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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

For your stated purpose I think the Nikon but more becasue of the Nikkor 14-24 than because of the body


Right, so....Ive discovered that I have been smited like the same way mosquitos sting you if you walk out into the forest at night. ...

I guess the people who smite me are those who feel insulted because I have not recommended their lenses or bodies in my replies to other people's posts. People smite you because they can't stand their lenses being "unrecommended". Most of the time, thats the only lenses they have and they take it too personally....also I've found that some people can't stand it when others says something negative about Canon. 

On this site, by giving your opinion = smite :(

so.....since I have 120+ smites and only 30+ thumbs up, I cant careless about my reputation, so people go on smite me! Your lenses can be S___. Canon can sometimes be S___. And your camera bodies are probably need an upgrade.

You are so right. I joined this forum a few weeks ago as a retired photography instructor, with the beautiful idea of helping others for free with any and all photography questions--hence, my chosen name "helpful."

But as soon as I had started posting some images to use as examples of depth of field, white balance, etc., I started collecting an negative karma out of no where. I decided to devote my time to people who might actually want it. I deleted nearly all my posts, and all my images--why share my work at site and get smites when the same photos have won me photo of the year awards and publication in the Tribune, etc.

I am still willing to help anyone who actually wants it. Don't hesitate to ask me anything about photography.

Now watch my smites add up!

don't worry matey :D

I'm celebrating my 100th smite today ! I try to help out as much as possible other who are very helpful round here have a boatload of smites too, its just par for the course

Thanks for all the advice!

Good news though - I've managed to find a 5DMkIII and it is due to be delivered tomorrow, together with spare battery and circular polarising filter  ;D

The only slight downside is that to get the 5DMkIII I had to buy it as a kit with the 24-105 f/4 IS lens. Is it a downside though? Actually, I'm thinking the 24-105 lens might be an excellent all round lens and perhaps all I need to take with me? I don't really want to lug too much equipment around, not only because of the bulk and weight of it but also the value for insurance purposes. Come to think of it, using just the one lens would also avoid the need (or temptation) to change lenses and expose the sensor to dirt, dust etc. So, do you think it's a good idea to travel with the 5DMkIII and just the one lens?

Regarding a ND/grad filter, I'm thinking of buying in to the Lee Filter System, unless there is something better/more practical?

One thing I think I definitely need is a tripod, for landscapes. I don't want to take my existing Manfrotto model as it's way too heavy and bulky to travel with, so can anyone suggest a good travel tripod that is light but sturdy and won't take up too much space?

Oh and the 5DMkIII camera strap is WAY too conspicuous - can anyone suggest a good alternative?

I just got my new model ebay black rapid copy

and man the quality of these new ones is awesome
i would recommend taking the 24-105 and a fast prime 50 f1.4 or something similar if you have it not sure how light you want to travel though

D-Rochat that video is always good value :D

Lenses / Re: 24-70 or 24-105 for landscapes?
« on: March 17, 2012, 04:44:52 AM »
if you don't have the 5D2 yet then getting the 24-105 in the kit with it is the best way to go, its a great all round lens

I never found safety shift particularly good, maybe i did something wrong but I just ended up turning it off

I would like to buy a nifty-fifty (most likely the 50mm 1.4). I'd like it for portraits but want it for music/concert photography (right between the stage and the crowd, where the security personnel stand...if I can figure out a way to get a media pass without paying extra to the tour organisers :().

But while some people say everyone should have a 50mm in their lens collections, one of my teachers (I'm a photography student) have said that some people find 50mm lenses boring, etc. So what's the next best kind of lens? I guess my (stretched) budget wpuld be up to $1500 including the B+W filter I would buy. What does everyone think of these 'kits' and which one is better? or

I don't need this lens (canon branded or otherwise) but I would like it. I guess the alternatives would be a prime such as the 24mm/35mm or the 17-40mmL. Any suggestions/advice is appreciated.

sigma 85mm f1.4 is awesome i got it for $999 here in oz they go for around $900 on ebay
then you got change of $500 so i think the 50 f1.4 is around $350 $400 so get one anyway
those 2 lenses and the 16-35 f2.8 and i'm all set :)

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