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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Refurbished Cameras & Lenses
« on: July 26, 2013, 01:14:56 PM »
While on the hunt for a decent 50 1.4, i bought the third one from canon refurb store.

It was horrible. Just sent it back. Typical focusing problem..actually that was the worst one our of the 4 i 'interviewed'

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:47:59 AM »
like someone else said- i could give a crap what kind of 50 they make, but for the love of god, let the damn thing focus properly.

hands down the worst canon lens ive ever used in terms of AF. It actually is usable as a manual only lens...because i dotn have a choice at this point.

ps- these "why IS?" arguments is think is ludicrous. IS helps. THAT IS ALL.

Lenses / Re: 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: July 08, 2013, 02:04:11 PM »
the 50 1/4 has been the wackiest canon lens ive owned. Great optics, can take wonderful pics, but i went through 3 copies that didn't focus properly (one was a canon refurb). Even now, my version- bought retail- can miss focus for the first 10 mins then can be accurate for next 20..... its the weirdest thing. I now notice some pretty consistent front focusing.

I used to walk exclusively with my 50 1/8, and have never had such bizzare focus issues.

Terrible, terrible quality control with this lens.

Ah, did i note not being to focus on anything beyond 10 feet or so...if i focus half way down the block or beyond, its blur city. wtf.

sigh this lens has been a LOT of trouble.

Ill maybe try that when i have another main body to use. Oddly enough, &d was announced shortly after i created this thread. But that's not until September, so...

Ironically i feel like many others and now wonder that the 7d2 will be packing. Lets see what info comes out by September.

Also related, i was in a cam shop to pick up the eos m, and the camera guy had a ball telling me that "canon is bringing out a lot of stuff later this year" Of course nothing specific, but that does coincide with the current M firesale, even mentioned by this latest post.

EOS Bodies / Re: Comparing AF-tracking 7D, 60D and 70D
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:20:59 PM »
Maybe i didnt master my usage of the 7ds af, but it failed overall before i was able to get to that point. the af never recovered.

The Af point spread was spectacular though, utterly shaming the 6d's pathetic spread. I kept reading about advancethis/advanced that regarding the 7f af but i never really thought it was abig deal besides its learning capabilities. There a few modes to choose from, and an tracking adjustments, but other than that i personally didnt find anything there that was so much more critically awesome than standard point setups.

Thanks to nikon for pushing the boundaries, as canon seems like they dont want to put in any work on their bodies that dont cost 2k+. They have been playing it lazy for some time. 

I would buy another 7d - a v2- if they just swapped the craptastic sensor and that problematic "advanced" af with versions that are not highly prone to failure, like what i experienced.

The body itself is gold. LOVED it.

yeah a 5f2 is looking tempting, though i really rely on outer focus points, which its not great at, but... I do know that that body has done tons of amazing work through the years. Hmm, ill ponder that one.

Its the t2i that im running into the ground...afraid it going to lay on its back one of these days.

And my 70-200 2.8is2 will be taken from me WHEN I DIE  8)

oh wait....look at that 70D...HMMMM

EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 27, 2013, 04:37:50 PM »
I don't like those options at all.

ISO 6400 is not really usable on 5D3, so on 7D2? Not gonna happen... I guess this comes down to the definition of "usable". My shooting style is to avoid high ISOs especially when it's dark.

Then the slow burst rate combined with the higher mega pickles... What's the point? Well, if it's a macro only camera then yeah, I'd go with this options just to get more room for additional cropping.

Megapickles? ROFL. Best typo ever.

Why do you say 5d3 not usable at 6400...there's been some truly awesome example online at even 12800 (or am i thinking the 6d?)


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 04:34:02 PM »
oh snap, will i have a new aps-c camera to buy...omg


Let me clarify that half/ rant.

I used to have a main body - 7d-and a backup - t2i. The 7d wasnt cutting it visually and the af broke down, so i had to get rid of it. As the image quality is very pleasing, ive been shooting with the t2i exclusively for the last year. However its already been to the shop twice and now the lcd in the screen is not showing the iso correctly.

Basically ive been waiting for a new 7d level body, and it just hasnt shown up yet. I miss the solid body, joystiq and the af options of the 7d.  tried to like the 6d, but i just dont, and the focus point spread is abysmal for portrait work IMHO. Im not a fan of focus recompose method, or excessive cropping. I really think that camera has to many limitations to be worth 1600+. Nah.

  • I actually would like to purchase a 5d3 but i am building my portrait studio and the money is just not there.
  • I already have a rebel so buying another for 5/600 is not really in my plan.

So yup, i am working hard.

