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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D C Available for Preorder from B&H Photo
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:56:45 PM »
I'm glad I bought this little guy as camcorder  ;D

Enjoy it - it's a great series, IMO.

I looked at the M52, and I was actually a little puzzled compared to its predecessor, the M41.  ???  I like the idea of better low-light sensitivity (Canon claims a 20% improvement, although that's linear measurement - in photographic terms, that's a little less than 1/6-stop). But while both have 32 GB internal memory, the M52 lost one of the dual SD slots, and more significantly, it lost the EVF that the M41 has, which is great in bright sunlight.

I have the M41, and it's a great little camcorder.  I've also got the mini-hotshoe video light and the directional mic. If you're looking for a bag, the Lowepro Edit 100 is a good fit.

Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:31:00 PM »
I just try to find out which one is better for me.

Fair enough, and that's a really good goal.  But...I can think of a dozen or more better ways to determine that, and no ways worse than posting this topic that you posted on this forum.

Lenses / Re: New EF-S Lenses Are Coming [CR2]
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:22:27 PM »
- Af point linked spot metering
Does that work with the flash too?

For the ambient metering, yes.  Flash metering is separate (ambient is metered with the chosen method, then the preflash fires for flash metering.  Spot metering is not really how E-TTL II flash metering works. The older E-TTL metering was biased toward the selected AF point, but the current metering determines reflective zones, biases against them, but the rest is basically evaluative c

EOS Bodies / Re: New Pro Canon body tested by Steve McCurry???
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:44:05 PM »
Appearing is a 1DX type body with a very unusual grip (a 1DX without the outer rubber part perhaps) and – revealingly - missing the Canon logo...  What do you think guys?

I think I could make a 1-series body look just lke that for $11.09.

Revealing, indeed.   ;)

But...thanks for trying! 

Lenses / Re: tilt-shift question
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:17:16 PM »
I do have a multirow pano setup, but I haven't yet tried it with a vertically-shifted lens (I've done single rows like that, though).

Yep.  I have the PG-02 LLR side mount gimbal head for the 600 II, and that just needed an MPR-CL II to make it into a multirow pano setup.    :)

Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:05:46 PM »
I can understand that you guys dont get my view on lenses. If i go the nikon way i´ll get the 20-35, 35-70 or 28-70 and the 70-200ed (the first "normal" non pull push) which all are lenses that arent the best but also far from worst.

Maybe i didnt express right in this point. I love good glass but i just think you always need the newest and very best.
This will likely fall on deaf eyes, but honestly, if you're considering jumping to Nikon for the sensor advantages, but you're going to use old lenses on the new Nikon body, why bother?  The point I think we're making is that you will probably see no meaningful differences in your IQ with the Nikon setup you propose acquiring, compared to the Canon setup you propose abandoning.   You'd be better off spending the money on better Canon lenses.

it's like debating which motorcycle jacket is better protection, and then refusing to wear a helmet.  what's the point?
Well, if you're comparing the red stripe vs. the yellow stripe...


I know which one I think looks better...   :P

Lenses / Re: tilt-shift question
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:38:18 PM »
So just shifting the lens also works fine? Probably gonna be buying the 24 TS-E next month....

As pointed out above, it depends on the scene.  Parallax becomes procressively more evident with closer subjects.  If there are no close subjects in the scene, then just shifting the lens can work.

Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:29:53 PM »
And glas is key but it is a bit overrated.

Sorry, but you really can't overrate the importance of a good lens...   ;)

We all know that we need good glass but many more lenses then you think are performing well on high MP bodys.

Sure...and really bad lenses can take good pictures, so can iPhones.  The point is that you're claiming a significant advantage of the high MP D800, but without a lens capable of delivering an appropriately matched resolution, you're leaving most (not all) of that advantage on the table. 

Lenses / Re: tilt-shift question
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:18:41 PM »
I think I'd be tempted to get a pano setup that I can use for all my lenses rather than something that is so specific.  A pano setup would also allow one to get an AOV wider than the shift limits of a lens.

That's what I do.  The problem is that if you do a shift pano, for example to capture a tall building, you lose the ability to use shift to correct the perspective, and that's one reason for using a TS-E lens in the first place.

I do have a multirow pano setup, but I haven't yet tried it with a vertically-shifted lens (I've done single rows like that, though).

Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: November 30, 2012, 01:00:44 PM »
And because canon isnt nice to us i´m considering switching.

Is Nikon nicer?   ::)  Ever needed a Nikon body or lens serviced?  Hope you have a LOT of patience for their 'niceness'...

Lenses / Re: tilt-shift question
« on: November 30, 2012, 10:42:57 AM »
I pulled the trigger on the 24mm last night. This weekend I intend to wander the city and have some fun.

Congrats!  Bring your tripod... 

Some random TS-E tips:
  • use Live View to focus (tilting/shifting messes with the metering when focusing through the VF, but Live View is fine)
  • when tilting, focus on the distant subject (10x live view), then tilt until the close subejct is sharp (may need to do that iteratively a couple of times
  • TS-E lenses do well with extenders (even though Canon does not indicate they are compatible), but aperture will not be reported correctly in the EXIF

Have fun!

Insurance claim then 70-200 MkII?   ;)

Lenses / Re: Filters for 24-70 II
« on: November 29, 2012, 04:56:28 PM »
B+W MRC or Nano, probably best to use the XS-Pro mount (slim, but with front threads for the lens cap).  For a dSLR, there is no difference between UV and clear filters, get whichever is cheaper where you shop.

As for the ND, it depends on what you want to shoot. I have B+W 3-stop and 10-stop filters, the 3-stop is good firm moving water, etc., but a 6-stop would work, too - remember that you can bump the ISO to 400 with no meaningful penalty on recent FF bodies.  The 10-stop filters are great for architecture - a 30-60 s exposure means people passing by are effectively invisible.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro
« on: November 29, 2012, 04:47:39 PM »
How much of this equipment do you use with the 100L as opposed to the MP-E 65?  Sorry for all the questions, but I am curious.

Most of the time, with the MP-E 65mm.  A lot of my 100L images are handheld with ambient light.   But I've decided to try and do a lot of macro shooting this winter, with both lenses. Also, I'm using the setup with the 100L for water drops now.

Lenses / Re: tilt-shift question
« on: November 29, 2012, 12:41:08 PM »
For food, I'd say the TS-E 90, and for small products, too.  Consider a light tent, too, either purchased or DIY.

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