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Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:59:43 PM »
I was using my 70-200mm today for softball... it would have been tough to limit myself to only 200mm... so I think I may be keeping the lens even if I do elect to upgrade to the 200 f2...

My 6yrs got picked as top five swimmers in her class. She will be competing tomorrow with other teams. Can't wait to shoot with my 1DX. The 400mm will be mounted on 5D III this time. Wish I have another 1DX... ::)

Finally, I got a chance playing with this lens for about 4hrs. Took over 700 photos with 1DX. My final verdict is this lens going to stay in my bag.

In Ai servo, keeper rate is little less compared to f2.8 - 70-200 f2.8 and 400mm f2.8. However, IQ on the keepers is AWESOME. Let me say that again.....FREAKEN AWESOME ;D

Today I was shooting more softball, and in the 2nd game, I got into a fight with the umpire regarding a quick pitch (pitch is thrown before the batter is ready), and he was being petty and removed me from hugging the fence on the side of the field... so that went well... Damn umpires.

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Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2014, 11:42:44 AM »
I was using my 70-200mm today for softball... it would have been tough to limit myself to only 200mm... so I think I may be keeping the lens even if I do elect to upgrade to the 200 f2...
:o What?!?

You've got that all wrong.  PM me and we'll arrange a swap.  I'll send you a really nice bat and you send me the 70-200.  You'll find that your softball is much improved if you use the right gear!

That's why I opt for the build quality of the L. 

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Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2014, 09:54:35 AM »
Wish I have another 1DX... ::)

...and Christmas is just around the corner  ;D

I think I'm done for 2014 ;D

Whatever will you do for the next two and 1/2 months?  Don't worry, January 1st, 2015 is just around the corner.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 18, 2014, 06:38:38 PM »
Hi,

I am getting 70-200 f2.8 II for the same price as the following set 100 f2.8L, 135 f2 and 200 f2.8. I currently own a 60D and am planning to purchase the 7DII once it is available here in my country. What do you think is a better buy - the zoom or the set of primes? I love to shoot my kid (a very active toddler, her ballet recitals, outdoor sports, etc) and wildlife.

Would love to get opinion from folks here.

Thanks.

I use my 100L primarily for product photography, at f8. 

My 100L is also sharper than my 70-200. 
Get the 70-200mm f2.8L IS II. The IQ is on the level of the primes and AF of this lens is faster than all of them. I have the 100L and it is a little  sharper than the 70-200mm but not much. I used the 100L mostly for macro, because for portrait the 70-200 is on par and gives me flexibility

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Lenses / Re: Building my lens system - where to go from my basic kit?
« on: October 18, 2014, 05:03:17 PM »
I throw my vote towards 2 with the 70-200mm... heavy, but just a staple in my lens system.  I'd also suggest having a prime for dark events... so f2.8 just doesn't cut it.  I'm not a wide angle guy, so I couldn't care less about that choice, but it seems like the best bet on the market...

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Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: October 18, 2014, 04:58:48 PM »
I was using my 70-200mm today for softball... it would have been tough to limit myself to only 200mm... so I think I may be keeping the lens even if I do elect to upgrade to the 200 f2...

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:53:54 PM »
Did I previously mention that the 135L has a magic bokeh... so does the 85L 1.2 mkii and the 200mm f/2L... and there are those who say the 50L does... but I don't want to go down that rabbit hole. 

The 70-200's is fine... and really nice, but very few people would go so far as to say it is magic.

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Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:22:09 PM »
I sell my stuff on Amazon and when I have ambivalent feelings about doing so, I list the price higher than the used market value... so if itdoes sell, I get more than I should reasonably expect, but there is a higher likely hood of it staying in my bag because I price it out of the market....

So yeah....

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:13:30 PM »
I have the 100L and the 70-200f2.8L mkii.  Normally I would lean towards a prime, but the 200mm prime is a wash in image quality and you lose is.  It is smaller, so there's that.

I love my 100L, but I sold it when I bought the 70-200... then I bought it again... now I picked up an 85L mkii so I'm thinking about selling the 100L again.  Image quality is better than the zoom, but the 135L is close to being on par in image quality... so I might pick up one of those, sell the 100, and then have the zoom, an 85 and 135.  I mouse the minimum focusing distanceg of the 100L... so there's that.

