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Lenses / Re: Considering the 70-200 f4 is for my next lens
« on: August 29, 2012, 03:01:39 AM »
There's absolutely no doubt the 70-200 f/4, particularly the non-IS version represents extraordinary value for money. It's compact, light and has IQ to match it with the best. But the suggestions of the far newer L70-300IS also present a fairly compelling option. That extra 100mm....! Matched with your 5D3 the slower apertures shouldn't be a problem because of your ever present option to ramp up the iso and see very little image degradation. The L70-300IS understandably has a lot of fans.

But if it's candids of your kids that you most want to do, then rocket fast AF and premium bokeh would make me tend to suggest the legendary L135 f/2.


Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.2 ii or 135mm f/2
« on: August 28, 2012, 07:30:29 PM »
I'm in a similar situation to the OP, 135 f/2 vs 85 f/1.2II or Sigma 85 f/1.4.

For the way I shoot the slow AF would probably knock out the Canon 85 f/1.2II, in spite of the unique look this lens can deliver. Is the AF on the Sigma 85 f/1.4 also sluggish like the Canon, or is it as snappy and quick as the 135 f/2?

FWIW the 70-200 f/2.8isII is far and away my most used lens. What a gem!


EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mk III dilemma
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:23:53 PM »
+1 on no 24-70 II/5DIII kit.  There is going to be so much demand for that lens there is no way Canon will be compelled to discount it.

Right, it'll be years before there is meaningful discounting on the 24-70II. After a number of disappointing 24-70 Mk1 lenses I bought a 24-105 a couple of years ago to see me through until the new lens ships. Surprise surprise! The 24-105 leaves all four of my 24-70 lenses gasping for respectability. It's a 10/10 keeper. Most people are highly satisfied with the 24-105. Just dig around on this list for positive feedback.

As TrumpetPower suggested, go straight out and pick up a kit 5D3 and 24-105 today. You'll love it. And if in the unlikely event the 24-105 turns out to be unsuitable, you'll barely lose a penny on it if you on-sell. Great lenses like this hold their value.


Third Party Manufacturers / World's most expensive lens
« on: August 27, 2012, 08:56:26 PM »
Don't sweat it over the cost of the 400 f/2.8isII. This one checks out at over $2 million.
Of course, it's a Leica...


Abstract / Re: Light Painting!
« on: August 27, 2012, 08:45:48 PM »
Want to see highly evolved torchwork?


Lenses / Re: All street photographers share your gear here!
« on: August 26, 2012, 08:21:54 PM »
For my style of street work, the 5D3 & 1D Mk4 stay at home and the S100 comes out. People have a lot of significance on a "big" dslr and you may not get as much agreement with the bigger pro-looking gear. It's all about perception. In a legally suppressive and paranoid city like London for example, you definitely leave your DSLR back at the hotel! You just have to be a bit smart and be appropriately informed about the local culture, laws and attitudes towards shooting in public depending where on the planet you are shooting.

There is no denying the IQ is way below dslr level when shooting with the little S100, but I come from the school where a prime consideration is that Content is King and this does apply completely to my style and interpretation of street photography. I'd rather a brilliantly caught moment done with an iPhone to a relatively dead, though technically perfect, mistimed shot done on a 5D3 with premium L glass. Content is King.

When the new mirrorless Canons ship, and then evolve a little further, you'll be looking at a street kit that even the street photography "God" Cartier Bresson would show interest in.

Street photography is an entirely different experience to how it was even just a decade or so ago. We're in the post 9/11 world. Suspicion, and the attitude that photographers are child snatching bestial terrorist operatives, plus the long arm of the law have diminished what could be described as one of the purest forms of photography. Remember, if you plan to use any street images commercially or plan to show them as fine art, protect yourself by carrying a dozen or so model release forms in your pocket or bag. If you can't get agreement, don't use those shots for anything beyond personal use.

You may see this as convoluted and confronting, but it sure as hell improves your personal communication skills!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX IQ
« on: August 26, 2012, 06:35:15 AM »
Well I'm gonig through some shots from tonight's Ashland U. vs. Wooster soccer match, and this is pretty cool.  I was shooting with a 300 f/2.8L I IS lens .

