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Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« on: November 15, 2013, 03:47:41 PM »
It's my everyday lens.  I love it so much that I am going to get a second one as a back up in case Canon freaks out and cancels it for some dumb reason.  It hold its own again my more expensive glass but since it's compact it actually gets used.  24-70 II is great but hell to carry around all day. 

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Lenses / Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« on: June 21, 2013, 01:57:49 PM »
Most definitely worth it, especially if you shoot handheld.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D + 24-105 vs T4i + 24-70 II
« on: January 14, 2013, 02:55:16 PM »
While it's typically good advice to go for glass over body, in this case, both lenses are "good glass" and the step up to full frame is huge in terms of image quality (the color rendition and noise are just so much better, glass aside).  Plus, the 24-105 is very versatile (long end similar reach as 70mm on crop and much wider at the wide end) so you have a flexible set-up and that is always a good way to start, unless you have very specific needs.

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So far we got Canon product breaking plastic while clones of various "brand" working fine? Interesting. Can't wait to see if that's the ultimate consensus.  Thanks to those who've replied so far. Glad to see working cheap alernatives. 

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After my last flash-heavy family portrait shoot, I'm seriously considering an external battery pack to reduce recycling time and eliminate (where possible) the need to swap batteries out mid-shoot.

I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on the CP-E4 versus cheaper clones.  I'm happy to pay Canon prices where there is a legitimate benefit (quality, reliability, features, etc.) but I have no problem getting a cheaper clone where they are largely interchangeable.  (E.g., I have a considerably-cheaper Meike clone battery grip for my T1i that I cannot tell apart from the official release and it has been nothing but reliable).

Thanks in advance for your advise.

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REPOST from another thread for your reference:

I finally had a chance to compare both my bodies (5D3 and T1i) with two flashes (600EX and 430EX II).  I used the 40mm f2.8 for both (at first) with center point selected to keep things as consistent as possible. I shot into my walk-in closet, so it was dark enough to trigger the AF Assist light but with the door open so some ambient light would trickle in.  I turn the focus confirmation beep back on to have another indicator of when the camera thought it was focused and when it fired. I tried both cameras with both flashes.  I did not time anything with a watch because if it's close enough not to be able to tell there is a significant difference, I really would not be bothered which one is technically faster. That said, here are my observations:

5D3--regardless which flash used, the body had the marked hesitation that I mentioned earlier/elsewhere. This is not just a little shutter lag--this is a full second or two, the moment is gone, I didn't get anything and, if I did, it is not in focus.  This is beyond annoying, this is failure when mission critical.  There was no perceptibly meaningful difference between the flashes, so this lead me to believe it's the way the body acquires focus.  I noted the two or three step confirmation process someone noted earlier. This was the behavior no matter which focus point or AF method was selected (excluding SERVO).

T1i--press, shoot.  Find another spot, press, shoot.  Repeat, Repeat.  All in focus, all virtually instantaneous and at worse considerably better than the best attempts with 5D3.  If anything, 600EX performed better than 430 EX II (thank goodness for that) on this body. This is what I was expecting from the 5D3 and it's not even close.  (I repeated the test with my 15-85mm zoom on the T1i and the results were consistent regardless of the focal length and aperture setting).

I'm now even more convinced it's a serious with the 5D3 and not the flash.  There is no way my T1i (which I still love) could/should outperform the 5D3 under these circumstances, especially given the type of photography the 5D3 is geared toward.

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I believe AI Focus DOES trigger the beam, but let me triple-check tonight. I recall switching through the three options (One Shot, AI Foucs, and Servo) to determine that Servo (and only Servo) did not generate beam but I could have been mistaken.

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Lenses / Re: help!! 40mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.4?
« on: December 16, 2012, 04:59:25 PM »
Get the 40mm.  It's wide enough to use generally on the crop body whereas the 50mm becomes more of a portrait only lens.  The 40mm is sharp wide open which makes it very useable even in low light situations.  That would be my recommendation (and I have the 50 1.4).

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I finally had a chance to compare both my bodies (5D3 and T1i) with two flashes (600EX and 430EX II).  I used the 40mm f2.8 for both (at first) with center point selected to keep things as consistent as possible. I shot into my walk-in closet, so it was dark enough to trigger the AF Assist light but with the door open so some ambient light would trickle in.  I turn the focus confirmation beep back on to have another indicator of when the camera thought it was focused and when it fired. I tried both camera with both flashes.  I did not time anything with a watch because if it's close enough not to be able to tell the is a significant difference, I really would not be bother which one is technically faster. That said, here are my observations:

5D3--regardless which flash used, the body had the marked hesitation that I mentioned earlier. This is not just a little shutter lag--this is a full second or two, the moment is gone, I didn't get anything and, if I did, it is not in focus.  This is beyond annoying, this is failure when mission critical.  There was no perceptibly meaningful difference between the flashes, so this lead me to believe it's the way the body acquires focus.  I noted the two or three step confirmation process someone noted earlier. This was the behavior no matter which focus point or AF method was selected (excluding SERVO).