Then there is the extra stop of light with the 135... and that is significant, but you lose is. 

I'd personally lean towards the zoom.  It is really good.  I use it when I cannot control the circumstances.  But when I can control the light or my subjects, I go prime.

So it comes down to you and what you shoot.

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 16, 2014, 07:24:48 AM »
I am probably going to get shot for saying this on a Canon forum, but if you are thinking of renting...... Why not a Sony A7S?

It is the low light king.... And apparently the right tool for the job.....

That's funny. :)

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 11:11:21 PM »
Any YouTube videos that you can reference so we have a sense of whether this is a dance routine, a skating routine like you might see from a band on a field, etc. 

I'm having a hard time figuring out what you will be shooting.

I'm supposed to get a CD of what was done last year, but from my discussions it sounds like it'll be similarly lit like this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BpFL1tA6lY

You're screwed.  But give it the best you got.

I would spot meter, I would only focus with the center AF point, I would probably also lean toward the 135L f/2... for the extra stop of light, and because it has a really good AF motor.  I have an 85L mkii and anything moving can be a challenge, so the extra stop and change wouldn't help me because everyone would be blurry. 

For that type of show... you can't use flash... but you can use the spotlight which has to be your best friend.  So follow that around.  Tripod... monopod... either or... but the 135L, the 85mm f/1.8, or the 100mm f/2 all lack IS.  If you have a buddy in the neighborhood with a 200mm f/2 IS, that might be your best bet.  Feel free to rent, but this is a challenge and a 1/2 regardless of the body and the lens combo. 

The other day in the dark I was using the 5D mkiii and I had to resort to only using the center AF point because it was the most sensitive.  So the other 76ish points won't make a huge difference.  So I'd probably lean towards the 6D as well. 

I'd also suggesting using something with the IR beams for focus.  I used the yongnuo 622c transmitter even when I wasn't using off camera flash, because the ir beams really came in handy to lock onto your target... having said that... a red grid on the performers might be distracting to the show...

Also, see if they will agree to wear a white and black checkerboard outfit... because that will also help to lock focus. 

I'd shoot in manual, set your shutter speed, open the aperture wide, and then let the camera adjust for iso... For movement, I'd agree that 1/500th is better... but I might try to get away with 1/250 if they are slowing skating... but getting those shutterspeeds... again... good luck. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:41:49 PM »
Here's a mediocre photo.  I was shooting at 200mm, f/2.8, 1/50 of a second, and 6400 iso on my 5d mkiii... and it is pretty awful. 

The kid falls, which is always fun, but it was just too damn dark. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:24:31 PM »
Any YouTube videos that you can reference so we have a sense of whether this is a dance routine, a skating routine like you might see from a band on a field, etc. 

I'm having a hard time figuring out what you will be shooting.

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:18:50 PM »
I tried shooting my daughter's birthday party at a skating rink... meh... at best.

I'll share what I can, but I wouldn't promise excellence.

Can you share backwards and at a constant pace as your subject.  If so, that might make for some decent second shutter flash images.

I tried to bounce the light off of a wall, can't do the ceiling because they are to high.  But that limited my mobility.  I tried using off cameraflash using a diffuser, but my daughter complained because it ed Dahl, so the flash blinded her for a second... so that's out.

I tried long exposures, but that's just a mess of arms and you can't tell what anything is. 

F2.8 just really doesn't get the job done.  Heck, I'm not sure f1.2 can get the job done without flash.  I hate skate Paris so much because they are moving towards you or away... so focus is an issue.

Good luck.. honestly...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:55:35 PM »
Put it this way: among current wedding/event photogs, how seriously would you take someone who is using a Rebel XS (1000D) as his/her only camera?  What about a sports photog using a 60D?  I'd feel more confident that the "pro" was serious about his/her work if they were using 7D (sports/wildlife), 5D or 1D series bodies.

So, it is then the perception given to the client?  Does that go back to the notion that a camera is more professional based upon the amount of money it is, or because, in the example provided above, they are physically bigger?   I do agree that a 1D is very impressive looking on the sidelines.

I could use the original 1d and it would only be marginally effective at capturing the shots that we take now (outside of ideal light)... big doesn't mean better...

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