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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: Today at 08:10:01 PM »
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I rented the old version a few times... but not sold on it
especially as it didnt do that good with my tamron  sp pro 1.4x TC.
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my devoted crow from a few days ago 5DmkIII, 560mm f8
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seems a little soft...maybe off a tad...the 1.4TC isn't perfect...the $220 tamron versus the $100 one.
I HAVE NOT micro adjusted yet..but looks close.....

Question - does AFMA work with the Tamron TC on the 5DIII? It would crash my camera firmware when I tried it on mine, but it's been a year or so since I've tried it and I haven't updated the firmware. I know that there is a newer version than what is on my camera which allows AFMA using the Canon TC, but I didn't want to upgrade for fear that it would turn my Tamron TC into a doorstop. I have the Pro-300 1.4x model.

Thanks,
Dave

ok....trying to make sense here
1. my tamron sp pro was great on the 100mm macro (non L)
and on the 135 f2 and 70-200 II..... I mean peeping at with/without...
at close inspection...like micro eye feathers on a hummer or Jay....they are nearly my pets so they are close..
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also I had the 2x TC III....which I sold with 70-200 II
all three  1.4 tam, canon 2x III and without... setups seemed perfect after the raw lens calibrated....
and I am only talking a few clicks..on that 70-200 II
my camera seems to be dead-on (135 had no clicks, 85L II had 3, 100L macro had none)

2. I have not done micro in a while ...so I just now put on the 100 -400 II... and the 5D3 does not recognize/report the 1.4 TC....I guess that was always the case for the 1.4x tamron...I believe the 2x III did report...and was separately adjusted...I think...all was so good.... I forgot

3. with a accurate body AND Canon sending out proper lenses....I hardly pay attention once I shoot a few...
and it looks good...

4. nothing crashed.....I tried moving some settings...off zero..T/W.. but they were worse   +/- ...

so I guess my answer is no crash...but no adjustment allowed...other than the raw lens...I suppose...
even though the lower light throughput..gave a different f stop at ...all wide open..

my bottom line is
the gear works so well  including the tamron...that I haven't thought about it for quite a while

maybe there is some blood to be squeezed.. but I have not done ...any fine tuning..
and it looks...... mah...velous.... to me...

and I see a slight softness with a 1.4x TC....  I think...
I need more outings and work here...

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hope this helps a little....I am less techie than I used to be...because things work better..
I haven't swabbed a sensor in a few yrs....because I dont see specks...that old problem ...solved...

if I had a12,000 dollar LONG tele and a 2X TC III   I would look pretty close...but I bet not see much diff...

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I THOUGHT when I first got my tamron ($200) it was EXACTLY like kenko... I believe...early on..
then over the yrs...various 'versions' were solving various issues ..like on the 70-300 L... etc...
I lost track about then..

maybe you could borrow/rent to try your version..

TOM


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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: Today at 10:49:32 AM »
nice review....
very nice lens.....

I rented the old version a few times... but not sold on it
especially as it didnt do that good with my tamron  sp pro 1.4x TC.

this new lens ...besides a number of improvements...
seems to like my TC.... I believe the canon mk III version would be a little better...
focus speed slows a bit...on my tamron...

my devoted crow from a few days ago 5DmkIII, 560mm f8
and cropped to the size I wanted...

seems a little soft...maybe off a tad...the 1.4TC isn't perfect...the $220 tamron versus the $100 one.
I HAVE NOT micro adjusted yet..but looks close.....
{ note: I notice the resized/compressed version for the posting  by this site seems to soften it ..versus my own screen ...which is understandable}
this is from RAW...and I am not very aggressive with sharpening in Lightroom
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canon has some nice(er) lenses lately...
this one gives me a lot of reach and yet lets me do some flowers and close portraits....
handy

Tom

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the camera would be more useful.... if they let me set the shutter speeds...up a bit... in auto iso....
...yes ...and EC in manual...


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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 10, 2015, 10:19:56 PM »
This should be an interesting battle with Canon & Nikon as both of them have well-regarded 24 f/1.4 lenses.  Yes, coma, and vignetting are issues, but they are very sharp lenses.  This was not the case with the 35mm and more so with the 50mm lenses, so unless the price is right, I think it's going to be a tougher sell to anyone other than people who shoot starry skies (assuming excellent coma correction).

Also, given Viggo and Eldar's experiences with the Art series AF, I'm staying far away from this line of lenses.

