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Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 24, 2013, 12:39:44 AM »
Another heated debate about: "IS or not IS, that is the question"  ;)

Looking more closely at the stated specs, I notice the image height is 21.64mm and the size is about say 160mm to 200mm. What sort of glass is that ? Cinema ? Anybody a clue here ?


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Canon General / Re: Now =EOS Rebel SL1 or Wait to get EOS M MK II
« on: September 23, 2013, 12:10:59 AM »
K. Surapon, I just happened to try these two in a shop where I was spending my hard earned money on some new items. Being of similar size, it obviously comes down to personal preference. As such, I'd give a go to the SL1.

The M is very well build and is nicely designed BUT, for me DSLR shooter, I just can't take photos using the screen. Call me old school but I need the viewfinder to isolate myself and the subject for the composition I like. If you're used to take pix with phones, that should be fine from the screen.   

Though I've got rather big hands, I find the SL1 just nice to hold. Nice touch screen, light, inconspicuous, and no need for new lenses as they are already in my bag. I'm in no hurry, but when (and if) the next version comes out (hopefully with the new crop sensor) I'll sell my 60D for this one. Lighter in my pocket and more space for my heavier gear  :)     

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Lenses / Re: Bad time to buy 16-35 2.8 ii?
« on: August 17, 2013, 11:50:10 PM »
It's a nice lens butnothing spectacular. I find myself using it much less than I used the 10-22 on my previous crop body.

Got exactly the opposite experience here, leaving my 10-22 accumulating dust. I could never get those lush greens correct. CA maybe? In comparison, with my 16-35/II it's night and day. Of course you have the FF vs crop factor, but now I shoot UWA to my heart content. Even when the 14-24 surfaces, I think I'll keep it for its versatility. Added bonus, it becomes 26-56 on crop if you keep one. Terrific for street photo.

There might be some more discount as time goes, but as they say, if you need it, just buy it.

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Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: August 15, 2013, 05:01:54 AM »
Since I am at posting (and found the way to do it), I might as well do a bit more...

60D, 100mmL with 65mm tubes and MT-24EX:

putting things on top of things by snap'shoota, on Flickr

5D3 with 100mmL no tubes, no flash:

seeds in the making by snap'shoota, on Flickr

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Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:36:36 AM »
IMO, there can't be a best street shot as there are many ways to assess it's quality. Sometimes you just get lucky and fast enough to get something, say, decent. Most of the time, you've got no time to ask before. So, just send a smile after ... :) (first time I post something, and from my somehow sleeping account. Not sure it'll work.) Trying again...


smokin' on by snap'shoota, on Flickr

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Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: July 25, 2013, 01:24:59 PM »
I do a fair bit of macro and I have been very satisfied with the 100L and a MT-24EX. Got another system with flexible arms attached to a plate but use the 24EX system much more often. Simply because I find it much more simple and ready to use at all times. As it is primarily designed for the MP E- 65 you need the adapter ring reducing from 65 to 58mm for the flashes ring mount. I do my macros manually, either with 60D or 5D3 and most of the time, I use extension tubes up to 65mm.

As you know, the main problem with macro is the dof. For small things, I set to f/14 - f16 mostly. That means flash. With no flash, the 5D3, with its higher possible ISO, allows for macros in bright light with great natural results. This providing your subjects are reasonably sizable. Still, for macro work, I don't like much working at higher ISO's as it shows quickly on those blurred backgrounds. As you get closer, you need to reduce the aperture and with no flash, things get tricky. For smaller stuff, I also use the 5D3 but more often the 60D, both using the 24EX. The tubes give me a magnification of up to about 1.7:1 which is just nice for what I do.

So to conclude on my 2 cts, the 100L is a great macro lens. I appreciate the IS that I can feel is working even at close distance. With tubes it gets me where I like to be and with the MT-24EX it makes a great combo well balanced on the camera and giving me all the flexibility I need for my handheld macros. Hope this helps.         

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Canon General / Re: Canon Testing a 75+ Megapixel EOS-1 Body? [CR1]
« on: July 21, 2013, 11:59:26 PM »
Very, very interesting. Let's see what all these mega pickles will provide - with binning or whatever sorcery - in terms of DR, noise etc. High fps is not the talk here. There are other cameras to take care of that.

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Lenses / Re: EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
« on: July 21, 2013, 11:46:48 PM »
Very interesting discussion and great photos here, guys. I've been procrastinating over this lens for quite a while now. Cannot decide for a 24-70/II as I'd definitely miss larger apertures and I've got other primes. If it was for sure that newer batches are clear from this erratic focusing behavior - and especially on 5D3 -  it's time to give it a go.   

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5D3 is a great camera but I have the same remarks than some about DR, banding and low light focusing ability. I will watch closely the development of the "3D". If this hypothetical one leaves up to expectations and is in a 5D form factor, I'd upgrade and complement it with a 7D2 for high fps. Let's see what's coming up in the next 6/8 months.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« on: July 20, 2013, 12:56:52 AM »
This is really starting to get ridiculous, who needs a 1200 mm equivalent in a body that's impossible to hold still??

Superzoom compacts have moved away from usefulness to marketing gimmick IMHO.

Got one here to complement 5D3 and 60D. As Mt Spokane says, not very ergonomic but light, inconspicuous, pure fun. I use it 95% of the time at 1200mm handheld. 

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Lenses / Re: 70-300 DO - is it worth getting it?
« on: July 03, 2013, 10:10:40 PM »
Borrowed one once. Don't buy it unless you're a photo-reporter working in war, mob, revolution zones. The difference in IQ between this and 70-300L or 70-200 f/4L is quite significant. The latter allowing a 1.4X in future and also for some cropping without much loss of detail. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the Canon EOS 70D
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:47:42 PM »
Not to be negative...

Actually, you're doing quite a good job at something you claim to not be doing...   ;)

Well, this would be preterition then ...   ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or wait for 7D MK II?
« on: July 02, 2013, 03:43:08 AM »
My take as owner of 5D3 and 60D, goes for 7D2. Though I agree that those 70D specs look great, I cannot wait to upgrade my 60D. Heft, weather sealing, fps, AF, joystick, ISO, etc, etc... IMO, worth the extra 6 months. Given what they put inside this 70D, I guess (hope) that the 7D2 will be THE new crop mean machine. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 10:40:26 PM »
That was just ridiculous. I just wasted 4 minutes of my life watching it.

Thanks! Saves me those 4 minutes ...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 10:22:38 PM »
Great specs I think. 70D, 7DII, 3D ... will 2013 be The Canon year ? If so, it might be the year I end up with all my remaining piggy banks smashed up ...   :-X

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