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I don't like myself when I'm cynical but something else could be going on.  In one case I remember someone like yourself shot the event without me knowing that there would be another shooter.  I thought I was the only shooter because that is what my contact told me.  Then the other shooter's pictures were chosen not so much that they were better but they were free because they were friends and the group was able to save a bunch of money.  Now I require a high enough shoot fee before I will schedule the shoot so at least I get paid for my time.  People will do a bunch of things just to save a buck.  Even brides or grooms.

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:43:07 PM »
I too just hit the purchase button, my largest photo buy ever, took quite a bit of hemming and hawwing and considering FL's etc etc.
The first thing to do was to rule out the fleeting latest appetizing gear that really does not suit my strengths or will not aid my in the best directions.
The only item I will be getting that isn't a sure thing for me is the Big Ron, so I will put it through it's paces from the gitgo if I need to facilitate a return to B&H. And if it doesn't thrill me well, there's the the cash for a 2nd body dedicated to Alt lenses (Lensbaby, Holga, Fisheye) I have been wanting.
What is "the Big Ron"?  What is "FL's?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 01:51:06 PM »
Please Canon give me some new Camera..  I'm a landscape and seascape guy.  How about a camera with built in ND filters (for raw), split, and graduated and HDR for raw with several options for bracketing, and a few features that I can't even think of.  Oh.  It must be better in every way than a D800E....  I'm ready to buy.

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EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: February 17, 2014, 01:58:55 PM »
I would not buy the adapter because I don't see the point in having a big lens on a tiny body it's past the point where it's light to carry easy to slip into a small case.

The EF adapter allows the M to serve as a backup body when traveling with a bag full of lenses that would otherwise become useless if the primary camera fails.  When traveling, I bring the M + 22 along for times when small size is necessary, and the EF adapter 'just in case'.

+1 on using it as a backup body.  I keep one with adapter and the 50mm 1.8 for low light along with both eos-m lenses in a box type thinktank bag that is not much bigger than what I carry a flash in.  In fact I'm glad I've bought several eos-m bodies so I have plenty of backup to the backup.  I never want to go to a smaller sensor size when this one is so perfect.  What a great camera for teaching students of photography at the $350 price including raw shooting and processing.  For the next generation, a swivel screen could be useful without adding much (if any) to the size factor.  The eos-m with the 85mm 1.8 is quite a combination for candid's.  I love this camera -- just not for my main camera.

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Lenses / Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:09:21 PM »
I am really liking the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 lens.  It is heavy but combined with the Sigma Lens Dock it can be fine turned so that you have good AF at each of the mm settings.  Very good reviews, finely crafted, and less than $1000. 

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 18-35
« on: January 29, 2014, 02:23:48 PM »
I am mostly a prime shooter, and always gravitate to a 35mm on my 7D. Since this lens is a constant f/1.8, I think of it like having multiple APS-C primes mounted to my camera at once!

So I get the following prime lenses: EF-s 18mm f/1.8 prime, 24mm 1.8 and 35mm 1.8 for less than 300 each AND I don't have to swap lenses? I'll deal with a lens that is a bit bigger.

This lens is pretty cool.


Exactly -- I count 4 primes: 18, 24, 28, and 35.  Way cool.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 18-35
« on: January 29, 2014, 01:45:24 PM »
While I don't have the Canon mount, I have the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 lens on a Nikon mount and I can attest to this being one of the finest lenses I've ever owned.  Currently I have some intermittent cold weather problem with the Nikon D7100 and this lens and I've talked to Sigma and they said the D7100 had some sort of power problem but that Canon should have no problems (Menu and Play buttons failed to function). 

Other than that I hate to even send in the lens because I use it so frequently.  Once I tuned the lens using the Sigma lens dock and added a simple -4 to the camera AF micro-adjust, the camera and lens combination focuses properly at ALL zoom settings.  This is a first for me to have such accuracy.  Now I'm spoiled and now I think all lenses should have a focus setting for each zoom and distance.  This is way cool!  I just can't say too many good things about this lens.  On the D7100 the lens crop work out to 27 to 52mm.  Yes the range is small and would not replace the Canon 24-105 because of the range but the sharpness corner to corner is amazing and has made my aps-c D7100 a landscape capable camera.  The lens is also great indoors shooting family or indoor events.  Who ever heard of a 1.8 zoom with corner to corner sharpness?  I mostly shoot at 2.2 inside but 1.8 is also very usable at ISO of 800 to 1600.  The D7100 is quite good at 3200 but I don't want to press it when I enjoy the sharpness of this lens at ISO 1600.  Shoot it everyday for a week and you won't want to return it (get a Sigma dock too - it is worth it).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon won't offer a high megapixel body
« on: January 24, 2014, 08:05:00 PM »
It seems that this is the dilemma of Canon this time. Not sounds like a good idea to repeat the mistakes of D800/D800E.

I tried my best not to contribute to this thread until I read this quote.  What mistakes of the D800/D800E are you talking about?  Do you own either camera?  I do and I would be jumping for joy if Canon can come even somewhere close to the performance of the D800E because I could then use my Canon lenses again.  If I knew today that Canon would not ever produce a full frame high MP camera I would start dumping all my Canon equipment.  But I live with the belief that Canon is just a little slow in getting up to speed on high MP full frame sensors because the ROI is not as high as their high priced cinema gamble.  The future is hard to predict but it will come.  It is just a matter of when.  Meanwhile I am not buying any new Canon equipment until they have a camera for my landscape business that is at least as good as my almost flawless D800 and D800E cameras.  I wait.

