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I had the 17-55 IS. I have used it in dusty (Antelope canyon) and rainy (Oregon) conditions without any problem. I always kept a filter on, and zoomed slowly if I was worried about dust. I never had any dust inside my lens (not that it affects IQ anyway).
The 16-35 is weather sealed, of course, but if you are careful enough then I would weigh that sole advantage over the several that the 17-55 offers:
1. Two to three stops of image stabilization.
2. Less than half the price
3. Fully usable (sharpness, vignetting, etc.) wide open and quite acceptable corners
4. Much lighter and slightly smaller
5. The 35-55mm focal range, which makes it a very good portrait lens (and the bokeh is quite nice)
Werz,
If you take the 16-35mm f4L IS you'll be happy. It's a fantastic lens, fast AF, sharp, great contrast and IQ. The 16-35mm give you 4-stop IS (almost) so you can shoot almost anything static without needing a tripod and get sharp images (varies from one to another).

With due respect, while fantastic for a full frame (on my list for next year), the 16-35/4 is an inferior choice in OP's specific case. All the advantages I mentioned for an f/2.8 lens WITH IS are valid, plus the OP wants to use it for portraits occasionally.
Of course, some times we just lust for L ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:04:16 PM »
Conclusion : Those with BR buy a 'lockstar'. Those who do not use BR, bare this in mind before making your purchaser decision, and get a lockstar!

Holy smokes.  Didn't know the lockstar existed.  Why BR doesn't issue those as standard equipment is mind boggling.  For a 3-15 cent piece of plastic, not including it is borderline asinine.

A piece of duct tape performs the same function reliably.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:59:05 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions, keep then coming!

I'm surprised to see so many suggesting a battery grip. I've always thought they looked too bulky, plus most of my work is in landscape mode, but I'll have to try one sometime!

I'll check out the other products that have been suggested.

Thanks everyone,

Ashley

http://ashleymiddleton.zenfolio.com


Definitely make sure you like it before buying it.
I bought a used 5DII with grip and disliked the grip almost immediately. The position of the right hand on the grip is slightly higher relative to that on the body. It felt very awkward.
I tried it for several days, but couldn't get used to it at all, and sold it eventually.
However, many swear by these, especially those who shoot in portrait orientation a lot.
So one person's poison is another one's cure.
I do agree that the Rebel bodies need a grip to stabilize heavier lenses and to even wrap the fingers around the grip- and that is probably a more general feeling, although not universal.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:27:53 AM »
+1 on the GGS, L bracket and I also like to use a hand strap (there is a new one by Peak Design called the Clutch and they have fixed a recent issue with their anchors)


If you plan to use the pop-up flash, get the Lightscoop It is a $ 20 piece of plastic that will allow bounce on your pop-up flash and it actually works. Unfortunately, I had only full frame cameras when it came free with a 600-EX-RT (the irony!) so I had to give it away (after testing it on a friend's D90). Really useful.
http://www.amazon.com/Professor-Kobres-Lightscoop-Standard-Version/dp/B0017LNHY2#

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Photography Technique / Re: Need air show advice- Wings over Houston
« on: October 28, 2014, 04:41:57 PM »
   Read this.  You can not use the warbird photos for commercial purposes.  Is this really worth shooting?  Spend lots of money without a return is not my first choice.  http://www.wingsoverhouston.com/index.php/info/photo-contest
I typically use two bodies- 5DIII & 7D.  If the light is good(not overcast) I'll use the 100-400L on the crop body.  The 24-105L is on the 5DIII.  If the showline is close, I'll swap the lenses.  If it's overcast, go with a 2.8 lens.  I favor the 300 2.8 on crappy skies.  I shot Fleet Week with the 300 on the 5DIII and added the extender when required.  The 7D had the 70-200L.
   Shoot at a high shutter speed to grab some sharp keepers, then decrease for prop blur.  Jets require a speed over 800 with 1000-2000th preferred.(2.8 lens is best)
   Study the field layout and choose a good location for light considerations.  If the passes come from the North, you going to get nice light.  You might want to move toward the southern end on the crowd line if that's the case- you'll get more shots as they come down the line.  If they round the corner from the west and turn south, consider hanging out in that corner.  It's like Chino POF if you've been there.
    Watch the weather forecast closely.  Have fun!
Some samples:  exif data on the Flickr page- click on the photo.
 

