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Old    Rob VLX (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       02-11-2009, 12:08 PM Reply   
Anyone own a 50D? I just picked up one from Circuit City and am excited about trying it out. Any suggestions?
Old    Eubanks (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       02-11-2009, 12:50 PM Reply   
So didn't you just get into photography a few months ago and now you've already owned 3 high end DSLR's? I expect a post next week about your new 1Dm3!

Suggestions? Have fun and post up your shots for us to criticize...I mean critique.
Old    Rob VLX (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       02-11-2009, 1:29 PM Reply   
Yea, i am a sucker for the good deal even if I need it or not- I think it is a mental disorder! And I got the 50D with 28-135mm lens for $1109 which is crazy cheap. THEN, i picked up a Power Shot SD880 that Best Buy had for $299 at Circuit City for $169.

Actually, I only have 2 SLRs. The other one is my wife's and I do not have access to it.

I'll let you know when I get my 600mm "L" lens and a 1D dude!

(Message edited by skull on February 11, 2009)
Old    Eubanks (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       02-11-2009, 2:24 PM Reply   
Haha! Awesome. I have the Canon Rebel XT and it serves the purpose for now. Do you buy a 70-200 yet for wakeboarding? I have the f/4 version and it is money.

Have you own the book "Understanding Exposure"? I'm not sure of your previous knowledge on photography, but it was a great read for me when I first got started.

I'm sure you'll love the 50D. I can't wait to see some shots from it! 600mm huh? I'm going to laugh the day you start shooting ducks more with a camera than with a shotgun Dude!!
Old    Rob VLX (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       02-11-2009, 6:01 PM Reply   
I have the Canon 70-300 f.4,5-6.5 IS and a EF 100-400 4.5-5.6L IS... I have been using the 100-400 for shooting wildlife but that thing may be too heavy to haul around on the boat. Most of the boarding shots last year were done with the 70-300. I have only the 100-400 for a couple months (and the wife doesn't know about that purchase yet!)
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-11-2009, 6:51 PM Reply   
If you think the 100-400 is a little on the large side you'll probably want to stick with one of the 70-200 f4 versions L or L IS over the 70-200 f2.8L IS, which is pretty much as big and heavy as the 100-400.
Old    Rob VLX (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       02-11-2009, 8:18 PM Reply   
Rich- they look pretty similar.... do you use the 70-200 f2.8L IS? I assume it is a great lens.
Old    m taylor (mrt111)      Join Date: Sep 2006       02-14-2009, 10:03 AM Reply   
I thought I should add my 2cents because I own a 50d and a 70-200 f/4. The IS will do nothing when shooting in the boat as it will not be affective for boat bounce just hand shake. The 2.8 is great for low light however if you are using it to shoot wake boarding primarily then I would save your money and pick up a 70-200 f/4 used for under $500. Just my thoughts, good luck and have fun with the 50d.

Old    m taylor (mrt111)      Join Date: Sep 2006       02-14-2009, 1:37 PM Reply   
I just found this ...
Old    Rich Dykmans (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       02-15-2009, 9:30 AM Reply   
Well I've owned the 100-400, 70-200 f2.8, both IS and non IS, two 70-200 f4 L's and the 70-200 f4 L IS which is currently the only one of the above I still have.

The 100-400, especially when zoomed, feels a little heavier/bulkier then the f2.8 IS but similar when not zoomed. Since the f2.8 IS has internal zoom that's not really an issue with the 70-200's.

Everyone will tell you I've been pretty overzealous in my praise of the 70-200 f4 L IS because of the it's image quality, it's simply the sharpest lens I own. The shots just pop off the page.

There's a popular axiom that if you have to ask if you need f2.8 you probably don't but of course that doesn't mean you won't find out later that you do!

The 70-200 f4 L non IS is probably the biggest bargain out there lens wise and worth considering as well. The two I owned were OK but terrible with the 1.4 convertor on. This was a while back though and many of the original models suffered from front focus problems which very well could have been the case with the two I owned.

The sports pros love the f2.8L IS because of it's bokeh and they'll just switch to 300 or 400's when they need more length. One of the things I love about the f4L IS is that I can throw my 1.4 TC on it and still have a super sharp hand holdable 280mm that's still a reasonably compact package.

There is no perfect answer here you just need to think about what you're going to be shooting and what best fits that.
Old    Clubmyke (clubmyke)      Join Date: Aug 2004       02-15-2009, 9:46 AM Reply   
I have had both the 70-200 f4 and the f4 IS.... the IS offered a little bit sharper pics (amazing) and lighter in weight..

however givin the price differential - the standard f4 is a screaming bargain.


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