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If you don't need the extra detail of the Nikon, the 5D3 is a fine camera to use (sort of) for my kind of work.

Assuming your lenses actually deliver that extra detail.  Many don't.

Very correct.  But for wide angle shots, the Canon TSE 17 and 24 are some very fine lenses that are quite a bit better than the Nikor 24 PCE lens (There I just use the 14-24 when I don't need tilt shift).

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I had a Canon 5D, then a 5D2 and then ordered a 5D3.  While I was waiting for the 5D3 is be finally delivered (I waited several months), I bought a D800 and then a D800E which came later.  I was intending to test the D800 against the D800E but I've been so pleased with both of them I decided to keep both of them so I can have one at Nikon being cleaned while I'm using the other one.  I keep thinking that Canon will come up with a high MP competitor but it hasn't so the 5D3 is my top Canon camera that just isn't getting used. If you don't need the extra detail of the Nikon, the 5D3 is a fine camera to use (sort of) for my kind of work.

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http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/01/07/nikon-announces-development-of-d4s-professional-hd-slr?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_medium=text&ref=title_0_2

Btw: Canon still has no competitor to the D800E. The 1D line is twice the price of the D800.  Maybe Canon will be able meet our wishes in 2014 (high MP Cam @ moederate costs, 7DII,...)


Corrected Posting:

BTW: Nikon still has no competitor to the 5DIII. The D4 line is twice the price of the 5DIII.  Maybe Nikon will be able to meet its customers wishes in 2014 (high ISO, Low-Noise Camera at fair price, D400...)

And, if high megapixels are so wonderful, why doesn't Nikon put a high megapixel sensor in its flagship?


Since you are prefering the Canon 5D3 to the D800E I assume you have shot with the D800E for about a year and compared it to the 5D3.  I have the 5D3, D800, and D800E and put these cameras on a horizontal bar and tested them side by side of the same subject at the same time.  I've also tried to move the Nikon glass to the Canon camera but I couldn't quantify the aperture because Novoflex doesn't put F stops on their lens converters. 

If you make small prints I could see why you might like Canon better if that is what you've been shooting.  However I shoot landscapes doing 3 foot by 2 boot wall prints for commercial spaces and galleries.  The original poster has it right, Canon doesn't compete in the large MP area with Nikon.  The Nikon's dynamic range is great.  I shoot outside on a tripod and keep my ISO low.  I can shoot either brand on any day.  I choose to shoot Nikon's now even though I'm waiting for Canon to produce a high MP camera so I can use Canon's 17 and 24 tilt shift lenses which are superior to Nikons.  Nikon 14-24, however is a joy to use.  We would all benefit if Canon felt some pressure to compete with Nikon.  Even my D7100 is able to produce excellent large prints due to the lack of an AA filter.  I'm waiting for Canon to give me something to buy.  So far no luck.

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IMO, as long as most EF-M camera users have to use the adapter with full-size lenses (along with the corresponding IQ loss), I would expect the EF-M cameras to continue to be largely stillborn except as cheap backup bodies.


I own three Eos-M cameras, my wife has one, and many of my friends now own one.  I am not aware of any loss of IQ when I strap any of my Canon lenses to the EOS-M.  Quite the opposite when I strap an 24mm 1.4 or 35 1.4 on it.  My 85mm 1.4 or 1.2 are great on the little guy.  I have improved my hand hold of the Eos-M so I can shoot at a fairly low shutter speed than I could when I first got the camera.  However the 18-55 and the 22 are both great lenses and fit the majority of needs that I use this camera for.  Which is mostly candids of people indoors and sometimes in cramped indoor spaces.  I know the focusing is slower but it seems just as accurate as I point to focus and shoot in one easy motion.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D610 yes D600 minor upgrade!
« on: December 29, 2013, 02:08:40 PM »
As someone else mentioned, Nikon should take note of the Canon 5D3 nearly soundless shutter setting.  Very nice indeed.  Nikon should also look at the sensor locations on the D600 and D610 as just taking such a small part of the viewfinder that moving the focus selection just doesn't make that much difference.  I don't own either camera but a good shooting friend lends me his D600 and the location of the sensors is quite noticeable. Look at the D7100 - all the way different.  They did the sensor locations in the viewfinder just right -- almost all the way to the edge. I like the number of sensors on the 5D3 but I get very annoyed at the lack of auto sensor movement when you are trying to move the sensor selection from one side (or top to bottom) to the other.  Nikon does much better in this department.  I think that Canon has so many xxD cameras with so few sensors that this hasn't been a problem before the 5D3 but now with 61 sensors Canon needs to look at the Nikon implementation.

In fact, that is what I'm hoping from both Camera companies.  I hope they look at whatever really works regardless of company and if they can duplicate the functionality or improve it someway without patent infringement, they should.

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My personal approach is to shoot raw with auto-wb and worry about the wb later

+1

+1 to the +1

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
« on: December 24, 2013, 02:03:00 PM »
I love the lens too.  I did use the USB doc to fine tune it.  This was at an XMAS Party.

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