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Canon General / Re: Where's the competition for the 24-105?
« on: August 20, 2013, 01:33:27 PM »
Canon has spoken with the release of the 24-70 f/4L IS, and I suspect the 24-105 is an evolutionary dead end. Too bad, I find I use the 70-105 part of the range fairly often.  But don't sweat it either way, the currently available lens is a great every day lens that will serve you well, especially for the price that it is available at today.

BTW, in my experience the 18-xxx ranges are almost exclusively for APS-C sensors, 18 being an effective 29mm on a Canon APS-C body.

seamonster said:
for the millionth time: 50mm now! 50mm now! Say it with me!

Just get the current 50mm. It was pretty good on my 5D, it is absolutely ridiculous on my 5D III.  What a great lens.  If/when it gets the ART treatment, you can upgrade if you think it is worth it.

The whole reason I got the 35MM was how much I loved the 50mm.

Great. And the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art?

Or the 85mm or 135mm with OS, that would be very cool.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 85 f 1.4
« on: August 12, 2013, 12:49:16 AM »
Cool shot!  I am very curious about this lens, so I am eager to see what people think about it and the images they have made.  I have the Sigma 35mm and 50mm, like them both.  I have the Canon 85mm 1.8 also, and I like it a lot, yet there is a big gap between 1.4 and 1.8 in low light performance.  Not chomping at the bit, but curious.

Lenses / Re: Best Filters for 24-105 f/4
« on: August 09, 2013, 02:07:59 PM »
I recommend that if you are getting into filters for artistic purposes (i.e. anything beyond using a clear or daylight filter to protect your lenses), that you look into getting a Cokin P system, comprised of a holder and rectangular filters. 

Vossie said
For landscapes you may want to have a look at ND (neutral density) filters; homogeneous to allow use of very long shutter speeds or graduated to balance between light skies and darker grounds. I use the Lee filter system, which is not cheap but very good. You could have a look here: to see what it can do for your landscapes.
I actually have some Lee filters that are compatible with my Cokin holder, in my mind the two systems are interchangeable for the most part, and Singh Ray makes good ones too.

First off, a system like Cokin or Lee is pretty much the only way you can use graduated ND filters properly. I recommend getting both soft and hard edge, and maybe reverse grad ND if you like to do sunrise/sunset landscape shots. Two stops is a decent compromise.

Another factor in favor of Cokin for me is that I have lenses with 77mm, 67mm, 62mm, 58mm, and even 52mm with the new EOS M. With a Cokin P system, you can buy the filters once and get adapter rings for your lenses. They are a bit bigger than the screw in ones, but holy cow, you could go bankrupt buying good quality circular polarizers for your whole lens collection.  With Cokin P, if you get a new lens with an odd filter ring size, your total cost to adapt your filters to it is a $20 ring.

One thing to consider is that the P series doesn't work with the widest angle lenses.  I don't have a 16-35mm or 17-40mm, and I think they work down to about the widest on those lenses, but I am not sure about that.

EOS-M / Re: You Get What You Pay For - Warning for EOS M Adapter
« on: August 06, 2013, 08:46:35 PM »
Also, my Viltrox EOS-EF to EOS-M adapter works great, $69 shipped on ebay.  Lenses go on and off no problem.

EOS-M / Re: You Get What You Pay For - Warning for EOS M Adapter
« on: August 06, 2013, 08:44:36 PM »
Is it a button that you press, or a tab that you pull or slide?

Yes, ruined a set of extension tubes once, thinking that a slide was a push button.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strange Image Artifact on my new 5D III
« on: August 06, 2013, 08:42:03 PM »
One question. Did you transfer the files using the USB connection on the camera?

No, but I did do some monkeying around. I downloaded from CF to laptop to make initial post adjustments and free up my card. Then transferred from my laptop to my desktop via flash drive (Win Vista and Win 7 don't play nicely on the home network).  I will have to look on the laptop to see if the file was corrupted there as well, there are many possible points of failure on this file.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strange Image Artifact on my new 5D III
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:12:08 PM »
You guys all rock! Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strange Image Artifact on my new 5D III
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:16:26 AM »
Does the image show ok in the camera?

I didn't notice it until I was going through my images in Lightroom, so I don't know.

Hmm, that is two votes for memory card, I wouldn't have guessed that myself, having never experienced memory card errors before. I am using a pair of new Lexar 32GB 800X pro CF cards with my new body, since I always format the card after download, I have lost track of which card I was using for this frame. I will have to label them "A" and "B" and keep my eyes peeled for another such incident.

I have asked Canon support for help on this, and given them the link to this thread. I will share any insights that they might be able to generate.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strange Image Artifact on my new 5D III
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:46:53 AM »
Have you also shot in raw?

This problem was present in the raw image, yes.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strange Image Artifact on my new 5D III
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:15:00 AM »
Are those LED head lights?

Yes, LED lights, the thought crossed my mind, but at least it is not a coherent, high-energy beam like a laser. Hoping that this was a passing phenomenon.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Strange Image Artifact on my new 5D III
« on: August 06, 2013, 09:57:55 AM »
I was walking at night, taking flash pics of the kids the night we arrived at Black Butte Ranch, OR, it was the very first outing with my new 5D Mark III body. I was also using a 430 EX II with a simple slide-on diffuser and a 24-105mm L lens.

Never mind the obvious focus issues of the photo, what the heck is going on in the lower right corner?  Is this an artifact from a focused LED headlamp hitting the sensor in a weird way, or did I get a lemon body?

I shot about 800 frames, including 50 with night flash like this, over the course of a week, and this is the only frame that had any such issues.  Any brilliant insight out there, should I be concerned?

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: August 01, 2013, 09:34:30 AM »
Canonwatch has what is purported to be a leaked image, would seem this beast is getting a bit less mythical.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Holy Crap Gray market EOS M w/22mm for $236
« on: July 25, 2013, 01:55:06 PM »
Just get the kit with the 18 - 55 IS lens from a reputable dealer, then pick up a 22mm on eBay.  USA warranty on the stuff that most likely would break and a great price on the prime.  Seen them sold for ~ $106.

+1, I did that and am very pleased.  Plus, get an EF-S adapter on eBay for $66, I have used one with a Viltrox name and it works great.

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