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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D II/24-70L II OR 5D III/24-70L
« on: May 17, 2012, 05:56:04 PM »
Remember the old saying "locked on the horns of a dilemma"? That's where you are.

Having just made the upgrade to 5D3 I'm getting a significantly higher percentage of keepers compared to the previous 5D body. It's all about the 61 point AF which seems to match or even surpass my 1D4 AF capabilities.

When you get a camera that has such responsive and accurate AF both in One Shot & AI Servo mode it tends to change the way you shoot because you can attempt shots that would previously been unrealistic.

My recommendation for you is definitely the 5D3. You'll enjoy your photography more and attempt previously impossible scenarios. The 24-70 f/2.8 Mk1 is no slouch. A good copy is stellar. There are a lot of pre-owned  copies on the market at the moment and you should get a brilliant one for a very reasonable price. If it's not to your taste, re-sell and you probably won't lose a single dollar. Why not go for a late build pre-owned 24-70 f/2.8 MkI? You can determine the year of manufacture from the date stamp that the lens will carry.

Here's how to do it. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Canon-Lens-Aging.aspx

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: BG-E11 availability
« on: May 16, 2012, 08:51:47 PM »
I think we all know and acknowledge this is a baffling, highly irritating delay.
But really, just get on with enjoying your 5D3 and be pleasantly surprised when the BG-E11 ships.
It's not worth wasting worry energy on this. Life is too short. Plan a great shoot for this weekend instead!

Paul Wright

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I've been checking out the PocketWizard MiniTT1 with the aim of increasing efficiency when using HSS on 580ex & 580exII. Also, does the 600ex-RT do HSS in an efficient way as offered by the PocketWizard MiniTT1?
Yes, the 600EX-RT does HSS.
IF you are considering the PW MiniTT1 and Flex system, you may want to check out the Phottix Odins - I have been hearing a lot of good things about them over at Strobist.com. Here is a review on them:
http://flashhavoc.com/phottix-odin-ttl-trigger-review/
Interesting, it looks like a good system. But it's the power usage efficiencies that the PocketWizard MiniTT1 promises, with the associated ability to do an HSS burst. Regular HSS using big apertures & higher iso might deliver 2-3 frames in a 10 FPS speed burst. If the PocketWizard MiniTT1 savings could stretch this out by even a couple of frames it's valuable to me.

Paul Wright

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I use HSS a lot and depend on it. But DUH...it's taken until today to find out about the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and the power efficiencies it provides when using HSS.  I gather it will work beautifully with my 1D4 but no action with the 5D3. Current speedlights are 580ex & 580exII. Fully prepared to update to 600ex-RT to get optimum HSS performance.

Does the ST-E3 offer the same efficiencies as PocketWizard MiniTT1 in HSS mode when paired with 600ex-RT? Given I'll be working with 1D4, 5D3 & 1DX, what hardware combination is going to deliver the optimum HSS outcomes?

Paul Wright

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I've been checking out the PocketWizard MiniTT1 with the aim of increasing efficiency when using HSS on 580ex & 580exII. From what I've read I'll see high compatibility with my 1D MkIV, but zero compatibility with my 5DIII. Does anyone have direct experience with these combinations?

Also, does the 600ex-RT do HSS in an efficient way as offered by the PocketWizard MiniTT1? Or does it do HSS at all?

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Info? [CR2]
« on: May 16, 2012, 04:24:58 AM »
In recent times I have been making a lot more use of high speed sync on the 580ex & 580exII. It really needs a gutsy external battery hooked up to make it truly useful as it sucks power like crazy. I'd like to read other people's HSS strategies.
I use a PW mini for hss - cuts battery usage by a LONG way
Very interesting! How so? Do you have a link to a technical article on this?

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Info? [CR2]
« on: May 16, 2012, 02:27:52 AM »
I hope for faster than 1/250 X-sync, since last generation of pro bodies is step back from older models:
1/200 on 5D mark III is slower than 1/250 of 1Ds or Nikon D800
1/250 on 1D X is slower than 1D/1DIII,1DIV

Oh yes! That should be high on the wishlist for a work-ready 7DII. Faster sync speeds are difficult to achieve on FF due to the greater distance the shutter must travel. Dr Neuro has explained this more eloquently.

