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Lens or Camera for Surf Pics

Stocktsi
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I have a Canon SL1 with a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS that I'm using to take pictures and video of my son surfing.  I'm finding pictures and video of surfing hard to take in general even with a monopod (lots of waiting followed by 3 seconds of action that's easy to miss).  I've happy with the results so far but ready to take the next step.  The reach of the zoom isn't quite long enough so I'm doing a lot of cropping. and the pictures themselves aren't as sharp as I'd like.  I'm really happy with my 55-250 STM for general use, but need a lens or camera for this application.

 

I posted a similar question about a year ago that lead me to the 70-300 and wondering about other options.  My budget is a bit more than last year and could go up to around $1,000.  There was mention of the Sigma 150-400 or 150-600 as lens options as well as the Canon ultra zoom SX60 or SX70.

 

What's the current thinking on options?  Am I trying to get too much out of an SL1 with these lenses?  If so, are the SX60 or SX70 good options for taking these pics (which one?) or should I be looking at a new camera body in addition to a new lens which would of course really jack up the budget.  It not, what would be a good lens options to take it to the next level?  

 

Not doing this for professional pics, but would like something that gives good social media and smaller print pictures (up to 8x10). 

 

Thanks for help with all my questions.

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"They removed lens correction from the ACR that comes with PSE when they moved to the subscription model.  It is a waste of money as far as photography goes.  Adobe Camera Raw is severely crippled in PSE."

 

You are looking at it with the advanced person in mind. PSE is for the masses. It has and can do what that market wants and needs. Perhaps you need a refresher course in PSE ability. You must look beyond what your own, personal, needs are.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"They removed lens correction from the ACR that comes with PSE when they moved to the subscription model.  It is a waste of money as far as photography goes.  Adobe Camera Raw is severely crippled in PSE."

 

You are looking at it with the advanced person in mind. PSE is for the masses. It has and can do what that market wants and needs. Perhaps you need a refresher course in PSE ability. You must look beyond what your own, personal, needs are.


ACR can do a LOT more than lens correction.

 

There are free apps that can do everything PSE can.  The only advantage PSE had over them was the lens correction and other features of ACR.  Look at the Icon Area.  All that it can do is convert RAW files.  It has been stripped bare.

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The fact is not over what it can't do compared to the real Photoshop. It is the fact that it does what its target audience wants,  Well beyond the limits of ACR. I suspose it is becuse you hav enot een exposed ot s many new people and hobbyists people that I have.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!


@Waddizzle wrote

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There are free apps that can do everything PSE can.  The only advantage PSE had over them was the lens correction and other features of ACR.  Look at the Icon Area.  All that it can do is convert RAW files.  It has been stripped bare.


This is simply NOT TRUE! This is a screen clip from my PSE 2020.

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Walter
in Davie, FL

Walter there is a difference between users and people that spend their time reading i-net reviews. It is not hard to tell which is which. Thanx for you reply.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

Walter there is a difference between users and people that spend their time reading i-net reviews. It is not hard to tell which is which. Thanx for you reply.


LOL.  I posted a screenshot showing it had been removed, Ernie.

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You posted a screen shot and failed to realize there might be an update.  That is what I meant by users and readers.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

You posted a screen shot and failed to realize there might be an update.  That is what I meant by users and readers.


It does update.  Adobe crippled it when they went to the subscription model.  I guess they restored stuff.

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@Waddizzle wrote:

@ebiggs1 wrote:

You posted a screen shot and failed to realize there might be an update.  That is what I meant by users and readers.


It does update.  Adobe crippled it when they went to the subscription model.  I guess they restored stuff.


Mr. Waddizzle,

 

You are wrong again!

 

Adobe Photoshop Elements is NOT a subscription model software and never has been! You pay a one-time fee to purchase the software and you can use it forever with NO additional fees or charges. There are many PSE users that are still using versions of PSE that are 10 or more years old. You can even use multiple versions on your PC or Mac if you choose to. Upgrades do not overwrite previously installed versions.

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Walter
in Davie, FL


@wchettel wrote:

@Waddizzle wrote:

@ebiggs1 wrote:

You posted a screen shot and failed to realize there might be an update.  That is what I meant by users and readers.


It does update.  Adobe crippled it when they went to the subscription model.  I guess they restored stuff.


Mr. Waddizzle,

 

You are wrong again!

 

Adobe Photoshop Elements is NOT a subscription model software and never has been! You pay a one-time fee to purchase the software and you can use it forever with NO additional fees or charges. There are many PSE users that are still using versions of PSE that are 10 or more years old. You can even use multiple versions on your PC or Mac if you choose to. Upgrades do not overwrite previously installed versions.


Calm down, pal.  I never said PSE was a subscription model.  If you want to say I am wrong.  Fine.  I was wrong.  Happy?

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