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Lenses / Re: Any word on the Canon prime's with IS?
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:22:22 PM »
more to the point any news on finding people that are actually going to buy them?

I may be tempted to get on of them for video...not sure yet.  WOuld have to try it and see some reviews, but I do a lot of family video with my 24mm.   I like primes but if it was IS on top of it, I would look into it.  Though I have other lenses on my hit list first, like the new 24-70 II.

this is my point, its a LOT of money for a slow prime with IS which goes a large way to paying for a good chunk of the upcoming 24-70 which from the charts looks to be a screamer. I guess it depends on how important the IS is. Even if they had made these primes f2 they would have had a whole lot more appeal but 2.8? hardley gets the blood pumping

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Lenses / Re: Sports lens: 300 f/4 or 100-400, or other?
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:12:23 PM »
I have the 300 f4L i got it on ebay for $800 used got a kenko 1.4 TC for under $200
you get 300mm 1 full stop faster than you can with the 100-400 and you get 420 with IS at 5.6
its a great lens, very comfortable to use, far more so than the 100-400, lighter has the built in lens hood
and for some wierd reason people always seem to sell them off used much cheaper than the new price
the IS does make loud clunking noises but it works and image quality is great

I also feel that the 300f4L is faster focusing than the 100-400 propably due to the f4 focus points being more responsive than the f5.6. this is probably something that is important for sport (I dont shoot sport though)

here is a sample of mine with the kenko TC and tex posted some with the canon TC
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=5105.0

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5d mark iii availability?
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:06:48 PM »
does anyone have any news if canon are looking into the varied problems with certain bodies that have been coming out? i wonder if sworting these issues out could temporarily make supply limited. It makes little sense to keep sending out faulty units only to end up having to replace them

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I'm seriously considering selling my 2 580EX II and my 430EX II so it'll be a little easier to afford 3 600EX-RT and a ST-E3-RT.
consider just getting the phottix odins
I find these are sooooo awesome
you can use any flash at full power at up to 1/8000 sec
mix and match speedlights with studio strobes
again you can use studio strobes at up to 1/8000 sec
over all you can do things with these babies you simply cannot do with anything else

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Lenses / Re: Any word on the Canon prime's with IS?
« on: April 11, 2012, 08:36:12 PM »
more to the point any news on finding people that are actually going to buy them?

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the 3 main lenses I care about it working with are

300 f4L
70-200 f2.8
and
100 f2.8L Macro

I did buy a canon 2x TC so on the 100 f2.8L i can always use that with a 12mm extension tube however my extensiontubes are kenko too.

It would seem that this camera locking up issue is boddy specific though and not common accross all copies
which is a good sign

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Canon General / Re: What happens to all those returned 5D mkiiis ?
« on: April 11, 2012, 08:16:21 PM »
fixed and resold as refurb units

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Software & Accessories / Re: Polarizing filter in wedding photography
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:31:13 PM »
several benefits of using a polariser

subjects are wearing glasses - polariser kills the reflections or glare off the glass
subject has oilly skin or you are getting bad reflections off their makeup - the flattening effect of the polariser works to your advantage here
shooting straight into the sun - even using fill flash the polariser will give the sky back some of the colour back from the drain caused by the massive dynamic range

it's pretty hard to set a hard and fast rule for polarisers as they can have all sorts of effects you definately cant just whack it on for a whole shoot as it will do some crazy stuff. but for certain situations it can really help
:)

BTW I love your work nightbreath

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Software & Accessories / Re: FoCal Pro Beta for 5D MK III AFMA
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:24:54 PM »
i dont think it can come off beta until we get some proper raw converters either
so a question for those that have focal, is it worth it?
do you get significant time saving benefits when calibrating a boatload of lenses?
is the accuracy significantly better than other methods?

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EOS Bodies / Re: any more word on the 5d3+24-70 II Pro Kit?
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:18:39 PM »
The kit exists
http://www.leedervillecameras.com.au/CatalogueRetrieve.aspx?ProductID=3396216&A=SearchResult&SearchID=2535028&ObjectID=3396216&ObjectType=27

I will probably get it when i go for a mk3 body for my wife after i get a working copy to make sure its good
but i want to test that lens against the 3 fast primes in the range it covers first too before i shell out that much money on it

also keep in mid these are australian prices and this is probably the cheapest we have any real hope of seeing this kit available for on this continent

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here is the last email from Kenko support (very quick to respond I might add)
I also note that using the sigma and kenko works perfectly on the 1Dmk3 and 5Dmk2 (although i dont use it as a regular combo i have just tested it out the 3 lenses i mainly use a TC on are the 100 macro, the 70-200 and the 300. but i have verified that the kenko TC works on every lens i've ever owned on every body except the 5Dmk3 I had.


"Dear Sir,
 
Thank you very much for your reply.
We have checked all lenses you mentioned with Canon 5D Mark 3 and Teleplus PRO300 DGX 1.4x Canon.
And we haven't any problems in these combinations.
Canon lens:
300 f4L IS
70-200 f2.8L IS II
100 f2.8L IS Macro
50mm f1.4
 
For 85mm Sigma f1.4, we didn't check with because Kenko Teleplus series support only Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax and Tokina lens.
If you use Kenko Teleplus with other lenses, it might cause camera body, Kenko Teleplus or lenses to malfunction.

Yours sincerely,
 
Kenko International Division"


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you could also try ebay... probably pick up something for $2
I know straps can be had for around $10

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Quote from: Ken "I'm awesome" Rockwell
After shooting another day with my 5D Mark III, I am so digging it. Its magic in-camera lens correction is letting me shoot fly-weight plastic Canon lenses, like my weightless and ergonomically superior 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5, getting great results, and lightening my load, all at the same time.

You know, right before the release of the 5D mkIII I said to myself, "I really hope Ken tests and reviews this $3500 camera with sh*tty lenses".

I really hope he tests the 1Dx with the ef 75-300.
i have a 28-90 I can lend him if he cant afford one for the review

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Ken Rockwell doesn't do post processing. He gets it right in the camera, or so he claims.
translation = Hasn't figured out how to change from jpg to RAW yet

still waiting for @lex's next letter letting him in on that little gem ;)

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It goes on a monopod head and tilts left or right, works like a champ for either orientation. No need for a big L bracket for me.

Most tripod/monopod heads can drop to a 90-degree orientation, with a full tilt feature like the head you link, or a drop-notch on a ballhead.  The issue is that when in portrait orientation, the center of mass is not directly over the axis of support, meaning you're fighting gravity which can lead to instability (and with a monopod, fatigue since you're supporting more of the weight).  The 'big L bracket' has the advantage of keeping the mass centered.

also if you use a gigapan like i do and want to shoot a panorama in portrait you need the mount on the side
RRS also do an aweseome replacement center plate for the gigapan epic pro if anyone else uses one .

Same deal for a gimbal if you want it in portrait L brackets are handy

I also dont use a normal ball head so dont have the 90 degree slot I use a novoflex magic ball it can go 90 degrees but is more solid stright up especially with heavy lenses

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