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Lenses / Re: canon 16-35ii or sigma 12-24 ii
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:31:17 AM »
There's quite a big difference between 12mm and 16mm.
I found this image on Google that demonstrates how big the difference is.
http://www.juzaphoto.com/shared_files/articles/sigma_12-24_review/lenses-12mm_vs_14mm_vs_16mm.jpg

Are you specifically after a zoom? The Samyang/Rokinon 14mm prime might be worth looking at if you fancy a cheaper option.

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Lenses / Re: What lens for panoramic tour + what software?
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:06:30 AM »
If you don't want the hassle of using a pano head and stitching, you could always use something like this:
http://www.0-360.com/
http://www.3dvista.com/oneshot.htm
The image quality won't be anywhere near as good as stitching, but it may be adequate depending on your final output.

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Lenses / Re: What lens for panoramic tour + what software?
« on: August 16, 2013, 05:44:36 AM »
The Cadillac of the stitching programs is Photoshop if your budget can afford it. 

I personally wouldn't even bother with Photoshop for 360° panoramas. It's ok for stitching a handful of photos, but for panoramic tours you'll be better served by Pano Tools. You can get a trial version at http://www.ptgui.com and try before you buy.

You'll also need some sort of VR head. I think one of the cheapest options is the Panosaurus, which you can order from http://gregwired.com/pano/Pano.htm. I have the first version of that head and got great results using a Tokina 11-16mm.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D III?
« on: August 10, 2013, 05:35:28 AM »
Many of us, in contrast to moocowe, have found that we have to take several shots when doing bird photography with the 7D to get tack sharp focus whereas the 5D III is spot on every time.

Sorry, I should have stated I don't do any bird photography. Closest thing I've shot was an airshow, where I thought the AF performed really well. That was just after I'd stepped up from a 450D, and long before the 5D3 existed, however!

No doubt the 5D3 AF is superior, but the 7D AF should also be quite an improvement for someone coming from an 1100D.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D III?
« on: August 10, 2013, 02:05:02 AM »
I think ISO 3200 is as high as I would go with the 7D. I do fond it quite a noisy sensor, so to get the best image quality you will want to shoot in raw. Keep the exposure as far to the right of the histogram as possible without significant highlight clipping, and then bring the exposure down in Lightroom.

If you're only posting relatively low res photos online, you might get away with ISO 12800 images in good light or converted to black & white.

I never found the AF to be lacking on mine. Any shots I missed were usually due to a problem behind the viewfinder.

I've never used the 300mm f/4, but it looks good according to the review on The Digital Picture.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-300mm-f-4.0-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D III?
« on: August 10, 2013, 12:51:06 AM »
Night Hawk,

You didn't say what lenses you own. No offense meant, but as a 1100D user, I can't imagine you have much fast glass. If you only own f/4 zooms or slower, then I would get the 7D and possibly 70-200 IS II.
My 7D hasn't had a battery in it since I got the 5D3, but all my lenses were already full frame compatible f/1.4 or f/2.8 before I upgraded the body.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Coin Cell reminder!
« on: August 09, 2013, 12:37:20 PM »
The same thing happened to my 7D on holiday last year.

First day in New York, top of the Empire State Building, take 2 photos... camera turns off!
15 minutes later it let me take another couple of photos before it turned off again and I had to wait another 15 minutes.
I replaced the button cell the next day, but the camera continued to do this throughout the entire trip.

I think the problem with mine was that I had just updated the firmware to 2.0.1 or 2.0.2, which I believe a few people had problems with.
 I haven't had any problems since updating to 2.0.3.

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: June 24, 2013, 11:27:29 AM »
for 14-24mm f/2.8
I would buy, if this lens accept regular (100mm) filters, I already have a filter collections, that's already very expensive. I wouldn't buy larger filters (>150mm) cuz they're insanely expensive.

