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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:42:25 PM »
I'm still loving my 5D3 and just keep my 7D around for backup.  The difference in sensor noise is so apparent in post processing, that I really don't care to use the 7D unless I'm forced to.  It's a nice handling camera, so I feel kinda bad about that.

When the 7D2 comes out, I will withhold judgement until there are many reviews addressing image quality/noise/higher ISO performance.  There will have to be a big improvement to attract my $$.

Landscape / Re: Safely Moored
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:11:30 PM »
Nice shot, but a bit disturbing to the viewer having it upside down.  Why don't you flip it and repost?

EOS Bodies / Re: Need to upgrade my eos- 1dsmark3 but to what???
« on: November 05, 2013, 12:54:00 PM »
Nice discussion gentlemen, I am reading with great interest!

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:48:20 PM »
Here is another shot at F/2.  I seem to like that aperture with this lens.

The whole lens/body autofocus topic has driven photographers crazy for years.  The only thing that saved my sanity was the purchase of a 5D3 last year.  All my old lenses that drove me crazy on my 5D classic, now work perfectly. Some need a little MFA, but not much.  Even my Sigma 50/1.4 works like a champ.

I can see why Canon doesn't put MFA on the Rebel bodies - most users mount zoom lenses with fairly small apertures, so focus errors are masked by the DOF.   Although i do recall adjusting the focus on my 450D with a teeny tiny Allen wrench one time in order to make it work with my old 50/1.8   :P

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: October 30, 2013, 02:00:19 PM »
Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value may change.*

Anybody know what that is referring to?

Site Information / Avatar size?
« on: October 27, 2013, 11:04:23 AM »
It looks like I can now upload an avatar if I wish.  Does anyone know the maximum size (in pixels) that can be displayed?

Landscape / Columbia River Gorge
« on: October 25, 2013, 12:53:59 AM »
I think the Columbia River Gorge deserves a thread of its own.  Here's a shot I took today featuring my trusty steed at Chamberlain Lake Safety Rest Area on the Washington side of the Gorge.  (On State Hwy 14)

If you happen to need a restroom break while touring The Gorge, I highly recommend this spot.

Technical Support / Re: dark vignette in top right hand corner- help!
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:04:07 AM »
Using my cheap radio flash trigger with Alien Bees, my 5D3 won't synch  at 1/200.  If I keep it at 1/160th, it works 99% of the time.  When it doesn't work, I get an artifact a lot like those in the photos above.

Since the action is stopped by the strobes (at least in my otherwise dim studio) I don't worry about the exact shutter speed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: when are the best Sales on 5d Mark iii?
« on: October 22, 2013, 06:45:24 PM »
One funny thing about the OverstockDigital.com pricing is the kits offered with various lenses.  At least the three are EF-S lenses for crop bodies.  LOL


And don't be surprised if that price changes mysteriously, it took a large jump yesterday when I happened to refresh the page.

 Canon EOS 5D Mark III "Kit #1" w/Canon 18-55mm and More!
 Canon EOS 5D Mark III "Kit #4" w/Canon 18-55mm & 55-200mm and More!
 Canon EOS 5D Mark III "Kit #5" w/NEW 18-200mm and More!

Lenses / Re: good budget lenses for 5d
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:16:55 AM »
Canon 85mm F/1.8.   Often available on the refurb site.

Lenses / Re: Good or lucky copy of the 50L?
« on: October 18, 2013, 09:53:29 PM »
My Sigma 50mm 1.4 has a bit of focus shift.  That makes it a bit tricky to do micro adjustments.  Do I set it for accurate focus wide open or one stop down where I usually use it?  Hmmm.....

The only shift I could find was between 1.4 and 2.0, after that the depth of field overwhelmed it.   Pretty much what Neuro said.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: October 16, 2013, 09:44:40 AM »
This is a place where I always reach for my 135.  I added some vignetting, as I usually do.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: "Downgrading" for a very specific reason
« on: October 15, 2013, 12:24:47 PM »
I don't miss my 5D classic a bit.  The LCD screen was tiny, the autofocus system sucked and it was very slow writing to the memory card.   I did like the smoothness and color of the images, but I can get the same look from the Mark 3 with Lightroom when I want it.

It's really hard for me to make a valid image quality comparison with my 5D3, or with any two cameras, because so much is dependent on the software I use for post processing.

I've only been using Lightroom for two years.  It's fun to go back and re-process the old images from the 5D classic and see what improvements I can make.

Lenses / Re: How bad is the 24-105?
« on: October 13, 2013, 11:41:53 AM »
   I see no reason ever to sacrifice quality for laziness.
   Moments cannot be resurrected in post.

Interesting comment, but I find the opposite to be true more often.  I love my primes and will shoot with them when I can control the flow of a photoshoot.  However, there are situations where a zoom allows me to get more usable shots.  If you miss a shot because you were changing lenses, or did not bring the right prime with you, that lost moment cannot be resurrected in post.

I haven't had my 24-105 very long.  I bought a white box copy for around $700 last spring and I've been very impressed.  I always shoot it wide open.  I don't use a tripod too often, so the stabilization actually makes it sharper than my L lenses in actual use.  I have noticed no chromatic aberration and I haven't used it for shooting buildings so I haven't noticed any distortion.

I'm taking it out today for a waterfall/fall foliage hike.  Maybe I'll leave the tripod at home.

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