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Lenses / Re: sigma 12-24 mk II
« on: November 23, 2011, 09:14:11 AM »
Funny I was researching this lens yesterday: Here's the impression I got:

Old lens has less distortion, infact for 12mm it is very good. However it suffers from some softness in the corners. This is usually not an issue unless you really look, but it is there and needs to be mentioned.

New Lens: Sharper in the corners open wide is sharper than the 17-40: stopped down, 17-40 begins to catch up, but the sigma has huge width advantage should you need it, and infact is THE widest lens available on FF. Bad news is if you are into architectural photography, it has complex distortion patterns, not simple barrel fixed by PS but tri-modal, that distortion can be distracting; I am not sure if DxO has a fix for it yet, but I read somewhere that someone had a fix for it... I forget where.

Both old and new have their advantages, none is perfect, then again we ask for perfection but seldom really need it, unless we are specialists in a certain type of photography, in which case, you know which one to get.  ;)

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Lenses / Re: Owners of 70-200f2.8L IS mk.II & 70-300 L IS
« on: November 22, 2011, 09:11:51 PM »
Got home and took some test shot indoors.... WOW!  It is almost like cheating at exams... it's that much better than other lenses i have used so far in terms of lighting up the portrait under incandescent lighting.  Success rate much better indoors. The 180mm prime I loved so much for portraits seems so old school now...  :( If it wasn't a macro I'd be selling it ... lets see how much noise the wifey makes... maybe I keep both?  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Owners of 70-200f2.8L IS mk.II & 70-300 L IS
« on: November 22, 2011, 02:49:06 PM »
Wow... not only lack of sharpness, but more CA and lesser contrast as well...  However at f6.3 the combo does rather well albeit a slight loss of contrast. CA and sharpness are much improved.

Thanks John.

PS: I once tested a 70-200f4IS vs the f2.8 mk.II, the F4 looked sharper. Both were stopped down to their minima... I did not test the macdaddy at f4 though...

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Lenses / Re: Owners of 70-200f2.8L IS mk.II & 70-300 L IS
« on: November 22, 2011, 02:33:47 PM »
Thanks...

So 70-200 f2.8 plus 2x MK.III = 140-400 f5.6... would that be better or worse than the 70-300L at 300mm only comparing IQ?

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Lenses / Re: Owners of 70-200f2.8L IS mk.II & 70-300 L IS
« on: November 22, 2011, 01:53:31 PM »
Thanks Guys!

Have you compared the IQ of the 70-300L vs the 70-200f2.8mk.II personally? (the light sensitivity apart)

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Lenses / Owners of 70-200f2.8L IS mk.II & 70-300 L IS
« on: November 22, 2011, 01:20:13 PM »
Guys:

I have owned and enjoyed the 70-300L these past months. It is light and has great IQ. All along I was on the lookout for a cheap 70-200f2.8 IS mk.II, and while I could goto ebay/CL, I figured if I could get one refurbished from Canon Direct (i.e. like new but serviced by Canon, I would go for it)... I waited for months but none showed up in stock till last Friday, I visited the site again and said to myself... if they have one in stock, I will push the button.

Well one did and it was delivered today!! ;D  I was very excited and went home over lunch to open the box up.

Apart from a tiny paint chip (less than 1mmx1mm) it is MINT. It does not come with the white box, but otherwise with all accessories. I think it is a great deal at $1999 especially when Canon has gone over it (something not all Production units can claim since random lots are inspected on the line):... or so I console myself. :-\

I only had time to fit it on to my 5D and take some test shots and view them on the Camera LCD.

It is too early to say if the images are good or not, but what I did notice is that for the 5-10 minutes that I held it.... my left arm which supports the lens... started to quiver with the weight after this little session. This never happens with the 70-300L.

Originally; my intention was to sell the 70-300L when I got the 70-200mk.ii +x2.0mk.III, but now... I am wondering if I will enjoy holding this heavy lens for long periods.

Would like to know if you guys have trouble keeping up with this solid lens and did you get used to it.

Thanks,
K

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII will come
« on: November 22, 2011, 10:34:54 AM »
I would be happy if the 5DIII had 1D4 AF and 12800 iso.
But, it won't.  It will be lucky to have 7D AF. 

I agree that 5DIII would be lucky to have even 7D's AF. Here is why:

5DIII will be aimed at studio/landscape photographers. Of course they deserve a decent AF system with their camera, say one that is between 60D's and 7D's AF. But not more than that or Canon will shoot themselves with their own weapon. 1DIV's AF is way too advanced for a camera that won't even need it. This would also mess the Canon lineup. 1Dx sales could suffer, 7D's or 7DII's sales would suffer although they are aimed at totally different markets. Heck, even 5DIII's sales would suffer because of it's increased price (highly advanced AF would obviously cost more). Why would Canon take such a risk?

They would not want to put all killer features in one camera and sell it for $2500... Why would they? They want you to buy the flagship model for that, and for a price. They would want to keep a good distinction between all their cameras to ensure that they all bring in the maximum cash. Which I think is only fair given the R&D they are putting in their different products. I know these cameras are already different in so many ways (sensor size, pixel count, low-light capabilities, burst shooting, etc) but AF system has always been the key feature to keep them really separated.

People expect better AF in 5DIII and right so, 5DIII will have better AF. Because Canon would want the 5DII users to upgrade to the new model and they know that only better IQ/low-light performance in the new model won't cut it for many of us. So a slightly better AF is all they will offer.

Just my 2 cents...

Granted... if they want to stunt the 5d3, remove the video capture features and let people use the 60D or 300C etc for Video... Give us a  decent Still Camera with at least 5-6 fps, 5AEB bracketing, decent AF and ISO... Hopefully this is a fair trade-off.