Any new news on when a new canon body might appear..? I mean anything?

Im running my t2i into the ground...and the 72100 looks delish but im not switching. Love my t2i and dont want to see it lose its life before an new body - at nice high intro price becomes available.

(Cant believe the 60d and 7d are still on the market. Neither are options for me. 6d is the same.)

Was thinking ( lot) about a t4i, but the prices are a bit too high for my tastes. I may have to go this route as a holdover body, but im just not sure thats a wise decision.

What is a portrait shooter that cant afford a 5d3 to do?


EOS Bodies / Re: T2i Upgrade Help Needed
« on: June 17, 2013, 03:09:34 PM »
Speedlights and a softbox, otherwise just wait.

I just had my t2i serviced after the Af went wacko. Back up to its great quality again.

7d- better (awesome!!!!!!!!)body, worse image
6d- terrible AF point spread, especially for people. Great for mountains though :P
5d3- awesome, expensive as %$#@
60d- better controls, frame rate, pics, not really, super old tech not worth side side-grading to

If you really need a new body, i say go for the t4i. the tweaked sensor has awesome sharpness, with the expense of higher noise. Keep it in low isos and you are good money. The all cross af points work great. then there's the touch/swivel screen. + the optical flash controls.

until ther3's a new crop body, i cant upgrade unless someone wants to pass me their 5d3 for 2k :)

I feel your plight

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: June 17, 2013, 03:02:53 PM »
For portrait work, the 6d focus points absolutely stinks.  The grouping is far tighter than the range of crops ive used over the years.

I tried REALLY hard to like that camera...but i just couldn't do it. To much to give up on a 1500 dollar body to feel comfortable. The lack of a proper joystick is also a terrible loss, as the directional pad is mushy as all hell and imprecise.

And look at the 7100..totally embarrasses the 6d. Not trying to get into that debate, but seriously, F canon for that nonsense. Yup, if i wanted to shoot landscapes only, it would be hog heaven.

And yet i wait for a 7d2 / 70d.

Beyond Ridiculous.

Lenses / Re: Canon 85L II AF speed on 5D III???
« on: May 01, 2013, 11:19:46 PM »
To all 5D III owners,
How do you like the AF speed of Canon 85L II on your 5D III?

I'm thinking adding this lens to my gear.

Thank you,

Thanks everyone for your feedbacks. I heard the AF speed on non-L version is faster. I wonder the sharpness(wide open), color and contrast?

I'm not worry about weather or dust resistance at all.

I would try the sigma 85 1.4 instead.

The 85 1.8 was my first true lens, years ago...but that was before my purchase of a 24-105 and the gorgeous 70-200 2.8. I basically stopped using it.

I recently picked it back up- its a dream to carry, and the AF is super quick. However, the incredible amount of purple and green aberration makes me want to dump it. The 85 1/8 images do not have the awesome, controlled character of other L lenses.

Looking at my last set of portraits with it, i noticed that in post, im fighting against the thin, purplish images it creates. Also, Im finding that I dont like 85mm...My best portrait work is in the 110-200 range. green rings around bokeh circles...yuck.

skip it

Oh sigma, cmon bay bay!!

I wouldn't create a lens in a segment that has a very  popular, successful option- - canons 135/2- but do what you gotta do. if they come out with a 24 1.4, ill scream hallelujah. Canon prices are just too...ouch.

updating the 50 1.4 would be killer!

Lenses / Re: I have just lost confidence with Canon Rumors & B&H
« on: April 17, 2013, 07:47:14 AM »
Seems like there are a ton of apologists on here.

It doesn't seem to be a popular move to mention in the forums that rebate prices are horsesh*t (but it's the truth, isnt it?).

I track camera prices daily, as im sure some other folks do. Its always the same "deal" with canon rebates  ;D- prices go through the roof :o, add a rebate to it  ???, and you are generally still paying more than you would have the week before.  :-[ Many other stores do it with various goods, but how does that make this 'acceptable'? Some of you posters are better off just saying"deal with it", as that's where your rationale is going anyways.

Im a bit off put when i see deals headlines, then look at the prices and wince. Im not going to have a cow about it, but call a spade a spade. These deals are not deals by any stretch of the imagination.

I could care less about canon's MAP, that shouldn't be legal. It is deceptive, as most customers are not privy to the shenanigans and deals between manufacturers and retail. So that argument falls on its face. Sure, we can all be from the informed consumers set, but that still doesn't make it fair nor reasonable to the CONSUMER. And as a consumer, who the f cares how the prices got lower- we should always be looking for that lower price.

So, um, yeah, these, yeah...great.... ;) ::)

PS- I like this site too  :D

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