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Title: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Andrew Davies Photography on May 05, 2014, 08:15:41 AM
Still trying to decide on whether or not to purchase new lens for portraits or use an existing lens so decided to take the two of them out and compare their bokeh's both at same focal length and f stop and at their best bokeh respective settings.

Lenses used Canon 70-200 F4L
Canon 85mm 1.8

As mentioned this is not a perfect wall chart experiment and i have not messed around with the shots apart from crop to get real life results.

What are your opinions ??

http://www.andrew-davies.com/prime%20v%20zoom%20bokeh%20test.htm (http://www.andrew-davies.com/prime%20v%20zoom%20bokeh%20test.htm)


Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: ajfotofilmagem on May 05, 2014, 10:41:09 AM
The bokeh of the 85mm is a little softer, but that's not the most obvious difference. When you compare the two lenses in F4, the 85mm is sharper, and we all know it would be so, because the zoom is at its maximum aperture and 85mm was stoped down to the sweet spot.
The second comparison shows the weakness of 85mm, which is the chromatic aberration, and lack of contrast between 1.8 and 2.5. In this aspect, the zoom takes advantage 200mm F4.

I've said this in another thread but Canon 100mm F2 has much less chromatic aberration and better contrast than 85mm, even when wide open.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: gabriele on May 05, 2014, 01:24:37 PM
I suggest to retry the comparison also at f/2.8 because it's quite interesting.
You can use the ghost image function on magic lantern to be sure to perfectly overlay the pictures (showing you the previous picture you shot) and be sure to focus exactly on the same point using liveview and 10x enlargement.
Also notice that focal lenght among lenses is not always perfect as stated (eg. a 85mm may be actually a 83 o 86 or anything close to 85mm), for example the Samyang 14mm is quite wider compared to the Canon equivalent even if they both state they're 14mm.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: neuroanatomist on May 05, 2014, 03:02:12 PM
I see you've regressed to using a zoom lens, after claiming you've outgrown them. How sad.  ::)
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Andrew Davies Photography on May 05, 2014, 03:04:36 PM
I see you've regressed to using a zoom lens, after claiming you've outgrown them. How sad.  ::)

I guess if you could read you would have read that i have always used and owned zooms aswell.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: neuroanatomist on May 05, 2014, 03:50:54 PM
I see you've regressed to using a zoom lens, after claiming you've outgrown them. How sad.  ::)
I guess if you could read you would have read that i have always used and owned zooms aswell.

You're right, you did mention that you use a zoom lens. That was in the same thread where you suggested people who do so are too lazy to use primes, or are willing to sacrifice the image quality you attribute to primes over zooms.  How wonderfully hypocritical of you.

Maybe you should read some of your own words a little more carefully, or better yet, think before posting. If you can.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Andrew Davies Photography on May 05, 2014, 05:32:11 PM
I see you've regressed to using a zoom lens, after claiming you've outgrown them. How sad.  ::)
I guess if you could read you would have read that i have always used and owned zooms aswell.

You're right, you did mention that you use a zoom lens. That was in the same thread where you suggested people who do so are too lazy to use primes, or are willing to sacrifice the image quality you attribute to primes over zooms.  How wonderfully hypocritical of you.

Maybe you should read some of your own words a little more carefully, or better yet, think before posting. If you can.

Which is precisely why i am testing my last remaining zoom against primes i wish to buy to find out which one will better it and provide the focal length i require. Is that too hard for you to understand ?
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: sagittariansrock on May 05, 2014, 05:53:50 PM
Which is precisely why i am testing my last remaining zoom against primes i wish to buy to find out which one will better it and provide the focal length i require. Is that too hard for you to understand ?

Prime you wish to buy? According to your other thread, you already own the 85 1.8 (see quote below).
This is too hard for me to understand.
BTW, you must be lucky to have people still trying to give you good advice. I have seen zooms trashed in general, the 85 1.2 trashed in the other thread, and recently the 70-200mm II and shots using it undermined (http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20817.0 (http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20817.0)).
I really have to applaud the patience of the CR members.

Hi. Recently purchased the 85 1.8 for portraits and weddings to go along with my other primes , and have to say a little dissapointed with its performance especially at 1.8/2 where i was expecting greater things, it also has the worst CA i have seen on any lens wide open especially on reflective surfaces or indoors

I am considering the 135 to go with my 24 and 35 primes and still have the 24-105 and 70-200 with my assistant so those bases cover , the quality of the 35 is that good that i believe it can fill much of the gap left between 35-135 just by cropping, anyone else gone this route or have any advice ? Or anyone got the 85 1.8 and think i may just have a dud ?

