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Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma- 300mm f2.8 with tc or 500mm f4L MkI
« Last post by Jack Douglas on December 08, 2016, 10:13:57 PM »
1DX2 + 400 DO II + 2X III is all the weight my aging body can handle hiking. :(  And that's assuming I stay fit

Don't be pessimistic. I bet you will happily upgrade from 1DxII to ...1DxIV  :)

There is also another distant future trick: You may exchange your 1DxII for the latest 5D (Mark VI, whatever). That way you will sacrifice fps but you will have a lighter system  :)

But you are right the combination you have is at the limit ... for me too. Actually maybe my limit is a little less heavy. I was walking holding my 400DOII+1.4XII+7DII all the time with no issues. Also I was able to handhold almost continuously (and I mean it because I was in a boat and shooting) for about one hour with no issues. A few days before I tried to do the same with my 500II+7DII. It took me one month to stop feeling my hand as a little tired (So 500II for me is best when in a car)

Yes, Tron, it's one thing to feel tired from shooting and quite another to have a type of injury due to the weight and length of shoot.  So far I just get tired.  I appreciate the smaller diameter of the 400.  We all know that eventually age catches up with us and in my case my daughter is waiting in case I can't handle it. ;)  However, would she really want that weight, that remains to be seen since she hasn't tried it.  A 6D sized camera might be the solution.

There is no question in my short time with the camera, the 14 fps is addictive.  One shot is now two or three with slightly different head angles etc. to choose from or an eye open vs. one closed sometimes.  If you have 10 fps it probably isn't as striking but the 6D was 4 1/2.

EOS Bodies / Re: Here's an Updated 2017 Canon Roadmap
« Last post by privatebydesign on December 08, 2016, 10:03:38 PM »
But an update could make it a too expensive 17.000 buck lens like Nikons.  And at 800mm, in many cases the atmosphere starts to avoid you get crystal clear images. Most of the subjects will have extreme bokeh anyway, so corner sharpness of the 800/5.6 is not an issue.  Instead of an 800, the 600II+1.4 extender will also do it.  Aside from that, for these focal lengths I would use the Sigma 200-500/2.8 with its 2x extender anyway - mainly because of its weight, which makes it much more stable outdoor situations.

So your rationale is that an updated Canon 800/5.6L IS II would be too expensive, but you prefer to use the $26K SigZooka instead.  That makes sense, thanks.

When subtlety fails, choose SigZooka.

- A

I probably read every funny comment that was made about this lens.  I invite everybody to set up a Canon telezoom on one tripod, and the Sigma on another tripod in an outdoor scenario (which is obviously what it was made for).  Let's see who's laughing then, when you realize that the weight of the Sigma makes it much more stable than the other tele zooms, giving you more room regarding shutter speeds on top of the f-stop advantage it has.  I also didn't see too many people handhold a Canon 400/2.8 or 800/5.6, so a tripod is needed for all these lenses anyway.

The Canon 400 and 800 primes are easily used on a monopod, which is how many of them are used, the Sigma lens is tripod only, so a vast difference in usability. If you want the stability the weight the Sigma brings just put some sandbags/bean bags over any lens on a tripod and you get exactly the same result, mass induced stability. Of course the bean bags with beans will cost you $25,000 less 🙄
Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« Last post by lion rock on December 08, 2016, 09:52:14 PM »
Thank you RPT.
I don't use Magic Lantern.
I had tried to move focus while keeping the camera still, or, moving the camera in small steps and keep the focus untouched and then stack with PS Elements with poor results.
I made a stepper motor driven linear stage which I completed recently and I want to "try" out.  I don't know which program to use yet, I may go back to PS-E, or try Microsoft ICE, if it works.
But the whole point is to re-shoot with better lighting.
Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« Last post by rpt on December 08, 2016, 09:35:00 PM »
Thank you Jack!
Thank you Click!

Over the weekend, I'll re-shoot them and may try stacking, wish me luck.
I agree with Jack and Click. It is lovely.

What do you use to do the stacking? Also do you use Magic Lantern to shoot the stacks?
Lenses / Re: Upgrade from 17-40 f4 to 16-35 f4 IS?
« Last post by pwp on December 08, 2016, 09:17:56 PM »
No worries. Maybe I could have been more explicit.
Anyway it probably looked like an opportunity to use that funny Fact Check in Aisle 4 image!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem with previewing RAW image from 5D4 on Mac
« Last post by mw on December 08, 2016, 09:14:44 PM »
Yes, currently running macOS Sierra Version 10.12.1 on MacBook Pro. I believe that is the latest version of macOS.
Canon didn't even have to ask customers if their service is better than Sony...   ;)

That would be insulting for Canon, because it sounds the same if they claim "our service is better than nothing", considering the Sony service virtually doesn't exist.
Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 Now Available, Adds EOS M5 Support
« Last post by AvTvM on December 08, 2016, 09:10:14 PM »
2015.8 ... really?  or 2016.8?
EOS Bodies / Re: Here's an Updated 2017 Canon Roadmap
« Last post by AvTvM on December 08, 2016, 08:56:59 PM »
Know-it-all Canon market research says: "All we need to do is continue bringing marginally improved iterations of our tried and tested mirrorslappers. No need whatsoever to put anything mirrorless on our 207 roadmap."
Let’s look at the just-announced Jan-Oct CIPA numbers for the past few years for a moment:

DSLRs fell to half their previous sales level in just four years. Mirrorless is running 11% under its peak. Since Canon and Nikon essentially own the DSLR market they’re under extreme stress; particularly Nikon, where a majority of their business is cameras.

So as we get to the close of another year, I’d have to argue that “nope, we haven’t hit bottom yet.”
That’s where things get really scary. If this is just a constant state of decline, DSLRs will fall below 3m units by 2021, which is about where mirrorless is now.

hehehe. Now who's delusional?  :D
Punishment by "me and millions of other not buying customers" is brutal. ;D
Reference View like dehaze doesn't work on standalone 6.8 version  >:(
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