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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: the canon 100d/sl1
« on: April 19, 2014, 08:50:11 AM »
Unwilling to lug a 1-Series or 5D3 yet again on a trekking trip to Laos I picked up the then just released SL1 and got my first ever EF-S lens, the 15-85is. I was under no illusions that the handling and performance across all sorts of parameters would fall well short of my FF bodies. Yes, it's slower to use than the pro bodies but the well established DSLR benefits set it apart from any compact or mirrorless cameras I've owned, used or tested. In short, for me it's an ideal travel camera, tiny, light and delivers very competent APS-C level files.

It's even found its way into my professional work when a lightweight third body has been called for. Provided you're going in with your eyes open, this is a very rewarding little camera. In my view it's one of the more interesting releases from Canon in a long time.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-eos-100d-rebel-sl1

-pw

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Software & Accessories / Re: shoulder sling
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:07:25 AM »
FWIW there have been a bazillion sling-strap threads on CR over the past couple of years. Here are a few for starters. Do your own search and read-up.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=13967.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=16732.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=17047.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=17041.15

Last year CarrySpeed were litigated out of existence by an irate, cashed up Black Rapid. I have a number of CarrySpeed products which I initially found quite comfortable compared to the original body-busting, neck cracking neck-straps. My conclusion was that the Dual two-camera setup is an over-compilcated, bulky, under-developed white elephant. The single camera straps are very comfortable unless you want to use two cameras. I found the method of attachment fiddly and slow, and very difficult with cold hands. I really wanted CarrySpeed to work for me, not least because I totally committed to a full system and dropped a few hundred dollars on it. Too bulky, too fiddly...ultimately money down the drain. They didn't get a single bid when I put them on eBay.

My next port of call for a sling strap has been a comprehensive winner. Check out Peak Design https://peakdesignltd.com/
I have three Leash sling straps https://peakdesignltd.com/store/leash
Two Capture Pro Clips, https://peakdesignltd.com/store/capturepro
Two ProPads https://peakdesignltd.com/store/propad which I have attached to a strong Utility Belt
A dozen or so spare Anchors https://peakdesignltd.com/store/anchors plus a few extra plates (Arca Swiss compatible)

It's everything CarrySpeed wasn't. Fast to use, very light and what comes through as committed, mature design. They certainly work for me, used to the max on a daily basis.

Plenty of photographers swear by their excellent Black Rapid sling straps, but I needed the astounding flexibility that the Peak Design products offer.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:47:42 AM »
Do the experts here think that the overall image quality of the 7DII will match or at least come close to the APS-H 1D IV?
I'm certainly hoping the 7DII will be a viable replacement for my high-milage 1D MkIV based on all sorts of performance parameters. But until the over-anticipated 7DII actually ships, speculation is next to useless.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:30:11 AM »
I wonder how many professional photographers truly enjoy photography?
Maybe some don't, and that will be true of most professions.

I've always felt so privileged to have cracked it in such a diversely fulfilling field...I figure it beats the hell out of having to work for a living. Life is supposed to be enjoyable!

-pw

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:31:23 AM »
Well actually you could see it the other way around. Not relying on photography for income free up creativity but also the will to share.

With no responsibility comes great power ;)

I've often thought along similar lines with respect to amateurs. The status can give freedom for tremendous creativity. Not just photography, but some of the most astoundingly creative and interesting food I've eaten has come from the kitchens of unrestrained and talented amateurs. Same with music. Often without commercial constraints and self imposed genre constrained considerations, some of the most magical, though not necessarily technically perfect music has come from non-professionals.

And just to add, it sounds like sour-grapes to criticize a non-professional for having the good fortune and good taste to have premium bodies and glass. Some people drop their wealth on fast cars, boats or planes...so why not top-shelf camera gear? You'd be surprised the percentage total sales of L lenses that go into the kits of well-heeled enthusiast amateurs.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:59:19 PM »
OK! There's the difference. Most copies of the 24-70 f/2.8 MkI were unmitigated pieces of shirt when compared to the prime beating MkII. I'm not the only photographer around CR (and elsewhere) who ploughed through five or six 24-70 f/2.8MkI lenses over a number of years in search of one of the rare good copies.

