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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X NOT compatible with Pocket Wizard!
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:45:15 PM »
I actually prefer the 1Dx-version over the TTL-capable default - power tracking for manually controlled speedlights is more helpful then the TTL-inherent randomness if one works with changing apertures.


I'm onto the next dilemma. I've just sold my pair of 430's and picked up a second 600EX and an ST-E3-RT. I have two 24" Ezyboxes for Speedlites and a 48" octabox for the Einstein). 

So...a Lastolite 48x12" and maybe a 3rd 600, or a PCB strip box with a second Einstein and PowerMC2?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Please share your camera settings
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:56:22 PM »
RAW only.  No in-camera NR (except long exposure NR as needed).

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:41:46 PM »
The current Canon 35mm f/1.4 L doesn't. Neither does the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L.  I agree that weather sealing is preferred, but sometimes we just don't get that choice :(

There's always a choice. 


You wont be happy with the reach using the 1.4X.  Where the 1.4 comes in handy is when you are using the Large tele's 300MM and higher.

Agreed - I use the 1.4xIII on my 600 II (and occasionally on my 100-400), but never on my 70-200 II.

The 2x does well on the 70-200 II.

Lenses / Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:48:27 PM »
IQ is similar and it's much smaller and lighter - the f/4 might be nice for travel.

Reviews / Re: 7D2 or 5D3?
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:30:05 PM »
The 5diii is very versatile also. The 7D kills it in FPS (as will the 7d2) but the ability to have great high ISO (and thereby fast shutter speed) is what you will get with the 5d3.

FWIW, I've heard from multiple reliable sources that the better AF system of the 5DIII 'compensates' for the loss of 2 fps compared to the 7D - i.e., the keeper rate is about the same.  I do know that the keeper rate on my 1D X is higher than the 7D (and the fps is higher, too - makes for more work sorting through a whole bunch of tack-sharp images  ;) ).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X NOT compatible with Pocket Wizard!
« on: April 12, 2013, 10:22:48 AM »
I feel ok since the current beta firmware supports normal manual control with the 1D X, including AC3 and blended TT5/monolight control.

Lenses / Re: IS mandatory? 70-200 f/4 IS vs. f/2.8 Non-IS
« on: April 12, 2013, 10:19:29 AM »
If you need f/2.8 for shutter speed or DoF, get the f/2.8.  Else get the f/4 IS.

Or pay more and get the f/2.8L IS II.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Body upgrade advice
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:42:18 AM »

6D or 5DIII.

Reviews / Re: 7D2 or 5D3?
« on: April 12, 2013, 07:15:57 AM »
Tough decision to make before a 7DII is announced. Even then, there's no guarantee the high ISO performance for RAW shooting will be significantly improved.  I preferred to keep my 7D at ISO 800 or lower.  I prefer to keep my 1D X (and the 5DIII would be the same) at ISO 6400 or lower.  A 7DII might add a stop, but almost certainly not three. 

As for cropping, what's your output?  If printing large, more pixels on target helps, so APS-C is an advantage at low ISO.  If printing small (12x18 for example) or for web, etc., cropped FF is equivalent at low ISO, better at high ISO.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DM3 Firmware Update
« on: April 12, 2013, 07:06:18 AM »
Do follow the instructions for after the update is installed, pulling the battery for a few seconds to reset the camera.

Lenses / Re: 2 filters jammed together
« on: April 12, 2013, 06:43:50 AM »
I don't stack filters often, but I do sometimes.  I have a set of filter wrenches in each camera bag...

So what are the improvements for the 1DX?

Presumably the fix for slow AF speed with a Speedlite AF assist lamp, which Canon previously announced.

Site Information / Re: Minimum CR Forum IQ?
« on: April 11, 2013, 05:47:38 PM »
...the most intellectually gifted nikon missionaries would be barred from spreading the holy words of DR on CR

Wow!  I'm impressed - an oxymoron and a rhyme in the same sentence. Bravo!

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