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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Extenders - Kenko vs Canon 1.4's & 2.0's
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:05:25 AM »
Thanks mate, helps heaps. I'll wait for the tubes, have a play with those and then I'll look at getting the kenko. Appreciate you testing your gear & thanks to everyone else.  :D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Extenders - Kenko vs Canon 1.4's & 2.0's
« on: February 24, 2013, 07:25:27 PM »
I have the Kenko 1.4x 300 DGX version and have not experienced the issues of lockup

Interesting.. If you can confirm that there's no issue then I think I'll go ahead and buy the kenko 1.4x. I've already bought the tubes. :)

Thanks ncsa for your help.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Extenders - Kenko vs Canon 1.4's & 2.0's
« on: February 24, 2013, 12:46:21 AM »
Mt Spokane, I use the 60D at times when I need the extra reach but thanks for the heads up.

Ncsa, I think you've convinced me there. I don't shoot critters much, so the MP-E 65 although interesting, probably isn't for me. I'm just looking for the occasional extra reach on my current lenses. 

The Kenko 1.4 you're using, is that a Kenko TelePlus MC4 AF 1.4X DGX? or the Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF? The Pro300 is the one that has issues with the 5D is that right?

Thanks again.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Extenders - Kenko vs Canon 1.4's & 2.0's
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:41:43 PM »
I thought I'd share an image I took yesterday. This is the reason for why I'm looking into magnification, as this is as close as I could get to the little fella with the 100 macro. Would have loved to get more detail!
This was shot handheld so the focus plane is a little off, but oh well :P Cheers

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Extenders - Kenko vs Canon 1.4's & 2.0's
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:25:13 PM »
This site has some information on and comparisons of teleconverters:

Thanks Heptagon, those comparisons sure put me off the 2.0x ii & kenko 300 The resulting images are unacceptably blur!. Perhaps the reviewer was a little "unlucky" as you say, with the tolerances because those images seem completely unusable. Are you fellas yielding similar results in RL? Is the image degradation that severe?!

TheFlorist, good to hear that the 2x iii works on the 70-200, that's a lens I'm hoping to add one day so I'll keep that in mind. But Rockets95 review is starting to put me off the 2x all together. :)

I guess my question now is, are the 1.4's much better than the 2.0's for sharpness retention?
And do you guys, owning the canon 2x iii find your images to take a big hit in your images compared to the 1.4x.?

I'm thinking that maybe 1.4x is the way to go, at least start there anyway.

Thanks everyone.

Third Party Manufacturers / Extenders - Kenko vs Canon 1.4's & 2.0's
« on: February 23, 2013, 05:59:30 AM »
Hi guys, I'm new to the extender world. Would love some advice.

Tossing up between the;

Canon 1.4 iii
Canon 2.0 iii
Kenko 1.4 Pro 300
Kenko 2.0 Pro 300

One of the above + Kenko Extension Tube Set.

Would love some advice on their pros & cons and how they compare against one another.
I have a 100L & might use it on a future 135L

What do you suggest?

Samples would be great  ;D


Lenses / Re: How do you test a lens at a store?
« on: January 21, 2013, 01:37:07 AM »
I like to grab the canon box the lens came in, which has one side printed with little black text on a white background, angle it 45 degrees to the lens, and focus on a letter using the centre point in camera. If the letter is sharp, and not the text in front or behind it, then I like to think the lens is more or less good there in terms of not front & back focusing. The sharpness across the frame and all I guess you'll have to check later with more serious pixel peeping at home. :)

Check all the switches and aperture blades and focus too. I had a dodgy samyang once where the manual aperture ring didn't work and the blades were stuck in one position.

EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D Mark III Firmware Before the End of May [CR2]
« on: January 17, 2013, 04:17:21 AM »
I think that their main problem is that they are locked in pre-iPhone mindset. We have a super-CPU to do just one thing and it can do just in one way. Today the cameras are digital but still built with a mechanical mindset.

Guys, unlock that potential...

MagicLantern has been the activist in that regard. Hacking that little computer and make it do things the developers omitted. Would like to see others give that a go personally, a hackanon perhaps?

As for dynamic range, I would have though is a hardware limitation. These types of products take years to develop, and sensors are most probably selected in early in the development process and the rest is build around that.

RED, BMD & Phantom seem to be companies which can adapt a lot quicker to technological advances are they can focus their R&D teams on less products at a time and hence pump the latest sensors into their gear.

All subjective ideas there to stir the debating pot. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR & Lens Coming on January 15, 2013? [CR1]
« on: January 13, 2013, 03:15:29 AM »
It'll obviously be a Canon 3D with 18stops of DR, for $1399.. you guys are all way off!!  :o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 06, 2013, 02:47:01 AM »
+1 on a 35mm lens. It was one of the first primes I purchased which got me back into enjoying photography. Before that I used zooms and they lacked the magic of a prime. Maybe changing the zooms for other zooms isn't the solution :-\ But it's a matter or personal choice and style. Good luck with your decision

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:36:33 AM »
If you decide to continue using a dslr, I would

- sell the 600 as its big and you probably don't need it.
- sell the 70-200 as its a big white beast that scares children.
 the 70-300 is more discrete, with more range... and you'll be more likely to take it on travels.

- keep the 5D.
The AF system with 61 af points is enough a reason to never go back to a 9 or 11 point af system
less re-compositing = more pics in focus.

I don't think you'd really save that much by switching now anyway, the 5D price has dropped quite a bit, while the 6D hasn't.


Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:12:19 AM »
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think L glass is covered by worldwide warranty where as non-L is covered by a warranty from the region you purchased the lens in, ie Australia, Asia, Eu, or America. So if you're purchased a lens of eBay from a grey market reseller, you'd be better off with the L glass. Resell value may also hold up a little better. But why would you ever want to sell the 100mm macro, they're awesome.  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 19, 2012, 10:40:29 AM »
Word of warning..

When it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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