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Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 31, 2012, 08:46:37 AM »
After coming close to selling my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 I've rediscovered a great lens when it's hooked up to the 5DIII. Performance on the 1D Mk4 was patchy to say the least, inconsistent AF accuracy made it a non-starter for commercial work. It was gathering dust in the store room...

But on the 5DIII with its frankly astounding AF has brought this great lens back into the fold. Any shot where I have not nailed focus is user-error rather than any issue with the lens. I'm inspired! It's fun. On the strength of this I may well take a fresh look at the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.

Wickidwombat, you may just have worn me down with your consistant enthusiasm for the Sigma 85. Where did you get yours?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X ISO Shots
« on: July 31, 2012, 08:35:51 AM »
... compared to the silent mode of the 5DIII, the 1D X shutter sound (even in the nominally silent mode) is loud!   :P

Yes the 5DIII silent mode is eerily quiet. That rowdy 1DX shutter may be the price we pay for 500,000 actuation robustness.


The Odins sound like awesome value for most HSS requirements, but what interests me is the Optimized HSS promised by Pocket Wizard http://www.pocketwizard.com/inspirations/technology/fp_sync_hss/

Quote from Pocket Wizard website:

"But HSS is a battery hog as it needs a lot of power to pulse the light.  Through extensive experimentation, we found a way to reduce the total power used while giving you more power, and thus more light, when you need it. This means more light (which equals greater working distance), faster recycling times and more flashes per battery set when shooting in Canon's HSS/FP Flash mode.
Because the new MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver communicate through-the-shoe with the camera system, they can control the HSS burst duration.  By precisely matching flash duration to the shutter speed, large gains in efficiency are found, as much as 70% in many cases, for both remote and on-camera flashes."

This is the function that really in interests me. Is anyone successfully using the MiniTT or FlexTT5 specifically for this function?


I checked out a 135 f/2 from around 1998. It was visually in mint condition and a couple of hundred dollars less than a new  lens. But it felt a bit stiff, probably through lack of use. Given the choice of a new lens for another $200 or so vs a 14 year old lens, I walked away. But it did sell. I'll be getting a new 135 f/2 with warranty and CPS qualifying credentials.

The car analogy someone made is probably a good one. A 15 year old car with VERY low mileage will still have its issues that relate directly to age. Seals, bushes, hoses etc keep deteriorating over time.

I guess it depends on why you want a particular lens. If your livelihood depends on 100% reliable performance, most second hand purchases must be very carefully considered. But an enthusiast with a modest budget definitely should be looking at pre-owned glass. And then there are collectors like my friend Rob who pounces on Leica mount lenses that are as old as my grandfather.

Personally, I like 'em new.


Lenses / Re: New Tilt-Shifts in 2013? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2012, 10:11:42 PM »
A new 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM would be nice. I saw on this professional-looking rumour site: http://www.canon.com.au/Professional/Pro-Lenses/EF24-70mmf2-8L-II-USM that they might actually be releasing one!

Nah! That's definitely a fake. A EF24-70mmf2-8L-II? In our lifetimes?
But seriously....bring it on!


Lenses / Re: New Tilt-Shifts in 2013? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2012, 10:08:10 PM »
The current 90mm TS-E would be very difficult to improve on. For products it is brilliant. No changes required thank you.

The 45 TS-E is a more likely candidate for the L treatment and $1000 price hike. The current lens is also an absolute cracker with little room for improvement. Apart from having the extra rotation between the tilt and shift elements as on the new 17 and 24 TS lenses it's damn near perfect. And the hack to modify the the 45 & 90 is a totally viable option.

The original 24 TS-E did need the upgrade and it was very very welcome. And the 17 opened up a whole new creative scope for architectural, landscape & industrial photographers.


Portrait / Re: Portraits of my GF, Would like feedback!!
« on: July 29, 2012, 06:15:23 PM »
Nice shots, and that's the main thing. As others have said, your PP has done you no favors.
Your "before" shots look a lot better than the "afters".

But stay with it and keep posting shots. Available light is great so long as it's nice available light. Use of reflectors can lift a "muddy" location to a completely viable one. Always look closely at the light on the face & particularly the eyes. They're the window to the soul...


Lenses / Re: Lenses - All Change!
« on: July 29, 2012, 01:00:51 AM »
@Cosk It's a focusing issue - within a few metres it's not too bad (especially now that I've micro adjusted on the 7D), but anything with a bit of distance, say 6+ metres and its open to guessing what it will do - in/out focus. I cant trust it. Maybe I've got a bad copy.

