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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:40 am 
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I was thinking the same thing with my Black Rapid strap, the 80-400 lens with camera weighs around 3.3 kg (7-1/4 lb.). I’ll use it on the 18 – 200 if I know I’ll be carrying it for long periods which weighs around 2.2 kg with camera.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:40 pm 
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No, I am not a raw beginner, trying to decide which system to try, but a dual-brand Canon-Nikon shooter, trying to decide which system to prioritize for particular types of shooting. One can go bankrupt trying to buy a full complement of lenses and flashguns for more than one system, so I had been trending toward Nikon FX cameras with compact primes, with a plan to add an ultra-wide zoom lens soon, perhaps the 14-24G or 16-35G, or even both, while using cropped-frame Canon cameras with longer lenses for birds and wildlife.

Canon, however, has thrown the gauntlet, with the apparently excellent 16-35mm f/4L IS, following its highly-regarded 24-70L choices. Now, it is not so easy to regard Nikon as having the better ultra-wide zoom choices. The 16-35mm range is particularly suited to my 1.3x-crop 1D Mark II N bodies, providing a very useful 20mm-44mm-equivalent angle of view, as well as being good for the 36x24mm "full" frame.

I have been using an EF-S 10-22mm lens on a 7D for my ultra-wide zoom needs, and it will probably be sacrificed, in trade to a local camera store, if I opt to purchase the 16-35mm/4L II. This is not so easy, however, as this 10-22mm has served so very well, shooting evidentiary/forensic images at work, and being an agreeable companion during personal shooting.

Thanks for "listening." These paragraphs are not really a request for advice, just sharing my thoughts. :-)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:53 pm 
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Sometimes just airing one's thoughts helps to sort them. 8)

I went through a similar process when I downsized and went mirrorless and it helped!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:09 pm 
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Thanks. :)

I reviewed the distortion charts for the EF-S 10-22mm, the two current EF 16-35mm L options, the 17-40mm L, and the Nikkor 16-35/4G. Whatever I do, it seems the EF-S 10-22mm remains an unbeaten choice for interiors, considering that I am not allowed to post-process my evidentiary images. (I must upload the best possible out-of-camera JPEGs into the police computer.) As it does not normally rain indoors, the EF-S' lack of weather-sealing is not a problem.

A weather-sealed full-35mm-frame ultra-wide zoom lens remains at the top of my wish list, but the 10-22mm seems to be too good to be sacrificed. I have, also, thought that my particular sample was assembled when the Canon workers were having a particularly good day. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:51 am 
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RexGig wrote:
...I am not allowed to post-process my evidentiary images.


One can definitely see why! Does that also apply to in-camera correction of lens distortion?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:03 am 
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Bob Andersson wrote:
RexGig wrote:
...I am not allowed to post-process my evidentiary images.


One can definitely see why! Does that also apply to in-camera correction of lens distortion?

Bob.


In-camera correction of lens distortion should be acceptable, though my cameras are are older models, so do not offer that capability. By the time I buy a 5D Mark III, (or Mark IV,) or another camera, which can correct lens distortion in-camera, I may have already decided to retire. ( Statistically, very few of my police patrol colleagues work much past thirty years of service, or age 55, whichever comes first; I have almost 31 years of service, and am almost 53 years old. )

For now, the EF-S 10-22mm on a 7D, plus a macro lens on a second camera, provide the low-distortion JPEGs I need.

On a sad note, one of my colleagues shot himself two days ago. :(

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:15 am 
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Just finished Gordon's Sports Photo Epic. It is good to have a great photographer, journalist and of course, physicist figuring out how to put cool cameras into stressful situations and report the results so effectively. I wish I was standing next to him with the D800, comparing notes on the snaps under all the various wonderful Tour conditions. Many thanks to you mi amigo.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:47 am 
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Finally had the time to take out my new Canon EF 300/4 L IS USM and 1.4x Extender II and test them in a serious wildlife/birds-in-flight scenario. Can anyone confirm my conclusions from the day?

1. The 300/4 without converter is damn sharp. It is very fast on autofocus as well, and accurate, on my 7D. It is however mostly so when using the center point. Using All Points AF with birds in flight, even with an even toned background, has a harder time tracking birds in flight, and getting focus to be 100% spot on.

2. The 300/4 WITH converter is also quite sharp. A bit less of course, but that was to be expected. Autofocus is alright when using the center point, but for birds in flight I do notice a big fallback in AF speed and accuracy. This drop in speed and accuracy becomes even more pronounced when using All Points AF.

Are these conclusions correct? Because if they are, I will need to adapt my shooting strategy and techniques for birds in flight. I was hoping that the 300+1.4+7D was a viable option for birds in flight, but I was not entirely happy in that department after a couple of hours of playing around with it. I am seriously considering going for a 1D Mark III (or a IV if I can manage to be patient which means probably not) to be able to utilize it's faster AF both with and without the converter.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:48 am 
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Going through my annual "I want to switch to Nikon"-phase. I really, really want a Full Frame body that can handle action and to be honest the 5D Mark III is the only option Canon has in this department. It is incredibly expensive though. My 7D in combination with my new 150-600 does an alright job, but the need to up my ISO because of the relatively slow appertures of this lens really shows it's age and weakness.

The 7D Mark II also disappointed me. Yes of course there are some nice steps forward, but in the IQ department the D7100 of Nikon is still better. That new 24 MP chip is just plain awesome and it is incredible how well it performs. And it is not just this; Nikon has some very capable Full Frame action camera's at the same price point as the 7D Mark II. The D610 is very good, same goes for the slightly more expensive D750, and I could get a used D700 for a nice price too.

The only other option I still have is going for a Canon EOS 1D Mark III. The Mark IV is way better, but costs even more than the 5D Mark III. The Mark III has a measly 10 MP though, even though the larger sensor makes for an improvement in the IQ department when compared to the 7D. The 8 MP less causes me to lose detail though, so I am not too keen on this option either.

I truly hope Canon will do something about this situation. It is all great fun that they make incredible camera's at staggering prices, but they let Nikon have the huge playing field in between the top APS-C and Full Frame action bodies that Canon offers. Annoys the hell out of me and the 6D Mark II better fill this gap or I am pretty sure that one day I will snap and sell off all my Canon gear and just make the plunge into Nikon.

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