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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview 5D3 review out
« on: May 23, 2012, 04:15:05 AM »
But the Mk3 got spanked in a few important areas - jpg detail, and movie quality -  since Amazon has taken over DPR their reviews have deteriorated.

Speaking of spanking, where was the once feared DP-Review blowtorch when it comes to the two other great unmentionables:
1. The Rate button not being freed up to more useful custom settings in Custom Controls
2. The big hairy elephant in the room; the baffling black focus point issue.

Yes DPR has got a bit soft which is a shame. Watch DPR's independent credibility gradually slide away. The fearless standing up to major manufactures is now in the unfortunate Amazon era reality. Who loses? We do.

Even so, it's a good review with few surprises that has it's strongest suit as a user guide for new 5D3 owners.

Paul Wright

Damn I wish I could configure the rate button to activate AEB :(

It's too bad DP-Review didn't apply the blowtorch to this surprising design oversight. I'm prepared to hold my breath for the firmware update that we hope will address the insane black focus point issue as well as the equally baffling Rate button's lack of programability.

DP-Review also failed to mark down the 5D3 for the AI Servo black focus point. They're getting soft over there. Pity.

Paul Wright

After reading DP Review's 5D3 review it's clear the RAW vs JPEG debate has taken a definite, unsurprising move to the RAW argument.

End of story?

Paul Wright

Being able to program the dof preview button to engage ai servo is just the best idea ever and the AI servo on this thing is killer
Cool! Thanks for this WW. I probably would not have found this very handy little function.
Just goes to show it's worth having at least an evening with the manual. You discover things!

Paul Wright

Here is an image from a recent wedding that I shot in JPEG. There is nothing I could have gained from shooting this RAW and I consider it a very important client image that needs to have the highest IQ possible.

Yes that's a very nice image. No question. But keep shooting JPEG only and the day WILL come when you kick yourself hard for not shooting RAW. Why do you think photographers with the deepest experience shoot RAW? It's not to be cool. It's professional. RAW gives you a lot more headroom and that will either save the day for you in a big way or just mean better images for your client.

I remember once not getting a job I quoted on because I was too young. It was nothing to do with my portfolio or bad breath. The client said they only hire photographers aged 45 or over. Why? They never stuff up. Now that is a very narrow viewpoint, but there is something in it isn't there? Evolved professionalism has many subtle dimensions. Shoot RAW.

Paul Wright

The manual would be a daunting read for a complete beginner. When I got the 5D3 I flicked through it and paused to absorb the chapters on the new 61 point AF system. Otherwise the 5D3 is a pretty intuitive transition for anyone who has shot Canon for any length of time. 7d users will have the quickest transition.

But still, the manual will probably sit on my desk for a few more weeks before it goes off to the bookshelf alongside all the other dusty old Canon manuals & user guides! I know some people who put a PDF version of the manual for new equipment on their iPhone. Clever idea.

Paul Wright

Sheesh this is an old chestnut of a subject. There must be a billion or so words written on the clear benefits of shooting RAW. For colour critical work you wouldn't even think about JPEG.

My 5D3 certainly delivers good looking JPEG files, but frankly I'd prefer to do the RAW conversion myself. Every digital image starts out as a RAW whether it's in your phone camera or your 90Mp MF LEAF back. In camera JPEG files are created by software in the camera that "best-guesses" for an optimum result. It's often very close.

I used to dogmatically use & defend JPEG shooting, but the RAW advantages quickly shone through. If I need a deep burst rate when shooting action I'm more likely to shoot mRAW on the Mk4.

JPEG shooting has plenty of 100% valid scenarios, mostly for shooters with awesomely tight deadlines where every lost minute counts, measured either by potential earnings or being first with breaking news for example.

I shoot RAW.

Paul Wright

Samyang 85 1.4 vs canon ef 85 1.8 - which one to choose?
Here's the answer, it's the Sigma 85 f/1.4. No question.

