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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Back Button Focussing and AF Points
« on: April 18, 2014, 11:42:21 AM »
Thank you everybody so much for your feedback.

I am predominantly an action photographer, BIF, macro and other wild life so I'll keep an open mind as I go forward.

Quick question: Using BBF, is the camera's AF performance still relevant? Number of AF points etc?

This is purely speculative but perhaps Canon are letting their competitors release their wares first in order to gauge if their offerings are better than the third party versions.

I heard at a Canon Roadshow last week that 8% of Canon's multi billion dollar annual revenue is set aside annually for R&D so I'm positive there's much work done behind the scenes.

But it's also scary how most of the third party manufacturers have targeted the lenses we want and are putting them on shelves rather quickly.

I'd love to hear some stories of Canon releasing a lens or three

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Back Button Focussing and AF Points
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:31:35 AM »
I just attended a Canon Roadshow over the weekend where one of the speakers was extolling the virtues of Back Button Focussing (BBF).

The presenter explained about using BBF to gain sharpness on your subject and then recomposing your frame before engaging the shutter. It seems so logical and more precise to me!

His presentation finally made me 'get' BBF and I've decided to convert. Well, once the muscle memory kicks in

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:12:50 AM »
Judging by what you guys have posted here, the only lens to definitively come out substantially better than the Canon 50/1.2 is the Otus.

For the rest of us who own any copy of a 50mm, would it not make sense to perhaps wait and see what Canon is going to offer?

I'm a little skeptical about 3rd party lenses. Not for ability reasons but for performance. Seeing a buddy wage war after his Sigma lens stopped working on his Pentax after a firmware upgrade has left me ultra cautious. 

Canon General / Re: NAB 2014 Live Blog from Las Vegas
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:57:22 AM »
Namibia, wow.

I was there last November for vacation.  I don't hear of too many people traveling there. 

So many great photos opportunities in Namibia.

Namibia, South Africa along with most of Southern Africa has many awesome photo opportunities.

Personally I feel that countries should protect consumers more. Certainly if a company sells a product with a faulty design, all costs in correcting the fault should default back to the company?

I do have a history with a faulty Canon product, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8.

So the AF motor burns out 5 months after purchase. I send into Canon's repair agents, which in South Africa is a third party with repair accreditation. I get a long email from Canon's customer liaison who states that they are 100% sure that I used the lens correctly and that there are no signs of misuse. Their agents could not pinpoint the reason for the malfunction.

But even though I insisted I wanted a new lens, they would were only prepared to repair it.

I was pissed off. R5000.00 is about a full month's salary for me.

So I contacted a lawyer who said I don't have a legal case.

Kinda crazy when logic totally contradicts a legal opinion

Crap, forgot about the 200-400. Probably because I can't afford it!

It's becoming harder to convince my friends that buying only Canon gear is the right thing to do.

Sigma have put out some amazing lenses in the last two years and Canon's only memorable release is the Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8 L II.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 85mm f/1.2L III and Others
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:17:14 PM »
If there's one prime 'bokeh beast' I'd love to have in my bag, it would be the 85mm f/1.2 mkiii!!!

A fellow club member who photographs for magazines has one and I think it's an incredible lens, aside from the lethargic AF.

Would I want a 50mm? I'm not sure anymore. It used to be a future endeavor for me but my 24-70 is pretty awesome at 50mm...

But yeah, I think it's time we see some of these rumours manifest in plastic, metal and glass!!!

EOS Bodies / Evolution or the murder of art?
« on: March 18, 2014, 03:28:00 PM »
Disclaimer: This post is totally and utterly speculation and not based on actual developer announcements.

If the burst/frame count of cameras one day reaches and potentially exceeds 24 frames per second and photography possibly becomes an exercise of selecting frames from what is essentially a video reel, how would YOU, as a photographic artist feel about that?

I have a feeling that this advancement may initially raise it's head in camera phones for some strange reason.

Quite interested to hear opinions on this

The 24-70 f/2.8 mkii is the best. Any other choice is generally about price consideration.

Like the 70-200, you can shoot at f2.8 and pretty much have everything in focus. The lens is about 2 years old and will serve you for at least the next 8-10.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/2.8II lens hood
« on: March 16, 2014, 03:08:48 AM »
Double check and listen if the hood clicks when you fit it to the lens.

May be a situation with the spring isn't in place and it's simply not locking onto your lens.

If that isn't the case, check out your handling techniques, as you may be inadvertently taking the hood off, so to speak.

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS III
« on: March 16, 2014, 03:02:40 AM »
You have the 24-70 mkii and certainly know how excellently that lens performs.
The 70-200 f2.8 IS mkii is said to be a slightly better performer so I highly recommend you pick one up

Purely from a technology capability standpoint, I wonder if it's possible to get the same lens + 2X converter performance with an 800mm lens, that photographers are getting with the 300 f2.8 + 2X converter.

Yes, I do know the 1.4X converter delivers better results.

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