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Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma- 300mm f2.8 with tc or 500mm f4L MkI
« Last post by tron on December 07, 2016, 09:45:21 PM »
I really wish the 1DX II had a truly silent shutter, then I would go for Jack's combo for walking bird shots and have a great setup for general large mammal stalking. 1DX II would be preferable for low light, fps and other features over the 5DSR. Unfortunately, my experience with my 1DX shutter is that, while birds will tolerate it, deer, foxes, etc will not and after one shot all you see is an empty frame.
We each have our special preferences, but it does help a lot to hear how others manage the trade-offs.

I don't have the 1DX2, I use the 1DX - which is also remarkably noisy!

I too would like a better silent shutter mode, but for humans not wildlife. With the exception of a fairly close in Vixen - who merely gave me a dirty look - my noisy camera has been completely ignored by wildlife.

With the racket that my camera makes I was expecting problems but, so far, I haven't encountered them. The local deer simply ignore it, but if I twitch they are gone! Birds at 6 to 10 meters couldn't care less. However foxes seem to prefer single shot to machine gun mode. They don't run off but they don't seem to like it - this is exactly the same with my (MUCH quieter) 7D2 as well. Perhaps Foxes just don't like the rapid slap slap of the mirror, but are quite happy with the odd clatter now and again? Who knows.

Despite my initial reservations the racket that the 1DX makes has yet to prove a significant issue - except with humans!

Perhaps your local wildlife is more skittish?
I believe the wildlife in churches and theaters is the same anywhere  ;D
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Post Processing / Re: Creative post-processing – before & after
« Last post by Jack Douglas on December 07, 2016, 09:33:53 PM »
All the samples so far strike my fancy.  Guess I'll have to start learning how.

Jack
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Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma- 300mm f2.8 with tc or 500mm f4L MkI
« Last post by Jack Douglas on December 07, 2016, 09:30:59 PM »
Well, I'm a human and I got used to it pretty quickly! :)  I know the first few shots had me wondering what I had bought but now it seems acceptable.  However, I wouldn't feel that way in a quiet church and would likely use my 6D.  Birds seem pretty accommodating.  Of course if we're talking 800mm, the distance helps.

Jack
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Reviews / Re: LensTip Review - 16-35 f/2.8L III
« Last post by East Wind Photography on December 07, 2016, 09:24:50 PM »
Ive used this with astro and the vignette is not really a big deal, particularly when you get excellent stars all the way to the edge of the field. Your alternatives are to crop out the edges anyway when you get bat wings with other UWA lenses. Plus you can use in camera PIC to to cut your jpg which you cant do with another brand such as tamron.

So are you pushing the corners of a high ISO long exposure the 4+ stops you've lost (and how does that look?), or do you leave the vignetting in the shot?

I personally don't mind vignetting with portraiture, environmental portraiture, street, travel, etc. but I don't shoot astro.

- A

No I'm correcting the vignette to flat. You need to.properly expose your image. Obviously if you are under exposing and expect to raise the vignette 4 stops and then try to.push another 3 or 4, you may not be able to do it with a consumer camera. I use a 1dx2 and a 7d2. With the 7d2 I get less vignette due to the crop factor. The 1dx2 handles it quite nicely though. I'm very happy with the lens and the only reason I don't sell my 24 1.4 is that I sometimes need 1.4 otherwise this 18-35 rarely leaves the camera.
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EOS Bodies / Re: Here's an Updated 2017 Canon Roadmap
« Last post by tcmatthews on December 07, 2016, 09:24:37 PM »
Both the EF-S 17-55mm and the EF-S 15-85 lenses need an update: the focusing ring should be wider (at least 20-25 mm) and placed at the front of the lens and the zoom ring should be moved behind it to the back of the lens.

Ergonomics are very much a personal factor (and can even change with time).

The placement of the zoom and focus rings on my Canon EF-S 15-85mm are ideal for me. I prefer the configuration of zoom ring at the front, and the focus ring closer to the body. (I have also used the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 and enjoy its ergonomics).

I have used the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 ii and find while it balances ok, I would also prefer the zoom ring at the front. Preferred ergonomics may be due to the way different people hold their camera and lens combo.

The IQ of the 15-85mm and 17-55mm are very good, practically L level (but being an EF-S lens, doesn't get the L designation). And yes, I own several other lenses, including L glass.  :) The IQ of these 2 lenses can be improved upon in minor ways (as we've seen in some of the latest Canon lenses which are improvements on their predecessors).

