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Since picking up the 70-200 II in December, I haven't touched my 135. I am refraining from selling the 135 for some sentimental reasons but mainly because it's almost not worth selling on the used market.

I'm sure I will get the bug to go shoot with it again soon especially after the newness of the 70-200 wears off.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Lexar CF cards FAIL - Sandisk?
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:12:49 PM »
I've never had an issue with Lexar Pro CF cards. The only failures I've had with with two Sandisk that were purchased at the same time from same retail store. So I'm kinda writing that off as a bad batch. I was able to retrieve images off each. They started throwing out error warnings on the camera and I knew to shut them down. But since I tend to trust Lexar a little more than the Sandisk.

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Software & Accessories / Re: updating to Maverick 10.9?
« on: February 08, 2014, 02:18:30 PM »
I have tons of Finder issues with Maverick. I am constantly relaunching Finder. I had the same issues with Mountain Lion too. I'm a long time Mac user and know all the general maintenance stuff and I keep a clean system but, I'm beginning to think it is my Hybrid drive. I don't think Mac OS plays nice with them. I thought they would because of Apple's own Fusion drives but I guess they are different.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d mk III, the honeymoon is over
« on: December 24, 2013, 12:15:45 AM »
I love UPS because they are consistently awful. I know if I get the alert my package has been delivered and I haven't had a knock at my door I know to check the house at the end of my road that is #520 since my house is #620. It blows me away how often this happens. Even with stuff that says "Signature Required." Amazing!

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EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:28:53 PM »
Blah, blah, blah

I'm looking forward to a big price drop on the 1Dx.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 09, 2013, 01:07:45 AM »
I've had the 5D3 since April 4, 2012. I chose it over the 1Dx mostly for the MPs and little to do with price. Hind site I wish I went with the 1Dx, for cleaner high ISO, better AF, better metering and build quality.

The 5D3 is great but for a lot of what I do, I'm shooting in dark, sometimes back lit environments and with moving subjects. The 5D3 doesn't handle these well enough. My 1Ds3 would be great if not for the ISO limitations. So I am waiting on a refurbed 1Dx.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom or Aperture for friend
« on: November 06, 2013, 06:51:42 PM »
I've used Aperture since v2. It was very slow on a MBP. v3 got substantially faster but it is long in the tooth. But I've recently switched to LR4 and now LR5. LR5's noise reduction, sharpening and clarify tools are WAY better, but...

Phil Shiller said in the keynote announcement for the new Mac Pro that the new version of Aperture blazes on the Mac Pro. I imagine in December with the release of the Mac Pro Aperture 4 will also be available.

I expect Aperture to be superior on the Mac, especially as far as speed goes. LR5 does not take advantage of OpenCL and it is really slow at a lot of tasks even compared to Aperture 3.5.

We'll have to see what NR and sharpening is up to.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone using ISO 50 on 1DX?
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:11:18 AM »
The question is, how much DR do you need? To say IQ is reduced is pulling at hairs I thiink. While I don't have a 1DX, I have used ISO 50 on both the 5D MkII and MkIII (mostly for water or some other motion requirements) and haven't had issues with insufficient DR, any more than I have at ISO 100. Yes graphs show that there is less DR, but looking at graphs and actually testing are two different things, The best way to find out whether it's suitable for your needs is to try it out.

Yes.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: "Downgrading" for a very specific reason
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:08:53 AM »
I shoot with a gripped 5D3 and 1Ds3. I prefer the images that come out of the 1Ds3 also.

I think I actually preferred my 1Ds2 most of all. I think the characteristics are closer to 5Dc. I owned in in concert with a 5D2 and usually shot with 1Ds2. I felt it was the most film like of all the DSLRs I've owned. I loved how the gradients and shadow transitions were just so much more smooth. You can't really fix or retrieve that in post. I think the 1Ds3 does this well but not as good as the 1Ds2.

If I could only have one camera though, I'd take the 5D3 due to ISO/low light capabilities. the 1Ds3 really falls off at 800. Wouldn't mind trying a 1Dx but can't justify the price.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What would you do without Photoshop?
« on: October 06, 2013, 11:24:40 PM »
I would reply to all the people who ask "Do you do Photoshop?" with a simple "NO!"

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Lenses / Re: UV Filter damage limitation on 16-35II
« on: October 05, 2013, 02:09:59 PM »

"Hoods offer no protection whatsoever when you drop the lens when you are changing and you haven't put the hood on yet."



I beg to differ. On two occasions I have dropped unattached lenses out of poorly fastened backpacks with the hoods reversed and they absorbed most, if not all, of the shock and neither lens was damaged. So I'd never say don't use a filter but I will say use the darn hood they gave you FREE! (L lenses anyway).

My hoods are all pretty beat but my lenses look (almost) brand new. If I didn't use hoods, my lenses would look pretty rough. It just makes sense.

I have even dropped bodies with lenses (and hoods) attached and have never damaged glass. I've broken internal stuff but am positive a filter won't save internals from shock.

You may not agree, but if you have the hood reversed you have put the hood on the lens. :)

You are correct about the lenses protecting reversed.

I try and leave the hoods reversed on my lenses and most it is no problem, but the 16-35mm is a special case sometimes. Storage may be at a premium, for instance one case I carry it in if I leave the hood mounted it fits very tightly in the case. I worry that the hood may be crushed so I remove the hood and lay it over the lens the same way it comes packed from the factory. Fits nicely that way.

I actually leave the hood on as I'm attaching the lens then flip it once securely locked on the camera. There is never going to be an absolute way of preventing all risk but you can greatly reduce the chances.

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Lenses / Re: UV Filter damage limitation on 16-35II
« on: October 03, 2013, 03:42:36 PM »

"Hoods offer no protection whatsoever when you drop the lens when you are changing and you haven't put the hood on yet."



I beg to differ. On two occasions I have dropped unattached lenses out of poorly fastened backpacks with the hoods reversed and they absorbed most, if not all, of the shock and neither lens was damaged. So I'd never say don't use a filter but I will say use the darn hood they gave you FREE! (L lenses anyway).

My hoods are all pretty beat but my lenses look (almost) brand new. If I didn't use hoods, my lenses would look pretty rough. It just makes sense.

I have even dropped bodies with lenses (and hoods) attached and have never damaged glass. I've broken internal stuff but am positive a filter won't save internals from shock.

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Lenses / Re: 50/50 for 50?
« on: August 25, 2013, 12:24:33 PM »
Ok. Given that possibility, how great of an issue have you found the back focusing on the L to be, and how have you adapted around it?

Never focus and recompose and if possible adjust AFMA for point(s) most used. 9 out 10 times I use outer third points so that is what AFMA to. I have excellent results.

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Anton Corbijn
http://www.corbijn.co.uk/


#1 Anton is the top of my list too.
#2 Annie Leibovitz
#3 Dan Winters
#4 Richard Avedon
#5 Herb Ritts

Just throwing out my top 5.

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Lenses / Re: 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: July 08, 2013, 05:27:36 PM »
I dropped the 24 1.4L (I) onto carpet from about 3 feet and it's focus motor and mount were damaged. Oddly Canon fixed for free.

I dropped 5D3 and 35 1.4 from 1 foot or so onto asphalt and the 35's focus motor was damaged. and the the hood absorbed most of the blow. that cost $300.

I've dropped my 16-35 II onto asphalt from about 3ft with out any damage and my 24-70 (I) from 3ft onto gravel without damage.

So I'm guessing either the older lens designs have cheaper parts or luck of the draw.

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