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Lenses / Re: Sigma 300mm
« on: October 01, 2012, 08:51:00 PM »
Interesting question. Here's a review of the still current 120-300, an update has been announced and will ship when Sigma decides to get on with it.

And 300 f/2.8 reviews:

I don't think the fixed 300 has had a refresh in a while, and I believe still lacks OS. I'd hang out for the updated 120-300 zoom.


Lenses / Re: Broken 24-105...what should I do??
« on: October 01, 2012, 01:30:15 AM »
It's too bad there is not rice in India.
Ummm, please tell us you're not serious. India? Rice? (cough cough) :P
No pasta in Italy? No sashimi in Japan? No coconuts in Tahiti? No haggis in Scotland? No cheese on the moon?

But yes, dry rice is helpful. I've also used the larger packs of silica gel successfully with a very damp point & shoot.


Lenses / Re: Broken 24-105...what should I do??
« on: September 30, 2012, 07:34:01 PM »
Tough! Put it down to experience, make the 24-105 mug and get another one.


Lenses / Re: To IS or not?
« on: September 29, 2012, 11:51:31 PM »
I'd leave it on.  It doesn't hurt image quality.  It'll steady your viewfinder which is easier on the eyes.  Also, a steady viewfinder improves AF in my experience.

Yep, leave it on. Gives AF an advantage for sure, particularly at the longest focal lengths.
Try both ways and check the % of keepers. Then you'll leave it on.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Why Hasselblad?
« on: September 28, 2012, 03:49:12 AM »
A colleague uses Hasselblad. I thought the IQ from my 5D3 was awesome but the Hassy just blows it out of the water. Dynamic range is in another class. Ability to crop is enviable. There is that unique look.

For an analogy with film-era arguments, it's almost like comparing drum scanned 35mm Velvia with 4x5 sheet film. Even so, if your shooting style is dynamic and involves any kind of action, give me a Canon DSLR any day. IQ is one thing, but content is king.


Lenses / Re: Wide Angle Zooms (non Canon)
« on: September 27, 2012, 06:38:57 PM »
I've had the Sigma 12-24 for years which I use 100% on FF. It's definitely not a day to day lens, but there are plenty of occasions where the 12mm wide end absolutely saves the day. Provided I shoot at f/11 this lens delivers. Forget it wide open, it's a mushy mess. Provided you don't expect the world of this lens, it represents great value. Around a year ago Sigma gave this lens a refresh and I believe the QC & IQ have improved somewhat.

For APS-C, the gold standard wide zoom would have to be the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5.


Lenses / Re: No compact 'standard' L zoom?
« on: September 27, 2012, 06:30:50 PM »
To the OP, the L24-105 f/4is is the answer. It weighs a lot less than the 24-70 f/2.8MkI and there are a pages of good reasons why this is one of the most highly and often recommended lenses in the Canon L range. It's light for what it does, it's sharp wide open, has IS and is just darn useful! Mine is way better overall than any of the four 24-70 f/2.8 MkI zooms I've had.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5Dc as an entry for FF? yay or nay?
« on: September 26, 2012, 08:19:10 PM »
The 5DC is a brilliant camera and great value pre-owned. You should have plenty of choice as photographers make the upgrade to 5D3. Look out for a low mileage example. FWIW I used my 5DC with it's original shutter up to around 400,000 shutter actautions. I gave it to an assistant who still gives it pretty solid use. However if your budget can stretch to a 5D2, that will always be the better choice.


Any advice is appreciated.  If the 200mm prime is incredibly sharp wide open... or isn't head and shoulders better than the 70-200mm... I'll stick with the zoom.  But I also don't want to use the 135-200mm range and be so disappointed that I never bother to use the lens.

Keep the zoom. No question. The 135-200 range will not disappoint you. If there is any variation at that range, maybe it slips from stellar to merely awesome.


Lenses / Re: Excellent review of the 40mm pancake
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:38:52 AM »
I just picked up two used 40mm STM's for stereoscopic shooting. Yes, there are used ones out there already!

Mine will be on the market soon enough too. I fell head first for the novelty value when it was announced, used it all the time for a fortnight and haven't used it since. Right now it's little more than a functional lens-cap. But that's just me.

It's a really decent little lens for a great price. But at this focal length I'll keep reaching for the Sigma 50 f/1.4 or the 24-104 f/4is, and soon the 24-70 f/2.8II.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:30:43 AM »
Plenty of time to discuss it, since it usually takes a minimum of 1-1/2 years for a Sigma lens to start shipping once development has been announced.

I don't know about that. Hopefully the timescales will compress somewhat with the new Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS because the changes amount to an early "tweak" in the life of this lens. Sigma is working hard at the moment to greatly improve QC issues.

Given the lens announced only a year ago has known issues, Sigma has stood tall and acknowledged the fact and will be keen to get the MkII to market ASAP.


I'm in the same boat and really starting to tear my hair out. Hardly a dream team, OS X 10.7.5, EOS Utility 2.11.4. and EOS 5D3.

The solution I'm ready to go with is to install Parallels http://www.parallels.com/au/products/desktop/ or Bootcamp http://www.pcworld.com/article/249059/how_to_install_boot_camp_and_run_windows_on_your_mac.html so I can run Windows 7 on my MBP. EOS Utility runs 100% stable on Windows 7.

Still in the checking out stage, I'll post when it's up & running. But got to be very soon, the instability of OS X 10.7.5, EOS Utility 2.11.4. and EOS 5D3 is big enough to lose clients over. Arrrrgh!!!


I know I been bad about making a review on this Wing Light diffuser I recently bought. Its the best I've ever used so far.
Wing Light? http://winglightstore.com/features.php
Thanks, this looks amazing, a real left-field idea. Is it light weight?


EOS Bodies / Re: More Big Megapixel Talk [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 07:13:50 PM »
i also think it will be very expensive.
in the range of 8000-10000$
maybe called EOS-S  (for studio).   ;)
It wouldn't make any sense for Canon to price a DSLR that high.  You might as well buy a used Hassy at that price.  I bet it will be under $5000 - if this rumor is true, of course.
That's true, you might just get a pre-owned Hassy for similar money. But if the option is there to run with just one set of lenses, it makes Canon's megapixel monster hugely attractive if it's priced in the $8-10K range. Do a quick search for pricing on lenses for that Hasselblad. Ouch!


Save your $ for the lens.  Use either
Bounce flash or off-camera "bare" flash...

$ for the lens? I guess you mean the new 24-70 f/2.8II. It's on pre-order. Can't wait!

Bounce or bare flash are both useful for the right shot in the right physical environment. At a busy event, there's frequently nothing to bounce off, and straight flash would kill the shot. A diffuser offers another viable choice to use. For the sort of work I do when on-camera flash is the only option, a good diffuser would be the correct choice over 80% of the time. Straight flash is generally at it's best for daylight fill, as you have done in your posted image. Properly balanced against the natural light, skillfully used fill can be barely detectable.


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