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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony - Question of a Differing Variety
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:45:58 PM »
Anyone happen to have a technical answer for why there isn't an EF to FE mount smart adapter that allows for usable autofocus speed and accuracy?

The reason I ask is because I own a Zeiss Contax N mount 50/1.4 that has been modded by Conurus (one of the main players at Metabones) which autofocuses very well on all my Canon bodies. This would lead me to believe that Conurus is significantly tapped into the Canon AF protocols somehow. However, every generation of the Metabones smart adapters for EF to FE so far have not been up to par with speed and accuracy of AF.

Second question is, anyone think that it might be easier to accomplish with the A mount bodies?

Hoping someone here has an explanation for this.

If it were possible at some point to get usable performance with adapted EF lenses, I think full transitions into the Sony ecosystem would be much more painless especially with some of the new features being offered in the latest body announcements.

Canon General / Forum Decorum....Deshmorum?
« on: November 13, 2014, 11:27:16 AM »
Just wanted to state a few things (from my POV) that one should bear in mind when participating in forum chatter.

- Know that starting/participating in potentially controversial threads is like playing a game

- Know the rules to the game and how to best play it

- If you don't like those games, don't play them (e.g. starting the threads and then participating in them)

- Don't get mad at what happens during that game, then take your ball and go home simply because you are no longer enjoying that game (e.g. starting threads and then locking them after you've had the last word)

- In the real world, you'd get shunned, punked, and treated like the turd burglar that you are for pulling the "I'm taking my ball home" card on everyone

- Freedom to express your view/opinion/two cents whether it be nonsense or valuable is something which every person is entitled to

- You are entitled to not like what others have to say

- You should try not to apply double standards. Dish it and be okay with having it dished back

- Much of how you SHOULD conduct yourself in life is probably the best way to conduct yourself on forums such as this one (unless you're a d-bag in every facet of life). Still, you are entitled to act as you so choose (within the confines of the admin set rules)

- Don't post or start threads that you know may be inflammatory if you don't want to deal with the resulting flames (very similar to not putting your hand in the fire if you don't like hot)

- If you insist on posting them, deal with the results (which you know full well are inevitably coming). Don't be the guy on the school yard that pushes someone and then gets mad because you subsequently got punched in the face because you weren't really looking to fight

- Stop crying

Yes, I am aware there are some slight redundancies. But they are good for reiteration of things that appear to be unclear to many around these parts.

The end.

Pricewatch Deals / Refurb 70D + 18-135mm IS STM for $815
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:19:25 PM »
So I saw a posting indicating that the most recent coupons for the Canon store could be stacked creating almost a 40% discount. While I was not really in the market for a 70D, this was almost too good of a deal to pass up.

Body and lens + free 2 day shipping + tax = $815ish out the door.

Not sure if there has been a better deal, but I couldn't resist and pulled the trigger.

I am just now starting to get into video which is what I think I will be primarily using it for. Still have this weird feeling that I am just throwing away money even though it appears to be a good deal.

Any thoughts?

Technical Support / Canon 24mm TS-E Mark II Tilt Knob Replacement
« on: October 16, 2014, 01:07:31 PM »
Just wanted to know if anyone else in the forum had lost the tilt knob from their 24 tse II.

Mine just mysteriously disappeared one day and I would like to know how to replace it.

Already contacted Canon and was told the knob + all the other parts (washers, screws, etc) + ground shipping would be about $52 USD.

I would like to know if anyone else has made this repair on their own. If so, could you give me a brief tutorial on things I should watch out for or pay special attention to?

I would also like to know if anyone has found an alternative fix?

Thank you all in advance.

Canon General / Gets the Job Done....Every Time
« on: September 22, 2014, 04:38:30 PM »
My Canon kit - It works. It does what I need it to do. It never fails me. Gets the job done....every....single....time.

Having now owned and played with multiple systems from different companies, I am truly learning the value of the Canon ecosystem.

With as much chatter going on as there is about all of Canon's deficiencies and shortcomings, I felt as though it would be refreshing to bring a different view and experience to the table. Sorry if this has already been stated elsewhere, but this is my two cents that I've come to realize as of late.

Without fail, I have never gotten frustrated with the functionality of my kit to the point where I felt that something else could serve me better in every facet of my shooting.

Having now owned an A7r rig, multiple modern Fuji rigs, and played with a Nikon rig, I have come to the conclusion that nothing really beats the overall functionality, completeness, and usability of my Canon kit.

