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...apparently it has a special digital focusing system.

Ahhhh, so that's how Sigma has chosen to explain their unreliable AF...   :P

The 50L is optimized as a full-body portrait lens.  The Sigma is more 'general purpose' assuming you get a good copy.

+1!

I went through two copies of the sigma 50 and none were great on either my 5D2 or 5D3. wound up getting the Zeiss 2/50. it just plain looked better in results and felt better on the camera than the canon L did to me. for my purposes manual focus is no prblem. I also shoot weddings with the Zeiss!   

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EOS Bodies / Re: Who said Canon cameras suck?!?
« on: September 28, 2012, 12:18:47 AM »
Do you people actually take pictures or do you just sit around and analyze the camera and data all day long?  Reading all of this gave me a headache and I had to GO OUTSIDE and take pictures!
+1 !!!!! lol

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EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 15, 2012, 04:16:52 PM »
Honestly, I thought it was a joke or a scam when I first saw it, I kept on reading it and re-reading it again to find the catch, when I didn't I couldn't help but buy it. That's insane, $750 price drop in 6 months. All I can say is the D800 must be killing them, feel sorry for those who paid the full price just a few weeks ago. At this price, they can move a few thousands in a week.

Do you really think that price drop is because of what you may think is the volume of d800 sales?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 15, 2012, 04:11:49 PM »
That's crazy.  Wonder if there is a catch, i.e. grey market, etc?
Almost thought about picking up a second 5D III at that price..
It's from Adorama mate, if you heard of B&H, they both are very large Canon USA Authorised Dealers. So not grey!

Nope.  They both sell Grey Market cameras.  However, when you look at the item, it says "Grey Market" so at least you know.

I live hear in NYC where both Adorama and B&H are both located. they post USA and GREY market items for you to see up front. I have dropped plenty bread at these two stores and have never had a problem with shipped or store bought items.

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Sun Sniper. It has a metal wire for added safety and a shock absorber built into the strap that you barely notice is there. I compared it to the Black rapids and felt it was the more comfortable strap.

I used it on a trip to the Dominican republic with a 5D2 and a 24-105 ( EVERY DAY-ALL DAY) and barely felt the weight of that kit.

- BTW, I do use the Black rapid as my two camera harness. couldn't find one from Sun Sniper.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: September 10, 2012, 08:40:52 PM »
my short leg Jack Russell Bullet
50D 200mm 2.8L prime

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Second Curtain Sync - Design Flaw?
« on: September 08, 2012, 10:08:06 PM »
The setup also will require second curtain synch, which I've never used before. 
And, so You posted a subject title that is picked up by search engines, and now spread all over the internet based on your expert finding?

Not sure I understand your point. I don't have an "expert finding". I have a shot that I'm not familiar with in mind that I need to execute that, based on immediately available info, may require second curtain sync with a manual, off-camera flash setup.  I may discover between now and then that I don't need second curtain sync. But if it turns out I do, I'd like to be able to accomplish that without going through the logistics of putting a flash on the camera just to access the second curtain sync menu.  My specific question was whether anyone else was aware if mounting the flash was actually a requirement to access the second curtain sync menu without first mounting a Canon flash on the camera. 

BTW, I am a software engineer by training and trade and from a software engineering and man-machine interface design view point, it seems utterly ridiculous and short sighted to design the menu system with such an obvious limitation in it, if in deed this is the case.  And that IS an expert (i.e. me) finding.
The point is simple, you are calling it a design flaw, when the flaw is perhaps lack of experience.
Perhaps asking why it is not possible would be a good title, but declaring a design flaw?? 
Since you are a software engineer, and hopefully, a good one, doesn'y it annoy you when someone who has never used your software before suddenly declares a design flaw, rather than asking how it was designed to work?
If they want to do something else with your software, that might be of value to them, but was not part of the design, it the software buggy?

More often than not, when I have an annoyed user, it's because the user has some insight in to how the software should operate, based on their knowledge and experience with the application domain, that I didn't have and didn't take in to account when designing the software.  Usually I didn't ask the right questions or probe deeply enough in to their requirements, and the optimal working of the function in question seems so obvious to them that they didn't think it required mentioning. 

