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adhocphotographer, you've left out resale value.  It may or may not factor in.  Also it's surprising how many people don't want their image tarnished once they commit to a brand.  Really should be irrelevant but it isn't.  ;)

Damn good point...  I would hazard a guess that the 300 2.8 would hold a higher re-sale value...  As for brand and image...  it does not bother me much, but i know some people it does!

I'm not even considering the 200-400 at 10x the price!

Well, i already have a 2x TC III, so i might as well get the 300 2.8 II to make best use of it right? ;)

So, the sum of all this discussion is as such:

Tamron - Excellent value lens with great IQ (beats competition in the range), and is the cheapest 600mm lens. However, f/8 is required at 600mm to get good results. It is a zoom, so more flexible.

Canon 300 II + 2xTC III - Better IQ, faster, better build quality/weather sealing. Option to use native 300 f/2.8. Less flexible and 5x more expensive.

Get the Tamron if money is tight and/or wildlife isn't your thing and/or low light shooting is not a frequent event. Get the Canon combo if lowlight is more of an issue, you have plenty of cash to burn and you need a tank of a lens and the best IQ?

Did i miss anything? I like to have a summary at the end of these discussions! :)

Lenses / Re: Picked up a new 24mm f1.4L II today
« on: February 20, 2014, 03:54:01 AM »
You'll love it...  i picked mine up 6 months gone...  It is rarely off my camera... :)


Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:32:03 AM »
pleassseeee be small...  boarder line pancake...  a scone/crumpet perhaps? :)

Thanks for the info, i have a lexar 1000x and a sandisk extreme (60MB/s). I don't notice a difference when shooting (a slight edge to the lexar) but clearing the buffer and downloading there is a noticeable difference.  I now use the lexar for when I do wildlife and I use burst mode, to any other time, i use my sandisk....  different tools for different jobs!

I would love a 300mm f/2.8, but to be honest, i would be slapping on a TC almost all the time, so having a native 600mm lens would be ideal. f/8 is a little slow for what i need (forests at dawn/dusk), but i guess this is where the ISO performance of the 5D III should come in....  hmmmmm....  I am extremely interested in this lens! I guess the 4000 Euro i would save on this lens could go to some awesome trips! ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just got my hands on a 5D III for the weekend
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:34:40 AM »
I came from a 450D to a 5D mkIII...  you are going to love it....  But you might as well face the facts that after trying it, you will be buying a FF camera in the next 6 months! It's an investment in family memories...  or so the argument goes! ;)

Enjoy, you'll love it! 70-200 all the way!!!!  :)

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:31:34 AM »
I got fed up waiting and picked up a 17-40 in December...  I'm liking it a lot, but not loving it. I will wait for these putative lenses to be released, do the rounds, and maybe pick one up after a year or so (once the price is stabilised, and they become available here in India).

I am more interested in the 16-50 IS than the 14-24, but lets see what they are like once they are released! This year perhaps???

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Leica m2
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:51:47 AM »
Thanks for all your advice! :) Lets see what I can get my hands on here in India...  Processing is another matter, and one I will have to face at a later date! :P

Third Party Manufacturers / Leica m2
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:49:51 AM »
A friend of mine has an old Leica M2 and lenses that he has had since it's release. He does not use it anymore and said i am more than welcome to borrow it whenever i want... 

Obviously, i am excited about giving it a go...  but i have NEVER shot film (recent photography enthusiast). I need to source some film, could anyone advise me on what would be good b&w film?



EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Filming newbie
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:38:06 AM »
Thanks, though ML is not on my agenda yet...  still mainly a stills shooter! :)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Filming newbie
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:23:39 AM »

Thanks for the info...  I guess I will chalk this up to the (alcohol induced) learning curve!  ::)

When i shoot footage for 'work' (not really work, it is just for experience/favour to a friend), my cameras are firmly on tripods and I don't touch them once they are set up! I will have to adapt a new camera holding technique for run-and-gun shooting that removes the finger from temptation! ;)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Filming newbie
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:53:20 AM »
I don't film much with my 5D, but am doing so more and more, interviews mostly.

Anyway, the other day at a party, some friends broke into spontaneous song. I already had my camera out and chose to film it.  Fine the settings were far from perfect, but i shot it anyway as a memento. During filming, i took a photo, accidentally (alcohol induced snap-happy fingers). I thought nothing of it until i checked out my footage the next day, and felt both stupid and annoyed (ontop of a throbbing head). In the footage at the moment i took the still, there is a pause in the filming and an audible 'fake' (?) shutter click, before continuing normally. Fortunately, it was just friends and I think they will find it funny considering it was me, but also shoot b-roll and interviews on the side for a small documentary producer. Thankfully, nothing like this has happened in any of these jobs...

I knew it was possible to take stills while filming, but if it screws up the shoot, what's the point? Is there anyway of repairing this, or at the least disabling this feature so i don't do it again? What did i do wrong, and how can i avoid it in the future.



Thanks for this comparison...  It is certainly one I was very interested in seeing...  I would love the 300 f/2.8, especially because most of my wildlife shots are in dimly lit conditions, and with a TC it has good IQ also. But the price is a little out of my reach...  The tamron is a tempting solution, but still not won over by it...  hmmmm, Well done Tamron, you have given a lot us pause to think!

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