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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:30:47 AM »
Lunch time~

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Lenses / Re: IS mandatory? 70-200 f/4 IS vs. f/2.8 Non-IS
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:43:43 AM »
I agree with everyone else, get the IS version, be it f2.8 or f4 ;)

with the 2.8 non-IS unless you're shooting with high shutter speed, you'll need a tripod to keep the lens steady, and since you mention you try to shoot handheld when possible, IS is a must (especially since the 2.8 is so heavy). Also, f4 is only one stop slower than the f2.8. You could try renting both first and trying them out.

IMHO The F4L with IS is just that much more convenient than the 2.8 non-IS variant.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Potential upgrade from 7D
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:29:27 AM »
Apparently everyone who made the switch loves it. What is also nice is that my sister is apparently having fun with the 7D, since she messaged me today saying "Thank God I have your DSLR" lol.

Here's a photo I took using the 17-40 at 40mm while using my spanking new Kenko ND400 for the first time. It is pretty sharp stopped down, and I highly doubt the lack of the "WOW" factor is the fault of the lens. Skill always comes before equipment :P. Anyways I''ll be using it more often to try and get the hang of shooting UWA. I should also note that I'm glad I didn't spend the extra 1k+ for the 16-35mm(in a sense) because I really find myself shooting at f8 or narrower apertures most of the time.

The 17-40 and 70-200 really compliment each other well. Right now I'm considering whether I should get a Zeiss 50mm f1.4, since they're selling it for approximately 580 USD in Japan, and with a membership card I can probably save some more from the points I have. I've also been looking at the 50L and the Zeiss 50 MP :D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Potential upgrade from 7D
« on: April 11, 2013, 10:36:37 AM »
It's been a while since my last post, but I've finally taken the plunge and bought a 5DIII along with a 17-40 f4L UWA lens. As for the 7D, I originally wanted to sell it but ended up giving it to my sister since she "seemed" sort of interested in using a DSLR, never mind that she doesn't know aperture from shutter, much less what ISO is supposed to do.

In truth I kind of envy you guys that are Stateside or are in places with good warranties and return policies. Where I live, they won't even let you touch the body in most stores unless you're certain you are gonna buy it, not to mention not being able to test out lenses to see the FOV unless again, you are certain you will buy the lens. Return policy is only for 7 days, so when I read about many of you guys trying out cameras for few weeks, being envious was seriously an understatement.

Anyways, I love the MK3, and it is totally not because I spent a buttload of money buying it. As for the 17-40, maybe because I still haven't gotten the hang of using an UWA lens, the 17-40 so far hasn't been as "Wow" as the 70-200 f4L when I first bought it, but I'm still learning. Anyone with experiences they'd like to share on using a 17-40 on FF would be most welcome  ;D

P.S. I forgot my main reason for posting this... which is,
Thanks to everyone for the inputs that swayed me into spending so much(money well spent though XD) for a camera that is truely a beast   ;)

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS Resolution Tests
« on: February 03, 2013, 02:18:57 PM »
No standard f4 zoom is worth that price!

It seem like a good lens. With high iso performance on FF already good as it is, f4 won't be too much of a problem in dim light and the hybrid IS will certainly help a lot. I see this as some sort of 24-70mm f2.8L IS USM compromise in which Canon made it one stop slower in return for lighter weight and IS/macro. I'm hoping to see more reviews so we can be certain of its image quality. With its current price though... it's an epic fail.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help to make my decision.
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:50:23 AM »
You have no FF lenses, which mean's you might as well just sell everything and start new with FF.

1. Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC.
2. Canon 100mm F/2
3. 5D2 or 5D3.

Skip 6D, Not good value for $$$.

I WOULDN'T do that - I would skip 5D II and take 6D for these reasons.

1. Newer camera - with extra features, wifi etc
2. True Auto ISO in "M" mode, 5D II has fixed auto ISO at 400
3. Better AF - more accurate then 5D II

In actual use, the 6D will fail in everything the 5D2 will performance wise and no better than the 5D2 in getting the shot. Same FPS, nearly identical terrible AF, and 98% viewfinder. The 5D3 will have none of these limits.

So why waste those extra 500$? Get another lens. Don't waste it on the fluff from the 6D and that's why I consider it bad value for $$$.

In which way? 6D AF center point is way MUCH BETTER 5D II, so what is your point?

 your still stuck only using the center point. That's the issue.

Are you saying 5D II has better outer AF points then 6D? Both of these cameras should be considered as 1 point AF system. 6D center AF would kick 5D II in the rear in lower light.

I'm saying that the outer AF points on either camera are awful but I've never had a problem with the center AF on the 5Dc or 5D2. What I'm saying is the 6D outer points are still rubbish and virtually no improvement over the 5Dc/5D2

I hope your statement is based on first hand experience with both the 6D and the 5D2, and not based solely on spec sheets or assumptions and hearsay, since I don't really think it's a good idea to dismiss something based on assumptions or specs without hands-on experience.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Potential upgrade from 7D
« on: January 27, 2013, 12:33:01 AM »
Just took a look at your video on youtube, it is really well done. How long did you spend working on it ???

When trying out the Tamron 24-70 VC, did you notice any issues with focusing and sharpness as seen on a few of the reviews out there(e.g. The review from TDP where the left side was always softer, or other reviews where there were focus shifts)? Anyways I'm looking forward to part II of your review ;D

I've yet to make up my mind in regards to which lens I should buy with the 5DIII, but right now I'm leaning more towards buying the 16-35mm f2.8L II for the fact that the wider angle will probably come in handy when taking nature/landscape photography as well as architecture and street photography. If I don't like it I can always sell it and get the Tamron instead. I also plan on getting the B+W 110 nd filter and some graduated nd filters to go with the 16-35mm.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Best carry set-up for 7D & 70-200 f/2.8L
« on: January 25, 2013, 02:33:38 AM »
A blackrapid or any other similar sling type straps are good options especially for those heavier lenses. It really takes the strain off your neck.

