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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.

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.

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