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Lenses / EF-S 10-18mm Image Stabilizer System
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:32:54 PM »
Just picked up a 10-18mm for my sister-in-law, who is getting ready to head to Europe. I noticed in the instruction manual that it says the image stabilizer only works on the EOS 7D and only at 18mm. I was not able to hear anything kicking in when I tested the lens on my 20D at very low shutter speeds. I haven't seen this limitation mentioned in reviews. Am I misreading this? If not, folks should really know about this before replacing a 10-22 and thinking they're getting image stabilization.

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Software & Accessories / Vello Grip
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:16:09 PM »
Anyone know if the 5d Mark III Vello grip will work on the 5d Mark II, and if so, will it retain functionality of the multi controller?

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Software & Accessories / Filter Holders
« on: March 09, 2014, 04:27:59 PM »
I'm looking to pick up a filter holder for long exposures with an ND grad. I currently have a set of Lee .6 and .9 hard and soft ND grads, plus .9 and 1.2 Singh-Ray reverse ND grads, all 4"x6", which I've been handholding. I'd like to be able to shoot with an ND grad, standard ND, and circular polarizer all in place on an EF 17-40mm or an EF 70-200. This is where it gets complicated. Lee holder fits my current filters, but the combination of those three filters at once looks like it will push me to 20-24mm on the lens. Correct me if I'm wrong, but since I almost always shoot with a polarizer on anyway, my resting lens condition can be with a polarizer on the lens threads (B+W XS-Pro in the case of the 17-40), and a Lee adaptor screwed into the polarizer. Mount the filter hold, add the ND, adjust the grad, shouldn't get vignetting. Read something about needing to polarize the light before it hits the NDs; I call BS. I think it's a way for Lee to justify their idea of placing a 105mm filter at the front of the setup instead of closer to the lens like on the Cokin setup.

Other alternative I see is to go with the Cokin X-Pro, sell my existing six 4"x6" filters, buy three replacements (.9 hard and soft, 1.2 reverse) in the X-pro size, and drop the cash on Cokin's polarizer for that setup. No concern about vignetting there, and I can leave the adaptors in place on the lenses without the polarizer also attached.

Anyone have any thoughts? Anyone been down this road?

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Software & Accessories / Nikkor to EF adapter
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:29:07 PM »
Anyone use a lens adaptor from Fotodiox to attach Nikkors to your Canon? I'm trying to run a set of Ai-S primes on a 5d II and would like focus confirmation. The Fotodiox website seems to list four options, varying prices, but I can't tell the difference between them. Any reason not to go with the $40 one?

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Software & Accessories / Lowepro Voyager Strap
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:26:57 PM »
Anyone have some insight into what happened to the Lowepro Voyager S and C straps? Seems like they disappeared from the Lowepro website and are only sporadically available on Ebay. Also, does anyone know how the Lowepro Transporter strap compares to them? If your only response is that I should buy a Black Rapid strap, I will virtually kick you in the shin.

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Software & Accessories / Variable ND filters
« on: April 02, 2013, 08:57:37 PM »
Does anyone here use the Vari-ND filter from Singh-Ray? I'm looking to pick up B+H's MRC nano version of it when it hits the market, but just want to make sure it's effective tech before dropping the $250. Anyone who went from multiple NDs of different densities to the Vari and then went back?

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Lenses / AFMA Telephoto/Wide Discrepancy
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:02:45 PM »
Just purchased an EF 24-70 f/4L IS and ran it through Reikan FoCal on my 5d Mark II to get an AFMA setting. 24mm came in at +10 while 70mm came in at -2. This is the largest discrepancy between wide and tele of any of my lenses. I'm planning on parking it at 0 for the best result, but was wondering if this might indicate a problem with the lens. Anyone have similar results with a 24-70 f/4L?

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EOS Bodies / Why I'm Asking Santa for a 6D
« on: December 03, 2012, 09:55:52 AM »
Just wanted to share a few thoughts on the 6D, given all the negativity about it, specifically why I'm interested in getting one.  I shoot primarily with a 5D Mark II.  I use my camera for snapshots sometimes, but mainly for landscape work and travel.  On my honeymoon I took a minimalist approach and we just brought my wife's Rebel T2i with us to Kaua'i.  I shot with it a bunch and enjoyed the lightweight and simplicity. When I got back from the trip, I thought about investing in my own Rebel package for travel, but never got around to it, mainly because it would likely involve some new lenses in addition to a body. 

