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I wouldn't go near it. I'd prefer to work with your current kit. The original 16-35 f/2.8 doesn't have a stellar reputation, that's why the MkII version of that lens was so enthusiastically received. You've got TWO excellent bodies there...stay with them. And this is coming from someone who has a 5D3.

BTW, the black focus points on the 5D3 lost shots for me at an important function last night. I love the files, but missed shots are killers. I'm very tempted to do a Mt Spokane, take a hit on the 5D3 and get another pre-owned Mk4. This issue is affecting my business.

I'd concur with Mt Spokane again on 5D3 AF. Stunning in good light, but experience is suggesting the 5D2 is quicker in very low light. I struggled last night in a dim room with the 5D3. The 5D2 would have cut it.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Problem with viewfinder canon 5d mark III
« on: June 02, 2012, 08:13:21 PM »
If the phenomenon is repeatable, you'll have absolutely no problem making an exchange.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: June 02, 2012, 08:07:21 PM »
Your post needs more acronyms  ;D

Awww you're being tough. FWIW he's probably from the Democratic Republic of Acrynomia (DRA).
Famous for some great photographers and excellent BLT's.

PW

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: June 02, 2012, 07:59:10 PM »
It's slower than 3.6 which from memory was slower than the V2. I now have the shipping version of 4.1 which is a little brisker than 4.1RC. After trawling through the 800 post thread on the Lightroom page of the Adobe forum, I picked up a couple of items that have been useful.

The first and most important is that LR4 works quicker with DNG. So be sure to import as DNG and be absolutely sure to check the "Embed Fast Load Data" check box in Preferences. This adds an insignificant 80-100Kb to your filesize. Why do you suppose Adobe has added the "Embed Fast Load Data" option? It's pretty clear they've struggled with performance benchmarks, and kicked in with "Embed Fast Load Data" as a workaround.  Also, go to File, and check Optimize Catalog.

The earlier non-public betas were absolutely glacial in the way they rendered files, responded to adjustments etc. But the software engineers knew the new tools were worth persisting with, and they're right! But those same engineers still have a lot of work to do to sharpen performance.

Filesize. I notice a speed difference between my smaller 1D4 files and the bigger 5D3 files. Spare a thought for photographers who dropped their $$ on a Nikon D800 and choose to process through Lightroom. Yar!

PW

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Lenses / Re: sigma 50mm f1.4
« on: June 02, 2012, 09:30:08 AM »
Sigma has refinished this lens in 2010.  The new version is much better in IQ and AF.  I actually just google the new version of Sigma 50mm.  Looks no big issue on AF.   Google is your good friend.

I replaced an EF 50 f/1.4 with a Sigma 50 f/1.4 last year. I must have scored a good copy, it's acceptable wide open and the IQ really kicks in just a click down at f/1.8 and gets very very good at f/2. There may be AF issues with some copies, but in part the "issues" may have been negative posts from photographers out of reality with the care required shooting at f/1.4. Some gifted people seem to have the right touch, but I tend to click down to f/2 and see the very similar bokeh qualities with a far higher percentage of keepers than shooting at f/1.4.

Sigma may have improved their QC but it's still worth buying new from a reseller who has a test & return policy if the lens is not up to your expectations.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Preproduction Canon EOS-1D X Exists!
« on: June 02, 2012, 12:01:55 AM »
A lot of countries and corporations run their financial year from 1 July to 31 June. So we are reaching the end of the financial year. Corporate accounting is a complex thing. For example if a news organisation had 30 1DX bodies on pre-order, and placed their purchase in this financial year, it messes things up for them if the transaction doesn't happen until after 31 June.

The 1DX bodies that are shipping now are handmade specials which in part fulfill contractual obligations. When the regular 1DX bodies start rolling off the production lines, these handmade specials will be returned to Canon and replaced with shipping versions. This is fact.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Recommendation for landscape lens on 5DMk111.
« on: June 01, 2012, 08:41:15 PM »
Every single lens mentioned here so far would be perfect. All top quality glass that you'll get great landscapes with. But only you know your shooting style. Some shooters will produce their best landscapes exclusively with a 24 TS-E, others will produce their best landscapes with beautifully compressed compositions shot with a 600.

Your choices of the 16-35 f/2.8II & 24 TS-E suggest you like the wide look, but they both go across the same focal length range. I'd like to see you drop the 24 TS-E and direct your $$ to the very highly rated, light weight 70-200 f/4is. For travel work, it's not going to be all 16mm landscapes, you'll appreciate the reach of a peerless 70-200 in ways that you possibly have not even anticipated. The 70-200 f/4is has long been a constant inclusion in travel/landscape shooters kits.

PW

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It could possibly affect the used price of the MK I. Not saying that it will be cheaper after the MKII hits the street but perhaps it won't increase in price as much as it is expected with the release of a much more expensive replacement.

