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Feb 21, 2019 08:11:41   #
Think Tank is what I have. They have a variety of suitable choices...
 
Feb 14, 2019 06:16:55   #
I think it comes down to the personal preference and what equipment you have. I prefer my RRS gimbal over their ball head 99 percent of the time. I can use it with long lenses or short lenses such as the 24-70. There is no right or wrong answer, just what works for you based on what you have and like to use. I believe Steve Perry is even recommending using a gimbal on a monopod. I have not tried that yet though.
Feb 6, 2019 16:43:47   #
It is a nice portrait lens on a full frame sensor and it has the FOV equivalent of 110mm on my 1D MkIII with is 1.3 crop factor. On an APS-C body it is equivalent to about 135mm FOV. But because it focuses so quickly I find it great for indoor sports and outdoor fast action too. On a crop body it can be an advantage because of the narrower FOV. Highly recommended especially if one is looking for a fast sharp inexpensive lens.

TriX wrote:
👍👍 Absolutely. One of the best bargains in the Canon lens lineup. Tack sharp (sharper than many “Ls) light weight, less than $400, and a perfect portrait and low light lens for many shooting situations.
Feb 6, 2019 14:54:11   #
Yes, the 85mm f/1.8 is a great lens for the money with fast focusing and solid sharpness. I have also used this lens for portraits, indoor sports and drag racing shooting.

amfoto1 wrote:
The simple answer is "yes".... those two L-series lenses would give you noticeably sharper, less distorted, more richly colored images with less chromatic aberration.

However, those lenses are also big, heavy and expensive.

It IS NOT the f/2.8 aperture which makes those lenses "better" in the above ways. f/2.8 gives you potential for stronger background blur effects and the ability to shoot and stop action in lower light conditions.

You might want to instead consider the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM II (or the original). These are also extremely capable, high quality L-series lenses that are about 1/3 smaller and lighter than the f/2.8 versions, plus are about 1/3 lower cost. Also, the f/4 version of the 24-70mm has Image Stabilization... the f/2.8 version doesn't (it helps steady shots at slower shutter speeds, but IS can't help freeze subject movement, you still need a faster shutter speed for that). Also, the EF 24-70mm f/4L is amazingly close focusing. It's able to do .70X magnification on it's own, nearly 3/4 life size. That's 2X to 3X higher magnification than the f/2.8 lenses can do.

Another alternative you should consider if you really want an f/2.8 zoom in your camera bag, get the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM instead. It's not as close focusing as the 24-70mm f/4, but it has what some people consider a "better" range of focal lengths for a crop sensor camera such as the 77D. It's not an L-series (by definition, no EF-S lens can be), but it's got image quality the equal of or better than many L-series. And it's got both f/2.8 and Image Stabilization.

I have an older version of both 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8. I use the 70-200mm so much I got a 70-200mm f/4L IS USM as a "backup". But I find I actually use the f/4 lens more often now, since it's so much lighter and more compact, yet has equally good image quality in all respects except for it's ability to blur down backgrounds.

Still, even and f/4 lens can render pretty strong background blur and shallow depth of field effects when used close to subjects:

70-200mm f/4...


I haven't got the 24-70mm f/4... yet. But probably will when I get my next full frame camera.

By the way... if looking for even stronger background blur and shallow depth of field effects, prime lenses (rather than zooms) can be a better way to achieve that. For one, primes can have one to two stops larger aperture than an f/2.8 zoom, yet still be quite reasonably sized and affordable, compared to the "fast" zoom. For example, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM or EF 85mm f/1.8 lenses are far smaller, lighter and have potential for much stronger background blur than a 24-70/2.8 or 70-200/2.8 zoom. The Canon 28mm f/1.8 USM, 100mm f/2 and 135mm f/2L are no slouches, either.
The simple answer is "yes".... those two... (show quote)
Feb 6, 2019 06:58:30   #
With any of the lenses you will need to consider the reduced angle of view with your crop sensor body. There are several good options especially if you have and are willing to spend the money. I would think that the 2.8 zooms might hold their value better than the primes over time if that is any consideration. The zooms would not disappoint as I have and use both.

If you shoot or will consider shooting RAW I will suggest you spend $100 on a Xrite ColorChecker Passport. That is the best $100 I ever spent on photography. You can look at videos about it on YouTube.

TriX wrote:
If ultimate sharpness is your goal (along with considerably lighter weight and lower cost), don’t discount a selection of primes. Not as versatile (you’ll need to change lenses periodically), but they are substantially faster and sharper. For the price of a 24-70 f2.8L or a 70-200 f2.8L MKII, you can buy a 24 f2.8 ($500) or 35 f2 ($500), an 85 f1.8 ($400) and a 135 f2L ($800) and maybe throw in a 50 f1.4. ($300). And for another ~$200 for a used 1.4x mkII Canon extender for the 135 f2L, you can add the capabilities of a 190mm f2.8 (which is still sharper than the zoom and half the weight). Just an alternate approach to consider.
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Feb 3, 2019 22:24:04   #
Agree, I also shoot with mostly the 24-70 and 70-200 too on my MkII. I had the 40mm pancake but gave it to my daughter. With it it doesn't even look like you have a lens mounted...

