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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 :(

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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

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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

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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

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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.


http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/cameras/1ds3_af_micoadjustment.html

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

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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

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230549092253?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_2028wt_1165

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

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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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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon S100 vs. Olympus xz-1
« on: May 05, 2012, 10:40:55 AM »
I vote for Fuji X10 and cargo pants :P

thats what i chose anyway f2 - f2.8 lens is awesome and its good right up to iso 3200
it will also fire EX580II flashes using poverty wizards right up to an xsync of 1/800 sec
if using flash with it matters to you

great little camera

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Software & Accessories / Re: anybody tried this camera-hand-strap
« on: May 05, 2012, 10:24:15 AM »
I used to use hand straps but found they get in the way more than help if you try and shoot portrait
I just use rapid straps now

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Weird banding on new 5D Mark II
« on: May 05, 2012, 09:41:24 AM »
Thanks for all the feedback!

I haven't seen the issue again this weekend. I did an in-camera erase/format and have been trying to tax the setup with full RAW and JPG; and shooting bursts.

I am glad that it seems to be more of a card issue instead of a camera one.

Sounds like SanDisk cards are on the nose-what recommendations are there for a replacement? What I would really like would be a Eye Fi CF card (if only they made one!).

This camera is a 5D mark 2 (not mark 3) so there will only be one card slot. I only bought the mark 2 after the 3 was released. A mark 3 purchase had a green light but I could not justify the additional cost for this hobby.

I am just loving the mark 2 (despite this 'card' issue). The image quality and new lenses are amazing me every day--it is a great step up from the G9!

Cheers

David

I have about a dozen transcend 32GB 400x CF cards and all work perfectly they are really cheap for the performance
I recently got some 32GB sandisk extreme pro SD cards for use in the SD slot on the 5D3 but havent used them extensively enough to comment on reliability

here is an ebay link to the ones I got
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Transcend-32GB-32-GB-400x-CF-CompactFlash-Memory-Card-/221011294714?pt=Digital_Camera_Memory_Cards&hash=item33754cb9fa

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Dark knight what you are describing sounds exactly what i was experiencing with my first copy which i took back
the new copy i got today is performing considerably better still early but my initial feeling is that this one is spot on

just out of interest do you have access to a kenko tele converter you can try on your camera? if it fails to work I suspect you have a faulty AF unit like mine had this new copy works with my kenko TC and looks like its nailing focus wide open
only tested with the 70-200 so far but it is looking good

Ignore all the user error rubbish, I did, (although it is frustrating to read when all you are trying to do is trouble shoot) and now i have a second copy to check against I am certain the first one I had was faulty

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Information? [CR1]
« on: May 05, 2012, 09:21:26 AM »
a 24MP APS-C mirrorless that has EF compatibility will be totally bad ass especially if its a compact body that could be nice to carry as a lightweight backup for travel and also for extending the range for long shots, that is if the AF is up to scratch
I wonder what AF system they are looking at putting in it

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Lenses / Re: Why buy Canon when third party are this good?
« on: May 05, 2012, 03:38:20 AM »
I had a Tamron. I sold my Tamron. Would take a lot of great reviews for me to go back to a Tamron.
+1 I'm in the same boat once bitten twice shy, I am looking forward to seeing how the 24-70L II is going to perform

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I just got back from 3 weeks in china and got my replacement 5d3 this morning and tested it briefly and all the problems i had with my previous model are no longer there, it works with my kenko TC no problems now
I've only tested it on my 70-200 so far but focusing seems accurate and fast. So far looking good, I'm looking forward to testing it out properly and seeing how it goes :D

There was definately something not right with that other body though that this one is pretty much spot on right out the box. glad i exchanged it

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i just got a rayflash to go on the 580, looks pretty good to me and seems to have plenty of power i need to make a special mount so i can mount it and an odin reciever to the bottom of the camera so i can have an odin transmitter on top alowing me to control off camera flash at the same time

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