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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D upgrade or wait for 5DX/III
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:00:56 PM »
I have some samples here are some jpg out of camera and resized to load here
no post processing exif data should be there so you can see focal length 420mm on some

i shoot anything really also the 28-300 with the TC works pretty good in the macro department to a certain extent.

the 1Dmk3 should be between $1500 and $2000 in good condition
my mk3 is a late model (2008 just before the mk4 came out) and the AF is great
the mk3 is fine at 3200 iso I prefer to shoot as low iso as possible but have no problem with this at 3200
it can go to 6400 but i prefer not to shoot that high even on the 5d2

i love my 50 f1.4 I think i got a good copy, some people are not happy with theirs so i guess before paying for it test it out

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Off Lighting/Color With 7D
« on: February 16, 2012, 07:28:23 PM »
I tried that process i posted last night

my thoughts
the screen is still way too oversaturated for my liking I think this is why your images look duller because you are editing on an oversaturated monitor
when i did this calibration then view your images they all looked good

however I feel my monitor is too saturated I think tonight i might redo it but drop the red and blue channel gamma down further than the recomended 98%

I also feel that in the calibration section maybe trying a gamma of something different to 2.2 or 2.15 will be beneficial and might boost contrast. will need some trial and error here.

I also think I will redo with lower initial brightness as I keep my editing room quite dark.

Once I've had another go at this i'll post some more feedback.
I dont want to spend $200 on calibration gizmo that wont work properly

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1 D mark II N (used)
« on: February 16, 2012, 07:13:59 PM »
So you say 1d2n is much snappier and well-balanced. Than why should I go with 7d or 5dm2?
1Dmk3 seem to be coming down in price now too you might want to keep an eye on them too
if you crop a 5Dmk2 image to 1.3 you get about the same image size as these...
if you get a mk3 just make sure its a late model or has had canon fix the mirrorb issues for AF

Lenses / Re: Kenko 1.4X PRO 300 TC DGX?
« on: February 16, 2012, 07:09:59 PM »
They will fit a crop body, but not EF-S lenses.

Did you (or anyone else) ever try to make the lens af even w/ f5.6+1.4-extender? The kenko site says the extender disables af @f8. I've read that this is possible by covering some pins - or isn't it worth it because the af of a vanilla eos body doesn't really work @f8 anyway?

nope on my 1Dmk3 f8 max apature works fine if you can find the older DG model I think that will still AF without alteration due to it not reporting exif data

Lenses / Re: Kenko 1.4X PRO 300 TC DGX?
« on: February 16, 2012, 07:08:02 PM »
I did a search and nothing conclusive turned up (which doesn't mean there is nothing), so here it goes:

I've got a crop body and will buy the 70-300L. The Canon extenders won't work, but there is this Kenko 1.4x that seems to "work ok" and costs half. Does anyone know anything more specific concerning iq and af speed, preferably with a crop body like the 60D?

I would get this TC not as a "always on", but for special occasions when the 1.6x300mm aren't sufficient. However, if the iq is so degraded that it's better to shoot @300mm and then crop, you can help me save money here :-o
I have this teleconverter I used to use it on my 28-300 which canon Tc wont work on. I have tested it on all my lenses the only one it wont fit is my FD lens due to the apature level
IQ is good, wide open it introduces some CA and softens the image a bit but on a sharp lens this isn't too bad
stop it down a stop and IQ is almost back up to par with the base lens with a 300 f4L it you still get AF on all cameras if you have 300 f5.6 you need a 1series. The DGX also reports all info correctly to exif and metering is all correct. It's cheap lightweight and nice to keep in the bag in case you need it

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: February 16, 2012, 06:52:59 PM »
So how many of you paid $4000 (amazon's list price) for the 70-200mm II?
I paid $3000 for mine (which i sorta had to haggle for since the store i bought it from were selling it for like $3200 pr something, too long ago i cant remember) pretty much right at the end of 2010, but then again I didn't buy it from amazon nor do I live in the US. That's why I hate the retail price, in like 12 months it'll be a couple of hundred dollars cheaper, it's not fair!

yeah mate we take it in the butt from canon here in oz :(

Time to chime in on this one.  I am a 7D user here just to get that out of the way...

