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Lenses / Re: Seeking lens in the 85-100mm range
« on: May 07, 2012, 09:21:25 PM »
100L is macro. It's new. It's stellar. Fast AF. It has latest IS. It's sharp as.
People here like this lens for very valid reasons. Get one.

Paul Wright

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Lenses / Re: Best lenses for...
« on: May 07, 2012, 09:16:58 PM »
1) Portraiture?
2) Landscapes?
3) Weddings (if you can choose only 2)?
1) 70-200 f/2.8isII
2) 16-35 f/2.8L
3) 70-200 f/2.8isII & 24-70 f/2.8L (MkII if your budget can stand the strain)

Paul Wright

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Lenses / Re: 5D MKIII w 70-200 2.8II using a 1.4x vs 2x extender
« on: May 07, 2012, 09:09:03 PM »
You have bought yourself a brilliant combination there. Why don't you wait and see how often you need more reach? There is always the walking zoom to get in closer when 200mm isn't quite enough. For nice balance in the hand spend a few hundred dollars on the vertical battery grip when they eventually start shipping.

The 70-200 is so good optically you shouldn't see a great deal of IQ degradation when using the x1.4 extender, though you do lose a stop, giving you 280mm at f/4. The 2x extender robs another stop and further, slight degradation. So you're down to 400mm at f/5.6. And with either extender you'll also collect a drop in AF performance. Extenders are a compromise. Valid reasons for using extenders are financial plus the fact that they take up very little room in the bag.

Read up here on the extenders:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-Extender-EF-2x-II-Teleconverter-Review.aspx
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-Extender-EF-1.4x-III-Review.aspx

Personally I'm not a great fan of extenders but others will sing their praises. When I get my FF 1DX I'll probably get a 400 f/2.8 as my 300 f/2.8 will lose the reach I currently have with the x1.3 APS-H 1D Mk4. A x1.4 extender on the 300 will give me 420mm but at f/4 and with reduced AF horsepower.

Paul Wright

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Alternatively it may be a deliberate design decision to partially cripple the 5D3 to make the 1DX more attractive to action shooters.

Waiting to upgrade from a 30D I would feel kinda strange if they'd "crippled" AF points for such a purpose on the 5D3. If they can do it in my 30D, why here ? Cheers, Pedro

Pedro, as it turns out the 1DX will have precisely the same black focus point feature, identical in behavior to the 5D3. Grrr.

But in the far greater scheme of things I wouldn't let it stand in the way of upgrading from your 30D. The 5D3 does almost everything extremely well and delivers great files. The black AF point thing is just one of those bewildering design/functionality/UI bombs.

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1DX AI Servo AF Point is BLACK. Oh no...
« on: May 07, 2012, 01:41:49 AM »
Zouk, the issue is insignificant so long as your black focus point is across a light area as in your posted sample. Though red is quicker to work with as it's THERE and you don't have to go looking for it. But when that selected focus point goes across a dark area ie dark stage area, a dark or black suit or dress, a dark stadium background...there are a bazillion examples. Think about it. Black on black is hard or impossible to see.

It's a non argument. Period. Respected photographers are speaking up. Chuck Westfall from Canon USA acknowledges the issue. It's real.

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1DX AI Servo AF Point is BLACK. Oh no...
« on: May 07, 2012, 12:32:15 AM »
Zouk maybe the Nikon has something different about it's viewfinder AF point display that keeps the black focus points visible when compared to the 5D3.

Maybe you have souped up vision. Lucky you! That helps shooting sports. If I were you I'd test-drive before switching sides.

But there has been enough noise from respected shooters to see that Canon have made a serious design blunder here.
But hopefully it's a simple matter with a firmware fix.

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Canon EOS 1DX AI Servo AF Point is BLACK. Oh no...
« on: May 06, 2012, 11:58:30 PM »
Got some bad news folks. The outcry over the black focus points in AI Servo mode on the 5D3 will be repeated again and louder when the 1DX ships.

I've just come back from a Canon day at a local dealer where there was an evaluation 1DX. Sorry everyone, it has exactly the same "takes your breath away" design flaw as the 5D3, the dreaded black focus points. I don't know what the design engineers and beta testers were thinking. It reduces functionality. I'd love to hear the official reason for this design decision. There is no benefit to it.

There has been enough feedback on the 5D3 to see that this is probably this single biggest user annoyance with the 5D3. A camera like the 1DX will be used a lot more on AI-Servo mode, so the black focus point issue will be even greater.

Canon, quick! Make friends. Get the firmware fix out. The red lights are there in One Shot mode. Switch 'em on for AI-Servo!

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Rate button
« on: May 06, 2012, 09:18:25 PM »
It would be REALLY helpful, Canon, it this otherwise useless button (like the Print button on the original 5D) was made programmable.

Yes that 5D print button was a waste of space. You'd think Canon would learn. The Rate button will be handy for a handful of shooters and it's a completely valid option. But it needs to be fully customizable with Rate just being one of the choices.

