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Lenses / Re: Purchase thoughts: Canon 5d3 or 24-70L II?
« on: March 12, 2012, 01:11:57 PM »
You already have great primes and tele zoom. If I were you, I would get the glass this year and 5D3 next. Great glass will always be great glass whereas the bodies tend to depreciate rapidly.

The 5D2 is an impressive camera that still has amazing IQ, so if you can wait a year to upgrade it you will no doubt get a better deal.

Lenses / Re: Good/Better/Best Macro for T3i
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:37:44 PM »
A cheap entry level macro lens would be the 50/2.5 which is a 1:2 lens rather than the majority of the ones mentioned here which are 1:1.

To the OP original question

*All Canon*
Good = 50/2.5
Better = 100/2.8 or 60/2.8 EF-s
Best = 100/2.8 L

A buddy of mine has the Tamron 90 and says it is good.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Yongnuo wireless Intervelometer
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:12:47 AM »
I was looking into buying an intervalometer and was wondering if anyone had experience with the Yongnuo  MC-36R?


It seems like it would work with any Canon that has a C8 connector such as the 5D2.

Lenses / Re: Is 50mm Sigma that good?
« on: March 12, 2012, 08:48:54 AM »
Are you focusing and recomposing? That will change the focus point for sure. If you shoot in portrait orientation and your subjects eyes are on the top portion of the viewfinder try using a focus point in the top area of the viewfinder to avoid or minimize the 'focus/recompose' focus shift that may be occurring.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D MKIII and iPad 3rd Gen.
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:25:54 AM »
Here is a wireless option that works via the SD card slot by means of a wireless card transmitter.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens or 1.4
« on: March 11, 2012, 05:20:06 PM »
I have owned both the 1.4 and 1.8 and shot them on a 40D and 5D classic. I agree that the build, AF and bokeh are superior on the 1.4 and it is better balanced on the pro-sumer/pro bodies. That said, I found a lot of CA and purple fringing on the 1.4 copy I owned - upon further research I found it is very common with this lens.

I have heard many people people are very happy with the Sigma 50/1.4, it is a newer design and heftier piece of glass - it has a 77mm filter size. There are focus issues with the Sigma so it may take persistence to find  a good copy.

As DJL29 said, the 85/1.8 on the 5D(*) would be great for portraits - I have one and it is one of my favourite lenses.

@scaleusa - as we're talking about karma here, what's the reason you've got so much negative karma? You're not offensive, etc. If admins collect it so much, then maybe there's something wrong with it from start?

As administrator, I've had to do some unpopular things, like giving warnings, bans, etc.  Undoubtedly some of those start giving smites whenever they can.  It comes with the territory.

Unfortunately, the Karma system is not very flexible, and modifying it requires third party software which might make us venurable to hacking, or just plain be incompatible.  So, its all or nothing.
My vote would be nothing - it detracts from conversations about Canon gear. Let's face it, 99% of the people on here are loyal Canonites. Let's get on with posting about Canon related stuff and leave the school yard antics behind us.

Uh oh now I picked up two smites for making jokes in a thread specifically about making light of all the smiting.  Go figure!  LOL

I gave u an aplaud for not smiting me :D
I see your applaud and raise you each one :D

I also don't think it teaches people a lesson - as it has been said by others in this post, you don't even know what you have been smited for - unless you just  unleashed a total flam-o-gram rant on someone of course. Furthermore it is totally anonymous, which lacks any form of accountability.


This is the only forum I am a member of that has the Karma system. Personally I think it is juvenile. If you follow a forum for more than fifteen seconds, you get to know who is full of crap and who is grand standing and who knows their stuff, without a Karma system.

For those who think it is a form of self regulation, look at other successful forums without the Karma system - they run just fine. On those forums, the general membership does not tolerate flamers running amok - they quickly get run outta town.

I think CR would be a better place with it. Just my two cents...

5dmk.iii - I have seen this clip before and it is better then second time around! Applause to you!

They got an excellent in depth review here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/discuss/72157628093126883/?search=odin. I really like the notion of the new Canon system and if I was ready to drop 3k on speedlites I would dive right in. The Odin's (and other like them) OTOH offer a road-map to go RF wireless over TTL by not limiting me to 600EX-RF flash units. I will likely go with 600's over time and the nice thing is they would likely work  with the Odin's too.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: IPAD 3 = Lame
« on: March 09, 2012, 10:06:10 PM »
Perhaps this would make the iPad 3 less lame?

Wireless tethering: http://jesserosten.com/2010/wireless-tethering-to-ipad

Now if I could only find a wall of ice I'd be all set! Thanks for sharing.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: IPAD 3 = Lame
« on: March 09, 2012, 09:15:55 AM »
There is well documented feud that developed years ago between Steve Jobs and Adobe and it has not helped the case for flash on IOS devices. Jobs banned applications, one of which was created by Adobe, that translated flash code so that it would be compatible for IOS. I know of the battery drain arguments but my feeling is give people the choice and let them make the decision rather than lock things down.

At the end of the day, Apple are masters of the closed system and most other systems (Android, Windows, Open Source) are open systems. Each have their pluses and minuses.

tell me about it last time i had mine sent in to clean iron ore out of the focus ring cost me $170 :(
mind you, me, the camera and lens got completely covered in mud so i'm not suprised a little made it through the seals
How did you get iron ore in the lens - what environment were you shooting in to have that happen? A mine?

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