Was it always this way for you? There is a chance your micro-adjustment may be incorrect. Make a note of your settings and reset to zero. See what happens. If it's still bad, don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. Get it checked out. It's often a very simple matter.

Regarding CA, Lightroom can be setup to automatically fix that on Import. (see Lens Corrections)


Lenses / Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« on: July 29, 2012, 12:51:48 AM »
This is far and away my most used lens. I trust it all the way from f/2.8-f/11 (and occasionally beyond) to deliver first class commercial quality files/images for the most fussy clients. The two lenses in my bag which consistently knock my socks off are the 70-200 f/2.8isII and the 300 f/2.8is.

If any images shot with the 70-200 are throw-aways, then it's user error, not any fault of the lens. For the quality it delivers, I forgive its considerable size and weight. Have you ever heard of anyone regretting getting this lens?


Lighting / Re: Beginer.. Need Speedlite help
« on: July 29, 2012, 12:42:48 AM »
Yep, just like the previous poster said. For a low cost alternative to genuine Canon, the Yongnuo YN-565 EX has an awful lot of supporters and completely satisfied users.


Lighting / Re: Help me shop for a studio light + accessories
« on: July 23, 2012, 06:26:44 AM »
Before you drop the Visa card on something else, do yourself a favor and visit here:
The PCB Einstein lights are selling their socks off, and the modifiers are amazingly priced...
I looked at them but the prices are a bit silly over here in oz which made going with Elinchroms a much more solid option. Still a good recommendation
Really? An Einstein head from PCB Australia only costs $150 more than a 600ex-RT Speedlight! And the modifiers? $139 for an 86 inch Parabolic? $139 for a 22 inch beauty dish?  Yes the Australian prices are higher than the US, but still represent awesome value. And this stuff is proven to hack the daily grind. Elincrom is great value too. But I see little need to spend up on Profoto or Broncolor any more...great rock 'n roll build quality and undeniable street-cred, but I couldn't be happier to have completely transitioned out of Profoto.


Lighting / Re: Help me shop for a studio light + accessories
« on: July 22, 2012, 11:44:51 PM »
Before you drop the Visa card on something else, do yourself a favor and visit here:

The PCB Einstein lights are selling their socks off, and the modifiers are amazingly priced. About a year ago I switched from a comprehensive Profoto kit to six Einsteins and PCB modifiers. No regrets at all. They're light, powerful, configurable and have passed my 12 month tough test...all my work is on location so the kit gets carted around all over the place multiple times per week. PCB support is legendary. The prices are low because you buy direct from the manufacturer, thus eliminating the middle-man. This is good American hardware.


Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 21, 2012, 07:57:33 PM »
The two lenses in my bag which consistently knock my socks off are the 70-200 f/2.8isII and the 300 f/2.8is.


EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:26:33 PM »
How about $2865? With free shipping?

Yes, it's gray, but that's a fairly compelling price. I have bought lesser items from this mob and had no issues. Fast delivery with tracking, items properly packaged etc.

I paid full price for my 5D3 to qualify for CPS benefits. Lucky for me! At under 10,000 shutter actuations I needed the shutter replaced. It took 3 days and I had a loan body during the repair period. It would have been a different story with a gray purchase.


Lenses / Re: Wide Canon L choice: 14L II 2.8 or 16-35 II 2.8
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:15:19 PM »
The thing is the 17-40 has the largest aperture in 4 as the same 24-105, case in which the sole gain in paying for another lens is the difference between 24 to wider 17mm. Correct?
Well, yes...but the difference between 24mm and 17mm is a big difference...

I own both the 17-40 f/4 & the 24-105 f/4IS. The 17-40 at f/4 is mushy and for emergency use only. It kicks in nicely at f/5.6 and from f/8-f/11 is a match for the 16-35 f/2.8II. However the 24-105 f/4 is very sharp, competent and trustworthy at f/4.

To the OP, I'd be choosing a zoom for it's brilliant versatility. If you're shooting landscapes at f/8-f/11 the 17-40 will deliver the goods. If you need wide open capability, then the 16-35 should be your choice. If your budget is strong, the killer landscape lenses are the very new super high IQ 17mm tilt/shift and 24mmII tilt/shift.


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