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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: The Three Best Lenses for Filmmaking?
« on: October 08, 2012, 01:58:22 PM »
There are a number of features to look for in lenses for filming:
1) A long angle for focussing in order to precisely focus when wide open.
2) Hard stops at both ends for focussing. Without that you can't calibrate a focus puller.
3) Floating elements that prevent the lens from breathing while focussing.
4) Clickfree aperture for smooth fading and small exposure corrections that don't jump
    at the viewer.
5) Standard toothing on aperture ring, zoom ring and focus ring to directly match
    standard follow focus appliances.
6) All scales to the side where the assistant/focus puller can better see them.
7) Aperture markings in T-stops, not f-stops.

All these features are contradictory to what AF lenses dedicated for still photography
are optimized for

Except for point 3 ("breathing"), the Samyang/Rokinon VDSLR lenses master all these
requirements. The Zeiss/Arri Master Primes obviously master all these requirements, but
looking at their suggested retail prices is not for the faint of heart.

Lenses / Re: If you could only have 2 lenses for a wedding...
« on: October 05, 2012, 06:33:25 AM »
The 24-105 is my major workhorse, and I love adding the 1.8/200 to that.
Two lenses, there.

As far as primes are considered, I don't like the bokeh of the 1.4/35mm, would either
recommend to wait what the MkII version will be like, or grab the 1.4/24mm MkII instead.
That's far more pleasing in it's bokeh.

I have the 1.2/85, and while this is a good lens, it is also a diva.
Buying again from scratch I'd rather buy the 1.8/85 AND the 2/135mm
instead. And still save money.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Second Curtain Sync - Design Flaw?
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:03:23 AM »
Reading through that tutorial, the shot calls for second curtain sync. 

Not for me. You want the flash to fire when they are in their final position.
What is wrong with starting 1st sync in that final position (and thus be sure
about the exact posing and point in time when triggering) and then double use
the flash as signal to the couple to start light painting?

With 2nd sync you have to hope that the couple is in a perfect position after
exactly six seconds (or whatever your exposure is). With 1st sync you *know*
that they are.

EOS Bodies / Re: first pic of canon mirrorless?
« on: July 20, 2012, 09:04:54 AM »
Looking at the diameter of this f:2 lens front element in relation
to the flange diameter.......  I guess we're up to extremely fast
and still compact glass in the future, maybe.

If video quality in Full HD is good and allows full manual exposure,
I'm certainly in for one.


Lenses / Re: New Canon 50mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:53:22 AM »
All of Canons 50mm lenses lack something, maybe except for the 1.2L (which is in turn quite expensive).
The 1.4 is built way under par, and the dramatic difference between image center and corners makes it
easy to hate it. The 1.8 is an insult in its build quality, and the optically well performing 2.5 compact macro
is in desperate need of a better drive.

So yes, there is a lot of need for a new 50mm.

I still have a 1.8/50mm MkI, and I have the 2.5/50 compact macro.
The 1.8 is good enough for low light, and the 2.5 is good for general work.
Both are way from perfect.

1.8/50 with the mechanical build quality of the 1.2L at a price point of 350 USD or below would be a no-brainer.

Let's see what canon comes up with.

The main problem seems to be that you didn't match ambient and flash in color.
Tripod and HDR would have been another solution.

I don't see this assignment as so difficult.

It's up in Canada and Germany as well, now.

Remember Minolta being first in AF? Have you maybe tried to lock focus on the Minolta
logo with a camera of the first series AF Minoltas? Dark blue and white, sharp lines - but
no vertical lines. It couldn't lock.

Canon and Nikon beat Minolta badly when they had their systems ready.

Nikon has produced a camera that incinerates wild discussions about the question
if their current lenses can resolve that much. Canon is currently shelling out one lens
after the other - I bet they won't have that discussion so intensive.

Yes, 800 dollars for a 2.8/28mm are steep. But the target audience is not
the regular Joey Sixpack, this lens addresses people who would otherwise
buy a prome for their Phase one camera.

There is still a small edge in quality left in current medium format systems
over 35mm DSLRs. But it is melting faster than polar ice under the ozone hole.
One hour of exposure time might soon be available in 35mm DSLRs as well,
and with diffraction limited lens designs.....  I wouldn't invest in shares of
medium format producers now.

Regarding Nikon: There are definitely people who will switch from Canon to
Nikon in a frail attempt to substitute lack of skill with a better camera.
Once canon shows their next thing they might convert back.....  :-)

The rest of the market, and especially many professionals is not moving that
fast, continuity in a business is a strong asset.

So.... from a professional point of view I would regard any announcement within
a time frame of 6 to 9 months as de facto simultaneously.

But you certainly will not have to wait too long. There are Canon roadshows
planned staring in March. I think they will carry new stuff, then.

EOS Bodies / Re: Workflow vs MP count. Wedding Photographers?
« on: January 19, 2012, 05:11:25 AM »
Coming from fashion and commercial photography, I have several big prints
hanging in the aisles of our studios, 140x200cm wide (little under 5x7ft).
Half of them have been shot with a canon 450D at 12 MP, the other with
a 5D MkII at 21 MP. Side by side, 99% of the viewers have to guess which
ones are 12 and which ones are 21 MP.

So, 12MP are enough for most print sizes, 16 or 18 leave some room for
cropping, more is luxury but not really necessary for my application. YMMV.

A smaller file size gives me less card changing, less interruptions, less
points where handling errors can occur, and the most vulnerable times in the
life of a camera are with card bay open or lens removed while changing.

Some of you might have exerienced the dramatic increase in IQ when
comparing images straight out of the camera to images with CA and
distortion fixed in DPP.

The 1D-X can now fix this in camera! I expect enormous things from this
monster, and the low light capabilities will be a new milestone if reality
can match the paper form.

Yes, for wedding photography a lower MP count at increased image IQ
and better low light capabilities is a gift.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 14, 2012, 03:05:27 AM »
Plus one for the 1.8/35mm lens if FF and good build quality.
Distance scale mandatory, though.

EOS Bodies / Re: The EOS-1D X & f/8
« on: October 24, 2011, 03:06:50 AM »
The basis for AF metering has been widened, which will increase precision and
speed dramatically. This comes with the dowside that a certain minimum aperture
is needed. I am not sure what the percentage of wildlife photographers with long
lenses *AND* converters is among the 1D series user, but I'm willing to bet that
the improvements in AF speed and precision will be welcomed by more people than
there are people weeping about f=8.0.

EOS Bodies / Re: Feedback on 1D X from 1-series users?
« on: October 24, 2011, 02:57:26 AM »
I'm thrilled - this thing does everything I hoped for, provided that reality matches paper form.
Certainly two of these babies will find their way to me.

I am delighted to see it weighs in at 18 MP and not more.

Yes, I would have hoped for a lower price, of course.
But it's a tool and tax deductable. So what....

EOS Bodies / Radio controlled flash system patented
« on: September 13, 2011, 09:16:55 AM »
German IT news network heise.de reported that Canon filed patents for radio controlled flashes and other collaborative shooting features.


Some of them are already integrated in WFT devices, some look like they will be future
expansions of what is already there.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Breakdown of Rumors
« on: August 10, 2011, 01:32:14 PM »
The German price list was explained by Martin Achatzi, cps dealer.
He said that Canon is changing their distribution scheme and pro equipment
will from now on be available through pro dealers exclusively.

The 1D/Ds series is no longer a consumer product anymore.
Visit the professional department and there it is.

Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 19, 2011, 12:13:48 PM »
That sounds like fun! I want one!

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