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EOS Bodies / Re: Shoot JPEG again with 5D3
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:15:59 PM »
I agree. Put the RAW on the CF card and the JPEG onto the SD card.

Does this have any noticeable or measurable effect on the buffer? I'd like my 6 FPS to last as long as possible.


Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.2 vs 200mm f/2
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:07:38 PM »
Those two lenses are very different beasts. Both highly desirable. Both brilliant. And both really need to deliver immediate and strong ROI, especially the high priced 200 f/2. Why not jump into the middle and pick up a 135 f/2? Ever read anything but high praise for this lens?

Have you noticed whenever WickedWombat gets a chance to mention his Sigma 85 f/1.4 he's relentlessly 110% positive. He's just about got me convinced to get one. WW, are you listening in here? Is the AF on the Sigma quick, unlike the Canon 85 f/1.2?

A review...


Lenses / Re: the look feeling dated?
« on: May 29, 2012, 09:55:09 PM »
Interestingly, I've been getting an increasing, though still very occasional request in a job brief for total depth of field...
Let us know when brides start requesting you to shoot with a Lytro plenoptic camera...

Hah! What a concept. I suppose someone on the planet has shot a Lytro wedding. But there are no brides on my client list...


Yep no question LR4 is slower than LR3.6. It's agreed. But we love the functionality and the files it spits out.

Loading straight CR2 files into my LR4 could only be described as "life in the slow lane". But switch to a DNG workflow and you'll see a difference. Rather than use LR "Import as DNG" use the standalone DNG v7.1RC. This will see your 5D3 files. Be sure to go to preferences and check the fast load option. This adds less than 100Kb to the filesize. This doesn't take you straight out into the fast lane, but it's comfortably quicker. Get it here

Something I learned to avoid in LR3 was the brush tool. If I use it in any way, there is an instant slowdown, fixed only by restarting LR. If I use it heavily in LR4 the program all but freezes. I know this sounds odd from a systems viewpoint, but LR4 didn't re-stabilize until I'd done 4-5 full shutdown/restarts. No more useful brush for me!

There is a 780 post thread in the Lightroom page of the Adobe forums on this subject. I think they know about it.


The 1D Mark III and IV both have an on/off switch for the portrait grip and I find it valuable. I carry my rigs inverted using Sypder Holsters and being able to turn the portrait grip on and off prevents me from taking inadvertent hip shots!
Would you consider getting a second 5D3 instead of the 1DX you have on pre-order? 

Hip shots with the 5D3 & Spider Pro? I have the twin holster belt. With the 5D3 & BG-E11 on the left the shutter gets bumped constantly. Shifted to the right the release is on the outside, so no hip shots. Switching it off can mean missed shots if you reach quickly for the camera, go to shoot vertical & there's no action. Damn! Missed the shot! I have a 1D4 on the left holster and the button is just positioned differently enough not to trigger every time you take a step.

Here's my BG-E11 mini review. It's big.

With the grip attached the 5D3 is taller, thicker and around 30 grams heavier than a 1D Mk4. The 1D Mk4 with battery is 1375 grams and the 5D Mk3 with BG-E11 & two batteries is a beefy 1406 grams.  I used to pack the old 5D as a lighter weight option. I'm surprised. After shooting with both cameras, the Mk4 feels compact by comparison. I have used 1-Series bodies or added grips to APS-C and 5D bodies since the beginning of time. The 5D3 with BG-E11 has the disconcerting characteristic of the rear quick control dial being a noticeably further from your thumb in portrait mode than in landscape mode. I can't reach it without altering my grip. This is an ergonomic negative. But I'll get used to it.

It's an ergonomic positive though to have the joystick right there on the grip. It quickly becomes easy to find, making focus point selection quick & simple. Now if only we could see the black focus points! (see black focus points thread)

Will I cancel my 1DX pre-order? Almost certainly. A BG-E11 on the 5D3 makes for a very strong workable package that is not prefect, but what is? It's a far more significant upgrade over the 5DII than many people give it credit for.  I give it an 8.5/10


Lenses / the look getting dated?
« on: May 29, 2012, 08:06:09 AM »
We have all spent the past few years kitting up with lenses that will deliver sharp images at wide apertures and with smooth appealing bokeh. Such lenses are high on the "must-have" list. It's a look that I personally like a lot, as do most of my clients.

Interestingly, I've been getting an increasing, though still very occasional request in a job brief for total depth of field in subjects that my instincts would have delivered the now more conventional "look" of shallow depth of field and smooth bokeh. There is an old saying that everything old will be new again.

A brief, possibly flawed look through the photographic styles since WWII reveal a predominance of full depth of field wherever possible. Long lens work would be excluded here. I just wonder when the current desirable "look" will start to look tired and old fashioned. It will happen. It always does. Probably not anytime soon, but still it's worth staying skilled up in the art of making an image look good with a total depth of field.

