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Lenses / Re: Focus asymmetry - Canon 50mm 1.2 L
« on: January 01, 2015, 07:41:35 PM »
The first question I had if I was going to send 50L lens to canon was, will I need to pay if they did not fix the problem. I decide to buy FoCal instead.
I could not nail AFMA or justify my chosen AFMA without Reikan FoCal.
At least now I know, AF is spot on. I am quite satisfy now about 50L performance.

Let us know, what was the fix done to your lens. :) thanks.

Hi guys, actually I am a spotify subscriber.

Do you mean there a music subscription service where in I can subscribe pay monthly and play their song publicly without worry about legal matter?

I just found this out about spotify business: https://www.soundtrackyourbrand.com/business


Hi thank you for the sharing very informative and well written infos.
I am not against in paying fee, as long as its easy to pay and amount is not ridiculous.

I ask because I also want to know my rights. And I know the music is not mine and using it without permission is not good. And I want to know if there is work around. :)

And does the performance fee really goes to the creator?

By the way here is the website regarding the licensing here in Singapore.


and here is my website with videos: http://www.sgphotog.com/Wedding/Vincent-and-Shonna

Could I just post link to youtube instead. Maybe will be more of a work around.

Hi, I stay in Singapore.
I create videos of wedding day, and use background music from downloading on internet and post it on my website.

Recently I read that I need to pay fee to Singapore for the use of music on my video that I post on my website.

Can they really sue me because I post a music video without fee on internet?
I mean its the internet, you can be in any country uploading it.
Would it be different if I was in different country, posting on my website, but my website audience is on Singapore?

For those who post their videos with music online, do u practice this?

Thanks Guys.

Lenses / Re: Focus asymmetry - Canon 50mm 1.2 L
« on: December 30, 2014, 03:29:47 AM »
I also recently got 50L.
And not satisfied with AF or sharpness.
I have

What is a field curvature? It sounds like a permanent problem and can not be fix?

If my center AF point nail focus, but my outer does not (front focusing for example),
does this means my lens have problem and needs calibration?
or does it means I need average AFMA on different AF Point?

I just bought Reikan Focal, I wonder what test I could use to diagnose this phenomenon? (did I use the term phenomenon right?)

Lighting / Re: 1DX, 580EX11 connections
« on: December 30, 2014, 03:12:09 AM »
Second to 90ex. more portable, use AAA battery, latest model, uses in camera menu, can Manual wireless flash to multiple slave (I haven't try this yet, only base from user manual). But I am not sure outdoor bright sunlight and outdoor distance). Plus, your used to it same like other built in flash.

Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: December 29, 2014, 08:34:28 PM »
I would give almost anything for a sharp, reliable 50mm lens like the 35 IS that I rented a few months ago.

I have used a Sigma classic 50mm 1.4 for the last few years and am really tired of the erratic autofocus.  I rented a Sigma 50mm Art lens and had even worse problems with the autofocus.

A few weeks ago I bought a used 50mm 1.2 L.  Guess what, I'm sending it to Canon tomorrow for an attempt at focus calibration.   :-X

Hello, what do you mean by focus calibration? Do you mean AFMA of 50mm 1.2L with your camera body?
I also got a used 50L with warranty for about a month now. Still I can not decide, if its a lens problem or user problem. I seem to shoot at F1.2 to F2.0 at the wrong scenery (portrait with lots of cluttered nearby things around) and it doesn't have the wow effect I am expecting. I use it on both 6D and 70D.
I bought Reikan Focal to AFMA. I couldn't nail AFMA value without this.
I don't know how to do further test, to test my lens. and thinking it might be user setting error.
When all the things are behind the subject, the subject look sharp at F1.2. Otherwise not so good.

If I got time and send it to canon? what should I tell them? Its better to be specific.

Thanks for this.
Just got 50mm L. After previously owning 35mm F2 IS and 40mm STM (which nail viewfinder focus almost every time) on my 6D.
Now, I got this doubt feeling every time I AF on 50L. So was thinking to purchase Reikan Focal. Or ask Canon service to AFMA which is more costly. (Get rid of the variable and Isolate the problem more).
And my 70D AF worst (not as good as my 6D) - idk if this is user error or expected.
On the other side, I am aware of focus shift. And still need to learn a lot regarding subject distance and F value. I tend to always use F1.2 no matter what subject distance. I am still in the learning experience stage.

Lenses / Re: What distance to be at for AFMA
« on: December 05, 2014, 03:55:13 AM »
FoCal Test Distance Chart and Explanation here.  Two things to note
  • its the minimum recommended distance, you can be farther. I tend to check lenses at two distances just to be sure - the minimum and 2X the minimum is my default.
  • you do a teleconverter in the focal length, but you don't consider the crop factor in the focal length when deciding the distance.

So 8m is the minimum recommended for your 400mm lens.

But how about a target, should I resize target as I go further? If yes, what is the ideal target size (width of strips, of black and white)

Because in my experience, when I go further, AFMA green/yellow dot go crazy, no pattern at all, it never stay solid. So I tend to go closer to my target.