On the other hand, perhaps Canon will continue selling the MKI which could be interesting.


I'm not sure which way to look at this. One one hand, the expected large increase in numbers of pre-owned 24-70 f/2.8 MkI lenses on the market as photographers upgrade to the MkII may push down prices of the older lens. Basic supply & demand. On the other hand the high price of entry to the new lens may artificially boost achievable prices for pre-owned MkI lenses, especially as stocks of new MkI lenses evaporate.

If I was a second hand lens speculator/dealer I'd be tossing a coin whether to spill my stock of MkI glass now, or buy up where possible & hoard for a few months. Sheesh! Why am I even thinking about this? Does it matter?

PW

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Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.2 vs 200mm f/2
« on: June 01, 2012, 05:00:16 AM »
300mm 2.8 with that other kit as walk around. man, you are awesome.

And as strong as Attila the Hun...sir.

PW

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History suggests that the new release of a premium high volume category product from Canon will remain premium priced for some time, most likely years. This will be the case with the 24-70 f/2.8II especially if it delivers on it's promises.  Look to long term pricing trends of the L70-200 f/2.8isII and the L16-35 f/2.8II as indicators. The new 24-70 is a lens that Canon will expect to see land in most professionals bags, plus a staggering number of cashed up, impatient enthusiasts who have been hungry for this lens for years.

I hope Tamron has a big winner on their hands with their new lens, but don't bet the farm on its effect on Canon pricing.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Best Product Lens
« on: June 01, 2012, 04:44:45 AM »
When I shoot product it's often with the 90mm or 45mm tilt/shift lenses. You get such a high level of focus control but at an aperture that makes good IQ sense. For instance I know my copy of the 90mmTS is sweeeet at f/9.

If it's just for one job, why not rent or borrow if possible, and if more product work starts coming through your studio you can make an informed purchase of a suitable lens that you need to get a quick ROI on.

PW

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The light doesn't need to be on all the time. Just a short flash upon AF-start..as it was with the 5D. And light metering can happen before and after the short AF point flash.
I don't know if you shoot fast action sports but it's valuable and highly productive to have the red AF point stay illuminated on as it does on the 1D4 when shooting AI Servo with a single selected focus point or cluster. You simply have to keep sight of your selected point and keep it on the part of the action you're tracking. It all happens blindingly fast. By the time you re-activate a disappearing focus point the touchdown or goal has happened, the hurdles race has flashed past you, the race car has vanished...you get the idea? Constantly visible AF points are one of an action shooters prime productivity tools.

PW


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It's not an endangered species yet. Sales worldwide are through the roof as chronic upgraders feel compelled to get the latest, and as enthusiast "point & shoot" photographers look to something they perceive as better. Often they'd be better off with an S100, G12 or G1X. Professionals statistically represent a small percentage of the DSLR market, but are a vitally important "halo" market to stimulate high volume sales further down the food chain.

But nothing is forever. Where is the once ubiquitous Speed Graphic, the Rolliflex etc? The form factor of today's DSLR cameras has barely evolved from SLR film bodies of 50 years ago. Fitted out with 2012 internals this form factor is surprisingly ergonomically correct for shooting stills.

"Is the DSLR in danger of becoming an endangered species?
" As sure as the sun will come up again tomorrow morning. But I'd be reluctant to put a date on it. It will likely come in the form of a complete breakthrough design employing technologies not yet invented. We'll have to wait and see.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: June 01, 2012, 03:57:54 AM »
5D2 outer points fail to lock on many subjects which can be annoying, 5D3 ones tend to lock.

"5D3 ones tend to lock"... True. And they tend to lock accurately. The old 9 points array used to give a me a lock on the outside points, but it far too often turned out to be wrong. Not wrong enough to see on the camera monitor, but wrong enough to dump at the sorting and ranking stage. It didn't take long to only trust the centre point.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: June 01, 2012, 01:52:08 AM »
Frankly I'm astonished with the AF on the 5D3. It's quick and accurate right out to the outer points. And that's in One Shot or AI Servo. In low light it it genuinely knocked my socks off...but then I'm coming mainly from 1-Series experience. The Mk4 AF is easily confused in ahem, gentle lighting.

At risk of repeating what others have been saying, the sheer accuracy of the 5D3 AF has given new flexibility to the use of very wide apertures. Shooting handheld at f/1.4 has always been a bit hit & miss, just a minute sway of the body will shift focus enough to lose your focus point enough to junk the shot. Every new Canon that's come out since the 1Ds I've wanted to trust AI Servo in close f/1.4- f/2.8 portrait situations to keep track of my essential focus point. And it looks like the 5D3 is the first in my generally rough & ready experience to punch through with this ability.

PW

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