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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 for sports/action?
« on: August 12, 2012, 05:40:07 AM »
For action shooting look to a pre-owned 1 Series. I have a 5D3 and when I first got it, out of curiosity I ran it as a second body at a track & field athletics job. It's IQ and AF were 100% up to the job but the slow frame rate and small buffer reveal the 5D3's strengths & weaknesses. In short, it's not an action shooting camera.

I shoot action with 1D4, 1D3 & until relatively recently the legendary 1D Mk2n. With plenty of power (higher voltage) to push the AF along quickly, the fast frame rate and the deep buffer make these cameras the natural first choice for sports/action photography.

The 7D is used by a lot of sports/action shooters as well as a large number of BIF shooters. It's true that while the high iso results can be troubling to some people, it's extremely good when working with good light and lower iso speeds. The frame rate is pretty good, I can't comment on the all important buffer depth.

For similar $$ to the 5D3 why not pick up a pre-owned 1D4? With the exception of the newly released 1DX, it's far and away the finest sports/action camera Canon has ever released.


+1 for 100 f/2.8 macro non-L.
This is a brilliant lens, it's great value and will deliver similar focal length to what you have been used to.
60mm X 1.6 (APS-C) = 96mm


Lenses / Re: Lens creep. Is this normal?
« on: August 10, 2012, 01:35:27 AM »
Yep my 24-105 is a creeper too. Very disconcerting especially during a highly technical shoot, or with the camera on a boom facing the floor for an overhead shot. If I'm using the 24-105 like this I just gaffa tape it into position. Crude but effective.

But even primes are not immune to creep. Last year my 90mmTS-E lens started to creep, and that means focus creep. That turned out to be a somewhat expensive exercise with an irritated client and some re-shoots needed. I'd check focus for each new shot and shoot with cable release. The shots looked sharp on the camera monitor. But not on the 30 inch studio panel. Errgh!

Canon repaired the 90mmTS-E...there was a worn internal component. Gaffa Tape! I still don't leave home without it...

-Paul Wright

Lenses / Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:31:59 PM »
I know, the least exciting type of post, but I would be very grateful for any advice on what to bring and what to leave wife and I are heading to Europe in a few weeks. We will be hitting London, France and Brussels.

70-200L IS II
14L II
100L IS

You know the old saying..."happy wife, happy life". My experience with travel photography has taught me to travel as light as possible, and keep a very high level of consideration for your travel partners who may not be as much into photography as you.

These days I've trimmed it down to a grip-less 5D (Classic, 2 or 3) and the 24-105 f/4IS. It's an interesting paradox that sometimes you need some kind of limitations in order to free your imagination. Keep it simple and have more fun. The 24-105 f/4IS coupled with a 5D3 is a very powerful, flexible, high quality combination.


Lenses / Re: First L Lens... OH MY #^(*^!& GOD
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:19:07 PM »
If this is your first L lens, you've gone straight to the top shelf with this one. The 24 f/1.4II is a totally awesome piece of glass. Right now I'm doing PP on a job I shot at a large, new supermarket for an advert, and I shot most of the job available light with the 24 f/1.4II on a 5D3. Quality, fast lenses can change the way we shoot, especially with the high iso performance of cameras like the 5D3. 1000iso is the new 200iso!

Trouble is, now that you have tasted the best, it's hard to work with the rest...


I like how Canon has a middle finger up to all the 1D IV buyers, the 7D get's a major 2.0 firmware update
and 1D IV is still at 1.1.1

Granted the 1D IV works great but 1D IV was announced later than the 7D an now it is already discontinued
from production with no new improvements in the firmware.

If you ask Canon they probably won't admit 1D IV ever existed and laugh at whoever bought it.
It sounds like you don't own a 1DMk4. Most photographers who use them are likely to consistently thank their original decision to buy one.
There is no particular need that I can see for firmware fixes. What is it you are taking aim at?

I think Canon can be justifiably very proud of the overall performance of the 1DMk4. It's a very refined and worked over upgrade from the previous 1D Mk3. I'd be more likely to laugh at photographers who have not had the pleasure of working with a Mk4 than expect to hear the smug laugh from Canon that you suggest.

Until I get a 1DX, I'll safely say that in a fairly long career using top of the line equipment the 1D Mk4 is the best camera I have ever worked with.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem with 5D III?
« on: August 04, 2012, 09:25:15 PM »
A big hair in the mirror box? Wouldn't it be nice if it was that simple. Check if it happens with other lenses and you'll discover immediately if it's the lens or the body.


Lenses / Re: Another help me pick a lens yay...35L or 24-105L
« on: August 04, 2012, 09:22:47 PM »
If you are staying with APS-C for the foreseeable future keep in mind that the 24-105 becomes a 38-168mm zoom when you multiply by X1.6. The 24-105 is a great lens, but you'll appreciate its qualities more on a FF body.

If you have enjoyed your friend's 16-35, then really consider the equally brilliant EF-S 10-22 or the EF-S 17-55. These will re-sell easily if you move to FF eventually. Like other posters, I'd advise against the L35 simply because of it's limitations on an APS-C body.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bryan Carnathan's 1D X Review Is Finished
« on: August 02, 2012, 01:01:35 AM »
I have been waiting to see this review and read it eagerly today. After reading it, and summing up what I need in a camera, I opted for a used 1dMk4 + 5D3 as my combo.

Since the 5DIII shipped, I have been VERY happy with the 1D4 & 5DIII combo. Where the 5DIII eats the Mk4 for breakfast is low light AF. Still, if my business strings together another couple of strong months a 1DX will be irresistible. As much as I like the 5DIII files, low light AF, high iso etc, the 1-Series body is my primary "go-to" camera. Hell, I'd like two 1DX bodies!


I wouldn't do PW unless you are using Nikon my friend.

Really? Can you elaborate? What are the issues?


Lenses / Re: *UPDATE* Canon EF 135 f/1.8L IS
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:45:39 PM »
There may well be a 135 f/1.8IS in Canon's future, but this mischievous mash-up is definitely not it.


Don't bag it. Keep it ready. Checkout a Black Rapid strap.

And check out this CR thread...


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

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?


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