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Lenses / Re: My New "L"
« on: January 19, 2015, 01:11:51 PM »
I got my first as 70-200 F4 L IS and was really impressed by image quality. I then had a 100mmMacro 2.8 L IS and this is an awesome lens. The best ever I had in hands.
I then acquired the 24-105 L with the 6D, but I have to say, I have not been very impressed by IQ ??? . May be it’s not a great copy but I was expecting more  :-\ .
I am now looking close to 100-400mm II. I believe I will dive as soon as availability is better. I tried it and IS is stunning and optic is sharp  :D .
I don’t know if it is GAS or L addiction, but this is definitively Sharp images syndrome ;)

I don't have the 5Omm but I do have the 40mm and either with T3i or 6D, I like it. It is light, small and very sharp.
For street photography, you definitively don't look like a serious photographer with the 40mm ;)  which is an advantage in some situation :)

Technical Support / Re: Grand Canyon panoramas
« on: December 29, 2014, 09:04:52 AM »
I have not used the 100mm macro but I should. Being so sharp can only be beneficial for landscape. Good idea.

I used the 40mm pancake for Golden gate and was pleased with result.
I tend to use close to 50% overlap to make it easier afterwards.
Choose exposure at the center of final  image. And turn camera close to lens axis.
I use Microsoft ICE (free) and I am fully happy with result.

Technical Support / Re: Repair or Return?
« on: December 22, 2014, 12:01:22 PM »
The reason to return it is because it failed their QA process, which is rather disappointing, and because I should have to be the one to pay for the shipping to send it in for repair.  I can probably negotiate that with them, though.

I would think their QA is ok but the carrier dropped it at some point which would be typical of this issue. Have it fixed is probably the good option.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 17, 2014, 12:21:39 PM »
Just to share my experience.

This weekend I tried the 100-400 II at a photo exhibition in Paris.
Canon did not allowed me to use my SD card in the 5DMK3 because “it not a released product yet”.

I have been very impressed by this lens. I compared it with the Canon 100-400 1(push pull) and the Sigma and Tamron new 150-600.
The IS seems to be vastly improved and I could do clear picture handheld at 400 with a very low light. Compared to Nikon zoom on D810, it seems far better.
The lens was also very sharp, probably sharper than the Sigma zoom that is already impressive.
Of course this is just my feeling as I could not take the shot with me and compare directly.

I am looking forward to more accurate comparisons but for me, the GAS syndrome is not too far ;)

Well, first Nikon owners are not very proud of Nikon behaviour during the D600 dustgate  >:(.

Second, I observed more frequently Nikon camera for sale second hand than Canon (subjective as I have not counted them). I concluded that Canon owners were happier so keeping their camera longer.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: July 08, 2014, 10:02:39 AM »
I use a T3i with 18-55 when I travel light and pictures are ok as vacation souvenirs. I would pair a T5i with 18-135 or 18-200 as lens is fairly compact.
I would also bring a 40mm pancake as I found the picture quality outstanding (for the price).
I use it when I want a sharp picture. Then I use either my feet  ;) or Stitching. For that I use Microsoft ICE (free and effective).
Other advantage of cheap gear is that you can let children play with no (less) fears  :)

Lenses / Re: Collecting gear
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:55:06 PM »
Just to share my experience.
I acquired the T3i 18-55 two years ago and started to “collect” lenses.
I first went to the 70-200 F4L mainly because I wanted high quality and the size does match very well the camera.
The image quality is just excellent :).
But if I would do it again, I would go for the 70-300L as you never get enough reach ;).
I considered the EFS 17-55 F 2.8 which I tried and is extremely good, but after spending too many time on this addicting forum, I thought I would go Full Frame at some point (I just received my new 6D last week).
My next lens was the Macro 100 F2.8 L IS. I thought the 70-200 was sharp but this one is just answome. Very good purchase :).
I also have the Shorty Forty and I love it with the T3i as a walk around. You can’t get sharper for 149$. With it, I use Microsoft ICE for Landscape and I am very happy with results.
I try to avoid GAS (see other thread) but visiting this forum help in deciding what I need.
So, as some mention, think about what you shoot and select the tools for that.

Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: February 07, 2014, 12:49:27 PM »
I would say we should not mix DXO software with DXO ratings?

