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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New MFA method
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:12:28 PM »
The photos with the 50mm 1.4 are significantly sharper now that i found its "sweet spot". I knew that the 50mm 1.4 wasn't the sharpest lens wide open and i thought this would be normal, but now the photos have a good sharpness even wide open. :)

That is good to hear. The author is getting some heat on this method here and I don't really know (and I have absolutely no interest) the technical aspects as to why or why not it would not work. All I need to know is that it works for me. I've been busy but I want to try it on one my suspect lenses with the new focus acquisition method.   

It is getting good reviews on other sites. Fred Miranda is a pretty respected photographer and he liked it.           

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New MFA method
« on: February 20, 2013, 12:53:46 PM »
Just found out my 50mm 1.4 is -11 on my 5D Mark II.  :o The difference is mind-blowing. Thank you so much for this. :)

So there is a noticeable difference in your shots now or you just providing the values after testing with DotTune?   

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Thanks for the video.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New MFA method
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:17:21 AM »
Page 4,  Post #10. There is also a link to an article at DPreview. Some light reading  :D 

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1187247/3#11352268

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Technical Support / Re: Opinions on 3rd party repair services
« on: February 15, 2013, 03:07:44 PM »
For small stuff maybe but to repair expensive, high precision gear at that level I would only trust Canon. Same thing happened to me with the same lens after only owning it for two weeks. Forgot to zip up my back pack style bag. No physical damage but the IS went all wonky. I sent to to Canon with a copy of the bill of sale and a letter explaining what happened. They just charged me for the parts only.           

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Lighting / Re: Weird ettl ec behavior - is this just me?
« on: February 14, 2013, 07:07:24 PM »
That is odd. Gotta think about it. Can you post some shots?

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Lighting / Re: Speedlite ST-E2 v's ST-E3-RT
« on: February 14, 2013, 07:02:10 PM »
If you want to go with cables

 http://ocfgear.com

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New MFA method
« on: February 14, 2013, 08:09:34 AM »
I jokingly asked snapsy when he was coming out with software. I had in mind doing this test several times to include variation and get the best value. Obviously this was meant to be a quick method so software just slows it down. It is so quick to use that it would take no time to go through it several times putting the lens OOF between the tests. Next week I will give it a good run.

So East Wind. Are you saying that the same issues apply to FoCal and Focus Tune? I normally send my lenses to Canon because I prefer a trained technician with the correct tools to tune my lenses. It is a pain so I am always looking for new method.

I have not tried FoCal but did try Focus Tune with mixed results. Also I tried every other method out there in the last several years. I won't use any method where I have to visually make a decision. I want the method to tell me what value to use.       

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New MFA method
« on: February 14, 2013, 12:57:07 AM »
Not sure if it was here or elsewhere that the author and testers determined that when you get to the point where the AF green dot flickers or delays then you went too far. It can do that for 3 or more values - negative or positive.

The last value where the green dot shows AF lock instantly is the stopping point. If the next value flickers or hesitates even for a bit use the previous value. Not sure if the members that are having mixed results are following this. It happened to me when I did not stop and kept going until there was no AF confirmation at all. Negative side was consistent but the positive side was +16 one time and +20 the next. 

I have yet to test this but Fred Miranda at FM forums stated it appeared more accurate.               


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Lighting / Re: Speedlite ST-E2 v's ST-E3-RT
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:33:08 PM »
As long as you are aware that optical means line of sight and not as dependable as radio. I don't know a lot about the STE2 but if don't need all of the features there a lots of radio triggers out there you can get brand new for half the price of the STE2. I imagine there are quite a few used ones on the market.       

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best Practices for using a Monopod
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:58:12 AM »

That is pretty good. I'm just not comfortable using it for BIF.  One day I'll pick up a gimballed head and use my tripod.

Thanks ... I'd like a gimball head too but for the 100-400 its overkill.

Yes it is. I only have the 300L F4 IS. Saving the gimbal for when I get my 500 F4 IS. When I win the lottery that is.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D3 for low light candids?
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:00:46 AM »
1600 with 5D3. No NR.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Best Practices for using a Monopod
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:32:36 AM »
Thanks for the replies ...

ballheads are no good with monopods. look for a monopod head or screw your 100-400 feet directly to the monopod.

Screwing the 100-400 directly on the monopod is not an option given I need the QR for birds in flight. I'll try monopod head and see if that helps.

are you mounting the monopod to the lens collar or to the camera?

Tripod Collar of the 100-400

I use a ball head on mine. If I'm shooting sports and sitting I can angle the pod away from me slightly. Helps with birds in trees as well. Even sports while standing. A mono pod is useless for birds or planes in flight.     

+1. This is the reason I use the monopod with the ball head. The QR comes in handy for the BIF. 

BTW, this is what I did click this weekend ...

That is pretty good. I'm just not comfortable using it for BIF.  One day I'll pick up a gimballed head and use my tripod.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D3 for low light candids?
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:28:38 AM »
@wickidwombat: so you're talking about 3.5 stops in RAW from crop. That comes close. Coming from a 30D 1600 was highest I would dare to go in nightphotography (knowing there's some PP waiting). With the 5D3 now I go as high as 25.600 or 51200 without hesitation. Depending on your situation, even 51k without NR look quite usable  8)


Shooting my Cat at ISO 51k by Peter Hauri, on Flickr

That is not too bad at all. Anyone remember film? Bad grain (noise) at ISO 400. Digital has changed everything. I'd never go back.

I had no issues shooting my 5D2 at 6400 for important events if I had to. 12,800 would be a nice option with my 5D3. I'll have to check it out.

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My question is whether my light modifiers for the 580EX2 (e.g. stofen diffuser, Rayflash ring light, etc) will also fit the flash head of the 600EX? Thanks!

It is actually not a bad thing. We can use the stofen for what it was intended. A spare battery holder, etc.  ;D

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