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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:04:54 AM »
There is a hint of movement in mine as well, just enough to notice it, but not enough to affect performance.

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Canon General / Re: new 70d, wrong manual, no plastic wrap
« on: October 22, 2014, 10:28:48 PM »
I'd go to Eoscount.com and get a shutter count on the body.  If it is more than you put on it... I'd complain. 

There is also a program that does that same thing that was advertised on here a month or two ago... so that's an option and has more long term use than eoscount.

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Many credit cards double the manufacture's warranty, so that helps.

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Check your credit card company, some double and triple the manufactures warranty.

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I've had my mkiii for around 18 months now, and if the shutter failed after 20, 000 actuations, I'd be seriously pissed.  But I'd pay my cps dues, get the discounted repair rate, and then demand there be a warranty on the service performed. 


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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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