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Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: neuroanatomist on May 05, 2014, 07:50:53 PM
Is that too hard for you to understand ?

I understand you perfectly.  Most wedding photographers with whom I am acquainted are quite decent people, but my own field has plenty of rude hypocrites, so I find them easy to recognize.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: kennephoto on May 05, 2014, 11:26:19 PM
Keep the 85 it's far sharper in your test shots than the 70-200. Look at the wood post sharper, given the dof is different still more detail. Plus you said you liked primes better for weddings. You can always fix CA in post btw and if I recall the 5d mark iii does correct CA for canon lenses.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: cellomaster27 on May 06, 2014, 03:01:56 AM
Is that too hard for you to understand ?

I understand you perfectly.  Most wedding photographers with whom I am acquainted are quite decent people, but my own field has plenty of rude hypocrites, so I find them easy to recognize.

+1. Hahahaha! This post title had a stench already before I even started to read the posts. Almost sounds like a relative of Ken Rockwell. Can't take Andrew Davies photography without a good laugh. Ignorance is shameful bliss.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Andrew Davies Photography on May 06, 2014, 04:49:18 AM
Keep the 85 it's far sharper in your test shots than the 70-200. Look at the wood post sharper, given the dof is different still more detail. Plus you said you liked primes better for weddings. You can always fix CA in post btw and if I recall the 5d mark iii does correct CA for canon lenses.

The 85mm is having issues which it was in this shot of front and back focussing which having spent some time calibrating is not getting any better and even on tripod shutter release etc will take the same shot with different focuses. At one stage i had it racked out to -20 MFA just to get it on focus. I do primarily use primes for weddings but have not yet decided on the prime to go for the longer work , 135 F2 is very tempting but may be to long for indoors. The 5D3 does correct for lenses but its not able to make much of the terrible PF on the 85mm !

thanks
Andrew

Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Menace on May 06, 2014, 06:15:01 AM
Hello Andrew,

Do let us know which lens you end up keeping.

Thanks
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: wsheldon on May 06, 2014, 08:08:05 AM
The 85mm is having issues which it was in this shot of front and back focussing which having spent some time calibrating is not getting any better and even on tripod shutter release etc will take the same shot with different focuses. At one stage i had it racked out to -20 MFA just to get it on focus. I do primarily use primes for weddings but have not yet decided on the prime to go for the longer work , 135 F2 is very tempting but may be to long for indoors. The 5D3 does correct for lenses but its not able to make much of the terrible PF on the 85mm !

thanks
Andrew

I agree about the PF issue on the 85, and no in-camera corrections will fix longitudinal CA (just lateral, which the 85 doesn't have a problem with). Lightroom does a good job with it's new fringe corrections, but you have to optimize each image individually which really slows down your workflow. I imagine that would kill a wedding photog, with all those white high-contrast edges.

The 135L is wonderful and has MUCH less (almost no) PF/GF issues wide open in my experience, but it is pretty long indoors. Pretty much limits you to head/shoulders unless you're in a big venue. I'm thinking about selling my 85 and just using my 100 macro since I get so annoyed with the PF at <2.8 anyway.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Andrew Davies Photography on May 06, 2014, 10:59:50 AM
The 85mm is having issues which it was in this shot of front and back focussing which having spent some time calibrating is not getting any better and even on tripod shutter release etc will take the same shot with different focuses. At one stage i had it racked out to -20 MFA just to get it on focus. I do primarily use primes for weddings but have not yet decided on the prime to go for the longer work , 135 F2 is very tempting but may be to long for indoors. The 5D3 does correct for lenses but its not able to make much of the terrible PF on the 85mm !

thanks
Andrew

I agree about the PF issue on the 85, and no in-camera corrections will fix longitudinal CA (just lateral, which the 85 doesn't have a problem with). Lightroom does a good job with it's new fringe corrections, but you have to optimize each image individually which really slows down your workflow. I imagine that would kill a wedding photog, with all those white high-contrast edges.

The 135L is wonderful and has MUCH less (almost no) PF/GF issues wide open in my experience, but it is pretty long indoors. Pretty much limits you to head/shoulders unless you're in a big venue. I'm thinking about selling my 85 and just using my 100 macro since I get so annoyed with the PF at <2.8 anyway.