Paul Wright

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Coming [CR3]
« on: May 22, 2012, 06:48:59 PM »
It looks to me like it would appeal to a lot of Rebel owners who are ready to graduate from the kit lens but want something a little sexier than a 50mm f/1.8. Just my take.
Yep this could be spot-on. The 50 f/1.8 is not a sexy lens. It is asonishing value at under $100 new, but few copies really deliver at anything wider than f/5.6. With the pancake, f/2.8 should be a non-issue provided it's sharp wide open. f/2.8 also helps deliver on a low price and very compact dimensions.

I'd be close to 100% certain that this is not a mirrorless lens. Expect to see a new range of glass for the mirrorless Canon.

Paul Wright

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle Lens Recommendations
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:30:35 AM »
16-35 f/2.8II is a very handy piece of class glass. To my way of thinking, and also trying to understand your immediate needs, you'd get a lot more relevant day to day use from the 16-35 f/2.8II than a 24 f/1.4.

No sane person would doubt the sheer quality of the files the 24 f/1.4 is capable of delivering at just about any aperture, but flexibility is the name of the game.  Carefully shot and exposed 16-35 f/2.8II files will generally cut it for most demanding client needs.

Paul Wright

Serious question here.
... how long will I probably have to wait for the next generation bodies?

Arrgh! What are you doing to us? What are you doing to yourself? You know the established timeframes.
It's in the deep future. Around iPhone 9 time. Maybe you need a platform change. D800?

Paul Wright

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Coming [CR3]
« on: May 22, 2012, 05:14:54 AM »
As a photographer people are always asking me what sort of camera they should get. So the conversation continues with questions about their needs, wishes and budgets. The Canon S100 has the highest hit rate at the moment. Some people who have had fairly decent compacts but want the very small form factor with very good IQ. Think in terms of APS-C & pancake...

I've offered a solution to a few people that has cost a lot less than a Leica M9. It's a small Pentax DSLR with the 40mm pancake. What a winner! Or a small Olympus DSLR with the 25mm pancake. There is a definite market for this sort of ultra compact APS-C package. And with all the obvious benefits of a DSLR.

Paul Wright

Lenses / Re: 300 f4 w/1.4x or 400 f5.6
« on: May 21, 2012, 01:18:45 AM »
Well i don't follow that outside the box thinking. Get a 7d when you have a 5dmk3? So with the 7d he'll get twice the DOF, thats not going to help isolating people in sporting situations.

Have you shot with a 400mm lens? The DOF is so shallow this would be more likely to be a help than a hindrance.

Paul Wright

Lenses / Re: 300 f4 w/1.4x or 400 f5.6
« on: May 20, 2012, 08:07:43 PM »
Just some "out of the box" thinking:
Attaching your 300 to a 7D gives you 480mm with no loss of AF speed, no loss of f4 and no TC related IQ issues. I'd take f4 over f5.6 any day as a starting point.

Love your line of thinking. This will be a super valid viewpoint when the last +1.3 crop APS-H Mk IV ships, leaving a number of long lens shooters feeling stranded. If the rumoured 7DII specs become a reality your argument becomes watertight. I'm with you. Get a 7D! Or a pre-owned MkIII or MkIV.

Paul Wright

Lenses / Re: 85 L vs 135 L
« on: May 20, 2012, 08:00:07 PM »
You've got a great lens there with the 70-200 f/2.8LisII. For portrait work it's a lot more flexible than a fixed 135. I bought a 135 f/2 and found I scarcely used it. It was nothing to do with the quality which was exemplary, it just lacked the flexibility of the zoom. And to be honest I missed the IS.

The 100 f/2.8Lis macro would really be in the same boat as the 135 f/2 in the context of this discussion. A fabulous lens, but for portraits, why pull it out when you have the 70-200 f/2.8LisII?

The stellar quality 85 f/1.2 is a gem, though very slow focusing. If your portraits are static, technical & considered,  this may be a satisfying choice. But frankly I see your lens set as first class and covering just about all possibilities. You don't need more glass. Why not use the money you've allocated for the glass on a shooting vacation?

Paul Wright

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