T1i--press, shoot.  find another spot, press, shoot.  repeat, repeat.  All in focus, all virtually instantaneous and at worse considerably better than the best attempts with 5D3.  If anything, 600EX performed better than 430 EX II (thank goodness for that) on this body. This is what I was expecting from the 5D3 and it's not even close.  (I repeated the test with my 15-85mm zoom and the results were consistent regardless of the focal length and aperture setting).

I'm now even more convinced it's a serious with the 5D3 and not the flash.  There is no way my T1i (which I still love) could/should outperform the 5D3 under these circumstances, especially given the type of photography the 5D3 is geared toward.

I'll repost this on the Canon forum.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D vs 5Diii vs 5Dii - Speedlite AF Focus Beam Assist Tests
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:31:46 PM »
Very interesting results.  Do you have another model of flash that you can repeat the test with to help determine if it is the body or flash or specific combination?  I'm still with out my T1i and can't do the same test yet, but will soon I hope.  Thanks again!

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Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 on 5d3 anyone?
« on: December 11, 2012, 03:56:43 PM »
I think it's a great normal lens option for the 5D3 and, with AFMA, mine is good from 1.8 down.  (1.4 ain't that bad when I need it.)  But since I got the 40mm (lighter, smaller, sharp, and good compromise between 35mm and 50mm), I don't use the 50mm as much unless it's really low light.  If the 40mm didn't exist, the 50mm would be my default walk-around lens.  That's why I'm not ready to part with it yet, and were they to release a more current, less noisy, true USM version with current lens tech, I would have a hard decision to make.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Am I the only one without 5D3 Problems?
« on: December 11, 2012, 02:55:00 PM »
I love the 5D3!!!  Fantastic all around and what I've always wanted in a camera.  Noise is not an issue at all for me.  (But I do have that pesky AF Assist problem that's generating some discussion finally.)

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Yep.  I've been there gilmorephoto and echelonphoto!  Again, my 'AF Lock sucks in Low Light' issue seemed to improve/go away when I exchanged my new 5D3 for another but I need to shoot more in low light to further confirm and flesh this out more.  And I would love it if it turned out to be a firmware improvement thing. 

Thanks Rusty--please confirm when you can that the new camera is better/fixed/different.  Was it a straight-swap or did you send it back to Canon for service?  (I apologize if this way already stated).  I am not able to return my camera (out of the exchange period), and would be reluctant to do so if I could because the body need very little AFMA so all my lens work well on both it and T1i. That said I might have to send it back to Canon over the holidays.  Thanks again.

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Don't forget this forum guys for the problem also, Canon need to hear this,

http://forums.usa.canon.com/t5/EOS/5D3-AF-assist-beam-slower-focus/m-p/6391#U6391

+1.  There is starting to be an active discussion on the Canon forum and there is a solicitation for some specifics that will help Canon evaluate the issue.  Please post your experience(s) and keep the problem top-of-mind for Canon. This is more than a minor inconvenience (many of which we make lots of hay about); this is a problem with core functionality and needs to be addressed in the near term.

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I have not had a chance to follow-up on the T1i and 5D3 comparisons from a while back, but ...
I did shot again this weekend with 5D3 and 600EX at night and it was an exercise in frustration to say the least.  Here is what I observed:

1.  As noted by someone else previously, distance plays a big roll in the AF Assist beam effectiveness.  I was shooting outside in a town square, very low light, 100mm L, trying to get my wife and son shoulder up with a bit a of Xmas tree lights in the background.  At the distance necessary to make that framing possible the focus assist was virtually useless, not locking at all or shooting completely OOF shots.  This was not remedied by the suggestion of not waiting for focus confirm and just pressing the shutter release button all the way (it would get me OOF shots when it would actually fire). Turning the flash off resulted in a focused pictures (not instantly, but acceptable given the low light).  I did not have my T1i handy to compare but I did not have this problem shooting the same shots in the same square, at the same time of night, with the 430EX II and the T1i.  (Not scientific, I know but there it is...)

2.  At closer distances, the focus assist worked but slowly.  I would get the shots in focus but I missed the moment because of the hesitation.  This was maddening to say the least.  Here I am with $5K worth of camera kit and I could not get a decent shot that would have been possible with a lot less. 

I continue to be disheartened and hope that the issue is identified, a fix is possible, and that it will be release within the next few months.  I'm kind of gutted right now.

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