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Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 30, 2014, 01:23:13 PM »
A suggestion- I also have a ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0.  It will fit a lot of your gear and fit overhead in larger planes.  Love the wheels and it has "emergency" straps to convert to a backpack.


Congratulations on your new purchase.

Just on the note of lens coats, I would not bother. I shoot quite a lot of international sports events and everyone on the pitch has their camera and lens but no lens coats. None. Everyone in the stands (who are not media and where they allow them) who are using long lenses has one with a lens coat on. It always baffles me why. Just be careful with your lens, and you do not need a coat.

You do though need a very good lens rain cover. I suggest Canon's own, as they fit perfectly and are not that pricey.


EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon Cine Zoom Lens?
« on: March 30, 2014, 01:18:40 PM »
I admit it, I'm a buzzkill.


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At last! A lens which will not roll off of the table!

And finally, bringing up the rear

Here are a few more

Here is what I discovered. 

I initially set the camera on manual with auto ISO, flash to ETTL. The flash was always set to HSS.  The ISO WAS fixed at 400.

The pics were way over exposed so I went to manual and set ISO to around 160, played with settings until I got a good exposure.  I also lowered the flash output as needed. 

So here are some sample shots.

Here are a few more

Here is what I discovered. 

I initially set the camera on manual with auto ISO, flash to ETTL. The flash was always set to HSS.  The ISO WAS fixed at 400.

The pics were way over exposed so I went to manual and set ISO to around 160, played with settings until I got a good exposure.  I also lowered the flash output as needed. 

So here are some sample shots.

Here is what I discovered. 

I initially set the camera on manual with auto ISO, flash to ETTL. The flash was always set to HSS.  The ISO WAS fixed at 400.

The pics were way over exposed so I went to manual and set ISO to around 160, played with settings until I got a good exposure.  I also lowered the flash output as needed. 

So here are some sample shots.

Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 30, 2014, 12:14:54 AM »

I have had mine since December but am just getting to use it due to weather and other stuff.

I would add good tripod, gimbal head.  I use the lens hood, and agree that it is bulky.  I don't use the part with the windows.  Despite your valid complaints, I just don't want to bang up this expensive lens.


I finally made the jump to big glass. I shoot autoracing each weekend and had been using cheaper alternatives to get me the reach beyond my 70-200 I needed. I was wondering what tips &/or suggestions current users would have. I used the lens back in Vegas when CPS was in town and loved it. Is there any other accessories I should buy along with the lens?
Congrats!  You're going to love it!  The items I would suggest, in order are:

1. The 1.4x III and 2x III extenders, if you don't have them already
2. A decent monopod, again, if you don't have one already
3. The RRS or other brand replacement foot, assuming you're using Arca-Swiss clamps, which is great because the foot slides right into the clamp
3. The 52mm drop in CPL - it will help cut down on windshield/windscreen glare, helps a lot in harsh light, slows the shutter speed down like a ND filter for panning shots
4. A smaller carrying bag.  The suitcase gets a little old/big and I went for a cheap ($40) Ape Case ACPROLC18 Professional Large Lens Case to carry my lens to my shooting locations

I bought and returned the LensCoat for the lens.  I just didn't like it.  It felt bulky and there are plastic "windows" that cover all of the controls.  You can cut them out, but for $80 or 90, I didn't think that was something that should be necessary.  Others swear by them, I just didn't care for it.  I kept the LensCap, which is a cheap neoprene and hard plastic lens hood.  It's MUCH cheaper to replace than the $200 Canon cap!  Also, don't lose/break the hood, it's $400!

I might be forgetting other items, but those are what I use.  The drop in filter holder and some good ND gel might also be good for motorsports to really slow down the shot for panning, but I haven't used that personally.

I am going to shoot a the cattle drive in Fort Worth, TX today at 4PM, which of course is outdoors.  This occurs on most weekends at 11 AM and 4PM.  I have shot this before but obviously, the timing of the event isn't the best for lighting.  Specifically, there is a lot of contrast not only in the longhorn color, but also the shadows and bright sunlight areas (obviously).  Today I am going to try to shoot again, this time with my new (yippie ky eyeee) 300 2.8 IS II lens on my 5DII body.

In thinking about how to augment the shadows, I though I would use a better beamer for fill and set flash to ETTL  (using a single 580 EXII).  I haven't used auto ISO, so I thought I would try that with appropriate manual camera settings.

I would appreciate if anyone can provide me insight for this situation.  How does this work?  Will the flash control the ISO?  What will the camera logically use as priority to set the ISO?  Should I make exposure compensation changes or set the flash to manual?  I could just set it and forget it I guess, but I really want to understand what is going on inside the camera.

To all who answer, I thank you in advance.


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?

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