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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 02, 2014, 06:36:43 PM »
1DX vs 5D3 - for me it is a no brainer - 1DX all the way, probably why I use one!
However I am not a wedding/event photographer - I shoot wildlife.
For the OP's needs I would take the 5D3 in a heartbeat. For this sort of photography the 1DX has little extra to offer. Yes the high ISO is better, but not by that much, and the battery life is better, so carry a spare. In fact, looking at the price difference, then get a spare 5D3 as well!
Looking at you post you don't really need what the 1DX offers and whilst it may be theoretically better in some respects, I believe a 5D3 will fulfill your needs just as well and you can get 2 of them (backup is always handy) for only a little more than a single 1DX.
As I said, for me, the 1DX is a no brainer - for your requirements the 5D3 is the no brainer + it allows you to buy a second body or improve/add to your glass.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 29, 2014, 03:25:24 PM »
time for an ad nauseum lock

Too true!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: For 1dx owners
« on: November 27, 2014, 07:02:14 PM »
I am very happy with my 1DX, but I would like too see changes in the menu navigation system and (perhaps) a quicker way of switching between AF points. Additionally I find the positioning of the AF on button on the vertical (portrait) grip a little fiddly. A higher capacity battery or reduced power usage would be nice but not important. Cheaper batteries would be nice though!
I don't need higher fps, mine is set to 10 H and 6 L = plenty. I most certainly, DO NOT want more MP - what on earth would I use them for? + they would degrade high ISO performance. The best large print I have yet seen was 77 x 30 inches (domestic door) and that was shot on a 6MP camera!
It would take a lot to make me upgrade, but I am keeping an open mind, as I thought I wouldn't want to upgrade my 1D4 - but I am very happy that I did!
We will just have to wait and see??????????

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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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