger than it is, and holds tons of stuff.  Haven't taken it out yet.

Bags are of excellent construction-ballistic nylon, adjustable innards.  Not too many or too few compartments, and good protection of gear.  Tripods secured on the side so it has smaller profile to fit in overheads better, but less balanced for carrying.

Overall, what I love about the roller bags is that the gear is heavy, and once you get used to getting the load off your back, you learn to love pulling it.  The wheels just glide nicely.  Don't pull them in the dirt as that will soil the bearings.

One last thing, they have a compartment for at least a 15" lappy.

Very durable, I expect it to last longer than I do.

I only wish that the handle was spring loaded to pop out like Lowepro, which I think has a larger profile.


EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 13, 2014, 11:52:04 PM »
Exactly (and I'm not a golfer)

So instead of trying to fix the AF issues, they come up with a ridiculous AFMA solution? At least for me, the AF accuracy and AFMA value depend heavily on the distance to the subject and even the lighting can affect results. Having 1 value for a lens does not fix much. Besides, a slicing golfer can surely aim off fairway at the tee, but that is a lame way to deal with the slice. A better solution is to fix the slice.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Kirk PZ 148 plate for the 5d Mark III
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:35:27 PM »
Hi Raj

Your pic reminded me that there are a number of other small pocket tripods that would also do.

Here is a link.

Hi Neuroanatomist

By the by - luv yr nickname. U a Doc by any chance??? .... 'cause I'm a surgeon by profession. Am posting a pic for the others. This assembly is absolutely perfect for me as my concern was laying the camera on a flat surface and the longest (in terms of length) lens I use in the street is my 16-35mm f/2.8....

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