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Lenses / Re: Upgrading a 300 f2.8
« on: September 09, 2012, 06:41:03 PM »
The new lens is an absolute cracker, and so is yours. If it still delivers the goods for you, why not spend the money on a holiday, that 600 f/4 or a 1DX?

However it may depend on the subject matter you tend to work with. In my case upgrading from the non-IS version to the newer version with IS delivered tangible benefits. I'm often shooting in corporate environments where I'm shooting as slow as 1/30th or 1/60th on a monopod. The IS delivers a lot more keepers .

But for most birds, wildlife and sports, high shutter speeds are the order of the day and the IS advantage is barely relevant. I say keep your current lens.


Lighting / Re: Perplexed on Aperture Choosing with Sekonic Meter
« on: September 09, 2012, 06:05:19 AM »
To be honest I scarcely ever use the flash meter any more except maybe when I'm getting ratios right. It's quicker to check the display & the histogram. You quickly learn. 

Why don't you read up your Sekonic user guide?

If you want to shoot at a wider aperture, just turn down the output of your Elincroms till the output matches your chosen aperture.


Lenses / Re: Opinions on the older Canon 300mm F2.8 non-is with Canon 7d
« on: September 06, 2012, 11:51:00 PM »
While the old 300 f/2.8 is a very competent piece of glass I wouldn't overlook the fact you can expect little maintenance/repair support from Canon as it's passed it's official support use-by date. Personally I reckon it's overpriced.

A great suggestion made by other posters is the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8, especially the new stabilized version. And I'd even go for a gray market version ahead of a very old, unsupported EF 300 f/2.8.

One of the primary reasons there has been an explosion in the awesome quality of sports images this century is powerful, dependable AF on nice bright, long lenses. Do a search for award winning sports images from 1990 and you'll see what I mean. A great number of those award winners wouldn't even make it to publication in 2012.


EOS Bodies / Re: Pre digital days, please shed some light for me
« on: September 06, 2012, 10:59:18 PM »
This wiki page describes all Canon film bodies from 1987, and has links to more detailed information.

FWIW the one and only thing I miss about film is meeting other photographers at the lab. Now we have our conversations here.


EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 06, 2012, 06:06:35 PM »
Try using a mirrorless with the sun over your shoulders glaring on that screen. Anyone that has used a viewfinder would miss it. Try having a mirrorless with a large sensor and a 400+mm lens hanging off the pathetic grip, and hand-holding a shot.  I'll keep my camera pressed against my face, thank you.

Professional level mirrorless cameras will need to include an EVF the likes of which we're still yet to see. But I have little doubt that we are all looking at an EVF future. So yes, like you I like to keep my camera jammed up against my face.


Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 06:00:54 PM »
Keep your current excellent glass and get a 600 EX-RT and learn to use it properly.
Badly used flash is appalling, used skilfully you'd barely know it was's the photographers friend.
Skilfully bounce flash should look indistinguishable from natural light.


It's one of those very odd issues. A fashion shooter I know uses EOS Utility on his MBP almost daily and has just about perfect stability.
I gather the issues are often related to compatibility between the Mac OS version you are running and the EOS Utility version that is installed.

The Reikan FoCal Mac OS question? Maybe you're right...


Lenses / Re: Where can I find a 24-70 Series 1 sample file?
« on: September 04, 2012, 08:49:37 PM »
The QC on the 24-70  f/2.8 MkI varied like crazy. Some fortunate photographers have absolutely stellar copies while others have ploughed through multiple copies in the hope of landing a good one. I have have had four 24-70 MkI zooms and they have all been inconsistent dogs. I have high expectations of the MkII.

So sample image files  won't really tell you much more than how good that particular copy is at the particular aperture at the particular camera to subject distance. Wait for the properly done technical articles on this lens. There will be plenty to read, as this is one of the more highly anticipated lens releases from Canon for some time.


On a location shoot last Wednesday I had my first chance to tether my 5Dmk3. I tested the night before, which was good (!) because I found I had to update to 2.11 -- so far so good. Software opened and operated camera with no incident the night before, although it was a short test. Length of operation not a factor though as you will see.

On the shoot the first few times I tethered the EOSUtility shut down in a few seconds, often before I even attached the camera. Throughout the day thew sw would shut down in between shots, before shots (during setup) from LiveView and from the control pane, plugged in to AC and on battery... it was FLAKY.
Win7, 64-bit.

