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Lenses / Re: New 50 Finally on the Way? [CR1]
« on: November 04, 2012, 06:19:21 PM »
In that case, I shall keep my hard-earned cash safely in my wallet.  I was about to splash out on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4...

Yes I'd wait if I were you. I went through two Sigma 50 f/1.4 lenses after off-loading my EF 50 f/1.4. Neither Sigma was consistent enough to trust for commercial work. AF was far too hit-and-miss. I should have just kept the old EF 50 f/1.4! My money is on the new lens being an f/2is. Hope fully it's stellar wide open.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Two Lenses to be Announced Shortly.....
« on: November 04, 2012, 06:12:57 PM »
Hmmm... let me guess.... 50mm f1.4 IS and 24-70mm f4 IS ??
Yes these are the most likely. That 50 replacement has been coming for years now! Not sure it will be a f/1.4 though, as it would cannabalise sales of the 50 f/1.2L.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Best solution for organizing numerous lenshoods
« on: November 04, 2012, 06:08:20 PM »
I just leave them reverse mounted on each lens thy belong to, simple

Exactly. They should never leave the lens...
Apart from the primary function as a hood/shade, they're brilliant lens protectors, absorbing bumps & biffs while on location that the lens proper would other wise cop. I see them as a convenient additional form of insurance.

-PW

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Canon General / Re: EOS-M kicking butt in Japan
« on: November 04, 2012, 02:41:19 AM »
I'm glad it's doing so well; that's likely to inspire Canon to expand its mirrorless range sooner rather than later. Call me old fashioned, but I wouldn't contemplate serious photography on a camera without a proper viewfinder. And I'm perfectly happy if that happens to be a quality EVF.

When Canon deliver the mirrorless with EVF and snappin' AF I'm on board! In a heartbeat...

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1D MKIV To 1DX
« on: November 04, 2012, 02:30:37 AM »
I'll be upgrading AND keeping the 1D4. I love this camera and value the APS-H sensor.
Other than APS-H, the only significant thing I'll miss from the 1D4 is the illuminated red AF points.

But it's the sheer power of the AF that is a prime attraction of the 1DX for the way I work. After working for a few months with the 5D3 I think I have some reality on the AF capabilities of the 1DX. Plenty of others have had very high expectations and not been disappointed.

-PW

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Portrait / Re: Political Portraits - Warts and All
« on: November 03, 2012, 10:15:03 PM »
What is it?
It's a picture of the ground. Hardly worth responding to, but just for Nancy Pelosi's sake:

Nancy Pelosi:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Pelosi
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/nancy-pelosi/

-PW

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lexar USB 3 Reader: Dual-Slot vs 25-in-1
« on: November 03, 2012, 09:32:47 PM »
My first USB-3 CF reader was the Lexar dual slot. It was unstable as hell, often being invisible to the system, or slowing inexplicably to USB-2 speeds and simply not recognizing three of my 2 year old Sandisk cards. A colleague had similar issues and both readers are now landfill.

Still on the lookout for the perfect USB-3 reader....

-PW
I've been happy with my Lexar dual card reader, never a problem.  It is possible to get bad ones, I'm sure. They typically all use the same electronics.
 
I've seen card readers with misaligned slots and connectors due to poor assembly.  They quickly get bent pins.  You can spot it by looking in the reader if you know what to look for.  If you get one, return it or toss it.

We had two bad Lexars. But a little more research has suggested that the compatibility issues may go back to the early build USB3 controller on the board of my PC. I built this PC quite early in the life of USB3. Hopefully our issues were somewhat isolated bad luck. Glad to hear yours has been stable.

-PW

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best flash for 5Dmk3?
« on: November 03, 2012, 08:49:59 PM »
Best flash? That's a very subjective question, it depends what your specific needs are. A flash gun spits out light, that's it.

They also spit out an IR focus-assist beam, and in the case of the 600 EX-RT a radio signal. There is some debate whether the pattern of the AF-assist beam in the 600EX-RT differs from the 580EXII thus delivering different AF results in low light locations. I'm sure my 5d3 and 580EXII has markedly slower AF in very low light venues than the previous 5D2 & 5D Classic. The 1D4 AF is never much good in very low light at the best of times.

I was going to swap over to a couple of 600EX-RT flashes in part with the expectation that the IR AF beam pattern would be better suited to the 5D3 bodies. What I have been reading suggests there is little to be gained in the AF-assist department.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: [Poll] Canon Reign Supreme Again?
« on: November 03, 2012, 07:21:51 PM »
Meh...I'm sure my Expobar Brewtus coffee machine makes noticeably better shots than the ECM Giotto, though the ECM maybe looks nicer.

