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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:58:33 PM »
the 50A is available in shanghai mid next month I'm definitely going to get this as soon as it comes out :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Should I buy 6d or 5MkIII?
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:37:09 PM »
A tilt shift is not good advice for the OP.

The 6D and 17-40, a Manfrotto 055 with a 410 geared head plus three flashes, I'd suggest YN-560 III's and a 603 II trigger, couple of stands and a Justin clamp. Oh, and this eBook http://photographyforrealestate.net/lighting/

For the vast majority of real estate shooting size and absolute IQ is not a factor, MLS limits are often very small and 1024 px images are normal, any advantage a tilt shift can give could be done in post to these sizes and larger. The only time a tilt shift is a good buy is if the clients are demanding higher quality for posters and architectural images, magazines, things like that.

At this point in time the majority of my income is from real estate photography, specifically for developers, they demand high IQ as they output in print and posters etc as well as websites. I use the 17 TS-E, mostly for interiors, but don't require the movements that much, exteriors normally need a longer focal length.

As for shift use, well as Don says, in real estate it is mainly used for keeping walls straight when shooting taller lines, it doesn't actually change the plane of focus any, that is always parallel to the plane of the sensor until you use tilt, but tilt has very limited use in real estate work, much more in architectural imaging. I use shift to get less ceiling and more floor space in the image whilst keeping the optimal viewing height, but you can fake that with a wider lens and crop.

I'm gonna agree with PBD here except i'm gonna add that I think another choice for the OP would be an EOS-M and the 11-22 IS STM lens seriously this combo is not that far off a 5Dmk3 and 16-35 f2.8L II ! I think the 11-22 has sharper corners! I understand its not nearly as impressive looking a setup or does not look as pro but I am being blown away by how good this combo is.

BUT unfortunately the shadow recovery of the crop sensor on the EOS-M is considerably worse than the FF
so it also highly depends on how you are going to process.

Using HDR? bracketing to cover the DR issues and enfuse to process then the EOS-M and 11-22 will be just fine.
Trying to do it in a single shot? then the 6D will definitely have a noticeable advantage. Or as PBD says use speed lights to fill in the shadows

Technical Support / Re: 5Dmk3 grip rubber coming loose
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:05:10 PM »
thanks got any recommendation for which rubber glue might be best?

Technical Support / 5Dmk3 grip rubber coming loose
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:16:47 PM »
So I usually don't post problems with gear here I usually just take it to get fixed...

but the camera is well out of warranty now so i doubt there will be a free fix, and i'm in china not Australia where i bought the camera.

the top part of the grip just below the shutter button is starting to come loose, its a minor annoyance really but I'm a bit worried about it getting worse, has this been an issue many have experienced? does anyone know what it would cost to have fixed should it get significantly worse?

to me one of the worst things about canon in general is only having a 1 year warranty on very expensive equipment that is not even internationally recognised

Lenses / Re: 85mm questions
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:41:39 PM »
If i were in your position i would wait and see what the new sigma 50 yields on a crop it will give about 80mm effective focal length and if the early reports are to be believed its going to be flat out awesome...
apparently they will start shipping next month.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:29:39 AM »
does anyone know if lightroom has been updated to deal with these raws yet?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: April 04, 2014, 09:42:27 PM »
used it again in bright sunny light again and AF is indeed fast and accurate, probably at least as good as low end DSLRs
still i think the 5D3s and 1Ds i have used all are still an order of magnitude better than this but it is good. didnt try burst as FPS is pretty low on the my priority list as i just don't shoot like that even if i'm using a 1D with 10FPS

menu system sucks balls

and its got this annoying auto crop feature which i cant work out how to dissable (need to download an english manual)

overall though for the money with the ziess lens its a brilliant light package

its quite a bit bigger than the EOS-M so for me since i use the EOS M as a second camera to the 5Dmk3 i think i still prefer the M as it takes almost no extra room where as the a6000 takes a bit more room
but for my dad its a great camera

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:28:24 PM »
Got it late yesterday so it was all low light and the difference was negligible
I'll try it again today in good light
It's got the 16-70 f4 ziess

All up seems like a nice package

But AF does not even come close to the 5D3
And the evf is pretty sucky in low light

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:31:10 AM »
Just got an a 6000 for my parents
And I'm sorry to say the AF is not much different to that of the EOS M
Anyone else notice it's not living up to the hype?

Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600mm AF servo issues?
« on: March 29, 2014, 05:44:00 AM »
I am looking out of the window on the 17th floor of a Shanghai hotel, with the cityscape shrouded in mist and evening coming in at 5-15 pm. There is virtually no contrast between the grey spikes on top of the buildings and the grey mist. So, nothing better to do I have tested A1 servo on the 5DIII and the Tamron.

1. Set to centre spot focus, A1 servo and 600mm, the lens locks on very quickly to a very thin pole on the top of a distant building and instantly refocusses as I pan to closer and closer objects and back again. So absolutely no problem.

2. Set to the 9 centre points focus, A1 servo and 600mm, the lens locks on much more slowly to that very thin pole.

3. Set to all points focus, A1 servo and 600mm, the lens locks on even more slowly to that very thin pole and struggles to refocus. So, there is a problem with this setting in these extreme conditions.

But, I recall that with the 300mm f/2.8 + 2xTC @600mm, I have been sometimes been disappointed with the 9 centre points focussing. So, there could be problems under certain conditions when tracking with all points, but this is probably not unique to the Tamron.

I fly back in to shanghai tomorrow, want to grab a beer?

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2014, 06:40:53 PM »
What about a 4D? It's just a matter of time :)

No then all the Physicists would get confused they might think it were referring to advanced hypothetical spacial relationships beyond the current acknowledged 3 Dimensions...  :-*

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2014, 11:19:51 PM »
This actually makes sense to me, although I've been skeptical about Canon's "need" to release a high megapixel full frame camera.

I'll go back to a prediction I make quite a while back – I can see Canon releasing a "5D HD" that offers a pixel density somewhere in the same neighborhood as the 7D (46 mp), perhaps a little less. Same body, same basic functionality (with a slower frame rate likely) just a new sensor and maybe a little faster processor.

It would give customers a choice, but keep their production costs down since many of the components could be shared by both bodies.  Canon has seen the D800 sales figures, so they know that high megapixels aren't in huge demand, but they probably also know there is a small subset of customers that will pay a premium for more resolution. Give them what they want, but keep the production costs down.

Even in the face of this rumor which is contrary to some of your predictions, you're still falling back on them?  The main thing I notice in this rumor, is that the "3D" will have 4k video capability.  That is not "the same basic functionality" as a 5D3.  This model is obviously intended to be upmarket from the 5D3.  Slower frame rates for stills, no doubt...but it's going to be able to do a lot more video-wise.

I don`t think they will name it `3D`because its misleading... people will think that it can do 3D video...

Really? I know people in general are pretty stupid but THAT stupid?...

Well, think about it... how would you explain to a friend who doesn`t know anything about DSLRs?

Sample conversation (the conversation doesn't have to go this particular way... just hypothetically):

You: Yo Canon is releasing the 3D... or... did you check out the new Canon 3D?
Friend: What is a Canon 3D?
You: Well, its a DSLR camera that shoots both stills and video
Friend: Does it do 3D video?
You: Ummmm... no....
Friend: Then why call it 3D?
You: **Shrug** Internal conversation with your own self - I knew they shouldn't have called it the 3D... stupid... stupid... stupid...

you should give yourself an uppercut for having that conversation with someone that knows nothing about cameras in the first place, as 1) they dont care 2) would rather take selfies for their social media outlet of choice with their phone...

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:34:52 PM »
6D + 24-105 F4L (...)

Sorry to be harsh (not trying to be), but there's too much empty sky in the upper 2/3 of the image.  Do you have any other versions that pan down slightly, and perhaps have slightly more exposure?

It's OK, I appreciate your input. That was the lowest I could get. In PP I was troubled whith that empty sky and I considered cropping, but I didn't like the results so I left it as it's showed. I also underexposed it in PP... I always tend to underexpose in PP.

crop it off and make it a panorama

if you want an 85 that is a bit more versitile, cheaper and less obtrussive with almost the same IQ as the 85 L have a look at the sigma 85 1.4.  I love mine. although who knows when sigma are going to do a revised art version so it might be better off waiting to see what they do and just be happy with the 70-200 for now as it's not like that lens is going to be limiting your photography too much :P

Lenses / Re: Philosophical question about Sigma Lenses - Why?
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:24:36 PM »
because only 3 or 4 people bought the sigma camera bodies...

if they only made lenses for themselves they would certainly be broke
but by undercutting the oems prices of nikon and canon they instantly are open to a massive potential market

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