We may well start grinding away at Canon to deliver lenses that perform superbly ay f/22. As ISO performance improves, shooting at f/22 with a good fast shutter speed is becoming a practical reality. Though not always a great IQ reality. Strong sales of Canons new tilt/shift lenses may push this trend.

As creatives, it's over to us to establish new looks, or at least to see the future coming and be ready for it rather than reacting once it's already run right over the top of us.

Just my thought for the day...


Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8L mk 1 or 24-105 f/4L
« on: May 29, 2012, 06:51:43 AM »
I'm very surprised to read all the negativity about the 24-70mm (although it's really only coming from a couple of you), considering its reputation as a great lens.  I don't know how good my copy of this lens is, but it seems fine to me - I bought mine from Adorama in 2007.  The AF speed on it is blistering and it's built like a tank!
There definitely are good copies out there, hopefully and very likely more good than bad. There has never been any question over the build quality and the AF's the dodgy optics that have traumatized far too many photographers. The negative experience is not just coming from a couple of people on this thread, it's been in the spotlight on this and various other forums/lists/professional associations etc for years.

The 24-70 f/2.8 really was the hot candidate for a major refresh, and the MkII sounds like a cracker.


Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8L mk 1 or 24-105 f/4L
« on: May 29, 2012, 01:50:52 AM »
Kinda hard to find a good copy of 24-70 v1. I went through 3 copies, none of them gave me the sharpness i'm looking for.
Hah! You'd think we'd learn. I did three of them as well. Still got the last one which gets very little use, only when I have to have f/2.8.
The surprise lens of the past few years for me has been the 24-105 f/4L which I bought to see me through to the 24-70 MkII release, and it's fabulous. A definite keeper. But I'll pick up a MkII as well provided early reviews give it the expected 10/10.


Do you have display brightness up high on the 5D3? This could lead to a false exposure assessment. Did you have display brightness set way down low on your 5D2? What you were accustomed to evaluating on your 5D2 display may not translate to the 5D3. Shoot the same scene with both cameras, with the same lens at the same exposure & iso and see if the image displays differently on the camera display.

Also, this may be a good time to learn to read your histograms...


Lenses / Re: A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: May 28, 2012, 11:28:24 PM »
Just had another think about that unpretty hood as I looked glumly at the gaffer tape holding the hood onto my 24-70 f/2.8 MkI. If the new hood actually stays put like the one on the 70-200 f/2.8isII I'll be thrilled.

It's hard to tell from the photos, but I hope the larger top & bottom petals are flat enough to be able to put the lens down face first with the hood on without it falling over. This is handy when changing lenses. Lenses that topple over like the 24 f/1.4II are mildly irritating in this regard. But hey, if the new hood will stay on the lens without gaffa tape much will be forgiven.


Lenses / Re: Most requested lenses for replacement?
« on: May 28, 2012, 10:30:36 PM »
Personally I'd like to see the 135mm f/2 L get upgraded AFTER I buy this current version. A new one will undoubtedly be out of my price range.
There would definitely be a price hike, but if/when there is a new 135 f/2 I'd expect large numbers of mint condition pre-owned copies hitting the market as upgraditis kicks in.


Lenses / Re: List of rumored lenses
« on: May 28, 2012, 10:24:59 PM »
i think they should make a 35-85 f2L to fill the gap it would fit in perfectly with the 16-35

Great idea. But think big WW! L28-105 f/2is ? Hang the expense...


Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8L mk 1 or 24-105 f/4L
« on: May 28, 2012, 10:19:32 PM »
I used 24-70 f/2.8L exclusively during a tour of Europe and never once regretted it.  The lens is sharp, colour rendition is superb and AF is fast.  Not even contemplating on replacing it with vII.  I suggest to rent both glasses and check it yourself.
That's great you've got one of the good copies of the 24-70 f/2.8. Stay with it! The good ones are like gold. Rare and desirable.

This is not every photographers experience with this often flawed lens. I'll say it again, buy a new or late build pre-owned 24-70 f/2.8 from an outlet that allows for test & return if it's not up to an adequate standard. Test it carefully being very aware of soft zones in the same plane of focus. This will show up in a group photo for example. Even if you're straight on to the group, one side will be be sharp but the other side may show image killing, client losing soft zones. It can be subtle, but you want expensive L glass to deliver. Your home mortgage may depend on it!

The 24-105 seems to be far more consistent from one copy to the next. A good copy of either lens should be completely satisfactory for a busy pro, an applied, focused hobbyist or even rampant pixel peepers.


Lenses / Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« on: May 28, 2012, 09:57:22 PM »
The 17-55 really is the most versatile, beautiful quality lens for an APS-C body.

Mt Spokane's advice to get one good lens rather than a bag of rubbish is the best comment on this thread. If you get the 17-55, you'll probably have enough change for a good pre-owned 70-200 f/4 which would be a low cost, very high IQ perfect companion for the 17-55 f/2.8.

Paul Wright

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