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What I find most interesting is that you apparently have a trained, pet squirrel!   ;D   Seriously, though, I think the cloudy day made for a better background, even with the additional noise.

LOL. Honestly, I did a double-take when I saw him (or his cousin) on the same perch.

I agree about the background.  The angle was different, too, so there were more gaps in the foliage for the second shot - and they were brighter.

@neuro: EF1.4X III seems excellent. Now, does it come bundled with EF600mm f/4L IS II ?  ;D

It should!  I'm pleased with the results..I'll see how the 2xIII does tomorrow.

In fact, I'm headed to the same spot...I wonder if my friend will pose for a 2x shot.  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is on top again!
« on: October 17, 2012, 07:28:42 PM »
Obviously the camera didn't record the scene that way, the colors in the image are undoubtedly a result of fairly strong post-processing - and this is why I question what relevance it has to the original threadstarter's question.

If you say that a certain camera has "better colors" than another camera...

BUT...nightbreath didn't say that.  He just posted a picture, and said he likes shooting with Canon...and was pounced upon with rudeness.  That's the sort of thing that pretty clearly says, "I am a forum troll." 

But then again, trolls do not generally apologize, which is appreciated.  So, let's move on...

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Cool!   This is great news!  I almost bought the 1.4x III extender earlier this week because I was afraid the 2x extender would not work with some lenses on my 1DX.  Now the choice is simple!  I will get a 2x extender. 

Using the 1.4x will yield better optical quality than the 2x, and also with an f/4 lens and the 1.4x you have 21 cross-type AF points and 40 more single-line points, whereas with an f/4 lens and the 2x you have 1 cross type and 4 single-line points. 

So, budget permitting, having both makes sense to me.

Good point Neuro.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I have always been afraid to get extender because of what it could do to the image quality.  I forgot about the number of AF point available...Maybe I will start with the 1.4 anyway afterall.  If I dont like the resulting quality then for sure I would not like the effect on the 2x extender!

I can see the difference on the TDP ISO chart section but in real life situation, do you find the 1.4x III extender really degrade your image?
First image is the bare 600/4 II.  Second image is the 600/4 II with the 1.4xIII.  They were actually shot 1 week apart, and with full disclosure, the bare lens takes a hit for being shot on a cloudy late afternoon, while the sun was shining a week later when I returned to the same spot.  So, the bare lens image is f/4 ISO 6400, while the 1.4xIII is f/5.6 ISO 3200.

The last image is a pair of 100% crops, bare lens on the left, 1.4xIII on the right.

You be the judge...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is on top again!
« on: October 17, 2012, 05:34:12 PM »
Did the bride really wear a cyan green dress?
Did the clouds really break from clear blue (sky) to green (gray cloud) to bright magenta (cloud highlights)?
Do you mean we should take this as an example of GOOD color?

Did the words 'personal style' escape you?
Are you unaware of the fact that photography is art?
Did you really mean to offer OFFENSIVE criticism?

::)

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Canon General / Re: Has anyone ordered from www.lightnspace.com?
« on: October 17, 2012, 03:43:27 PM »
From the About Us page:

You can contact us at:

Lightnspace @hotmail.com


Generally speaking, a reputable business does not have a hotmail contact addy.

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Cool!   This is great news!  I almost bought the 1.4x III extender earlier this week because I was afraid the 2x extender would not work with some lenses on my 1DX.  Now the choice is simple!  I will get a 2x extender. 

Using the 1.4x will yield better optical quality than the 2x, and also with an f/4 lens and the 1.4x you have 21 cross-type AF points and 40 more single-line points, whereas with an f/4 lens and the 2x you have 1 cross type and 4 single-line points. 

So, budget permitting, having both makes sense to me.

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But will it be red ONLY for AI SERVO? What about ONE SHOT? I don't servo in dark receptions.

They already illuminate in One Shot (provided you've enabled the setting to do so, the default is to only illuminate when the camera thinks it's dark enough to need it, but you can have them light every time with a setting change).  The issue at hand was that the point in use doesn't illuminate in AI Servo on the 1D X, as it did on previous 1-series bodies (but not on the 7D).

