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Lenses / Re: which telephoto for travel?
« on: Today at 12:12:38 AM »
135L is definitely on my shopping list

Took a powershot with equiv of 35-105 on vacation last year, and it wasn't enough on either end.

Am playing around with a 70-200 2.8 IS II of my buddy's right now, and while it is a great lens, it is a beast, and I just can't imagine lugging it and a wide angle up and down canyons/mountains in 100 degree heat. 
Agreed, the 1,490 gram (3.28 lb) 70-200 f/2.8isII it is big & heavy. And fabulous. It's my most used lens.

But for travel? This is where the extraordinary 760 gram (1.68 lb) 70-200 f/4is gets a big mention. It's one of the all-time-great travel lenses with two notable advantages over the almost identical weight 750 gram (1.65 lb) 135 f/2. For a start, the obvious flexibility of a zoom plus the incredible IS performance of this lens. Don't underestimate IS power in helping deliver keepers. I had a stellar 135f/2 and sold it within a year. Maybe I've got slightly shaky hands, but my keeper rate with the non-IS 135 f/2 was disturbingly low compared to my 70-200 f/2.8isII.

A revised 135 f/2 with IS will sell it's socks off. It'll come eventually.


PowerShot / Re: Advice for non-compact versatile camera plz
« on: February 27, 2015, 05:42:33 PM »
The SL1 is one of the the gems of the Canon range. Its status as a highly significant release has been a "slow-burn" but as they get into more photographers hands, the stronger their highly deserves reputation becomes. So long as you remain aware of its abilities, it's strengths and its limitations, the rewards will flow in. Every manufactured item ever made has strengths and its limitations, so this is not a criticism. The SL1 is a fun, genuinely practical camera to own.


Lenses / Re: which telephoto for travel?
« on: February 24, 2015, 06:36:48 PM »
Less is better, lighter is best.  I now travel with only a single body, a 35mm and a 75mm and rarely miss a shot.
 IF you "have" to buy something for travel, get a SL1, the 24mm pancake and take the 55-250 zoom - surprising image quality, next to nothing weight wise and the whole package is less that your 200L price wise.
Great advice...+1

After a couple of decades of lugging an insane weight of gear around the planet, I have reduced trip-by-trip down to a de-gripped 5D (Classic, II & III) and 24-105 f/4is. Then the last trip was with an SL1 and the brilliant EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8is. For travel...go as light as you possibly can. Next trip will see a change of direction..I'll take the MFT Panasonic GH4 with 12-35 f/2.8 and 35-70 f/2.8. 4k video and extremely respectable stills in an insanely small package.


EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 22, 2015, 05:53:51 PM »
ok, so if you want an 18mpx 12fps ff camera then why not just get a 1dx now?
Two reasons - cost and I hate the 1D series bodies, and would never own one for that reason.
Cost? Fair enough...but have you ever owned and extensively used a 1-Series?
They're just plain fantastic. All the way from the EOS-1 film bodies from the 1990's.


Lighting / Re: A test for Odin owners
« on: February 21, 2015, 08:25:56 PM »
HI. I have a particular work flow that requires me to adjust the power output on my 600EX-RT while being remote from the camera. I use a Camranger to trigger the camera, then evaluate the exposure on my iPhone and adjust the flash output as needed.

I have been using PW FlexTT5s for this but have some issues with them.

I have tried a ST-E3-RT, but using such a trigger will not let me change my flash power at the flash. I want to be able to have the flash in Manual and adjust as needed without having to go back to the camera, and the ST-E3-RT seem to lock me out of my flash. I can change the FEC at the flash when I am in ETTL, but I really need manual control.

So, I am considering Odins. Can someone who owns Odins and canon flashes to a test for me?

While using the trigger, can you change the mode on the flash from ETTL to Manual and adjust the output?

You're not getting much response here. It might be a better question over at the FlashHavoc forums. Find an active Odin thread and latch onto that.


Lenses / Re: 16-35F4 L IS, Any good?
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:52:27 PM »
I've never felt 100% happy with my 16-35 f/2.8L MkII.  It's fine I guess, no better stopped down than my old 17-40 f/4 which I might just as well have kept.

Photographers in this thread who have gone from the 16-35 f/2.8L MkII to the 16-35 f/4is seem happy enough. Is it just a case of validating a latest purchase or does the new lens seriously leave the 16-35 f/2.8L MkII gasping for respectability?


Lighting / Re: Light modifiers for speedlights
« on: February 18, 2015, 12:06:04 AM »
Light modifiers for speedlights? Obsessive by nature, I've probably tried almost all of them.

My most used modifiers for 600 EX-RT speedlights are:

1. The ceiling.
2. The wall.
3. Jo Demb Diffuser Pro http://www.dembflashproducts.com/products/flash-diffuser/
4. Gary Fong Light Sphere http://www.garyfongestore.com/featured-products/lightsphere-collapsible-speed-mount.html
5. Stofen Omni-Bounce http://www.dembflashproducts.com/products/flash-diffuser/

I also use a pair of Godox Witstro AD360 hotshoe mountable flashes. OMG these are useful. They'll take the Joe Demb Diffuser Pro diffusers when required.

They are a little like Godzilla in appearance and performance. I like to bounce off ceilings and walls when I can for a natural light look. You can bounce these confidently in large halls and auditoriums. More often the Witstos are on lightstands with any number of inexpensive modifiers:

Other jobs that need more formal, powerful or technical lighting lighting are lit with Einsteins, either bounced or run through umbrellas, beauty dishes or more often PCB's excellent 86 inch PLM modifiers.


