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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: T3i to 7dii or new lens
« on: December 03, 2014, 05:12:35 PM »
I am mostly a macro photographer but will become an occasional sports photographer for my son.  I really overlooked the 70D as an option.  Would this be enough since I am not spending all my time with action photography?  Also, the 70D lets me set some money aside for a possible future lens. Thanks for all the advice so far.
The 70D would be a nice body for occasional sports.  I used the 60D for this purpose until action photography became a very serious interest.   Then I upgraded to the 7D, then the 5D3.

However, I still think you see a bigger bang for your buck with the 70-200 f2.8L II.

Hey, Marsu42, +1 this and you'll get closer to another yellow box  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: T3i to 7dii or new lens
« on: December 03, 2014, 05:01:42 PM »
I don't doubt that a 7D2 would be a fun upgrade from the T3i.  But, given the lens choices that you offer, consider the 70-200 f2.8L II.  There will likely be rebates and below $2,000 pricing in the next few weeks.  This will give your T3i some new life. 

See where your photography goes with this lens.  You may still find a need for the 7D2 down the road if action is your main interest.  Or, you may want to drastically up the low light and IQ performance by pairing this lens with a 6D.

Lighting / Re: 72" umbrella... what to look for and what to avoid?
« on: December 03, 2014, 04:52:00 PM »
I've collected bunches of umbrellas over the years, mostly Photoflex.  My favorites are two 60" convertible which I most often use as shoot through umbrellas (without the black backing).   If there is reason to believe that the 72" umbrella is reasonably built, $25 sounds like a very low risk experiment in large light modifiers.  It may even serve well as a reflector.   First choice is white for individual portraits and small groups.  It may well be a special purpose modifier, but if you want more wrapping light, I'd give it a try.

How often do you grab the 24-105 f4L over the 24-70 f2.8L II for low light events?

I shoot a lot of sports and events.  My main lens is the 70-200 f2.8L II on a 5D3.  For candids at events, I love the IS and will shoot at 1/40 sec if need be when the subject is relatively still.  But, I prefer to shoot closer to 1/200.  My first FF short zoom was the 24-105 f4L -- loved the IS, but I've been spoiled with the 2.8 speed of the 70-200.

With the 24-105 f4L I often need to rely on IS to shoot at slower shutter speeds.  But, I now prefer using the 24-70 f2.8L with a faster shutter speed.  I also find that the 24-70 f2.8L is MUCH quicker to focus in lower light than the 24-105.  At a recent high school dance line event, I shot with two 5D3's and both the 70-200 and 24-70.  The 70-200 was my primary lens, but I did a lot very quick grab shots with the 24-70 and was amazed how it locked on to focus so easily.

It is also worth noting the 24-70 is a brighter lens.  I find that it's 1/3-2/3 stops brighter than the 70-200 f2.8.  I think of it as a 2.4 with a little more DOF.

I'm still torn myself because there are times when I prefer the 24-105 because of IS.  One is when shooting groups in lower light and I need a smaller aperture for it's greater DOF.  IS offers me the slower shutter speeds that could challenge my hand holding abilities.  A second scenario is landscapes with moving water where I want really slow shutter speeds.

Still, the 24-70 f2.8L is my go to short zoom for events.  Low light performance and focus speed over the slower f4 lens is why.  The killer IQ is an added bonus.  I think you will regret getting rid of it.

FWIW, I also own the 35 f2.0 IS and plan to get the new 50 IS if Canon ever refreshes the 1.4 or 1.8.  The 35 IS is great for really low light events.  It's not as flexible as the 24-70, but it gives me the extra stop and the IS and works as my backup for these events.  I'm hoping that a future 50 IS in the f2.0 or faster range will do the same.  Then, I will be less inclined to use the 24-105.

Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: November 30, 2014, 05:15:50 PM »
I've always left the Canon lens caps in the box safely tucked away in the attic.  Then I buy the Tamron lens caps.  They're center pinch and built like a tank.  And then... (LOL!) I don't use them!

The only time a lens cap is on my lenses is when they're stored in the lens case/bag.  What's the point of attaching a lens cap when the lens is on the camera or in use?  It just gets in the way, falls off, gets lost or causes a missed shot.  That's what the clear filter is for, protecting the lens when it's actually in use.
I've done the same thing.  Then friends see the Tamron cap and ask why switched from Canon.  But, now, with Hoya HD clear filters and hoods on my lenses, I only use caps on unmounted lenses.

Sports / Re: Winter Baseball
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:00:16 PM »
Nice shots!  I like the rundown tag and the third baseman's "did I get em" look to the ump.  Good work catching the reaction shot just after the play.  This is something that I often miss.

These glimpse's into warm weather sports are welcoming on a Thanksgiving Day in Minnesota with temps in the single digits.  Thanks for sharing.

Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 26, 2014, 11:23:31 AM »
Sean, we are really glad you are here and hope you keep us posted and share how this turns out.  Get your wife on the forum and I assure you she will probably learn a few things.  Of course, this forum is also to blame for many badly needed photography purchases as well!   :D

We hope she's thrilled with your gift and the creative opportunities that it will unleash!

Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:01:10 AM »
If she hasn't learned to shoot in manual mode I would probably stick with the t5i. She would probably be very happy with it and a new lens.

Good point.  Does Sean know what setting the mode dial is at?  If you aren't using the "creative modes" (specifically M, Av, or Tv) you may not fully appreciate the benefits of the higher-end lenses and bodies.

Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:22:39 PM »

You're right - I meant Prime Tele. And I suppose I'm getting at a need for faster action at low light. Does that make sense?
I appreciate all the comments - and am leaning towards a new 70D at this point. I do understand that bodies are a personal choice, but knowing the wife as I do, she'll never buy one unless I force the issue. I'd rather do a return for something else than a gift cert. The real question then, at this point, is will a 70D be enough, or should I do the 70D and a lens.


