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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 06, 2012, 08:48:40 PM »
Canon should have made a 30mm f2.8  EF-S mount. This will make a really small package for the existing APS-C DSLR. It should be doable. The EF-S mount allows the lens goes in the mount for another 9 mm.

Yep I'm inclined to agree on the 30mm argument, but not EF-S. Could be the 40mm is the first of a small pancake parlour of Canon glass.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 06, 2012, 08:44:29 PM »
On a side note: why are you all referring to the aperture as "speed/fast", in what way is a 2.8-lens faster than a 5.6-lens (the latter has a smaller maximum aperture which is not to say it is faster in any way)?

Faster...we're not talking about 0-100 kph or AF speed. It's the long established convention to refer to lenses with a larger maximum aperture as being "faster".

So an f/1.4 50mm lens is faster than an f/2.8 40mm, which in turn is faster than a f/5.6 400mm lens. In this context it refers only to maximum aperture, not focal length, AF speed or anything else. Get the idea?

PW

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Technical Support / Re: owners name on camera info
« on: June 06, 2012, 06:49:22 PM »
thanks - will look that one up - I don't usually have the camera connected that way - how does it work?

As Dr Neuro said, it's a simple matter with EOS Utility software. If you have not installed it from the disc that shipped with your camera, install it, connect your camera to your PC with the USB cable that shipped with your camera, open EOS Utility and I think it's there under Tools. Just look around, it's an easy find.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 06, 2012, 06:44:48 PM »
At under $200 is this going to be a nail in the coffin of the 50 f/1.8? On a Rebel size body this becomes a very compact lightweight unit. They'll sell boatloads of this lens.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Thinking of getting one of the older 20-35L or 17-35L
« on: June 06, 2012, 06:40:35 PM »
Both these lenses worked kind of OK with film bodies but will be punished by the 5D3 sensor. The likelihood of disappointment would be high. Have you thought about a pre-owned 17-40 f/4? They can be a bit mushy around the edges wide open but quickly become a match for the 16-35 f/2.8II just a click down to f/5.6. This would ultimately be a far more satisfying lens.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Looking for travel zoom
« on: June 05, 2012, 10:30:39 PM »
The non-L 70-300 is almost certain to disappoint you. The 5D3 will punish this lens. Traveling with young kids is going to be an absorbing process. You do need to keep it simple. If you have a BG-E11 leave it at home &  just take the 430EX.

We traveled Vietnam for 3 weeks with kids and all I took was a gripless 5D and the 24-105. Being accustomed to a very comprehensive lens kit it was kind of liberating and creatively challenging to work with just one lens. It forced me to look at things differently and adjust my shooting style. I did leave my bulky 580's at home but occasionally yearned for a wink of extra light. Even the little 270 might have done the trick.

Travel? Keep it simple. Travel with kids? Save your marriage and your sanity and keep it even simpler.

PW

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Lighting / Re: Alien Bee lights - AB800 vs the AB1600?
« on: June 05, 2012, 09:12:15 PM »
Good choice, especially for indoor/studio use.  The AB800 may not have the power to overcome the sun, limiting outdoor use.  OTOH, the AB1600 may be a little too powerful for indoor use, and you're limited to 6-stops of adjustment.  That's one reason I went with the Einstein 640 - as powerful as the AB1600, but the 9-stop range means it can be used easily indoors as well.


You should be very happy with the Paul C Buff AB800 heads. AB modifiers are absolute bargains so kit up. For others following this thread, Einsteins are the lighting market's worst kept secret. They are truly amazing. List price is less than a Canon 600EX-RT. http://www.paulcbuff.com/index.php

Just as a tryout I got two Paul C Buff Einsteins 18 months ago to see if they would pass the "tough-test" of constant location work. Six months in I was convinced and got another four. The Profoto Compact 600 monos were sold off and I'm now 100% Einstein except for the big Profoto floorpack in the studio. Just as useful as the full output is having the option to dial the Einsteins right down to 2.5 w/s. It's great when you want just a "wink" of light. On paper the Profoto and the Einstein have the same output, but my tests with standard reflectors gave the Einsteins a 1 stop advantage over the Profotos. This is not a raw output difference, it's efficient dish design. The Cyber Commander system allow you to have full control over 16 heads. Very cool.

Paul C Buff modifiers are so amazingly priced you'd think they missed out on a zero when you compare with Profoto or Broncolor. No, they're not in the same class in build quality, but for value and very light weight they can't be ignored. OMG the 86 inch parabolic reflector is under $100! I've been used to paying over $1000.

PW

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Lighting / Re: 600ex-RT & Gary Fong
« on: June 05, 2012, 08:41:31 PM »
I watched a few of those videos, I think I might buy one now.  Seems to work very well, any comments on it?