The design makes absolutely no sense, at least to me.  You can't put the camera in to second curtain sync without attaching a Canon flash.  So it would seem that Canon's intent is that function should not be operative unless the flash is in fact attached.  But I have already proven via trials that once the second curtain sync is set, I can turn off the camera, remove the flash, connect the flash off camera to a "dumb" radio trigger that has no communication with the camera, turn everything back on, and have the second curtain sync operate as envisioned.   So if it was Canon's intent that this feature only operate in tandem with a Canon flash, why doesn't it default back to first curtain sync when the flash is removed from the Camera?

I am a good software engineer.  At some point there was a design discussion over what text to put on the LCD menu that informs the user they can't access that menu because there is no compatible flash attached (that's what it does). I hope that if I'd been in the design loop I would a question along the lines of, "Hey, what if someone wants to use that function with a non-Canon flash, like maybe Elinchroms or Bowens?"

not jumping on you dude, just saying that it was answered... the triggers just dont do it! it's not the camera that syncs, it sends a signal to the flash to flash twice. I think that's an Electrical Engineers realm tho. I could be wrong tho. :-)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Second Curtain Sync - Design Flaw?
« on: September 08, 2012, 09:48:45 PM »
you may have to set the sync on the 430's and leave them as is ( they stay at the settings when powered off and back on). I havent tried it with 430's. I am so used to walking over to them or setting the functions on the flash that this has never occurred to try it. It may also be the riggers. I have never noticed the lack of that setting when using PW's.

I think you missed the point.  Even though my units are Canon 430EX II flashes, the shot envisioned is a 100% manual, off camera, multi-flash set up.  So ideally I'd be able to select second curtain flash from the camera menu because the shot set up is going to have the flashes on stands several yards away from me.  I don't want to have to mount the flash on the camera for the sole purpose of putting the camera in to second curtain sync mode.

K. It just may not be a feature or function with your triggers. I don't have my 3 here ( it's at the Jamesburgh service center for calibration with my 16-35) to test that out, but I do think it's the trigger not allowing or having access to that feature in the menu.
I will test the PW's with the 5D2 to see if they allow it tho. gimme 15mins.

Nope, no flaw. It doesnt allow that choice with PW's on my 5D2. which reminds me that I have always kept them in 2nd sync when on stands at receptions, lol. it freezes the dance floor. going crazy at a very young age here!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Second Curtain Sync - Design Flaw?
« on: September 08, 2012, 09:39:41 PM »
you may have to set the sync on the 430's and leave them as is ( they stay at the settings when powered off and back on). I havent tried it with 430's. I am so used to walking over to them or setting the functions on the flash that this has never occurred to try it. It may also be the riggers. I have never noticed the lack of that setting when using PW's.

I think you missed the point.  Even though my units are Canon 430EX II flashes, the shot envisioned is a 100% manual, off camera, multi-flash set up.  So ideally I'd be able to select second curtain flash from the camera menu because the shot set up is going to have the flashes on stands several yards away from me.  I don't want to have to mount the flash on the camera for the sole purpose of putting the camera in to second curtain sync mode.

K. It just may not be a feature or function with your triggers. I don't have my 3 here ( it's at the Jamesburgh service center for calibration with my 16-35) to test that out, but I do think it's the trigger not allowing or having access to that feature in the menu.
I will test the PW's with the 5D2 to see if they allow it tho. gimme 15mins.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Second Curtain Sync - Design Flaw?
« on: September 08, 2012, 06:54:48 PM »
you may have to set the sync on the 430's and leave them as is ( they stay at the settings when powered off and back on). I havent tried it with 430's. I am so used to walking over to them or setting the functions on the flash that this has never occurred to try it. It may also be the riggers. I have never noticed the lack of that setting when using PW's.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What is meant by Shutter count in 5D Mk III menu?
« on: September 04, 2012, 10:55:44 PM »
As in pg 338 of your camera manual??  Its the number of shutter actuations since the battery was recharged.  Did you put a new battery  in it, or one from another camera.
The number should go to zero after you recharge your battery.

THE Guru!

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Canon General / Re: gear advice for second body
« on: September 04, 2012, 05:13:14 PM »
Slight conundrum over here and not quite sure which way to go.  I have a 7D and an 5dmk3.  Since I bought the mk3 the poor 7d has sat on a shelf.  I brought it with me on a few weddings but just could't reason why I'd bust it out (go figure, can the 7d pull down awseom f8 images at 1/125th and ISO 6400???  Nope...lol.  On the last wedding though, I did find myself not liking the run back to my lenses to swap (missing the moment), or staying with the lens on camera (getting the moment but not in the way I wanted).  I have a 24-70 and a 70-200 currently.  So what I am thinking is pick up a fast prime for the 7D (or, save up for a second mk3!). 