Yes yes, I know. Canon Fanboy, right? Wrong. If that were the case, I wouldn't have spent my last 6-8k on trying out other company's offerings. To a fanboy, that is blasphemy.

Anyhow, I have found that comparing IQ between all of the rigs, I am generally splitting hairs. There are a finite number of instances where I actually look at an image and say "wow, I am so glad I own ABCD rig because the images are so much better than the rest."

The differences for me at least, are in functionality and feature set....not IQ. Sure, IQ on some levels can be slightly improved with my Canon rig. But assuming I properly expose (or get close) and properly compose (or get close), there is nothing IQ-wise that my Canon rig cannot accomplish.

The only reasons left when I really think about why it is I enjoy using other rigs are due to feature sets. For instance, A7r, allows me to use my TSE lenses with a very good manual focusing aid feature set. A smaller plus would be the increase in resolution and slight bump in DR (not as important to me). The xt-1 is super compact for what it brings to the table and has an even better manual focusing aid feature set (prefer it for all my old lenses that do not require electronic communication with the body). However, that's where the positives end for me when comparing them to my Canon DSLR.

For me, the autofocus is still way too unreliable and slow on every mirrorless camera I have owned or used. Battery life has been consistently atrocious across the board. Ergonomics are almost acceptable at best. And the worst part? The ecosystems range from barely starting to develop, or mildly developed and still lacking significantly. All of these things taken together make for systems that involve a lot of compromise. It makes them very niche/specific use tools.

This brings me back to my original point, the Canon rig that never fails. Slight shortcomings, I will admit, are present. However, as a general rule in my experience, it has always gotten the job done and I have never felt it lacking to the point where I looked to another system and felt that I could do better.

The one truth I have found, the grass is almost never greener....

Third Party Manufacturers / Invested In 3 Different Systems
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:13:12 PM »
So I was recently presented with the opportunity to trade out my seldom used 24-70II for a Fuji Xt-1 w/ kit lens and 56/1.2.

I am now officially invested in systems with Canon (6D and EOS M), Sony (A7r), and Fuji (xt-1 and x100s).

As ridiculous as the initial thought of being bought into all these systems was, I am now finding that they all have their respective uses for what I do. While I understand that it is not necessary to have all of it to get the job done, it is nice to have the option of choosing the best tool for the job when needed.

An unexpected side effect of getting the xt-1.....I'm once again reminded that I really can't stand the shooting experience of the Sony (even more so now).

Third Party Manufacturers / A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 15, 2014, 04:04:38 PM »
Finally decided to scratch the curiosity itch the other day and ordered the A7r and it arrived today along with EF adapter.

Intial impressions after their first two hours together....unimpressed.

Yes, I know it's only been two hours. I can assure you though, the introduction of the 5D3 and 6D to the family was much more joyous right from the outset.

Will stick with this thing for a couple weeks and see what happens. More to come...

Canon General / Gear Sale/Separation Anxiety?
« on: June 27, 2014, 03:38:48 PM »
Just wondering if anyone else has coped with the feeling of anxiety when selling off a piece/several pieces of equipment.

Over the last several months, I have done a lot of reevaluation over what I actually need in the kit. And although I am far from being rid of enough stuff I don't use all that often, the few pieces I have parted ways with recently have caused somewhat of a mental struggle.

Sold recently: 50L, 24 tse, and now the 70-200 II.

Why I got rid of but still miss them:

I have a lot of other 50s, but that was the most regularly usable one for general purpose.

TSE was sold off because I generally reach for the 45 or 90 in most situations (just ran into a situation though where 24 would have been great). Still doesn't negate the fact that I almost never used it though.

The 70-200 was only getting used in the handful of gigs I do all year. Otherwise, it was gathering dust as I prefer my primes for anything tele (85II, 135, and 300). But something in the back of my mind still tells me I'm going to regret this one.

These self-debates over whether I made the right decision happen about once a day at least.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 70D - 2 Weeks With Dual Pixel
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:34:47 PM »
I just received a 70D in the mail yesterday for my buddy who has asked me to put it through it's paces for the next two weeks and share my findings.

While I already knew that the dual pixel tech was going to be decently quick, I am still very surprised by how well it is performing so far. I find that it is much more consistently quick even in less than ideal lighting conditions than both my x100s and xe-2.

The lenses I have tested so far are the 24II, 35 IS, 50L, and 135. All have been consistently quick which is quite amazing (to me at least).