The one thing i dont get is how so many people rate it so highly yet at the same time people struggle to get any use out of it at 1.8-2.8 surely thats the whole point of the 85mm Prime ? Or are there just big QC issues with this lens in particular - maybe someone from Sigma worked for Canon at that time  ;)
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: ajfotofilmagem on May 06, 2014, 11:28:51 AM
The 85mm is having issues which it was in this shot of front and back focussing which having spent some time calibrating is not getting any better and even on tripod shutter release etc will take the same shot with different focuses. At one stage i had it racked out to -20 MFA just to get it on focus. I do primarily use primes for weddings but have not yet decided on the prime to go for the longer work , 135 F2 is very tempting but may be to long for indoors. The 5D3 does correct for lenses but its not able to make much of the terrible PF on the 85mm !
I agree about the PF issue on the 85, and no in-camera corrections will fix longitudinal CA (just lateral, which the 85 doesn't have a problem with). Lightroom does a good job with it's new fringe corrections, but you have to optimize each image individually which really slows down your workflow. I imagine that would kill a wedding photog, with all those white high-contrast edges.
The 135L is wonderful and has MUCH less (almost no) PF/GF issues wide open in my experience, but it is pretty long indoors. Pretty much limits you to head/shoulders unless you're in a big venue. I'm thinking about selling my 85 and just using my 100 macro since I get so annoyed with the PF at <2.8 anyway.
The one thing i dont get is how so many people rate it so highly yet at the same time people struggle to get any use out of it at 1.8-2.8 surely thats the whole point of the 85mm Prime ? Or are there just big QC issues with this lens in particular - maybe someone from Sigma worked for Canon at that time  ;)
Let the options:
Canon 85mm F1.8 - Not just your copy that has annoying purple fringing.
Canon 100mm F2 - Much better contrast and PF when open, compared to 85mm.
Sigma 85mm F1.4 - Has very ugly CA in bokeh (longitudinal CA).
Canon 85mm F1.2 - Have a little longitudinal CA, but from F2 becomes barely noticeable.

Looks like you'll have to go to the Canon L, or wait for a future Sigma Art.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Andrew Davies Photography on May 06, 2014, 11:52:10 AM
The 85mm is having issues which it was in this shot of front and back focussing which having spent some time calibrating is not getting any better and even on tripod shutter release etc will take the same shot with different focuses. At one stage i had it racked out to -20 MFA just to get it on focus. I do primarily use primes for weddings but have not yet decided on the prime to go for the longer work , 135 F2 is very tempting but may be to long for indoors. The 5D3 does correct for lenses but its not able to make much of the terrible PF on the 85mm !
I agree about the PF issue on the 85, and no in-camera corrections will fix longitudinal CA (just lateral, which the 85 doesn't have a problem with). Lightroom does a good job with it's new fringe corrections, but you have to optimize each image individually which really slows down your workflow. I imagine that would kill a wedding photog, with all those white high-contrast edges.
The 135L is wonderful and has MUCH less (almost no) PF/GF issues wide open in my experience, but it is pretty long indoors. Pretty much limits you to head/shoulders unless you're in a big venue. I'm thinking about selling my 85 and just using my 100 macro since I get so annoyed with the PF at <2.8 anyway.
The one thing i dont get is how so many people rate it so highly yet at the same time people struggle to get any use out of it at 1.8-2.8 surely thats the whole point of the 85mm Prime ? Or are there just big QC issues with this lens in particular - maybe someone from Sigma worked for Canon at that time  ;)
Let the options:
Canon 85mm F1.8 - Not just your copy that has annoying purple fringing.
Canon 100mm F2 - Much better contrast and PF when open, compared to 85mm.
Sigma 85mm F1.4 - Has very ugly CA in bokeh (longitudinal CA).
Canon 85mm F1.2 - Have a little longitudinal CA, but from F2 becomes barely noticeable.

Looks like you'll have to go to the Canon L, or wait for a future Sigma Art.

Thanks !

The Canon L is reputed to be slow focussing and given the Sigma problems with QC which by all accounts are still not solved with their latest 50mm Art i am put off going that route.

The Canon 100mm is this really better glass ? does it have extra elements or anything that put it ahead of the 85mm as it seems to be from the same era ?

Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: ajfotofilmagem on May 06, 2014, 01:32:52 PM
Canon 85mm F1.8 have 9 elements in 7 groups, while 100mm F2 have 8 elements in 6 groups, and the diameter of the front element also differs. So are two different optical designs. I'm not in my hands 85 and 100 at the same time to make a direct comparison. :( But I have Canon 50mm F1.4 and 100mm F2, and did side by side comparison. :) The result is that the sharpness, contrast and longitudinal CA shown with Canon 100mm F2 wide open, is comparable to 50mm f1.4 when stopped down to F2.2. ::) Maybe I was drawn to the 100mm F2 best of all time. :P For best performance, the only options for truly usable images in F2, are the 85L and 135L. 8)
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: 3kramd5 on May 06, 2014, 03:32:57 PM
Quote from: Andrew Davies Photography
link=topic=20815.msg394134#msg394134 date=1399391530
The Canon L is reputed to be slow focussing

It focuses as quickly as you can turn the ring. Unless you're too lazy and use autofocus :P
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: mackguyver on May 06, 2014, 03:50:36 PM
Quote from: Andrew Davies Photography
link=topic=20815.msg394134#msg394134 date=1399391530
The Canon L is reputed to be slow focussing

It focuses as quickly as you can turn the ring. Unless you're too lazy and use autofocus :P
It is very slow and the focus by wire manual AF isn't great, either, but not so slow as to be unusable.  The trade off is exceptional image quality, and it is every bit as good as you've heard.  If you don't need/want to shoot below f/2.8, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II makes a lot more sense from a practicality standpoint, but it's those f/1.2-2 shots that are amazing.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: 3kramd5 on May 06, 2014, 04:09:00 PM
Quote from: Andrew Davies Photography
link=topic=20815.msg394134#msg394134 date=1399391530
The Canon L is reputed to be slow focussing

It focuses as quickly as you can turn the ring. Unless you're too lazy and use autofocus :P
It is very slow and the focus by wire manual AF isn't great, either, but not so slow as to be unusable.  The trade off is exceptional image quality, and it is every bit as good as you've heard.  If you don't need/want to shoot below f/2.8, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II makes a lot more sense from a practicality standpoint, but it's those f/1.2-2 shots that are amazing.

Sure, the quasi manual focus is a little strange. I was just offering worthless commentary about what I thought to be an odd disconnect (zoom lenses are for lazy people willing to sacrifice IQ for convenience, but autofocus evidently is not for lazy people willing to sacrifice accuracy for convenience).
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: mackguyver on May 06, 2014, 04:19:09 PM
Quote from: Andrew Davies Photography
link=topic=20815.msg394134#msg394134 date=1399391530
The Canon L is reputed to be slow focussing

It focuses as quickly as you can turn the ring. Unless you're too lazy and use autofocus :P
It is very slow and the focus by wire manual AF isn't great, either, but not so slow as to be unusable.  The trade off is exceptional image quality, and it is every bit as good as you've heard.  If you don't need/want to shoot below f/2.8, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II makes a lot more sense from a practicality standpoint, but it's those f/1.2-2 shots that are amazing.

Sure, the quasi manual focus is a little strange. I was just offering worthless commentary about what I thought to be an odd disconnect (zoom lenses are for lazy people willing to sacrifice IQ for convenience, but autofocus evidently is not for lazy people willing to sacrifice accuracy for convenience).
I get the humor, but without a good viewfinder screen, manual focus at f/1.2 is pretty much impossible to do well or consistently.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Menace on May 06, 2014, 04:29:21 PM
Quote from: Andrew Davies Photography
link=topic=20815.msg394134#msg394134 date=1399391530
The Canon L is reputed to be slow focussing

It focuses as quickly as you can turn the ring. Unless you're too lazy and use autofocus :P
It is very slow and the focus by wire manual AF isn't great, either, but not so slow as to be unusable.  The trade off is exceptional image quality, and it is every bit as good as you've heard.  If you don't need/want to shoot below f/2.8, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II makes a lot more sense from a practicality standpoint, but it's those f/1.2-2 shots that are amazing.

Sure, the quasi manual focus is a little strange. I was just offering worthless commentary about what I thought to be an odd disconnect (zoom lenses are for lazy people willing to sacrifice IQ for convenience, but autofocus evidently is not for lazy people willing to sacrifice accuracy for convenience).
I get the humor, but without a good viewfinder screen, manual focus at f/1.2 is pretty much impossible to do well or consistently.

Well said.

