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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 21, 2014, 10:27:43 AM »
People can make all kind of "own" definitions.

I tend to follow Canon definition and they reserve "Professional" to the 1D-series. So the cut off for Canon is that 5D/5DII/5DIII did/do not qualify.

Sorry, but that is simply not true. Canon does classify the 5D3 as a professional camera, as least in Europe. Take a look at these Canon websites:

Oddly, the 5D3 is categorized as 'Enthusiast' on the canon.com.au website, and the Canon USA and CN websites don't make that distinction in their website layout.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 13, 2014, 10:14:57 AM »
The differences are "neg•li•gi•ble".
Everything else is just noise and a lot of geeking out.
I must politely disagree.

Lenses / Re: used 300 f2.8 IS or new sigma 120-300 f2.8
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:23:27 PM »
Although I haven't try 200mm f2 with x1.4 yet, but I have feeling it can't win the bare 300mm f2.8 IS II in term of IQ.

TDP agrees with you:

Let us know how the f/2L trial works out for you  :P

Lenses / Re: Which Tilt/Shift lens to choose?
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:27:36 AM »
Thanks to everyone for their input.

I ended up picking up the 90mm. I'm looking forward to learning how to use this beast over the winter :)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 20, 2014, 04:12:58 PM »
Using the Sidney Opera house as a canvas, with its everything but flat surface, but still creating a flat image illusion is quite something.

Actually, all of the roof surfaces are sphere surface pieces. There is a nice exhibit around the entrance of the Opera house that explains how Jorn Utzon finally came up with the solution to how to make the roofs (relatively) simple to manufacture.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:06:36 AM »
Sandisk usually includes free recovery software vouchers with their high end cards. I have had to use this once when I accidentally formatted a cf card. The recovery software saved the day. Maybe the other manufacturers also include this, but after my experience I'm sticking with sandisk.

Lexar do that too. Or at least I got licenses with the 1000x cards I bought a couple of years back.

EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 19, 2014, 02:43:38 AM »
At this stage take this rumor with a pinch of salt. Canon has senior camera, lens and sensor engineers at Photokina asking pro photographers what they like and dislike about existing cameras and lenses in three different groups. You dont do that with the associated cost if your about to launch a camera in a month.

Surely they can and will do that (talking to customers about what they like/dislike and launch a new body in 1 month).

My point is that Canon is most likely to have multiple generations of camera bodies under development at the same time, considering the product development time vs the launch cadence, so the camera they would be about to launch would not the one they are taking input on.

EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:38:25 AM »
That body should be called 1DXs, not 1Ds X - after all, it will have pixels INXS!  ;D

Lenses / Re: Which Tilt/Shift lens to choose?
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:35:28 PM »
As I said in the first post, it's the selective focus I want to work with, so I'm leaning towards the longer focal length end (90mm). The only thing going against this is that I don't have a studio, so space is limited ... which means that 90mm could be too long  :(

Thanks for the idea about the MF lens, but since I've never used anything bigger than 35mm film, this is not an option to me.

I'm not sure if lack of ND and CPL is a problem for me, but it's worthwhile to remember. I already have 82mm ND & CPL, so this is in favour of the 24L II.
Thanks for pointing out the Vince LaForet videos, they are quite good. I just went back and re-watched Episode 3.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:07:49 PM »
This is all very interesting. I have only cameras with SD cards, and I always did low level format in the camera, every time. Performance of these cards has stayed stable with time. CF, if faster, merits a look. Any comments on a good card reader? I have a MacBookPro with a SD slot built in, so I have not used a card reader before.

I have the Lexar Professional USB3.0 Dual-Slot Reader (it takes both CF & SD) and I am extremely happy with it. It can do sustained 90-100MB/sec downloads from a Lexar 1000x 32GB card to the local SSD drive (Samsung 840 Evo). At USD35 @ B&H, it's pretty inexpensive too.

Depending on which MBP you have, it may or may not have USB3. If it doesn't, consider looking for a Thunderbolt based reader.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:41:54 AM »
Just remember that the card itself is only half the story.  The other half is the camera.  For example, you can put as fast an SD card as you want into the 5DIII, but it isn't going to write faster than 20 MB/s.  Shooting JPEG on the 5DIII, you'll be limited to less than 50 MB/s.  The camera becomes the limitation in both these scenarios. 


And 18MB/s if you write JPGs to the SD slot.

As for bent pins, I haven't experienced that in 10 years of using CF cards, but my stepmom recently bent several pins on an poorly designed* card reader.

*) Poorly designed because the pins aren't recessed enough in the body, so it is easy to mis-align the CF card when inserting it. At least it wasn't her camera body :)

IMO: I'd stay with the SD cards you have now, and evaluate if I needed to move to CF cards later for speed.

Edit: spelling

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:35:31 AM »
My GAS status is now up-north. This could be the last purchase for 2014  :)

Famous last words, or just because you'll buy it on Dec 31st? :D

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:17:37 AM »
my ruthless annoying complaining has finally worn the boss (my wife) down and I have been given permission to seek the 300 2.8.  But how to obtain such nirvana.

1)300 2.8 L IS II…just kidding you didn't really think I could do that did you?
2)300 2.8 L IS I…seems like it can be purchased for around 3500 depending upon from where/condition etc
3)Sigma 120-300 sport (around 3500 again)

The main differences from my experience is that the MkII is lighter and has better IS. It is slated to take the 2xx MkIII TC better, focus slightly faster and be slightly optically sharper than the MkI, but I didn't notice that.
I guess you already checked out Bryan's review on TDP.

Considering that the MkII is about 2x the price of a well-kept MkI (at least where I am), you need very (very) good reasons to go for the MkII.

The 300's are quite handholdable at 2,35-2,55kg, even with the 2x TC, whereas the Sigma 120-300mm is 3,4kgs.

Lenses / Re: Choose your Weapon: Ultra Wide Zooms for Canon
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:49:03 AM »
I have the 17-40/4L, but I'm lusting for the 16-35/4L IS.

Yes, I'm a geek and I have GAS.  ;D

Lenses / Re: The Sigma 35mm Art is Toasting Canon's?
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:43:21 AM »
The optical performance is really good, but several people have reported about AF consistency issues here, even after going through 2-3-4 copies of the 35A and 50A lenses.

The amount of issues have at been enough to at least discourage myself from looking further into getting a 50A at the moment.

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