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Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« Last post by traingineer on April 20, 2014, 11:40:50 PM »
Congrats on the new lens and just remember, always look professional when carrying it.  8)
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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« Last post by jdramirez on April 20, 2014, 11:31:38 PM »
Sign of bad times.
Lets not judge the man who stopped you, in his mind he did his 'citizen job of the day'. He did what he thought was correct. He should have checked the situation properly before reacting but I am glad that there are people out there who feel that they need to protect the kids. Good. I think it is incorrect on anyone's part to call him a pervert.

I have a similar story but perhaps I, unlike you, was actually wrong. I had bought an underwater housing for my S90. I took it to my gym pool in broad daylight to see how it works. There were just kids in the pool. Boys. I was NOT taking their photos just trying to see how the housing feels underwater. One fat mama started singing the opera… I immediately stopped.

Good luck with learning servo focus etc. Try back button focus please.

I'm getting a little impatient for Dual pixel to be added to the 5D mkiii firmware.  The last time I used back button focusing while taking video, it wasn't good.  The aperture opened up... it searched a little... it was annoying.
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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« Last post by awinphoto on April 20, 2014, 11:31:05 PM »
I'm sorry to hear about your experience.  I've had this happen in numerous of times, places, and situations.  It can be unnerving at times, but it's best to let it roll off your shoulders.  If someone asks you not to take a picture of them, fine, of their kids, then ask who are their kids and just kinda keep them in the back of your mind to frame around, and so on and so forth.  I've had people request no photos and had people slip me a $20 to take a pick of them and email it to them.  You know, just learn to roll with the punches and not let anything get in the way of getting your primary objective done, and that's to get photos done. 
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Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« Last post by RustyTheGeek on April 20, 2014, 11:30:23 PM »
Well, I use my 300 for my primary wildlife lens.  With a 2x TC, its a hand holdable 600mm 5.6 with a very short minimum focus distance so its great for photos of small passerines, shorebirds or shooting from a hide.  It's easy enough to hike with once you get used to it especially with a nice black rapid style strap.  I've also used it for field sports with and without the 1.4x TC.  Its good for tight portraiture, especially for indoor sports where you will definitely need the wide aperture.

There's plenty of good uses for the lens if you shoot the style of photography it calls for.  Mine is the ancient non-IS version and I would instantly trade up for the vII if I could afford it.  I bought the sigmonster because I got a crazy good deal on it and it will come in very handy for when I'm distance limited like, say, shooting waterfowl or in a restricted habitat but I will almost certainly continue to use the 300 primarily.  It is just too good and too useful for wildlife and sports.  I'd say keep it around for a bit and see if you use it.  You can't really lose too much money if you find yourself selling it on later and you'll never be hard pressed to find a buyer.  I'd guess that if you have any interest in wildlife or sports photography, you won't ever want to get rid of it.

Thanks for the type of answer I was looking for. I PP a few BIF and was amazed at how sharp this lens is. I think I am going to use it for a few more weeks then make a decision from there.

What is your reason for shooting?  Why do you own what you already own?  Regardless of the answers, is this lens purchase in line with your previous purchases and will it make a difference in your performance, enjoyment and advance your skill?

I notice that you already own 2 5D3 bodies along with other expensive lenses so money obviously isn't an issue and you say as much.  So I think your plan is sound, keep it for a few weeks and enjoy it, then decide.

Keep in mind that you can throw a 1.4 teleconverter on the 70-200/f2.8 and only lose a stop with a max of 280/f4 mm if you sell it.  Not as good as the 300mm/f2.8 but you can easily get the stop back in post with the sensor on the 5D3.  I shoot swimming that way all the time.  Of course I shoot for fun, I'm not shooting for Getty Images.
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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« Last post by jdramirez on April 20, 2014, 11:29:57 PM »
Be glad that he spoke to you and didn't just call the police.  I know folks who have ended up in the back of a police cruiser.  People are paranoid - but, unfortunately with the rise of the internet - the perverts are out there and taking and sharing pictures, too.  So the paranoia is not completely out of line.  At least now in the digital age, if you are approached and accused, you can immediately show the pics to prove your innocence.  Back in the film days, it was not so easy.

But we shouldn't have to constantly prove out innocence.  For a benign activity such as photography,  we should not be automatically thrown in to consideration as either terrorists or child rapists. 

Afterall... those who have participated in the bikini thread are not all full-grown lady rapists...

If it is a public place... people are being photographed... not necessarily by a photographer... but by street light cameras, parking lot cameras, cameras at a checkout...

Hey... don't photograph me... that died a long time ago.
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Lenses / Re: 24 mk II Tilt SHIFT Pano Photo
« Last post by sanj on April 20, 2014, 11:18:07 PM »
I wish I could help but I am learning this myself.

I do like this photo.
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Photography Technique / Re: Panning
« Last post by ahab1372 on April 20, 2014, 11:17:32 PM »
both girls a standing on their bikes, so they will most likely bounce up and down. With longer shutter speeds, you will have inevitably motion blur on their faces. If they sat down, you may get away with longer shutter speeds.
Another way to get more blur is the subject moving faster - but I'm not sure moms like it when you yell at the kids "faster faster"  :P
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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« Last post by sanj on April 20, 2014, 11:14:58 PM »
Sign of bad times.
Lets not judge the man who stopped you, in his mind he did his 'citizen job of the day'. He did what he thought was correct. He should have checked the situation properly before reacting but I am glad that there are people out there who feel that they need to protect the kids. Good. I think it is incorrect on anyone's part to call him a pervert.

I have a similar story but perhaps I, unlike you, was actually wrong. I had bought an underwater housing for my S90. I took it to my gym pool in broad daylight to see how it works. There were just kids in the pool. Boys. I was NOT taking their photos just trying to see how the housing feels underwater. One fat mama started singing the opera… I immediately stopped.

Good luck with learning servo focus etc. Try back button focus please.
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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Last post by jrista on April 20, 2014, 11:12:53 PM »
Sorry, I'll shut up now. Bring on the beautiful photos!
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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« Last post by RustyTheGeek on April 20, 2014, 11:09:29 PM »
People have the right to take pictures in any public place


There's a distinction to be made between what's within your legal rights and what's polite or ethical.  In the U.S., you have the right to go around like Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged and insult everyone you meet, so long as you don't do it in a way that amounts to fighting words.  It is, however, extremely uncivil to do so.  Regardless of your rights, it's uncivil to take photos of people who don't want to be photographed.  The world is not your modeling agency, and its people are not your hired "talent."  Don't treat people as mere scenery in the theater performance that is your life.


Agreed and well said.  Just because you can do something legal doesn't mean you should.  I'm not saying you did anything wrong.  But invading someone's personal space with a long lens makes people nervous and potentially feel threatened.  (Regardless of your intent you can't always know how others may interpret things.)

In this case I don't think you acted inappropriately but the situation did give another observer an opportunity/excuse to do what they could do even if they shouldn't.  Which in this case is be the park savior/protector/big shot/bully.
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