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Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 22, 2014, 04:56:08 PM »
I have 24L/50L/24-70 2.8/70-200 2.8 - was just looking for something Tele faster than 2.8
. Seems no ideal option, maybe if a 85 1.8 IS or 135L II is announced in Sep I'll go for thay

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:18:17 PM »
Could somebody please explain to me what this is?

Lens electronic MF

Obviously no guarantee but it is a possibility it could be this:
A patent has been published outlining automatic microadjustment for Canon DSLRs and lenses.

Electronic manual focus would be mostly pointless as you alluded to. But, if this patent were to come to life in the camera it would be a boon to phase autofocus accuracy.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:29:37 PM »
I have to say the 6D does look amazing at High ISOs which is incredibly important for me since I often shoot indoor events with available light only (mostly using f/1.2-f/1.4 primes).  The 5D3's less impressive performance in this area and its lack of user interchangeable focus screen (huge issue for me not being able to use high precision focusing screen when using 1.2-1.4 lenses) are two things that prevent me from considering that camera.

Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8 vs 85mm 1.8
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:30:54 PM »

The specular highlights produced by the 85 1.8 look angular, not circular. That's part of my consideration when I sold it. Also maximum usable aperture is probably about 2.5 which is too close to my 100L's 2.8. Bokeh is not 135L quality. Nobody should expect that. But it's far better than 50 1.4. Personally like 100mm blur better though. Also it has no weather sealing.

On the good side the 85 focuses faster than the 100L. The focus seems more consistent and reliable. This is only based on my personal experience.

The 85 is a great value lens. You should definitely try it. Nothing to lose.

Don't agree with you on the usable aperture of 2.5.  It's the best lens I own and virtually never take it off 1.8 for professional portrait work - it's a belter of lens, I reckon by far the best bang for buck in the Canon line up.

85 f/1.8 is great value but I agree with the previous poster that if you need to stop it down to f/4 for a group shot the angular bokeh is ugly.  I wish Canon would update this with a 85mm f/1.8 IS design similar to the 35mm f/2 IS.

I personally would rather have the 100L of the two for its dual purpose macro/general as well as more pleasing bokeh stopped down.

Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:27:17 PM »
I do also have a 100L, but since it is the same aperture as 70-200 I usually just use the 70-200. 100L focus speed ain't bad if you use the focus limiter correctly, but ISO noise not obviously not as good in low light as the 50/85 f/1.2.

I have never seen such a dramatic variation from AF point to AF point, but apparently that is a known issue with this lens.

There is another thread floating around with many people having autofocus issues with this lens on points other than the center point (there appears more that have problems than those who do not).  You might want to call Sigma to see if they have a replacement program, but if you cannot live with this problem I would try another copy from the store you bought it from.  If the next copy has the same issue, buy a different make/model lens.  If you deal directly with Sigma the store you bought it from will not take back the lens Sigma sends you due to different serial#.

Based on all the reports of problematic AF performance on outer points with this lens, I would guess this is a characteristic of the lens.

Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:56:25 PM »
So how does that explain the fact that Sigma released a 50/1.4 under $1000 that is better than any Canon 50mm prime out there? ... The bottom line is that Canon makes crappy 50mm primes.  There is no escaping that.

Because Canon's first priority is professionals who depend their livelihood on the unmatched portrait performance of the 50mm f/1.2L.  While enthusiasts who put test chart performance as first priority are marketed towards also, they are not Canon's first priority.  So, I would recommend simply buying the Sigma and being happy with it if it meets your needs.  There is not a single 50mm lens I would use in place of the Canon 50mm f/1.2L, and the only lens that offers similar quality of portrait results is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II - but that is a different focal length and it is good to own both if portraits are a priority as each lens has its set of advantages & disadvantages plus different focal lengths.

Also, have you missed the mountain of posts where people cannot get the Sigma 50mm to autofocus even remotely close to correctly on outer focus points (despite center point working fine)?  That does not sound too great to me.

Lenses / 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:40:15 PM »
I have always been fond of the output of the 85L II.

But, I have never tried full time deployment for event photography.  Has anyone used it for this purpose?

My concerns:
1) Slow autofocus might result in missed shots, such as wedding reception entrances (where people often run or do unexpected maneuvers).  I have used my 50mm f/1.2L for this and it seems that this is about as slow as I would want for autofocus, but the 85L II is significantly slower than the 50L.
2) Fragile - the exposed rear element during lens changes, potential of damaging the lens motor (or so I have heard) when lens is placed face down with the barrel extended, and lack of weather sealing - I am wondering if this is the best fit for event photography which often is fast paced, hectic, and unpredictable.

Has anyone deployed this lens for event photography?  I love using my 70-200 f/2.8L IS II but f/2.8 is not always fast enough and for portraits the bokeh of 85L II is unmatched.  But the build of the 70-200 just seems so much more robust in more ways than one. 135L is an alternative but I do not like the bokeh at f/4 (which would be needed at times) and it is often too long of a focal length indoors.  85 1.8 same issue with bokeh at f/4... can't seem to find better alternative to 24l/50l/70-200 Thoughts?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 19, 2014, 12:56:05 PM »
I honestly think mirrorless is a fad, or at least not a wise investment for Canon.