This is good! How was AF consistency compared to previously used 1-Series bodies eg 1D4 & 1D3?


the stars only happen at narrow apertures
its pretty easy to stop getting them simply shoot at an wider aperture less than f8 say f4 even wider if you feel like it.

How about that! You learn something new every day. In close to 1000 years as a photographer I was not aware of this useful fact. Thanks!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK III Focus Hiccup
« on: August 26, 2012, 06:27:32 AM »
I bought my 5D MK III in early June. I haven't shot a ton of stuff yet - maybe about 2000 frames over 7 or 8 sessions.  But in 3 or 4 of those sessions, AF just quit.  Anyone else seeing this anomaly?

Is this phenomenon happening with just one lens? Or across different lenses? It may not be the body at all.
I have a 20K plus actuations 5D3 with no AF problems so far. Mind you I did have the shutter replaced at around 2K actuations but this is irrelevant to the AF matter you have described.


Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300 f/4L IS II
« on: August 26, 2012, 05:12:53 AM »
I traded my 300 f/4is on a 300 f/2.8is. The 2.8 is absolutely brilliant, but I often wish I'd hung onto the f/4 as well. It was pin sharp wide open, was completely hand holdable & weighed next to nothing compared to the 300 f/2.8 which meant I took it with me far more often. And it focuses much closer than the f/2.8. I shot a lot of food with the 300 f/4is. It looked brilliant.

IMO it's one of the true performance bargains in the Canon L lens lineup and would be difficult to improve on, especially for the price. The current lens has a lot of fans.

I doubt we'll see this lens updated for quite some time.


Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8 took a bad fall... Any advice?
« on: August 26, 2012, 05:02:13 AM »
It depends on how it's performing after the drop. It's an incredibly solid lens. If it all checks out OK then don't lose any sleep over it.

A few years ago I dropped a 1D Mk2 with a 70-200 f/2.8is attached from hip height onto a carpeted floor. The body was a write-off but the lens was repaired. But after the repair it was never quite as good as before. My business relies on consistently high IQ so I traded it on a new 70-200 f/2.8ISII. Happy days.


Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: August 26, 2012, 04:55:43 AM »
I have had both, but now have the pick of the bunch, a Sigma 50 f/1.4.

Read up on this lens. No it's not 10/10 perfect score perfect, but in my experience it's one of the few non-Canon aftermarket lenses than really stands out from the crowd. Same goes for the Sigma 85.

I'm generally not one for aftermarket non genuine hardware, but the Sigma 50 was too hard to ignore.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: CPS Membership - Gold vs Platinum
« on: August 25, 2012, 04:15:39 AM »
It probably depends on the subtle differences found between CPS centres on different parts of the planet. Your local CPS personnel will read the rules slightly differently wherever you go.

Platinum or Gold, friendship goes a mile towards gold-plating your relationship with your CPS. If you foster an accommodating, appreciative and friendly relationship with your CPS rep, those qualities will be reciprocated in spades over time.


« on: August 24, 2012, 07:56:42 AM »
Pick up a 5D2 and use the money you'd save by skipping the 5D3 to get a 24mm TS-E II.

I agree a used 5D2 is a great choice, you might even want to consider the 24 TS-E mk 1 (used).  Combined, you will spend less than on a new 5D3. 

This is good solid advice. There is little need for a higher MP camera. You'll be gobsmacked with the IQ if you have been even remotely satisfied with your PowerShot. If you absolutely MUST have higher MP, then there's always a Nikon waiting for you at a store near you.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AI SERVO
« on: August 24, 2012, 04:20:57 AM »
Yep it's definitely worth mastering if you plan to deliver meaningful wildlife imagery. What body/lens combination are you working with?
Canon have some pretty informative papers on their website. Dig around in here:

Information is one thing, but practice makes perfect. Get a fit & fast friend or child or pet dog and set up a situation where you can get some genuine, relevant practice. Experiment, test, assess and learn. Then go out and do it again, and again. Nobody masters any subject from reading about it or watching tutorials. Just like an accomplished musician the only road to mastery is practice, practice and more practice. For life.


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