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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: BG-E11 Delayed
« on: May 13, 2012, 09:50:35 PM »
Don't worry, the eBay Chinese $60 knockoffs should be showing up shortly. With any luck it will beat the genuine grip to market. I don't mind the eBay grips.

Going back a few years the genuine grip for a 40D died and was replaced with an eBay knockoff, it still works perfectly for my daughter. I destroyed the tripod thread in a 5D classic grip years ago and it would have cost $160 to have repaired so I tried an eBay knockoff which was indistinguishable from the genuine except for branding. It banged around in my bag for years and probably did over 200k shutter actuations before being passed on to a friend who uses it on a daily basis.

So in my limited experience, the knockoffs build quality, switchgear, buttons etc are perfectly fine. I'm just going to buy whichever comes out first.

BTW don't overtighten anything you put into the tripod thread on your grip. It's not as solidly anchored as the one in the body. SpiderPro plates, Black Rapid straps etc which use the tripod thread can easily be overtightened, tearing the metal thread away from what ever material the grip base is manufactured from.

Paul Wright

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Lenses / Re: Which wide anlge zoom for new 5D3?
« on: May 10, 2012, 06:53:21 PM »
The 17-40 f/4 is a perceptual match for the 16-35 f/2.8II from f/5.6-f/11. If your shooting style means you don't need f/2.8 in your wides, the f/4 17-40 delivers. Not only is it half the price, it's a lot lighter in the bag and takes 77mm filters which may match other Canon L glass that you might have. I shoot with the 17-40 f/4 for very technically demanding clients.

But if f/2.8 performance is genuinely important to you and you have the budget, the 16-35 f/2.8II is as good a wide Canon zoom as you're going to find. If you're considering pre-owned, steer away from the MkI version of this lens.

Paul Wright

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Lenses / Re: BATTLE OF THE PRIMES: F1.8 Vs F1.4
« on: May 10, 2012, 06:12:04 PM »
I've worked with two 50 f/1.8 lenses. If you can live with the $90 build quality, they are quite acceptable from around 5.6. The 50 f/1.4, despite it's age is a great performer from around f/2, acceptable depending on the copy at f/1.8 and most of them are for emergency use only at f/1.4.

So if you have to have a Canon 50, I'm with every other poster on this thread with a vote for the f/1.4.

I had the Canon 50 f/1.4 and switched to the bigger, heavier Sigma 50 f/1.4. Though the Sigma is a decent lens, in hindsight it was a waste of time. There's no discernible IQ boost, and it's heavier & bulkier in the bag. I should have kept the Canon.

Paul Wright

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Ever thought about using your camera? It's been a useful solution for plenty of photographers.

http://thedambook.com/downloads/Camera_Scanning_Krogh.pdf
http://www.dpbestflow.org/camera/camera-scanning

These links are a good starting point. Look around the www and you'll find plenty more relevant info & tutorials.

Paul Wright

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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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