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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII will come
« on: November 21, 2011, 09:47:39 AM »
D800 confirmed at 36 MP by NR.  Canon was right all along. More MP *is* better. That tears it. I'm selling all my Canon gear and switching to Nikon.

 :P
hehe ;)

Interesting times, love to see tech advancing! Nikon just tripled D700's pixel count, which surely will make some high-ISO fans unhappy... I wonder how many will switch to Canon now :D

I'd rather folks switch over to Nikon so I can get hold of nice glass on sale. Nikon guys coming here will drive up the prices of lenses...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII will come
« on: November 18, 2011, 04:34:43 PM »
I'm just waiting for the 5D3 to come out so I can but the 5DII at a discount!

Realistically, what price do you expect for one in good condition after the 5d3 announcement?

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EOS Bodies / Re: How often do you go through a body? Why do you upgrade?
« on: November 18, 2011, 04:31:25 PM »

I suppose I could have been shooting the 5D MkII now for half a year, with who knows how much longer from now until an upgrade path is available for it. But in any case, I am now committed to waiting for the next gen of whatever they decide to make to upgrade the small form factor FF body style. I cannot afford a 1D class body, I no longer need the fps they offer, and I don't want to extra bulk and weight in any case.

ML

Was in same boat as you around Summer. So decided to get a used 5D1 and sell it when the 5d3 comes. Have been shooting with it for a few months and like it very much. If 5d3 is no good then might jump to a good deal on 5d2. (Since it uses the Magic lantern Firmware which gives me +/-7 AEB)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII will come
« on: November 18, 2011, 10:51:38 AM »
It looks like most people are pretty damn happy with their 5D2s... There are just some quibbles about the ancient AF system really. Otherwise, fps, ISO, mp... all up to par. Really, if the 5D2 was introduced last year, it would still make sense in the Canon lineup. If the 5D3 is just going to bump up the mp and ISO a bit and largely leave the AF alone, then I say I'd rather wait another year or so and get a 5D that will have a significantly upgraded AF instead of getting one in the next 6 months that upgrades everything just a bit but still leaves me wanting more. And out another $3k lol. What do you think? Is the 5D2 so terrible now that we need an minor upgrade on things we're mostly happy about right now?

 
I don't think Canon are going to just up the MP and ISO while jumping the price to $3k. I expect Canon are going to be putting in a lot of effort in making sure that the 5D3 is going to still be head and shoulders above any other camera in it's category eg. D800.

The one thing going concerns do; is ensure sustainability.

One would think that if they made the 5D3 such a superior product, it would cannibalize other canon models, (higher margin offerings) secondly would be hard for them to show improvements in a 5d4 etc. As Neuro would put it, if one plotted the value propositions; it would be close to a second order polynomial  :P, and a very high value 5d3 would be a distraction to the progressive market segmentation they have tried to create.

I suspect they will make it very close to the D800 in terms of a value proposition. Again thinking sustainibility.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How often do you go through a body? Why do you upgrade?
« on: November 17, 2011, 01:57:12 PM »
I'm amazed at how many of you change/acquired so many lens and cameras in such a short period of time.

I wish I had that luxury  :'(

Buy and sell used...

e.g. I bought the 1d2 for $875 then sold it for $831 after 5- months... for $44 extra spending, What I got was a a wonderful experience  :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: How often do you go through a body? Why do you upgrade?
« on: November 17, 2011, 01:55:13 PM »
Of digital SLR bodies I've had and used, I've had the D30, 10D, Digital Rebel, Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, 20D, 30D, 40D, 1D MK II, 1D MK III, 5D, 5D MK II, and the 7D over the past 10 years.  Usually at least two at the same time.  Most of them I bought used and sold them after a year for more than I paid, but my 5D MK II will be three years old in about three weeks.  I also had a Kodak DCS 620, but it was mostly as a collectible, and not used other than to test.

In order of IQ, I'd say 5D MK II, 1D MK III, 7D, 1D MK II was what I saw.  Certainly the 1 series cameras have a lot more going for them besides IQ, the ability to AF at F/8 or even f/11 (with stacked TC's) is a huge plus, and will be missed with the 1Dx, if I decide to get one.

- Kodak DC-120 1997 went kaput in 2001
- Nikon CP-4500 2002 went kaput in 2005... decided to go Canon
- 350D / Rebel XT  Oct 2005 Gave to daughter in 2011, still works just fine.
- 1D mk.II Mar 2011
- 5D Sep 2011 (Sold 1D2)

I found the IQ of the 5D much superior to the 1d2. However performance wise the 1d2 was much better. On RAW's the 5d is slightly better, but in jpegs it sweeps the 1d2 away.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII will come
« on: November 14, 2011, 04:55:24 PM »
Personally I am not in a much hurry! My 5DMkII is fine! I would want a better AF system, (real) weather resistance and even better noise handling (we can never have enough I guess...). I cannot understand however why suddenly 21Mpixels are not enough. Just my opinion... To stay on topic 100% I would guess photokina (as has happened with the previous series 5 cameras...)

Good thing that banding does not bother you. Enjoy the Mk.II,  8) it has many thing s going for it.

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SanDisk dropped the price for their Extreme and Extreme Pro CF cards.  Does that mean they're about to release Extreme MkII and Extreme Pro MkII cards?  Or, maybe...just maybe...it means some bean-counter decided there was more profit to be squeezed from well-established production lines by selling more product at a cheaper per-unit price.  Hmmmmm...

We need to ask the Sandisk-rumors guys about how long they have been speculating about the  Extreme Mk. II..

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