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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:51:33 PM »
The YN-E3-RT from Yongnuo is every bit as good, cost over a hundred dollars less and gives you Group mode with pre 2012 Canon cameras, and adjustable M mode in five groups with almost any camera make, even you Fuji owners, plus a very useful AF assist lamp. So far the only thing I have found the Yongnuo doesn't do is work properly for pre 2012 cameras in Remote Shooting Mode, it doesn't fire the flashes but does release the shutter. But considering the positives far outweigh that one minor negative it is tough to not highly recommend the Yongnuo YN-E3-RT over the Canon ST-E3-RT.

I just picked up the YN-e3-RT as well and am working on my review. So far: I agree with you completely (And I didn't know about the remote shooting issue, so thanks for that tip). But, and you know this is the case too, some people will only *ever* buy proprietary first party gear, full warranty, local sellers etc. Thankfully the rest of us who are a bit more adventurous get the benefits.

Is the transmission distance any better between the Yongnuo and the Canon?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:58:05 AM »
I was thinking some more about the FM article...and I don't know about anyone else...but I am not taking 1000's of dollars worth of "precise" camera gear out into the field and relying on a glue-in-felt fix that I have to perform myself. (I totally have the skillset to do the fix, too) on a possibly off-center adapter (God that is funny!). If Metabones is selling expensive adapters for top-notch precision camera gear and they are that poorly made...um...NO THANKS.  I am just going to keep shooting with my 5D3 and lenses like my 17mm TSE and do my job as a photographer and get great exposures or just HDR (tastefully) when need be when I have that opportunity.  Plus...I do not have the spare pocket change to just run out and purchase a $2400 camera body plus a poorly made adapter to get to the latest supposed state of photographic nirvana. That Sony sensor is waaaaay cool...but I am just going to keep my wits about me and see how this all develops....oh and in the meantime keep creating images with the INCREDIBLE equipment that I already have!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 29, 2014, 07:39:06 AM »
Well, I think this is comparing apples to oranges. Reasons...

5D MK III is about two years old.
The A7R with it's 36MP sensor is 2x the size anything Canon offers.What it should be compared to is MF or the D800
Just about every other specification makes it geared for the MF/D800 crowd. It has no business doing anything that requires speed. Landscape/fashion-portrait: okay

I think it's an awesome camera and the price rocks! If you have the money to spend, cool. It's a Leica M9 competitor and for what it offers, especially the price, I'd take it!

Unfortunately Canon is only offering two year old oranges now :-(
I feel like I just bought a Mercedes, and my neighbor rolled up in a Bentley.

...but his Bentley cost less money?  :P
I am disappointed with this news, like every one here (especially one's like myself who were early adopters and paid $3400 for my 5D3 body)...but in pretty much every other aspect my 5D3 can shoot circles around the Sony. ...and let me remind myself that I sold two 32" prints this week (one shot at 2500 ISO) and my customers were extremely happy.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 26, 2014, 12:11:50 AM »
F4 sucks, well it does for me personally. Sure I use the 17 TS-E, an f4, a lot, but it is specialised and no real issue as an f4. As a general purpose ultrawide upgrade to the 16-35 f2.8 the focal length is very interesting, but f4 kills it for too many situations. Iso performance does not replace aperture, neither does IS, I want all three.

If you need the wide aperture for boke, certainly. I would still like to see a 14-24 f/2.8 L from Canon at some point in the future. Especially if it can top Nikon's IQ corner to corner.

How about if Canoncan just EQUAL Nikon's IQ across the frame...I would settle for baby steps here!

Thanks all for your responses to my inquiry!!!

OK...I have a 5DMarkIII running Firmware Version 1.2.1.  I have never used Magic Lantern.  I did spend about $3400 on my camera body (yes, I was an early adopter, but was able to sell my 5DMarkII for $2000 so I guess it evened out), and I do not want do ruin it as it is an expensive piece of hardware in my life. 
1. Is ML easy to install and use?
2. Can I switch back and forth between ML and My Canon OS?
3. Can anyone direct me to a site where someone has solid experience and simple information (for dummies) on how to set your 5DMarkIII up and use the software to its fullest.
4. Have users destroyed their camera when installing of using this software.

