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Nice but why not get the ProPad? -

It moves the Capture further up, offers padding/protecting against your body and makes the setup much more rigid?

I was intrigued by the ProPad.  But, I have two CLIPs and found the cost of two ProPads a bit pricy when I already had the 2" seat belt webbing left over from another project.  My cost was just my time sewing them. 

When I bought the CLIPs, I intended to mount them vertically on the belt.  But, I found the CLIPs easier to use if mounted horizontally.  If mounted vertically, I was a bit concerned about accidently releasing the CLIP and dropping the camera.

After using the CLIPs on my strap mounts, I like that they are very simple with no added bulk.  I actually find a benefit with the CLIP just below the belt.  When walking with a 5D3 and 70-200 on the CLIP, the camera and lens rides nicely wherever I position them on the belt.  If I carry the camera and lens in front, it is also handy to flip the body up when sitting or while changing lenses with the body in the CLIP.

Still, I haven't tried the ProPad.  I may well find it just as convenient as my solution.

Canon General / Re: Advice for future path please!
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:17:56 PM »
I have the 17-55 2.8 for my 7D and it's a great lens.  It's sharp and the speed has opened up more low-light opportunities for me.

I haven't lost anything moving to the 5D3 and 24-105 f4 combination.  In fact , I've gained a little more flexibility in low light due to the high ISO advantage of the 5D3, plus the fact that the 5D3 is better at focusing in low light.  I do think the DOF is comparable between this combination and the 7D/17-55 combination.   (Neuro had a good explanation elsewhere on this site about how aperture and DOF compare between FF and crop.  If I recall, for similar focal length or image size, the 2.8 on crop compares to 4.5 on FF.)

I should note that when I really want shallow DOF to isolate the subject, I grab the 70-200 2.8.   I did this with the 7D and now with the 5D3.  The DOF is tighter with the longer focal length and tighter still on full frame.

As for low light, I've been tempted by the 24-70 2.8 Mk II.  But, the price and the lack of IS has scared me off.  For me, 70-200 is my workhorse focal range on the full frame body, so the need for the 24-70 isn't as great.  Still, there are times when I need more low light capability in close quarters.  For these times, I bought the 35 2.0 IS.  If rumors of a new 50 1.4 or 1.8 IS materialize, I may add that lens to my kit and feel pretty comfortable covering the light challenged events that I shoot.

Another note on compact cameras.  My preference is the S100.  It's cheap now and pocketable.  I can't justify spending more for a camera with better IQ, but still has the shutter lag that is indicative of non-SLRs.  If the camera won't fit in my pocket, I might as well grab a DSLR.  Even though I have a smaller 60D and the still smaller XT, when I want to travel light, I grab the 5D3 with the 40 2.8 pancake.

Canon General / Re: Refurbished Canon bodies
« on: January 09, 2014, 02:07:41 AM »
I bought my 7D from Canon's refurb store about 2 years ago.  It looked new to me and has held up well.  If the price is right, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one direct from Canon.

Canon General / Re: Advice for future path please!
« on: January 09, 2014, 02:01:49 AM »
If noise from the 7D is limitting you, then now is the time to go full frame.  I though the 7D was the greatest camera made...then dove I into the full frame pool with a 5D3.  Now my poor 7D is neglected.  The 6D is quite tempting, but I shoot sports and wanted the focussing benefits of the 5D3.  Your wildlife adventures may dictate which of the two will meet your needs.

 As for lenses, I bought my 5D3 with the 24-105.  I don't understand all the written abuse this lens gets, my copy seems quite sharp and I love it's versatility - in both focal length and IS.  However, my most used lens is the 70-200 2.8 Mk II -- which I highly recommend.

With full frame, you get less noise, sharper images (with quality lenses), and deeper color latitude. (My 5D3 produces sharper images with my 70-200 than my 7D does.)   Given your current lenses, I would suggest full frame before another lens.  It's really hard to appreciate the IQ benefits of full frame until you get one.  You may look differently at lens options after buying a FF body.

If you do stick with crop bodies, then definately go fo the 17-55 2.8.

I often carry two bodies - a 7D with the 70-200 f2.8L II and a 5D3 with a 24-105 f4.0L.  I can't handle the shoulder strap bags anymore.  After a while, the strain near my neck gives me headaches.  Plus, I don't like the cameras swinging too far, so I stayed away from BR straps.  I most often used Think Tank holsters on a Think Tank Pro Speed Belt. 

A couple months ago, I invested in two Peak Design Capture Clips.  I have been very impressed with these.  As the photos below demonstrate, I sewed 2" straps into a loop so I could mount the clip horizontally and then be able to slide it around the Pro Speed Belt.  The clips are always on the belt and I don't use the holsters as much.  The clips are very handy for changing lenses.

Also, I make my own neck straps using 1" wide tubular webbing (from REI).  The neck strap is still handy when I grab a single body.  These 1" straps are less cumbersome than the Canon straps.  They are nice to have when I'm in a hurry and just need to throw a camera around my neck or shoulder.

So far, I strongly recommend the Capture Clips, especially the new design (as shown below).

EDIT: I added a fourth photo below.  The strap is sewn it two places to keep it secure below the belt and to prevent losing the whole works should the clamps on the clip loosen (which hasn't happened, yet).

Lenses / Re: Baby on the way - lens help
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:57:49 AM »
Neuro and AnthonyD, great shots!  Love the blanket peek -- great timing helps when they're awake!

