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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX IQ
« on: August 26, 2012, 06:35:15 AM »
Well I'm gonig through some shots from tonight's Ashland U. vs. Wooster soccer match, and this is pretty cool.  I was shooting with a 300 f/2.8L I IS lens .

This is good! How was AF consistency compared to previously used 1-Series bodies eg 1D4 & 1D3?

-PW

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the stars only happen at narrow apertures
its pretty easy to stop getting them simply shoot at an wider aperture less than f8 say f4 even wider if you feel like it.

How about that! You learn something new every day. In close to 1000 years as a photographer I was not aware of this useful fact. Thanks!

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK III Focus Hiccup
« on: August 26, 2012, 06:27:32 AM »
I bought my 5D MK III in early June. I haven't shot a ton of stuff yet - maybe about 2000 frames over 7 or 8 sessions.  But in 3 or 4 of those sessions, AF just quit.  Anyone else seeing this anomaly?

Is this phenomenon happening with just one lens? Or across different lenses? It may not be the body at all.
I have a 20K plus actuations 5D3 with no AF problems so far. Mind you I did have the shutter replaced at around 2K actuations but this is irrelevant to the AF matter you have described.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300 f/4L IS II
« on: August 26, 2012, 05:12:53 AM »
I traded my 300 f/4is on a 300 f/2.8is. The 2.8 is absolutely brilliant, but I often wish I'd hung onto the f/4 as well. It was pin sharp wide open, was completely hand holdable & weighed next to nothing compared to the 300 f/2.8 which meant I took it with me far more often. And it focuses much closer than the f/2.8. I shot a lot of food with the 300 f/4is. It looked brilliant.

IMO it's one of the true performance bargains in the Canon L lens lineup and would be difficult to improve on, especially for the price. The current lens has a lot of fans.

I doubt we'll see this lens updated for quite some time.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8 took a bad fall... Any advice?
« on: August 26, 2012, 05:02:13 AM »
It depends on how it's performing after the drop. It's an incredibly solid lens. If it all checks out OK then don't lose any sleep over it.

A few years ago I dropped a 1D Mk2 with a 70-200 f/2.8is attached from hip height onto a carpeted floor. The body was a write-off but the lens was repaired. But after the repair it was never quite as good as before. My business relies on consistently high IQ so I traded it on a new 70-200 f/2.8ISII. Happy days.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: August 26, 2012, 04:55:43 AM »
I have had both, but now have the pick of the bunch, a Sigma 50 f/1.4.

Read up on this lens. No it's not 10/10 perfect score perfect, but in my experience it's one of the few non-Canon aftermarket lenses than really stands out from the crowd. Same goes for the Sigma 85.

I'm generally not one for aftermarket non genuine hardware, but the Sigma 50 was too hard to ignore.

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: CPS Membership - Gold vs Platinum
« on: August 25, 2012, 04:15:39 AM »
It probably depends on the subtle differences found between CPS centres on different parts of the planet. Your local CPS personnel will read the rules slightly differently wherever you go.

Platinum or Gold, friendship goes a mile towards gold-plating your relationship with your CPS. If you foster an accommodating, appreciative and friendly relationship with your CPS rep, those qualities will be reciprocated in spades over time.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS BODY FOR ARCHITECTURE
« on: August 24, 2012, 07:56:42 AM »
Pick up a 5D2 and use the money you'd save by skipping the 5D3 to get a 24mm TS-E II.

I agree a used 5D2 is a great choice, you might even want to consider the 24 TS-E mk 1 (used).  Combined, you will spend less than on a new 5D3. 

This is good solid advice. There is little need for a higher MP camera. You'll be gobsmacked with the IQ if you have been even remotely satisfied with your PowerShot. If you absolutely MUST have higher MP, then there's always a Nikon waiting for you at a store near you.

