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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.


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.


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