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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III phenomenon
« on: June 06, 2013, 03:07:10 PM »
I hit the Quickview button, navigate to the card settings and change it back there. It happens so frequently the card setting is always highlighted,then it is just a quick flick of the the Quick Control wheel and it is back to where it should be.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'm returning my Sigma 35 1.4
« on: June 04, 2013, 12:50:47 AM »
The Canon 35L is really good. In fact the only think I find it lacking is weather sealing. I know the Sig is supposed to be amazing but from what I've seen, real world stuff wasn't enough of a difference for me to sell the L and take a chance with Sig's spotty history.

As for the 50L, at f/1.2 even when you nail the focus the focal point has some gaussian blur in concert with the sharpness. What I mean is, you can see the sharpness but there's some halation that makes it seem soft. Especially in situation where you'd NEED f/1.2. By f/2.0 it is sharp and the images are amazing.

Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 01:19:42 AM »
16-35 2.8L II, 50 1.2L, and 70-200 2.8L II.

I don't own the 70-200 but in the scenario that I could only have 3 lenses I'd pick it up as the the 3rd.

If I had to go with what is already in my kit the 135 2.0L would replace the 70-200.

EOS-M / Re: Eos M my first impressions!
« on: May 31, 2013, 01:41:33 PM »
As soon as they make an EF-M 30mm lens for it I'm on it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud - Adobe Owns you!
« on: May 10, 2013, 03:56:54 PM »
This is a great opportunity for Apple to put out that Photoshop competitor they've been sitting on for years. Perfect timing for a highly polished new version of Aperture too.

Canon General / Re: new canon lens caps
« on: May 07, 2013, 04:51:05 PM »
I bought 4 of the 72s for my primes, just because they are special to me. I wanted to treat my zooms like red-headed step children.

On top of that, they seem to have fixed the light leak on my 5D3. Now pics with the caps on are metered perfectly.

Lighting / Re: Lighting question
« on: May 04, 2013, 11:36:17 AM »
A setting sun is warmer than flash so the color temps are off. They should use a CTO gel. Getting the flash off axis will be a lot more convincing too.

I posted this in the previous 5D3 Firmware thread but thought I put it here.

Eye-Fi users remove the card before updating.

I used a CF card to update but left my Eye-Fi card in the SD slot and my camera bricked. I tried all the usual things, powering on/off, removing battery, grip and nothing worked. With the power switched still set yo off, I removed the Eye-Fi card and the camera powered up to the Firmware screen and it said "Processing." It stayed like that for a while so I pulled and replaced the battery and powered on to normal operation.

Then I was able to update the FW without issue. I inserted the Eye-Fi card without issue.

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: April 30, 2013, 02:00:05 AM »
I waited til the actual Canon update posted and it bricked my camera WWWWTTTTFFFF!!!!!!

OK. Eye-Fi users remove the Eye-Fi card before you update. I clicked the update firmware and it went black. Turning on and off did nothing. Removing batteries, grip did nothing. Removed the CF card and nothing. The last thing to remove was the Eye-FI card and the camera booted while the power switch was set to off. Except it booted to a firmware update screen and sat there for a while not doing anything so I rebooted and it came up normal and the firmware was still reporting 1.1.3 so I started the update again and everything went fine.

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: April 30, 2013, 01:37:52 AM »
I waited til the actual Canon update posted and it bricked my camera WWWWTTTTFFFF!!!!!!

Lenses / Re: Canon 50 1.2 L
« on: April 24, 2013, 12:53:47 AM »
Mine is rock solid and is a +5 on my 1Ds3 and a +8 on my 5D3.

Send it back but definitely get a new copy it is a stunning lens.

When I was looking to get my first dslr, I picked up the Nikon d80 and couldn't figure out how to operate the aperture controls in manual mode. The 40d next to it was quite easy and much more comfy in my hands.

Lenses like the 85L & 50L keep me firmly in place. Plus the 5d3 is pretty good too.

EOS Bodies / Re: Question regarding ISO 50 on 5D III
« on: April 02, 2013, 11:53:40 AM »
Pulls are always better than a push as far as noise goes. Just so long as you don't over expose in the first place and need to retrieve high lights 50 should be fine. Although if you are pushing shadows in post you may not have the detail you need.

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« on: April 02, 2013, 01:41:26 AM »
My favorite is the 50 1.2. Why? Because I love the focal length and the biggest reason...because so many people hate this lens and I have fantastic results with it. It makes me feel pretty good about myself. Even though I really know this is just an amazing lens I feel like I know something they don't.


85 1.2 is friggin' amazing I just don't get to use it as often as I'd like.

Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom
« on: April 01, 2013, 02:08:47 AM »
I shoot primes whenever I can. I love shooting f/2 and under. I shoot with two FF cameras so most of the time I have the 50L on one and either the 35L or 85L on the other. I also have the 135L for longer range event work and head shots.

During event work I sometimes slap the 24-70 on one cam and either the 135 or 85 on the other. I try hard to avoid the zoom though.

I also have the 16-35II for wide work and the 100-400 for tele stuff. This stuff is the lesser of my work so I don't feel compelled to own primes in the range. I do occasionally wrestle with the thought of the 14 2.8II though.

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