Are you saying the 1dx does light up at the START of AF in one shot, while the 5d3 does not?

No, I'm saying both the 1D X and the 5DIII can light up when focus is achieved (not at the start of AF, but at the end), provided the VF Display Illumination setting (AF5 menu) is set accordingly.

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But will it be red ONLY for AI SERVO? What about ONE SHOT? I don't servo in dark receptions.

They already illuminate in One Shot (provided you've enabled the setting to do so, the default is to only illuminate when the camera thinks it's dark enough to need it, but you can have them light every time with a setting change).  The issue at hand was that the point in use doesn't illuminate in AI Servo on the 1D X, as it did on previous 1-series bodies (but not on the 7D).

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So the question is, when, in the name of everything, can I download?!

I can't say why I'm recommending this, but I'd strongly recommend trying the 1D X firmware update link again after 9 PM EDT today.

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Concerning the f/8 auto focus - I ran into this on my 60D using a 100-400mm and a Tamron 1.4x teleconverter.  I was able to auto focus at f/8 and was surprised.

Was this a drawback on the original 1Dx firmware or a bump-up for the 60D on IT'S last firmware update?

Neither.  3rd party TC's have been variably able to allow AF at f/8.  Point here is this applies to Canon's TCs (some people have tried to get around it by taping over some of the contacts on the TC).

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Not quite as good as Nikon's 51pt f/8 AF option

Erm, you mean 15pt f/8, don't you?  Sure, one f/8 cross-type point with 4 surrounding single-line f/8 points isn't as good as three full columns of cross points, but let's not inflate Nikon's system, mmmm'k?   :P

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Lenses / Re: AFMA'ed the 24-70 mk.ii ... not sure I am loving this copy.
« on: October 17, 2012, 12:22:33 PM »
Isnt it common knowledge zoom lenses can never be as sharp as a fixed focal length? Zooms have to make compromises. always. doesnt matter what u pay.

It seems conventional wisdom went out the window when it came to reviews for the 24-70 mk. ii

Actually, it went out the window two years earlier, when the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II came out.  Now, it's the new normal.   :P

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If I'm reading this right, I will now be able to extend my EF100-400 f/5.6 with a 1.4 extender, giving me effective 560mm at f/8... AND will now autofocus on my 1DX???

Is this right?


That's correct - and I'll be using it that way.  Plus, my 600/4 II will now AF with the 2x extender, and from the TDP ISO 12233 charts, the 600 II + 2xIII gives IQ a little better than the 800/5.6 + 1.4xIII, plus it's a little longer (1200mm vs. 1120mm). 

All around, I'm a happy camper.

Now nikon no longer has the F/8 AF advantage anymore.  8)


They still have many more AF points available with an f/8 lens.  Just sayin'.



Note that the press release was available this morning, but it has now been pulled from the Canon USA Press Releases page, and the firmware link is still not active. 

Seems like this was not ready for release from embargo yet (maybe planned for announcement closer to PhotoPlus?), and someone goofed and let it slip out early (or it was an intentional leak).

Still, this means we should see it sometime soon.  Later today, or if not, in a few days.

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Thank you Canon.
But makes me wonder why this was not provided initially.
Beter late than never...

+1. 

I literally almost bought the Kenko 1.4x yesterday, to try out with the 100-400mm for those times when I can't bring the 600/4 II.  Now that the Canon 1.4xIII will soon give me AF, I've just ordered the 2xIII (to replace my 2xII) for use with the 600/4 II.

Side note - the Kenko remains a viable option for those with a 70-300 L, which is physically incompatible with the Canon TCs.

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Lighting / Re: Is it possible to radio trigger 580EXII with ST-E3?
« on: October 17, 2012, 09:34:01 AM »
thanks that means no choice but to move to canon's system right now... dang!

I wish I could, well...I might for outdoor use, I've already got one 600EX-RT.  But indoors I also need to trigger a monolight, and the Canon system doesn't help there.  :(  I'm still hoping for a Canon -RT receiver that can trigger an older Canon flash or a monolight.  I do expect we'll see one...but not until after a 430EX II replacement with radio slave capability is released, and sales of that slow down.

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