As a signed-up, paid-up life member of the Z Team, I'd also choose your primes, the 24 35 85 combo over the old MkI zoom for an important job. My first day shooting with the MkII zoom was one of the happiest days of my life. To say I was gobsmacked by the quality across a broad variety of situations is almost an understatement.
-pw

That's good to hear ! I am however surprised as I was under the impression from lots of reviews and talk over the years that the 24-70 2.8L was the best Canon had - I never got the performance out of it that I wanted and the day I started shooting the 35 IS was an eye opener to see how much sharper it was.

Would you say the 24-70 mk2 can seriously better the 24 35 85 primes ?

Well, the 24-70 f/2.8MkII arrival quickly prompted me selling a great copy of a 24 f/1.4MkII, a 35 f/2 and a Sigma 50 f/1.4. The new lens eclipsed them all in most respects. I very occasionally miss the f/1.4 to f/2 range, but the 5D3 can handle an awesome iso peak when the need arises provided it's perfectly exposed and suitably treated in post-pro.

On a balance, I prefer the lighter bag and the established zoom credentials. Other than the obvious 15mm less reach, the 24-70 f/2.8 MkII will outperform the 85 f/1.8 but the 85 f/1.2 is clearly in a class/genre of its own. I did have a very sweet 85 f/1.2 for a few years but my shooting style requires rocket fast, very responsive AF so it also got on-sold because of lack of use.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:03:44 PM »
While we are talking about misquotes to the handful of people who keep yacking on about the 24-70 2.8 mk2 , there was never a reference to this lens in my post you all just forgot to read it properly, The lens I replaced and compared with is the 24-70 2.8 mk1 and as already stated i am not making assumptions about the mk2 it may well be better than the 35 IS i haven't used it so cant comment.

Just completed another two weddings with the 24 35 85 combo and very happy with the results so far certainly beats the quality that I was getting from the 24-70 MK1...

OK! There's the difference. Most copies of the 24-70 f/2.8 MkI were unmitigated pieces of shirt when compared to the prime beating MkII. I'm not the only photographer around CR (and elsewhere) who ploughed through five or six 24-70 f/2.8MkI lenses over a number of years in search of one of the rare good copies.

As a signed-up, paid-up life member of the Z Team, I'd also choose your primes, the 24 35 85 combo over the old MkI zoom for an important job. My first day shooting with the MkII zoom was one of the happiest days of my life. To say I was gobsmacked by the quality across a broad variety of situations is almost an understatement.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:52:06 AM »
There is no intention here of fanning yet another prime vs zoom flame war here. They both have completely valid places in image making. Whether the shot you deliver to a client was made with a 35 f/2is or 24-70 or whatever, they're not really going to care so long as it's a hot, memorable shot.

For any events work, I'll stand firmly with the Z team.  8)

Each to their own, personally i have outgrown my zoom lenses and prefer the quality the prime provides and have the ability to think about the composition and use my feet.
This is one of the best points I have seen on CR. I am glad to see someone else who has outgrown zoom lenses.
Hmmm...do you "outgrow" zoom lenses or just alter your preference?
Someone else pointed out in this thread that "the time needed to change lenses" is a downside to using primes. That's not the way it works. Like the OP here suggests, the prime photographer works with multiple camera bodies, each with its own prime attached.
Of course lens changes take time. Even a moment can mean a missed shot. Plus, outdoors photographers know that every lens change means potential sensor dust bunnies. And zoom shooters will have either a 16-35 or 24-70 on one body and a 70-200 on another...
Two or three camera bodies provide perfect coverage of every pre-planned vision as well as preparedness for spontaneous moments, and a fourth and fifth body are always nearby, each with its own lens and perfect settings for that lens's focal length. Primes are not necessarily evil, but "the time needed to change lenses" is simply not a factor in the professional workflow regardless of using primes or zooms.
At an event, fourth or fifth bodies "nearby" isn't really practical. Most photographers will successfully manage two bodies on their person, and occasionally three without getting tangled up occasionally. At a wedding things happen at the speed of light. A magic moment will be past while one photographer is making even a very skilled lens change while the zoom shooter will have half a dozen frames in the bag.
Zooming easily makes a photographer concentrate on getting the best out of the current situation but be blind to seeing the best situation. Zooming can give the illusion that we are perfecting a composition when in fact we are only compromising it.
Errrm....what a funny thing to say!  ???

