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Lenses / Re: Filters for 24-70 II
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:59:56 PM »
B+W MRC or Nano, probably best to use the XS-Pro mount (slim, but with front threads for the lens cap).  For a dSLR, there is no difference between UV and clear filters, get whichever is cheaper where you shop.
There are a lot of photographers who swear black and blue that filters are IQ killers and used only by paranoid pussycats. This is a democratic environment and they are entitled to their viewpoint.

I'm a strong advocate of protective front filters. With the exception of ND and CPL filters, the actual primary function of filters as was true in the film days when we used them for colour correction has evaporated. But the need for protection of the front element and filter thread remains as valid as ever. My equipment is in daily use, primarily on location. Over time I've come to find that my UV/ClearProtective filters need to be replaced every four or five years due to a slow accumulation of very fine scratches & scuffs, mainly from cleaning in the field. On rare, regrettable occasions my lenses have had biffs and bangs. Hoods have a great protection function, the strong flexible plastic absorbing a lot of impact energy. Front filters will also protect the lens thread which is often made from fine metal, often softer than you'd think.

It's a smart move in other..ahem..activities to wear your protection. Same for your lens. Dr Neuros suggestions are good. Buy now....

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 continuous shooting speed
« on: November 29, 2012, 07:00:54 AM »
How about a better battery?

Could it be that the better battery is the one mentioned in the spec list for the upcoming 7DII?

-PW

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Significantly slower AF
Really? I didn't know that... :-\
This has not been my experience nor have I ever heard this point strongly made in a professional review.  The AF on the both the IS and non IS f/4 versions are very, very fast.  My F/4 IS focuses as quickly as any lens I have used.

You're right, the 70-200 f/4 is a very fast focusing lens, but the f/2.8 advantage will kick in in lower light and when tracking action using AI-Servo AF. Simply, you'll get more keepers. The difference is not monumental, but enough for plenty of sports/action/wildlife/BIF/event/news shooters to choose the brightest lenses they can afford. If you're in business, you probably can't afford not to.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 continuous shooting speed
« on: November 28, 2012, 07:17:06 PM »
I generally get through a full day shoot OK on the 2 batteries in the 5D3 grip, even if I'm shooting 2000-3000 frames as I don't tend to chimp much at all. That's what sucks on the juice! But if the FPS issue is real that's a heads-up to get another couple of genuine LP-E6 cells ready for the day when I need that 6FPS rate for the entire day.

With luck this will be picked up in the firmware update due sometime in 2014. March? April? May? December....

-PW

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 versus 24-105 AF performance
« on: November 28, 2012, 07:06:37 PM »
Thanks everyone,  based on the feedback I'll sell my 24-70 and get the 24-105. Looking at used prices locally it looks like I should be able to get a new 24-105 for about $0 - $100 more so think I'll go that way.

This is a great time to shift a MkI 24-70 f/2.8. I got $1400 for my last one, sold not long after the 24-70MkII was released, sold on Gumtree in under 3 hours. From the number of enquiries I could have asked for more. The stratospheric price of the MkII has had the effect of ramping up the price of good, pre-owned 24-70 MkI lenses. There are great deals around on 24-105's right now. You'll come out with spare change.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon are obsessed with an IS version of the 24-70
« on: November 28, 2012, 04:21:00 PM »
It's out there....somewhere ;D
Somewhere over the rainbow, I'm dreaming of a 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM

Somewhere over the rainbow
Right...typos excite
Is IS in our zooms future?

-PW

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 versus 24-105 AF performance
« on: November 28, 2012, 05:15:14 AM »
Over a number of years I have had the misfortune to have had four 24-70L f/2.8 MkI lenses all of which can only be described as dogs...unusable for professional work. While there are brilliant copies of this lens around, this is a greatly unloved lens by plenty of photographers. In spite of not being keen on an f/4 lens, I got a pre-owned 24-105 f/4is just to see me through until the 24-70 f/2.8II shipped. This took a couple of years longer than expected! But the 24-105 f/4is is an absolute cracker, pin sharp wide open (and I'm fussy) and useful extra reach & IS.  When I get the new 24-70 f/2.8II the 24-105 f/4is will be a keeper.

Last week I had a 48 hour test drive of the new 24-70 f/2.8II and have to say this lens is absolutely fantastic. It was a long time coming but worth the wait. At $1000 more than the MkI it needed to be first class and in my view, it delivers.

So if you're comparing the 24-105 f/4is with the original 24-70, I'd put the 24-105 f/4is well ahead in most respects. But up against the new lens, it's no contest. The new 24-70 wins gold. With regard to AF performance, the f/2.8 glass will usually outperform an f/4 lens...particularly in low light.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: With my 5D MK III is an f/2.8 lens really needed???
« on: November 27, 2012, 06:40:15 PM »
Come on ryllz75, this is being handled on your other thread on basically the same subject. You got a lot of generous feedback from photographers from all sorts of backgrounds and skill levels and the consensus was so strongly in favour of the 70-200 f/2.8isII it was ridiculous. Don't let contrary posts undermine your decision to get the lens used by most Canon professionals for very valid reasons.

