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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:37:21 PM »
While we're on the bug theme... 100m 2.8L Macro IS

Funny..I was just reading and researching on this subject.

Is there not an official Canon screen replacement...vs this 3rd party one the OP was talking about?



Just to clarify, the screens offered by focus screen.com are actual new canon mfg screens that have been modified for use in 5diii.  They are not 3rd party screens.  The trick is modifying them without damaging or getting the screen dirty.  We'll see the condition when mine arrives.  I will run some exposure tests before and after and will report back to this thread.

Previous reports have indicated a slight over exposure which in my opinion is en enhancement on the 5diii.  I'll let you all know how it goes.

Just ordered the S screen.  Used that on another body and makes it much easier to focus manually.  Just note that in the ordering process I had to use the 2 letter state code in The shipping address where it was spelled out n the billing address.

The guy is probably losing a lot of orders because some can't get through the cart process.

Lenses / Re: Issue with second hand EF 300 2.8 IS..Thoughts???
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:35:08 AM »
You didn't indicate what kind of deal you got.  However the lens is a fine piece of equipment which would be worth having canon clean up for you.  I wouldn't trust anyone else.  Canon will also put back together and perform an optical test and readjust to spec....something a 3rd party repair facility may or may not do.

If you got a good deal then it's worth it to get repaired.  I got a used 300 with a bad IS module.  But I got a good enough deal to cover repair and shipping.  It came back as good as new from canon.

If you can't get it refunded then just get a quote from canon for the cleanup, get it fixed and strike it up as a lesson for next time you buy a used lens.  Either way it's a great lens and after 6 months of use you won't think about this any more.

Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: October 04, 2013, 05:08:29 PM »
The issue with their study is that it's based on comets that have visited the sun before.  iSON is believed to be one that is not in an orbit...yet.  The going theory is that new comets out gas more at a farther distance and comets that have been here before have already been boiled by the sun.  No one has studied a comet to this degree before and certainly not one that is a new visitor.

Regardless of wether the comet is spectacular or not as it comes around the sun, I'm hoping for a really good meteor storm in mid January as the earth passes near the edge of its dust tail.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300 mm F/2.8 L IS USM Lens with a 2X III TC
« on: September 25, 2013, 07:32:04 AM »
Where are you? You are welcome to use mine.

South Lanarkshire, just below Glasgow in Scotland.

Sounds like a road trip!

Lenses / Re: Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 25, 2013, 07:31:18 AM »
Be careful and check out your 24-70 II when you get it.  I could not get a good one.  I could not get them to AF as accurately as my mk I version on two different bodies.  I had high hopes but decided to return the last one and keep my original.  Now I am exploring primes in that range. Got an 85L which I am infatuated with to a fault.  Not exactly in that range but working my way down as my bank acct allows.

Something else to keep in mind though most wouldn't realize...you also tend to get more light transmission with a prime in general than with a zoom.  The additional optical elements can give you up to 1 stop less light even at the same f ratio setting.  Could be important if you do a lot of low light shooting.  One example I can give is that comparing my 100L with my 70-200L mk II at the same f stop and focal length, I lose 2/3rd of a stop worth of light on the zoom.

Might not be important to you but just be aware in your decisions....and test your new lenses every which way and then some to make sure it lives up to your expectations.

Wow, I wasn't expecting so many great responses!

It's true I've only shot with a few primes (the Canon 100L & 200L, and Sigma 35 Art), so my experience is limited in that regards. But like I said, I rarely zoom in and out in between the widest and longest ends of my zooms, so it seems only logical that I could benefit from the lighter weight and faster aperture of primes; granted I'd be losing out on the convenience and versatility of my zooms if I choose an either/or scenario.

So I think what I'll do is purchase the 40 pancake and 85 II for now and see how I cope with not being able to zoom. I actually returned the 24-70 II a few weeks back (forgot to update my sig) due to $ constraints, but I grew very fond of it while I had it. This is why I'm in a position to make a switch now.

If I go with the 24-70 II again or the 24 II, I'd buy it reburb from the Canon store (as I did with my 70-200 and will do with the 40 and 85 as well). Or, for the cost of a 24-70 II, I could buy the Tamron equivalent AND the Sigma 18-35. Basically, I have about $3800 to spend and I'd have that much more if I sold the 70-200 to reconfigure my kit. IDK, all your input has got me really thinking and torn whether this is the best decision, and unfortunately the closest camera store with any of these lenses in stock is over an hour away :(

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300 mm F/2.8 L IS USM Lens with a 2X III TC
« on: September 23, 2013, 04:40:46 PM »
It does take a subtle hit.  You also lose quite a bit of AF speed.  If you have to deeply crop it's a no go.  Shoot close to full frame and it's fine.  Sure is cheaper than a 600

Hi Scott,

I currently have the exact same setup -- 5D3, 300 2.8L IS MkI and I am currently looking for a 2xIII.  I PM'd another CR person several months back -- username "Harv" -- and he had sent me some samples of pics with that rig and I have to say they were totally crisp and clear.

Based on Harv's examples, image quality looks fantastic and at about 1/2 the cost of a used 600mm but with all the maneuverability of the 300.

It is sharpness and AF quality that is my main concern with the combination - I know the 300 is sharp but it's how much the 2 X III TC effects it.