I think it's very unlikely the 14-24mm will be able to use 100mm filters.
When I designed a filter holder for my Samyang 14mm, I found that anything narrower than 125mm would show up at the sides of the frame.
The LEE holder for Nikon's 14-24mm is for 150mm filters.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70 - 200 f2.8L version 2
« on: May 18, 2013, 09:59:05 PM »
Judging by the lenses you're referring to, it doesn't seem like you're considering macro or architecture, but I don't consider myself a know-it-all, so I could be wrong.
In your words, the 70-300L is excellent, so I don't think you're finding it lacking as far as convenience is concerned. Therefore, I would suggest going for the 85L and 135L. Those 3 lenses will give you a nice combination of fast/"artistic" telephotos and an "excellent" telephoto zoom.
The 70-200 II is a fantastic lens, but it's a compromise between the 3 mentioned above. Not as fast as the 85 or 135 (though the IS is very nice for static subjects) and not as convenient as the 70-300.

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I'm wondering why you're considering 16-35 on D600 if you already have 17-40 on 5D3?

If you sold thd 17-40, then the 16-35mm VR and Samyang 14mm (on the 5D3) sounds like a great combination. The distortion on the Samyang isn't as bad as it's made out to be, and it's easily corrected anyway (Mount 'stache-more might be a different story). The Samyang looks like one of the best wide angle options for astrophotography due to having less coma than the big boys. I just got mine and was going to try it tonight, unfortunately the clouds didn't agree.

Just be aware that the focus scale on the Samyang might be way off like mine was, but is easy to correct with some jeweller's screwdrivers.

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I find the ability to use a smartphone for tethered shooting (eg. star timelapse from inside my tent & awkward anglesi) , video monitor (albeit a small one, eg. the "missing" articulating LCD on my 5D) and so on.

I think DSLR Controller could be the perfect app for this. Still runs perfectly on my Samsung Galaxy S2, so I have no desire to upgrade or change operating system. Partially helped by the fact that Photographer's Ephemeris and Artemis Director's Viewfinder are also in the Android market.

On a related note, there's an "ML Controller" app available for Android which may offer more video specific features via the same tethered connection, but I haven't tried it.

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I also recommend Android. DSLR Controller offers the same functionality as EOS Utility does on your Mac/PC, and has a few more handy features of its own. Features list is here http://dslrcontroller.com/about.php
You'll need to make sure the phone is running Android version 4 and buy a USB OTG cable on Amazon for a couple of pounds/dollars.

I don't think you can get anything like DSLR Controller for iOS. Last time I checked, all the iPad/iPhone apps required you to buy or make an LED transmitter. This means you'll need line of sight with the 5D and you won't get a live view display on the phone like you would with DSLR Controller.

I don't know much about Windows Phone 8, but I'd imagine your app choices would be more limited due to there being less developers.

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I shot my first concert with the 5D3 and 70-200 IS II last week. It was a relatively small venue with poor stage lighting.

I used AV mode, f/2.8, ISO 8000, and min shutter speed set to 125th. I was pretty happy with the shots I got using those settings.

I'm looking for the same advice on post processing. The noise cleans up fine, but I'm wondering how to go about setting white balance. Iccan't get a natural skin tone due to the colours of the stage lights, so how do I choose a temperature?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help with 5d Mark III
« on: May 09, 2013, 11:23:38 AM »
1, The focus dots will suddenly blink in red with out touching any button. Just like you are moving the camera around and suddenly it will blink with no reason. (I am on auto focus mode) happens once a while.

This was annoying me too, until I realised the focus points blink when the camera changes orientation if you have it set up to use different points for portrait and landscape.

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 24 TS confirmed for Photokina!
« on: April 30, 2013, 03:51:00 AM »
It would appear someone has already reviewed it. I don't know anything about the source, so I'm only posting this for those who are curious.
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/samyang-t-s-24mm-f-3-5-ed-as-umc-lens-review-21853

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