Too much Q&A can be deadly. Just get to know your 5D3 & new lens and shoot as much and as often as you can. Back your own decision to buy high quality gear and get to work!

-PW

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I shot some indoor dimly lit shots with 8000 - 10000 ISO and was greatly surprised by the results using the 24-105L.  Perhaps I may not need the 24-70L using the 5D MK III body?  Anybody else had this experience?

The high ISO capability of the new bodies is impressive.  But...why did you get the 70-200/2.8L IS II instead of the 70-200 f/4L IS?  The wider aperture is about more than letting in more light, it also allows better subject isolation for portraits - that's true for both the 70-200 range and the 24-70 range.

I've really got to disagree here. Why undermine his choice Neuro? He made the correct decision with the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. Yes, the high iso performance of new cameras is impressive, but f/2.8 vs f/4 is huge. That f/2.8 advantage punches through more often than you'd think. Coupled with the great new high iso performance we're enjoying we can push into areas and shot choices that would have been inconceivable only a few short years ago. Add to that the AF advantage that a f/2.8 lens has over f/4 in a low light venue/stadium then f/4 looks like something best suited to more static subjects.

Don't have any buyers-regret ryllz75, you've got a brilliantly flexible high performance lens that will satisfy your needs for years to come. You researched thoroughly and located a good deal. Whoo-hoo!

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2012, 06:08:20 PM »
HMMM...New ergonomic design? Why? The 7D's, and 5D III which borrowed from it, ergonomics are pretty damn stellar...

7D & 5D3 ergonomics are pretty good but I'd comfortably reserve the Stellar award for 1-Series bodies.
 
Non 1-Series bodies feel almost clunky by comparison. I use both on a daily basis. Ergonomics is one of the defining points of difference between 1-Series and 7D/5D3. Once used, it's hard to settle for less.

If the 7DII can close the gap with further ergonomic refinement then what's there to argue?

-PW

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There's plenty of advice on how to select your focus points already, so I'll pass on info as to why Focus & Recompose Sucks...
http://www.visual-vacations.com/Photography/focus-recompose_sucks.htm
http://digital-photography-school.com/the-problem-with-the-focus-recompose-method

-PW

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Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 27, 2012, 01:54:35 AM »
You guys are so GOOD! It takes patience and discipline to pack gear so neatly. Maybe it's a hangover from many years in the rough and tumble of shooting daily news, but I'm messy. You know how teenagers prefer the Floordrobe to the Wardrobe for their clothes...do you get the picture?

Looking over my shoulder at the sofa in my studio I see there is no room to sit. I can't see the table top for Einsteins, dishes, bodies and lenses. Sigh. That's my storage. But it's a mess I understand.

But on the road it's a different matter. Military level discipline. Big soft bags or backpacks for bodies & lenses and custom road-cases for lighting equipment. Ones that will tolerate airline baggage handlers in their sweetest moments. Stands & tripods go into Lightgear bags. For flights the tripod (with slim ball head) slips into a very strong PVC pipe (plumbing pipe) with the screw on caps. An elephant could sit on that.

Light and strong...that's the travel storage mantra but the rest of the time I admit there is some room for improvement.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2012, 01:35:16 AM »
+1 about keeping the LP-E6 battery. I use them on my 5D MK3 and 7D. I would not like to give up the exchange flexibility of batteries between those 2 cameras

LP-E6? Well yes... It would certainly be handy if the 7DII batteries were LP-E6 but I'll speculate that the replacement battery will be higher capacity to drive the AF & FPS speeds higher than a couple of LP-E6 cells could accommodate. I'll happily trade the convenience factor for performance upgrades.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M or ...???
« on: November 27, 2012, 01:14:40 AM »
In my mind, the main reasons to want the G15 over the S110 are the hotshoe and wired shutter release.  If you don't need those, you are probably served just as well by the S110.

...for the G15 add the 28-140mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens (vs S110 F2.0 - F5.9), optical viewfinder & longer battery life.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M or ...???
« on: November 26, 2012, 11:15:54 PM »
Another strong vote for the Canon G15. It's my next purchase. There's a very recent review on the G15 at DP Review that you should read. The Canon S110 is worth throwing into the mix. Its lens is not as bright and it doesn't go as wide as the G15, but it does have distinct advantage of being smaller than many smartphones. If you feel you wife would be more likely to take it with her all the time if it was purse size, then maybe the excellent S110 is the one to go for.

Remember you're buying for HER...this is not a toy for you. Think about the way she is likely to use it and locate the camera that ticks the most boxes for HER. Is she a novice? What will she do with her images? Make large prints? Put them on Facebook or Flickr galleries? Store and view them on her iPad? And so on...

Be honest in this appraisal, buy accordingly and she'll love you for it.

For your weekends away I guess there is a good chance you'll have your DSLR with you if something totally awesome comes up.

-PW

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