-pw

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I also have the early series Sigma 12-24 which is complete mush wide open, but moves to quite acceptable at f/11. It's certainly not an every-day lens, but half a dozen times a year it has really saved my bacon when 16mm (16-35 f/2.8II) just isn't enough. I was stunned to walk into a client's office and there above the reception desk is a framed 36 inch print of their new building which I shot a few years ago on a 5D classic and the Sigma 12-24, complete with fairly brutal perspective correction in post. And it looked GOOD! I was amazed. My little 12-24 is a keeper, but always with the need to stay fully aware of its limitations and stated client needs. If Sigma did a 12mm prime, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

However, if the need arises from architectural and infrastructure clients, the 17 TS-E will be the weapon of choice. This lens is King....

-pw

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:30:59 PM »
That hopefully demonstrates where i am coming from with the judgement on the 35 f2 IS
Call me slow, but I still have no fricking idea how that has anything to do with the new 50mm Sigma.
One of the most directionless threads I've come across on CR.
...yet it has over 60 replies. In fairness to the OP, he introduced the thread as a discussion on alternatives to the much hyped new Sigma 50.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 13, 2014, 07:51:53 PM »
...each to their own, personally I have outgrown my zoom lenses and prefer the quality the prime provides and have the ability to think about the composition and use my feet.
Certainly each to their own. But I have to disagree about simply using your feet. The walking zoom is fine in some situations, but at a wedding in particular, you're often locked into tight positions either dictated by discretion or sheer physical mass of guests or objects.

While in no way denigrating the brilliant properties of the EF 35 f/2is, the 24-70 f/2.8II is the events shooters best friend, along with the undisputed champion of the world, the 70-200 f/2.8isII. In my view, for events work and indeed a great deal of all commercial work, these two extroidinary zooms make primes an inconvenient irrelevance.

At a wedding or any commercial job that is dynamic (vs static) I have total responsibility to my client to deliver the magic moments by the boatload. Classy zooms are the strongest tools in my kit.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:35:15 PM »
Seeing as you're shooting FF, I'd recommend the 135mm over the 50mm. As other posters have said, you've got the short end really well covered. Maybe you don't need any new glass. Spend the money on a holiday.

FWIW, I had a nice sharp copy of the current Sigma 50 f/1.4 and also a very sharp 135 f/2. You know what? I sold them both because of lack of use. The stellar 24-70 f/2.8II and 70-200 f/2.8isII are my go-to workhorses and boy do they deliver. These two lenses and their previous incarnations have been the foundations of my business since last century. They've fed us, schooled my kids, built our studio/residence, put the cars in the garage, delivered creative and personal wins and made lots of clients very happy.

For the way I work, the sheer quality of today's zooms make primes below 300mm an inconvenient irrelevance.

-pw

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Really? I'll give you TWO 70D bodies in exchange for your MkIV.

-pw

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Photography Technique / Re: 1D X - 12 FPS or 14 FPS?
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:29:21 PM »
I still shoot sports with 1D MkIV which maxes out at 10 FPS. I'm still consistently amazed how much actually happens between frames at 10 FPS. There is still room for great skill in anticipation combined with exquisite timing for that "hero" action shot. An effective action shooter learns to see into the future.

But 12 or 14 FPS will certainly deliver more "peak moment" action images than 10 FPS, which in itself was a huge leap up from 8 FPS in terms of a burst delivering you that peak image. 6 FPS seems almost glacial.

As long as your buffer can clear to a good fast very high capacity card and your post-production sorting, ranking and editing skills are quick and ruthless, I say go as fast as the technology permits.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 07:04:32 AM »
We'll see...this may be more of the slow 7DII water torture drip-feed of possible announcement scraps we're fed on a monthly basis.
Guess the 7DII has to happen some time, so why not May?  ;D

-pw

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