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Canon General / Re: What's Next for Canon?
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:45:03 PM »
I can understand the M hate.

That said, I LOVE mine. Its a great purchase, primarily for its 22/f2 that has no full frame equivalent. 

Yes there is a FF equivalent ... the 35 f/2 IS ... on a 5DIII it is far superior to the EOS-M 22 f/2 combo (I have both). Not only does the 35 f/2 have IS, it generates a much shallower DOF on FF, and the 5DIII has similar IQ at ISO 6400 that the EOS-M has at ISO 800.

I misspoke- no aspc equivalent - the 35 wouldnt be wide enough, but that IS would save the day. I didnt mention that i recent rented the 24 1.4 to emulate what i can achieve with the m. Pot even close, due to horrible misfocusing of that lens. Reminded me of the craptastic 50 1.4

Canon General / Re: What's Next for Canon?
« on: October 18, 2013, 02:07:59 PM »
I can understand the M hate.

That said, I LOVE mine. Its a great purchase, primarily for its 22/f2 that has no full frame equivalent.  No adapter (thought about it). A 55-250 on this thing would kill. On several occasions i carry it alongside a g12, fitting perfectly with space to spare inside a lowepro dslr shoulder bag.

Sensor wise- its a strange beast. Great color range, but lacking in pixel level sharpness compared to my t2i. Almost 7d-like noise levels at anything after iso 100. Night shots are fantastic (well, so is on my g12). Ive been shooting long exposure iso 100 shots at night this past week, and the results are just awesome.

On the cons side

• Ive had a beeyach of a time creating baseline LR recipes for several shot types. The files colors and DR are just very weird to me, especially for daytime shots.
• No IS on the prime means a LOT of oof shots. That's a damn shame
• Action? Forgedduboutit.
• Screen is easily scratched- weird- not one of my regular dslrs ever managed to get a scratched screen. Must be a cheaper coating.
• Handling is goofy. Feels fragile. Hard to not put fingers on the lens front/filter.
• Needs another knob or two.

Eventually i will get the adapter, but for now the 22mm is gold, imho.

My 2c

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: "Downgrading" for a very specific reason
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:29:52 AM »
The 450d is still an awesome tool.

It was my first camera, i know (almost  ;D ) every single thing about it - using it to shoot almost everything you can think of during my training wheel days.

The camera produces images that are sharper at low isos then the t2i on up. i edit exclusively in raw and have been pixel peeping these files for years now. The biggest difference is the metering- the 450 simply cannot compete with the tonal range from the t2i+. So while i keep it around- its too hard to give it up- i occasionally toss the 70-200 on it and let off some frames. The LCD is beyond bad compared to more modern version, but the raw files are just the same. Spectacular.

So basically- stop dissin' on that cam , buddy :P

Ive been shooting for a few years and this thread is pure gold for me. Thx guys.

I have not printed not even one of my images...ever since my first SLR. However im at the point im interested in selling my images- online, print, etc. The bad experience with home printers is a super turn off, but you have to pay to play. Gotta learn.

I found that it was easier working with commercial print houses than printing at home.

I think one of the points was that the tools haven't seemed to mature over the years- since there was no indesign, and we still used terms like "desktop publishing'. The Software just doesn't seem to take into account the basic necessities listed in this thread here. As opposed to virtually the most of the pc software sectors, print UI's havent changed a lick in 15+ years.

Imagine one print APPLICATION for the entire computer - that other software 'plugs' into. A true print center that's its own app, not some status mundane status box tacked on to your favorite application.  Only then will devs build in common sense usability standards to make it easier for all of us. Need pantone colors? Plug it in! Your favorite print house exclusive setup? Plug it in. All with a standards based approach. Print heaven.

Everything would be listed there.

color space- check
monitor/ambient light equivalent view - check
correct print profile- check
rgb simulated preview- on/off
cmyk simulated preview- on/off
software status check- check
test run at current settings option- yes/no
one click 'print scenario' saves- yes/no
green light - all pieces are in place or red light- there's seems to be a mismatch

Something along these lines  8) 8) 8)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2013, 11:35:00 AM »
I, for one, am a bit tired of my bodies being "video oriented". My 5DII, 7D and 60D have not shot a second of video. I guess I'll just have to hang on to them until the pendulum swings a bit in the other direction.


I also shoot no video. I want a killer stills camera, preferably apsc because of prices. Features for improved stills shooting have come to a grinding halt, except for some gradual iso improvements- since 2009.

