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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 12:41:57 PM »
I think we all agree that this is a technology forum. We add some images here and there, to show what the technology can do, but it is still a technology forum. As such, it would be a rather pointless and boring site, if we all cheered for the status quo, instead of discussing how our common technology provider could/should push the technology envelope.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:50:45 AM »
I believe Canon provide the best over all system. The main reason for saying that is the width of available lenses. A number of lenses are only available in Canon mount and all the interesting third party lenses are also available. But it is also true that you have to spend rather large sums of money to get access to these lenses. The price introduction points for the new 16-35 and the 100-400 was a pleasant surprise though and makes me more optimistic for the future.

But the criticism they get for their sensors is in my opinion well deserved. But there is no question that some posters on CR are totally out of line. But I find them on both sides of the fence. It is ridiculous to state that a Canon camera is useless and it is also ridiculous to state that Canon sensors (provided the photographer is sufficiently qualified) equal the current state of the art. DRones and Canonites throwing rocks at each other in never ending and quite unintelligent arguments, leaves both groups in rather unflattering light. The Canonites are just as guilty as the DRones to keep these silly threads going.

I love my 1DX and there is no better alternative anywhere else at the moment. But if a new body with a sensor with equal DR and resolution as the 810 sensor came along, I would get it in a heart beat, not to replace my 1DX, but to augment it. I think such a body is long over due and I think we on this forum should make sure Canon understand that we are quite impatient.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Would you get Zeiss 135 f2?
« on: November 19, 2014, 02:59:32 PM »
Would I buy one? Absolutely. After testing one its on my short list when I can afford it. I own one Zeiss lens and it definately gives something other lenses don't. Manual focus is beautiful too.

If you haven't tried one, do it.
And by accident, this was your post no.135 ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Would you get Zeiss 135 f2?
« on: November 19, 2014, 01:15:05 PM »
I learn something new every day. Who knew that my bare-bones FF camera 6D had a better ability (metering wise) to use a precision matte screen (S-type) than the top-of-the-line 1DX. Of course I am using the screen to focus with old film era fastish all-manual lenses (eg AIS Nikkor 50 f/1.2 and 105 f/2.5), not with the exalted 135 APO-Sonnar.  ;)
I´m actually on the verge of getting a 6D, unless Canon unleash the holy grail/unicorn body soon ...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Would you get Zeiss 135 f2?
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:48:30 AM »
I pretty much buy all the lenses I want, including choosing amongst all the autofocus lenses out there. But, in addition to a lot of L-series glass, I have chosen to get 6 manual focus Zeiss lenses, because their IQ is simply the best for every single focal length they come in. I currently shoot more with the Zeiss lenses than with the L-series.

Most people who have opinions on AF vs. MF does not have real experience with manual focus. They have tried to manually focus AF lenses, which is a totally different thing than working with a lens made for MF. I grew up with MF, so to me it is rather natural. But with a fair vision, on the right side of blind, and a precision focusing screen, it is absolutely no problem. I shoot anything but sports with manual focus lenses. But you have to practice. Portraits is absolutely no problem.

I would also state that at f1.2 and f1.4, an AF lens may very well miss focus. In a profile shot you get the temple or nose, instead of the eye etc. With a manual lens and an Ec-S focusing screen, it becomes very visual if you got the eye or not. Sometimes you also want to focus on something small behind a dominating front. No problem with manual focus, close to impossible with AF.

Shooting with manual focus primes does something with your photography. It is not necessarily logical and it will differ from person to person, but the average quality of my manual focus prime shots are better than those I get with both prime and zoom AF lenses. I believe it has to do with being more alert and focused on what I´m doing.

From what the OP claims to shoot, he will do just fine with MF. The only remaining question, in my view, is if he needs the focal length. Judged by the listed lenses he already have, budget is apparently no problem.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Would you get Zeiss 135 f2?
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:10:04 AM »
Try out the focusing screens, Eldar uses them a lot, while mackguyver is not too fond of them...
I think Mackguyver and I agree on the S-type focusing screens. When you go beyond f2.8 they become dark and at f5.6 they are pretty much useless. I use them primarily for f1.4 to f2.0 lenses, plus the 15mm and 21mm at f2.8. But the latter are mostly used in broad daylight, so they are easy to use.