When I started looking at the EOS 6D, just out of curiosity, I quickly realized how it would fit the bill well for travel.  The main complaints I see around the web, including in forums here, are about the autofocus. A couple thoughts on this: first, during the film era, only the highest-end cameras had a large amount of autofocus points, 45 on the 1V and 3V.  The last ELAN to be released had 7 points.  7.  Just because you can put more autofocus points into a body doesn't mean you need to.  I have 9 autofocus points on my 5D Mark II.  I shoot with one.  I only shoot with one on my 20D.  No, I don't do sports, no I don't photograph children at play.  I tend to believe, though, that a camera is a tool and different tools are designed for different purposes.  I think that the 6D's autofocus system is going to be perfect for me AND represents an advancement for Canon.  Second, people married to numbers may be surprised by the concept that there's more to an autofocus system than points. The 6D can reportedly autofocus in -3EV conditions.  That's a one stop improvement over the 5d Mark III and a two stop improvement over the 5D Mark II.  I fail to see how this is an antiquated system. 

Additionally, for travel and many other applications, size and weight matter.  The fact that Canon placed a full frame sensor into essentially a 20D body is impressive to me.  With a prime on it, I could shoot with that thing for a week straight. I would surmise that travel is where most people's home SLRs get the most use and that's what the 6D is, a high-end consumer SLR.  In my opinion, it's the best SLR camera on the market for travel for these reasons.  It's also telling that it was released near a lightweight L zoom and an image stabilized fast wide prime, two perfect companions on a trip to Europe.

Before some accusations start flying, I'm not a Canon apologist.  If I were buying my first digital camera today, I'd buy a Nikon.  But if I were an amateur photographer with a D5100 and one or two lenses and, like many camera owners, tended to only take pictures when traveling, the 6D would hold a lot of allure. 

Maybe we need to get away entirely from the direct Nikon/Canon comparison?  I talked with a pro landscape guy recently who shoots with the D800 and he said he wishes Nikon had an offering comparable to the 5D Mark III that he could supplement his D800 with.  He didn't say, "I wish my camera had the same features," rather he saw them as different tools.  I think with lenses, top of the line cameras, and entry level cameras, comparisons are easily justifiable and they typically are designed for parallel purposes.  But for the camera bodies in between, I think we all need to keep an open mind that different camera owners use their tool for different reasons and Nikon and Canon are both actively doing market research to find niches for new tools for our toolboxes.  All this said, the 6D may very well fall victim to Canon's failure to differentiate the 6D from the D600 through active marketing, and that is definitely a problem. 

I'd appreciate any thoughts you all have on what you look for in a camera for travel and whether you agree that the 6D is well suited for that purpose. 

Santa, if you're reading this (Santa's a Canon fan, right?), please bring me a 6D on Christmas.

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EOS Bodies / Marketshare
« on: September 10, 2011, 11:35:20 AM »
Perusing the Amazon.com sales stats for the DSLR category and thought I'd share a few VERY UNSCIENTIFIC observations that I think may shed a little light on market share, at least as far as Amazon buyers, which I realize is very specific sampling.  Nikon entry levels holds the #1, #2, and #4 sales spots, with the T3i nestled at #3.  Nikon has been working very hard to outpace Canon on the entry level front, and it seesm to be paying off.  This can have consequences down the road for lens sells and "prosumer" sales, but probably not anything significant for a few years.  On the flipside, in the top 10 are five more Canon cameras and one more Nikon, all entry level EXCEPT for the 7d at #10.  The 5d Mark II appears not long after, with the D300s and the D700 lagging behind considerably (likely due to the D700's production shortage over the summer).   In sum, Canon is still strong in its Amazon marketshare, but is clearly vulnerable at the entry level, the bread and butter of sales.  I think we may see a new APS-C sensor very soon and it will be telling if Canon follows the same 7d-Rebel-60d progression or if they shake it up.

Canon made a wise decision by re-wrapping the 18mp sensor of the 7d multiple times, taking full advantage of the r&d and reducing long-term production costs.  The 5d Mark II sensor has only appeared in one body.  While I realize they are distinctly different lines with different consumers, I think it's likely we will see the next full frame sensor used in multiple bodies, possibly even a more financially accessible body.  If the progression from the 7d to the T2i to the 60d was a financial success for Canon, it's likely we'll see the 1Ds IV before a 5d successor, and may even get a $1700 full-frame thrown in the mix prior to the release of the 5d III.
 

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Software & Accessories / Focus Screens and Calibrators
« on: August 15, 2011, 07:57:25 PM »
Hey all,

Two questions:

How does the Brightscreen manual focus screen compare with Canon's own, say the EG-S for the 5D Mark II?

What do people have to say about the Spyder Pro or Elite display calibrator?  Anything more highly recommended? 

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Software & Accessories / Graduated Neutral Density
« on: July 07, 2011, 09:21:31 PM »
So I made a claim in a recent post that Lightroom 3's capabilities essentially negate the need for carrying a graduated neutral density filter.  Perhaps a premature assertion.  I'd be curious to hear from the forum on the matter and I'd rather avoid the 'purist' argument (though I do respect it).  I'm interested more in whether landscape photographers and the like have found the graduated neutral density feature on Lightroom as technically effective as I have.

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