IQ is still less than desirable when bumping up ISO to 1600+ as expected so nothing to write home about there. But the real gem here is the dual pixel technology. Finally experiencing it for myself, I am now beyong excited to get an updated full frame body with the feature as it will be nothing short of stunning. Dual pixel, in conjunction with a hybrid vf + full frame sensor would make me soil myself.

Third Party Manufacturers / Fuji X-E2 + Canon Lenses (with adapter)
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:23:40 PM »
Over the weekend, I did some thinking about whether or not I wanted to finally invest in an interchangeable lens Fuji body since I have been very pleased with the performance of the x100s.

After reading some generally good reviews on the X-E2, I decided to do some more research and found that there are adapters for EF to X mount (albeit relatively restrictive ones without a ton of functionality).

There are the tilt adapters without aperture control and regular adapters with aperture control via a separate iris in the adapter itself (not the best solution since vignetting appears to be a major problem after the first stop down). For the time being, those look like the primary options available.

The tilt adapters intrigued me the most as I would be able to basically use any of my Canon lenses or even adapted lenses with 8 degrees of tilt albeit with the aperture value preset unless you want to shoot wide open.

To the BH site I went with credit card in hand. I've ordered the all black body along with the 35/1.4 as I figured having at least one native lens right now would be nice. I have also ordered both types of adapters all of which will be arriving by this Friday.

In the meantime, I was curious to know if any of the Canon guys around here have tried adapting lenses to a Fuji body and/or have used a tilting lens adapter before (on any company's body and lens combo). Very curious to find out what types of experiences others are having.

Lenses / 200/2 IS Lust
« on: December 20, 2013, 06:23:48 PM »
Just wanted to get some opinions on whether to pick up one of these bad boys.

Recently presented with an opportunity to get one for 4450 which to me is a pretty good price. I already have an 85II, 135, and 70-200II which I am happy with for covering all my portraiture needs. However, having a slight case of GAS has me at least playing with the idea of buying the 200. Although I know I don't need it, just wondering if there is in fact something magical about it that I cannot duplicate with what I already have (assuming I don't specifically need F2 at 200mm).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 03, 2013, 03:55:30 PM »
So over the Thanksgiving weekend, I finally gathered the nerve to just let go of my 5D3 as I was offered a fair price for it. That, in conjunction with the deal for the 6D at $1400 pushed me into pulling the trigger on the swap out. Done and done.

Some things I'm struggling with, some not so much. Either way, I think the decision was the right one for me (for now).

Wondering if anyone else has given the same move some thought.

Third Party Manufacturers / Fuji x100s + Canon Speedlites?
« on: November 07, 2013, 03:26:17 PM »
So I've taken the plunge and ordered a Fuji x100s which will be arriving tomorrow. The biggest factors for me that justified the price tag and stray from my Canon gear are the leaf shutter, built-in ND filters, and size/convenience factor.

However, to make full use of the leaf shutter and it's oh so awesome qualities, I need to now figure out what kind of wireless flash setup I will need.

I already have 580exII x 2 and a 430ex along with 2 sets of Yongnuo YN622 ETTL radio triggers. I just wanted to know if anyone else has used a similar setup with the x100s or whether you've tested it and had it not work out. If it's worked out well for you, how is it?

Canon General / ISO Poll
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:49:25 AM »
I thought it might be interesting to take a poll to get an idea of how people shoot most of the time with regard to ISO settings. With all the talk of new tech, it's advantages and disadvantages, I was just wondering if people could look through their galleries and figure out what ISO range they used the most and which range the least. I also figured this exercise might help some people around here determine what is most important to them for their style of shooting.

I for one find that roughly 85% of the time, am between 800-3200 and between 100-800 the rest of the time.

Wasn't sure which other category to post this in so I figured general would work. My apologies if there was in fact a better place for it.

My apologies if this has already been discussed previously as I was unable to find anything in my cursory search.

I have been on the fence for a long time about whether to run a Mac device alongside my PC setups. Specifically, I would only be looking to do so if the gains in PP for both stills and video are as great as some claim them to be when moving to a Mac (with current equal parts in hardware of course).

I'm currently primarily processing on a 3rd gen i7, 16gb Ram, 512 plextor ssd, nvidia gt640 (I think), Windows 8.1 and am wondering what the experience would be like if I were running an equivalent setup on with the current Mac OS.

My main questions are:

1. Performance. Assuming all hardware is equal, how much if any are the differences in efficiency/processing time (LR5, CS6, Premiere, After Effects) for a Mac?

2. Are the user interfaces any different (wondering if it will take adjusting to)?

3. Any other pros or cons people experience that use both systems a lot?

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