Seems like there are a lot of benefits....but if I do something to the camera and it is not repairable ....I might have to kill myself.  :o

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:20:05 AM »
Let's see the images first.
If the praise is already so high before any raw-pictures have been released, it might become a disappointment because expectations are too high ::)
I am expecting this lens to best all of the Canon offerings but not reach as high as the Zeiss (in price either!!! LOL!)..
plus...we have AF with this bad boy. If you just look at the construction of the lens, 13 elements (I believe)...Sigma is obviously serious about this offering.   I am sure it will be a great lens at a decent price. Can't wait!!!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:18:08 AM »
I am so glad to hear this about the Sigma lens...I own the original Sigma 50mm, because even with "it's" issues...it was better than any of the Canon lenses to me....WHY???? has Canon not delivered a better 50mm after all of these years? It is the normal lens for FF cameras...it is an important lens format...and big red has just never given it any real respect.  For that matter..why has it taken Sigma so long to do this!!!! LOL!!!
...can't wait to see what this lens can do.

Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:57:49 AM »
Happily...I do not own any of them!!!! ;D

I note that this new Sigma 50/1.4 is being introduced at $900.  Canon's current 50/1.4 (a 20-year-old design) is about $400 or less (BuyDig offered it for $279 recently).  If Canon introduces a new 50/1.4 in the same price range as this Sigma, some people will complain (in online forums) about Canon's pricing ... "They doubled the price!!!".  If Canon introduces a really good 50/1.8 with IS, some people will compare its price to that of the nifty fifty ($125) and scream.  However, a really good 50mm costs some $$$ to build.  That's why the Sigma is $900 and not $400.  That's why the Otus is $4000 and not $400.  Even the manual focus Zeiss ZE 50/1.4 is $725.

If the lens is large and has a complex formula (13 elements in 8 groups)...the canon 50mm f/1.2L  (has only 8 elements in 7 groups)...is not a GREAT lens...I am hoping that this new Sigma could be the best 50mm with AF for Canon on the market.  This is REALLY exciting news to FINALLY "possibly" have a great normal lens for FF.  I am keeping my fingers crossed here and hoping for the best. Canon has been sound asleep here for many years.

I think it's an exciting announcement too.  But I disagree about Canon sleeping.  They've been putting out new lenses steadily, just at other focal lengths; I could make a list of some really good ones.  The 50L is a wonderful lens because of the way it draws -- it's made a lot of my favorite photos.  A lot of photographers like the look.  And it's weather-sealed once you add a filter.  Canon obviously had different design priorities for the 50L than ultimate sharpness.  It does have some faults, so it doesn't please everyone.  I believe they omitted a floating rear element which is what helps make some other lenses so good.  But with that it would have cost even more.  I'm looking forward to seeing how this Sigma will compare.

When I said Canon has been sleeping "here"...I was referring to 50mm focal length.  This is the NORMAL focal length for FF and the Canon offerings have been in my mind disrespectful of photography.  I think Canon should be offering something solid, reliable and competent in this BASIC staple. The do not, as far as I am concerned. I bought the old Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (not without its own problems...but apparently I bought a good copy), because the canon offerings were so anemic...and the price on the L lens for what it offers is embarrassing. Also, if they ever do come to bat on this situation, (a 50mm f/2.0 IS is NOT addressing this BASIC issue) you can bet the pricing will suck the air out of the room.  Whatever is going on over at Sigma Corp. I for one hope that they keep sending lots of it our way. Hope this new Sigma busts the 50mm situation wide open.  We will see. (fingers crossed).

