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Lenses / Re: Canon 85L II AF speed on 5D III???
« on: May 02, 2013, 05:37:21 PM »
Dylan... I love the beast...but it isn't for everyone.  It's slow to focus...but that is not what the lens is about. It creates dreamy images with bokeh that I cannot get from my other lenses (see list below). It definitely has a "look". You will need a copy of LR to de-fringe the CA...but that is common with most large-aperture lenses when used wide open. If you want fast focus..in any way...this is not the lens for you.  I would have to say mine is very accurate to focus. The focusing ring is a bit sloppy, and spinny...etc...
I love the images that come from the beast...It is a lot of money...and many do not have the patience for working with it to get the illusive images..but when you nail it down...nothing else will give you the look that this lens is capable of....
My advice would be to get one with a 30-day return policy..patiently try it out and get the feel for it and see if it is for you.......I really love mine. 

Lenses / Re: A review of the Samyang Tilt Shift
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:54:45 AM »
Graham, thanks for posting...I was curious about this lens.....

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: April 29, 2013, 07:46:34 PM »
A dark theme....

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm 1.4 AF issues question
« on: April 27, 2013, 11:13:56 PM »
I own one. Have had it for about two years. I have used it on a Canon 5D Mark II & III. It focuses just fine. I had read all of the mixed reviews etc. so I really checked the focusing when I first received the lens. I used a tripod etc. and checked it out very carefully...  if it had issues I was prepared to just return it to B&H.  I like the lens a lot...but I know that others have had a lot of trouble with the lens.
It's interesting what Roger has to say at Lens Rental:

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 27, 2013, 12:59:16 PM »
I just bought one new on eBay for $340 with the 22mm lens. They are also available with the 18-55 lens for $370. I picked one up, and have been playing with it for a couple of days. It's well worth the money.

For the dude saying it looks cheap/plasticky... the shell is metal. It's a very well made, sturdy compact.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it so far. The 3 things you should be aware of with it are:

1) It is much slower to focus than a DSLR with a viewfinder. If you want to get an idea of how slow, put your DSLR in Live View and spend some time setting your focus that way. The EOS-M behaves in the same manner. This could be sped up with a firmware update, but honestly, so long as you aren't shooting sports or wildlife, you'll be fine.

2) AEB is limited to 3 shots. I do a lot of HDR, so this is kind of a let down.

3) In my very quick test of recording video, the STM lens makes quite a bit of noise and was actually louder than the audio I was trying to record. Granted, the audio was quiet, but still, the STM noise was very loud on the recording.

Overall, for a camera of this price and size, and capability, I'm very happy. I ordered the 18-55 lens (which can be found for about $180 on ebay new as well), and will be taking this as my only kit on my trip to Tokyo later this.

It's not a 5DMIII in features, but it's a capable camera that won't require you to lug a huge bag around with you either.

Although if it drops below 400 with the prime kits lens, I'd get it to replace the P&S...

That is why I went with MFT for my compact kit. The M just doesn't cut it in so many ways....but at least NOW (because they are not selling)...the price reflects the value.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 26, 2013, 05:55:46 PM »
I think everyone with a Canon DSLR kit would pick one up just for a back-up body...and then be drawn in to buying some of the smaller lenses.

Everyone?  Wanna bet?

yeah...if Canon can keep the price reasonable (good luck with that, tho), make it focus uber fast, have a great viewfinder and and comes out with some small fast primes people would want it to complement their FF or CF kit...but certainly as I mention in my post (you cut and copied the above out of context just to bash!) as the M is now...I cannot see many people who come to this site considering it for anything. :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 26, 2013, 09:33:51 AM »
Well that gives me some comfort that I did not sink my money into the current version, coz on many occasions I thought of getting the EOS-M but just kept putting it off as it wasn't a priority for me ... maybe the newer version(s) might lure me into buying one  :-\

Although if it drops below 400 with the prime kits lens, I'd get it to replace the P&S...
Not a bad idea ... but wasn't there a deal recently mentioned in CR for around $396?

That was $399 at big value with the 22mm f/2....but that has gone up to $449 now.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 26, 2013, 08:21:03 AM »
Looking at the others, micro4/3 was slow AF when it first came out and they certainly sped it up. Same with Fuji. Can't remember about NEX, don't think they're that fast but they're not that bad either. And about the only good thing about the Nikon 1 was the AF, so that's more the exception than the rule. You would have thought that with Canon joining so late with the M they could have got it right first time...

Yeah...I thought Canon was going to be the mirrorless slayer with the "M", too. What a disappointment. This news is encouraging, but with Canon's arrogance I will have to just keep using my MFT kit and watch with a little smirk to see what they deliver. Hope that they WOW me though! I certainly would love to see a POWERFUL mirrorless offering. I think everyone with a Canon DSLR kit would pick one up just for a back-up body...and then be drawn in to buying some of the smaller lenses.

Lenses / Re: 24-70L II is fantastic
« on: April 26, 2013, 05:01:03 AM »
the dynamic range is also excellent..this straight right out from the camera...great for anything up to landscapes...loving it
The Lens has nothing to do with dynamic range. Its a sensor thing


Lenses / Re: Do you still love 24-105L?
« on: April 25, 2013, 11:31:45 PM »
Sold my 24-105mm to fund (a small part of) the purchase of the 24-70 f/2.8L II.  Never looked back.
According to The Digital Picture:

 ....the 24-70 f/2.8L II @2.8 is quite better than the 24-105mm @ f/4 in all matching zoom ranges except 80mm, 90mm, &105mm! LOL...but one pays dearly for it, so as usual ...everything in photography is a compromise.....

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: April 25, 2013, 06:14:50 PM »
Fun spot that I like to shoot at. Always something cool there!

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2L vs 35mm 1.4L for events photography...
« on: April 25, 2013, 06:11:36 PM »
Definitely the 35mm. And I would recommend the Sigma f/1.4 as well. I own one. You are shooting events so this would be a super sharp lens the is more versatile in that environment. $900. What more do you need to know!!!!

Lenses / Re: Canon L Glass is currently priced at over $1200 / pound
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:49:33 AM »
COOL! Than means that the new Zeiss 135mm f/2 is an incredible bargain @ $1035.12/lb!  8)



In Sigma Langua DC=APSC, DG=FF so the party is on!

...except, of course, that the Sigma lens is only a rumor, with no official announcement from Sigma.

(Which, incidentally, is exactly how Canon should have handled the 200-400 but didn't....)



Well...this IS a RUMOR site????

Canon General / Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« on: April 24, 2013, 04:32:26 AM »
...and notice I said it is a great "compliment" to a FF system...

Is m4/3 a 'compliment' to a FF system, or a 'complement' to a FF system?
Or maybe it's both?
It works well alongside FF, plus the lower IQ of m4/3 reminds you how good the FF system is :)

[/grammar fun]

DC ...touché! Perfect comment...I obviously meant complement..but what you say, it's all true!....Now back to the problem at hand...how do I stop buying lenses and bodies for TWO systems??? :-X

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