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Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 20, 2015, 08:59:55 AM »
I have the 85L, 100mm macro, and the 70-200 2.8 ii,  and i would hands down day the 70-200. It is incredibly versatile and the IS is amazing.  The 85 is magic, there  is no doubting it, but with most portraits you're using lights and stopped down to 5.6-11, and the 1.2 is of no use. Also, shooting at 135-200 makes a face look better nearly every time.

If you are doing events and weddings I'd  maybe say the 85, but for business portraits it's the 70-200 without a doubt.

AGREE! I used my 70-300L the other day for some corporate portraits and I was pleasantly surprised at how sharp they were and how nice the perspective is....I have a 85f1.8 and 100macro...I never use them wide open because the depth of field is zero and one eye oof always looks a bit weird to me... I think these were done at f8 and about 220mm....everything is so sharp that I used a bit of Topaz skin softener to tone the details down a bit...btw lighting was three Canon ttl flashes set on manual...clients were over the moon, and so was I....

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Lenses / Re: 16-35F4 L IS, Any good?
« on: February 20, 2015, 08:46:38 AM »
Well here is one shot from many tests doen today...24mmm at f8. The shops 6D camera, mirror lift, Af on, 2sec self timer and IS off...very weird oof pattern...

The intensity and size of the oof area on the right of the horizontal photos vary between close and distant shots and of course apertures and focal length...but at best it seems slight soft on right at 16mm and at worst its like the sample enclosed here....

Moral is test before you buy!

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Lenses / Re: 16-35F4 L IS, Any good?
« on: February 20, 2015, 04:03:11 AM »
Thanks all, I hope to get a good copy soon! My intention with upgrading from the 17-40 is because I want to get the new nifty fifty when its release and I release that for that to make any sense I need the best lenses. My weak point so far has been the 17-40...so I am off now to test again....the 40. 85f1.8. 24tS, 100macro and 70-300L are all very nice and sharp so I am sure they will work fine with the fifty. I am probably more picky than most but  I do photography for a living and I also have a 44inch printer so image quality is very important for me...BTW I tested 3-4 copies of the 24TS before I was sort of happy. The dealer is very well known and respected over here and have been quite accommodating so far....so we will see

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Lenses / 16-35F4 L IS, Any good?
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:43:04 AM »
hi, I am keen to get the 16-35F4L zoom as a replacement for my 17-40. I have tested two copies from the store and this is what I get.

copy One, distant image of building slight softness at all apertures on left 20% compared to the right side....

Copy Two, distant image of building very definite softness on right side , sharp objects almost have a double image at all apertures , right 20% of image.

I have done numerous tests etc, copy one seems almost fine, especially compared to copy Two.  I am reluctant to take it and then take it to service center and then being told that it is within specs. I have already paid for the lens but don't want to take it out of the shop until I am satisfied.

So my answer is how are owners of this lens finding them? Any other problems. I am talking about critical professional use...

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What a surprise! With the way Canon has been lambasted here I would have though the results would have been quite different. All this DR and other noise seems to be just that....It will be interesting to see how the DR etc crowd explain this away... :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Interview With Head of EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R Development
« on: February 18, 2015, 12:34:16 AM »
What I noticed is that he talked about Mega-pixies and image quality, and for him a key determinator for image quality was the processor.

I think he may be making a mistake there..   won't most 5Ds users be shooting RAW?

The only user I can think of who would choose in camera processing are wedding photogs..   maybe they will be most of the customers for this but I though this was a studio/landscape camera, both of those users would want a RAW image surely?

I think what he meant was more the effect of the processor on extracting the data from the sensor and the effect on noise , colour, speed, sharpness etc etc rather than the jpeg conversions. Agreed many shoot Raw and so do I , but also just because  mostly the jpegs are so soft and unacceptable(6D) if the jpegs are good I can think of quite a few situations where it would be advantageous.

Have a look here at for jpeg quality straight from the camera(7d2). ( I believe sports are shot mostly on jpegs because of the sheer volume and deadlines) https://scottkelby.exposure.co/game-day-with-the-vols

I am going to shoot a test run of 50 packshots today to be loaded directly on the cloud, renamed etc and I am going to do it on jpeg. Eventually I will shoot 1000 packshots and I don't want to have to spend 1sec more than I have to, on PP.

What it looks like to me is that Canon has a certain standards of what their cameras and the image quality thereof should adhere to, regardless of what WE may think it should be...The interview was quite informative as to those reasons and thinking. Bottom line for me is that I am extremely happy with my Canon stuff and the reliability thereof, including image quality, lens quality and sheer breath and depth of lenses and other acessories for every application. They must be doing something right in my book....I cant wait for the nifty fifty!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Don't understand why
« on: February 16, 2015, 02:32:25 AM »
Canon will make far more money selling the top end kit to wealthy hobbyists than they will to professionals.

