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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.


Lenses / Re: Just bought the shorty 40mm...
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:11:39 AM »
Yes I got one too for what was probably novelty value. After a busy couple of weeks with it, it's gathering cobwebs on the shelf. As mdm041 mentioned, it's a mighty expensive body-cap.

After doing side by side tests against the Sigma 50 f/1.4 and the 24-105 at comparable focal lengths, the novelty value quickly faded. I guess I'll give it to my daughter to help make her old 30D more school bag sized...


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cheap Camera Ideas...worth it?
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:43:48 PM »
Doesn't it depend on what the OP actually wants to achieve with photos from the India trip. If they are for commercial use as travel photos, then definitely stay with a DSLR and decent glass.

But if they are for personal use, a decent quality pocket camera is going to make for happier traveling. The number one golden rule for travel is to travel light. The Canon S100 is an obvious choice. I've recommended it to plenty of people who have absolutely fallen in love with this little gem, and thanked me for the recommendation. They have valued the comparative anonymity of a point and shoot over a DSLR, particularly in a destination like India. Sure it's a little more than the proposed $200 point and shoot, but it's IQ, build quality, low light performance and startlingly strong video performance make the S100 the travelers  friend.


Lenses / Re: Why pick 16-35 f2.8 over 17-40 f4
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:32:08 PM »
I'm in a virtually identical circumstance to you fallenflowers, 5D3 & 17-40 and wondering if a 16-35 f/2.8II is going to deliver tangible benefits over the 17-40 f/4. I would only use the 17-40 wide open in emergency situations, so if the 16-35 was going to deliver commercially viable files at f/2.8 for example, it may subtlety change my shooting style.

In tests I've done with the 17-40 vs 16-35 f/2.8II the IQ is line ball from around f/5.6 through to f/11. So if you're shooting style puts you into this range with the 17-40, why change? Personally I'll be allocating my next lens capex towards the 24-70 f/2.8II when it eventually ships.

Landscapes only? Keep the 17-40 f/4 and spend the extra money on getting yourself to some great locations.


Lenses / Re: 100mm F2.8 macro vs 100mm F.28L IS macro
« on: August 19, 2012, 04:42:20 AM »
For wedding work I'd be choosing the one with the quickest AF.
IQ on both lenses is fantastic, so no issue there.

OTOH why not consider the legendary 135 f/2 as an alternative?


Lenses / Re: best wide or ultra wide angle lens for crop sensorh
« on: August 17, 2012, 06:18:36 AM »
Hi, I'm finally ready to add a wide angle lens to my collection.  I mainly want it for landscapes, inside historic houses, and some closeup work (flowers and things).  I was thinking the canon 10-22 but I would love to hear opinions on this or other lenses.
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm will deliver L grade performance in a EF-S mount. For the subject matter you are describing, the premium IQ of the Canon will make it a more satisfying experience than the Tokina. For your planned closeup work, it's worthwhile noting that the Canon has an appreciably closer minimum focus distance.

Tested Min Focus Distance (Wide / Long)    8.9” / 8.82”

Tested Min Focus Distance (Wide / Long)    11.89” / 12.28”


Portrait / Re: 50mm f1.4 group photo
« on: August 15, 2012, 07:13:51 AM »
1/20 sec?
Motion blur...


Lenses / Re: 70-300L or 70-200 2.8 IS II?
« on: August 15, 2012, 03:06:43 AM »
There are plenty of reasons why the 70-200 f/2.8isII is found in just about every professional Canon shooters bag worldwide, usually permanently attached to a body. It's just the most amazing lens, for reasons that have been expounded ad-infinitum on this list and all over the www for years. Ignore this at your peril. This lens has credibility plus.

The 70-300L is without question a very fine piece of glass and a bargain to boot, but the 70-200 f/2.8isII just ticks a hell of a lot more boxes.


I have not bothered, the so called problem is so far off my radar that I forgot to mention it when my 5D3 went into CPS for a replacement shutter a couple of weeks ago.

Shutter replacement already?..

Yep, at less than 10K actuations too. I had the dubious honour of having the first one in Australia. I wouldn't read too much into it, just a bit of bad luck which fortunately happened during warranty. My studio is 15 minutes from CPS. They fixed it in two days and gave me a loan 5D3 in the meantime.

Glad I didn't buy gray? You bet.


Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: August 14, 2012, 07:19:36 PM »
Everyone's answer is 100% valid for their  style of shooting. I'm a zooms guy, the flexibility when working quickly or in environments where lens changes are a one-way ticket to sensor grunge makes them a no brainer in my business. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my primes, the 24 f/1.4II and 300 f/2.8IS in particular, but if I was restricted to just three, here they are:

1. 16-35L f/2.8II
2. 24-70L f/2.8II (coming soon to replace the 24-105L f/4IS)
3. 70-200L f/2.8IS II


I don't personally care about the light leak issue, but I know it could potentially hurt the resale value.  I was just wondering if anyone had gotten theirs fixed and if so how did you go about doing it?  And how much did it cost?
I have not bothered, the so called problem is so far off my radar that I forgot to mention it when my 5D3 went into CPS for a replacement shutter a couple of weeks ago.
By the time resale comes around, I think the light leak scenario will be mostly forgotten.


EOS Bodies / Re: Looking for a high quality reflector holder
« on: August 12, 2012, 05:45:09 AM »
Check these out. A brilliant design.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 for sports/action?
« on: August 12, 2012, 05:40:07 AM »
For action shooting look to a pre-owned 1 Series. I have a 5D3 and when I first got it, out of curiosity I ran it as a second body at a track & field athletics job. It's IQ and AF were 100% up to the job but the slow frame rate and small buffer reveal the 5D3's strengths & weaknesses. In short, it's not an action shooting camera.

I shoot action with 1D4, 1D3 & until relatively recently the legendary 1D Mk2n. With plenty of power (higher voltage) to push the AF along quickly, the fast frame rate and the deep buffer make these cameras the natural first choice for sports/action photography.

The 7D is used by a lot of sports/action shooters as well as a large number of BIF shooters. It's true that while the high iso results can be troubling to some people, it's extremely good when working with good light and lower iso speeds. The frame rate is pretty good, I can't comment on the all important buffer depth.

For similar $$ to the 5D3 why not pick up a pre-owned 1D4? With the exception of the newly released 1DX, it's far and away the finest sports/action camera Canon has ever released.


+1 for 100 f/2.8 macro non-L.
This is a brilliant lens, it's great value and will deliver similar focal length to what you have been used to.
60mm X 1.6 (APS-C) = 96mm


Lenses / Re: Lens creep. Is this normal?
« on: August 10, 2012, 01:35:27 AM »
Yep my 24-105 is a creeper too. Very disconcerting especially during a highly technical shoot, or with the camera on a boom facing the floor for an overhead shot. If I'm using the 24-105 like this I just gaffa tape it into position. Crude but effective.

But even primes are not immune to creep. Last year my 90mmTS-E lens started to creep, and that means focus creep. That turned out to be a somewhat expensive exercise with an irritated client and some re-shoots needed. I'd check focus for each new shot and shoot with cable release. The shots looked sharp on the camera monitor. But not on the 30 inch studio panel. Errgh!

Canon repaired the 90mmTS-E...there was a worn internal component. Gaffa Tape! I still don't leave home without it...

-Paul Wright

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