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Hi all.  I am serious about upgrading to the 300 2.8 II and in a few months, my lens fund will be topped off.  I am interested to hear pros and cons for light weight stable tripod/head combos for wildlife shooting for the lens.  Currently I shoot 5D!!! ( may get a 1DX someday), and have a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base, which I love ( Thank you for the advice Neuro).  Anyway, time to start planning for the upgrade and all suggestions appreciated.

Canon General / Re: Any special "hints" for shopping?
« on: November 14, 2013, 11:17:24 PM »
Likely a dumb idea, but what if a few of us gave you a list and you showed up and said dude, what is your best price on 3 300 2.8 II's, no crap, just best price and I walk right now.  US warranty.  And I want 2 shipped.

Any chance of that working?


Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT + ST-E3-RT remote zoom setting?
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:43:53 PM »
Thank you for this post/link


Not a reply to anyone particular, but rather a coincidence that I see this thread after having just recently watched a video from CanonUSA's Bruce Dorn talking about using the zoom off camera.  At 1:43:  "...the expanded 200mm tele zoom setting is expecially useful for wireless flash when the speedlite is used off-camera."

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT: Creative Lighting with Bruce Dorn -- Introduction (1 of 5)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Shmikon
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:27:55 PM »

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Good Deals On Circular Polarizers
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:22:47 PM »
How timely!

I just purchased the HELIOPAN.  I saw an article by Lens Rentals that showed circular scratches on the center of lenses due to cheap filters that have a low profile ( for wide angles).  I bit the bullet with for B&H# HECPHT82 : Mfr# 708261(332.99) for my 24-70 2.8 II.

The prices were really the same for all of the major photo online stores that I could tell.


Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 13, 2013, 01:08:13 PM »
Thank you!

Ok...I found how to set up Lightroom 5 (LR5) on the mac for use with the Adobe Lens Profile Downloader.

First go to this link:


On that same page, you will see a link to something called Adobe AIR:


You have to install AIR first, this allows you to install the Adobe Profile Downloader which was written originally for windows....to the mac.

See the instructions:

"To install this application, please make sure that you have a version of Adobe AIR present on your system. Once you have Adobe AIR installed, download the Lens Profile Downloader and install it by double-clicking on the *.air file."

I did this and was presented with the profile downloader.

I have the canon 5D3...but it doesn't have the lenses listed I wanted, like the Rokinon/Samyang 14mm f/2.8

I had it look through all cameras, or maybe just the 5D2, can't remember for sure...but I found about 3x entries for the Samyang 14mm lens. I believe I took the 2nd one, which had two options for jpg and raw...that is the one I imported.

Then, once in LR5 (you may need to restart if it is running while you install the new profiles)...you click on your image you shot with the lens, and click the 2nd tab over in the lens profile part (not basic), and click the checkmark there...select type of canon, then look at the botton of the next lens type..and the samyang should appear there.

I'm doing this from memory as that I'm not home right now to see the exact tab names...I'll try to edit this later but this got me the correct lens profile for the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 lens, and it sure looks sweet when it is applied.

Hope that helps others!!


Lenses / Re: Primes for wildlife ...
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:16:29 PM »
I experienced this too.  You never know.  It is like the lions (hyenas, not so much Jackals), and even sometimes cheetah s seem to not even notice a vehicle or anyone in it. I think it is important for that reason to have two bodies with long and short lenses.  Sorry, a bit off topic.

In the Ngorongoro Crater, the lions came close enough for a 16-35mm to work fine.
Thanks for the laugh.

The Farside clip was cute, but they really did come quite close to the Land Rovers...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:07:46 PM »
This could be very exciting.

Hoping for great iq.


Lenses / Re: Same ole, same ole' Filters vs no filters...
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:34:48 PM »
It runs abour $360 usd plus shipping, and waiting.

It looks like an 82mm B+W XS-PRO filter runs just shy of $120.  With the original filter in pieces, a replacement would be needed, so I'm wondering...

How would the cost of replacing a front element compare to buying two of these 82mm filters?  (Anyone know what a front element would cost?)  Is it a wash?

Considering it a bit further...if the lens needs service for bent filter threads and/or misaligned groups (to put it back in perfect working order), what would that cost, and how would (case A) the cost of two filters plus service compare to (case B) service that included the replacement of the front element?

To date, I am happy to say I have no experience with such things.  (Dropped filters, hoods, and caps are another story altogether....)