I loved the 1/500 sync on the original 1D with the CCD sensor, the last in the line before CMOS took over. I did read the reasons why CMOS characteristics did pull the sync speed back from 1/500 to 1/300 on the 1D MkII MkIII & MkIV but can't recall the details. It was a decade ago.

In recent times I have been making a lot more use of high speed sync on the 580ex & 580exII. It really needs a gutsy external battery hooked up to make it truly useful as it sucks power like crazy. I run a twin output Quantum Turbo T3 which is a big help. It's also useful to keep your aperture big and your iso as high as practical for your project, particularly if you need a few frames burst. With HSS there's no problem if you shoot at 8000/sec at f/2.8 or f/4 at 800 or 1600 iso. I'd like to read other people's HSS strategies.

But back to business, yes Canon, stretch the R&D budget, charge a little more for the 7DII if you must but give us 1/500 sync.

Paul Wright

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DPP is a curious program. It has a very pretty GUI but the backend is packed with flaws, glitches and some plain baffling workflow roadblocks. It's fine for a very small project, or just working carefully with a hero image, but when you need to work quickly with a large number of files, LR or ACR functionality make them the RAW converter of choice for most professionals.
Nonsense.  Obviously, you don't know DPP or are biased to your own workflow.  Why do you need LR or ACR to convert RAW?  Just because people say you have to?  DPP can do this handsdown and within DPP you can call PS and edit your master piece if you like.

With respect, I do know DPP a lot more intimately than you might imagine. There is no disputing the fact that DPP is highly capable of delivering beautifully processed files. Some might say unrivaled. For problem skintones it can be a godsend.

You may have misunderstood what I'm referring to as a master file. Different entirely to a masterpiece. It's a term in common usage that refers to a file that has generally had a great deal of work done to it all the way from RAW conversion, complex and often deep, time consuming processing in PS. It might be a multi layered PSD or a flattened TIFF with a lot of PP work behind it. Depending on personal output or client needs, it would be self defeating and unwise to sharpen this master file. My client may need the same image delivered for a billboard, a full page glossy magazine advert and for web. Each output has its unique sharpening requirements.

Most professionals and high output amateurs who choose to process through LR don't do so because they've succumbed to marketing or peer hype. I did complex and time consuming evaluation of every commercial RAW converter on the market. Each of them had unique standout qualities, even Silkypix. Raw Essentials which Adobe bought to build Lightroom V1.0 on was superb. But in a busy studio, a pragmatic choice is essential.  LR is a highly evolved efficient workflow tool that offers a suite of functions, each with neatly integrated controls and choices. If I need to properly process 100-500 RAW files between morning tea and lunchtime I know where I'll get the job done to meet my deadline...LR 4.0.

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Info? [CR2]
« on: May 15, 2012, 09:42:56 PM »
The 61 AF from 5D3/1DX sounds sweet as well 10FPS.
Hopefully if that 10FPS comes to stay in 7D2, FULL RAW continuous burst of 20-30 shots, not 17 shots like in 7D.

Good point. The buffer depth may be the bottleneck that would make a $$ stretch to the 1DX necessary. All the more reason to keep the MP at 18. If Canon are going to spec the 7DII with 10 FPS they'd be unlikely to limit it's usefulness with an oversized MP spec.

Canon can be commended for not bowing to misinformed pressure to keep increasing MP with recent updates, notably the 18MP 1DX and the 22MP 5D3. I'd predict an upgraded 18MP APS-C for the 7DII, along with build and performance upgrades to fill the gap left by the demise of APS-H (Canon 1DMkIV).

On my Mk4 I often shoot mRAW if I need 10fps, a deep, deep buffer and have a valid reluctance to shoot JPEG. Lighting at indoor sports venues can challenge auto white balance making RAW shooting 100% necessary.

