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But for all the reasons you mentioned, this is a very versatile, remarkable lens that is easy to take along with several other lenses and another body.


Someone needs to come out with a current high quality 400mm f5.6 prime.  I would switch systems for a high quality handheld bird lens.
I think that there are a lot of people interested in a new version of the 400F5.6.... I would get it....

I love my 400mm f/5.6L... Is there anything this "lot" of people need from it that it doesn't have/do?! Weather sealing, sure, but asides from that I love it's relatively light weight and small size without IS/zoom/wider aperture - coupled with the 5D3 sensor's ISO handling this thing's even incredible when losing daylight!
I guess closer focusing would be nice but that'd maybe ruin the magical optical formula! ;)

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:22:15 PM »
Awesome pics!

I have both lenses and am favoring the F4.


Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II vs Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:41:39 PM »
Both are awesome lenses, and I have both.  The 70-200 is big and heavy to take along for trips, but this is not a concern ( I know, not compared to the big boy teles, but just saying).  The IS may or may not be an issue if you are shooting on a tripod.  Perhaps it is my copy, but the 24-70 is sharper, but then, this is not a friend to mature women in portraits.

Tough choice, as they are both so good.  How big is your studio?


Lenses / Re: 300 f/2.8 -a big problem
« on: November 03, 2013, 09:41:12 PM »
Seems like a lot of us are in this boat.  Restraint, and an eye on the long game is in order.  Save your money, and get what you want.  It may take some time, but persistence pays off.  How about a thread for people saving for the 300 2.8 II- a support group on line (tongue in cheek there)?


Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:52:33 PM »
Here is a sample portrait from yesterday.  I added a bit of fill flash from a single off camera 600EX-RT controlled with an ST-E3-RT to open up the shadows.  I didn't use any filters or any pp for the star bursts on chrome, etc.- all the result of the lens.

I got mine a few weeks ago, and am playing with it, as it requires a new skill set.  I shoot mainly in manual, so not too hard.  It will require a few test shots to nail exposure, or perhaps a light meter.  For me, focus is a bit tricky.  I use a loupe to help.  Also, I "discoverdd" yesterday that the dof button works with the lens, so this helps.


I ordered this lens today, can't wait to get out and try it!

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:35:54 PM »
I got mine a few weeks ago, and am playing with it, as it requires a new skill set.  I shoot mainly in manual, so not too hard.  It will require a few test shots to nail exposure, or perhaps a light meter.  For me, focus is a bit tricky.  I use a loupe to help.  Also, I "discoverdd" yesterday that the dof button works with the lens, so this helps.


I ordered this lens today, can't wait to get out and try it!

EOS Bodies / Re: to all the Megapixel and DR whiners....
« on: November 02, 2013, 01:13:38 PM »
I must be collateral damage!

I'm going to slam my head against the wall until my 5D3 produces 100MP with huge DR.  I'm going nuts with whining already!!!!!!!

Make it stop.


I mus
you sound like you think the whiners are the reason why canon is doing R&D.

The whiners are the target of some of Canon's R&D.  Apparently you're unaware of Canon's clandestine research program.  I think most people are unaware of it, and the few that run across it assume it's to support the US Military, based on the project's code name.  While it makes sense that people would just assume it's a typo, it's named as Canon intends it: Project DRone Strike.


Enough vitriol, more discussion.

Every camera in the world has sensor limitations.  Knowing and working with sensor limitations is a part photography, no matter what camera you are using.  Ansel Adams frequently wrote about sensor limitations.

Yes, all true. And so?
We know what they are and shoot around them and have fun doing so.

How does that make the A7R useless for everyone? How does that explain why it's sin to like the idea about having more DR and more shooting options open?

You are angry... Love how you resort to calling others fanboys because they have a different opinion than you on the value of a test. I see the problem, you saved all your hard earned pesos and now feel betrayed by Canon because you can't afford anything else. Some of us have multiple brands and don't have to rely on just Canon. We also can rationally think about pluses and minuses on many levels. You should read the posts a little more when you're not ragging with DR constipation. You like the cherry picking other comments and excel at jumping to conclusion on rage induced dyslexia. No one said the A7r was useless. Take a deep a couple deep breathes and try to relax a little. The initial complaint about the A7r was wonky AF and metering.

Some of us might like a little more DR or god forbid better AF, or some could care very little about DR... Why are different opinions causing you to convulse. Just because you have a personal axe to grind don't take it out on others. You saw DR and immediately jumped in with your axe to attack all ill-perceived naysayers.   

Take your winter vacation from photography, save up some money, threaten any manufacture not living up to your standards with "If they don't... I'm going" and buy anything else you like, nobody cares what you shoot with.

Easy man! You sound rude and biased.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sigma 120-300 review at petapixel
« on: November 02, 2013, 12:27:51 AM »
Call me a snob, but I didn't see sharp like I see sharp on my L lenses. I just wouldn't be happy knowing that for a few more dollars I could have had really sharp.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:39:20 AM »

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Sports Line Updates Next? [CR1]
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:34:27 AM »
I agree with all of the sentiments so far.

I am about half way saved up for a Cano  300 2.8 L. I would be interested in a Sigma IF and only If the IQ matches Canon.  Of course as everyone else stated, build quality, af performance must also be comparable.  I can't see skimping on a few thousand dollars to have a lens that I will be unhappy with for years to come.  I know that lens will just sit on a shelf, and I will regret the mistake.


If you are doing it for money the 600-EX-RT, it is well worth the money. I have not had a single flash failure or misfire in a year of shooting with them. Buy once, future proof yourself, get the 600's and don't look back.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 26, 2013, 01:16:54 PM »
Buy it now on sale.

In 1 to two years, get a Mark IV, and use the Mark III as a second body.  Problem solved.

Go out, shoot, have fun, don't get "faclempt".


If you need a camera, get one.  if not, there will always be another new model a few years away.  Expect a 2 year wait.

If its 2 years I guess I'll just get the 5dmk3. If it was a year or sooner I'd be tempted to hang on...

I fail to see the logic here.  You say you can wait a year, but not two years?  That's silly.  Either you need a camera like the 5D3, or you don't.  It sounds like you can get by without it for now.  If you're wanting to use it to do important or professional work, then I would say buy one now...especially going into the holidays when there's bound to be a deal.  Personally I can wait until the 5D4, unless something else comes along first.  But that's because I love my 6D, and the video from it works fine for my needs.  I've yet to see any moire from it, but I don't shoot a lot of closeups of people wearing striped suits.  If I was doing very much quality video work, I would probably have bought both a 5D3 and a cinema camera, along with all the ringing that's required to do pro work.

Video & Movie / Re: As the Photographers--What will we do?
« on: October 26, 2013, 01:10:27 PM »
I think it is also important to understand your role going into the situation.  If you are a "professional photographer" on assignment, you will have a well defined mission with rules of engagement.  If you are not given an assignment, or are not paid, you have a different role.  Even still, we are all humans first, and we must all act within our own set of values.  If our values are crystal clear to begin with, the decision may be hard, but what the right thing to to will be obvious, as our values do not change- just the situation.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 2
« on: October 26, 2013, 03:02:06 AM »
Excellent shot!

I recently went to The San Diego Zoo and tried to capture a Red Panda, but the light was too harsh, and with the contrast between the red and white and black, not a great pic.  I appreciate how hard it was to get this shot.  Way to go.


I Love red pandas, very cute to photograph

red-panda2 by Synkka~, on Flickr

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