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Lenses / Re: Longer and faster, better?
« on: October 11, 2013, 03:49:57 AM »
I guess i will start saving....  by the time i have enough tucked away for the version II, i might have managed to persuade my wife it is necessary! :)

Lenses / Longer and faster, better?
« on: October 11, 2013, 01:59:11 AM »

I am doing more and more wildlife photography (bit difficult not to living in India), and am thinking about getting a longer faster lens.

Most of my shooting is early in the morning, in the jungle/woods. every time i hope to come across tigers/leopards/bears, but these sightings are rare, so i amuse myself birding.

Currently i use a 5D MKIII and my 70-200 + 2x tcIII. The f/2.8 gives me the speed in the wee hours, and i pop on the TC when i need length and the light is better, but it is always a trade-off, and often i find myself in the situation where 200 is too short, but with the tc on the ISO/shutter speed is no longer ideal (there is an obvious point where i think adding the TC vs more extreme-cropping yields comparable results).

I am thinking about a 300mm 2.8, but the new version II is a little out of my budget. So either a second hand version I or maybe a Sigma EX 300mm f/2.8 APO DG HSM.

Any other suggestions? Has anyone any experience with the Sigma? How well does it take TCs? unfortunately TDP does not have the sigma in their comparison charts.

I guess this is more of a feasibility study for me. I'm trying to find the right/best price point.

Renting is an obvious solution for longer lenses, but it is not so easy here...  the few places that have these lenses are so overwhelmed, you need to reserve your lens weeks, if not months in advance. I am just not that well organised! :)


Lenses / Gateway lens
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:08:00 AM »
Photography is like a drug habit.... You get your first hit, and your hooked...  you start off small (usually) then build up to the heavier stuff, and the heavier the stuff the more you want to use! So what was your 'gateway lens'? When and what was the lens or other bit of kit that broke your barrier and led to the reduced coffers most of us face due to this pricey hobby.

For me it was the EF-S 17-55. Before that I had a 450D and kit lens + 50 1.8 for years and could not imagine or ever conceive a situation where i would spend more than a couple of 100$ on a lens.  Then i borrowed and subsequently bought the 17-55, and in doing so released the kraken. I had waited 2 years before buying it, but after that i added a 10-22, 55-250, tripod, 580ex II etc to the kit within a year...  then came the L lenses.... 

So, for a bit of fun, what was your gateway lens/piece of kit?

([stand] My name is John, and I am an addict [/stand])

Lenses / Re: Samyang 800f8
« on: October 09, 2013, 07:46:13 AM »
Never knew this lens...  would you mind doing a comparison (if possible) of the 400 f/5.6 + 2xTC vs 800 f/8 on the same body (5D).  It would be more informative as a comparison...  or even 400 cropped vs 800 on the 5D. :) but comparing two different lenses on two different bodies is difficult! :)

ps - I like obscure lenses!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Lens Today
« on: October 09, 2013, 07:32:50 AM »
Pick up a used Nikon and you will have yourself a bargin, but awesome, wildlife set-up! :)

things that might be enough to shift systems, and as far as i am concerned, I would not question that decision (assuming you use it enough).

Nice bargain, enjoy!

Software & Accessories / Re: My DIY "NO-POD"
« on: October 07, 2013, 07:31:51 AM »
Thanks, great idea...  but i can imagine the places you can't use Tripods won't like you bringing in a length of chain...  since it is a pretty deadly weapon! I think a retractable cord might be more appropriate!

Software & Accessories / Lenstag
« on: October 04, 2013, 05:09:48 AM »
Does anyone use this site to register your equipment. Does anyone know of any success stories etc?

Thinking of signing up, but wanted to know if it is real/good/a scam.


Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 f/2.8L II Horror Stories
« on: October 01, 2013, 10:11:54 AM »
There was this one time, my battery ran out and i had forgot my spare, so i couldn't use my 70-200...  it was horrible!  ::)

I have taken a 450D and kit lens into -35deg C and it was absolutely fine...  I would not worry about my 5D.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:15:54 AM »
Awesome lens...  loving it! :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 100D+40mm pouch
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:41:22 AM »
Hi all,

I got my wife (and by extension myself) the 100D + 40mm combo. She likes it and wants to keep it in her bag with some added protection. Do you think it would fit in a lowepro Dashpoint30? Anyone have any n for other suggestions of small pouch for protection of this compact combo?



Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:35:32 PM »
a 400 f/4 OS would have been nice... killed a lot of canon and nikon sales.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Save $50 on Adobe Lightroom 5 at B&H
« on: August 30, 2013, 12:02:31 AM »
Says out of stock for me! :(

Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 29, 2013, 07:26:48 AM »
Did the 200-400 have its own event, or was it part of something else?

Good point!

Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 29, 2013, 12:04:13 AM »
14-24 f/2.8, 16-50 f/4 IS, 400 f/5.6 IS or 100-400 replacement....

Any (or all) of those would be welcome in my eyes. :)

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