I believe the Canon 35mm is more widely regarded as sharper than the Canon 24mm wide open. In fact, in my experience I felt that the 24mm was not very sharp except for the center wide open. Have no experience with the Nikon, of course.
Another aspect is price. One big reason for people buying the 35A is the lower price. I am sure a lot of people will go for a 24A if it is $ 500 cheaper than the 24L.
I agree with staying away from Sigma lenses due to AF issues though. A pity...

my 35L WAS sharper than my 24L mk I,  I got the sig 35 1.4 because it was sharper than the canon wide open
...gave my brother the 24L mk I, ...tried the 24L mk II...lower chromatics but too much vignetting...

I believe the sig 24 1.4 will  fit right in with my sig 35 1.4... both of them better than current canon offerings
in most places...35L had a very slight BOKEH edge over sigma 35 IMO...

24mm and f1.4 has a heck of a lot of use for me....
the orig canon 24mm mk I was quite compact....

I also believe the sigma 135 f1.8/f2... with OS will... be a better NEXT lens for them...
I am waiting...and waiting

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:07:06 AM »
At least with 24mm ( on FF ) AF isn't as critical.......

I will likely try it.
I had the original Canon 24 f1.4 (so compact and wonderful useful-even for flowers) .. and I rented a few times the 24 mk II ...the newer one had lower chromatics, a bit sharper in corners...but bokeh was not as good as original (imo) and shaded in corners worse than original...
so I waited... then I GAVE my brother my original 24 f1.4 ....for his 50D I gave him.....
and just last week I missed it ...so much... when shooting in dark clubs ...   wide and fast is so valuable in a dark little club.  my 35 A sig performed quite well as usual...but I sure miss the 24mm.... I could stand next to guitarist and yet... get the trio in the photo.

I remember the original Canon 24 f1.4, had focus  problems ...especially  out at 5-10 feet as described, However, I sent back to Canon and  when it returned (they re-electronics it they said) it was just great all over.  My sig 35 f1.4 A   hardly ever missed focus on 5D2.  And I got significantly more reliable focus on my 5D3 with Canon 24mk I, sig 35A and my 85L II....... vast improvement...especially the 85L.

I am getting the 11-24 Canon zoom ($gasp$)- so I am gonna have too much overlap for my normal tastes - but I NEED fast and wide...... for sure focus will be more difficult at 24mm wide open - especially in the 'dark' (imo) ..

but I will try this one.... 
I hope for good coma, sharp edges, low distortion, low CA and reliable focus...to come with it.

I thought the 85 would be my next sigma....but I kept the 85 f1.2 II .... after a long wait

I am never gonna get another guitar.... I guess...   sigh

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Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 08, 2015, 08:00:24 PM »
My wild guesses:

EF 80-200 f4 L IS Zoom Macro w/ Hybid IS

or

TS-E 135 f2.8 Tilt-Shift Macro

Possibly 2:1 magnification?

I believe you are pretty close here......

I would have guessed a zoom macro...
but 2:1 and hybrid I.S. ...  yum

that would be great....I never used f2.8 on my macros .... so f4 is fine.,..

how about a sliding extension tube......

and a 1.4x
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so is it about $500 for each feature....

yikes


my first lens was the macro 100mm  with a 20D.....
left at sunrise...
I didnt come home til it was dark......

I wondered why the 180 macro didnt get replaced ...with I.S. ...

I guess I wont be getting a new guitar.......




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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder Canon's Latest Products
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:10:42 AM »
R    stands for   increased  -R-esolution.....

not removed cover... both sensors have an 'AA' glass cover.......
so the distance is the same to lens..easier mfg....

the  R   version cancels the AA effect of the Non-R(slightly lower resolution...but possible moiree effect)

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I read somewhere.....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R Preview
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:39:06 PM »
dont know where to ask this..
but has the 5Ds / 5Ds R    solved the un-lighted(red)  selected autofocus point issue...
...servo mode? from my 5D III


this is the only annoying design flaw (IMO) that would stop me ...
....if un-resolved, ...I may as well move on from this 5Dxx  idea when a more suitable camera comes along... that lets me see the selected  focuspoint...

I believe the 1Dx does not have this issue...


so ...did anyone see that issues addressed anywhere

thanks so much

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Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: January 30, 2015, 11:16:40 AM »
I want it...

would love to see a test.....

but I have to assume the edges/corners are...as good as they could do.....
and CA lower than my 14L II....

big question is.
how straight are straight lines....pretty good on 14L II....