Bodies like 5DIII and 1Dx can nail auto focus on the 85 at f1.2 consistently.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Sporgon on May 06, 2014, 04:53:58 PM
Quote from: Andrew Davies Photography
link=topic=20815.msg394134#msg394134 date=1399391530
The Canon L is reputed to be slow focussing

It focuses as quickly as you can turn the ring. Unless you're too lazy and use autofocus :P
It is very slow and the focus by wire manual AF isn't great, either, but not so slow as to be unusable.  The trade off is exceptional image quality, and it is every bit as good as you've heard.  If you don't need/want to shoot below f/2.8, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II makes a lot more sense from a practicality standpoint, but it's those f/1.2-2 shots that are amazing.

Sure, the quasi manual focus is a little strange. I was just offering worthless commentary about what I thought to be an odd disconnect (zoom lenses are for lazy people willing to sacrifice IQ for convenience, but autofocus evidently is not for lazy people willing to sacrifice accuracy for convenience).
I get the humor, but without a good viewfinder screen, manual focus at f/1.2 is pretty much impossible to do well or consistently.

Well said.

Bodies like 5DIII and 1Dx can nail auto focus on the 85 at f1.2 consistently.

Which is probably why the 5DIII design dispensed with the interchangeable screens.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: neuroanatomist on May 06, 2014, 06:43:05 PM
Quote from: Andrew Davies Photography
link=topic=20815.msg394134#msg394134 date=1399391530
The Canon L is reputed to be slow focussing

It focuses as quickly as you can turn the ring. Unless you're too lazy and use autofocus :P
It is very slow and the focus by wire manual AF isn't great, either, but not so slow as to be unusable.  The trade off is exceptional image quality, and it is every bit as good as you've heard.  If you don't need/want to shoot below f/2.8, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II makes a lot more sense from a practicality standpoint, but it's those f/1.2-2 shots that are amazing.

Sure, the quasi manual focus is a little strange. I was just offering worthless commentary about what I thought to be an odd disconnect (zoom lenses are for lazy people willing to sacrifice IQ for convenience, but autofocus evidently is not for lazy people willing to sacrifice accuracy for convenience).
I get the humor, but without a good viewfinder screen, manual focus at f/1.2 is pretty much impossible to do well or consistently.

Well said.

Bodies like 5DIII and 1Dx can nail auto focus on the 85 at f1.2 consistently.

Which is probably why the 5DIII design dispensed with the interchangeable screens.

Maybe...but it's also nice to be able to actually see the true DoF through the VF, for compositional reasons.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: sagittariansrock on May 06, 2014, 09:19:40 PM
Quote from: Andrew Davies Photography
link=topic=20815.msg394134#msg394134 date=1399391530
The Canon L is reputed to be slow focussing



It focuses as quickly as you can turn the ring. Unless you're too lazy and use autofocus :P
It is very slow and the focus by wire manual AF isn't great, either, but not so slow as to be unusable.  The trade off is exceptional image quality, and it is every bit as good as you've heard.  If you don't need/want to shoot below f/2.8, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II makes a lot more sense from a practicality standpoint, but it's those f/1.2-2 shots that are amazing.

Sure, the quasi manual focus is a little strange. I was just offering worthless commentary about what I thought to be an odd disconnect (zoom lenses are for lazy people willing to sacrifice IQ for convenience, but autofocus evidently is not for lazy people willing to sacrifice accuracy for convenience).
I get the humor, but without a good viewfinder screen, manual focus at f/1.2 is pretty much impossible to do well or consistently.

Well said.

Bodies like 5DIII and 1Dx can nail auto focus on the 85 at f1.2 consistently.

Which is probably why the 5DIII design dispensed with the interchangeable screens.

I think it was the new LCD overlay system. AFAIK, you can't put an interchangeable screen on the 7D either.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: neuroanatomist on May 06, 2014, 09:24:06 PM
I think it was the new LCD overlay system. AFAIK, you can't put an interchangeable screen on the 7D either.

The 1D X has a transmissive LCD and interchangeable focus screens.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: sagittariansrock on May 06, 2014, 09:49:24 PM
I think it was the new LCD overlay system. AFAIK, you can't put an interchangeable screen on the 7D either.

The 1D X has a transmissive LCD and interchangeable focus screens.

You went over this yourself and why 1D X has been able to overcome the issue (namely, RGB metering and larger mirror box). So, 1D X cannot be put in the same bracket :)
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: neuroanatomist on May 06, 2014, 11:17:01 PM
I think it was the new LCD overlay system. AFAIK, you can't put an interchangeable screen on the 7D either.

The 1D X has a transmissive LCD and interchangeable focus screens.