Thanks for sharing the great images. The EXIF data will come handy as a guide.
I know I can't use them for commercial purposes, but I don't shoot professionally yet, so it's okay.
I wish I had received the 7DII in time, but that's not happening. So no 1.6x crop and 10 fps :(
I shall have the 70-200 + 2x on my 5DIII, and the 24-70 on my 5D for on-the-ground shots ;)
Great advice on the positioning- I shall definitely keep that in mind.
Once again, thanks so much for the advice. I hope I can do justice to all your time!

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Photography Technique / Re: Need air show advice- Wings over Houston
« on: October 28, 2014, 04:37:05 PM »
stay off to the side rather than the center of the field. Planes are starting their turns and generally doing more stuff there then in the middle.
200 will probably not be long enough, I took the 100-400 and wished for more most of the time.
I underexposed by up to a stop to get some detail in the sky.
1/1000th was the min speed to get a crisp image for me. Most of the show was shot in M. I tried the spot metering, but it was all over the place on my 6D so I switched to manual. With 5DIII you might have better luck.
Bring extra memory cards, I took almost 600 shots in 4 hours.
I'll reiterate the sunscreen and fluids!!!


Thanks for the advice re location. I would have done exactly the opposite had I not known.
I shall be bringing my 2x III, so I will have a range of 140-400. I know the 100-400 would have been better, but it will not be cost-effective to rent.
I took your advice to underexpose and set it as two of the custom functions- TVs at 1/2000 (61-point auto select) and 1/800 (zone selection) respectively. The third is set to Manual with 1/500 and f/5.6. All on Auto ISO.
Enough cards and battery- check!
Sunscreen and fluids- check!
Thanks so much! Great shot of the blue angels!

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Photography Technique / Re: Need air show advice- Wings over Houston
« on: October 28, 2014, 04:32:13 PM »
Practice your panning technique.  Cars on a road make a nice a analog. Remember to focus on something on the plane, pic a feature, put the center focus spot on that.  Set the IS to the right mode.

Are you close?  There will be planes coming in the days before, acrobatic teams will be practicing.  Might be your chance to shoot some keepers without having to fight for space. 

Get a schedule, know your events, don't miss something you don't want to miss.



I shall try and do a bit of panning practice on the helicopters and airplanes that fly above where I work.
Unfortunately, I won't get the opportunity to get near Ellington before Sunday.
I have set the IS to mode 2 and taped over it, LOL!
I am not very close- I only have general admission. Hope to get it early and pick a spot near the fence.
Thanks for all the advice!

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Photography Technique / Re: Need air show advice- Wings over Houston
« on: October 28, 2014, 04:29:06 PM »

Great shot, and great advice, Jim!
Thanks for the reminder to take earplugs. They don't have any VTOLs this year, unfortunately :(
Really appreciate the list!
I have just created two new custom settings with 1/2000 and 1/800 according to your advice.
I was thinking spot AF on One Shot and AI servo with all points enabled on my DoF preview button- is that a good idea?

AI servo and all the spots should work ok if there isn't any of the horizon in frame, but I used spot AF with AI servo to make sure the focus wouldn't screw off when the aircraft got low.

Jim

I am curious because I only have theoretical knowledge, but wouldn't Case 2 of AI servo setting preclude focusing on new objects entering the frame?

