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Postby maverick » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:37 pm

How do you like your 5D now that you've had time to get
used to it? And what lenses do have?
Anything that you'd change on it or would like to see changed
on the updated version(whenever that happens)?



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Postby Hikin Mike » Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:24 pm

Well, I'm not Buck...obviously, but I finally upgraded from the 300D to a 5D about 5 months ago. It's funny, I got the 5D mainly for landscape shots, but I haven't been able to get out and take landscapes! I've been using it on birds and family stuff. I really like it and I have no complaints. Well, maybe if they remove the stupid printer button and instead put a mirror lock up button.
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Postby maverick » Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:44 pm

Hey Mike

Yeah that was one of the main complaints when the camera was
introduced.
Which lenses do you have Mike?
I was waiting for the updated version to be introduced last week
by Canon, but it did not happen, so Im contemplating getting one
now or maybe waiting till Sept for the next round of new cameras
to be introduced.
I can live with my 30D for a couple more months.
I have got the 17-40, 24-105, and 100-400 lenses ready for whenever
it does finally show up !
By the way Mike did you buy it new or used? Solo or package deal?
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Postby Hikin Mike » Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:31 pm

I have the 50 f/1.8, 17-40 f/4L, 70-200 f/4L, 300 f/4L and 1.4x II. I "bought" it new from B&H, camera only. Here's the story about the camera here.
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Postby maverick » Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:46 pm

Very cool! Hows your 1.4x extender work on your f/4 lenses?
Is the af still pretty fast? Is your view finder still bright enough
since you lose some light?
Hows the 70-200 f/4, Ive read its lighter and has a better bokeh
that the f/2.8 IS.
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Postby Hikin Mike » Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:22 pm

I use the 1.4x with my 300 f/4 all the time. I just got back (~hour ago) from another "walk" through the orchard and took a "few" photos. I'll post some in a little bit.

I don't have any problems with the AF or view finder. As far as the bokeh, I've only used the f/4L non-IS, so I really don't know. I could only afford the "cheap" version, but now that I've been using it in gymnastics, I really need the extra light.
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Postby Buck Forester » Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:20 am

Hey Maverick! Well, I love the 5D, but I think I've only taken it out twice for some nature shots, and both times there wasn't much magical happening. I've taken about 5,000 shots of my little boy though, ha!

2008 should be an interesting year for me because I'm in the final touches of building my high def video studio. I plan on taking lots of crazy adventures this year and making wilderness adventure videos as well as create stock hd nature footage, but of course I'll have my camera in hand too, both my 5D and Elan 7 bodies.

As for lenses, I have (from small to large) a Canon 15mm fisheye, the 17-40mm, the 70-200mm f/4, the 85mm (for portraits), and the 400mm f5.6, all Canon glass. I'll be adding a macro in there sometime soon just for fun.

As for changes on the camera, well, I'm not very technical so I don't use 90% of what it can do... I pretty much pick my ISO and my aperture and click away. I have the Canon 580 EX Speedlite Flash but I wouldn't mind having a quick and simple on camera pop-up flash like on my 20D just for fill flash. I doubt they'll go that route on the next model because it's not really a "pro" feature.

I'm signed up for the Calypso Imaging digital workflow class later this month (the one with Charles Cramer and Bill Atkinson) so I'll finally learn Photoshop and the whole process from image to print. As of now I've been having it done for me and it's not necessarily the best way to go.

I'm surprised they haven't updated the 5D yet. It's still an awesome camera as is, but I bought mine with a big rebate promotion and I was thinking they were doing that because they were about to release the next version. That was a while ago. Doesn't the new Rebel XT have 12 MPs? That's what the 5D has and I'd think they would want to keep it a step ahead of the XT.
It's all about the WILDERNESS!!!

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Postby nazdarovye » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:56 am

Hey, Buck - glad to see you're plotting your next big thing - I'll look forward to seeing the videos, and also would be curious to hear back about the Calypso class once you've taken it.

Just got a Nikon D300 and 18-200 VR lens to add to the old FM2 and various lenses I already had - going to Yellowstone for two weeks of backcountry trekking and skiing starting next week, so hope to get lots of good pics with it (Oops - this is "High Sierra Topix" - forget I mentioned that other place :-)
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Postby Sierra Maclure » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:14 am

Hey Buck, don't go dissin' my new xti. I'm just advancing from my point-and-shoot. I'm interested in hearing about the class, too. I have GOT to get organized.

One cool thing, though, is that my boss at the hospital where I work when I'm not in the Sierra, saw all my Sierra wallpapers I put on the lab's computers and has arranged a sale of my prints AT the hospital - on payday! Score. Excited. Nervous. Scared. Hope I break even.
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Postby mountainLight » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:52 am

Looks like lots of people got camera upgrades. I guess I should chime in then. Being an Olympus man I upgraded to their new E3. Haven't had much of a chance to get out and take a bunch of nature stuff either yet. Mostly shots of my son and other local stuff, but I can't wait for this summer as I have a few things planned.

Looks like we will have lots to share this year when things warm up. I am looking forward to it.
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Postby maverick » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:59 pm

Hi Buck

Looking forward to seeing some videos! Are you mainly going to
concentrate on the Sierra?
How do you like that fisheye? What plug-in do you use to correct
the distortion?
I hope Canon updates in Sept, but without any serious competition
in its price range they may hold off until Sony or Nikon introduces
something that threatens its sales?
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Postby Buck Forester » Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:20 pm

nazdarovye, where you skiing in Yellowstone? I was trying to set up a trip this winter (or early spring) to ski into Fairyland Basin. I wanted to make a cool adventure video of the trip, but no one could pull it off on short notice so we're shooting for next winter.

Sierra Maclure, congrats on the hospital print sales! That's awesome! And hey, I wouldn't be dissin' your XTI, I'm just jealous it can shoot 12 MP, ha!

maverick, I'm gonna shoot high-def adventure videos from all over, but since the Sierra is closest, I'm sure the vast majority of my stuff will be High Sierra videos. But I'll get plenty of Lost Coast and northern Rockies in there too. Primarily backpacking / paddling / mountaineering / fishing, with some documentaries thrown in there now and then. We'll see how it goes! As for the fisheye, I like it. I like to go wiiiide a lot. I don't correct for the distortion because the fisheye perspective is what I bought it for. I consider it a specialty lens because fisheye can get overdone pretty quickly, ha! I just pull it out now and then for a different look.

Here's a couple fisheye perspectives (shot with Velvia 50)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/buckforest ... 113636764/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/buckforest ... 113636764/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/buckforest ... 113629477/
It's all about the WILDERNESS!!!

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