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Hanoi will be a quick 3 day (sadly) run for me.
And, it seems like there wont be much of a chance to get out of the city.. I'll be locked in dark rooms most of the daytime (studios) - with only early AM or evening to get around.

In an effort to stay light and mobile, does anyone have suggestions for optimal lensese to bring.

I usually have 35 1.4, 17-40, 135 & 70-200/4 - but I am thinking of just going with the 35 and 135.


Thank you in advance for sharing your insights.

Street & City / saigon...
« on: May 16, 2013, 01:44:11 AM »
Partially in follow up to the "how not to get beat up during street photography", and partially, because I have never been to Vietnam...

This is a work trip (in studio from early morning till night - and no, not a photo studio) in early June for about 10 days...

It is unlikely that I will have a chance to venture outside the city as the schedule is very tight.. so I am thinking just limiting myself to 5D3, Sig 35 1.4, and the 135L.

Overkill? Will I miss 70-200? Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?

Thank you in advance!

Third Party Manufacturers / D7000 replacement in April...
« on: February 04, 2013, 01:57:18 PM »
Nikon rumors puts the d7000 replacement for April...
I'm betting that canon will play catchup as we've been seeing of late, and they will be forced to push out whatever pre-prod version of the 7d replacement by May.

What I'm really hoping for though is that Canon doesn't bite, and starts to lead with their own timeline...

Lenses / AFMA w/ 1.4 extenders
« on: January 06, 2013, 07:39:27 PM »
Haven't gone through the run myself, but has anyone gone through AFMA with and without an Extender? Do both results hold in the camera?

EOS Bodies / 5D2 for a day after 5D3 for 6 months
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:53:15 PM »
The 5D2 I loved for so long was in my hands for a day from its current owner after using the 5D3 for the last 6 months.

Thinking back of all the hype and hot discussions on features, I'm left with a very clear understanding what I missed most about the 5D3 - or rather, its greatest benefits for me:

1. Programmable DOF (Switching between servo and one-shot) on RIGHT hand side - I was shocked at how crippled I felt with the 5D2
2. Much more flexible auto ISO in manual mode - really could not use it at all due to its range limitation
3. 6400+++ ISO noise. Wow wow.

Its really amazing how quickly we adapt to new tools, and how difficult it is to go back to what was recently as comfortable as your fav slippers / jeans / etc... very happy to be back in my new old comfy zone.

Anyone have similar experience?

Lenses / Hold out for EF 35/2 IS or jump in with classic 35 1.4L
« on: November 05, 2012, 08:47:10 AM »
I've been lusting for the 35/1.4 since I gave away (to old friend w new baby - shooting w T2i) my 2nd 28/1.8 in July. Just as I was bout to pull the trigger - whammo - options options.

Many rumors of updates for the ol' 35 but that was not an issue for me as it is a great lens - Now!

In comparison, I shoot the 50/1,4 at 2.0+ most of the time. Opening up in really bad light.

In a bizzare state of excitement and confusion over this one. I'll hold off for a couple of days to cool down a bit and review in a sane state of mind.

It doesn't seem that the new 35/2 IS would be a replacement for the 1.4.... Am I wrong??

Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

I'm thinking that the folks who have been holding out for a FF will have a great buy with the 5D2 in the short and long run.

There are features that make the 6D appealing and seem more "modern", but the best bang for the buck is on the 5D2 - I'm betting that the 6D actually helps drive 5D2 sales up.

And - we've heard no "end of life" announcement re the 5D2 from Canon !

Software & Accessories / Aperture and noise reduction options ?
« on: August 24, 2012, 04:35:09 AM »
I've been on Aperture since v1.  There were many bumps along the road - most for me were performance related.  Keeping the library on an SSD with the media referenced on fast drives, and at least 8Gb ram has solved most issued.

The only thing which still bugs me, and I'm not quite sure how to optimize my workflow is aperture's less than stellar noise reduction tools.

Now with finally adding a 5D3 recently, I have the following to share -
Shot @ ISO 12800, 1.4 50mm wide open in near darkness. RAW+JPG.

