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Software & Accessories / Must have Android apps?
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:34:42 PM »
So I finally bought my first smartphone, yeah I know I am a bit late there. Wondering what the must have applications are, or if there are any? 5d3 user. I made the mistake of trying to search through the marketplace. Did scan forums here, but couldn't find much recent.


Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 09, 2014, 07:05:44 PM »
Has it been confirmed that it comes with a tripod mount? I am still unhappy that the 70-300L did not.

Lenses / Re: Night Sky
« on: October 23, 2014, 05:41:24 AM »
Rokinon 24 f/1.4
Rokinon 14 f/2.8

Here is a link to my 500px profile if you are interested. You might find the exif data useful.


You have some amazing shots there as well, thanks I am definitely decided on the Rokinon.

Lenses / Re: Night Sky
« on: October 23, 2014, 05:38:05 AM »
Yep, as the previous posters said : for wide-field astro photo, you'll need a Samyang lens. They're pretty much the only ones to do wide aperture with almost no coma (maybe Zeiss too, but i've yet to see a test for coma with the 18/21mm Zeiss lenses).
The Canon 16-35 f/4L is mostly comma-free, but F/4 is really not ideal.

Thanks, this is great advice. Your sample pictures were amazing.

Is Samyang just making another version of the Rokinon lens or vice versa?

If I am going to buy another L, I'd rather get something I'll use more than the 24L at that cost.

Lenses / Re: Night Sky
« on: October 23, 2014, 05:33:59 AM »
Wrong Rokinon lens. Get the 14mm f/2.8, generally considered one of the best astro lenses out there. It's got a hard-stop for infinity, and the f/2.8 is plenty at that focal length. Honest truth is many lenses are not great for night work, as they are designed for other purposes. There's only a small handful of lenses that are ideal, and that Rokinon is the cheapest.

Thanks, I think I am going to grab the 14mm. Appreciate the help.

Lenses / Night Sky
« on: October 22, 2014, 07:27:06 PM »
Hi, I have done a bit of research on taking night sky pictures. I want to take some shots of the Milky Way near a couple of landmarks in New Hampshire. Being a bit of a novice here, I have read a few blogs where people are saying Canon lenses don't cut it because of bad coma. Is that accurate? and recommendations as an example for a Rokinon 24 over the 24L that canon makes.

I only have 3 lenses at the moment with my 5d3. I've got a 24-105L, 100macroL and the 70-300L.

My results with the 24-105L weren't impressive. I'm going to try the macro lens this weekend if I get a clear night, with the assumption that being a prime its light gathering will be significantly better? but I'm not adverse to picking up the Rokinon 24 if it is actually good for this type of shot. The problem is I understand it can be soft, and I'm not sure what use I would have for it besides night shots, where the 24L I could see myself using more.


Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: May 09, 2013, 01:40:32 AM »
So... is $1,087.32 for this lens from the Canon refurb store as good a deal as it feels like?  It's slightly lower even than some completed Ebay listings for used copies.  Oh well, I already ordered.  I was almost totally prepared to spring for the new price anyway, so any savings are good savings.  You can all feel responsible for your great shots convincing me to get yet another lens...

It's pretty hard to beat that price.  They rarely get that low used (around $1200 is more typical), and this way you get some kind of warranty.  Beyond that, there aren't many on the used market.  I don't think it has been a volume seller and most of us that have one hang on to them!

I looked at this too, I was a little leery because the 70-300L is one of the few that doesn't reference a 90 day warranty like a number of other lenses do. Saving 300 bucks is pretty nice though.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why no crop mode on 5d mkiii 1dx
« on: May 06, 2013, 05:57:32 PM »
Is it only the T3I that supports video crop mode? What about the T4I and T5I. I have been thinking about getting a 2nd body, and this is kind of a cool feature I also wish my 5D3 had.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: May 03, 2013, 04:45:42 PM »
Ahh I read a review from when the lens first came out, maybe it's come down in price quite a bit? 170 isn't as bad as 300. Thanks.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: May 03, 2013, 02:42:39 PM »
I am thinking about getting this lens. My question though for those of you who have it, concerns the tripod ring. Did you purchase one? Or do you attach your tripod to the body. Canon selling the tripod ring for an additional 300 bucks, sort of negates the cost advantage this lens has over the 100-400.

I rented a 100-400 for two weeks and liked the image quality but the weight did get annoying.

This would be my second lens, I have a 5dmark3 and the kit lens.

Having a seriously difficult time deciding between it and the 100-400, I was pretty much go for the 70-300L until I heard about the lack of a tripod ring and the crazy price for it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 macro question (Possible Noobish)
« on: July 14, 2012, 02:02:55 PM »
Thanks for the help all, I will probably get a macro lens eventually just to play with.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 macro question (Possible Noobish)
« on: July 14, 2012, 12:20:40 AM »
Wondering if someone can help me here, I have only had my 5d3 for about three weeks. I tried to do a few macro shots today, (Close ups of flowers) using the kit lens.

Autofocus was spot on looking through the view finder but I could not get the camera to take the picture, nothing happened when pushing shutter. If I dropped to manual focus on lens or zoomed further out it worked fine. I haven't done much Macro before, is there something I am missing?

Or was the camera telling me I was too close even though it looked ok?

Canon General / Cleaning LCD on Camera
« on: June 18, 2012, 11:51:17 PM »
I can't find this in the manual and not much luck with google, what is ok to clean smudges and fingerprints off the screen on a Canon DSLR (5d mark 3)?

Is something like eyeglass wipes or monitor cleaner too harsh?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5DMK3 Video Zoom
« on: April 03, 2012, 08:18:43 PM »
Is the video digital zoom of the T3I possible on the 5DMK3? I know it's mostly a gimmick feature and probably not right for the audience of this camera but curious.

It's no gimmick, sadly it lacks it. It's really a shame it didn't have a 2x2 blocked 1.6x cropped mode. GH2 has a super useful zoom mode, the nikons have zoom modes. They are fantastic for wildlife, for one. But for whatever reason, Canon is the maker who left it out. :(

Yeah I thought it was a really cool feature myself, someone else blasted me over it on another forum though. I guess I can hope if they do a 7d mark2 they include it there.

EOS Bodies - For Video / 5DMK3 Video Zoom
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:53:47 AM »
Is the video digital zoom of the T3I possible on the 5DMK3? I know it's mostly a gimmick feature and probably not right for the audience of this camera but curious.

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