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EOS Bodies / Re: Is there an advantage to still having a mirror on a dslr
« on: January 12, 2012, 10:23:14 PM »
ubiquitous AF gizmo - I won't be happy. Yep, you read that correctly. I just called AF a gizmo. It's rarely ever necessary or even useful and I find it a creative hindrance.

i guess you never photographing sports or anything that is moving fast then?
and please no "yes i do but i alway prefocus...".   ;D

:-) Sure, that's why I said "rarely". This is one of those rare occasions where it is useful (though still a bit of luck involved and the faster frame rate of a modern camera may actually be contributing more to having a few keepers). In my case this is limited to my son's soccer games. Sports is not really my thing so trading my old viewfinder for the one on my 5DII still feels like a bad deal all things considered. For portraits and anything in low light (such as concert photography) I find that I'm better off turning it off - at which point the flimsy imprecise focus rings even on L lenses become more of a nuisance.

Don't get me wrong, I like my new camera gear and it can do stuff that my old film gear can't do. But there are also a few things where it is clear that sometimes things are being sacrificed in the name of progress. If only the Leica M9 and appropriate lenses weren't so insanely expensive. And even that is not the same as a really good SLR viewfinder.
i just got some EG-s focus screens for my 5D2s I havent installed them yet but once i've got em in and had a play i'll let you know how they go, I'm hoping it makes MF easier

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLRs are a dying breed, EVIL is the future!
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:41:25 PM »
I dont see anything troll like about it. its purely posting the opinion of a very popular photography blogger and people are discussing the view. I dont think many people agree with the expressed view though.

Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:33:30 PM »
Karma is good, it generally keeps the tone civilised I think there is probably a bit of vengeful smiting but i think i applaud more often if i find a post particularly helpfull or brings some good information out

Lenses / Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:24:40 PM »
the sigma 85 f1.4 is far from soft and it has fast AF too

Lenses / Re: Help choosing lenses for new 5D Mark II
« on: January 12, 2012, 06:33:54 PM »
I finally pulled the trigger on a 5D Mark II over Christmas (body only) and would appreciate some recommendations on lenses to pair with the camera. 

I am new to Canon (ex Nikon D300 owner) so I am starting from scratch in terms of lenses.  Not first post on forum (you might recognize the "uncooprative daughter" comment from an earlier post) but my first since buying the camera.  I have been giving more thought to what I shoot to help with what lenses to buy.

What I shoot: 
(1)  An uncooperative four year old daughter (mix of low light shots at home and shots outdoors)

Several good comments already. I'll add that the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is an excellent choice if you liked using the 50mm focal length on APS-C.
+1 its practically glued to my 5D2 these days

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLRs are a dying breed, EVIL is the future!
« on: January 12, 2012, 06:17:29 PM »
size does matter. otherwise I would have a 7d  ;)

EVF and AF will be getting better for sure and besides these two, fast primes are the reason for me to use dslr.

it seems the 650d will be my last dslr  :o
since the competition is bigger and bigger I hope it will come with a new sensor too not only with digic5.

btw I hate the fact that if you want a better camera it must be bigger.
like: you want AF-MA? buy a 7D.. pfff.

Size matters, yes.

I use an M9 and Summicron 35 for 90% of what I shoot. I love the size and weight of the thing. I can fit it almost everywhere.

However, sometimes a camera the size of a 1D Mark IV is almost necessary. I cannot imagine shooting wild life or sports with a camera even as small as an M9, nevermind something the size of a NEX-7. The size of the camera adds to its ergonomic advantages. Having easy to access dedicated buttons for nearly every function instead of an LCD driven menu system is a must. You just don't have the space on a small camera to make it great in that regard.

I think we're going to see tons of choice when it comes to size in the future, but the big DSLR isn't going anywhere.


too true, for me ergonomically the 5Dmk2 is about the perfect size and shape to be able to shoot continuously for extended periods.
The other thing that will take quite some time to change is peoples perception when you are shooting and being paid then people expect you have have big gear, I couldn't quite imagine rocking up to a wedding with a nex5 or PEN... might end up here...
Small | Large

I really hope to see the integrated battery grip on pro bodies disappear though in time they are just not necessary anymore and for the people that really need the extra bulk they can get the add on grip. I think it would widen the potential sales for these cameras. and while the tech of mirrorless and EVIL cameras increases dslrs will continue the mirror system of the camera may fall by the wayside and perhaps they might all start using leaf shutters (fingers crossed) but the ergonomics of the size will remain at least for working pros due to the necessity to have the controls you need accessible quickly and without cramping your hand. as for glass i am sure it will continue, tiny lenses will still have certain optical constraints and limitations, they will hit this wall sooner than people think with all this miniturisation of these camera systems.