The 5D3 produced a much cleaner JPG right out of camera than what I was able to get with Aperture from the RAW.  Perhaps this is just me, but I've gone out to Topaz or Noise Ninja to clean up anything which Aperture can't deal with (which happened often with the 7D).  My thought is that it would be best to get the first NR pass during the RAW conversion - but Aperture actually sends a tiff out to external editors - so this is actually post RAW processing.

The shot below shows:
1. CR2 opened w/ ACR, NR applied, saved and imported into Aperture.
2. CR2 imported into Aperture, "RAW Fine Tuning (developing)" NR and Noise Reduction tool applied.
3. JPG imported into Aperture (as processed by 5D3) without adjustments.

I'm actually thinking of running everything that requires NR through lightroom, then going into Aperture for lib management and further manipulations.  But all this round-tripping sure is a pain, time wise and disk space wise!

Any suggestions?

Software & Accessories / Editing EXIF data for Aperture library images
« on: August 24, 2012, 04:30:38 AM »
I've worked out a workflow for getting manual focus lenses EXIF fields set into Aperture.
It's a bit of a round trip using applescript and ExifTool, but it gets the job done.

My workflow is outlined here:

Wondering if LightRoom or other tool has anything which would make life simpler??
What steps do you take to get your manual lens metadata into your libraries?

Thank you!

Lenses / Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:21:52 AM »
I'm curious, has what everyones take is on refurbished lenses from the Canon store.
Any ideas where these lenses come from?  Returns?  QC failures off the factory line?

I'd be giving up the following:

7D (approx 20k actuations)
5D mk II (approx 12k actuations)

In exchange for:
5D mark III
16-35 2.8L (original)

This would leave me with another 580.2, Yungou, and a non EF-S Lens park.

What I love about the 7D - AF, 50fps 720p, FPS, day time reach and IQ
What I love about the 5D2 - low light performance, DOF, ML

I'm not a pro shooter, but run 20-30k shots / year. Mostly people, kids, events, with minimal wildlife and sports.

I'm leaning to saying YES - is it worth it??
Anyone have experience with the original 16-35L ??

Thank you in advanced for your thoughts.

Software & Accessories / Moore filters effect on stills
« on: May 26, 2012, 04:59:01 AM »
I've been looking at the moire filters for 5d2 and 7d from Mosaic

Does anyone here use this?

What kind of effect would this have on stills?

The show simple on-off - but since we're deep in the body at this point, would repeated AFMA. E something that is required with each "winter tire change" ??


EOS Bodies / EOS 4D full frame (6D)
« on: May 25, 2012, 05:27:43 AM »
All this talk of price / options / positioning of a lower cost FF body distorts the camera line in one way or another.

I see this as the following possible relationship:

7D          5D3
------ = --------
60D       new 4D

For the new FF body:
We scale down weather sealing
Provide articulating screen
Lower fps (rebel level + fraction)
Video as in 5d3 (& allowing ML)
Price point differential as in 7D/60D (25-30%??)

Hits those wanting FF, not needing higher FPS
Hits vid lovers, willing to compromise on build (eg GH2 crowd)

60D is a nice niche body IMHO - this would be the basis for lower cost FF

Lenses / Thoughts on 70-300 DO for vid and stills (FF & Crop)
« on: April 10, 2012, 01:43:55 AM »
I had borrowed this lens about 4 years ago with a 450D as a backup that didn't get used.

It felt good in hands, but there was not time for experiments.

Still wondering if its something of value today.
The 70-200 4Lis + 1.4 gives me the range but at 5.6 max ap.

Can anyone share thoughts or experiences ??

Lenses / 35 1.4 upgrade from 28 1.8 for 7D
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:51:48 PM »
Ive been using and loving the 28 1.8 on 50D then 7D over the last 3 years.

It's been a great video lens on the 7D.

Planning for the 5d3 by Summer (lost my place in line, and decided to wait a few months).

But I've been wanting the 35 1.4 all this time.

Together w 50 1.4 and 100 2.0 and 70-200 4is I've been happy.

Curious on how much improvement in IQ I may gain with the 35 over the 28.

Usually shooting in low light at 2.0 or wider.

Opinions??  Thank you in advanced.

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