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Lenses / Canon 35f1.4L vs Zeiss 35f1.4 ZE
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:37:40 PM »
I'm trying to decide between these 2 and its really hard.

I love fast primes obviously both are built really well high quality
similar price, the L obviously has the advantage of AF over the zeiss and a little cheaper
no focus breathing on the zeiss is nice and hard stop infinity focus is also nice
i would use this lens on my 5Dmk2 mostly so MF isnt a problem really since i use a brightscreen on that body
my sigma 85mm is almost glued on to the 5Dmk3 now

any one have both? opinions?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / ST-E2 and 5Dmk3
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:10:41 PM »
I couldn't find the previous thread

anyway i did some testing with my 5Dmk3 and the yongnuo ST-E2 copy on the weekend
and which it fires the flash the timing does seem off and you just get black images

then i decided to just try it for AF assist purposes
... in  a dark room

and it works really well. with a couple of factors to note

the grid it projects might not necessarily line up with the af point however it can be rotated to make the grid line up (it doesnt take much rotation)

the AF response was nice and snappy MUCH MUCH faster than not having it
in future if shooting low ambient light i will definately still use this for AF assist purposes
I have attached an image showing which AF points work (coloured in red)

not sure why the bottom left one wouldnt work but I am pretty happy with those points being useable in almost zero light

hope this helps anyone else wondering about this

Australia / new tax rules for aussies with companies
« on: May 28, 2012, 09:16:14 PM »
just a heads up i got from my accountant if you are going to buy expensive gear ie bodies big glass wait until after July 1 since after then you can write off anything up to $6500 immediately currently until end of june the limit is $1000 anything over $1000 has to be depreciated over 3 years

Lenses / sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS (The new one)
« on: May 22, 2012, 09:08:44 PM »
anyone got one of these? i'm looking for some reviews

my questions to any owners

wondering how it is for AF speed say vs the 70-200 f2.8L IS II
sharpness though the range image quality?
do canon mkIII TC fit onto these?
build quality? I have the 85mm f1.4 is the build and finish the same?

i found this review but it doesnt really cover what i'm chasing
Sigma 120-300 F2.8 OS Review with Sample Images

edit: I found this review wich is a bit better

Lenses / canon 35-350L
« on: May 22, 2012, 08:14:44 PM »
anyone got or used one of these?
how are they i've seen one cheap i'm thinking of grabbing
I have had the 28-300L previously which i sold
just wondering how the older 35-350 behaves


Lenses / protecting little lenses that dont come with bags
« on: May 21, 2012, 06:01:21 AM »
I use these to protect my 50 f1.4 50 f1.8 lensbaby teleconverters and kenko extension tubes
though some people might appreciate the link

they are snug so dont take much extra room and i have found the lens hood reverse nicely over the opening to make them a nice little compact package


EOS Bodies / 5Dmk3 and 100f2.8L IS noise
« on: May 10, 2012, 07:20:12 PM »
playing with these last night and this lens makes some horrible noises with IS turned on
the 70-200 and 24-105 dont seem to make noises still have to test my 300 f4L
i wonder if its similar to the problem with the other lenses this problem shows up on
anyone else experienced it with the 100L?

since it would seem the D800E is benefiting quite a bit from a lack of AA filter
And the thing was announced before the 5dmk3 surely it wouldn't have been hard to
make a canon version where they just didnt install the thing, I think it would be alot more of a hit with still
shooters and video people can still get the normal one.

Anyone know how the DIY AA removals have gone?

Lenses / nice lens hood for nifty fifty 50mm f1.8 II
« on: May 06, 2012, 12:14:39 AM »
I grabbed one of these and have to say its great for this little lens
and worth getting as it is much nicer to simply clip a bayonet style hood on than have to screw one in


hope this helps anyone looking for a cheap good hood for their 50 1.8

EOS Bodies - For Stills / anyone have a 5Dmk3 and a kenko TC?
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:16:21 PM »
I contacted kenko about the TC not working on my 5Dmk3
and their response is they dont have any problems
this is interesting and leads me further to believe that my camera has a problem
does anyone else have a 5D3 and kenko teleconverter or extension tubes to test and see if they are getting
AF infor thorough mine just displays 00 in the aperture location

EOS Bodies / Digital rev review of 5Dmk3
« on: March 30, 2012, 06:55:10 AM »
Canon 5D Mark III Hands-on Review
I love these guys videos

Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Canon FD 600mm f/4.5
« on: March 30, 2012, 05:01:35 AM »
heres a roo portrait I handheld this one!

EOS Bodies / AF / AI Servo tips from 7D users
« on: March 28, 2012, 07:38:24 PM »
Just wondering if 7D users could give any specific AF / AI Servo tips for us with new 5Dmk3 since the AF system is so different than the previous 1D AF and the 5Dmk2 AF. Help us come up to speed quicker.
Since the 7D system is probably the closest AF system to the new system

currently I only use spot focus select point, I use back button focus,

EOS Bodies / DXO vs Reality
« on: March 28, 2012, 07:34:21 PM »
I'm just wondering, alot of people get REALLY worked up over these dxo tests, however theire numbers relating to various cameras (to me anyway) dont appear to reflect real world results take the medium format digital backs for example, these are simply amazing yet score lower than a sony or a nikon?

Personally i dont put any faith in this sort of analysis :P

Note: lucky i cant get smited to death by the DxO brigade :D

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