EOS Bodies / Re: New high resolution camera
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:11:53 PM »
I would be interested if you could post them. I know they won't be high resolution, but it would be interesting to see just the same.


That would all be well and good if you achieved close to those 36MP in actual use. But Nikon, and forget Sony, don't come close.
I believe Canon know this, this is the reason they have so far "settled" on 18mp for APS cameras and mid 20's for ff cameras, they are smart and know the next level advances are not in the mp numbers, the advantages as demonstrated by the D800/E are just not there yet.

I certainly respect your views on photography in general but you seem to not own a D800E or perhaps you don't have the 14-24.  I do and I have shot comparision shots using the Canon 5DIII and the Canon 16-35mm lens where the Canon was mounted on a bar right along side of the Nikon D800E (I've also duplicated this test using the D800).  This was a landscape shot across a small bay where I was able to resolve individual small tree and branches with the D800E that was clean and sharp.  The Canon showed them but soft for my taste.  These were printed 3' by 2' on a Canon 6400 IPF printer for side by side comparisons. 

Right now I am not shooting Canon because the D800 has more DR by far and better resolution than I can get shooting Canon.  I will again begin buying more Canon equipment when Canon releases AND delivers a high MP camera.  I miss many of my Canon lenses but I'm finding Nikor lenses have some advantages in certain cases.  I look forward to using my Canon Tilt Shift Lenses but not until Canon passes my test against the D800E in this real world shooting lab.  I realize my landscape shooting is not what everyone does nor do they make their own large prints.

Maybe Canon will release and deliver a high MP camera.  I will buy it as long as Nikon does not make any further advances in technology.  I assume that Nikon will not go back and make smaller MP cameras but if they do, I should always have the D800 and D800e and I really don't seem to need more (at the current time).  Time will tell.

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:27:41 PM »
Be sure to calibrate your lenses

EOS Bodies / Re: New high resolution camera
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:31:38 AM »
Another way to look at this is the old chicken and egg debate.  On the one hand, we have the Nikonians bragging about their high rez camera fro sometime, and some canonistas complaining that we can't get one to beat the resolution, along with higher DR and great high and low ISO.  If Canon were sensitive to that line of reason, they may release sooner than later the high res camera, with lenses to follow, or concurrently.

Personally, I would be interested in a modest increase in MP (say 36 so so, maybe less), in a 5 D body, 1DX focus and light handling, 7 fps, dual CF cards, ~4K.  And a winning lottery ticket. 

Hope that the high res body is not a 1D style and price.  That could place the camera close to $10K, rather see a 5D style and price closer to $4,000

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 10, 2013, 04:30:54 PM »
I agree and disagree with all.

Lighten your load.  But, since you don't want to change lenses, AND, in a group, you may have to be ready to shoot fast, take two cameras with your two favorite lenses.  That way, you are ready for anything.  The filters are a great idea.

I will be headed on a similar trip over Thanksgiving, so I will be interested in your insights.

Have fun


Animal Kingdom / Re: The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 09, 2013, 01:26:50 PM »
Very nice Dustin.

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 09, 2013, 01:20:50 PM »
I have the Samyang version.  I decided on this vs. a Canon uwa because I don't think I will be using it all that often, but then again, I want excellent iq.  My version doesn't disappoint.  However, one needs to practice on the focus, as things are really small at this focal length (dof preview helps, along with live view).  If on the other hand, I needed the lens as a workhorse and planned to use it all the time, I would consider a Canon branded lens with AF and ability to communicate with the camera.


Looks really impressive and thinking of pulling the trigger. But with so many different names its hard to figure out which is which. Here in the UK its branded under Rokinon but in other samyang etc. Read a few other reviews which claim the lens isn't really much of a performer.


But on thedigitalpicture the lens comparison to the 16-35mm is that it is a tad softer.


I know were talking huge price difference but you also get autofocus and the the fact the canon is also a zoom. For the amount I would use a wide angle I think I would rather spend the extra and get the canon branded zoom… Any thoughts?

I was out the other night and only having 24mm is very limiting and vertical panoramas the only answer.

Not bad for the 24-105mm tho.

Hallin Fell, Ullswater Cumbria, starscape by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Been itching for a FF wide angle for ages after selling my 10-22mm but just can't decide. Always wanted the 16-35mm but have been put off by internet claims. A cheap lens with good IQ is a no brainer but I think I would use an AF lens more and the zoom is more versatile.

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