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Lenses / Re: EF-S 15-85mm
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:54:09 AM »
If the range is useful to you, just buy it.  Mine was extremely sharp at all apertures (I didn't see any softness until the extreme corners wide open).  It's a great walkaround lens, and was a great landscape lens.  It even had decent bokeh.  For indoors I use a fast prime instead.  I didn't have zoom creep, but it was still pristine when I sold it (I bought a 5D3).

EOS Bodies / Re: do crop sensors really add reach?
« on: October 19, 2012, 09:52:51 AM »
Is the crop 7D going to have more reach? Yes of course.  But of course you can just crop the FF image for more reach also.

is the 7D going to yield more pixels vs. the cropped 5D/ yes of Course 

Is it going to yield more detail? Depends if the lens is sharp enough. And the 100-400 is not known for sharpness at 400. So maybe not.

On my 400mm f2.8 IS I, my 7D has way more reach and detail than my 5D II (now III)

My 100-400 is excellent at 400, wide open.  And coupled with my 5D3, the images are much nicer than what came out of my 50D.  I attribute a good part of that to the AF of the 5D3.

So to the OP, you have an excellent lens lineup.  I think good AF is a major factor for wildlife.  I'd go with either a 7D or 5D3 for the AF... or 1D4, 1DX if you can afford such.  If you go full frame, replace the 10-22 with a 17-40 unless you need the extra stop of the 16-35.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unholy Trinity of Non-L Primes?
« on: October 15, 2012, 01:11:16 PM »
The 100mm f/2.8 USM macro is a fantastic lens.  I can't see myself giving it up... great macros and landscapes.  However, it is very slow focusing, and sometimes struggles to focus at all in low light.  It definitely can't keep up with my kids when they run around.   For portraits, I plan to pick up an 85 f/1.8 or the 100 f/2.

I have the 50mm f/1.4.  Great lens overall.

I'm still trying to decide what to do for a wide.  I've considered the Samyang 14mm, Canon 20 or 24 f/2.8, Olympus 21mm, Nikon AI-S 20 or 24, or the Voigtlander 20mm.  In the end, I feel probably the 17-40 has a better bang-for-buck than any of the primes.  Of course that will mess up the trinity thing and ends up being somewhat larger...

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Yalta Boardwalk - 5DIII @ 5000 ISO
« on: August 27, 2012, 09:41:40 AM »

This is why I jumped from crop to FF.

Ditto.  I love the colors and contrast I'm getting from the 5D3.  Night and day vs my 50D.   

Lenses / Re: 100mm F2.8 macro vs 100mm F.28L IS macro
« on: August 16, 2012, 03:10:01 PM »
I have the non-IS model and I love it, but I use a tripod for most closeups.  Bokeh is excellent on the non-IS model.  IQ-wise you can't make a bad choice.

If I didn't have time for a tripod, I'd certainly opt for the IS model.   If you are getting paid and the clients want ring pics, I think it'll pay for itself.

If Nikon had better ergonomics, I'd have bought one years ago when I went digital.  But I have yet to find one that feels good in my hands.     ::)

Lighting / Re: When do you use spot metering?
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:02:35 AM »
When do I use spot metering?  Almost never.  Current meters are pretty good, but it depends on the light.  I use it in conjunction with manual mode in tricky lighting.  When the part of the image you want to expose "correctly" is a fairly small part of the frame, it works well. 

Which reminds me, I need to post my Pentax digital spotmeter for sale.

Minolta SRT-101, Vivitar 35-105 f/3.2-4, B&W film

Minolta XD-11 with a Vivitar 100mm macro (Kiron), scanned with a Canon FS-4000.

Canon General / Re: I've switched to the Dark Side (no, Literally).
« on: April 26, 2012, 03:28:14 PM »
I love the smell of fixer in the morning.  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon, STOP shipping defective products!!!
« on: April 25, 2012, 02:06:03 PM »
As a veteran of years of software quality assurance, I would not likely have thought to test this.  I guess the folks at Canon didn't either.   And it is hard to detect, apparently.   If I'm shooting at night, I generally have the camera on a tripod.  That means I'm not touching the camera, and I don't use the LCD light during the exposure.   

In QA work, we frequently rate a "bug" in two ways... the severity of the issue, and the likelihood that a user will spot the mistake.  The light that gets through during the day is far far less than what comes in via the lens.   While it is is a mistake, the severity is quite low.  Low enough that Canon won't recall the bodies affected. 

We know about it thanks to the internet.  But, how many of you would ever have found this issue without the 'net? 

My friend has the ZE50, I have the Canon 50mm f/1.4.  Both are great lenses.  The ZE is better at f/2.0, but I have no complaints either.  I like having AF.  He doesn't seem to have any issues focusing with his 5D (mark I) though. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Short tripod for close to ground shots
« on: April 08, 2012, 01:52:28 PM »
Beanbag is good, so is a tripod that goes to ground level like a Gitzo with out a centerpost.   The up-side down thing is awkward.

Lenses / Re: Prime VS Zooms.
« on: April 05, 2012, 03:17:59 PM »
The definitive answer:  It depends!

If you need a shallow DOF or are shooting in low light, a fast prime is the way to go.  If your subjects will be moving, a zoom may be the best solution.

Budget and style of shooting are also important factors.  In the end, the "right tool for the job" depends on you.


I could not vote, I use both.  It is always a matter of the best tool for the job.   I have an equal number of each.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's bad marketing - big mistake
« on: March 30, 2012, 07:19:11 AM »
With the 5D3, Canon did exactly what I hoped they would do this time.   However, for those of you who want that high res sensor, I hope they make one of those too.

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