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EOS Bodies / Re: New mirror mechanisms - how is this a good thing?
« on: February 14, 2015, 10:04:56 PM »
Thanks to Canon for making improvements on mirror (and shutter) mechanisms to reduce vibration and noise.
I have use the original 5D, then the mark 2 and now the mark 3, for each generation of 5D from the original to the mark 3 there were 'small' but significant improvements in these areas.

My full frame Sony A7 mirrorless has similar vibration level and noise level compare to my 5D mark 3, although the A7 is do without a moving mirror.

If I were to pick between an optical and a electronic viewfinder TODAY I definitely will go with an optical one. It is there no matter if the camera is turned on or not, use no power, with as much definition there is and there is no time lag while turning the camera on.

Many years ago I have owned a EOS-RT with a fixed mirror it was ok with film but I am not sure it is a good idea for a extra high definition sensor like the 5Ds. By taking away a few moving parts now you have a piece of glass between the lens and the sensor and overtime when it is soiled it is almost impossible to clean yourself.

EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 12, 2015, 08:03:55 PM »

How about make it like the F-1 camera years ago - with exchangeable viewfinders and exchangeable backs, for the photographer to choose between optical and electronic viewfinder, various sensors for low light or extreme high resolution...

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Powershot G3 X
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:59:42 AM »
With 1:1 macro capability and accessory slide copier for fast copy of slides.
A scanner is very slow compare to a camera doing the same job and there is no compact camera on the market now for this task.

EOS Bodies / Re: Skipping the 5D-s. What do you want in 5D4?
« on: February 11, 2015, 04:09:05 PM »
For 5D MK4, I would really like to have some form of automatic focus micro-adjustment on the camera.

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 26, 2014, 12:24:15 PM »

5D.3 + 35mm F2 IS


5D.2 + Zeiss Planar 50mm F1.4 ZE (with Eg-S focusing screen on the 5D.2)

EOS Bodies / Re: Debating on selling my 5D II and 35L/135L for a...
« on: May 26, 2014, 12:27:25 PM »
My recommendation is a small Pentax DSLR (K5 or K3) with a few of their jewel like and very small limited edition prime lens.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: May 22, 2014, 01:50:41 PM »
I own a SL1 it is a very small and capable DSLR.

One thing to pay attention to with this camera is that it lacks AF micro adjustment feature. It is not sharp with my 28mm 2.8 IS. The method I use to check focus accuracy is comparing phase focus with live view focus. On this particular combination SL1 with 28mm 2.8 IS, the files using phase focus will only match with live view focus in sharpness from F4.0 and onward. (Note this 28mm 2.8 IS when paired with my 5D3 needs a +6 AF micro adjustment).

Luckily it has no problem in AF with my 24mm 2.8 IS, which the combination is still very light, focus fast and spot on,   even when I use touch screen and live view focus and shot.

Other lens that I owned and used with SL1 without any AF issues are 15-85 3.5-5.6 IS and the very compact 35 F2.0(non IS).

One other camera that I found very useful on travelling is the small G1X. By setting C1 and C2 in 28mm and 35mm F8.0 with manual pan focus it enable me to switch around the 2 focal lengths and shoot very quick on the street. And the lens is quite sharp.

Lenses / Re: Poll: Most Wanted New Lenses of 2013.
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:46:24 AM »
35mm 1.2 and 135mm 1.8 are nice.
I want a reasonable small, fast standard zoom, like a 28-50mm f2.0

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Street Photography Advice...
« on: April 30, 2013, 08:12:04 PM »
I'd like to share my experience on street photography in Asia.

I was in Shanghai in summer two years ago for a month, spending almost everyday doing street photography, mostly people shooting on the street.

I had with me a 5D original with 2 lenses only, a 50mm 1.8 (mark 1) and 17-40 4.0L.

The 50mm 1.8 was wonderful that it was able to let me left the background soft and out of focus in very busy and crowded streets, and the 17-40L was used on days when there were light rains because it is weather sealed.

One full charge on the 5D battery can easily last more than a days' shooting with plenty of review time on the LCD.
My 5D back AE button was set to focus, I shot with centre point focus and reframe, focus had been spot-on even using full opening 1.8 with the 50mm on the street. (With full opening 1.8, can't leave it to the camera to pick a focus point, at the same time manually selecting another focus point is often too slow when shooting on the street).

Among the roughly 3,000 files  I took during the time using these 2 lenses, the 50mm 1.8 represented 70-80 percent.

I didn't find myself wanting for more lens, and like the relative light total weight of the equipment.

Hope you have a wonderful time in Indo.


Lenses / Re: What 3 lenses do you dream of and long to own?
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:33:50 AM »

EFS 35 1.2L (prime for my 7D)
EF   35-70 2.0L IS
EF   20-35 2.0L IS

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