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You are all soooo right! The camera is by any means just a tool. A tool to get a picture. And I must admit that the pictures I did take with my Canon T90 aren't that bad after all. And I haven't deleted my pictures taken with my previous 20D either. The discussions on all kind of different forums are indeed very good entertainment. Just like the hammerfoum on a few years ago :-)

But I must admit: I did order the 5dmk3 the very first day of release, even if the 5dmk2 was in my bag. And sometimes, even a tool changes for the better now and then.

Lenses / Re: 17-40 F4L or Wide Angle Prime?
« on: April 24, 2013, 04:18:49 PM »
I would have thought Primes.
1) IS availability
2) f-stop advantage
3) the 17-40 is not parfocal as far as I recall - so you would need to refocus if zooming
4) normally lighter in weight
3) No tempation to zoom :-)

Versus - can't zoom...

Can't recall if the 17-40 is weather sealed - could be an advantage if required
Hi !
I have the 17-40 myself in addition to the 40mm pancake.
If you choose the 17-40 both 1 and 2 above is right.
3 is wrong. Once focused, you can zoom as much as you like and it's still sharp. And sharp it is!
4 is right. But the 17-40 isn't heavy. The weight is IMO not an issue with that zoom
The 17-40 is absolutely weather sealed as long as you use a filter. One of the lightest and cheapest weather sealed lenses there is.
IS with a tripod is in fact negative. The rule of thumb is to switch it off when you use a tripod... :-)

About the DOF as mentioned by others. A wide angle (17mm) will be sharp from 1m to infinite on f4 - more or less. If you want the good video DOF look, you must at least take your video on 40mm.
The pancake on the 5dmk3 is a very good match for video, indeed!

Happy shopping!

Lenses / Re: 40mm f/2.8 Wow what a lens
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:17:56 AM »
I was a little unsure about the 40mm f/2.8, but i wanted something small for travel and general use without sacrificing qualify. Reading all the MTF charts and positive reviews on this lens, i went ahead and bought it. My first impression after taking the first shot was WOW. I'm really impressed. It exceeded my expectations. This lens is extremely sharp, easy to handle, great Bokeh even though it's only 40mm. Focus may not be the fastest but it's pretty fast and will work great for most situations. Here are few portrait shots taken with this lens. It was a cloudy day, no other lights used. Shots were between f/2.8 and f/9 on a 5D Mark III. The only thing done is post was crop, vignetted few images for added effect, and adjusted white balance.
Nice pic's!
I totally agree with you. The lens is a bargain. The Sigma 35 f1.4 lens was discussed yesterday here at CR.
Look at this comparison and watch the difference... :-D

Øystein Bach

Lenses / Re: Weddings 70-200mm 2.8 is vs 4 is
« on: February 19, 2013, 04:16:47 AM »
One thing to consider - if you're planning on carrying around the 70-200/4 IS and the 135L all day, the two together are 20g heavier than the 70-200/2.8 IS II - and I'm sure I'm going to kick up a fuss by saying this, but the 70-200 II is so good that there's little point in buying or using a 135L if that zoom is in your bag.

Having said that, if you tend not to carry around your other lenses while using the camera, that argument doesn't hold up. The 70-200/4 IS is a really good lens, and the high ISO capability of the 5D3 allows you to get away with some quite low light situations with it.

RS made a very good point. I own the 5D3 and 70-200 f4 IS and no doubt, the lens is very sharp. Then the discussion is back to the weight of the pack. If you ever shoot a pic with f4 or higher with the 2.8 lens, you are walking around with 750 gr. ekstra load on your shoulders. If you need the 2.8 bokeh, you have no choice.
With the 5D3, I would say go for the f4 lens. 750 gr. less to carry, and I will assure you that your customers will never notice the difference.
Good luck with your final selection! :-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark iii + 50 1.4 ii?
« on: January 03, 2013, 06:00:29 AM »
Hi !

Happy New Year!

I have the 5dmk3 myself and different lenses.
If you are considering a light weight sharp and cheapt lens you must check out the 40mm 2.8 pancake.
I have the 17-40L, 24-105L, 70-200 f4L, 100mm L Macro, the pancake and a Sigma 50m 1.4.
Talking sharpness, the pancake is probably the best, at least one of the best in my pack.
Value for money? Cant be better!

Happy shooting with your 5dmk3. You will discover new features and get more breathtaking pictures every day!

Øystein Bach

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