I am extremely happy with DXO software (despite the fact they removed Win XP compatibility without mentioning it clearly in DXO 9). I used it very successfully for Canon and Nikon raw processing.

For DXO rating, I am much more sceptical. With a friend we exchange camera (he has a Nikon D7000 and is a great fan of Nikon) and I totally agree that the end result (the image) is more pleasant with Canon that Nikon despite using a “crap “ Canon (specially for night shoots). But this is my subjective opinion.
We recently saw images of a professional event from this outstanding Nikon D800 (by DXO standards), and we both agreed that overall picture quality was very disappointing :-[.
But we don’t have the control i.e. 5D3 comparison.

So end result is what matters and DXO ratings are reflecting only a few per cent of that.
Deciding which camera to use based on that rating is a bit like choosing a car based the shades of colour you can get. It does not guaranty you will be happy using it.

Lenses / Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:53:20 PM »
I have the 70-200 F4L IS and it is a wonderful walk around lens (on cropped). But I wished I would have more reach.
So I vote for 70-300L which is a great match for 7D.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro autofocus?
« on: December 27, 2013, 06:04:08 AM »
Just to add that if you shoot flowers outside with wind even light, they will be moving and be out of focus unless you shoot from several meters and F16 or more. But then, is this still macro?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro autofocus?
« on: December 27, 2013, 05:52:59 AM »
First, with this macro, it is unlikely you shoot fast moving objects. So first thing is to limit the AF range with the button on the side of the lens.

I took pictures of Orchids yesterday and I am very pleased with results but: I mounted the camera on tripod, connected it to the computer, used canon software to control it, adjusted focus manually directly on the computer screen, same for DOF (I use a DOF calculator on android to get an idea before start) and exposition.
I use one shot AF on a 600D. You need to have an idea of the DOF you need before starting.
In my case here, F8 to 10 (to get all flowers sharp), speed 1/50, iso 200.

Outdoor, you should really limit the range of AF otherwise it has to go all way long and it take some time.
One key point is very very thin DOF. It is very easy to get fuzzy images because a light front or back focus combined with a narrow DOF will lead to overall blurred pictures.
For non moving bugs without tripod, I tend to use 2s self-delay to be stable, use lower speed and get extra sharpness.

This lens is amazingly sharp as long as you use it properly i.e. adapt to its limitations.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: The 2nd ff camera in 2014 will be...
« on: November 29, 2013, 06:22:49 AM »
I would think a 6D2 make sense. It had low competition from the Dusty Nikon D600.
Now Nikon has a removed the dust and launched the D610, the life of the 6D may be less quiet. ???
I would not be surprised canon releasing a 6D2 with a few details changes (like Rebel 600D to 650D) to please the early adopters of this “consumer” FF. They have done it a lot in the past.
A new screen (maybe touch one), a slightly improved AF and some Digic improvement and, Bingo!
You have a clear winner to beat the D610 and Sony’s friends. :)

Lenses / Re: Will there ever be a 24-105 mkII? or 24-120?
« on: September 06, 2013, 06:34:18 AM »
I don’t use this lens but my guess is that it will be discontinued. I believe 24-70 F4 is overpriced for marketing reasons. Canon try to make as much money as they can from a new lens but in a few years, it will probably at the same price as the 24-105 is now.

The 24-70 fits very well with eos 6D (better than 24-105). So I bet this will be the main kit in the future. This will allow Canon to maintain the price high.
For 5D3 or 5D4, the IQ of 24-105 may become limiting with new sensors. It would make sense to have the 24-70 F4 for kit and 24-70 F2.8 for the one needing better optics.
I would love to see a 24-105 F4 MK2, but at the price Canon will sell it :(  , I am not sure it will be a good deal anymore.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M or T3i which one?
« on: August 02, 2013, 09:46:57 AM »
I have a T3i and I am happy with it. I tried an M and found the AF really much slower.
I have not performed side by side comparison on image quality but I expect it to be fairly close.
Where I see a difference is in ergonomic. You will get more shot and a better % of good ones with T3i (optical viewfinder does help).
I am not sure there is a big difference in carrying both. T3i is fairly light. Try them before deciding. Both can't fit in a pocket.
What I am missing in T3i is the Top LCD panel. But to get that, you need to spend more and it seems you don’t want to.

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