You went over this yourself and why 1D X has been able to overcome the issue (namely, RGB metering and larger mirror box). So, 1D X cannot be put in the same bracket :)

Not that I recall. The RGB metering is why (I think) the 1D X can illuminate the AF points in AI Servo mode.  The metering sensor doesn't impose any hardware limits on installing a focus screen (although the converse is true - the focus screen does affect metering, firmware can compensate, but Canon has chosen not to correct for the Ec-S screen).  It's certainly possible to install a 3rd party screen in a 5DIII.

I don't see any technical reason the 5DIII couldn't have supported interchangeable (by the user in a supported manner) focus screens, should Canon have designed it that way. But they didn't.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: sagittariansrock on May 06, 2014, 11:45:32 PM
I think it was the new LCD overlay system. AFAIK, you can't put an interchangeable screen on the 7D either.

The 1D X has a transmissive LCD and interchangeable focus screens.

You went over this yourself and why 1D X has been able to overcome the issue (namely, RGB metering and larger mirror box). So, 1D X cannot be put in the same bracket :)

Not that I recall. The RGB metering is why (I think) the 1D X can illuminate the AF points in AI Servo mode.  The metering sensor doesn't impose any hardware limits on installing a focus screen (although the converse is true - the focus screen does affect metering, firmware can compensate, but Canon has chosen not to correct for the Ec-S screen).  It's certainly possible to install a 3rd party screen in a 5DIII.

I don't see any technical reason the 5DIII couldn't have supported interchangeable (by the user in a supported manner) focus screens, should Canon have designed it that way. But they didn't.

Of course, you are right.
I need more sleep.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Sporgon on May 08, 2014, 07:40:16 AM
Maybe...but it's also nice to be able to actually see the true DoF through the VF, for compositional reasons.

Agreed, the greatest benefit of the 's' screen is real dof. I find the difference in ability to nail manual focus only marginally better than the standard screen.

I stick to what I said; maybe Canon underestimated the desire from 5D owners to see real dof, or maybe that desire isn't actually there across the broad user base, or maybe it was to add a 'crippling' differential to the 1Dx.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: mackguyver on May 08, 2014, 11:31:30 AM
Maybe...but it's also nice to be able to actually see the true DoF through the VF, for compositional reasons.

Agreed, the greatest benefit of the 's' screen is real dof. I find the difference in ability to nail manual focus only marginally better than the standard screen.

I stick to what I said; maybe Canon underestimated the desire from 5D owners to see real dof, or maybe that desire isn't actually there across the broad user base, or maybe it was to add a 'crippling' differential to the 1Dx.
I MISS the EF-S screen in my 5DII (it's the only thing I dislike about the 5DIII) very much and unfortunately they don't make a super precision matte screen for the 1D X, either.  Just split-prisms and grids :(  My slowest lens is the 180L 3.5, so a "dim" viewfinder" doesn't bother me one bit.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: neuroanatomist on May 08, 2014, 12:06:51 PM
I MISS the EF-S screen in my 5DII (it's the only thing I dislike about the 5DIII) very much and unfortunately they don't make a super precision matte screen for the 1D X, either.  Just split-prisms and grids :(  My slowest lens is the 180L 3.5, so a "dim" viewfinder" doesn't bother me one bit.

Sure they do - the Ec-S screen is physically compatible with the 1D X.  The only 'problem' is that most focus screens affect the metering (the Ec-S does), and Canon didn't write support for it into the 1D X firmware (although there's no reason they can't - they just chose not to).  Since there's no focusing aid (split-prism, etc.) spot metering won't be specifically affected, and effects on metering should be global.  The degree of effect will change with the max aperture of the lens, e.g. if you shoot in an autoexposure mode, an f/1.2 lens will result in more underexposure than an f/2 lens.  Still, you should be able to work out the effects, and adjust your M-mode settings or apply EC (or AE microadjustment if one stop is enough compensation) to give a proper metered exposure (although the meter reading will still show as off) with the Ec-S installed.  Note that I haven't done the above, but for the price of an Ec-S and a little time, maybe you will...
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: mackguyver on May 08, 2014, 12:10:40 PM
Note that I haven't done the above, but for the price of an Ec-S and a little time, maybe you will...
Hmm, I had forgotten about that one, and maybe I'll give it a try one of these days.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Prime v Zoom Bokeh
Post by: Menace on May 08, 2014, 07:21:34 PM
Note that I haven't done the above, but for the price of an Ec-S and a little time, maybe you will...
Hmm, I had forgotten about that one, and maybe I'll give it a try one of these days.  Thanks.

Let us know how you find the outcome.