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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV To Feature 4K Video?
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:04:31 AM »
I didn't know there is video feature on 5D  :o
started on the 5D2...1920x1080

Tongue in cheek:  My 5D definitely doesn't have a video feature.

I suspect what Dylan777 is playfully saying is that many participants on this forum never or seldom use the video features of their cameras (if present) and would not buy a 5DIV if 4K (whatever that is) were the only upgrade.

I realize that this may be a big deal for the video folk who participate on this forum.

And, I have no idea whether adding and upping the video features on a DSLR increases the cost or helps pay for the R&D for features that still photographers are coming to love (e.g., live view).

Before you pull the trigger on the 105 CPL, you should consider the wonderpana system:

I haven't used it, but it's basically a Lee-style system with much larger filters so that the vignetting problem is a non-issue for UWA focal lengths.  If you want to stack stuff and have a CPL at 16mm, this is the system you should look into.

That said, I love my Lee setup.  It's well built and has industry standard sizing so I am not married to first party 4x6 filters or CPLs.  And it's flexible and powerful.  I can double my ND grads on harsh sunlight, stack an ND grad with a 10 stop ND, and now with a front ring the CPL is an independent consideration if I need to manage the sky (only for longer FL) or reflections (at any FL).  The only time I need to juggle/think is between 16-20mm, and that's fine by me.

- A

Thanks for the advise, but I have been using the Lee system (so far, the Big Stopper and a set of hard ND grads that I have also been using as straight NDs - planning to add real NDs and some soft grads soon).  I have been enjoying the system.  But, I have been limping along, putting my 77mm CPL between the lens and the Lee.  It's nearly impossible to rotate the CPL then set the grads (at least without getting finger prints all over).  Hence taking the next step and adding the 105 CPL ring and CPL.  Like you, I will need to deal with the 16/17 to around 20mm. 

This is very helpful.  I'm still using the 17-40 but hope to migrate to the 16-35 f/4 shortly.  I've been in the process of trying to figure out the Lee holder/CPL/UWA conundrum.  Next step:  order the 105 ring and the B&W CPL.  Thanks.

EOS-M / Re: What is wrong with the AF speed of the M?
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:08:09 PM »
Dear All,

My first post may be nothing new, but I was wondering if I am the only EOS M owner who is aware of the extreme benefits of Custom Function C.Fn IV / C.Fn-5 1: taking the AF function away from the shutter button.
This results in a world of difference when focusing and ever since setting up my wee beauty that way I feel that the criticism towards the AF speed of the M is, well, kind of unjustified!

Anybody feels the same here?

Nice to have finally joined the CR forum... ;)

Welcome to the forum (I take it you have been following for a while before you joined).

Thanks for the heads up on back button focusing on the M.  That's generally what I use with my DSLRs, but I didn't realize I could set the M that way.

As to focus speed, it seems to focus faster when using the touch screen focus/shoot method (which I generally avoid).  In my unscientific test, it seems to be almost instantaneous when focusing/shooting using the touch screen when the Cf is set to back button focus, and about a second when focusing using the back button to focus (about the same time as when the Cf is set to shutter button focus).  Of course, you still get the advantage of pre-focusing using the back button).    If this is true in the real world, then I may find myself leaving the Cf on back button focus and using the touch screen focus/shoot - at least when focus speed matters.

Another unscientific test last night:  indeed the M shutter is very fast when set to back button focus and using the touch screen focus/shoot method.  And it is no wonder, because apparently it doesn't focus at all when using the touch screen to shoot if set to back button focus. 

Conclusion:  use back button focus if you like it, but no increase in focus speed (other than the usual advantage of pre-focusing with the back button and snapping when the scene (including any action in the scene) is what you want). 

Photography Technique / Re: The definition of insanity
« on: June 25, 2014, 01:43:30 PM »
For me, like you, it is a constant battle (mostly with myself).  My wife and I are trying to work it out.  I pretty much ruined our honeymoon in Paris (2008) taking photos of the Eiffel Tower (and everything else I saw).  Now, if I am out or traveling on vacation with my wife, I take the M, with perhaps the zoom or 22.  And try not to get carried away.  But, my wife does encourage me to go off on my own when we travel, so I take my regular kit as well.  I just don't try to use it when with my wife.  We recently spent 3 weeks on Maui.  My wife had purchased a four day workshop for me.  She stayed at the condo, I went on the workshop.  And, my wife encouraged me to go out at other times alone.  It works if your wife is understanding of your hobby and independent enough to send you out to do your thing.  That makes it much easier to use a little camera and limit yourself to quick snaps (or nothing at all) during the time you spend with her.

