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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mk III: ISO 25600...Stunning!!!!!
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:32:07 PM »
I cant wait to get my sigma 85 f1.4 on it and test it out,
Is it just me or is this week going extremely slow!

Lenses / Re: Best third-party lenses
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:26:56 PM »
Sigma has been stepping up it's game...

Their 24-70mm is quite an awesome lens...
very noisy...but really sharp and great resolving power

I personally only own the Sigma 20mm 1.8... and I LOVE IT...(using it on a crop sensor)

Does vignette quite a bit on ff, but it's also a very very sharp lens.

Really? Since I got the 85 and saw how good it was I was considering this but the reviews are realt great
i wonder if a update is in the pipeline, if it came out in the same build quality as the 85 i would snap it up

EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T4i/650D Information [CR1]
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:15:12 PM »
Wierd, with it staying 18MP sony is going to eat canons lunch
I'm not a MP fan just a realist
but in real life hopefully they have fully re-worked that sensor to
- clean up the low iso noise
- sharpen up the raw images a bit get it closer to the 1D4 sensor IQ
- and give it a bit cleaner high iso

also strange if it gets built in wifi when the pro models need to forfeit their first born to get that as a great big add on hanging off the side of the camera.

touchscreen totally useless on a camera IMO

unless the sensor is something special and its got at least the current 60D AF then the outgoing 600D is going to be a screaming good buy for anyone looking to buy a rebel

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dmk2 any rumors??
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:08:19 PM »
Nobody ( here on this thread ) has taken into consideration the Nikon D300S replacement.

Not since the first page anyway... :-)

But you're right.  The 7D (& the forking of the "prosumer" lineup to 7D & 60D) was basically Canon's response to the Nikon D300 (the 60D could be seen as a response to the D90) & the demand for a more professional crop camera.  In a way, ever since the D3 and D300 came out Nikon has been calling the shots on what the market segments should look like, & it's been up to Canon to try to beat them at their own game.  It certainly took a while for them to react but I think that with the 5DII and 7D they were pretty much there, & they'll certainly continue that strategy for quite a while longer.  The industry is just on the tail end of the recovery from Fukushima, the banks breaking the economy, and the Thai floods; no one can afford a shakeup right now...

...Which is why they're both scared of Fujifilm.  Right now, the X-Pro 1 is the smallest, least expensive, and sexiest camera with wedding-photographer grade image quality, and Fuji still has plenty of other tricks up their sleeves to roll out over the next year or so.  I wouldn't be surprised at all if in a year's time we have a Fuji camera in the same size class and price bracket as the X10 with image quality as good as the current 7D.

Since I cant get smitted anymore i'm going to go out on a limb and say I think the fuji X10 image quality is better than the current canon 18MP sensor. it definately wins hands down in high ISO RAW and iso 100
strange considering its smaller sensor...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III in Stock - BestBuy $ B&H???
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:54:16 AM »
I wonder when we will have them in Aus?

I got told I get mine end of this week :D

I will be when i get mine on thursday :D

Lenses / Re: lenses for neotropical rainforest
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:51:31 AM »
i use the kenko 1.4 DGX not weather sealed like the canon but it works nicely on the 100 macro and all other lenses too :)

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.4 AF problem?
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:49:18 AM »
I dunno mine is a couple of years now and been used alot and never had a problem with it
AF is snappy and accurate overall for the money its pretty good. I would think it was better if I hadn't previously used the equivalent priced Nikon G 50 f1.4 which unfortunately leaves it for dead. I really hope canon updates this lens

Lenses / Re: advice on lens for evening events
« on: March 19, 2012, 02:01:22 AM »
That 85L will be painfully slow when trying to capture an event like a quinceanera, I cover parties / weddings and eventually only use my 85L for staged shots...

Sorry, can you explain that further? Slow in what way? I'm guessing focus.