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Photography Technique / Re: Need air show advice- Wings over Houston
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:53:39 PM »
Take:

  • ID
  • Hat
  • Earplugs if there are jet demos.  If there are Harriers or VTOL F-35s, consider ear defenders also (not instead)
  • Water
  • Food
  • Sunscreen if you burn easily - I faced my pasty face into the sun for an afternoon and burnt the half which wasn't behind the camera, boo.
  • Something to sit on
  • A friend to mind your kit while you find a washroom

All that said, I found 1/800 gave crisp airframes, mildly blurred props and a decent keeper rate.  The attached photo was 1/500, but I didn't get a lot of keepers like that.  For jets, use the fastest shutter you can.  I had a 200-400 and a seat about 100 yards from the demo line, I was in a bit tight to get the aircraft taxiing past but I was pretty good for the demos.

It depends on how much light you have but I'd start with the aperture wide open and only stop down if you can get to 1/2000 (particularly hand-held) without winding the ISO too high.

Spot metering works for me, particularly if there is broken cloud causing the light level to go up and down all over the place.

I used spot AF mostly, with your 5D3 you'll be able to select a point to match the composition you like.  The AF limiter on your 70-200 is a handy thing.

Jim


Great shot, and great advice, Jim!
Thanks for the reminder to take earplugs. They don't have any VTOLs this year, unfortunately :(
Really appreciate the list!
I have just created two new custom settings with 1/2000 and 1/800 according to your advice.
I was thinking spot AF on One Shot and AI servo with all points enabled on my DoF preview button- is that a good idea?

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Photography Technique / Re: Need air show advice- Wings over Houston
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:49:52 PM »
I used the 70-200 with 2xmkiii a couple years ago on crop so I had to focus manually which was a challenge on planes during a demo but still managed to get some keepers. Slower shutter speeds are good for prop blur. Looking at 1/125 for a good blur. Monopod will help.  24-70 will be good for static displays. I have shot jets, prop and formation at Airventure in Oshkosh.  A lot of shooting air shows is trial and error and finding what settings you think look best.  Demonstrations usually have enough passes that you can try some things out.  They also don't usually start with the most interesting demo so you have time to get your settings dialed in before the main event. 

Good luck

Wow, I can't imagine manually focusing airplanes in flight. You must be really good!
I will take your advice, thanks a lot!

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I had the 17-55 IS. I have used it in dusty (Antelope canyon) and rainy (Oregon) conditions without any problem. I always kept a filter on, and zoomed slowly if I was worried about dust. I never had any dust inside my lens (not that it affects IQ anyway).
The 16-35 is weather sealed, of course, but if you are careful enough then I would weigh that sole advantage over the several that the 17-55 offers:
1. Two to three stops of image stabilization.
2. Less than half the price
3. Fully usable (sharpness, vignetting, etc.) wide open and quite acceptable corners
4. Much lighter and slightly smaller
5. The 35-55mm focal range, which makes it a very good portrait lens (and the bokeh is quite nice)

Hmm I'm checking the prices (canadian site) and without rebates :
CANON EF 16-35MM F4L IS USM LENS : 1319.99
CANON EF-S 17-55MM F2.8 IS USM LENS : 1050.04

You mentioned less than half the price? Am I checking the wrong lens?


Yes, I was comparing between the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS (CAD 900 at Henry's, see below) and the 16-35mm f/2.8 II (CAD 1700, okay the former is cheaper in the US). I did not consider the f/4 IS lens here because I was comparing the f/2.8 lenses.
The f/4 lens is a stop slower than the 17-55, so what you gain in terms of IS over the f/2.8L you lose in terms of aperture.
Here are the disadvantages of an f/4 lens:
1. Less light (you are light-limited on crop anyway, due to smaller sensor size)
2. Less shallow depth of field (you said you want to use it for portraits)
3. You cannot use the high precision f/2.8 AF sensors

http://www.henrys.com/23935-CANON-EF-S-17-55MM-F2-8-IS-USM-LENS.aspx
http://www.henrys.com/368-CANON-EF-16-35MM-F2-8-L-II-USM-LENS.aspx

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 27, 2014, 05:08:11 PM »
Going to replace ballhead and would like to get RRS BH-55 but thinking the size/weight might make a 2 series top heavy. Any thoughts if this is too big of head for these legs?