Lighting / Re: Canon ST-E2 use as a Focus Assist only?
« on: January 12, 2012, 01:02:08 AM »
you can use the custom flash functions on the camera in menu and enable disable fireing the flash etc I think in there is the AF assist only option  thats how it works for 580s anyway the 430 should be identical

Ed, which AF Chips do you use, the Peleng8 ones from ml-gvalt? (if so, maybe you can blame me for depleting the world-wide supply by a few more last week). I can vouch for them working nicely, that's why I keep ordering them (latest ones are going on Takumar 50/1.4 and i'll try one on the Lensbaby for the hell of it).

Also, have you ever experimented with Fisheye and/or Superwide Lenses? Even if you can't get to infinity with an adapter, at really wide focal lengths you should be able to f/5.6 and hyperfocal, i'd reckon, it'd open up a new line of sales (and you probably couldn't use the AF chips with hyperfocalling anyway)
I'd be interested to hear how you go with the chip on the lensbaby.

bummer link has ended :(
I was all excited because i snapped up a 600f4.5 for $1450

how long till we can get the adaptors again?

Tracking says the chips are in Toronto as of last night but they did not arrive to me yet.  After this batch of 45 arrive I will have depleted the global supply of them until February apparently.  I may start selling my adapters without chips and allow my customers to choose which type they prefer themselves instead.
can i preorder one with a chip? i dont mind paying now on ebay and getting delivery when its done

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon SDK +iOS/Android
« on: January 11, 2012, 09:45:20 PM »
I found this
it works well as a controller

Lenses / Re: Recommendation For Long Lenses
« on: January 11, 2012, 09:25:36 PM »
I also was recently in Botswana in late Oct early Nov...best time between dry and rainy season there and would say as other longer the better. The stars were find with a 17 - 40. and would recommend that you find out what kind of vehicle you are going to be in so you can figure out how to shoot with that long lens. Some trucks don't have enough room for a tripod. I say forget the Ipad or any computer too much weight and trouble...buy a Nexto extreme(or something similar...B&H) maybe 750gig and transfer your cards to that.  I never had any trouble with that and faster than a computer. Do all your processing at home. See if your guides have inverters for their truck so you can use your AC outlet(many people come from Europe besides North America)and charge everything through your ac adapter.

The hyperdrive ipad is a storage device, but it also can transfer images at the end of the day or during, to an ipad for review. I always go for storage devices where I can buy the HDD separate and avoid unnecessary cost. I also personally prefer a bigger screen, so I just use the ipad for critique / review but appreciate everyone is different. All the permanent camps I have been to have power, would not worry about charging in the field, but would take a spare battery. 1Ds works all day without issue even on safari (so 10 hrs use).

Website links OP provided also seem to have modified land-rover vehicles so one assumes that as it is a (rather expensive) photographic trip that they have support sorted out, but I would check to understand the type in use. I've seen pro clamps being used with wimberley heads (or similar gimbals), but a lot of the time I still prefer a beanbag. In other vehicles I have had to resort to monopod and wimberley which is still better for me than hand-holding, but again everyone has their preference.

Given also it is a photo trip - what do the organizers suggest in terms of equipment? Having done the trip before, I would expect some good advice as to lenses in the vehicle & opportunities back at camp.

Finally, if you know what sort of support will be in place in the vehicles, and you have not tried that combination before it is worthwhile if you can trialling it before the trip. I'm sure they will advise you there, but extra prep on "trips of a lifetime" are always rewarding  :)

that hyper drive looks awesome i've been looking for something like that for ages thanks for the tip :D

Software & Accessories / iphone app to control your camera
« on: January 11, 2012, 07:11:35 PM »
Hello everyone with a camera that can be controlled via infrared

I have been searching for a way to make my 5Dmk2 bracket shooting better so I looked around and looked at the promote (too much $$$) anyway i found this

so i bought it for about $5 or whatever and ordered their infrared transmitter (they do give you instructions to make your own if you like but theirs looked nice and compact it arrived yesterday so i had a chance to test it out and it works great!
only issue is you need to have the ir transmitter pointed at the IR reciever the whole time
they are working on a cable connection which should be out soon this will improve it a whole lot i think

also the fastest bracketing shutter speed it can use over IR is 0.3s hopefully this will change when ther cable connection comes out.

I also grabbed one of these
so that i could fix the iphone to the tripod and got a 3.5mm stereo extension cord so i can have the IR transmitter sit just in front of the IR reciever on the camera.

anyway anyone that has been looking to improve their bracketing on their cameras this is great it also does time lapse and long exposures too. for the price its excellent and once the cable connection is out it will be even better.

Hope thats helps anyone thats been looking for something like this too :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Camera insurance recommendations?
« on: January 11, 2012, 06:58:18 PM »
I have professional photographer insurance through AON
it's complete worldwide cover for anything, about $30k worth of gear
and includes $10M worth of public liability cover.
its about $100/month, It also coveres any rented equipment up to a certain amount (quite alot)
and covers me and my wife.

bummer link has ended :(
I was all excited because i snapped up a 600f4.5 for $1450

how long till we can get the adaptors again?

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