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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« on: May 06, 2013, 07:30:09 PM »
Good review....with current pricing I can see this is a considerably less expensive option to the 24-70mm 2.8L II....but I think it is a less convincing option to the 24-105mm, no? When comparing tele reach AND price this lens does not stack up unless the IQ is that much better.....
(Did I miss something Justin, or were you actually able to squeeze 73mm out of the lens for the shot of the child in the hat? AMAZING!).  ;D

Thanks, I've never used the 24-105 so purposefully avoided comparisons, I have no doubt somebody on this forum will chime win with some sort of spec/chart comparison to show off exactly how different they are at 37mm f/4.5.

As for the 73mm, that's what the exif read when I "pushed" the lens into Macro mode... not sure how accurate that is, but it *is* at the long end of the zoom range past 70mm on the marker.
Hmm... The 73mm exif data is a bit odd...thanks for clarifying that stat...I should have known that you would have your facts correct!

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:29:15 AM »
Good review, I appreciate the style and take. Like others, I think a more direct comparison to the 24-105mm would be useful.

Following Neuro's comment, I've heard repeatedly that IQ is not that much improved by the 24-70mm compared to the older 24-105mm. Anyone care to comment on differences on distortion, particularly on the wide end?

My first thought when I read the announcement for the new 24-70mm was oh no, there will never be a 24-105mm mkii!  I hope I'm wrong on that one, the extra reach has always proved useful to me.

Pensive...yeah... Canon should have just skipped this lens and revamped the 24-105mm.... I just don't really see the need for this lens...especially at this cost.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 08:39:22 AM »
....on edge of seat...is the 14-24mm L zoom on that 2013 list??????? huh...huh...huh.... :P

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« on: May 06, 2013, 07:47:50 AM »
Good review....with current pricing I can see this is a considerably less expensive option to the 24-70mm 2.8L II....but I think it is a less convincing option to the 24-105mm, no? When comparing tele reach AND price this lens does not stack up unless the IQ is that much better.....
(Did I miss something Justin, or were you actually able to squeeze 73mm out of the lens for the shot of the child in the hat? AMAZING!).  ;D

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 05, 2013, 08:45:44 AM »
Like your images, seems you have a load of great places for this sort of shooting where you live.
I see an image like this I immediately think "Steven King", waiting for the Dummy to leap out of the frame.
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Thanks eml!
This one is a little more Dean Koontz.... :-)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8398/8698114638_e6482b2f72_b.jpg

..yeah...no cock fights (that I know of), in Monmouth County, NJ!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 04, 2013, 09:12:59 AM »
Shutterwideshut, Chuck, lovely pictures!

Bornshooter, there seems to be a problem with your AF. The loch is completely out of focus. ;)
Damn RPT looks like it's out quite a bit lol

I think Bornshooter was using that new AF setting on the 5DIII:

Assisted Specified Spot AF....

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 04, 2013, 08:38:07 AM »
Great images emi...REALLY beautiful! ...but those aren't old guys...they are in their 30's!   ;)

Thanks Infared, and your probably pretty close to the truth, these Guys must have smoked a Packet of Kretek Cigarettes each in an Hour, at that rate, rpt is right, they're probably only 18. I had to Photoshop out the exploding embers that are continuously flying out of the end of the Cigarettes, this was more Dangerous than Shooting Leopards.
I did some shooting last Sunday at an abandoned dress factory in PA...but alas...there was no smoke and no blood.... 8)

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 04, 2013, 07:53:56 AM »
Great images eml...REALLY beautiful! ...but those aren't old guys...they are in their 30's!   ;)

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 03, 2013, 06:01:24 PM »
here's one from the other night.... 2 minute exposure, f20, ISO 100
This is just FANTASTIC!

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85L II AF speed on 5D III???
« on: May 02, 2013, 06:23:42 PM »
Just confirmed - camera off, mounted the 85L II (set to AF), powered camera on, touched no buttons/dials/etc., and as soon as the self-clean finished, rotating the focus ring extended the front element.
Ditto.

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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. 

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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.....

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

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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:
http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/lenses/normal-range/sigma-50mm-f1.4-dg-hsm-for-canon

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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...
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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.

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