Canon General / Re: Gear for 9 days trip to Utah National Parks
« on: June 05, 2014, 06:31:42 PM »
Have fun.  We are looking forward to seeing your photos when your return.  I want to know how the air rifle does on a tripod with the 400MM.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 05, 2014, 02:51:46 PM »
The 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 01, 2014, 09:40:01 AM »
I have the 6D and like it a lot.  I use the GPS when traveling and enjoy knowing where my photos were taken.  Buy an extra battery to be sure you don't run out of power during the day.  (I generally use two in a grip and have never had a problem running out of battery even if I leave the GPS on all day).

I second the recommendation of getting the 24-105 with the camera as a kit.  I'm sure it's not as sharp as the 24-70 II.  But it's very versatile and pretty good.  And relatively inexpensive.

Some have recommended the 70-200 f/2.8 L II.  I don't have one.  From everything I hear, I would love it.  But, it's about the same size as my 100-400.  A few years ago, I bought the 70-200 f/4 L IS just to have a smaller, lighter lens for travel.  And, it's really very good.  I also see good things on this forum about the 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS as a travel lens.

The 24-105 will be wider than your 17 on a full frame camera.  But either of the wide zooms would be a great addition for your travels (16-35 or 17-40, depending on budget).

And don't forget a tripod.

I have the 6D and like it for landscape.  Word of caution:  if you decide to go with a grip and want to use an L bracket with it (very handy for landscape), just buy the Canon grip.  I made the mistake of buying a third party grip (Vello, I think).  Worked fine, but was NOT the exact same dimensions, so would not fit into the Really Right Stuff L bracket for 6D with grip.  Sold the Vello, bought the Canon and now all is good. 

I leave the GPS on all day when I am out and have never run out of battery (with two in the grip).  But I agree with others here:  you don't need the grip for landscape, just get the L bracket (in this case, the one for use without a grip) and an extra battery and you will be good to go.

Software & Accessories / Re: Photoshop CC Not Connecting
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:46:17 AM »
From Vismay:

"Vismay: Yes, I can understand your concern. I am sorry for the inconvenience caused.

"Vismay: We are aware of the issue and apologize for the inconvenience caused to you, Adobe servers are not working as of now and we are working on this, please try after couple of hours."

I guess this is when the folks who are using the standalone copies of version 5 or 6 are saying "I told you so....."

Software & Accessories / Photoshop CC Not Connecting
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:36:37 AM »
Is anyone else having trouble using Photoshop CC?  When I try to launch, it wants to connect to the Adobe server to validate my license.  But then it says the Adobe servers aren't working or some such.  This has been going on since last evening (morning here in the California desert).  I'm "chatting" with Adobe now.  Umesh has now transferred me to Vismay.  Of the Adobe Technical Support. 

Lenses / Re: f2.8 16-35mmL vs. f4 17-40mmL
« on: February 21, 2014, 09:36:50 AM »
To the op: Try using the search field and feel free to browse through some the other 100 dedicated 17-40L vs 16-35L threads :-p

+1  (Actually, there are only 81, but who is counting?)   :)


Second but ... based on your "usage list" I'd also have a serious look at a secondhand 5DII, instead of the 6D camera. I'm saying this, because I don't think the 6D offers anything much better than the 5DII ... for instance, I read up on how the GPS part works and, based on the literature, I feel it is badly implemented and will lead to severe headaches for the serious geotagger ... but I'm probably wrong, as usual.

I'm not a serious geo-tagger, but the GPS on the 6D actually is a lot of fun and easy to use.  If I am out in the boonies for the day, I leave it on and still have plenty of battery (with grip or switching once during the day).  The image locations then pop onto the map in Light Room without any other action needed.  The only issue is that it sometimes appears to lose position, even when there are no obstructions.  I haven't used the separate Canon GPS equipment so can't compare.

So far, I haven't felt the need to figure out how to use the WiFi function of the 6D, but some on this forum have reported favorable results from that feature as well.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Rokinon/Samyang 14mm f/2.8 $275
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:52:04 PM »
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8 is the name in the ebay ad, but is it a different version than the one found in internet reviews (Lenstip review, etc), aka Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC?

No Rokinon developed an entirely new lens with the exact same specs as their best selling 14mm lens, specifically so they could disappoint customers but offer a 20% discount. It's brilliant decision making if you ask me. :P

I'm not sure the sarcasm is warranted.  I believe Samyang/Rokinon did have an earlier version 14mm that was no where near as steller as the current (reviewed) model.  I suspect the poster wishes to avoid making a mistake.   Does anyone know the answer?

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