As for where to connect the sling, just choose what is most comfortable.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Potential upgrade from 7D
« on: January 20, 2013, 12:35:32 PM »
I don't really focus on specific types of photography, I shoot whatever I find interesting or makes me happy. As for using 15-35mm a lot when shooting with a 15-85, it's because it only goes to 15mm on the wide end. There are many times I find myself wishing I had a lens that was wider than 24mm, but I'm not exactly sure how often I'll go that wide because I just make due with what I have. I think the 15-85 is a fine lens, and infinitely useful as a travel lens aside from its slower speed. One thing that irked me was the silver ring... which I recently found to be a sticker and had begun peeling off on my lens. I also used to use 70-200 as a walk around lens on my 7D. I love the shots I get and I find it more satisfying to use than the 15-85, albeit I've changed my walk around lens to the voigtlander 40mm f2 because its just so compact and still quite versatile on the 7D despite it being a short tele when used with an APSC. However its not the best lens to have around in many cases, especially in low light. Even with focus confirmation I often have to use live view to make sure my shots are in focus when shooting wide open. Therefore I use it when I can take my time to manually focus and get clear shots.

When the light is bad, I tend to shoot wide open with the 15-85, but in low light situations 15-85 just doesn't cut it as the increased ISO on the 7D really causes the picture quality to drop(I can still accept 1600ISO... albeit a bit grudgingly, and above that I would start balking). I've contemplated on just getting new glass, but the 17-55 f2.8 doesn't really appeal to me that much, and the L series lenses works better with FF in most cases. I probably could get a prime or two, but I'd prefer more versatility with a zoom lens. Thus the reason I'm considering the 5DIII with either the 16-35L or Tamron 24-70. I didn't consider the 24-105 as I'd rather have a faster lens for times when I do need the larger aperture settings, instead of lamenting like I do with the 15-85 at f5.6 when zoomed to 85mm lol.

I have telephoto covered with the 70-200 f4L IS and is thus the reason I thought of forgoing a general purpose zoom for the 16-35mm.

Reinzphotoz I'm basically in a similar predicament as you were, but the wider-than-24mm focal length of the 16-35 appeals to me as much as the versatility of the 24-70, and thus my dilemma with choosing a lens. Let me know what you think of the Tamron 24-70 VC once you get it ;-)

I have enough dough to buy the 5DIII, so I probably won't think about getting the 6D since the AF system of the 5DIII interests me the most. I'll most likely also sell the 7D to help fund the purchase, since I really don't have a need for two cameras and would probably see the 7D grounded. I think it'd be better to let someone else use and enjoy the 7D as I did for the past 2 or so years. I'm still considering as of now, and am holding off to see whether the 5DIII price will drop a bit more where I live (currently at 2730 USD if converted with today's currency rates)

P.S. it's not that I don't want to spend the money, it's more like trying to find the best possible solution to my dilemma and not really wanting to part with my 7D that much  ::)
As for the 6D... I like the 5DIII better(much better)~ enough said :P
P.P.S. I'm fully aware that the 16-35mm on FF isn't equal to the 15-35mm on APSC, it's just that I was considering trading off the 35~50mm range for 16~24mm ultra-wide angle.  ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Potential upgrade from 7D
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:16:48 AM »
Hello everyone, recently I've been thinking about upgrading my 7D+15-85 to a 5DIII. The itch for upgrading has been nothing new, but recently I've found myself cringing at the images taken using the 7D+15-85 combo in low light when it is necessary to bump the ISO up to 3200/4000. I often times find myself wishing for a fast zoom lens/better high ISO performance when I'm taking pictures. Photography is a hobby for me, and I still hold a bit of doubt as to whether I should spend the money upgrading to a 5DIII since the 7D is an awesome camera, and the fact that I don't make money from photography.

I normally spend a lot of time looking up info and debating myself before I buy something, I spent a year "considering" before finally buying the 7D. The devil on my shoulder however, is pushing me to go for the 5DIII with a good lens. Thus for the past few weeks I've been browsing around and thinking about what focal lengths I would use more and which lenses I would most likely use. I've found two lenses that appeal to me a great deal (three lenses if I include the 24-70 f2.8LII).
The Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II and Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC

I know these two lenses aren't in the same class as to warrant a comparison, but when using the 15-85, many a times I found myself shooting from 15-35mm and then from 70-85mm, with less pictures taken with the focal length in between. Thus I thought that I would probably enjoy the ultra-wide angle of the 16-35mm at the expense of the versatility of the 24-70mm. However, it is also hard giving up on the Vibration Compensation of the Tamron lens as it often times proves useful in situations with lower shutter speeds. The 24-70mm f2.8LII is an awesome lens with a not so awesome price tag, not to mention it doesn't have IS so I'm willing to ponder a bit more whether I would like one.

I also own a Canon 70-200mm f4L IS and a Voigtlander Ultron 40mm F2 SLIIN, so my short telephoto range is covered and the Voigtlander is a fun walk-around lens to use when I want to strain my eyes and squint my brains out when focusing. So...

What do you guys and gals think about these two lenses with the 5DIII, has anyone used either often as a walk-around lens? Should I just stick with the 7D like my shoulder angel suggests? Thanks for giving me your opinions, and also thanks for spending your time reading through this. ;D


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