Lenses / Re: Baby on the way - lens help
« on: January 06, 2014, 03:18:52 PM »
When my kids were infants, my main lenses were an old EF 35-70 USM zoom on a Rebel film body (i.e. full frame) and the EF-S 17-85 on an XT.  The FF range of 35-70 was very effective.  But, the biggest benefit was that both lenses had USM focussing and were very quiet.  I had tried a third-party lens with a louder focussing system (about as aloud as the 50 1.8) and I often lost the moment because the baby heard the lens.

Canon General / Re: Rubber Hoods
« on: January 06, 2014, 03:02:57 PM »
I've used rubber lens hoods on my FD lenses for decades.  They generally held up well and I always folded it all they back to store the lens.

Most of these lenses had 52, 55, or 58 mm filter tfhreads.  Most of my EF lenses have thread sizes larger than 58mm.  I find rubber hoods for these lenses too inconveniently large in diameter and I prefer the plastic hoods.

I can't say which offers greater protection during a fall, but both offer good protection against bumps when carrying the camera with a shoulder strap.

EOS Bodies / Re: Change from T3i to 70d, or invest in a new lens?
« on: December 24, 2013, 02:11:13 AM »
I went from an XT, to a 60D, to a 7D, and finally the 5D3.  Before getting the 7D, I bought the 70-200 f2.8L II and the 17-55 f2.8 for use with my 60D.  For me, these are THE lenses for crop bodies.  You need to examine the focal range that you shoot most often, then choose which lens to invest in first.

I most often shoot candids, events, and indoor sports.  The 70-200 is an ideal lens for these situations.  It was my most used lens on the 7D and is now even more useful on the 5D3.

The 70D offers a better focus system for both action stills and video than the T3i.  If focus issues are an issue, then the 70D is worth considering.  However, the 17-55 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8 will give you a bigger bump in image quality than upgrading to the 70D.  These lenses are sharper and faster.  The 2.8 alone will give you greater subject separation if shot wide open and will make many of your images pop.  For available light, there are no better choices in zooms.

Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 21, 2013, 11:43:17 PM »
I download files into a directory based on the date then add subject to the directory, such as  I often shoot with two bodies and duplicate filenames is an issue.  Before getting the 7D (which includes an option for custom filename prefix), I wrote a small batch file to rename the images.  I would download files from the secondary body first, then run the batch file to rename IMG_xxxx.CR2 to IMB_xxxx.CR2.  Then I would download images from the main body and leave the filenames alone.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Vote for T1i, SL1 or 6D
« on: December 21, 2013, 04:33:39 PM »
I shoot indoor volleyball for my kids' grade school and generally position myself net-side, so I have a good view of the front line and of net action.  I had good success with a 7D and the EF-S 17-55 2.8.  Now I use a 5D3 with the 70-200 2.8L II.  This is a great combination for this venue.  Go for the 6D.  You'll be better prepared for low light gym's and get better color.  Shoot with center-point focus.

Are zooms as good as primes?  Depends on the zoom and depends on the prime.  I do think the 17-55 and the 70-200 II challenge most primes with the latter lens being the better challenger.

Lenses / Re: Should I choose the 70-200 2.8 II?
« on: December 19, 2013, 12:43:11 AM »
Best advice I ever got was "never buy a lens until you actually need it."  So, do you need the 70-200 range? Do you need the 2.8 speed?  Do you need IS?  (Can you afford it?)

Now, the 70-200 is a very versatile range on full frame.  The 2.8 offers great subject seperation.  And the IS further extends its versatility for both creative slow shutter speed shots and hand holding during low light event work.  This is my most used lens and will likely outlast my 5D3.  If you have a need for the 70-200 range, get this lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D shutter count
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:00:16 AM »
Have tested EOSCount?
I tried it on my 7D, then tried it weeks later - and hundreds of images later - and the shutter count didn't change.
Did you switch off your camera between? I've seen that the count did not change between different readouts if the camera was not switched off. Once switched off and on again the count did change. Can't remember if this is true for the 7D.
Yes.  The camera was cycled on and off many times in the weeks between attempts.  However, this was nearly two years ago when EOSCount was free.  I wasn't interested in buying it unless I had confirmation that it was reliable.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D shutter count
« on: December 13, 2013, 07:24:00 AM »
I used and had no issues.  I think they charge like $1.99 or something but it worked perfectly with my 7D.  :)
Have tested EOSCount?
I tried it on my 7D, then tried it weeks later - and hundreds of images later - and the shutter count didn't change.

Lenses / Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« on: November 30, 2013, 01:35:47 AM »
Here's another vote for the 70-200 f2.8 Mark II.  I don't shoot weddings, but I do shoot events in similar conditions.  My 70-200 is my most used lens and the IS is a big reason for it.  I have no problem shooting down to 1/40 with it and get interesting shots with my subject still, but surrounding people in a slight blur.  This isn't always my objective, I usually prefer 1/100 or faster, but there are times when you find a subject in poorer light and changing shutter speeds to get the shot is quicker than bumping up the ISO.  You have to work quick at events and a monopod would be too slow and limiting.  The IS does a great job of extending your freedom to get the shot in sometimes less than ideal positions.

More importantly, the IQ is fantastic and it does a great job of isolating your subjects.  Of course, this all depends upon your style of covering these events.  I prefer to stay in the background and love the perspective that I get with the longer focal lengths.  This could well become your primary wedding lens.  If so, the 2.8 IS version would be worth the investment.

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