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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: Today at 05:12:16 AM »
I have asked for a still photography optimised camera, since I have absolutely no interest in video. Now it seems I will be getting one. I think I was hoping for an Exmor sensor, but I guess we´ll have to wait and see if this new CMOS process from Canon is the real deal ...

Hopefully the omission of video functionality can give us a respectable price for these cameras. The 5DIV will most likely be an expensive all singing and dancing machine,  but these 5Ds bodies could well be both functional and price wise real 810 bashers :)

Canon aren't removing video (which is good!) rather the more advanced video features aren't being included.

Why is the inclusion of video good?

Because there are times (not many but enough) where it is useful to have video in the same camera.

As an example, if you're out doing landscape photography and come across some deer and then you get a couple of male deer competing and so on.  Being out in nature, video can sometimes record a moment better than photo and advanced features (such as DPAF, etc) aren't necessary. Think of it as landscape video work :)

And yes, I'm with you on the sensor. We'll have to wait and see what the sensor can do.

Although, it does occur to me that a Canon sensor made using a Sony process would fit the mould as a "Canon sensor made using a new process."

Will have to wait and see and wait for some critical measurements before any judgments can be made.
I am sure the majority want a combined still/video camera and they are fortunate to have multiple options today. As I said, I am sure the new 5DIV will be an all singing and dancing machine, with 4k and the lot, giving them most of what they want. But I have not recorded a single minute of video (except with an iPhone) since my son was born, 26 years ago ... So for me, they could remove every last bit of video functionality from these cameras. Less buttons, cleaner menus etc. etc.

My shooting can be split in two. One half of my images are almost exclusively shot below ISO400 (portraits and landscape/nature) and I am printing in larger and larger formats. So for the 5Ds I am really hoping for a very high quality sensor, with improved low-ISO performance and DR, at least as the Exmor (who isn´t) etc.  And if I could get a very high quality focusing screen for manual focus on top of that ... It could well be the last landscape and portrait camera I´ll buy.
The other half of my shooting (action, birds and wildlife) is in the other end of the scale, where I´ll be waiting for the 1DX replacement. If that tics in around 24MP, with improved high-ISO performance (and a few others), I´ll promise to be a good boy for a looong time ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: Today at 04:39:11 AM »
I have asked for a still photography optimised camera, since I have absolutely no interest in video. Now it seems I will be getting one. I think I was hoping for an Exmor sensor, but I guess we´ll have to wait and see if this new CMOS process from Canon is the real deal ...

Hopefully the omission of video functionality can give us a respectable price for these cameras. The 5DIV will most likely be an expensive all singing and dancing machine,  but these 5Ds bodies could well be both functional and price wise real 810 bashers :)

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Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: January 31, 2015, 10:54:24 AM »
As for CPL's, here is my 145mm CPL on the 17TS-E, which I often shift stitch to an 11mm fov.

The CPL, as NWPhil says, can be used very effectively for water and shinny services, I use mine for controlling glare and reflections on swimming pools, granite worktops and bathrooms.

I strongly suspect Fotodiox will have an 11-24 version of the Wonderpana out pretty quickly.
I did not know they had this solution for the 17 TS-E and I could not find it at B&H. I would be most interested and if you could provide full name and number, it would be most appreciated.

Hi there Eldar,

It is the Fotodiox Wonderpana 145, they do several versions, the 145 that just has a 145 filter thread, the 66 which has slots and the 145 thread but doesn't rotate, and the 66 FreeArc that has slots the 145 thread and does rotate, I have the basic 145 because I only use round filters, but they also do one called the FreeArc that has slots for grads etc. You need to work out what functionality you want/need first then narrow down the large range of kit options that include various filter packages.

For the 17TS-E it works with zero vignetting at all shift amounts, and even with full shift and 4º tilt, or full tilt and a touch of shift, far and away the best solution for the 17.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=fotodiox+wonderpana+17+TS-E&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Afotodiox+wonderpana+17+TS-E
Thanks Private. This will be ordered!

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:19:33 AM »
Have upgraded to a 5dmiii when it was released and the thing I miss the most is the 1d series controls and don't think I am the only one.
The biggest reason I've never seriously considered a 1 series body is ergonomics.

The biggest reason I'm not personally excited about a 5-series high MP body is ergonomics.

Same here. I loved 5d series with and without grip till I got 1dx via Canon loan program. OMG, it's day and night at least for me. 1dx is so much more comfortable and honestly feels lighter than 5d+grip. Even my gf was holding 1dx+200 2.0 quite easily, and she is not athletic at all.

I never use a grip and will never purchase a body with a non removable grip.  I have small hands and the 1 series grips are so thick that with my hand in the proper comfortable place my index finger doesn't reach the shutter release.  With my index finger on the shutter release the camera is supported only by the tips of my fingers and thumb.

Only the Alphas are worse.

My 5D fits my hand perfectly.
Lucky me, I like both :)

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Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: January 31, 2015, 01:25:02 AM »
As for CPL's, here is my 145mm CPL on the 17TS-E, which I often shift stitch to an 11mm fov.

The CPL, as NWPhil says, can be used very effectively for water and shinny services, I use mine for controlling glare and reflections on swimming pools, granite worktops and bathrooms.

I strongly suspect Fotodiox will have an 11-24 version of the Wonderpana out pretty quickly.
I did not know they had this solution for the 17 TS-E and I could not find it at B&H. I would be most interested and if you could provide full name and number, it would be most appreciated.

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Site Information / Re: Is it possible to delete all your posted images?
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:07:27 PM »
Look above the upper right corner of your post. You can go in and remove your post completely or you can go in and modify it. When modifying you go to attachments, where you can remove your image(s).