I think there is a lot of truth in that statement.  Professionals buy tools that are good enough, reliable enough, cheap enough, ... enough, to be able to make a profit.  Enthusiasts,  not being concerned with profitability, can afford the "bestest and latest".

Agreed with the above, but......

I make a living from Photography, and although the new 5Ds is rather steep for me, and I probably wont get my money back quickly,   I would get it nevertheless..why?

Because its just such a lot of pixels that as a photographer I have to have it, just to see what the image quality is like. I find a lot of photography 'ignorant' clients often ask me how many pixels my camera has...and they usually raise their eyebrows when I mention (just) 20mp, imagine the reaction when I say 50mp's! I know its silly but one has to at least try and have a better camera than the client!

I also have a 44inch printer and frankly my 6d is just not up to the task with more detailed images like distant landscapes and industrial/architecture. Jaggies are quite visible. Clients like it a lot when I drop off a 'free' print of the shoot, and the bigger the better and extra pixels can only help...

For my personal stuff which is mostly documentary architecture I could see the extra detail will be great especially on large prints!

Its a lot cheaper than med format digital. Sure it wont have the same image quality but it will be a lot more than is currently available in 35mm, specially from Canon..I also just don't like having too many different systems...so if it can all be Canon, great.

50mp is not just for printing very large but also for making smaller prints look better...there was a reason many 'old' 8x10 negs were only contact printed...

The fact that it has dumbed down video and no dual pixel af is ok by me...its that sensor that I want.

The price seems reasonable for the pixels. One reason I wasn't keen to get the 5D3 is that I could get the same pixels in the 6D for a lot less...

I also like the fact that they have made an effort with the mirror. My Mamiya digital med format shutter slap is alarmingly loud and definitely affects my image quality on longer lenses at slower shutter speeds.

So,  I am very excited about the new nifty fifty...and I look forward to pairing that with one of the smallest and cheapest lenses available...the 40mm pancake. But also with my 24TS..should make a fantastic architecture/interior/industrial combination.

The only thing I will miss terribly is GPS and wifi....but I can see using a camera like that for at least 4years. Thats how long I had my 5d2. 6D is now about 14months old and I just love it..only thing I wish it had was a few more pixels.


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EOS Bodies / Re: DR from 5Ds will be 2 stop better then 7D mk II
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:33:42 AM »
Whatever the DR and however it compares I am going to get one....my 6D will take care of the high iso and wifi and gps....the mere fact that a camera like this is now available at these prices makes it, imo a must have!

Only question is 5Ds or 5Dsr....




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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Promotional Videos for the EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:49:00 AM »
Impressive propaganda pieces on behalf of Canon...  While this may not be the camera of my dreams for my everyday portrait clients, this may be a new camera we can pitch for our commercial clients...  I will be very interested in normal reviews not sponsored by canon

So when you do 'advertising' photography for your clients are you a propaganda or advertising photographer? :)

Surely any new product will be launched with advertising extolling its advantages? Isn't that just normal business practice?   I am sure you also 'advertise' yourself to prospective clients? Or is it propaganda? Is 'advertising' the same as 'propaganda' ?

I am also looking forward to the reviews. But I also take the reviews, and the advertising and promotional material, with a pinch of salt....at the end I have to decide for myself....sift through all the info and decide whats applicable to me or not.....

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm & 70-300mm Coming Soon? [CR2]
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:52:38 AM »
my bet..50f2 IS stm....

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EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:49:22 AM »
Well this one's got dials on top, the previous one had none...

Extras it could have judging by the image and some observations here;

1.separate evf,  ala g1xmk2 (mabye even the same one)

2.tiltable lcd

Million dollar question, which sensor ( and how many pixels) and what price???

We will know soon....

Personally, if it had all the above plus the 7d2 sensor I will be more than happy.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 27, 2015, 04:49:20 AM »
I have been very keen to get a new 7D but maybe I will wait a while to see these new offerings first! M3 could be the one if it has a evf and 7d2 sensor.....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D HDR problem
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:53:56 AM »
sorry I haven't read any replies....so may its been said before but

afaik the eos 6d only does HDR in jpeg, not RAW,

anyway my experience is that you don't need multiple exposures to get a wide DR, ettr and you should be ok to get most details in highlights and shadows...

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EOS Bodies / Re: NEW CAMERA - EOS 80D?
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:50:06 AM »
What if it is the new mirrorless? :D

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EOS-M / Re: Portfolio of my favorite Eos M pics of the last year...
« on: January 08, 2015, 11:29:41 PM »
rusty, I think one shouldn't take the 'technical quality' of web images too seriously...I often try out new processes and also often find the images on the web are slightly more saturated than the originals...anyway after a huge tiff has been put through the wringer to become a small 90dpi webfile, I am amazed that they actually still look so good!

I have taken both my eos m's and the two lenses in to Canon to fix AF and lens sharpness problems ...hopefully when they come back they will be even better than before!

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