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AI SERVO
« on: August 24, 2012, 04:20:57 AM »
Yep it's definitely worth mastering if you plan to deliver meaningful wildlife imagery. What body/lens combination are you working with?
Canon have some pretty informative papers on their website. Dig around in here:
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/technical.do
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/technical/eos_1d_x_explained.do

Information is one thing, but practice makes perfect. Get a fit & fast friend or child or pet dog and set up a situation where you can get some genuine, relevant practice. Experiment, test, assess and learn. Then go out and do it again, and again. Nobody masters any subject from reading about it or watching tutorials. Just like an accomplished musician the only road to mastery is practice, practice and more practice. For life.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Just bought the shorty 40mm...
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:11:39 AM »
Yes I got one too for what was probably novelty value. After a busy couple of weeks with it, it's gathering cobwebs on the shelf. As mdm041 mentioned, it's a mighty expensive body-cap.

After doing side by side tests against the Sigma 50 f/1.4 and the 24-105 at comparable focal lengths, the novelty value quickly faded. I guess I'll give it to my daughter to help make her old 30D more school bag sized...

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cheap Camera Ideas...worth it?
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:43:48 PM »
Doesn't it depend on what the OP actually wants to achieve with photos from the India trip. If they are for commercial use as travel photos, then definitely stay with a DSLR and decent glass.

But if they are for personal use, a decent quality pocket camera is going to make for happier traveling. The number one golden rule for travel is to travel light. The Canon S100 is an obvious choice. I've recommended it to plenty of people who have absolutely fallen in love with this little gem, and thanked me for the recommendation. They have valued the comparative anonymity of a point and shoot over a DSLR, particularly in a destination like India. Sure it's a little more than the proposed $200 point and shoot, but it's IQ, build quality, low light performance and startlingly strong video performance make the S100 the travelers  friend.

-PW


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Lenses / Re: Why pick 16-35 f2.8 over 17-40 f4
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:32:08 PM »
I'm in a virtually identical circumstance to you fallenflowers, 5D3 & 17-40 and wondering if a 16-35 f/2.8II is going to deliver tangible benefits over the 17-40 f/4. I would only use the 17-40 wide open in emergency situations, so if the 16-35 was going to deliver commercially viable files at f/2.8 for example, it may subtlety change my shooting style.

In tests I've done with the 17-40 vs 16-35 f/2.8II the IQ is line ball from around f/5.6 through to f/11. So if you're shooting style puts you into this range with the 17-40, why change? Personally I'll be allocating my next lens capex towards the 24-70 f/2.8II when it eventually ships.

Landscapes only? Keep the 17-40 f/4 and spend the extra money on getting yourself to some great locations.

-PW

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Lenses / Re: 100mm F2.8 macro vs 100mm F.28L IS macro
« on: August 19, 2012, 04:42:20 AM »
For wedding work I'd be choosing the one with the quickest AF.
IQ on both lenses is fantastic, so no issue there.

OTOH why not consider the legendary 135 f/2 as an alternative?

-PW

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Lenses / Re: best wide or ultra wide angle lens for crop sensorh
« on: August 17, 2012, 06:18:36 AM »
Hi, I'm finally ready to add a wide angle lens to my collection.  I mainly want it for landscapes, inside historic houses, and some closeup work (flowers and things).  I was thinking the canon 10-22 but I would love to hear opinions on this or other lenses.
The Canon EF-S 10-22mm will deliver L grade performance in a EF-S mount. For the subject matter you are describing, the premium IQ of the Canon will make it a more satisfying experience than the Tokina. For your planned closeup work, it's worthwhile noting that the Canon has an appreciably closer minimum focus distance.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-10-22mm-f-3.5-4.5-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
Tested Min Focus Distance (Wide / Long)    8.9” / 8.82”

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Tokina-11-16mm-f-2.8-AT-X-Pro-DX-Lens-Review.aspx
Tested Min Focus Distance (Wide / Long)    11.89” / 12.28”

-PW

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Portrait / Re: 50mm f1.4 group photo
« on: August 15, 2012, 07:13:51 AM »
1/20 sec?
Motion blur...

-PW

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