Paul Wright

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DPP's default settings deliver more sharpening than the LR default. But sharpening should always come as the very last step in your post production workflow. And you sharpen specifically for the output media. You'll sharpen quite differently for web, offset printing, inkjet, Frontier etc. There is plenty to learn out there on the www on this subject. I sharpen in Photoshop. Master files should be left unsharpened, then sharpen duplicates for their preferred output.

DPP is a curious program. It has a very pretty GUI but the backend is packed with flaws, glitches and some plain baffling workflow roadblocks. It's fine for a very small project, or just working carefully with a hero image, but when you need to work quickly with a large number of files, LR or ACR functionality make them the RAW converter of choice for most professionals.

The only time I turn to DPP is if I'm having trouble with skintones in a difficult & important file and it can provide a time saving solution.

Paul Wright


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http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Publications/DxOMark-Reviews/Canon-5D-Mark-III-Review/Comparisons
This link takes you to a 5d3 vs 5d2 comparison at DXO.  Scroll down a little bit to ISO Latitude...they use the word "expendable" instead of "expandable" to describe ISO expansion. 
Well you seemed to work out from the context that "expendable" meant "expandable". The planet is populated by intelligent people who no doubt will also make this gigantic cognitive leap just as you did.

Just be thankful there is someone as thorough as DXO to provide pixel peepers with the research data they generate.

A typo? OMG. Fire the secretary! Call in the National guard! Cancel everything! Or just chill.....

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX to ship next month.
« on: May 15, 2012, 12:36:58 AM »
1DX shipping date? For the average punter it will be further down the line from when the 1Dx is officially released.

News organisations, big agencies and the like will have their pre-orders filled before anyone else. And with the Olympics only five minutes away, you can be sure there will be a deep, deep stock of 1DX bodies available for evaluation and multi-day use at the CPS headquarters in London.

Canon will be making elite sports shooters nervous with the non-release of the 1DX. If they ship too close to the Olympics photographers will not have had enough frontline experience with the new body to feel 100% familiar with the changes from the 1D4.

But this camera just has to be right. After the PR disaster that surrounded the release of the 1D3 they'll be taking absolutely no chances. This almost certainly accounts for the delays so far.

If they're listening to feedback from action shooters, hopefully they'll have a fix for the dreaded black AF point debacle when using AI Servo that we have seen in the 5D3. The hand built beta 1DX bodies have exactly the same design flaw. Let's hope the shipping versions have dealt with this, and that the fix will flow through to 5D3 in the form of a firmware update.

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Info? [CR2]
« on: May 14, 2012, 11:35:00 PM »
The Big question is will the 7DII announcement and resulting camera cause the same level of dummy spitting, carry on and trolling that happened after the 5Dmk3 announcement?  :-*

Errrgh, I hope not. But somehow I doubt it. There isn't as much at stake here. The 5DMk2 - 5DMk3 transition was a long and emotional ride for a lot of shooters. While the 7D2 release will be a huge interest generator, I doubt it will attract the same levels of indulgent, highly unattractive behaviour.

But just in case; moderators do you have a plan?

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Info? [CR2]
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:59:58 PM »
How much? I bet it will be $2500! Too expensive IMO vs. other alternatives out here!

Assuming you've already got a bagful of Canon L glass, what alternatives are you suggesting? If the spec list is as detailed, and the build quality is on a par with 5D3, I'd pay over $2k for it in a heartbeat.

Paul Wright

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 650D - sensor size?
« on: May 14, 2012, 08:01:45 PM »
Any rumours on the sensor Mp size for this next body in the popular APS-C range - and when it is due out?

The 450D had 12.2 Mp sensor
500D had 15.1 Mp
550D/600D have 18.0 Mp
650D - 22 or 24 Mp?

The marketing dept at Canon would never allow it, but personally I'd prefer to see a super performance 12 Mp sensor. It would probably far more suitable for the vast majority of xxxD shooters.

Really, rather than putting the blowtorch onto Canon for more Mp with every release, we should be making smarter requests that will ultimately deliver far more useful cameras.

Paul Wright

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