The electronic AF of the 85L is very slow, takes ages to lock focus.

it is very very slow its well worth testing the sigma f1.4 side by side and you can see a massive speed difference

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 3/ PS CS5.5 on a Macbook Air
« on: March 18, 2012, 11:59:44 PM »
Does anyone use Lightroom 3 and/or Photoshop CS5.5 on a Macbook Air?

The model I have is not the current model, but the previous one: 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 Gb 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM, Apple SSD 250 Gb, NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256Mb graphics card.

Will it be up to the job?

kind of depends on files sizes and volume of files

I have a 2008 macbook pro that i use lightroom on with similar specs and it works but it wont set any speed records,  I would say the macbook air will be faster than this old machine because its using an SSD too
this is using files from a 1Dmk3 and 5Dmk2 all RAW and all using LR or PS

Software & Accessories / Re: sRGB vs Adobe RGB
« on: March 18, 2012, 11:56:54 PM »
well this topic is not all that straight forward as there are 3 distinct  parts

1. what you shoot
2. what you process
3. what you deliver


if you are shooting in raw the setting in camera sRGB or Adobe RGB has no relevence this setting affects the in camera JPEG only

If you are shooting in JPG you are far better off shooting in sRGB as it will be more universally correct for MOST printers and all web applications.

General rule here is in camera leave it in sRGB unless its aspecific client request. the setting doesnt effect RAW

I shoot RAW and sRGB small or medium jpg files that way i can dump out the jpgs for someone to view or make a selection from quickly and use the RAW files for editing


This is related to the colour space you processing applications use for example lightroom processes in prophoto RGB by default so it uses the full extent of the RAW information, you can configure you working space to whichever format you like but its best to do all processing on RAW files in the best available colour space.

I leave the processing settings in lightroom and photoshop in prophoto RGB since i only process RAW and output sRGB Jpegs


This is the colour space relating to the output, all output for web needs to be in sRGB so if you are outputing for this purpose you will need to convert you processed images to sRGB for delivery

Printing, Generally sRGB is correct for most printers unless you are printing to a calibrated setup with Adobe RGB or get a specific client request for Adobe RGB you are still best outputting your JPGs to sRGB

I convert all processed deliverables to sRGB jpg files at maximum quality

That's about the most simplified expanation I could come up with

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup body for dangerous areas
« on: March 18, 2012, 10:55:08 PM »
A smith and Wesson would make good back up body for muggers
I was gonna suggest a 1D on a monopod can double as a good club but yours is better :(

Software & Accessories / Re: Lee or Cokin system?
« on: March 18, 2012, 10:52:34 PM »
The Cokin grads and NDs will leave a huge purple color cast on long shots, but can remove them with software.  I usually just end up making my shots bw to save time.  I have talked to people that use Lee, and they say that you still get the purple, but I can't imagine that it is nearly as bad as the Cokins.
And to think some people spend ages in photoshop trying to get purple skys they could just use a cheap filter :)

personally I dont mind the colour cast, I have the cheap ebay cokins which are ok, nothing to rave about but if someone just wants to try out filters before dumping huge money on a setup getting an ebay set for like 30 bucks i also got an infra red filter for this setup, only problem is the cheap filters need something around the outside to seal off light otherwise it gets in around the edges on long exposures.

Lenses / Re: Going Beyond 300mm... for the birds
« on: March 18, 2012, 07:16:43 PM »
I got a 600mm f4.5 FD lens and the edmika adaptor lens was about $1500 now i'm just on the lookout for and FD TC because my kenko one wont fit this setup, but it produces lovely sharp images for a great price

manual focus only obviously and no IS

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Third party batteries for the 5DMKII
« on: March 18, 2012, 07:07:15 PM »
I've got an Aperture brand grip and batteries the whole lot cost like $45 I just got the grip for emaergencies co i could use AA batts if needed and I use the copy batteries, they both last pretty well however they definately dont last as long as the genuine on a continuous shoot I will need to change out the copies during the day
typically the genuine ones will go for a full wedding shoot of 10 hours or so and then be pretty low but still functioning

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