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Lenses / Re: Why no L zooms between 35/50mm and 100/135mm?
« on: May 07, 2012, 08:43:53 PM »
I agree, for me say a 35-85 f2L would be a perfect lens especially if it had IS I doubt it would ever leave my camera, it would be the absolute ultimate wedding / event lens. whatever it is it needs to be faster than f2.8 though, a solid sharp f2 would be ideal.
and for wider than 35 the 16-35 works nicely

Lenses / Re: Lesson learnt on flare.
« on: May 07, 2012, 07:23:44 PM »
Mate the shot is great, I would say the flare makes it. Flare isn't always bad
if you can frame the shot right and use the flare to accent a subject or give some added mood to the shot
sometimes those high contrast shots with no flare can look a little flat and lifeless IMO
I really think the flare works well in the shot, It's subtle and doesn't cause a distraction over the subject but provides more of an accent to it

Lenses / Re: Seeking lens in the 85-100mm range
« on: May 07, 2012, 07:14:04 PM »
Have a look at the 100 2.8LIS Macro

+1.  The 100mm macros would give you more creative flexibility for your foliage/flower shots than other choices.  The 100L has IS and is more suited for general photography than the non L 100mm macro.  I would not recommend any of the 85mm variants because portraiture is not your primary interest.

+2 on this, while i really also recommend the sigma f1.4 85mm too i have both lenses and the 100 f2.8 macro is amazingly sharp and has the benefit of also being  a macro lens so it can do alot
its super fast to focus and the IS on this is incredible, put it this way you can shoot at the same shutter speeds as the 85 f1.4 at 1.4 even though you are shooting at 2.8 (obviously this wont account for motion blur)

since you are shooting off a crop you arnt going to get the true benefits of an 85mm focal length lens so 85mm isnt going to give the same feeling it does on full frame.

both lenses are the smae price basically
the 100L also has weather sealing too which may be a consideration
It's well worth having a look at

Lenses / Re: Why buy Canon when third party are this good?
« on: May 07, 2012, 03:13:45 AM »
I'm pretty sure he got a bad Tamron sample

this is the whole problem with tamron in general its a complete lottery as to how it will perform :(

Tamron gives you 6 years warranty and you can return it in 30 days if you purchase it from Amazon.  What I don't understand is why people don't return the lens if they get a bad copy.  By the way, Do you really think Canon 24-70mm Mark I is better than Tamron?  I believe many people get a bad copy of Canon 24-70mm L.

I returned the tamron lens i had after 2 days

I have never been really happy with the canon 24-70 mk1 so i dont own one as when i have tested it I wasnt impressed (I know lots of owners are happy though) I would say the mk1 has a stellar track record in this regard. so currelty I use the 16-35 or the 24-105 or primes dependign what i am doing
I am lokoing forward to testing the canon 24-70 mk2 though to see how it stacks up :)
I would be pretty happy if sigma released an IS one with the same build and quality of their 85 1.4 which I love

I just made my own.

got a 1000W pure sign wave inverter from ebay (you need pure sign wave ones)
and a couple of sealed lead acid batteries design for golf buggies and hooked them all up
cut up some car jumper leads and wired it all up in serial.

its pretty good and capable of driving 2 elinchrom 400W strobes

PM me if you want more info and I can email you the parts list
(total cost is around $400 including a lowepro bag to hold it all together)


this is an excellent book to help you get started with lightroom
even though its for the older version might still be helpfull learning the new version
I havent used LR4 yet so i'm not sure

Software & Accessories / Re: anybody tried this camera-hand-strap
« on: May 06, 2012, 10:34:23 PM »
also something to note is the cheap ebay copy of the genuine canon hand straps are really poor quality and the cord that comes with them is way too short even for small bodies let alone gripped bodies. so if you are keen on one I suggest just going with the genuine ones even though they are pricey for what they are.

Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 vs. Sigma 85 1.4
« on: May 06, 2012, 07:52:38 PM »
I have the 85 1.4 sigma and if its in your budget then Its a fantastic lens
It is my favourite portrait lens 9 circular aperture blades make for excellent bokeh and blur

I think I am ordering it tomorrow:) On the page they write in the conclusion that: " The amount of bokeh fringing (LoCAs) is on the high side though so you may spot some colored out-of-focus halos in critical situations. ". Someone in here suggested that this might be solved by the use of a good UV filter. In your experience, would an expensive UV filter like one from B&W help with this? And finally, have you had any problem with this, and if so, is it an easy fix in photoshop? (I have the CS5 extended).

At 1.4 there is some purple fringing in contrasty light however in LR the lens correction clears it right up
and at f2 sharpness is outstanding (its sharper than the 70-200 II is at f2.8) and CA is gone, I use this lens mostly at f2 unless I really want that razor thin DoF or am chasing crazy low light

at f2 this lens is outstanding.