Landscape / Re: Show your Sunday shot of today
« on: September 22, 2013, 06:05:25 PM »
Took this out on a walk by my house. 
5DIII,  300 2.8L IS +1.4x iii, ISO800 f5.6 1/60sec

Lighting / Re: Ring Flash
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:14:43 PM »
I picked up a used canon ring flash.  It also doubles as a trigger for remote speedlights so there is some value there for wedding or portraits use...particularly if you have a 5d3 or other camera without an integrated flash.  I've found that the full front on ring produces a pretty harsh lighting.  I usually use fractional power or shift the power to the left or right tube.  I then let the speedlights provide the main lighting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Full Frame or faster lens?
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:30:17 PM »
My opinion is to go with the 5diii with the 100-400. The loss of the chip multiplier won't affect you much as the extra megapixels and lower noise will allow a deeper crop.  I got rid of my 7d a while back as I simply wasn't using it anymore.  I don't miss the "extra reach" at all.


I am a long time reader of Canon Rumours. Today i would like to have your opinion.
I own a 7D, a 100-400mm, a 15-85mm and a 50mm f1,4. I am not a pro, but I am really enthusiastic about photography. I mainly do wildlife, landscape and travel photography. I am very happy with the 7D but for wildlife (here in belgium) photography I often have to raise the Iso up to 1600. Which is already a lot on the 7D. So I am thinking about getting faster lens or a 5Dmiii for it is better iso performance. I cannot afford the 200-400 f4. So I was thinking about the new sigma 120-300 with a tc 1,4.
What do you think? What would you get? Both? If so in what order to spread the expense? Going FF i would loose the extra reach previous switchers' opinion on that are welcome.

Thanks a lot for your comments, advices,...


Lenses / Re: technique advice for a 600mm II
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:01:43 PM »
With your setup you should use IS on the tripod.  The new mark ii lens can tell when it's on a tripod.  IS will help cancel vibration from mirror lockup.  It will also help dampen vibration from wind.  Only with a very large and solid mount can you disable IS.  Otherwise your shutter speed will need to be 1/2000 or faster.

Enjoy your gift.  Your dad would definitely approve.

Hi, me again.

So on the gift thing, this is actually from my parents in a way, it's a thank you for managing their estate; my dad died first and I took care of the finances for my mother for about a decade.  Never took anything for all that work except for this lens.  My dad shot wild life and I suspect he'd both approve and think I'm crazy (which is prolly true).

The tools I have so far to help are a manfrotto monopod (I think the same one as shown in this thread), a gitzmo tripod w/ a ball head (yeah, I know, need a gimbal head, trying to decide between the wimberly and the mongoose).  All left over from my Dad's stuff.

The tripod is pretty useless without mirror lock up and remote release, this is too big of a setup for it to hold it still when the mirror moves.  Is that normal or not?

I've also found on both monopod and tripod that if I don't use IS when just taking a shot w/o remote release then things are blurry.

I haven't yet tried doing multiple shots, I'm doing single shots.  Does everyone use continuous to get keepers?

With the monopod I have to use IS, I can't hold it still enough.

The comments about this being like shooting are spot on.  I target practice with a .30-30 and the feeling is very similar.  No recoil though. 

I don't consider myself particularly buff - I think most people could hand hold this if they prop the left elbow against their chest - I thought that was standard technique for any longish lens?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF Cases 5d3/1dX
« on: August 30, 2013, 01:11:01 PM »
Hi Viggo,

When shootin portraits i only use single point autofocus and i have no problems, even with my 85 1.2. With my kid running all over the place, i use case 1 and try to keep the focus point on his eyes and everything is fine to. Have you tried to microadjust your lens???? This may be the problem...

Hi thanks, yeah, it's been calibrated by Reikan Focal. And I do get most shots in focus, andeven miss by 2 cm the shot is useless.

I have tried googling about inconsistencies in AF with the 200mm f2.0 and 100% of the hits I find is the opposite, NO inconsistency, incredible accuracy etc etc. And I'm very used to the 1dx, and I had MUCH better hitrate with my 70-200 mk2, so I'm starting to think that there might be something off with my lens...

That's an expensive item to be just a paperweight. Don't think twice. Send it in to Canon for evaluation. Or exchange as defective if it's still in the exchange period.

Mkii lenses incorporate closed loop AF which the 5d3 and 1dx utilize.  Older lenses do not.  I have the same issue and the 70-200 nails AF every time.

For f2 lense you may want to enable only cross type AF points.  Default is to use them all.  I've had better AF luck that way but typically on fast moving objects such as birds.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: August 29, 2013, 09:09:57 AM »
Thx Kernuak & Romain!

@Kernuak - Haha, I was kinda iffy about the dust texture. Got a few comments saying they liked it and a couple who weren't very fond of it  :o  But this was shot wide open on the 50L @ f/1.2 (with an ND Filter attached), and an Alien Bee AB1600 to the right of the model. Pretty much all!  ;D

I think the dust texture is fine but it would be better if some were blurred a bit more..or less of it.  It's a bit distracting having it all in focus.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 10, 2013, 12:33:16 AM »
Between all the outstanding photos in this thread and a bit of a windfall coming to me, I confess to being terribly tempted to skip the 5D III and live a little...

I like the way you think Jim!  Good luck!   ;D

I think you should get both!  With a windfall coming you will appreciate the quiet mode of the 5diii shutter.

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