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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 04:22:31 PM »
Wait?  You mean Sony does not have a decent combo that will produce 800MM+ at f/5.6

Who would ever need such a thing? 
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Me!
My Canon 800 F5.6 L IS is what I use for 80-90% of my photography and it cost me less than a Sony 500mm!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: REVIEW: Canon 7D2 For Events? Perhaps...
« on: November 21, 2014, 03:44:00 PM »
justsomedude I am glad you are so happy with your 7D2.
Just yesterday I got the opportunity to have my first play with the 7D2. The owner was a local (ish) pro who does a fair bit of testing for Canon so I was interested in his observations.
Anyway I quite liked the 7D2 and appreciated is size and light weight as well as decent AF. As the day went on, however, he put his gear away (Canon 200-400 F4 + 7D2) as he had run out of ISO - I was still using my 800 F5.6 at F8 and 1000 sec. True I was using a 1DX but a 6D would have done this at F7.1 and a 5D3 at F6.3 or better. That tells me a lot about the 7D2. For reference his 7D2 is going back to Canon, he was trying it as a backup, but for him it is not up to the job.


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Lenses / Re: Really bad GAS
« on: November 20, 2014, 07:06:55 PM »

My two main uses for this lens will be sideline football and birds/wildlife.  From experience with others I know, a 500 is too long for football. I can believe this as I found that I rarely used my prior 100-400 at 400 on the sidelines. Also, that extra stop of light is critical to me for night games.  So, a 500 would limit its use to just birds/wildlife for now.  I'm thinking about buying the 300 and a couple years down the road adding a 600.  Extenders will give me reach on the 5d, and I an gain even more reach with my 7d II for birds. I haven't shot anything yet with the 300 and 7d II.
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I think you are travelling down the same road as I did. The 300 F2.8 L IS is a stunning lens (even my Mk1) but where you need reach a longer lens is better. I went for the Canon 800 F5.6 L IS and am absolutely loving it! When funds allow, also give the 1DX a try out - but not until you have the funds as you will want it!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: REVIEW: Canon 7D2 For Events? Perhaps...
« on: November 20, 2014, 06:54:53 PM »
Watched the video.
So what you are telling me is that the 7D2 with the right lens (at 100mm) is better than the 5D3 (with the wrong lens) at a similar focal length. Sorry that didn't blow my socks off. Much as I like my 24-105 F4 it is not going to produce the same results as a 70-200 F2.8 Mk2 or my Mk1 for that matter. Naturally the 7D2 has a narrower field of view and more, smaller, pixels on target - so what? Is its high iso as good? When the correct lens is used is it's resolution as good?
What about using your 70-200 (or 24-105) on both cameras and comparing them with the same framing?
This would give us much more useful information.

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Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 07:42:56 AM »
800mm is my most used but my 25mm lens is my favourite - simply because it's the lightest!

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Lenses / Re: 400mm thoughts
« on: November 17, 2014, 05:28:25 PM »
I am not a 400 DO owner but I have had the opportunity to wring out 3 examples of the Mk1 version.
With all 3 the images looked a bit flat initially but this was easily fixed in PP. What concerned me was that on the 3rd example IQ was poor - certainly bettered by a 300 F4 of 400 F5.6. Sharpness/resolution was mediocre at best.
I found this strange as the previous 2 examples had out-resolved my Canon 600 F4 L IS at the same range! Unfortunately the first 2 were overpriced otherwise I would have been a happy 400 DO owner!
With the Mk1 you really need to try the lens out thoroughly before buying - with the Mk2, we shall see!

Lenses are sometimes knocked out of adjustment, and Canon needs to fine tune them.  When buying a used lens, I always assume that I'll need to send it in, and will reduce my offering price to account for a standard adjustment and repair.

That may have been the case but I have heard from others who had similar experiences. The consensus over here is that later models tend to be better but all should be well tested before buying.

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Lenses / Re: 400mm thoughts
« on: November 16, 2014, 04:10:41 PM »
I am not a 400 DO owner but I have had the opportunity to wring out 3 examples of the Mk1 version.
With all 3 the images looked a bit flat initially but this was easily fixed in PP. What concerned me was that on the 3rd example IQ was poor - certainly bettered by a 300 F4 of 400 F5.6. Sharpness/resolution was mediocre at best.
I found this strange as the previous 2 examples had out-resolved my Canon 600 F4 L IS at the same range! Unfortunately the first 2 were overpriced otherwise I would have been a happy 400 DO owner!
With the Mk1 you really need to try the lens out thoroughly before buying - with the Mk2, we shall see!

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Lenses / Re: Rented a big white and wow
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:37:23 PM »
AS cervantes says - if you can afford it the Canon 500 Mk2 go for it!
It is VERY sharp, has great colour, blisteringly fast AF, lightest in it's class, works well with extenders etc.....etc
Wish I had never tried one!