EOS Bodies / Re: Skipping the 5D-s. What do you want in 5D4?
« on: February 15, 2015, 03:32:00 PM »
What does canon need to do in the 5D4 to consider an upgrade?

1. All Crosstype AF
2. Linked AF Point Spot Metering? (May be in 5D-s)
3. 1/250th Sync speed bump.
4. Bump to 7-8 FPS.
5. Dual CF
7. 4K
8. Touchscreen
9. Peaking and Zebra
10. RAW 1080P Video or 4K if possible. (ML managed to do it. Canon can.)
11. IQ, Resolution Bump from 22MP to Anything below 40MP.
12. $3499.

Everything you list except:
-Limit MP to 24MP
-Size & weight shrink

Anyone who has worked with the mature touchscreens from Panasonic (GH4) and other current cameras know that this is not an amateur or enthusiast feature. It's a valuable pro feature. Photographers who don't like it can switch it off.


EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 12, 2015, 06:42:03 PM »
What's next for Canon Cameras?
I am just wondering what people's ideas are of where the future lies in terms of camera technology.
There have been some great viewpoints and features postulated over the past six pages for the direction of future Canon cameras. Over the next decade and beyond, we'll see plenty of incremental evolution and the occasional revolution with the introduction of features not yet invented.

What we have seen over the past few 1-Series & 5D-series updates is size creep. As Canon seek to pack in more functions and features, the bodies have bulked up. I'd like to see some size and weight reduction in future bodies. Personally I would leap at a 1-series level mirrorless body with a supreme EVF. Fast forward a decade and we'll be looking back at the old days when camera bodies actually had mirrors slapping around inside them. How primitive!


EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:06:32 PM »
I would love to see a fully automated, real time afma that changes immediately with any focus point used.  Couple that with improved AF speed and accuracy, that would be awesome.


Yes, that's the sort of feature we should be looking forward to rather than an on-going megapixel race. Good one!


EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:23:11 PM »
After thinking about all this for a while, and after high initial enthusiasm for the 50 Mp offerings, I think I'll be sitting tight for the lower Mp 5D Mk4 later this year. I'm expecting deeper buffer, modestly better high iso performance, low light AF boost and some incremental, generational, across the board improvements. I'll be happy if the sensor is in the 20-25 Mp range.

My main workstations would easily handle the bigger 50 Mp files as my set up is in the awesome category for effortless 4K video editing. Maybe I'll avoid the need for another higher storage capacity NAS, my current CF card capacity will still do the job and to be honest, the 5D3 files still knock my socks off and have a quality surplus that none of my clients have come anywhere near exceeding.

Canon engineers may have had it right pulling up MP counts in the low 20 Mp's with the 1Dx and 5D3. But pressure from the marketing team and a braying public to "beat Nikon" was just too strong.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Monopod - advice what to purchase
« on: February 07, 2015, 06:15:42 PM »
You'll find a higher percentage of professional sports shooters will favour the lever type lock vs twist lock. It's faster. If speed is not important to you then don't worry, both locks are fine. I have a preference for lever locks with two heavy duty Manfrotto monopods. They both have the Manfrotto 234RC monopod head which I find has greater control on a monopod than a ball head which can flop; this can easily result in crushed or bruised fingers. The heavier the lens, the less safe and practical a ball head becomes. There are dedicated monopod heads in existence for good reason. Trust me...get a monopod head. My third monopod is a Miller twist-lock carbon fiber which I use for video work.

The other trap that first-time monopod buyers can fall into is not getting one tall enough. It has to be tall enough for you to be able to stand at full height while looking through the viewfinder. Stooping to see the viewfinder will hurt your back, irritate you and cramp your creativity.

Another useful left-field use for a monopod is holding it in your hand as you walk back to your car after a late night gig. Would be muggers are likely to avoid you.



Lenses / Re: Who is going to buy the 11-24 f/4L?
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:38:48 PM »
I'm planning to stay up tomorrow night just so I can be one of the first to preorder this badboy.  I can see myself making good money with one of my clients who always loved my Sigma 12-24 II work.
Anyone else plan to buy one?
I also have the Sigma 12-24 (MkI) and I bring it out a few times a year. It's a fun lens though commercially acceptable output can only be realised shooting at f/11. Wide open it looks like soup. If the new 11-24 f/4 can deliver the goods at f/4, then I'm a buyer. It will open up possibilities you wouldn't bother attempting with the Sigma. The clincher would be if it comfortably out-performs my current 16-35 f/2.8II which delivers kind of acceptable files. Beyond f/5.6 my old 17-40 outperformed my 16-35 f/2.8II. Darn! I should have kept it!

If the 11-24 f/4 proves to be a capable lens, I could see it replacing my 16-35 II which I mainly use in the 16-24mm range anyway. Anyone seen a price?


Lenses / Re: Canon 135L vs Canon 200L 2.8
« on: February 04, 2015, 06:10:30 AM »
If you had to have one of them for portrait work, the 135 f/2 would be more flexible.
But honestly I'd be looking at the 70-200 either f/4 or f/2.8 if you've got the cash. 70-200 is most photographers most used lens for good reason. A big plus is that the zooms have IS.


EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:40:24 PM »
Oh oh... where's the EVF?
Sorry Canon, missed a sale here.


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