My copy was heavily front focusing and I sent it back and had it recalibrated and now its perfect

my feeling is that wide open the canon f1.2L is unparalleled for sharpness and image quality however its focusing speed is ponderous when shot side by side with the sigma and its 2.5x more expensive bigger and heavier

I chose the sigma for the more snappy preformance mostly and its ability to be used more easily on the run and it's generally a better all round performer.

however if money is no object and you are going to be posing the models more of the time or shooting in controlled light where AF speed isnt an issue then the canon 85 f1.2L II cannot be beaten

Lenses / Re: Why buy Canon when third party are this good?
« on: May 06, 2012, 07:45:06 PM »
I'm pretty sure he got a bad Tamron sample

this is the whole problem with tamron in general its a complete lottery as to how it will perform :(

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Rate button
« on: May 06, 2012, 07:38:56 PM »
+1 for making it programmable to access any menu item
I would love to be able to reprogram it to a bracketing button alla the 1D series
hold it down move the wheel while held and bam bracketing is set

as it is having to enable bracketting via the menu is still a PITA

Lenses / Re: Shooting people with a 16-35... Any good ?
« on: May 06, 2012, 06:54:25 PM »
the 16-35 can be great for portraits you just have to be carefull of 2 main things
whatever part of the person is more to the edges of the frame will be more distorted than in the center
and whatever part of the person is closer to the lens will be exagerated / enlarged
you can use these to make interesting creative compositions and actually create quite flatering images if you choose the right angle.
as others have mentioned though you have to be carefull of any angel that makes someones nose grow
its one of my favourite lenses and I love how sharp it is wide open at f2.8
another thing i love it the internal zooming and that it doesnt extend, brilliant feature that i really wish had been incorporated into the new 24-70

Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 vs. Sigma 85 1.4
« on: May 06, 2012, 04:15:17 AM »
I have the 85 1.4 sigma and if its in your budget then Its a fantastic lens
It is my favourite portrait lens 9 circular aperture blades make for excellent bokeh and blur

The OP never AFMAd his lenses and was using Servo AI. In that case, both the suggestions are vaild.
As for your example, I am not seeing that slight softness in my photos. True, I don't have a 5D2 to do direct comparisons, but my 5D3 looks more like your 5D2 example than the 5D3 example.

edit: Could you post those RAW files as well? Or at least something with EXIF data?

Don't make assumptions about how I shoot based on what someone else said. I hardly ever use AI Servo on any of my Canon bodies and never said I did. Ninety percent of the time I'm shooting with One Shot AI. Just because I'm humble in my capacity to accept advice, don't make me out to be a noob, I'm far from it. I've shot everything from fashion shows for Christian Dior to Mixed Martial Arts K-1 Tournaments. I know how to shoot and I know how to set up my camera. It was just an adjustment going from a 1D body to a 5D body especailly with this new AF System. I guess I was expecting too much. A lot of people posting here seem to be coming from a XXD or XXXD body so of course there will be different expectations. My girlfriend shoots with a 60D so I'm sure if she saw the images coming off a 5D body she'd think they were awesome even if they were a little soft because compared to a 60D, they probably would still look slightly better.

In addition, people assume because they know every technical detail of a camera that it makes them good photographers. I know people who can teach Canon engineers about camera tech but still can't shoot worth a darn because they have no imagination when it comes to image creation. No I didn't know I had to AFMA every lens in my bag to work with all my different bodies. However, just because I didn't know that one fact doesn't make me a noob, if anything it makes me wonder what the heck Canon engineers do when they design this equipment if we as consumers have to do our own QA.

You could try this small test (set up is quite easy) and see if the lenses are seriously out of focus. With MF you should get tack sharp results, if the AF results are not as good the lenses need to be corrected via Micro adjustment. I did that with all my lenses when I got the 5D MK III however so far all seemed to be fine. With the 5d MK II and 7D I needed to adjust them...     
If the Af unit is faulty then AFMA does no good either I spent a significant amount of time trying to sort it out and it just kept going all over the place. I even posted all the raws from the testing up here and got all my lenses spot on using AFMA at 2x focal distance then go out and shoot and focus was all over the place
this replacement unit looks to not have any of the issues i experienced with the first one so far

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 / Re: Any new news about Canon 1D X f/8 AF?
« on: May 06, 2012, 12:06:39 AM »
i tested my new 5Dmk3 with the 70-200 and a canon 2x TC stacked with the kenko 1.4 TC and definatley no sign of AF at f8 :( so i wouldn't hold my breath for f8 AF on the 1Dx I dont think its as simple as flicking a switch in the firmware otherwise i am sure magic lantern would have enabled it on all the other cameras.

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