Regards

PJ  8)

PJ I agree with you on the 15-85mm it is a great lens.  I just have not been using it much after moving to full frame.  If I it needs improvement in any areas it would be:

  • fix the distortion at 15mm
  • Better build quality
  • Make it faster 2.8 -4.5 instead of 3.5-5.6 or something like that

There is nothing wrong with the location of the zoom and focus.  In actual use I never really notice the zoom placement vs focus.  Not to mention it is there because of the physical lens design.  I would like to see some of the EF-s lenses have similar finish to the EOS-M lenses.  I think that if newer better plastics or some thin metal the 15-85mm could be made smaller/lighter without compromising the durability. 

The Canon 17-55f2.8 IS could use updated IS. 

If there was any other reason to update the other EF-s lenses them it would be to add the nano USM and the power zoom accessory. 
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / GPS on 5D4
« Last post by mw on December 07, 2016, 09:14:49 PM »
Just got the 5D4. I am setting up the GPS Mode 2. The GPS on the top display kept flashing. Is that the way it's suppose to be or is there a way to stop it from flashing?
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Deals on Gear / Re: Ended: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV $2899 (Reg $3499)
« Last post by shunsai on December 07, 2016, 08:48:25 PM »
Mine also finally arrived. As I'm not there to personally handle it, I can't yet say which kind of box I received. I'm a little disappointed to hear that the manuals and warranty card are missing. I'm very curious to know which region this camera was for.

Anyone been able to check the serial number on the body compared to the one in the EXIF data?

UPDATE: Mine came in a Body Only box too.
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Lenses / Which standard zoom lens for me??
« Last post by KKCFamilyman on December 07, 2016, 08:39:05 PM »
I had the 24-70 2.8 II. I sold my gear earlier this year. I have recently bought into the Canon 5d4 and just received the 24-105L II. I was waiting since it finally brought things that made it worthwhile. I like the dp 4k video and wanted and updated 24-105 II with hopes of it being better than the 24-70 F4 while giving me the much desired 35mm of extra reach. Often it felt like I shot at 70mm only to crop in. After all the initial reviews it makes me start to regret this decision. It appears it is only slightly better than the v1 and it does not seem better than the cheaper 24-70 version. I would just get the 24-70 2.8 but for me I like the IS in the lens especially for the occasional video. Should I keep it or go to the 24-70 version which is ok... or rebuy the 24-70 2.8 and forgo the IS. I really was hoping it would hit all my tick boxes except if canon produced a 2.8 IS version of course. I shoot family and travel photography but liked the idea of 24-105 covering such a good range. It would be nice to travel with just that lens. Sometimes the 35mm is still not enough. Any suggestions? Has anyone had a positive experience?
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EOS Bodies / Re: Here's an Updated 2017 Canon Roadmap
« Last post by pj1974 on December 07, 2016, 08:15:36 PM »
Both the EF-S 17-55mm and the EF-S 15-85 lenses need an update: the focusing ring should be wider (at least 20-25 mm) and placed at the front of the lens and the zoom ring should be moved behind it to the back of the lens.

Ergonomics are very much a personal factor (and can even change with time).

The placement of the zoom and focus rings on my Canon EF-S 15-85mm are ideal for me. I prefer the configuration of zoom ring at the front, and the focus ring closer to the body. (I have also used the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 and enjoy its ergonomics).

I have used the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 ii and find while it balances ok, I would also prefer the zoom ring at the front. Preferred ergonomics may be due to the way different people hold their camera and lens combo.

The IQ of the 15-85mm and 17-55mm are very good, practically L level (but being an EF-S lens, doesn't get the L designation). And yes, I own several other lenses, including L glass.  :) The IQ of these 2 lenses can be improved upon in minor ways (as we've seen in some of the latest Canon lenses which are improvements on their predecessors).

Regards

PJ  8)
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Photography Technique / Re: Landscape-Focal lengt?
« Last post by GMCPhotographics on December 07, 2016, 08:09:47 PM »
Thank you Ashford,

btw, when is a filter called slim?
Can I stack two filters when i use the 17-50 or then the 10-18?
Will I have serious vigneting?

Is there a rule of thump?
I want to order this package:

A "slim" screw in filter usually doesn't have a thread on the other side, so you can't stack another filter on it.
If you are worried about vignetting, use 82mm filters and then use a step down ring to your lens. With the increased filter diameter, you should be able to stack 2-3 filters without any vignetting.
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