Faster action at low light does make sense. 

The most versatile crop body/lens combo for action at low light is the 7D2 with the 70-200 f2.8L II.  This will cost around $4,000.  The second best option is the 70D with the same lens for around $3,000.  Image quality between the two bodies is similar.  The benefits of the 7D2 will be most noticeable if shooting a lot of sports or wildlife.  If sports isn't a main subject matter, then the 70D would still be a great choice.  With either combo, the 70-200 is the star.  It will outlast either body and shine even brighter if there is a full-frame in your wife's future.

I assume that the 70-300 that your wife has is the non-L version.  I have the same lens.  It collects dust now.  Cropping the 70-200 at 200 is sharper than the 70-300 at 300.

If the 70-200 is too much lens right now (it sells for around $2,000), consider planning for it to be a future purchase.  An 85 1.8 or a 100 2.0 may be a good interim lens.  But, I would advise against the 135 2.0.  True, it's a great lens, but it's not as versatile as the 70-200.

I upgraded my XT to a 60D then went through a few months of debating over a second choice to the 70-200.  I came real close to getting a 100 f2.0 when it was over $500.  Then I took a cheap 18-135 to a local event and tried to use it only at 100 mm.  It didn't take long to realize the benefit of the 70-200.  So, I waited a couple more months and took the 70-200 Mk II plunge -- absolutely my best purchase.

Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 05:13:56 PM »
Wow, lot's of advice for the OP to ponder.

This gear is expensive, if you aren't sure, then some kind of creative way to give her a "coupon" for a lens and/or shopping spree makes a lot of sense.

I'll offer one more caveat.  I'm guessing that the 6 year-old Rebel predates the 18 MP sensor of the T2i/T3i/60D/7D bodies.  If true, then a new body will be a huge improvement.  But, if the OP's wife hasn't been keeping up with EOS body lineup (and doesn't follow CR), she may not realize the benefit until she tries a new one out. 

Speaking from experience, I came from the world of film.  My 8 MP Rebel XT was a huge improvement with it's "high" ISO of 1600.  All I thought that I wanted was a new lens.  With the film mindset, there's little difference in bodies.  But, in the digital world, the body (or sensor) can make a big difference.  It wasn't until I tried a friend's T2i with another friend's 70-200 f2.8 Mk I that I realized what I was missing.  My camera bag hasn't been the same since.

When I ultimately upgraded to FF, I looked at lenses differently.  Those "L" lenses that are good on crop, are fantastic on FF.  So, if FF could be in the wife's future, make the leap now.  Of course, I'm making some presumptions on budget.

I would advise the OP to look into the pricing of a 70D and the 6D to assess which one may be in the ballpark budget-wise.  Then, however he presents the gift to his wife, make it clear that it's ok to spend the money for whatever body is in his budget.

Incidentally, I would also highly recommend Canon's refurbish store for refurbished bodies.  I bought my 7D from them and have been very pleased with the purchase.  I like knowing that the body was fully tested by Canon before being sold.  They now offer a 12 month warranty.

Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:24:31 AM »
Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS II

I thought the OP wanted a mid-range zoom, but on crop or FF, the Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS II is my workhorse lens.

Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:52:59 AM »
If the Rebel has less than 18 megapixels, a body upgrade is in order.

If sports isn't a priority and you want to stick with a crop body, the 70D paired with a Canon 17-55 f2.8 would be a huge improvement and an ideal system for general use.

However, if full-frame is in play, consider the 6D with a 24-70 f2.8L II or even the older 24-105 f2.8L. 

As previously implied, there's a risk here.  These suggestions aren't cheap and we are making assumptions about your wife's interest in photography.  I can only draw from my experience.  A few years ago, I upgraded from an 8 mg XT to a 60D.  For a short zoom, I chose the 17-55 f2.8.  I was blown away with the IQ improvement and the low light performance of this body and this lens.

Eventually, with my sports photography, I pushed the limits of crop bodies and ventured into FF with a 5D3 and a 24-105 f4L.  I was blown away again with IQ improvements and better low light performance.

Full frame is expensive (and heavy).  It typically leads one to buying more 'L' lenses.  It may then lead to buying better post processing software and better computers.  But, once the money is spent, for the serious photographer, it can be very rewarding.

General advice is not to upgrade until the limits of your gear are holding you back.  You need to decide whether the limits of your wife's Rebel, or of crop bodies in general, are constraining her photography.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: November 19, 2014, 06:59:49 PM »
Okay - let me ask you this... Do you think that putting a lens (on a tripod ring/foot like the 100-400) into the capture clip even makes sense... maybe I'm over thinking it.  I will have 2 clips coming next week.  I'll do some testing... maybe I'll have one clip for sale.   ;D
Good question.  I use the collar on my 70-200 with a monopod for figure skating, so I keep a Manfrotto clip in it.  Generally, however, I prefer to leave the collar home.  I suspect the clip on the body will work better.  The lens collar may be too centered weight-wise and prone to swinging.

Sports / Re: Winter Baseball
« on: November 19, 2014, 06:50:16 PM »
I miss summer  :(

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:25:46 AM »
I use two standard Capture Clips for two 5D3 bodies, one with a 70-200 f2.8L II and the other with a 24-70 f2.8L II.  I do not use a tether strap.  Recently, I switched the clip to a 7D body and was impressed at how it remained secure on the 5D3.  I do, periodically, make sure the clip is still tight and have never had it loosen up.

The mount that secures to a strap or belt, however, should be checked periodically.  I'm in the habit of double-checking the thumb screws.  Sometimes, they aren't tight, but have never really loosened up.

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