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one thing is sure.. you donĀ“t even need DXO to see that sony has the best sensors.

They probably have, but that is of little interest to me.
A little while back I got the chance to play with the Nikon D800e and the D4 along with 2 examples of the Nikon 500 F4 ED VR AF-S lens.
Sorry they may have the best (Sony) sensors (and the much touted Nikon processors) but the cameras performance (the D800e was of little use due to the light) and the lenses performance just made me glad I bought Canon. They were pretty peeved when they tried my Canon setup.
Sony sensors are probably the best around at the moment but they are not necessarily put in the best cameras and do not have access to the best lenses (certainly in the case of long fast lenses).
So Sony's (better) sensors are of little value to me, especially in Sony cameras!

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Lenses / Re: Rented a big white and wow
« on: November 11, 2014, 03:55:17 PM »
All the Big Whites are wonderful lenses but they are addictive!
Research your personal needs carefully before you decide which one to buy, as they all have different pro's and cons. If you can stretch to it a Canon 500 F4 L IS Mk2 is a portable lens that offers real reach and works well with a 1.4 Mk2 or Mk3 extender. If less mobility is required then the 600 F4 lenses start to shine. Personally I find the 800 F5.6 suits my needs - but I did get it at a very reasonable price.
Try them all out before you decide - it is a big purchase so make certain you get the right one for your needs.
Good luck!

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Lenses / Re: Impressions from the EF 16-35mm f4 L IS USM
« on: November 10, 2014, 05:22:16 PM »
These days I rarely use my IS at all (well once this year) on any of my IS lenses.
Whilst I fancy the 16-35 F4 very much I struggle to think of a use for the IS for my photography, I don't use it on my Canon 800 F5.6 L IS even when hand holding so on a 16-35?
Still if people want it then Canon would be silly not to include it!

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Lenses / Re: Rented a big white and wow
« on: November 10, 2014, 05:15:42 PM »


I'd primarily use it on a crop. Agreed you always want more though.
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A crop sensor will help with range but not by as much as the 1.3 or 1.6 crop factor would suggest - in fact my current FF camera at least equals and possibly beats my (ex) 1.3 crop camera(1D4). Additionally FF cameras generally give a better ISO range which can be very handy with long lenses.
However do not change your camera until and unless you find it is holding you back - glass is more important!

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Lenses / Re: Rented a big white and wow
« on: November 09, 2014, 03:00:38 PM »
My Canon 300 F2.8 L IS Mk1 produces very good images with the Canon 2 x Mk3 extender, however a 500 or 600mm will do a better job at these sort of focal lengths.
I am not trying to put you off getting the 300 F2.8 it is just that, if you need longer focal lengths, it is better to get a longer lens.I do use my 300 F2.8 with extenders (and it is good) but only when my longer lens would restrict my mobility too much.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1Dx in favour of mirrorless
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:30:14 PM »
I have been looking at some of the mirror-less cameras simply for their sensors and light weight. However the only use I can think of for one is landscape and a little macro. Unfortunately they are of no use for about 90% of my photography so when I can afford a second/bacup body it has to be a DSLR.
When they produce a mirror-less camera with a big 11.1 volt battery, VERY fast AF, a big grip and a good optical viewfinder, decent frame rate, large buffer etc,etc I will buy one - oops! That is a DSLR!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Some questions about autofocus speed
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:40:11 PM »
I had the 300 F4 L IS for quite a while and loved it, I only sold mine because I got the 300 F2.8. As to the IS if you are putting it on a tripod or shooting anything moving then turn it off otherwise you will miss a lot of shots and get a noise like a coffee grinder! I am not knocking the IS on the 300, it is just that it doesn't like any significant movement.
Unlike Neuro (sorry Neuro!) I disagree about IS and AF performance. The difference is not large but it can be significant on things like songbirds flitting about in trees. If your IS is already running then there is no difference on static subjects, however if it isn't then the lens cannot focus until it is. I know IS fires up almost immediately but it is not instantaneous. For example yesterday I got 3 shots of a Bittern standing, then it was off! That was 3 frames at 10fps so if there was a split second delay while the IS fired up how many frames would I have got? The other thing I find is that if subjects are moving then, as you track them, you are fighting the IS - hence my coffee grinder comment above. On more modern IS systems (like the 4 stop IS on my 800 F5.6 L IS) this is far less pronounced.
I am not saying don't use IS - it can be VERY handy - just save it for when it is really needed and the subject is not moving too much.
I don't know if the 7D2 AF will be faster but, from what I read it hunts a lot less and tracks far better than any previous APSC camera - all the comments about the 7D2 AF seem to be very positive.
I sympathise with your eye problems as I have a cataract in my right eye so I rely heavily on the AF as well! Hopefully mine will be operated on soon!

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