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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: March 14, 2014, 06:05:11 PM »

Eye by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr

Rented this lens for a week to play with. Not sure I would purchase it (I found the focus speed to be a bit slow), but it was fun to play with.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 25, 2013, 05:56:49 AM »
Some recent landscape images from a trip to Kiawah Island, South Carolina


The palmetto state by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr



The dawn of time by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr



Sunrise yin-yang by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr



Sunset on the Kiawah River (1/2) by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr


Nice! Were you using ND filters or are those HDR?


No ND filters, they are all single RAW files, just pushed and pulled around within lightroom (lots of gradient filters)

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:20:27 PM »
Some recent landscape images from a trip to Kiawah Island, South Carolina


The palmetto state by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr



The dawn of time by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr



Sunrise yin-yang by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr



Sunset on the Kiawah River (1/2) by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr

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Technical Support / Re: 35mm f/2 IS USM AF noise
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:23:30 PM »
mine is very quiet, similar to the 24-70 2.8 (mark I), or 70-200 f/4

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Lenses / Re: prime focal length choices
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:47:25 AM »

Ok, so set your 24-70mm to 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm, and your 70-200mm to 85mm and 135mm for a while at each focal length, and play around.  See what fits your needs best. 


Good idea (feel slightly silly not thinking of that).  I had gone through my lightroom catalog looking for most used focal lengths, but that really seemed to only lead me towards the extreme ends of my zooms (24, 70, and 200).

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Lenses / Re: prime focal length choices
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:35:25 AM »
Sorry, I've modified the original post. I'm shooting with a 5d3 and mostly looking at the primes for indoor event shooting and environmental portraiture. I've got a 24-70 and 70-200, so I have all of these focal lengths covered, I'm looking at the primes for low light capabilities and shallower dof.

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Lenses / prime focal length choices
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:20:03 AM »
I'm looking to get a few primes, and wondered if others could provide some info on why they chose the focal lengths they own.

For example, I'm considering the two following combinations:  24, 50, 135   or    35, 85.

Anyone with preferences of one of these combinations over the other? (I'm less interested in specific lenses (E.g. 24 f/1.4 vs. 24 f/2.8 IS), but the focal lengths themselves.

I'm shotting with a 5d3, and mostly interested in the primes for portraiture and events.

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Lenses / Re: Bought 24-70 f/2.8 II -Soft, owners, please advice
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:16:44 AM »
Did you have mirror lockup turned on? With such a long exposure, even on a tripod, you can get camera shake.

Better bet is to try this with better lighting, to remove that variable.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Which Canon Picture Style(s) do you use (for photos)?
« on: August 21, 2013, 09:44:16 PM »
Neutral 100% of the time. I am a 100% RAW shooter and Neutral gives the best/most accurate histogram of the RAW file, bearing in mind it is actually the histogram of the camera generated preview jpeg.

Yes 1 series cameras have picture styles, many 1 series users are jpeg output only and the customisation of Picture Styles is a very good feature.

this is what I do as well.

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Are you exporting your pictures for the web using the sRGB color space, or keeping them at ProPhoto? (you want to use sRGB for the web).

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« on: August 13, 2013, 07:45:34 PM »
I purchased a 5d3 from them last november for a similar price, item arrived in the kit box, without the 24-105, but with a usa warranty card, and I was able to register the camera online with CPS. Hope this helps.

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I seem to be doing the opposite of everyone else on this thread (which probably means I'm missing something).

I used back button focus on my t2i/550d for everything. I would use the center point, and the focus and recompose. Like most others, this worked pretty well for me, except for issues with nobody else being able to use my camera, and occasional missed focus (Either due to inaccuracies in the body itself, or too much movement during the recompose).

Once I upgraded to a 5d3, I actually went the other way and have stopped using back button focus, with the following rational:

- I don't shoot sports/birds/wildlife, and so am more interested in accurate focus than I am worried about missing a shot. With back button focus, the shutter will release regardless of if focus has been acquired or not. To that end I have set AI-Servo 1s5/2nd Image Priority to prioritize focus over shutter release.

- The spread of AF points on the 5d3 is (usually) wide enough where I don't need to focus and recompose, I can just pick an AF point on the outside and am able to frame the shot as I would like.


Having said that, I do run into times when I can't get an AF point where I need it, and I feel like I was faster at focus and recompose than I am at selecting a different AF point, but perhaps this is just a practice/technique thing.


I would love to hear from others on this, with so many others in this thread using back button focus on 5d3/1dx I feel like I must be missing something.

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Got in touch with Henry Posner at B&H, seems to have been a mixup in their inventory system, both the big stopper and 105mm CPL are back on the B&H website now.

Here was his response:

Henry Posner ‏@h_posner 13m
@sturdiva Possibly the buyer miscoded an out-of-stock item accidentally as being DIS

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued by B&H?
« on: July 31, 2013, 10:11:21 AM »
Got in touch with Henry Posner at B&H, seems to have been a mixup in their inventory system, both the big stopper and 105mm CPL are back on the B&H website now.

Here was his response:

Henry Posner ‏@h_posner 13m
@sturdiva Possibly the buyer miscoded an out-of-stock item accidentally as being DISC.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:37:15 PM »
From the LEE twitter feed:

Contrary to misinformation, the Big Stopper has NOT been discontinued. Due to an extremely high demand we're filling backorders asap


https://twitter.com/LEEFilters/statuses/361917539690889216

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