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A quick and cheap (See free) method to AMFA a lens is the "Dot Tune" method. Takes a few minutes to get your head around but basically you focus in live view with zoom and then add or subtract from the AMFA readings until you no longer get a focus lock, then repeat in the other direction to get the range in which the camera will focus.
Then you just work out the mid point of the range and put that in as your AMFA number :)

Also on the 5d, you can do this (on zooms like your 24-70, but not primes as they do not have a focal range) put in one AMFA number for the wide end of the zoom and a perhaps different one for the far end of the zoom.
Read/watch this for full details:

I purchased Focal and to be honest find it a bit of a pain to get it working correctly...so just left my lens at 0.

Then reading an update on Magic Lantern it said that they had included  green dot AMFA, so I googled it and found that while its a bit of a ball ache, I actually tuned my lens manually and you could too without spending money on this software.

At the time I only had two tele's and one prime to setup so YMMV

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: December 19, 2014, 03:00:50 PM »
We do not usually get much snow in London and if we do not until February....however the other week we had a cold snap and I came out to find this on the roof of my car and shot this with my iphone (as could not be bothered to get out the normal camera lol):

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT at Photokina?
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:25:43 PM »
I agree in principal, however I think it may be down to a hit and miss QC with the early shipped devices. I did not get mine in the early rounds and I have no problem with repeated test shots from one side of my house with the transmitter still managing to trigger the flash from the end of my (ok small) garden passing a wall, a glass patio sliding door and a wooden fence.

If I can get at least this level of performance (which I expect as the flashes will mainly be Rx no Tx) I think they will suit my not-for-profit use for the time being....depending on their cost of course!

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT at Photokina?
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:36:11 AM »
I usually do read FH, but their last update on this product was back in August, hence asking on here if anyone had actually seen it at Photokina.

I know about some of the issues with the YN transmitter, but for the price difference I am willing to live with them, and expect about the same with the flash guns....so aiming to get a bunch of portable and remotely controllable strobe power, without the Canon cost as I will not be earning from this kit as yet.

When it is making me millions, then I will replace everything with first party products ;-)

Lighting / Yongnuo YN600EX-RT at Photokina?
« on: September 24, 2014, 08:10:35 AM »
Hey guys,

This was on Yongnuo's facebook page:
NOW we are in the world’s leading image fair -- Photokina. Welcome to visit our booth and kindly invite you to come for first try out and experience of the new products below! Do not miss the opportunity!

Photokina—World of Imaging
Fair time: 2014.9.16-21

YONGNUO booth:HALL 5.1 L-029
New items will be released in the fair:
LENS: EF 50mm F1.4;EF 35mm F2;EF 50mm F1.8.

Did anyone go and for my interest, did anyone actually see the much fabled YN600EX-RT speed lights? Any idea on availabilty and price?

(I should add that I have seen the comments on the page suggesting end of October but no hints about pricing)

Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:41:44 AM »
I hate to say this, as I used to LOVE my old 24-105 as the IS was a great bonus...however since getting the 24-70 II....its made the camera almost a fixed lens as it hardly gets swapped out these days for much else.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:07:52 AM »
As above I think it comes down to the type of shooting you are doing.

I think the *need* for a second body does really come with event when you are faced with two problems *really* having to get the shot for a client that may be a one time moment and secondly not having the time to change lens for different FL's in a hurry.

Asides from this a second body is usually a backup and not a duplicate main body (for weddings its nice to have say 2x 5d3, but for landscape perhaps a 5d3 and a 6d/5d2/1 or even a Rebel etc).

I am not a landscape guy, however I think going with as little equipment as you can get away with if you are going to trek any distance and even when it comes to taking a backup camera remember that the best camera is the world is the one you have with you at the time...so even an iPhone can take stunning pictures (to a degree) at times.

Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:25:12 AM »
Am I alone in feeling sad about this? I have not had a 24-105 F4 L for a couple of years, and never really looked back since getting the 24-70 2.8 II

HOWEVER, I still have this fondness for the old lens, maybe because it was my first "red ring" lens or just that it covered so much usable range with IS....damn it was a fine travel/holiday lens and coupled with a teleconverter was very useful when traveling light.

If only the 24-70 had IS.....

Lenses / Re: Best PRIME lenses to take to NYC?
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:50:10 AM »
I have to admit, from all of the city trips I have made I think 90% of the time I could live with the 24-70II alone.

Even tho I am usually flying and thus have a weight restriction I usually take a selection of lens including some heavy longer glass (70-200 2.8 etc) and again most of the time I could have got by with *just* the 24-70 and maybe a teleconverter at most.

Enjoy the trip, make a stop at the restaurant at the base of the ESB as they have some lovely beers and see if you are lucky to catch a storm while out there as if they temp close the deck atop the ESB you can shoot right up without the usual hour+ queue and as soon as it passes you are first out on the deck.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:10:55 AM »
Can someone explain something about wifi?

I have read that build quality (metal body?) precludes incorporating wifi. Yet, the wifi card manufacturers say their product works with the 5DIII in its SD slot. If that's the case, then why would camera manufacturers be unable to design a camera body that doesn't have the ability to use wifi. It seems they should be able to simply shift the wifi portion to another part of the body.

Honestly no reason at all, coming from a career in the IT world before I have worked on many laptops at board level and most have the wifi "chips" in a central location and the antenna is located elsewhere on the board for best performance. This is also the case as some of you may recall with the iphone and the issues they had with the metal body and wifi/3g when you covered a particular part of the phone body with your fingers etc.

So in reply, they could well design a metal body for the camera and pipe via a cable to an antenna external to the metal shell for best reception purposes....and this does not mean it has to remain an internal antenna...

Lenses / Re: Family Holiday To Florida
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:24:04 AM »
I have to admit that after our last trip there (Aug 13) I pretty much accept that on a full frame its mid range FL that counts.

I have a 5d3, a 24-70 and a 70-200 and a 50 1.4 and so took all three...I have to admit I almost never took the 24-70 off.

If going again, I would consider a tc 1.4/2x and just take the 24-105...while only F4 and not the most highly regarded lens, I used to have one and still think it is one of the best holiday photo lens.

I know this must have been done to death, and is probably down to my own ignorance....but what is the point in the 16-35 F4 IS?
Is it to replace the 17-40 F4? If so and assuming this is for landscape then it will need to be very good quality as the 17-40 is fairly cheap these days. And again assuming this is aimed at landscape/building photography...do you need IS?

If it is to replace the 16-35 F2.8.....with an F4 lens? Sure the IS is welcome for handholding shots...but that will never replace faster glass when shooting low light (thinking weddings and events etc).

Seems like it is stuck in between two lens (16-35 F2.8 & 17-40 F4) to me??

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 650-1300mm
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:38:19 PM »
Any thoughts on stacking the Tammy with a 2x TC? This would give the same kind of reach but possibly slightly better performance?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 650-1300mm
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:40:57 AM »
Lots of hate towards this lens (rightly so perhaps) but not many suggestions other then buying another camera or just using a 300m and cropping.

Are there no other decent long lens/scope alternatives to consider?

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