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Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:35:45 PM »
Plus, there is no use in putting a CPL on any lens wider than 16mm due to the way CPL's work.
I use CPL on my Zeiss 15mm all the time, because it has a very positive effect on my images. Yes, CPL may have a negative effect on UWA images, for example cloudless blue skies, but if you are conscious of these effects and use it correctly, the filter still has a lot of value. I have never tried CPL on anything wider than 15mm though, so it might be that you pass the next threshold then.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:11:59 PM »
Canon has not earned their long term position on top of this market by being stupid. So even though there are lots of information we still need to see about these cameras, I am confident that for all of us who want a high resolution, high DR, low noise body, we will get it this time. (By the way, I am sometimes regarded as a bit optimistic ...)

I believe/hope this body will be the perfect compliment to my 1DX, which I expect to keep for action, birds and wildlife. My 5DIII will be for sale some time during the weekend.

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Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:00:39 PM »
It must be insanely good to tempt me. I don´t remember having missed not having a wider lens than 15mm, where the Zeiss is doing a magnificent job and the combined quality and functionality of the 16-35 f4L IS fills in.

Both of these lenses take regular filters, whereas this new one will need a Lee-rig, which I (from experience) leave at home.

But Canon knows that the Nikon 14-24 is the benchmark. That combined with the quality of the latest pro-glass they have released, I´m prepared for a stunning performer and yet another temptation ...

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:46:25 PM »
I voted 50MP. I cannot see any need for more than that.

I believe that may be the point where resolution will move over to the no-longer-an-issue basket. We will continue to bash the suppliers over the other IQ elements. Noise, colour, high ISO, DR ... and not to forget all the functional gadgetry we cannot live without  ::).

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I don't care for the S screen with 2.8 lenses.  No ... I absolutely can't stand it.  It's way too dark for me.  I bought an S screen years ago and every now and then I try it again, but I always go back to the standard screen because it's much brighter.  But then I'm using AF lenses exclusively.  With manual focus lenses, I guess I would have to use an S screen.  I could tolerate an S screen with 1.2 or 1.4 lenses, but then the camera body would have to be reserved for use with those lenses exclusively.
The only reason to get the S-screen is to use with fast manual focus lenses. The standard screen with focus confirm indication works OK from f2.8.

I hate the standard screen! S-screen is much nicer, it gives me a better feeling of what the image will look like wide open. How can you see what the picture will be like with your 1.4 lenses when the depth of filed and rendering you see in the viewfinder is 2.8 ? I am not speaking of focus, but really of DOP.

I have no problem using it with f/4 lenses, it's slightly darker than the standard, but not by that much.

So effectively the S-type gets your screen a little darker and it gives you de DOF at f/1.4? Is there any other 'tool' in the screen to help in confirming accurate focus? For instance, in the split prism there is the two half circles that make a full circle when you have focused correctly. How does this work in the S-type screen?

I assume that focusing on something in the dead-center works the same as focusing on smething that is on a corner (or 1/3rd) of the image. Is this correct?
The additional focus confirmation is provided by the camera. An easy way for you to check it out is to go to a dealer and see how a 6D behaves with the Eg-S screen. Aside from the camera generated focus confirmations, you should see what the 5DIII would be with the customized focusingscreens.com screen.

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I don't care for the S screen with 2.8 lenses.  No ... I absolutely can't stand it.  It's way too dark for me.  I bought an S screen years ago and every now and then I try it again, but I always go back to the standard screen because it's much brighter.  But then I'm using AF lenses exclusively.  With manual focus lenses, I guess I would have to use an S screen.  I could tolerate an S screen with 1.2 or 1.4 lenses, but then the camera body would have to be reserved for use with those lenses exclusively.
The only reason to get the S-screen is to use with fast manual focus lenses. The standard screen with focus confirm indication works OK from f2.8.

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I recently sold all my Canon gear with the exception of my 70-200 2.8. I was hoping to downgrade some of it since I am trying to cut back to more of a hobby rather than pursue photography professionally. I just do not have the time in my life so I got a chance to get all my money I paid for my gear and even made a little. The question is I still need a body and a mid zoom like 24-70 2.8 II and a prime. I just am torn if I should wait a few weeks or take advantage of the 1dx rebates and grab a 1dx now and the 24-70 and wait for the rest till the announcement. Either way I plan on saving some for a nice vacation with the family. Any help would be appreciated.
I'd go for the 1D X and 24-70 II while the getting is good.  They're selling for insanely good prices compared to what most of us paid and unless you need lots of pixels or a smaller camera, I don't think you'll find a better camera than the 1D X.  As for primes, that's a personal one, but the rebates are good on them as well.
+1

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For precision focusing, you want the S-screen. Autofocus will work like before, but the viewer will be darker for slower lenses. The absolute max in my view is f4, whereas 2.8 works well.

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How reliable is focusingscreen.com and how long are delivery times?

Just wondering: would magic lantern solve the exposure compensation issue to allow the use of M and auto iso?
Maybe silly, but if you're shooting in situations were the light is constantly changing and you want to keep using M and auto ISO, the other option is to just ignore the needed exposure correction and later fix that in postprocessing? Fixing a single stop in RAW is not too much, especially if the iso is not 10k.

Other option: if you choose Tv, put shutter speed fixed (e.g. 1/60) and iso to auto in dim-lid situations, what aperture would the 5D III choose? Does it shoot wide open then or is it just increasing ISO too much to shoot at f/4 with f/2 glas? Because in Tv with auto ISO, I think it should be possible to compensate?
The screen from focusingscreens.com is made on order and was delivered at my door about 3 weeks after I ordered it. The box looks like a standard Canon box. All papers etc. in proper order.

The Tv alternative you describe should work. I have no experience with ML, so I do not know if they have a solution for the manual mode.

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