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EOS Bodies / Re: What is the difference between "good" AF and "bad" AF?
« on: February 29, 2012, 12:26:52 AM »
I always wondered why so many of my 5D2 shots were out of focus.

Turns out, my tendency to use peripheral AF points, rather than the center point, seems to have been the culprit. No surprise, I learned about this issue here in the CR forums. :-) Needless to say, now I exclusively use the center point. And a lot more shots are in focus.

Even if the 5D2 peripheral points were more accurate, it still limits you to a small diamond shape. I find that limiting. Since when is everything I want to focus in the shape of a diamond? I would have preferred a big rectangle because usually I'm just guessing where I'll be focusing and then slightly recomposing for the crop.

I'm curious to hear if others have had similar issues with peripheral focus points being unreliable.
But i went from nikon to shooting with a 1D then got the 5D2 so you can imagine my horror when I first experienced the AF of the 5D but i am mostly over the shock now just some light scaring.
but the IQ of the 5D2 is soooo nice i have to keep forgiving it for its one legged AF

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* The Next 5D on March 2, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 29, 2012, 12:18:41 AM »
I wonder how many people believe that ONLY the centre point can be used for AF? Well here is a picture from last night, in poor light, with the 5D2 using all points AF. According to the pundits the AF system on the 5D2 is so bad that this is not possible - so here is yet more proof that the AF system isn't that bad - exif is intact is you want to see it.

I've found in low key studio setup with just low power modeling lamps and a totally dark room the other points will not even lock on with an f4 lens period. same lens on the 1D no problem any point lock on strait away
but in this situation its not a problem to focus and recompose using the center point.

now that i've gotten over the shock of going from a 1D AF system to the 5D AF and got ways around the problems i encountered it doesnt bother me. I'm mostly looking forward to having an AF i dont have to worry about. It does'nt have to be the all singing all dancing 1Dx system. I just want it to work with having to mess around with it.

And i find AI servo back focuses so i just stopped trying to use that on the 5D at all

Also I have found the 5D mk2 AF system works extremely well with my 600f4.5 FD lens...  ;D

Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f5.6 L lens - upgrade needed.
« on: February 28, 2012, 09:56:42 PM »
I still think the 300 f4L IS is very under-rated and stick a good TC on it you get 420mm f 5.6 with IS
its old i know but you can pick them up cheap (i got mine for $800 off ebay)
I also love built in lens hoods i wish more newer lenses had them (the 600 Fd has the built in lens hood setup too).
on the 5Dmk2 the balance of this lens (300f4L IS) with the tripod foot removed is awesome its a really nice comfortable to hold setup

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:48:56 PM »
great example!

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* The Next 5D on March 2, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:35:43 PM »
Just trying to make sure we get this thread over 50 pages. People need to do their part to set a record here.

it'll hit a 100 pages before the 5D3 actually hits the streets...

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:32:10 PM »
I think that when it comes to cars, going overboard on HDR, has it's time and place.  And it's so easy to want to push the photo to it's limits. 

Personally, I despise any HDR that looks overtly HDR. If I submitted a cartoonish HDR image to any of my clients, they'd call me back asking "WTF is that $hit?" and that would be the last time they ever hired me for an assignment. I couldn't blame them, either.  If I were in their shoes, I'd do the exact same thing.

I hear you there man, Car phototography is a lot harder than people think, I dont do much of it and never have done it paid but it is very easy to tell the best from the rest. love your work.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just got word the 5D III isn't coming this week
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:26:30 PM »
My wife just told me to quit wasting time because the new 5D isn't even coming (CR 0.001)   ::)

Besides, you're not even a photographer!  (CR 2)   :'(

AND, you're definitely not getting one anyway!  (CR5)  >:(

Hahaha too funny!

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* The Next 5D on March 2, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:25:29 PM »
wow great shots!

Canon General / Re: Setting up your Home Studio - advice/tips?
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:16:23 PM »
here is a very very cheap and portable option. all manual though but no different in setup to using studio strobes

get 3 or 4 of these

get 2 or 3 of these

get a set of these

go get yourself a cheap white sheet and a black sheet to use for back drops

under $200 all up and you can shoot anything and its fully portable. that way if you dont like studio shooting you haven't dumperd heaps of coin on studio gear

Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:07:25 PM »
Do your self a favour get a 50 f1.4 even grab the nifty 50 f1.8 for $100 it gives you close to 80mm on your crop and once you go FF 50mm is a wonderfull length then also get an 85mm for FF portraits I absolutely love my sigma 85 f1.4 its one of my favourite lenses

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:25:37 PM »
How's this for a consipiracy theory.  Canon intentionally leaks the photos and "release" date knowing they will stir the blogosphere into a wild feeding frenzy.  Then when the sharks are circling in for the kill, they clamp down really hard to seal off any more info getting out and let the "release" date pass with no announcement.  One week goes by, two week, maybe a month.  By then, all credibility in CR as a reliable source of Canon product information has been uterly destroyed.  Canon can now continue to operate securely in to the future knowing that anything that comes out on CR, regardlss of confidence level, will be completely dismissed out of hand.  (I don't really believe any of that.  Just thought I would throw a little blood in the water  ;))

The first part of your theory makes complete sense.
About the second part, I am positive that from Canon's perspective a site like this does a lot more good than harm. Let's face it, the harm is almost non-existent. It's not like Craig is posting roadmaps or detailed product specs years in advance or other information that competitors don't have. Most of the solid information comes very near to the announcement date and even then it's very limited in details.
On the other hand, a site like this generates ongoing "news" and brand coverage even when Canon don't have anything to announce or tell us. This kind of free and continuous publicity is priceless. Furthermore, I am positive that the buzz generated before an announcement, even if it "spoils" most of the surprises, is directly translatable to more preorder sales than if we just have waken up one day to a new model on the market.
So, in the end, while Canon might be a bit annoyed from time to time from this site, I am sure they know that they are better off with it on the air than not.

This place is free marketing for them

EOS Bodies / Re: Neck Strap Loops Design
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:11:24 PM »
I'm thinking about a spider belt...anyone in here with experiences?

I prefer this

I have some Really rigth stuff L brackets that i have modified to lock into these, and use the black rapid Tr-1
flap down loop to fix the RR bracket to the camera. the L bracket never ever comes off and the reapid strap stays connected when the bracket is clipped into the capture. It stops it swinging around and hitting stuff
also means if youare shooting with 2 cameras and one is clipped into your belt thenit doesnt fall to the ground when you are lying on the ground shooting with the other camera.

I use a think tank belt to attache the capture clips to

EOS Bodies / Re: Neck Strap Loops Design
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:07:45 PM »
wow great link wicked thanks +1 always fancied on of those

Is the 1/4" connecting Adapter the same. ie how secure is that? I'd be worried about overtightening it as would want to make sure it ain't going to go anywhere!

well i've been using the cheap ebay ones and the genuine ones for a couple of years now and even with a 1D and 24-105 or 70-200 on the ebay ones are completely fine, I do check to make sure the mount point is secure regularly though. that rubber crush washer helps them to stay fixed and not rotate out

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you think the 5D II will stay around
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:04:53 PM »
i think they will keep the 5d2 around

get ur gear from HK as everyone else has said. i'm a broke as(!) photography student and we only get 10% discount which is nothing since its only GST and that's only with the one store that's linked to the institution. i would def get all if not most from online HK dealers if it wasntr for the fact that it voids the warranty if it breaks.
the reputable dealers on ebay have full warranty, you just have to return it to them in hongkong
1 dealer i have used is different and that is ozdigital online their return address is in NSW which makes it much cheaper to return if there is an issue.

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