Like the 5D Print button, it's just another feature dot point for the Canon marketing team. A baffling design choice, an easily bumped irritation to the great majority of 5D3 shooters.

It's feature spam.

Paul Wright

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I am kind of at a loss as to exactly how AI Servo focus confirmation would work.

Do it just like the 1-Series bodies. You don't necessarily get confirmation, but you need to see where your AF points is, especially if you are tracking a moving subject, and keeping the AF point on the subject.

Personally, I'd prefer they find a way to make the AF points more visible at all times WITHOUT them blinking red all the time. A black AF point against a dark subject should maybe turn white...or become a white box with a small dark outline so it stands out...without blinking or turning red, which would be rather distracting and more intrusive to actually tracking your subject than an otherwise static AF point.

Red has always worked fine and it's what we're used to. I can't think of a situation where the red AF point is not immediately  apparent. On 1-Series bodies I choose to max the brightness of the AF display points. Maybe you'd like the simple option of dimming the points.

You know I'm wondering if the prolonged delay of the 1DX might have something to do with the black AF point issue. Sports shooters would be beta testing the 1DX and they would be blistering in their criticism of the black AF point issue.

Alternatively it may be a deliberate design decision to partially cripple the 5D3 to make the 1DX more attractive to action shooters.

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III AI Servo AF Point Annoyance
« on: May 06, 2012, 08:56:23 AM »
Have just done my first job with a 5D3 and for the most part I'm happy with the overall performance.

But this is a staggering error on Canon's part, crippling workflow in a fast moving dynamic shooting situation. They have set up this camera with a brilliant AF system, yet you frequently lose sight of the selected focus point because it's BLACK!

If this is firmware fixable then Canon would win friends by getting the update out to us ASAP. This issue is reason enough to not cancel my 1DX pre-order as I expected to do and be prepared to take the $$ hit selling the 5D3 when the 1DX eventually ships.

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / 5D Mk3 Black Squares focus points?
« on: May 06, 2012, 07:21:50 AM »
Have just done my first job with a 5D3 and for the most part I'm happy with the overall performance. Usually I shoot with 1-Series bodies but the wait for the 1DX finally suffocated me.

5D3 IQ looks fine and is about what I expected. AF is quick & accurate in one shot mode and seems to match my 1D4 in servo mode. Metering is better than any Canon I've ever owned.

I may be a little late into the conversation on this matter, but is there an obvious workaround for the breathtaking decision by Canon to render the selected focus points BLACK? On plenty of subjects your focus point is completely lost. This is a staggering error on Canon's part, crippling workflow in a fast moving dynamic shooting situation. They have set up this camera with a brilliant AF system, yet you frequently lose sight of the selected focus point because it's BLACK!

If this is firmware fixable then Canon would win friends by getting the update out to us ASAP. This alone is reason enough to not cancel my 1DX pre-order and be prepared to take the $$ hit selling the 5D3 when the 1DX eventually ships.

Paul Wright


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EOS Bodies / Re: Cost of 5DMk3 internationally
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:38:33 PM »
Here in Sydney Australia the more reputable gray importer DDP is doing 5DIII bodies for AUD$3699.
http://www.d-d-photographics.com.au/categories/Digital-SLR/Canon-Digital-SLR/Canon-5D-Mark-III/
3,699.00 AUD = 3,818.97 USD          3,699.00 AUD    = 2,904.18 EUR

Prices at authorized resellers which you must go to to qualify for CPS befits will come in a little higher, AUD$3,999.00 is the more common RRP. I'd pay the extra $300 every time.

Paul Wright

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I shoot jewellery with the 90mm  tilt/shift lens which focuses very close. If I need closer, I use extension rings.
Having the movements in the lens is brilliant for jewellery.

I don't own one, but the 45 tilt/shift may be just as good for this sort of work.

Paul Wright

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II - Your thoughts
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:29:00 PM »
Looking at the new Canon 24-70 Spec and MTF chart, I wonder how many CRs member going to buy this lens? and what is your number ONE reason to buy mrk II?
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_24_70mm_f_2_8l_ii_usm
Dylan

Dylan I'll definitely get one if real world user feedback delivers what we all hope is true...a stellar lens right up there with 70-200L IQ or even better. Maybe prime level IQ. Wouldn't that make it a must-have lens?

The three 24-70 f/2.8 lenses I've had over the years have all been appalling disappointments. There has been plenty written on this subject. A handful of fortunate shooters have good copies, but too many Mk1 lenses were dogs.

Paul Wright

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Sharpening is always the final step in your PP workflow.
You sharpen differently and specifically according to the output your work is headed for.

The late Bruce Fraser was THE guru when it comes to all things related to image sharpening.
Do a search and read up. Here's a start. http://www.adobepress.com/articles/article.asp?p=608637

Paul Wright

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