I feel for you Jonathan7007. On both PC and my current Macbook Pro, I have come to accept that EOS Utility will crash and generally behave very badly as a matter of course. For tethered shooting on a PC laptop, I used to use the sensational BreezeBrowser Remote Pro. This is a mature, bulletproof remote shooting program. I just about blessed its existence just about every time I used it. Test drive the demo.

However when I switched to the MBP I discovered that the Mac version of BreezeBrowser Remote Pro is a stripped down version with just a fraction of the functionality of the PC version. So it was in an atmosphere of annoyed frustration that I reverted to the very flaky EOS Utility. For this reason alone my next laptop will be another PC. Communications with BB suggest no intention of bringing the Mac version up to the functionality level of the PC version.

Is there any other highly regarded remote shooting utility out there worth trialling?


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D: Buy now or wait?
« on: September 04, 2012, 02:21:41 AM »
Just wanted some opinions and thoughts from either 7D owners or people probably in the same boat as me, who are unsure if they should upgrade to a 7D now or wait until after photokina, in case a new camera comes out?

Don't wait...go directly to a pre-owned 1D Mk4. This is an awesome camera with a handy x1.3 crop. The high ISO performance while not in 1DX territory leaves the 7D in the dust. And you'll very quickly come to appreciate 1-Series ergonomics. You'll never go back. Check out Craigslist or Gumtree.

Pre-owned 1-Series bodies are a pretty safe bet. They are as robust as cameras get. I read somewhere once that 1-Series Canons feel like they are carved from a solid lump of Unobtanium. My old 1D MkIIn was still functioning perfectly when I retired it with close to a million actuations on it....original shutter. And when I wiped off the sweat/salt from the body and gave it a scrub, it looked damn as close to a lightly used body as you could imagine. Awesome....


Sports / Re: 1DX & 500mm f/4L IS II Varsity Football
« on: September 04, 2012, 02:08:34 AM »
Here's a few shots from yesterdays Varsity Scrimmage shot with the 1DX and 500mm f/4L IS II:

How is the AF compared to an f/2.8 lens such as the 400 f/2.8?


Lenses / Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« on: September 04, 2012, 01:17:17 AM »
Reikan FocCal too... much better than anything else I've tried.

Which version did you choose and why?



Lighting / Re: Buying a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II - Advice Needed
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:37:25 AM »
Just in case you missed the thread on batteries for 600EX-RT:

For full-on extended projects I don't leave home without an external battery pack, a Quantum Turbo T3 with the twin outputs. The extra oomph is indispensable for prolonged bounce flash situations or when calling on speedy recycling with HSS. The 430EX and one can safely assume the 430EXII are terrific value and great performers. But they lack the option of plugging into external power.

For the same money you'd get a mint pre-owned 580EXII which delivers a bit more output plus has that valuable option of plugging into an external powerpack. With the 600EX-RT selling so strongly there are good numbers of 580's popping up on Gumtree, Craigslist or eBay. Speedlights are pretty robust creatures so I'd have no hesitation getting a good condition pre-owned 580.


Lighting / Re: Batteries for Canon EX 600 RT...
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:27:37 AM »
I ordered to test some Powerex that are 2700mAh. I hope they are as good as they say they are. Ordered some Eneloop too.

My business is highly reliant on strong AA cell performance. Eneloops are getting plenty of positive responses, but all my real world testing sent me to PowerEx. Their cells and the top-end smart charger won the contest here.

Both are good which ever you choose, but straight from acronym land there's that wise proviso: YMMV.


Wouldn't it be nice if "Moore's Law" applied to iso performance? It sort of does up to a point already...

The marketing departments at Canon & Nikon and the rest would be putting pressure on their respective R&D departments to give them a "bigger number" iso setting to trump the opposition. I think the high end will keep pushing out a few more stops. Wouldn't the marketing dudes love to pitch a million iso Rebel? Just a few years ago 102,400iso seemed just as ludicrous as a million looks today.

On my 1D Mk2n 3200iso was reaching into degraded and professionally compromising territory, for emergency use only. Compare that to a 1DX where 6400iso is the "new" 400iso. Up at the stratospheric level, I'd expect to see the six figure iso settings become entirely usable for day to day work with acceptable noise levels and useful DR.

At some point it's going to plateau out, but we're in the middle of a high iso revolution, so expect developments that would have been science fiction just a few short years ago.


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