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EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:33:19 AM »
Does anybody know, when professional stores get some information about the coming Canon products at Photokina? Is there an event before September 16?

Lenses / Re: Canon MP-E 65 f/2.8
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:07:22 PM »
As I see that many of you work with this lens, some questions please:
I own this lens for more than 13 years, and used it in the past very often. BUT: Changing from the 1V&3 to digital cameras, my - specially for this lens used - Novoflex flash system (Duo flash system mounted on the uniset folder and manually adjusted driven by an microadjustment-slider) does not work with newer digital cameras anymore.
So I worked with the MR-EX14 in lower magnifications and added an 550EX and an Nissin DI866 MKII on the sides. But my problem is, that both side flashes are very strong and sometimes I can´t reduce the light to that strength I would like to. Adding an bouncer is sometimes not reducing the light enough or making the light to soft.
My question:
- Is the MT-24 system worth buying, or should I buy 2 small flashes to mount on the Uniset to highlight the object when I rise the magnification? (I did not know that you can put the small flasheads off the ring and mount them on an other holding system). And which flashes?


Lenses / Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« on: August 29, 2014, 05:52:03 PM »
100mm Macro 2.8 USM bought in the 90ies...

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 02:02:21 PM »
Put another way, it took Nikon two generations to come up with a camera that approaches the 5DIII in overall utility...and I bet the 5DIII outsells the D810 just as it did the D800/E.

Same thing one step up – it took Nikon until the D4s to approach the 1D X.

That said I really hope that we will see the next generation sensors or similiar. Although I have to admit that the Dual AF is quite a tech already.

....In my family, you can find the D810, D800 (both my husband), 5DIII (my son), 6D &7 D (myself), and A7r (my daughter).
Quite the family you know ;-)

.....Nikon or Canon are very similar to a religion.  You believe it or you don't.  ....

My religion is called Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

Mine my new Apo SonnarT ZE 135mm 2.0 :-))))

Edit: But if this lens will make my shots better, I don´t know :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 01:56:45 PM »
Well, I'm sure it's time for you all to tear me a new arse as you are duty bound to do, but before you do, how many have used all these lenses and cameras for paying work?

Let me be the first.

Actually, not really. First, I give extra points to anyone who actually has to earn a living in photography who participates on this forum. I'm not sure why they bother, but I appreciate that.

As for me, I never have and never will criticize Nikon. It is a great system and I frankly don't see a lot of point in dwelling on the small differences. Some people prefer Nikon, some people prefer Canon. Everyone has their reasons and that's fine with me.

Sony is also fine, but I do believe that people take a bigger risk investing in Sony lenses. I am willing to bet thousands of dollars that Canon will be around for the rest of my life. (In fact, that is what I have done by buying a lot of their lenses). I'd be willing to take that same bet with Nikon. But, I'm old enough to have seen most of the other camera manufacturers come and go to not feel comfortable investing in Sony lenses. That's just me.

I like Canon. That's why I buy Canon. I don't understand people who would buy equipment they don't like. Yet this forum (not you, whomever you are) is filled with people who have bought Canon equipment (or so they claim) and seem so caught up in having the newest technology that they are incapable of enjoying what they have out of fear that the next release by some competitor might be marginally superior in some way.

I think anyone with half a brain and a bit of honesty must admit that for 99% of photographers under 99% of shooting conditions, the cheapest Nikon or Canon DSLR will product results indistinguishable from the flagship full frame model of either manufacturer. Perhaps you are in the 1% and shoot in the 1% of conditions where that is not true. Congratulations to you.

I won't speak for Neuro. But, I think a lot of the people on this forum grow frustrated with commentary that dwells on insignificant differences. In the past several days we've had pages and pages of commentary about how terrible Canon is because you can't shoot straight into a setting sun and have leaves that are in shadow come out properly exposed. Well...boo...hoo.

This particular topic was clearly started with the sole intent of generating anger and frustration from forum participants. And, unfortunately the original poster has gotten exactly what he wanted.

The ongoing commentary on this forum has become particularly ridiculous of late and for me that was underscored because I happened to attend a Scott Kelby seminar earlier in the week. I am sure there will be those who rush to criticize Kelby, but the fact is, the guy is a damn good photographer.

A sizable portion of his commentary was spent on making the point time and time again that equipment is the least important part of photography. He not only says that, but demonstrates it time and time again. He showed incredible images shot with lenses that no one on this forum would dare admit to using out of fear of being massacred because "that lens is a piece of crap."

So, from my perspective, if you find Nikon better for your purposes, that is great. I honestly don't care.


It is not always the technique that helps to shoot an good picture. The lesser your knowledge is, the more you need the technology to help you. If you are experienced, you can go to its limits. In other situations the technology allows to shoot things that you will not be able to do without the cams features.

My wishes for the future of CR forum will be:
- A collumn, where YOU experienced photographers can tell us how you shot an good picture. Not only the Camera settings, but all of the things you needed to get this shot and where you placed it.... And your intention why
- A column where we all can post favourite menue-presets for each camera and situation. THAT would be an great help for newbies. Or good lens/Cam combinatiuons. Or good presets you use when you shoot in an special situation.

p.s.: Many of us are a unsatisfied, because we want to see an marvellous camera (an goldenegglayingwollmilksaw) for an moderate price. And an fast upgrade time like the rebels have.
But: This brand is not like the computertechnology or telephone brand , where each 2 years the performance doubles.