11mm can see behind me...almost...

this will be fun on 5D mk IV... which I mainly want for low light...
the 11mm will be fun for walk arounds in downtown...ok...limparounds...

i am on a list

TOM

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 26, 2015, 08:55:32 PM »
mclaren777

whats the problem...just get belt like  a bandito...is that a bandoleer?.....loaded with SSDs...
for your laptop

like the battery belts....

...

yes it is getting out of hand...
but a bit fun to watch

Tom






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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 26, 2015, 08:31:07 PM »
I really wish I could see some CA, coma and distortion figures..on this  11-24 baby......
before I sell my car....ha!

my 14L II is fairly undistorted...plenty of (correctable) CA......love it

but I would like .... a lens that can see behind me..    11 mm??...yikes if it gives straight lines

I will take it if it passes muster...  I will order as it is announced and test myself...if needed

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off topic

can any SMALL  mirrorless canon.... like coming soon....from canon please....
........use the existing lenses?....for my 5d3.....

is this ever gonna be workable...or are the distances ...dealbreakers?....

love to have a small camera that uses some of these nice lenses........ someday
thanks for putting up with such a silly question....if someone has info
I just dont know...

Tom

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EOS Bodies / Re: Speculate: How much noise improvement from 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: January 12, 2015, 05:17:42 AM »
when will they realize the market wants...
12 mega pixels  and 2 stops better noise than 5d3 ...........  across the range

and 45 megapixels and all the noise reduction possible... try hard
.....

I guess the market ...means ....me

I would buy another lens or two to help this along...AFTER the lower noise camera is delivered..
...ok 3

....

or I could go back to sleep....


my vote

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Lenses / Re: 100-400 II - first shots
« on: December 12, 2014, 07:02:11 AM »
yes
i hear it click in ...
more than 70-200 II for example...

I assume that is what I hear..

I still have lots of testing/using to do...
looks like portland will have some sun saturday...

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Lenses / 100-400 II - first shots
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:52:55 PM »
just picked up 100-400 II
no micro adjust... sun was fading fast...and a windstorm developing... walked out to Burnside PortlandOregon

a few shots... before I had to be somewhere else...

also tried the tamron sp pro 1.4x tc...
noticed a slightly slower focus speed...


overall the lens is rugged, compact.....sits next to 24-105 f4...well...

that is about what I wanted...
it is NOT an f2.8 70-200 zoom  ...about 2 stops gone there.....
and I have no idea how well it does compared to 70-200 @ 400 with canon 2x TC......
mine was pretty good ...focus lagged a bit...

but this is smaller....which is where I have moved this cycle..
still have 14 II, sig 35, 85 f1.2  and macro for all thos specialized shots...

but this lens ..with the 24-105, and close focus, takes the 500 diopter, my polarizer   so it could travel ...well....

lots of shooting to do...
this is first hour..
and you will surely see lots of great shots from others ...

I passed on the 100-400 pump... but this one seems right for me..

by the way....the packing job on the lens is amazing...
good grief.....  this is so carefully thought thru....
they could have a teevee show/contest...for people to try to repack it just like it came....
no one would win

yes...I did get turned around with zoom up front... but getting adjusted now....
...
some award winning shots to follow..
last two are tamron sp pro TC... 560mm

again no micro adjust...5d3


thanks CanonRumors for a great group to read/learn from...and an easy place to exchange ideas...

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I have a good feeling about this one...

a lot of quality reach....especially with a 1.4x TC... in a small package
that can actually be carried for a long walk...
I guess I will take this over the sigma 150-600

my tamron sp pro 1.4x  gave up nothing on my 70-
200 II...
I have a feeling it will do the same or better here...

close focus sold me on this....
walk the town ...flowers birds...no problemo


possibly a NEW 16-35 f4 I.S. and this lens .... maybe my sigma 35 1.4.....
really have a lot covered

or the 24-105 and 100-400 (560)
is a very compact quality kit  IMO....

the 500 diopter and polarizer both fit this...
tubes....get really useful now

wish a review would pop up
lenstip or Photozone....or SLR gear....would be best for me..

this means a new bag for me...a new backpack...
my lowepro is 7 yrs old...what a great bag ...not worn out... just worn ...down

......
the MTFs look pretty good but we need a solid review ASAP....










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