If 55 is too big, any other recommendations between BH-40, Kirk, Markins Q20, Acratech that would fit these legs better? Right now biggest lens is 70-300L and not sure if I would go much bigger (maybe 400 5.6) and if I did I would probably have to go to gitzo 3 series anyway.

I use an Arca Swiss monoball Z. It is much heavier than the BH-40 but lighter than the BH-55. It does make my GT 2541 a bit top-heavy, but not nearly as much as the RRS leveling base TA-U-LB does.
In my opinion, the top heaviness isn't an issue. When you use it, it will have a much heavier camera+lens combo anyway, and you should add sandbags etc. to stabilize it in any case.
However, a less ergonomic ballhead will be a bigger problem, and most people who've used both say the BH-40 isn't as ergonomic as the BH-55. Of course, I think the Arca Swiss is more ergonomic than either (review below):
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Arca-Swiss-Monoball-Z1-Ballhead-Review.aspx



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The only best landscape and portrait for APS-C sensors is the all-aroud 17-55mm f2.8 IS lens. It covers the wide angle (17mm-21mm with 27mm-35mm equivalent) and small part of the portrait focal lenght (50-55mm with 80-88mm equivalent).
For Macro, the best way to go is the 100mm f2L IS, that will also serve as good headshots portrait lens.
Wildlife lens, this is a good aspect to consider since strong rumors indicate the current 100-400mm lens is going to be replaced soon. As well, there are two Sigma lenses already anounced and coming to stores soon that covers longer focal lenght (150-600mm) so, I would suggest to wait a little bit.
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM will not give you a wide angle coverage in APS-C sensor so, I would take the 17-55mm instead.
Canon EF-S 10-22MM 3.5-4.5 USM is an excellent lens but I would also look at the new 10-18mm for half of the price.
Canon EF 16-35MM F2.8 L II USM doesn't have IS and isn't very good in sharpness at the borders wide open. I would suggest the 16-35mm f4L IS instead.
For the 35mm focal lenght, I would drop the canon 35L and take the 35mm f2 IS, it's cheaper, sharper and lighter.

The problem I'm having is for each review/comment of a lens that says "this is the best/buy this lens" I also see one that says "don't buy this lens". It's very frustrating :(

oops I did mean the 16-35 F4, just wrote the wrong one there. I'm torn between the 16-35 and the 17-55 right now. I like the 16-35 since it's a L series that should be more "protected" since I do a lot of hiking and travelling in all kind of places + winter shooting. Correct me if I'm wrong on the lens protection.


I had the 17-55 IS. I have used it in dusty (Antelope canyon) and rainy (Oregon) conditions without any problem. I always kept a filter on, and zoomed slowly if I was worried about dust. I never had any dust inside my lens (not that it affects IQ anyway).
The 16-35 is weather sealed, of course, but if you are careful enough then I would weigh that sole advantage over the several that the 17-55 offers:
1. Two to three stops of image stabilization.
2. Less than half the price
3. Fully usable (sharpness, vignetting, etc.) wide open and quite acceptable corners
4. Much lighter and slightly smaller
5. The 35-55mm focal range, which makes it a very good portrait lens (and the bokeh is quite nice)






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Hmm... That'd require a lens with IS.

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Photography Technique / Need air show advice- Wings over Houston
« on: October 26, 2014, 10:50:17 PM »
Hi all
I shall be attending the Wings over Houston airshow next Sunday. I shall be taking my 5DIII, 5Dc, 24-70II, 70-200II and both TCs. I wish I received the 7DII before that, but I doubt that will happen. In any case, gear is pretty much decided- I shall just take what I have. And I decided to take my monopod.
I would greatly appreciate any air show-related advice (or related to shooting aircrafts). I have seen some amazing threads in these forums, and I know there are a few experts and a lot who are good all round. It will be great to get some tips re shooting planes on the ground, in flight, solos and formations, tracking, pre focusing or not, shutter speeds for props, etc. I have zero experience.
If you have experience of going to Ellington and are willing to share, that will also be much appreciated.
Can't offer much in return except I will post all the reasonably acceptable pictures :)
Thanks in advance.

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