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Lenses / Re: Confused, 24-70 f/2.8 or f/4?
« on: July 07, 2014, 02:05:47 AM »
But, I was told in the shop, that one of the assistants tested the f/2.8 and the f/4, and that there was hardly any difference in IQ. He works in the fashion world for years.

Very dangerous people to listen to if you don't shoot the exact way they do. They are spoiled with controlled good light :)

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Lenses / Re: Best short telephoto?
« on: July 03, 2014, 11:20:00 PM »
Yeah but concert hall have those rules for IP reasons mostly, this is a sport event...as long as he doesn't bring a broacasting unit he should be fine :D

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Your living in a past 20 years old, now. Microsoft and Windows have changed CONSIDERABLY from their 90's and early 2000's phase.

Was vista 20 years ago?  :P Not starting an argument, just poking the bear  ;D

As awful as a lot of Microsoft software is, this is pretty much a win-win. Canon doesnt have to use any

Patent and software are two different things. You can have a very valuable patent and a dreadful implementation, or even no implementation at all. But with a patent agreement you can do your own implementation, which can be better than the original, without any risk of litigation. That means money flows to the R&D departments and not to lawyers, the latter usually improve their life but not products.

 As a lawyer I take offence but this is the truest post since the begining of the thread.

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Lenses / Re: Best short telephoto?
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:57:34 PM »
Now that is a weird restriction...what sport/type of venue is that  :o

5 inches is bonkers too, even the 24-70 at 70 is longer than that! (5 inches = 12.5 centimeters right?)

Anyway, after a quick look at TDP tables (like in http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-24-70mm-f-2.8-L-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx ) your only true choices are 24-70 II (4.4 inches) for IQ and 24-105 (4.1 inches) for reach.

You also have the odd choices like the 28-135 and 28-200 but those are old designes (late 90's)
Anything longer seems well...longer. The 70-300 DO might be a winner too but the optic qualities are...disappointing to say the least: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=21650.0;last_msg=411551

Short version: The rule is big time BS, 3 inches longer and you'd be in 70-200 territory! You gotta fight for your right to photography!


EDIT: multiple ninja'd. That's what I get for including references and having to convert that damn imperial system.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: July 03, 2014, 06:54:16 AM »
No worries GMC, we agree, I just wanted to moderate the very negative overtone of your previous post.

Of course extenders are not as good as native primes. But for the hobbyist that will never buy a 400 better than that, having better results/possibilities with extenders are something to take into consideration too. That's all :)

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: July 03, 2014, 06:36:00 AM »
I've used a 70-200 f4 LIS with a 1.4x many times. It becomes an effective 100-300 f5.6 LIS with simular optical charectoristics to the new 70-300 f5.6 LIS. Sure, if you want to use a 2x tc you will need a 5DIII or 1Dx and only the centre points will work....but even with the f2.8 LIS II version, the 2x is pushing it a bit and the AF is pretty slow and ponderous.

Never used the 1.4, didn't remember the aperture reduction was lower. Thanks for the reminder.

of course I never used a true big white to compare but I was very pleasantly suprised by both AF and IQ during a recent outing (rugby game, sideline, fast wingbacks coming at me). Clearly didn't fail me.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:58:05 AM »
Tried a bit of Capture one and I have to say I'm quite impressed by the general feel and some results. Just a few questions tho:
- The autocorrect engine seems to be extremely poor with  night or dark pictures. Always trying to get something luminous!
- I had no time to print out but the results on screen seem quite exagerated, mainly in the saturation and warmth departments.
I know those are remarks purely based on the autocorrect mode but it's usually nice to be able to rely on the auto mode and then adapt to personnal taste (for those who dont have a personnal recipe)

Any comment/thoughts?

As of now, the price is steep. But with a discount I might go for it once I figured out the next few things.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:52:45 AM »
Except from my wallet standpoint, this finally might be a good thing. This forces me to up my game to an editor that will do the lil bit that aperture could'nt do. The new app will just be a way for me to sort my "prints" as Apple always had a strong suit in data management.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:48:58 AM »
I recently had some unplanned cash at hand and upgraded the 4 IS to 2,8 II IS.
Although pretty much razor sharp, sometimes the 4 did limit my exposure time - I know ...this is post-hoc rationalizing for GAS
I really see a difference in autofocus performance on my 5D3, and I can make good use of the additional weight for training purpose...

Bottom line: If IQ is your driver, 4 will get you there. If weight and shooting time per day may be a limiting factor, don't go for the 2,8. It is substantially heavier more than double the weight and very obvious (no really for candid portraits)

If you are strong and committed to weight lifting -go for it, it is sooo cool...

With the 4 you have no room for extender. It's f8 and bump iso or f8+ and MF. 2.8 leave you much more headroom.

The faculty to be useable with a x1.4 or x2 is a point to consider (what's not to love in a good 140-400 f5.6 for 400 bucks? -once you already have the lens that is-)

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: July 02, 2014, 12:52:41 AM »
Even tho I never used the Mk1, a big +1 for Mk2.

I recently purchased the x2MK3 and tested in in a 7 rugby tournament. Everything crisp even at 400mm. furthermore, way better AF than what I expected. I was along the sideline, the wingback of one of the teams was mighty fast and AF did a very good job locking him when he was running "at me". Good stuff.

From what I heard it would have been a whole different experience with a mk1!

I'll try to post a link when I get a chance to fire up a VPN (damn great firewall).

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Ps...I love the fact that two members use grandma's house. Lol. ;D

Make some sense.

Siblings and parents can screw up with the HD. Grandma just need to remember not to throw it out.

But anyway, I was using that as a joke/stereotype. My offsite HD is in my office where I enjoy high security including a safe.

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Software & Accessories / Capture One
« on: July 01, 2014, 03:42:48 AM »
We will see those topics multiply in the near future with the Aperture announcement so I'll start mine.

Aperture with Nik suite was (barely) satisfying for my editing needs so I'm not sure I'll go LR/PS via CC but some Capture One abilities seem to be Paramount. So I might go for it and use the future and crippled "Photo" app as an output Library/portfolio only.

Can we have some feedback from capture One users? in other threads there are some mentions that point at good stuff but what are your like/dislike?


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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: July 01, 2014, 02:50:32 AM »
Guess what, though? That 2.8 aperture isn't a 1.4! Good luck freezing action as well as a prime lens.

Exactly my thinking for not waiting on a unicorn and pulling the wallet out right now.

Most of the gearsheads around here probably have a 1.4 in that focal range in their kit. I did very well with my 35 art when i needed to. 2.8 is nice but is it worth the 1k USD to my particular shooting? Probably not. Your results may differ.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: July 01, 2014, 02:41:45 AM »
Called my usual Canon crack dealer. He's getting his inventory next week. Told me straight away 6000 duo so it'll be around 6500CNY. Equal or better price than Taobao (standing at 6800 right now) as usual with him. For the rest of the world that's roughly 1100 USD, "tax included". Way better than the 1200 EUR in my home country.

HK isn't all the rage ;)

For CanonNN, grumbaki reporting from western china.

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I second Chaitanya's advice. If budget allows it a NAS solution (I use a Synology DS-413j with 4 1TB drives in a RAID) is really the most flexible one. Depending on your tech savvy it can easily be expanded and modded to even do off-host backups of specific data into 'the cloud'. I have a script running that backs up the most essential data every night onto my own private server in the internet for example.

That. A thousand time. My 410j Just saved 4tb data. I took the opportunity to expand.

Synology is very user friendly.

But remember to have an off site back up (cloud or grandma).

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