I wouldn't shoot events without the Gary Fong modifiers. I crushed an original GF Lightsphere, replaced it with a GF WhaleTail Studio which is now held together with tape. About a year ago I got the Collapsible. It's the best. Unbreakable & gives a great quality of light for an on-camera flash. I'll get another Collapsible now I know it fits on the slightly bulkier 600EX-RT.

I'm sure you know this but it's worth being aware that using modifiers like the Gary Fong items, you're going to rip through your batteries. Just as bounce uses more than straight, GF modifiers suck even harder on the juice. I've solved this by using a Quantum T3 external battery with twin outlets (as I always run events with 2 bodies/2 flashes). Other included strategies are to use high ISO settings and biggish apertures.

PW

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i got a heads up about the specs this is CR4

it will be 50MP
all your photos will go straight to the icloud you wont be able to put a memory card in the camera
(they may release an ove priced adapter at a later date to allow a memory card to be inserted but it's functionality will be heavily crippled
they will charge you to download your photos and you will only be able to download to a maximum of 5 devices
the copyright of your images will be the property of apple to use anyway they see fit.
siri will keep annoying you by criticising your exposure and composition decisions
it will be shiny with the least practical and lowest grip surface texture they can find
hello kitty cases will be available 1 week after release

Hah! You hilarious cynic. Hmm, but a running commentary from Siri could be interesting...

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 580 or 600 for 1D Mark IV
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:15:34 PM »
You may want to investigate whether the 600ex is going to compromise your maximum sync speed on the Mk4, and whether HSS would be completely effective. If you're just getting one flash, save yourself a bundle and get a 580exII.

PW

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Apple have had a fairly respectable point and shoot for some time. The camera on my iPhone 4Gs is better than most point & shoots I've owned in the past. And it has passable video, fine for magic moments with kids or dogs. And it has the huge advantage of always being there in your pocket.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon's "matte" lens hoods.
« on: June 05, 2012, 08:34:24 AM »
When I see a new "ding" on a lens hood, I usually think, oh good, that's a hit that my lens didn't get. Lens hoods do way more than stop flare. The strong flexible plastics used by Canon make the hoods brilliant shock absorbers.

As Barack Obama, the Pope, Ansel Adams & Queen Elizabeth always say, never leave home without your lens hood. How do they put it again? Always wear protection...

PW

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There are things I don't like about the 5D3 but what's the point in dwelling on the negatives after you've dropped the Visa card on it, unboxed it, thrown away the packaging and got to work? Nothing is perfect, even 1-Series or Nikons. It's a little bloated, big & heavy especially with the grip, and has sub-1-Series ergonomics but hey, it's half the price.

Senior to the negatives for me are two standouts...the AF (would be even better without the occasionally crippling black AF points) and the IQ. The files are fantastic. Maybe people having less than ideal outcomes are running older or lower grade glass that is being punished by the sensor. Hell, it's not an 80MP Phase One IQ180 but it's going to most things for you.

I have been consistently amazed by the amount of detail tucked away in the highlights. The technique of "exposing to the right" was written for this camera. The highlight slider in LR4 just accentuates this quality. Generally files are sharp, great colour and an appreciably more robust dynamic range, thus more amenable to no-nonsense global changes in PP than I have been used to with the 1D4.

PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III Eyecup Cover
« on: June 05, 2012, 05:47:15 AM »
it would be MUCH better than those poxy rubber thingos they give you...

True, whenever I un-box a new body, the little rubber thingy goes straight into the bin along with the glossy cardboard boxes, packing stuff, plastic bags & ties. Some people keep all this stuff. I prefer an uncluttered life.

PW

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I covered a track & field athletics meet yesterday and out of curiosity I took the 5D3 along as a third body, just to see how it performed. Other than the obvious drawbacks of the slow frame rate, it delivered flawless results shooting sprints & long jump. The AF really is up to the job. It was a very bright clear day for the first half of the meet, brutally hard Australian middle of the day light. The 5D3 handles the shadows & highlights that these conditions deliver better than the Mk4 & Mk3. The 5D3 has continued to amaze me with the amount of detail that is there in the highlights. The technique of "exposing to the right" won't get you into trouble on the 5D3.

But as fully expected, the frame rate & the buffer depth were not in the same league as the 1-Series bodies. Yes, you can successfully shoot sports with the 5D3. Care will need to be taken with timing your burst to a much greater extent than the 10 FPS/deep buffer Mk4 & Mk3, but the AF will not let you down.

The 5D3 was very well suited to shooting athletes & officials before & after events in slower moving though still dynamic situations. Here the AF was stellar. The dreaded black focus point issue did rear its ugly head on multiple occasions, costing me shots. Oh boy I wish they'd stuck with nicely illuminated highly visible red.

PW

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