Another issue with the manual focusing screens, when they are not supported by the specific body, which is the case with both the 5DIII (any screen) and 1DX (S-type), is changes in exposure. It is not even stable. You need one compensation in one situation and another in the next. And I have some difficulty understanding how it works. I am therefore crossing my fingers for a new high res camera, with S-screen support.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Would you get Zeiss 135 f2?
« on: November 19, 2014, 02:13:02 AM »
I had the canon 135/2.0L and I was very happy with it. But unfortunately, I dropped it and it was beyond repair. Instead of buying a new one, I got the Zeiss 135/2.0. The Zeiss has better IQ than the L-lens. In fact, it is one of the best lenses you can get. But manual focus requires a lot of practice. I use an Ec-S focusing screen on my 1DX and a custom made S-screen on my 5DIII (from and, as long as things don't move to fast, I do not have problems with manual focus.

Since you already have the 85/1.2L II and the 200/2.0L, you are well covered. But if your budget allows and you're willing to focus manually, the Zeiss will certainly be a rewarding lens, considering what you say you'll be using it for. I tend to use the Otus 85/1.4 for indoor portraits and the 135/2.0 for outdoor shots (so I do not miss IS much). But if I had the 200/2.0L ... It might be that I would have used that outdoors ... (Maybe I just learned that i need one  ::))

Good points Dustin and glad to see more images. The f1.4 quality is rather addictive. I sometime arrest myself for going wide open, when a couple of stops down would make more sense ...

Here´s one of my wife from a couple of weeks back, trying to shoot something with the 100 f2.8L IS Macro. Here in Norway it´s dark, wet and cold for the time being, so not much inspiration to shoot anything outdoor. Waiting for the snow ...

1DX, 1/4000s, f1.4, ISO100

Software & Accessories / Re: 1D X + EC-S Focusing Screen - Save Your Money
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:13:40 PM »
I agree. I use the Ec-S screen for fast manual focus primes. When I hook on the 600 f4 it becomes close to useless. But it makes manual focus a lot easier with f1.4-2.8 lenses, which covers all my Zeiss lenses.

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:26:21 PM »
Well done Dylan! We´er looking forward to see more. When you´ve done it once, you´ll do it again! The stress is a bit addictive ;)

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: November 15, 2014, 09:40:12 AM »
Half a Rack is better than None....
Looks like a poor shot to me ...

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 15, 2014, 07:36:10 AM »
If IQ equals the Zeiss, it has proper weather sealing and good AF  ::) I know I´ll be tempted despite how happy I am with the Zeiss.

Looking forward to your review Justin. It´s a wonderful lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 08:49:41 AM »
The OP of this thread is apparently a UK resident and received his new camera on 29th October(?).

I'm also in Britain, and as far as I can tell none of the major resellers have stock yet. Is this another example of Rip-Off Britain? When I finally get my camera I will have to pay about 30% more than the US price, and in the USA they get their kit weeks before we do!

I could, apparently, order from DigitalRev in Hong Kong, who have them in stock, and I'd receive my camera in about five days and pay £200 less than buying from a reputable UK dealer who buys through the Canon UK distribution channel. Does anyone have a view on whether it's worth sticking with Canon UK distribution, or saving money and getting my camera quicker by ordering from DigitalRev?

Dale Photographic in Leeds have them in stock; £1,599.00

(They also keep getting in surprisingly large amounts of used D600 and D610s)  :)

Wow, at £1,599.00...that converts to roughly $2,875 CAD...over 50% more than the current Canadian list of $1899! For warranty purposes, it's usually best to buy in your home country,but with that big a price difference it might be worth taking a chance and shop around. $1899 CAD is approximately £1,056....or nearly £550 difference. Even with shipping/duty you stand to save. Maybe a large US or Can retailer might be worth checking out.

We are not lucky at all as concerns the cost of tech products in Europe, and not only tech stuff, unfortunately. Everything costs 30% to over 50% more than US and Canada. I paid €1,629 for mine in Italy and I'm very happy because the 7D2 is currently listed at €1,799. Btw, the battery grip is practically nowhere to be found here at present.

I had resolved not to be an early adopter and wait for the price to settle a bit also because I was still undecided between the 7D2 and 70D, but after reading some first impressions reviews and the comments of the owners I couldn't resist and I'm happy I didn't wait. The 7D2 is really a mini-1DX.

It depends how you look at pricing. In the USA the minimum wage for many states is $7.25, and though many states have higher minimums things like overtime, healthcare etc are not paid as they are in the EU, the UK minimum wage is £6.25 for over 21's and that is $10, or nearly 40% more.
I paid NOK13.299,- here in Norway (Japanfoto), which translates to GBP1.250/USD2.000. Our minimum wages are way above UK and we have a 25% VAT and the UK has 17%, if I remember correctly. So from that perspective, Canon gear in the UK is expensive.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 08, 2014, 02:26:39 AM »
I use the 27" Eizo CG276 self calibrating monitor. There are some newer monitors out there now, which I have not tried, but I am very happy with this one. A bit more expensive and a bit larger, than some of the others, but well worth it.

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