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Lenses / Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« on: August 25, 2013, 09:40:36 PM »
My first L lens was the 70-200 2.8 II, and it remains my most used lens.

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Lenses / Re: Any chance Canon will incorporate 1.4x into Great Whites?
« on: August 18, 2013, 06:16:36 PM »
Incorporating an extender into those lenses would be great, as the optics are matched to the particular lens (that is how the 200-400 is). However, every big white is pretty new, including the 800, so maybe for the next refresh? It would be cool if they built in a 1.4, and then gave you a 1.6 external extender that is also optically matched to the lens so if you still need the 2x, then you would add that extra .6 the traditional way. It would probably add $1,000-1,200 to the price of the lens, but it would be a great innovation in my opinion.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Price for a good used Canon 5d Mark II??
« on: August 18, 2013, 11:31:21 AM »
If you are not in a hurry, i would check back here daily until the 6D goes back on sale for $1500-1600. Thats a brand new camera with a warranty for $200-300 more.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« on: August 13, 2013, 07:12:34 PM »
They all should be USA cameras, however, they are not an authorized canon seller. That is why there technically isn't a valid warranty, but people have listed in the past that if they needed warranty work done that canon has honored the warranty.

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Canon General / Re: More Medium Format Talk [CR1]
« on: August 13, 2013, 07:08:45 PM »
Interesting. One known source says 100% no way and the other known source says 100% yes in a big way.  ;D

So,i guess it's 50/50 ;D

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My understanding is that if you have a RAW file and the sharpening is set to ZERO you get the best image quality because you have not changed the original raw data and that should be exactly the same sharpness that the sensor reads through the lens.

Then if you add any sharpening at all you change the original sharpness by sharpening it more than was originally captured and thus you lose image quality.

Whenever i edit photos i immediately notice it even if the sharpness setting is set to 1 and quickly change it to zero. I do shoot with a 1DX and mostly with 85mm 1.2L II & TS-E24mm 3.5 L II That are both very sharp lenses and don't need to be sharper.


So why do most people sharpen their photos??? Most editing software has the default settings at a whole lot of sharpening and the image quality just looks awful to me if sharpening is used.

Then there is software made specifically for sharpening.. Who needs it so much?? Does it only exist to make bad lenses look sharp?

In my opinion, your camera and gear lead me to believe that you have many pixels on your subject, and that for the most part, your subject occupies a good portion of your frame. In that case, you would likely nail focus on every shot. When i shoot small birds with my 7D/70-200 2.8II/1.4XIII, many times if i can't get close enough to them they won't appear razor sharp, especially if i have to crop the photo at all. In my case, sometimes, sharpening the photo will add benefit to the image. I don't believe that everyone needs to sharpen every photo. Many of my photos that i can fill the frame with the subject in, do not need any extra sharpening.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D III?
« on: August 09, 2013, 05:11:14 PM »
I currently own a 7D, have owned a 5DII, and do not own a 5DIII....but i would say the 5DIII is the all around winner of your two choices. Yes, you will loose a good chunk of reach without the crop sized sensor, but the 5DIII will retain a great amount of detail when you crop the photo. The ISO performance and the AF system are also much better, and those are kind of important for what you want to use the camera for.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS Update [CR2]
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:59:51 PM »
I think there is confusion here, they way i understood the CR report is that they want to get a steady flow of 200-400 lens shipping before they start producing a new lens. I did not take that as them being worried that the 100-400 and 200-400 would be competing against each other for market share.

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Lenses / Re: Buy 50mm f1.2L now or wait for the II?
« on: July 28, 2013, 02:53:20 PM »
What camera body are you using, and are you using a speedlite? The 85 is much loved by many, but focuses slower than most from what i gather.

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Lenses / Re: Buy 50mm f1.2L now or wait for the II?
« on: July 28, 2013, 12:24:58 PM »
Lens release dates are next to impossible to predict ( look at how long the 500II, 600II, and 200-400 1.4 took to be for sale after they were announced). The only one indicator to some older lenses getting an update would be if/when canon announces a high MP body, if some of the old lenses need to be improved due to the higher resolution. If you want the 50 1.2 bad enough, buy it. If a ver. II gets announced, it will be alot more money than the current version, and you at that point will be able to sell your lens for about what you paid for it if you decide you need/want the updated version.

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I use zagg shields on everything with a screen, except my imac, which they don't make one for. I have them on two ipads, my iphone, my handheld gps, my old 5DII, my 7D, my 580 flash... everything i own that they make a screen cover for. Lifetime replacements on the protectors also...

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Rocket Launch shoot with Canon 1dx
« on: May 12, 2013, 08:10:16 AM »
Looks good as is, shaf. Everything in the frame is sharp and identifiable, i really like it. There is no wrong way to take a photo, and for being shot in pitch darkness that photo turned out great. :)

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A face that tell lots of stories!

Yep, tells stories, or keeps me from being able to sleep at night  :o
Awesome photos sanj, and to the others that joined in with their own entires. I am seriously ready to order a 1DX with an 85 1.2 and 24-70 2.8 II, at least it will save me alot over my first plan of 1DX and 600 F4 II.... :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D viewfinder too big ?
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:26:15 AM »
Hi

New to this forum :)

I just got my new canon 6d and I simply love it. Before, I had the canon XSi. One thing that I noticed is that when I look in the 6d viewfinder, it is very big. It nearly impossible to see it all. With the XSI, the visible square was smaller and I could easily see the image I was going to take. But with the 6d, I cant see the edges all at once. I have to move my head a bit from left t right to see it all. And if I waer my glasses, its even worst since my eyes are a bit farther.

Is is due to the full frame sensor? Anyone else noticed this ?

I'm sure you get over it quickly, once you see the leap you've made in image quality from your old camera. I own a 7D and had a 5D II for about 6 months, and you could notice the size difference through the viewfinder, but it was never a problem. Looking back at my old files thoug, the 5D II's IQ blows the 7D out of the water in every regard. Enjoy your new camera  :)

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Hey sanj, ignore the ignorant and unnecessary comments. I understand what you were trying to provide to people here, that combo is great for that type of shooting. I love your wildlife photos that show up in other posts. If you have more examples of the 1DX/85 to post here i'm sure i as well as others would like to see them. Keep up the good work.

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