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Canon General / Re: gear advice for second body
« on: August 31, 2012, 05:41:20 AM »
Either pickup another 5D3 or take a good close look at a low mileage 1D Mk4 which you can pick up pre-owned for around the same $$ as a gripped 5D3. The incredibly robust Mk4 is built to hack the daily grind. Even a high mileage one would be fine. It's a bit smaller and lighter than a gripped 5D3 and has that useful x1.3 crop. 1-Series ergonomics will quickly win your heart. The x1.6 crop is one of the tangible benefits of your 7D so you'd still have some useful crop.

For a lot of jobs I have no hesitation cranking the 1D4 up to 6400iso and beyond. No, the files are not going to be as clean as your 5D3 but will leave your 7D high iso work gasping for respectability.

By the same token, don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. The 7D is a fine camera so long as you stay aware of its limitations. This applies to any camera from an entry level Rebel to a new 1DX.


Software & Accessories / Re: Tethering to IPads
« on: August 31, 2012, 02:16:37 AM »
You can do it with an eyefi card already well sort of....

You're not kidding about the "sort of"...

In spite of reading endless negative experiences on the Eye-Fi forums and also here to a lesser extent, I figured I'd be one of the Invincibles and figure it out in 30 seconds less than no time. Hah! The Eye-Fi card is building up a nice layer of dust on my window sill. Eye-Fi has a ton of promise but very murky delivery.

Tethering to the iPad would be very cool, and make for a much lighter bag. In the meantime, I'll keep tethering to the MBP with EOS Utility.


Lenses / Yikes! Shorty McForty for $129
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:00:51 AM »
It didn't take long for the McForty to drop. AUD$129...with free shipping. That's getting close to 50 f/1.8 pricing.

I know some people feel a bit ambiguous about eGlobal but I have had no problems at all with smaller items like this. For big dollar items, particularly those with CPS qualification relevance, I do stick with my regular local dealer.


Lenses / Re: Walk-Around Lens For Canon 1DX Camera
« on: August 30, 2012, 02:04:45 AM »
Between the Canon 50 F1.2L and 35 F1.4L lenses,which do you feel would be a better walk-around lens for a Canon 1DX camera?And why?

It depends a lot on what you shoot when and where you walk around. Some wouldn't settle for less than a 70-200 zoom and others will need to be as unobtrusive as possible with a Shorty McForty on a Rebel. Or an S100. Your 1DX is not going to be unobtrusive! What other glass do you own?

Of the two lenses you've put there, the 35 f/1.4 will probably pick up the most votes if this was a poll. But they're both great lenses.

What can we say? Only you can answer this question because only you know the way you like to shoot.


Lenses / Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« on: August 29, 2012, 08:00:31 PM »
This lens has a lot of highly satisfied users. It's great value for money. Rather than drill into the technical stuff here, read up:


You'll get the picture that this is a very highly rated lens across most of the relevant parameters.


Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: August 29, 2012, 07:47:37 PM »
I did this dusk shot in June of a passing coal train with the coal dust blowing across the field.  This was with the 1.4 on a 5D Mark III.

Damn! I sure wouldn't want to be living downwind from the rail line! Most places on the planet legislate that coal must be drenched before being freighted in open rail-cars. But like smoke, smog, fog and dust storms, coal dust can be the photographers friend. Nice shot.


Lenses / Re: *UPDATE* Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Pushed Back to October?
« on: August 29, 2012, 07:41:08 PM »
I traded my 24-70 for a 35 L way back, I don't really understand what's fun about 2.8 zooms, but I fully understand not all people think like me. 

You're right, there are millions of photographers who don't think like you. Along with the 70-200 f/2.8isII, the 24-70 f/2.8 and the 16-35 f/2.8 will represent the core kit for a startlingly high percentage of working photographers across the planet. Peek into a pro photographers bag and you'll be likely to see two bodies and the three f/2.8 zooms.


Landscape / Re: 17-40 f4 for lower light vs 16-35 f2.8
« on: August 29, 2012, 08:22:28 AM »
No smites for you. Facts are facts.
This echoes my own experience with both these lenses.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: CPS Membership - Gold vs Platinum
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:06:17 AM »
Yep, add the L17-40 to your kit and you have a body/lens combination that you'd be likely to find in a good percentage of professional photographers on the planet. It's a classic/core set that enables you to take on just about anything. In my experience CPS membership is Gold!


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Sandisk VS Lexar CF Cards
« on: August 29, 2012, 05:57:23 AM »
B&H are doing a two-for-one bundle of the 32Gb Lexar 1000X UDMA7 CF cards right now for $238.

Snap up this offer. I generally tend towards Sandisk, but these can't be ignored.


EOS Bodies / Re: any screen protectors for MarkIII?
« on: August 29, 2012, 05:52:06 AM »
There's another thread on the same topic here:

Might be something relevant here for the OP.


EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mk III dilemma
« on: August 29, 2012, 05:47:31 AM »
Well done and congratulations on your purchase. You'll have years of fun and creative sessions with it.
And BTW, nice work with those shots around your home. I want to live where you live!


Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70/2.8L II is official delayed - again
« on: August 29, 2012, 05:38:49 AM »
So it's October now for the Canon 24-70/2.8L II.
That's not that far away. How fast did the last month go? I'd prefer they get it right.

BTW this is a great time to off-load your Canon 24-70/2.8L I. On Gumtree I sold mine for $1450 two hours after I posted the advert. It was the last of four far less than stellar copies over the years.

October? Meh! No problem. After the erratic QC of the MkI this new one just has to nail it. Take your time Canon.


Software & Accessories / Re: Sreen protector???
« on: August 29, 2012, 03:13:34 AM »
Personally I have never worried about protectors. The glass Canon uses is spectacularly tough. The only thing to watch out for is the possibility of the camera banging against a belt buckle for extended periods. Even this may wear through a protector in quick time.

But in general use, working my cameras pretty heavily on a daily basis, I've never scratched a screen. I smashed one on a 1Ds many years ago which CPS was kind enough to fix for free while I waited.

Don't sweat the small stuff...just enjoying your camera without wrapping the whole thing in cotton wool. They're tougher than you'd think.


Landscape / Re: 17-40 f4 for lower light vs 16-35 f2.8
« on: August 29, 2012, 03:06:30 AM »
This very recent thread may help you.
It directly discusses the 17-40 vs 16-35 scenario.


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