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Photography Technique / Re: Ai Servo Advice for 5D3 and Air Racing
« on: September 05, 2014, 07:24:19 AM »
I Do!

I live about 5 miles from the track.  I watched it being built but have never been.  It is about 11 years old now, and after all these years of Nascar traffic jams, I am finally going to see the inside of the stadium.  I chose seats near the end/exit pylon.

There will be lots of other stuff tomorrow too, so I am stoked.

Next few weeks will be an annual air show down the road at Alliance Airport, so lots of stuff to shoot, after a hot summer.


You must live in the DFW area.   :D

Photography Technique / Ai Servo Advice for 5D3 and Air Racing
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:01:33 PM »
Hi all.

I will be attending the Red Bull Air race this Saturday, which will be pylon races (two laps I believe) with some other fast action air events. 

I am planning to use the back button focus and the second case "Continue to track subjecs, ignoring possible obstacles".  I will likely also use the 5 or 9 focus points in the center. I will be sitting near a pylon and not sure exactly how far so I will take my 300 2.8 II and 70-200 2.8 II.

Anyway, I haven't had great results with back button focusing, and haven't experimented much with the "cases".  Any suggestions or recommended tweaks would be appreciated.  I will also take a monopod.

Thanks all.


Lenses / Re: I'm terrified of my EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:14:34 PM »
Always use the lens to support the weight!

You will get used to this, but it is good to be cautious.  Support the lens at all times, and carry by lens rather than body to take torque off of the body.  If possible, support both.

They are built tough.

Don't forget- afma!

Congrats on your white!


I just got it yesterday.  It's a beast!  Right after I unboxed it, it drop kicked one of my cats and ate the other!   :-\

Kidding aside, I really am scared of it.  It's so unbelievably heavy for its size.  Can my 5D3 handle that kind of weight?  I'm supporting it with one hand while shooting (obviously while not on a tripod), but when I let the neck strap support the camera and lens while I need both hands free I worry about it bending the lens mount or breaking the lens mount.

How strong is the mount on my camera?  Can it handle this heavy lens?

Portrait / Re: HELP... Can anyone show me how to edit like this?
« on: September 02, 2014, 12:53:55 AM »
You may want to look at Nik software as a plug in too.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:08:22 PM »
I have some beautiful prints hanging in my office that I personally took on my 5DII and 5DIII that well exceeds those specs.  I guess they don't really exist?


Who cares? Every thread will be hijacked by people telling us our cameras are crap, even if we are happy with them they will try and tell us why we shouldn't be, even when we tell them we understand their point, and it is valid, they will still go on and on and on and on..........
serenity now!

I try, I truthfully try, but it is like a car accident, you really don't want to look as you drive by but for some morbid reason you can't stop yourself. Now they are saying you can't print a Canon file from any camera above 13" x 19", they honestly believe there is a 36% deficiency in Canon sensors, though how you can quantify that to 36% is a mystery, they are crazy, truthfully crazy. Don't they realise they sound like the crazy guy in the parking lot at the mall?

I think I am not going to log in for a few days.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:06:22 PM »
Not another two generations behind, inadequate dr, blah, blah, blah. 

We need troll repellent, and good rumors about the 5d4 and 1DX2


Who cares? Every thread will be hijacked by people telling us our cameras are crap, even if we are happy with them they will try and tell us why we shouldn't be, even when we tell them we understand their point, and it is valid, they will still go on and on and on and on..........

My thoughts exactly.

Although your questions are rhetorical, my take is that many are trolls seeking to sew the seeds of discontent.  Perhaps to justify their own decision to switch (please drive a stake through the heart of the "Is Canon two generations behind Nikon" thread).

To be fair, some Nikonians have been positive here, thank you.


A related question:  how many non-Nikon shooters go to Nikon forums to complain about Nikon?

From what I've seen, many of the most vocal complainers on CR don't use Canon gear.  Some of them used to shoot Canon.  So why are they here?

Have they 'found religion' and are here to 'convert' the great unwashed masses?

Do they have inner doubts about their choices, and coming here to complain about Canon helps them continue to justify their decisions?

Do they think they're being altruistic, devoting their time and energy to show us poor, deluded fools how bad we have it, and how good it could be if only we make the same choices they made?

Do they honestly want Canon to deliver products that would meet their own needs, however niche those needs are, and somehow believe that complaining here will help accomplish that?

Or...do they merely want to sow discord?

Frankly, the vast majority of CR forum members are here to request and provide information, share techniques and images, etc.  CR is a great community resource, and like nearly all successful Internet forums, it attracts a few incessant complainers.   Look on the bright side – they provide some entertainment on slow rumor days...

Benro had some nice stuff too, and it is name brand.

Here is a review to help you.  I would also agree, this doesn't have to last a lifetime and I have several tripods that I use today for different things.  If you don't spend a ton, and get at least a few good years of satisfied use out of it, when you want and need to upgrade, it won't be a waste.



EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:15:48 AM »
This thread has made my brain swell with dumb minutiae.

jakeymate, please, don't wait to get banned from the site.  Just leave and don't come back.  You are a troll, plain and simple. Sorry to be honest here, but that sums it up.  You enjoy stirring the pot with stupid stuff just for the attention, and with only ~15 posts to your current avatar, you add nothing but frustration.

Obviously you favor Nikon, a great system.  Canon, also is a great system.  Go to Nikonrumors.com and enjoy their company, and don't look back.

If you choose to stay, I promise that if I see your name, I won't read anything you write, as it offends me.



EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 30, 2014, 03:12:04 AM »
Hey mackguyver

You caused me to have the same epiphany about my own photographic deficiencies.

Let me know what you finally decide on, I'll send you a "T" shirt advertising your camera choice.  Can't guarantee better pics, but maybe you will do better with the ladies?

(a little levity to lighten the malignant tone of this well worn thread)


D800 -> D810

The 5dm3 is looking really old.
Dear Troll,

You are correct and your post is a revelation.  Apparently the small inferior sensor in my 5DIII is holding me back, not just with photos, but with the ladies as well.  I will have to put all of my Canon gear on eBay this afternoon and replace it with the bigger, sexier, and younger D810.  I can't believe I ever thought that little sensor in the 5DIII would ever take decent photos. 

Obviously the lenses I'm using, my technique and vision are all meaningless if I'm carrying around anything Canon.  How could I possibly capture any good photos with an AA filter and without the vastly superior DR and massive megapixels of the Nikon?

From now on, I promise only to use the Nikon D810 with Nikon's best lenses set to their optimum aperture on a solid tripod with cable release.

Crap, what do I do about the new Sony???  I need to shoot black cats in unlit coal mines and the Nikon is inferior to the Sony.  I guess the Nikon is junk and I need to get the Sony.  I'm so confused.

Please advise on which I should choose - the Nikon D810 or Sony A7S.

The Gnome

Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:18:15 PM »
Nice pics Dylan!

Too bad I'm saving for the 1DX and Africa (plus, maybe something cool from next round of Canon announcements).


One word for 400mm f2.8 IS II = "SUPER". AF is FAST. Truely designed for sports.

It works very well with 1.4x TC III, still 95% compared to bare. IQ drops quite a bit with 2x TC III at wide open in Ai servo only(still good in One shot mode). Sharpness improve when step down to f7-8 in Ai servo.

 See photos here with 1DX + 400mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III: http://dylannguyen.smugmug.com/Sports/Surfing#!/

Congrats ;)

Black & White / Re: Lion at Night - Kruger National Park, South Africa
« on: August 26, 2014, 11:26:45 AM »
Very nice shot.

When did you go, what time of year?


We came across these lions one evening on a night drive from Skukuza camp. The males were restless and walking all around a lioness in heat...there are many more of my African wildlife & other  images here on my Zenfolio website . . .http://ivanmuller.zenfolio.com/   Please have a look and give me some feedback!

EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors Make the Camera?
« on: August 25, 2014, 05:09:21 PM »
And there is the issue of the lenses.  Once you buy into the ecosystem, it is costly and dare I say, emotionally painful to switch. 

You will have your beloved lenses long after you buy this new camera.


Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f4 IS vs Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:51:50 AM »
The Canon lens is an excellent lens.  As you point out, it produces excellent images (color, contrast, sharpness, brightness, basically, just about anything you could ask for, tracks fast, light, small, easy to carry and use).  What will the Tammy do better?

I love my Canon.  I also have the 70-200 2.8 is II and for travel, the f4 is is way easier to manage, especially with multiple bodies and other big L's.

Think hard before you give up this gem of a lens.


 I have the opportunity to sell my Canon 70-200 f4 IS L at a fair price. I was thinking about selling it and buy a new  Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC.

I know the Tamron is bigger and quite heavier, but that wouldn't be a problem. My doubts are:

1) Image quality: I don't think the Tamron is as good as the Canon
2) Colors: I don't know about the 70-200, but I have a Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC and though it's very sharp and has a great stabilizer, it has bland colors. I also have a Canon 16-35 f2.8 L and the colors, compared to the Tamron 24-70, are immensely better, richer, brighter.

Any advice? Thanks!

Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:59:08 PM »
I'll tell you what.

An updated version of the 400 5.6 would have to be truly fantastic because my copy is awesome.

so far this round of rumors lately has for me been a roller coaster.  I have wanted to see some rumors that fire me up, but nothing yet. Would love to see something firm about 1DX II, some revolutionary new sensors (still not sure what we will see yet given the back and forth speculation), and would love to see a 12- 24L.  Just me.


The thorn in my side is a new version of the 400 5.6L. The oldest lens in the line up now yet to be re-worked
IS plus a closer min focus.
Thank you please Canon

I might be interested in that lens, also. But it would have to compete with a new 100-400L.

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