People really who want the smallest size won't want/care about interchangeable lenses, and people wanting the top quality won't want all the limitations of a mirrorless system.  Thus mirrorless stuck in some jack of all trades but master of none middle ground, perhaps useful for some niche of enthusiasts but not something that would sell to most individuals, be it for hobby or profession.  You could argue that the Sony A7 is the pinnacle of what everyone has been asking for in mirrorless, and it is very clear in the USA at least its sales are terrible compared to Canon and Nikon's offerings.

The second photo in the OP tells me this was a production problem with the paint on the back panel of your camera.  This should be covered under warranty, but you may have to fight for it.  If it truly were due to the user abusing the camera, the wear would not be uneven like that across the bottom.

Hey everyone,

I have a 5D Mark III which I purchased new, directly from Amazon when they were released early this year.
This summer, around June/July I noticed what appeared to be discoloration or pealing paint under the camera where the metal body meets the plastic. It was initially very minor and I thought I must have scuffed it somehow on a table or while the field. However, it has been consistently 'growing' ever since then. It has grown from pea sized to the entire bottom of the camera within a few months.

Examples of this phenomenon are attached.

I am not one to coddle my equipment; but I also don't throw it around either. I certainly don't drag it around on things which would peal off the paint like this. Usually a tripod mount is on the bottom which would prevent this anyway (I took it off specifically for these pictures).

If you look closely, the discoloration is also along the screw holes and speaker grill. The discoloration is also not uniform. I don't believe it's a result of being dragged or rubbed against anything. Is this some sort of chemical reaction to something? Only the bottom area of the camera is affected. The top, front, and lenses are all flawless.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 7D mkII?
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:36:38 AM »
Hello all,

I have a 450D now with a 15-85. I want to replace the body with a higher quality sensor which both the 6d and 7d ii will have. I' mainly shooting landscapes and (safaris when i can...) of course we still don't know what the 7d ii will look like but but my doubt is between these two bodies. Both will be a leap in quality wrt the 450d. I have startex to sell my work and like to print at least at A3 size. Will a 24MP of a crop sensor win over a FF 20 MP?
Any suggestions? I can't really make up my mind...fortunately i still have time as the mkii still isn't out yet...


I doubt the 7D2 sensor is going to be radically better at high ISOs than the 70D sensor, as the 70D sensor was recently introduced and was a new design in itself.

In low to moderate light, the 6D will win this battle easily due to the FF sensor's lower noise at higher ISOs.  In good light, it depends what you are shooting; for landscapes, the 6D will do significantly better and offers higher quality ultrawide lenses; but, for a safari, the extra reach and more advanced AF of the 7D2/70D will likely be more beneficial.  The 7D2 will probably also have better weather sealing than the 6D, which could again be important for a less controlled safari environment.

If you are buying now, you also will likely pay a price premium for the 7D2 so it will be likely more expensive than a 6D.

If it were me based on your requirements, I would pick the 6D given what is likely to be introduced with the 7D2.  It sounds like landscapes are your primary usage and the 6D with a EF 16-35mm f/4L IS has no quality focal length match in a crop camera like the 7D2.  When you go on safaris, the 6D AF may be a bit more challenging and you may need to crop in post, but that does not sound like it will be where most of your usage will be.

For UWA landscape, here is an example of the best 16mm FOV equivalent on crop vs the best 16mm on full frame:

Another option might be buying both a 6D and a 70D - the 6D for most of your work, and the 70D for reach limited scenarios that also need more advanced AF like a safari might be.  The 70D will probably be available for under $850 refurbed by the holidays, and the 6D comes up every few months for $1250 refurbed - the two together would likely be in the same price range of a single 7D2 at launch price.  Plus it would give you a backup body and the ability to select FF or crop based on what your are shooting.

I try to cover my 6D if it is raining, as Canon do not seem confident in their communication of the 6D's weather sealing capabilities.  While I believe it is more robust than the sealing on a Rebel SL1, I am betting it is significantly below the level of a 1DX.

EOS Bodies / Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« on: August 14, 2014, 09:56:34 AM »
"travel body" seems to be misleading. Unless you are travelling with only one lens on the body, then the size and weight of the body is important. But if you are travelling with 3 L lenses (a lot of the member in this forum has done more than that), than the size and weight of the body does not matter any more. It will be a big " system".  That is the exact reason I bought the EOS M with 22mm and the 18-55 zoom. To make  it to be a small travel system.

Yes, but you must also remember that, for instance, a EF-S 55-250 STM on crop is much smaller than an EF 70-300L on FF. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Plan B
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:38:53 AM »
So, if the soon to be released 7DII fails to come up to your expectation what's your Plan B?
(assuming you were planning to buy)

70D during big refurb sale.

Software & Accessories / Re: Think Tank Urban Disguise 70 v2.0
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:13:09 PM »
I have the bag and I have had a gripped 5DII and 5DIII in it. Its a tight fit. If you have L plates and/or straps its a very tight fit. You may find that this is more of a transportation to and from solution rather than a walkaround carry and use solution. The problem is that the zipper goes down the middle in a straight line instead of a wrap around zipper that opens the top fully. Its ocnceivable that you can use it as a walkaround carry and use but it isnt that convenient. I think you would be better off in that case with double shoulder straps or spiderholster.

That's kind of what I figured... I already have digital holsters for that purpose.  If it is just a transport device I might as well go all the way and get the Think Tank Take Off.

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