So, which primes would work?  I really like the idea of a 50mm 1.4, but, i think I'd really like that for the mk3.  50 on a 7d would be more like 80mm.  So would that lead to too much overlap? I want to be able to pull the 7d back into the fray.  Would a 50mm be too long?  Other lenses I'm considering, the 28 1.8, not as fast as the 50, but it would be like a 50 on FF.  The 35mm 2.0 also looks nice, it's a stop less than the 28, but closer to the range I'm thinking.  Or, more expensive but go the opposite direction - the 135mm 2.0 (hard to bite the bullet of a $1000 lens for a backup body).

I feel like the 50mm has the most use on both camera advantages (for when I want to go nutty with DOF).  But 50 is more like 80 on the crop which makes the decision difficult.  80mm does not fit, lol.  I'm either range limited or range duplicated (why use the 7d+50mm if i have the 70-200 mounted on the mk3, and, if i have the 24-70mm mounted on the mk3 the 50 on the 7D really isn't a bump in range.)  Should I consider an 85mm 1.8? (go 85 on the 7D and 24-70 on the mk3???)  uggg....not sure which way to go...

I used the Sigma 30mm 1.4 on my 50D when I started making money from this craft. on that crop the Siggy will stand up! I vouch for it so much that it was a no-brain er to get the Siggy 50 1.4  when I bought my 5D2. The Sig 50 was no where close to the IQ and color of the 30 so i sold that off. but trust me, the 30 on a crop is GREAT. test one in store and I'm sure you'll end any head aches about what to do.

besides, why not use a harness for both cams (in which I do- the black rapid brand) to stay prepared for any shots. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon user Swapping to Canon with a 5D3
« on: September 02, 2012, 07:03:23 PM »
With a 21/22 megapixel camera you can make prints in the range DIN A2 and you can crop in. The pixels on the D800E sensor are very small. If you have small pixel, then you have normally more noise, less light sensivity  and a poorer image quality. Same you get if you put 24 megapixels on an APS-C sensor.
But the pixels of the D800 are better than the Canon pixels. Especially at low ISO they have lower noise.

wow, it goes RIGHT to his argument of LESS light sensitivity... smaller pixel fit more onto any given grid, so for the sake of this silly 5D3 vs. D800 thing YES, more pixels = more res. but the NEW 22.1mp 5D3 sensor handles light BETTER, period!low iso is a stiffles me  in a lot of situations today. I dont always have a tripod for 800-3200 iso shots. All given I'd take the 3 compared to the 800 for my style of shooting anyway.

landscapes, studio, street and weddings have been shot LONG BEFORE THIS SILLY CONTEST!

as far as which is better- what are your end results with the kit you have???




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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon or Zeiss lenses?
« on: September 02, 2012, 10:39:51 AM »
I do not shoot video, but in my research and testing of my 2/50 Zeiss Makro against the canon 50 1.2L and the zeiss 50 1.4, the Makro ROCKED THEM!!!!!

I bought the 2/50 Makro for personal enjoyment but it comes on every job now.

to me the Zeiss 1.4 was the worse ( not close to the sharpness of the other two and it fringed in the OOF areas too much for my tastes).

the depth on the makro is VERY shallow my friend, and @ 2 it is plenty wide. even on a cloudy day I can get the OE warning in the viewfinder, so light getting thru is no problem. And it's sharp throughout ( be careful not to severe your hands when stopped down!)

test them both in the store to see what fits best. for me the Zeiss color and contrast plus the sharp focus and seemingly 1/8 of an inch type of DOF @F2 from a foot away was the deal maker, besides saving a few hundred.

BTW the focus confirmation and the long throw of the focus ring gave me NO problems catching shots, EVEN doing weddings and street.

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Software & Accessories / Re: ND Filters for Photography
« on: September 02, 2012, 10:28:01 AM »
check out 2filters.com
I just ordered a Cir-Pol a set of soft grads and a 10 stop ND. my budget was tight to outfit my 16-35L but i don't do much landscape. heard good reviews about the Hi-tech series. I hope they pan out.

I have B+W on all my kit, but my money is funny until more jobs come along, lol.

Ps. all for less than 300 the Cir -Pol is Murami Super DHG 82mm, I hope this Murami shoots close enough to the B+W

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