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Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:09:55 PM »
this is probably one of the best and most informative write ups i've read at CR so far. truly a great insight on how the stuff works behind the scenes. i hope there will be more of this kind

Canon General / Re: Official: Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:12:44 AM »
honestly, the mtf doesn't impress me at all. on the other hand, based on what i've seen from sigma with their latest releases, it should be much better than any equivalents canon or nikon has to offer. my guess the price will be around 750-850$ and i really hope it will perform better than what the MTF shows, otherwise, whats the point? if it does i sure see myself getting myself a copy

one thing i dont understand though, is the A rating... a C would make much more sense

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Ideas for a new Tripod
« on: August 20, 2013, 03:02:10 PM »
heres a review i made of a tripod that answers all of your requirements


hope that helps ;)

Canon General / Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:15:00 AM »
well i have the mark 2 and for some time after the announcement of mark 3 i was hesitant about the upgrade. a month later a friend of mine got the mark 3 and i got to play with it. given the fact that im a landscape photographer, the only perk the mark 3 could give me over the older model is it's slightly better performance at high ISO. i could care less about the new AF or slightly better weather sealing (although given the amount of threads opened about failed weathersealing on mark 3's, i dont think it's nearly as good as advertised).

i think your purchase should heavily depend on the kind of shooter you are. i would highly recommend the mark 3 to any all around serious amateur that would benefit from both the good iso performance as well as the new AF and speedy burst rate. today several of my friends own it (4 to be exact), 3 of them have families and they cant get enough of this camera when shooting their kids in dynamic environment. the 4th is a landscape and macro photographer like me who upgraded from 7D

right now, the only thing holding me back from switching to D800E is the fact i'm heavily invested in lenses. i would rather wait and see what canon comes up with next year, for now my mark 2 fits my needs almost perfectly ( i could benefit from some of mark 3 advantages but i dont think the upgrade is worth the price differential for me)

Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:06:56 AM »
Lee drives me nuts with their availability. Ok folks...supply at the end of the year...lets not take any photos until then ok?

I've moved over to Photodiox with their Wondapaner system. It allows me to use a CPL and ND filters with my TS-e 17mm. It works and has availability. Sure the ND filters are far from neutral....but I've yet to fine one which is. I've tried B&W/Helliopan/Lee/Sing Ray/Hi-Tech/Tiffen and they all are far from neutral.

i'm sorry if this is a kind of a thread hijacking, but could you please shed more light on the color cast you get from photodiox compared to lee? i've recently purchased a nikkor 14-24 as an upgrade for my 17-40L and ordered a complete filter kit from photodiox. i know for example that lee GNDs tend to give a brownish cast to the photos, how are the photodiox in that respect?


Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:54:01 PM »
a 16-50 with good corner to corner sharpness would be ideal for the landscape shooters out there. i think the prices will be in line with nikon's counterpart, maybe a little higher if they come up with a really flawless optical design

2200$ for 14-24 and around 1300$ for the 16-50 is what i would be willing to pay if they both perform up to expectations

also i would expect them to launch with a new high MP body

EOS Bodies / Re: A New DSLR Line from Canon? [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2013, 12:59:47 PM »
i'm not sure i understand this completely...
on one hand you say "make a smaller DSLR with EVF"
on another hand making a camera with EVF will eliminate the need in mirror box and prism, effectively moving this camera out of DSLR category and closer to large ILC

i can understand the will to make the rebel line even smaller and appeal to those looking to advance from the compact P&S but fearing the size of an entry DSLR. but then, they can just do it and not introduce a whole new line

making an eos-m and rebel hybrid that would be placed in the middle is pointless imho and would only confuse people who have to make a choice

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: f/22 and diffraction
« on: March 11, 2013, 10:40:47 AM »
most aps-c sensors are affected by diffraction from f/8
FF sensors are affected from f/11 and it gets critical after f/16

dont forget that when shooting digital you can always focus stack for DOF while staying in the sweet spot f range of your lens

i always go for the highest quality possible under the circumstances and never go beyond f/16

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