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Lenses / Re: zooms vs primes for landscape
« on: January 25, 2014, 07:05:41 PM »

Great shot, GMC!!  I love how the waterline takes the eye back to the sunset and the contrast between sharp rock formation and the soft water, beach, and clouds.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:20:54 PM »
Yellowstone National Park.  Shot with a 5D3, a 24-105 f4L, and a polarizing filter.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:10:54 PM »
Yellowstone National Park, August 2013.  All shot with a 5D3, 24-104 f4.0L, and Hoya HD polarizing filter.

Lenses / Re: 7D user - advice on my best option for a 'go to' lens?
« on: January 16, 2014, 06:37:55 PM »
Before going full frame, I used a 70-200 f2.8L II on the 7D and the 17-55 f2.8 on the 60D.  I highly recommend both lenses.  In my case, with sports and events, the 70-200 was my main lens.  On the 5D3, it's still my main lens.

But, for a "normal" zoom on crop, the 17-55 can't be beat.  The f2.8 is more important to me than the extra reach of 105mm on the f4.0 zoom.

If full frame is just around the corner, then look into a 5D3/24-105 or a 6D/24-105 kit.  If not, I suspect that you will get more out of your 7D with the 17-55, than the 24-105.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post your favorite camera gear here
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:49:00 AM »
I wish Canon would make some FF mirrorless, looks like your "Canonet GIII QL17". I will be the first one on pre-order list :)
I'll be second on that list.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post your favorite camera gear here
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:59:47 PM »
All time sentimental favorite camera is a black body 1974 Canon FTb-n with the FD 50 f1.4 breech-lock lens.  It's my first 35 and the camera that got me hooked on photography.  Next favorite is the Canonet GIII QL17 (40mm 1.7).  Both are simple, manual, nothing fancy, tough, no battery required (except for the meter) cameras that were fun to use.

But, my current favorite is the 5D3 with the 70-200 f2.8L II.  Never ceases to amaze me what this body can do in tough situations.  (Shh...a year ago, the 7D was the favorite that didn't cease to amaze.)

Lenses / Re: New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:02:38 PM »
I recently added a second 5D3 to my kit which still includes a 7D.  I find that the 40 and the new 35 2.0 IS are a little tight on each body, particularly on the newer 5D3.  These lenses give a definite metal-against-metal feel when mounting them to the body.  In contrast, both of the L lenses (70-200 2.8 and 24-105) glide on smoothly with each body.  I suspect this is due to the weather sealing.

I wouldn't worry about it.

Canon General / Re: Advice for future path please!
« on: January 11, 2014, 12:05:03 PM »
Superzoom for a compact camera?

FWIW, back when my XT was my "good camera", I bought the SX20 for a trip to Florida.  I wanted to travel light and didn't want to carry expensive gear with me.  I used it for beach shots a Cocoa Beach and for touring Disney World with the family.  It was liberating in a way.  I didn't miss my XT because it was a 1,000 miles away.  I was also more comfortable with the SX20 on the beach because I wasn't risking my good camera in the sand.  For many hours at Disney, the light weight was very welcomed.

Shutter lag is something that truly drives me nuts with compacts.  The SX20 is one of the quicker superzooms.  It's successors seem to lag more.  Still, since it was the only camera with me, I was resigned to making it work.

Today, I only use it for video because it has aut focus during video.  I'm getting better with the manual focus video on the 5D3, but there are times when it's easier to grab the SX20.

After upgrading to the 60D/7D sensors and now the 5D3 sensor, I don't consider the SX20 anymore.  Now "compact" either means the S100 or the 5D3 with the pancake.  Incidently, the S100 has a slighter larger sensor than the SX cameras and offers RAW images.

Looking back to that Florida trip, I got some great sunrise shots on the beach.  For these, I do wish I had my 7D or a FF.  For the Disney shots - the "we were there" memories shots, the SX20 images are fine.  But, to do the trip over, I'd take my 5D3.  Sure, it's a lot heavier, but I've also discovered Think Tank belts, holsters, and the Peak Design Capture Clip, which makes it much more comfortable to carry the big lenses.

Full frame will spoil you and change the way you approach photography.

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.

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