"The lens is large and has a complex formula (13 elements in 8 groups)"...the canon 50mm f/1.2L  (has only 8 elements in 7 groups)...is not a GREAT lens...I am hoping that this new Sigma could be the best 50mm with AF for Canon on the market.  This is REALLY exciting news to FINALLY "possibly" have a great normal lens for FF.  I am keeping my fingers crossed here and hoping for the best. My Sigma 35mm Art is da bomb.  Canon has been sound asleep here for many years.

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:23:01 PM »
Wouldn't "all metallic construction" be kinda hard to see through? And those all metallic circuit boards would be tricky to engineer.
Obviously there is glass in the lenses, plastic-coated wires, rubber on the focus rings, etc...DUUUUUH...but like Roger says..Zeiss uses metal throughout the Lens. Zeiss could make that claim in their literature..in this instance, it is dishonest for Olympus to make that claim.

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 01:05:51 PM »
Hey...NEW INFO....
Just went on to an MFT blog and another photographer just had the mount break off his Olympus "PRO" 12-40mm..here is what he had to say...and according to him...Olympus admitted that there is an issue....

Nicholas: “The mounting plate of my M.Zuiko 12-40 PRO lens broke off, just as others have reported. Three of the four screws sheared. This happened while mounted on an E M-1(with Battery Holder) in a padded Lowe Pro Bag. The bag fell off a bed onto a heavily padded hotel carpet. It was such a minor fall that I didn’t even look inside the bag when it happened. I only realized the lens was damaged the next morning when I took the camera out of the bag.
I called Olympus and they acknowledged there was “an issue,” and assured me that warranty would cover the repair. Perhaps most troubling: The technician iI spoke with admitted that they do not have a fix. He encouraged me to keep checking the website for updated information.“

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 10:47:16 AM »
Roger's articles are always GREAT...he backs them with facts and I always learn!
I have an extensive Canon FF system and an extensive MFT system (10 lenses for each)...
I do a lot of research (ALWAYS) before I buy.  I was looking into the Olympus 12-40 zoom that Roger mentions in his article.   The marketing stated "PRO"  ....which I laugh at, too.  ....BUT...if you go to the Olympus website and read some of the finer print (which I did), about the lens on the product page, Olympus states: " this lens features all metallic construction ".  Link to page here: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/lenses/pen-omd/m-zuiko-digital-ed-12-40mm-f2-8-pro.html
Now, I would consider myself a relatively intelligent guy with a ton of experience in photography.  I do not think that plastic is a bad thing in "pro" (LOL) lens design. ( I own a Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8L IS ($1000...made of plastic, incredible lens).  So here is my question...If the manufacturer states "the lens features all metallic construction", would I expect that my metal lens mount is held in place by three plastic support rods...which are a main part of the construction of the lens??? I accuse Olympus of lying here. Outright. (mind you...I own two of their cameras and many of their lenses and love & enjoy their products).   They need to change the data on their product page.  That verbiage is not just misleading. It is not truthful. Period.
I suspect that the design may be a little lacking regarding the weight of the lens and it may be too much for the mount design and/or there was/is some manufacturing problem here... who knows.
I have not bought the lens as it is $1000...I think there "may" be some kind of problem and Olympus has not addressed it.
All respect to Roger...but I think that something is "up" with this lens, perhaps.  Maybe not..but there are alternative lenses to choose from that have not been exhibiting "this" issue. LOL.
Of course...the plastic mounts are far easier to replace/repair (thanks Roger...I did not know that!)...so in the end...maybe it doesn't matter.  Also..we do not know "exactly" how these lenses on the internet were damaged. People do lie, or are completely unaware of what actually happened to their lens and why it got damaged.  :-)

I recently went to a photo workshop where 20 "photographers" met in a parking lot. I would say that most were not "casual" photographers.  In a 10 minute span I witnessed one person dropping their camera on the asphalt, and another knocking their camera (on a tripod) over and it slammed on concrete. We had not begun shooting yet.  Perhaps those individuals consider that "normal" wear-n-tear....I do not know????..so I guess I should take everything with a grain of salt.  :o

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:12:26 AM »
Technical ability and passion.  If you only have one, take the passion.

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