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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)

PW

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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?

PW


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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.

PW

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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:
http://www.paulcbuff.com/index.php
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.

PW

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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:
http://www.paulcbuff.com/index.php

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.

PW

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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.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:26:33 PM »
How about $2865? With free shipping?
http://www.eglobaldigitalcameras.com.au/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-body-only-digital-slr-camera.html

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.

PW

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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.

PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:47:54 AM »
-Two bodies & zooms
-16-35 f/2.8II
-24-70 f/2.8 or preferably 24-105 f/4IS
-70-300L IS
-Compact Carbon Fibre tripod & ball head & cable release
-Lots of storage and backup hardware

You're right, this is the trip of a lifetime, right there in Charles Darwin's footsteps.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2023: a look into Canon's flagship body
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:45:24 PM »
They'll continue with the current weight gain program and we'll have a Mega-Function SuperSize FF 1-Series in 2023.
 
Inspired by Samsungs "bigger is better" credo, plus non planet friendly influence from the car industry which makes each new model bigger, longer, wider... the 2023 1D-XXXX (for extra-large) will double as a portable gym, have a flip out keyboard, an optional refrigeration module, mega widescreen holo display and compact wings and thrusters for simpler aerial photography.

Power will be handled by a revolutionary ultra-compact nuclear fusion reactor. All 1-Series will ship with a wheelbarrow signed by the Minister of the Arts. And I did read in Canon Rumors (CR-8) that the Canon engineers will probably work out a way of integrating a camera module. Truly revolutionary stuff.

PW

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Lenses / Re: 40mm Pancake Killed the 50mm??
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:12:04 AM »
I like the reference to the 40 f/2.8 as being a functional bodycap. This week I took the family on a five day holiday down the coast, and used the non-work opportunity to run the 40 f/2.8 & Sigma 50 F/1.4 against each other. I find the focal length difference between 40 & 50 as perceptually similar to 24 & 28. Not much in it.

It's stimulating to go away with basically just one focal length. I enjoy the paradox that sometimes you need some kind of limitations in order to free your imagination and creativity. I've often traveled with just the 24-105 and loved the limitation. This time it was 40 & 50 on 5D3. As far as IQ goes, the 40 was a match for the 50 (which is a great copy) in the f/4.5-f/8 range. At f/2.8 the Sigma 50 was well ahead of the 40.

But it's not always about IQ. The 40 is fun in a weird intangible sort of way. People respond differently to the reduced mass. It's more compact and lighter on long walks and was easier for my young kids to handle. I like my kids to understand & appreciate quality. Overall, the 40 was neither better or worse, just different.

I do tend to shoot action moments with people, and on this holiday also a new breathtakingly active six month old Border Collie pup. The AF (AI Servo) was appreciably quicker with the Sigma and delivered more keepers in highly dynamic situations. In static situations the AF difference was imperceptible.

40 vs 50? I'll be keeping both lenses for now. But if one just HAD to go it would likely be the 40... f/1.4 vs f/2.8 is just no contest.

PW




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Thanks AI Focus (& high iso performance)

If all you shoot is static subjects then you're unlikely to use AI Servo. But most action shots you see whether they be action sports or a bride walking down the aisle, you can be pretty sure AI Servo helped deliver the goods.
Quite likely true about AI Servo. But...AI Servo is not the same as AI Focus.  Pros using 1-series bodies aren't using AI Focus - they can't, because it's not an option.

Hah! True, I owe Rat an apology. Sorry Mr Rat. As I have primarily used 1-Series bodies and just recently got a 5D3, AI FOCUS has been completely off my radar. It's quite likely off most photographers radar. I just read AI focus as AI Servo. I'm sure there are shooters who value the function, but like you I can barely see the point.

It's absence from 1-Series bodies speaks volumes. It looks like an invention from the marketing department who wanted more boxes to tick for consumer sales.

PW

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BTW: does anyone EVER use AI Focus? :P

Errm... Rat, so you're just saying that you don't use AI Focus.

Sometime last century when I was a junior staff photographer on a metropolitan daily newspaper, I sometimes processed and printed the films sent back from major football games shot by a genius photographer who had an uncanny and rare ability to track focus almost 100% accurately with his manual focus Nikon 600 f/4. His unique sports shots consistently won national awards.

Fast forward to 2012. Now mere mortals can deliver consistent sharp images from action sports once they learn the strengths and weaknesses of their AI Focus function. Skilled action shooters can deliver shots that previously could barely even be contemplated. Look back at award winning sports images from 25 years ago. Today they'd barely make the cut. Thanks AI Focus (& high iso performance)

If all you shoot is static subjects then you're unlikely to use AI Servo. But most action shots you see whether they be action sports or a bride walking down the aisle, you can be pretty sure AI Servo helped deliver the goods.

PW

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this would be the perfect color cuz there arent so many situations where u get a color similar to it :D
...which is why I use this as my grid colour in Photoshop. Not sure about this colour as a focus point though.
Red is perfectly fine, proven and not as visually jarring like the bright aqua blue.

PW

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I dunno what everyone is complaining about I just use the force to work out where the AF point is, doesn't everyone?
If only we were all as tuned into the Force as you. What an incredible ability!
Can somebody explain to me as I'm confused.  I'm seeing comments that the AF points still glow up red?
I have a 5D Mark II at the moment and want a 5D Mark III.  When I move focus around the points glow red.  When I focus on a point, it glows red before snapping the photo. What's changed?

Your selected 5D3 viewfinder AF point in AI Servo mode shows as black, unlike 5D2, 1D Mk4 etc which show your selected AF Point in easy to track illuminated RED. Photographers are having unexpected and unappreciated difficulty keeping their selected AF point on the subject in certain dark conditions or if the AF point is on a black suit for example. So Brian Squibb's comment that the solution to the black AF point issue is a 1D Mk4 is a completely authentic one. I'm on the lookout for a good, low mileage 1D4 as a buddy/twin for my 1D4.

Certainly it's a non-issue for some photographers, but still a very real, valid negative experience for plenty of others who don't appreciate the functionality downgrade.

PW

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