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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.

The photos technically go into Photos app so the only edit you can do is the Enhance button. I'd suppose you could use another app like the Photoshop iOS app to do edits.

The best thing to do is set the in-camera jpeg processing (Picture Style) to something you are happy with because that is what is sent to the iPad.

Software & Accessories / Re: Portrait Professional
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:31:58 PM »
I've always found the images in the ads to look awful so I've never given it a single  thought. Lightroom is awful and limited for retouching. Adobe is preserving the need for Photoshop and that is where I do my retouching. Presets are not options for the work I do.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Overly Hot Hotspots On 5Dmk3
« on: March 25, 2013, 06:43:35 PM »
It could also be the RAW processor. They all have there own presets for individual cameras and implement them upon import. Whatever you are using could be applying a lot of contrast.

Lenses / Re: Need your opinions on selling my 50L and 24/70L
« on: March 25, 2013, 02:15:01 AM »
I LOVE my 50 1.2 and have yet to see the short comings everyone complains about. I don't know how you feel about your personal copy but the FOV of 50 and 85 are WAY different and I would never even consider them interchangeable.

The 85 1.2 would be the only lens I would use if the FOV were more useable but in my REAL world 50 is way more useable.

If you can live without the zoom, lose the 24-70. This is my leased liked lens. I just keep it to play it save.

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 12:57:12 PM »

It is the all around focal length. Even when I shoot with my 24-70 my shots are right around (+-) 50mm.
I definitely prefer prime to zoom. A zoom gives me too much freedom and I tend to try to get EVERYTHING in the frame. Prime says, this is what you got and the moment is now, makes something of it.

I'd prefer my 85L, but sometimes it is too long and sometimes it's MFD is too far.

Lenses / Re: 5D3 + 50 F1.2 L
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:56:47 AM »
Folks, the 50L focal plane isn't curved or anymore curved than the average lens.

Apologize. I shouldn't have said focal plane. I'm not a techie. I guess I was referring to the field curvature. I just know that if you lock focus with the center point and recompose you will more than likely end up with an image that is at least slightly out of focus.

Lenses / Re: 5D3 + 50 F1.2 L
« on: February 26, 2013, 01:49:18 PM »
That is par for the 50L course. The focal plane is definitely curved. I also found the 50 1.4's focal plane to also be curved though.

I AFMA to the outer points (second from last column) since I never use the center point for focusing.
I have extremely good results.

The 50L is far from perfect but when you get it to work for you, the results are stunning.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III - Sensor Cleaning - Clean Now
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:39:15 PM »
It's normal. If you look in the manual, it says during "clean now" the shutter makes a sound but no picture is taken. They don't say why it is different but it is normal.

The voice memo feature of the 1D X comes in handy for that sort of thing.

This is another reason why, I bought a used 1Ds3 instead of a second 5D3. This saves me much time.

If the event isn't too noisy you could use dictation device on your smart phone.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35 or 135L??
« on: February 15, 2013, 02:46:34 PM »
Another way of looking at it too is...

Do you want 3 stops more noise in your wide shots? Or 2 stops in your tele shots? Wide shots might be more forgiven with more noise. Tele you really need to maintain as much detail as possible.

I know that contradicted my last post but something to think about for you personal tastes.

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