Old Edmundo wrote:
I have both the 1Dx2 and the 5D4 , Love them both. For any Shoot outside my studio, I mount the 70-200f2.8 mark 2 on the 1Dx and a 24-70 f 2.8 on the 5D4. This way I am covered 24mm-200mm. Since the 5D4 has more resolution I decided to mount the wider lens ( more to crop). The 1Dx is much faster in focusing and shutter speed , its image capture rate superior, and has low light performance much better.
Yes the 1Dx2 is heavier and bigger but well worth it. To my surprise I find that the 1Dx2 its my everyday everywhere carry, with either the 40mm pancake lens or the 24mm-70mm f2.8 mark 2.
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Feb 3, 2019 15:39:00   #
When I was making my decision in August- September 2016 the 5D4 was still coming and the 7D2 was a couple years old. The MkII has almost the same MPs as the 5D3 which had been the Canon go to camera for many professional shooters. So, you could get similar MPs with 14-16 FPS. The MkII has better video capabilities than the 5D4. Since I had a 1D MkIII I was used to that size, form and functional layout. If I would buy a 7D2 or 5D4 I would add a vertical grip and extra batteries. At the time that would have made the price about $4k vs $6k between the MkII and the 5D4.

One thing I did consider was getting both the 5D4 and 7D2 for about the same money as the MkII. But I prefer to have a single body...just my choice.

The MkII also has a ton of processing power for focus and moving data. It also has 360k and 200plus zones sensor for metering and does an amazing job of matrix metering even in difficult conditions. It is also rated for 400k shutter actuations and built for rugged use.

Bottom line is any camera is a compromise in one way or another. There are different choices for different reasons and every body will be eclipsed down the road. If they had full touch screen capabilities like the 5D4 it would be even better. I think that could be implemented within the software but don’t expect it to be. The button layout is easy to learn and duplicated in both horizontal and vertical grip layouts.

TriX wrote:
If I was a professional sports shooter or shot in really nasty conditions and could afford the price, I would buy the 1DX MKII in a second - it is a GREAT camera, and you’ll see them at every major sporting event. In terms of weight, it is a little over a pound heavier than a 5D4, but by the time you add the battery grip and 2 batteries to the 5D, they are very similar and the low light ISO performance and DR charts are almost identical. The other big differences are that the IDX has twice the burst FPS rate of the 5D4 and a huge buffer to boot, while the 5D4 is 30MP and the IDX is 21, and of course the price of the 1DX is 2X. You pays your money and takes your choice.
If I was a professional sports shooter or shot in ... (show quote)
Feb 3, 2019 06:06:43   #
I have had my MkII since October 2016. I have no regrets. I consider it the Canon low light champ. I want only one body that can do most any shooting I need. It is big and heavy but that can be an advantage in some respects such as balancing the weight of larger lenses. It is a tank build wise and I prefer the built in vertical grip and controls. It really comes down to what you want to do with it. The 5D4 would be my second choice and it will be interesting to see what a 7D3 might offer too when that comes along.
Feb 2, 2019 20:11:46   #
Start at ISO 100-200, f/5.6 to f/7.1 and 1/125 to 1/200 and see if this will kill all the ambient light. Then your flash will be providing all the light if you kill the ambient light. If your flash is not powerful enough to shoot the longer distance shots with these settings you may have to use some of the existing fluorescent ambient light as part of your exposure. Perhaps increasing your ISO to do it. The fluorescent light will likely be at a different Kelvin temp than your flash. Many flashes are close to daylight white balance. You would probably need to tell your flash to match the flash light to the in room fluorescent light. I am sure you can find some YouTube videos to help you out. And experiment beforehand if you can.

Best,
Todd
Feb 1, 2019 08:12:19   #
I still have a couple 256 mb CF cards around I might be willing to sell you. You can get 6-10 images on each card...

Mark Bski wrote:
I need a larger memory card in my camera.
Jan 25, 2019 09:04:49   #
I believe it is all still done with skill, practice and radio calls by the leader.
Well worth seeing the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds if you get the chance...

ELNikkor wrote:
Yikes! Makes me wonder if they are the ones that pioneered the accident-avoidance systems we have in our cars.
 
Jan 25, 2019 08:39:53   #
Jan 25, 2019 08:39:53   #
Awesome planes, awesome shots!!!

Thanks for sharing...

Are those Super Hornets now...
Jan 25, 2019 08:26:15   #
Does your 5D4 body have high ISO noise reduction in the menus and was it turned on? You might also think about using the Canon DPP software for noise reduction in pp.
Jan 24, 2019 08:24:51   #
Sirui carbon fiber is around $100 and is very nice for the money. I used one for a while but then went to a Gitzo.
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