Which one reigns supreme? Like Canon vs Nikon, it's the user that makes the best shots.

-PW

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lexar USB 3 Reader: Dual-Slot vs 25-in-1
« on: November 03, 2012, 07:10:32 PM »
My first USB-3 CF reader was the Lexar dual slot. It was unstable as hell, often being invisible to the system, or slowing inexplicably to USB-2 speeds and simply not recognizing three of my 2 year old Sandisk cards. A colleague had similar issues and both readers are now landfill.

Next I got the Sandisk Image Mate. http://www.sandisk.com.au/products/readers-accessories/imagemate-all-in-one-usb-30-reader/ which thankfully can be detached from its bizarre looking stand. It's been 100% stable and blindingly fast. The new 32Gb Lexar 1000x cards scream down in 30 seconds less than no time.

However there is an issue with this very compact piece of hardware. The "throat" of the reader where you insert the CF card is very shallow, and the CF card is not always guided directly onto the gold pins. I have bent pins in the reader on half a dozen occasions. It's easily straightened with a very fine jewelers screwdriver, but it's far from an ideal situation.

Still on the lookout for the perfect USB-3 reader....

-PW   

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Lenses / Re: Thinking about a 17-40 f4L USM. Thoughts?
« on: November 03, 2012, 12:33:57 AM »
You don't mention whether you're shooting with APS-C or FF. Clarifying that would help focus the discussion.
I have shot with a 17-40L for demanding professional work since it was first released in 2003. Vignetting & distortion issues are solved instantly & automatically on import into Lightroom if you have "Lens Correction" checked to run on Import.

As you shoot mostly landscape at F/8 & f/11 this lens should be perfect for you. While the 17-40 is mushy wide open, by f/5.6 it's looking extremely strong and is an IQ dead-heat with the 16-35 f/2.8II from f/5.6 through to f/11. It's much lighter and far less expensive. And it takes 77mm filters.

If you're an APS-C shooter, the very highly regarded EF-S 10-22 is definitely worth considering.

EF-S 10-22 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EF-S_10-22mm_lens
EF 17-40L http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EF_17-40mm_lens

-PW

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS-M First Impression Review
« on: November 01, 2012, 12:43:27 AM »
One thing I picked up in the photo at the top of the review....centre pinch lens-caps on the EF-M lenses. Hooray!
I buy 77mm centre pinch lens-caps by the dozen from eBay and give them to friends.
They're crazy cheap and make much more ergonomic sense than the standard Canon caps.

-PW

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Sort and rank images in PhotoMechanic, convert selects to DNG, process in Lightroom V4.2 outputting 300 ppi Adobe RGB TIFFS, tidy up TIFFS in PS CS5, save as suitable JPEG and deliver to clients via FTP or courier delivered DVD.

From doing a bit of research...it appears  that you cannot work directly with RAW images in Adobe Photoshop.

Of course you can open RAW files in PS...that's what ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) is. It's embedded in PS just as Bridge is embedded. It's a very fine RAW processor using an identical processing engine to Lightroom.  LR just offers more workflow options, particularly useful when working on a lot of files, but the output is identical.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 09:29:25 PM »
Err, I think canon is losing it. Why not just re-vamp the 24-105L Mk2?
This lens will be DOA.

Agreed. Seems like an odd choice for a fresh lens. A refreshed 24-105 f/4isII would make a whole lot more sense. While I doubt it would be a DOA, it's hard to imagine who would buy it. Unless the IQ totally blows the 24-105 out of the water and comes in at a much lower price. Weird.  Anyway, I'm getting a 24-70 f/2.8II.

-PW


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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 & 1D4 for 1DX?
« on: October 29, 2012, 05:22:09 AM »
I don't is this will help but I'd rather have 1 1DX than 2 5D MKIIIs.

Yeah, I mean, why have two separate cameras when one will do the job of both models?  You can only take one photo at a time :).
I wouldn't leave the studio to go to a location job with only one camera body. Ever. Ever...
Your current combination of a 5D2 and a 1D4 was until a few months ago THE stellar pair of bodies.

While the 1DX is unquestionably a strong, tangible upgrade, any self respecting professional would have your current setup over just one 1DX body.

I say keep 'em.

-PW


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