LOL i had to laugh it made me think of AA... "Hi my name is.... and I'm a 7D user"

But I think you are right if you have a good WA like the 10-20 or the tokina then the 24-70 is better on a crop than on FF especially if you are shooting people with it effectively 38mm to 112mm, wide enough for group shots, long enough for tight portraits head shots and some candids.
Although if the new 24-70 is as sharp as it promises i'll have to seriously consider it
but i'm trying very hard to resist buying the 24 f1.4L II at the moment

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D upgrade or wait for 5DX/III
« on: February 16, 2012, 05:43:21 PM »
If you cant stretch to a 1Dmk4 look for a 1D mk3 there are more and more coming up for sale
I used the same lens setup as you for ages the 28-300 L is awesome paired with the 1D mk3
also do yourself a favour and pick up a kenko DGX 1.4 teleconvereter it works on the 28-300 boosting your long end to 420mm plus you get the 1.3 crop on top of that giving you 546mm effective focal length that will autofocus at f8 I found in good daylight drop it to f11 and the image quality is still fantastic (it still autofocuses on the 1D)

the rebel hanging off the back of the 28-300L must look great got any pics of it?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III/X Commercials Being Shot? [CR1]
« on: February 16, 2012, 05:36:33 PM »
While I kind of see what people are getting at, video is nice and all. I like to watch movies too but a still image is different in that it's a moment frozen, capturing a certain motion blur when panning, stopping a bird in flight all of these tangible things that happen in a blink can be frozen for a viewer to spend however long they want to look at absorb the detail. Video is kind of like life its there then its gone only you cen rewind and replay pause and slow down and speed up but that still involves a process but to look at a still image all you need to do is look at it.
When cameras were invented did all the painters in the world cry that no one would be painting anymore in a few years? I dont think so.
Its a different  medium and presents the subject completely differently

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Off Lighting/Color With 7D
« on: February 15, 2012, 11:46:45 PM »

people are reporting them not working well on these monitors
I have just got 2 dell u2711 monitors and i'm having issues with getting colours right

i just found this process on the internet today, gonna try it out today or tomorrow

Note: I didnt write this i just copy pasted from a forum i found on a google search

Step 1: Setting up the display.
Set the contrast to 100% and the brightness to 80%. Set the Gamma to (Mac), the Mode Selection to (Graphics), and the Preset Mode to (Custom Color). Now, in custom color leave the green at 100% and set both the Red and Blue to 98%.

Step 2: Setting up the Mac.
Run your Mac's Display Calibration Assistant (located in the Display section of System Preferences). Select the checkbox for Expert Mode and keep clicking continue till you get to the section with the lined boxes with the Apple logo in the middle.

Now, for all 5 'lined box' steps, make the Apple logo disappear using only the left slider (do not touch the right slider at all). To make the Apple logo disappear (blend into the box) you must squint your eyes until the lines that make up the box itself become one solid color (my eyes were about 75% closed). Take your time and make sure you are confident that the Logo is gone.

Then, when you come to the gamma screen either select 2.2 or 2.15 - the proper setting should be 2.2, however, I found the blacks to be not as deep as I'd like them to be (most likely because of the AG coating) so I choose 2.15 which I found to be the key to giving the display the richness it needs to look great.

When you get to the 'Target White Point' screen, select the checkbox 'use native white point'.

Then save you calibration profile and exit the assistant. Now go back to your Dell display settings and set the brightness to 100% and you should be good to go! Note: if you find your screen to be a little too dark, re-calibrate but try selecting 70% or 60% for the brightness during step one. That way, when you raise the brightness to 100% at the end, it should be somewhat brighter.

original link here

EOS Bodies / Re: How far will the 5DMKII drop in price?
« on: February 15, 2012, 10:58:25 PM »
i think for you they'll make a special price of $100 per body

but more seriously I really think they will keep the model alive and price it just under $2k
becasue the new models will be $3k so its a nice price point and I am sure they will still sell well there

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Dmii back up in price? Availability?
« on: February 15, 2012, 09:23:28 PM »
I guess I scored a good deal for $1800 brand new no tax from some small time business in Toronto with FutureShop receipt 3 months ago.

wow that is cheap

Software & Accessories / Re: Portable Memory Card Backup
« on: February 15, 2012, 09:08:46 PM »
hmm quite a few bad reviews there on the B&H site seems quality control might be an issue :(

Lenses / Re: Recommendation: Tele lens for 60D
« on: February 15, 2012, 08:04:35 PM »
70-200mm f/4L IS would be my first choice to be honest.  But all of this really comes down to money.  The 70-200 2.8 IS II, is obviously the best, it's just a question of do you want to pay for it, and then do you want to carry it.  It's big and heavy, but awesome.

the awesomeness makes it feel lighter IMO :D

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