Pretty damn sad.

All that money and no autofocus.


I know a street style photographer that was using a zeiss 35mm at fashion week- constant focus, focus, focus...

simply impractical for folks like me :(

Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 f/2.8L II Horror Stories
« on: October 01, 2013, 12:33:54 PM »
This lens is ridiculously awesome. Ive had for two years now, brings out the best in all my cameras, even the noisy 7d i tossed.

i just shot fashion week with it (street style), and the amazing character & detail of the photos with my trusty t2i (love that sensor!) is always awe inspiring. If i ever setup up to full frame, im gonna have a visual heart attack (the best kind :) ).

Other photogs that always have used 35, 50, or 85s, came with 70-200's.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 17, 2013, 06:54:46 PM »
Ive found that once i stepped up from rebels, lenses that have worked spectacularly all of a sudden had different souls.

Hey, when you guys post samples, can you please..


sorry for yelling, but there's no way to accurately judge a file if its downsized. Everyone does it and i dont understand why.

thx for listening

EOS-M / Re: 4 weeks in South East Asia with the EOS M as 2nd Body
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:07:11 PM »
I tried the turn off method as well. It stinks. The camera doesn't actually fully power on and be able to quickly focus (even with a preset saved AF area) fast enough to catch moments.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:27:14 AM »
I wish i knew all this AF fail issues before i bought the lens. Even with all my research, i still didn't come across this many real world instances of fail.

That Sigma 50mm cant come soon enough!

EOS-M / Re: 4 weeks in South East Asia with the EOS M as 2nd Body
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:11:28 AM »
Agreed. I just wrapped up shooting around fashion week, and with the M on my next, it begins taking presses from you body and switches up all kinds of settings. This camera desperately needs a screen lock.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:06:39 AM »
If the lens barely works, then it's just not a good lens. Period. How do you take something that works half of the time to a paid gig- heck, or any gig.

What's more sad is that it's a 20yr old piece of shiz design. Too many canon apologists over the years is probably the reason they have yet to produce a new version. I actually tried out my nifty fifty a few days ago, and no focus issues (never did have any).

But seriously...Twenty years old and they haven't even upgrade the build materials. That is beyond pathetic IMHO

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 06:36:43 PM »
I love this lens. I hate this lens.

I love it because of the dreamy image potential - it one lens that has a character all on its own.

I hate this lens because the goddamned autofocusing f*cking sucks.

I love this lens when i look at its potential in manual focus.

I hate this lens because ive had to use it as a manual lens for months, and its going in to get serviced.

Now i hate this lens. >:( >:( >:(

Ok yall get the picture.  I actually purchased a whopping 4 of these to get one that could focus on the most basic of non moving subjects. Earlier ones i purchased couldn't even focus at infinity. And even with this 4th unit- purchased retail-  its now on the way to the shop. When it comes back, im getting rid of it.

After years of questionable quality issues with canon hardware, i just cannot stand more time trying to test out for a week why things are going wacky.

(Great lens when it works  ;D)

Lenses / Re: I just ordered my new 70-200 f2.8 MkII today!
« on: September 09, 2013, 03:00:48 PM »
ive had mine for about two years...the dudes face at adorama retail when i paid for it was like  "daaaaaaaaaaaammmmnnnnnnnnn.....2k++??? Daaaamnnnnnnn"

Best f'ing lens. with the 24-105, a prime, and an ultra wide, your set for all kinds of shooting.

Shooting @ fashion week over the weekend, there were TONS of them around. Even photoogs ive sen there for years with a 50mm have stepped it up.

Congrats dude!

PS- practice standing FAR away from subjects :P

EOS-M / Re: EOS M replaced my 5D kit
« on: August 05, 2013, 10:53:20 PM »
Yeah, ive had my M for about two weeks now. I think this guy is smoking the good stuff... :P

Its a pretty noisy sensor akin to the the 7d, but ill be damned if its not a nice piece of kit. Seems fragile despite the weight. I frolicking LOVE the 22 f2, especially as there is no full sized lens equivalent (wtf?).

Also, the battery life just f**@$#ng sucks. REALLY, really terrible. What was the last piece of electronics i bought with a 875mh battery...yuck, yuck yuck.

The firmware update turned this into a real winner overall, but ill be damned if my jpegs are not coming out pretty squishy with some halo-like effects. hmm.

but a 5 d replacement? yeah, only for leisure time, sure.

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