Hope my question make sense..

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 05, 2014, 02:48:13 AM »
Well, if you only have one camera and one lens. Your favorite is what you have.

My Ideal combo, for purpose of taking group family portrait on holidays:
portable but not compromising IQ much
got touchscreen so its easy to ask someone take photo
it must be zoom lens. I need wide shot also need telephoto

G1X mark ii, should be my Ideal combo. Which I dont have.
So I choose my 2nd body 70D with 24-70.

IMO, 70D is the least DSLR usable for me. because of AFMA.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 18-35 1.8 or EF 16-35 2.8 for 70D
« on: December 05, 2014, 02:40:05 AM »
Just want to start of by saying im totally new to this. Just bought a canon 70d last month with two kit lens the EFS 55-250mm and EFS 18-55mm. The lenses are OK and will get the job done but I want a wide-angle that is a little sharper. Im torn between these two lenses. Anyone have experience with either on a crop sensor?

If you are on a budget, try efs 10-18 STM. I got one recently, IMO build is better than my EFS 18-55mm which I already sold long ago. 24mm Full Frame wise, not wide enough for tight subject distance. Normally, you must have 16mm full frame wise focal length for landscape.

Check out some review on EFS 10-18 and start from there.

Lenses / Re: What 2nd bokeh lens for wedding?
« on: December 03, 2014, 04:01:10 AM »
What I will say, it may seem strange. But Sigma 50mm Art works wonderfully in its 70D with dual pixel AF, and a viewfinder coupled to the LCD.

Using dual pixel AF, all possible problems with Sigma AF are over. But if you want Canon lenses, so there is not 50mm with great image quality at F1.4. In this case, I recommend Canon 85mm F1.8 stopped down to F2.5.

To go even longer, Canon 100mm F2 has better quality than his sister 85mm, but none of them can beat Sigma 50mm Art.

thanks for this.. I may really need and want this when tripod telephoto shooting during sports event. When opportunity comes.. But not for wedding I think..

Lenses / Re: What 2nd bokeh lens for wedding?
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:59:01 AM »
For great differential focus you need a wide aperture so the obvious choice is a 50 f/1.2 or f/1.4. The Sigma ART lens or one of the Canons.

I do a few weddings though I don't own any of those lenses. On a crop body (not the obvious choice for a wedding, granted) I use the EFS 60mm f/2.8 macro lens which is a fantastic performer and makes very flattering portraits. It has a 52mm filter thread which means I can use my elderly Cokin filter holder (that won't go on any of my 77mm threaded lenses) and their soft focus filter which doesn't, in fact, soften focus, but it does soften contrast and I typically take a great picture of the bride wearing her veil in natural light from a big nearby window which is always a popular shot.

Maybe we don't really need such wide aperture lenses - f/1.4 at 50mm or 70mm gives such narrow depth of field that if the bride's eye is in focus her nose won't be. So you'll probably be using your f/1.4 lens stopped down to f/2 or f/2.8 anyway. I use my 60mm lens wide open much of the time.

Ask Khalai says, you might want to go for a zoom such as the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II if you have the budget for it. I use a tele zoom for candids at weddings but the lens I couldn't do without is the 60mm.

Since I have just started this part time, shooting candid is really not rewarding coz the bride is not looking, at usually not smiling or her mouth not in its nicest look. So photo just wasted.

My style of photo, I leave a bit of space around so I can crop to different aspect ration if I want. Also, I believed old lens, is not sharp wide open. So I may need to use sweet spot.
Should I worry about focus shift issue, when taking portrait at medium shot, at F2?

Lenses / Re: What 2nd bokeh lens for wedding?
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:53:37 AM »
I've shot a couple of weddings (well, more than a couple), my goto and most used lens is (awesome) 70-200/2.8L IS II, I also have a backup 100L - which I mount on 7D (basically 160mm FoV lens).

70-200/4L IS is not bad, but you need some space between you, your subject and the subject-background. You can opt for 70-200/2.8L nonIS for shallower DoF, but you can and sometimes you will miss the IS. But from what you listed, 50L on 7D (making it 80mm in FoV) sound like the most bokehlicious lens, it will also help you in tighter spots (MDF under 0,5m vs. 1.2-1.4m with 70-200 lenses).

Just my 0.02 eurocents :)

True, 70-200/2.8L might be the best lens for wedding. But here in Singapore, they don't usually do church wedding. And space are usually tight. If ever I can afford one. Its too heavy hanging on my dual black rapid strap.

I guess I will choose 50L, but I worry AF speed. Since 70D got fast FPS. I don't know if 50L can catch up.

Lenses / Re: What 2nd bokeh lens for wedding?
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:49:50 AM »

Take 50L or Sigma 50A

Yep 35mm f1.4 L. Maybe be to close for the situation.
But I can only guess 35mm AF is more accurate?
I have rented 50L on my first wedding shoot. Mount it on 70D. My actual first 3 shots, 70D won't focus.
Maybe my rented copy got problem and it scared me owning one.

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