This is very helpful.  I'm still using the 17-40 but hope to migrate to the 16-35 f/4 shortly.  I've been in the process of trying to figure out the Lee holder/CPL/UWA conundrum.  Next step:  order the 105 ring and the B&W CPL.  Thanks.
Before you pull the trigger on the 105 CPL, you should consider the wonderpana system:

I haven't used it, but it's basically a Lee-style system with much larger filters so that the vignetting problem is a non-issue for UWA focal lengths.  If you want to stack stuff and have a CPL at 16mm, this is the system you should look into.

That said, I love my Lee setup.  It's well built and has industry standard sizing so I am not married to first party 4x6 filters or CPLs.  And it's flexible and powerful.  I can double my ND grads on harsh sunlight, stack an ND grad with a 10 stop ND, and now with a front ring the CPL is an independent consideration if I need to manage the sky (only for longer FL) or reflections (at any FL).  The only time I need to juggle/think is between 16-20mm, and that's fine by me.

- A

The wonderpana system works well, but it is much more expensive than the more common Lee system. A friend of mine uses this system (Nikon 14mm). He told me that the filters are from great quality.

Instead of adapting for and purchasing a 105mm CPL, just get a 4x4 CPL from Lee or other mfgs...


I was not satisfied by the darkness of this filter. And I had the problem of  a "grey shaping" - the light was reflecting inside the filter when used in bright sunlight. This "grey shaping" did not appear by using an screw-in filter.

I prefer to use an srew-in polarisation filter. The glass filter from Lee are to dark. (High transmission polarisation filter). Heliopan is producing one of the "brightest" polarisation filter (high transmission), followed by the Käsemann multicoated (this filter is just a little bit darker - but more expensive).

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 28, 2014, 07:12:11 AM »
all you people see is that it supposedly has 20MP.

People are disappointed if it's the same 20 MP sensor from 70D.

If it's a 20 MP sensor based on EXMOR or better technology, I am sure you won't find so many pages of rant.

Sometimes it is impossible to rise the MP count without changing the Layout of your chips. So, IMO, I could believe the rumors, that a rise in MPs to 24MP or more would afford an change in the manufacturing process - as we know from the computerindustry, where each 1-2 years an new manufacturing process needs to renew nearly the whole fabrication hardware.
The rumor was, that Canon is retaining to change their manufacturing hardware to maximise their profit.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon brand UV and Circ. Polarizing filters
« on: August 27, 2014, 11:38:19 AM »
I am using the

B+W AUC Polfilter Käsemann - zirkular - XS-PRO DIGITAL MRC nano 77mm  & 58mm
B+W F-Pro AUC Zirkularpolfilter Käsemann 105 mm x 1 mm - MRC vergütet

and the
Heliopan HT-Polfilter # 8098 - 77 MM  & 105 MM   High Transm. Circ. Polfilter SLIM SH-PMC

From Hoya the Hoya Polarisationsfilter Cirk. Pro1 Digital 58mm

The 105mm´s are for the LEE Filterkit. (Bought the Heliopan and got the B+W 1055m cheap from an friend)

Optically I can not see any differences between the B+W and Heliopan in IQ. They are both great filters!
The Heliopan high transmission has an advantage: It does not swallow as much light as the others. It is a little bit brighter than the B+W. So it is an advantage, if you shoot in darker situations.

The Hoya is quite darker. But the IQ is really good.

If you own an good lens, I would buy an high quality filter. Don´t own an expensive Cam & lens and reduce the IQ by using an cheap glass in front of your high-end optical system.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: August 26, 2014, 05:38:22 PM »
Talking to professional sale staff from 2 CP shops:
They believe that the 7D2 will be a well sold product ( if the sensor at least will be a little bit better than the 7D´s in ISOs). Because of the F8 feature and the improved AF system. The ability to use e.g. an 100-400 with an 1.4 extender is highly wanted by sports/wildlife... photographers.  And paired with an new AF system (double cross, AF @ f8, ... fast,... accurate) this will satisfy the needs of a lot of photographers.

In their opinion, the f8 feature & better AF will be the major reason why someone buys the 7D2, mainly not an improved sensor.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 24, 2014, 05:26:53 PM »
My personal experience/opinion: The 6D works good in critally light conditions, the 5D3s AF is superior.
Visited an workshop in Munich´s zoo. Compared the shots with the 8 other fotographers (4x6D, 5x7D, 4x5D3. Mostly 100-400mm, 300mm2.8+2x, 1x 400mm, 1x500mm):
5D3 was superior, shooting the fast flying hawks and milans. Sharp pictures: 6D ~50%, 7D~75, 5D3 ~80-90%.
But when we shot swimming sea lions (dark objects), the AF of the 6D could (nearly) reach the 5D3s. And the details of the black and dark brown lion pelts were as good as the 5D3s. 
An good lens helps the AF of the 6D @ moving objects more than if you use it on the 7D. Using the outer AF points in moving objects, is a clear point of the 5D3 or 7D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 04:59:21 PM »
Looks better now...

I heard an rumor (discussion between some CPS workers), that the sensor could be an updated 70D´s one. With an improved layer concept (not multilayer). Slightly better DR, 1/2 better aperture in noise. Could this be true?
And an better internal jpeg algorithm, to "pimp up" the jpegs electronically

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:50:54 PM »
No new sensor? 20.2 MP looks like an "Well known" one... DR & IQ better? Or just electronically "optimized"?
Just an new AF system...

Ok, lets have a look @ IQ when it has been released on real world samples...


How much will it be? 15.000€?

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