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Lenses / Re: 85 mm Lens
« on: September 26, 2012, 12:28:15 PM »

I am not a professional photographer, but I would like to buy a nice portrait lens. I have a full frame body (1ds mk3) so I am considering the following lenses:

Canon 85 1.8
Sigma 85 1.4
Zeiss 85 1.4

Which would you recommend and why? Do you think it is better to go with the 135L ?

85L is over my budget and is to slow...



Zeiss 85 F1.4 for sure

PowerShot / Re: Canon S100 vs Sony RX100
« on: September 26, 2012, 12:21:57 PM »
Tested the RX100 in Cyprus for a week - when I don't need AF in broad daylight I won't bother bringing along my 1D4 any more... ;-)

I am quite happy with the Gary Fong equipment I got.

Landscape / Re: Best lens for landscapes for a trip to the mountains?
« on: September 24, 2012, 02:52:14 PM »
24 F1.4L II

PowerShot / Re: Canon S100 vs Sony RX100
« on: September 16, 2012, 10:55:18 AM »
I got my RX100 today - very positive after playing around with it for a while. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dmk4 vs 5d3
« on: September 13, 2012, 11:41:52 PM »
The 1D4 should be an adequate back-up. It got great build quality (survived a dive into the mud during my last expedition to Papua New Guinea) and gives you additional reach (1.3x crop) for wildlife and sports, fantastic speed of up to 10fps. Moreover you can use focusing screens (unlike with your 5D3) in order to enhance manual focusing with Zeiss lenses or architecture shooting where a grid in the viewfinder can be helpful. Pics at 12,400 ISO are still very usable comparable to those you get with your 5D3 at 25,600 (without pixel peeping I see a 1-stop difference between the 5D3 and 1D4).

I tested the Sony RX100 at a shop yesterday - it definitely is pocketable being only slightly bigger than the S100. I will see what the Photokina brings in terms of S100 successor and then decide whether to go for the RX100 or S1xx.

Lenses / Re: 400, 200 or...?
« on: September 08, 2012, 01:10:14 PM »
I like this thread :)

Lenses / Re: 400, 200 or...?
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:12:23 AM »
Once you are adding a teleconverter you are slowing down the AF significantly - however as long as you are not intending to shoot birds in flight, other fast moving wildlife, sports or action (e.g. kids) you will be pleased with the 300+TC option...

Lenses / Re: 400, 200 or...?
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:41:44 AM »
You should go for the 400L.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 for sports/action?
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:16:54 AM »
I'm looking for experience with shooting sports/action using a 5D Mk III, especially compared to the 7D.

I've had a 50D for almost 4 years now and I've been generally underwhelmed by the AF system, so I'm considering my options.

Right now I see four options: 7D (possibly used), 5D3, 1DX, or wait for a "7D2". I'm an amateur, the cost/value ratio of an 1DX would rather low regardless that I could find the money to buy it. 5D3 is kinda borderline. As for 7D, I'm hesitant since it is 3 years old and the sensor seems just as noisy as my 50D. I believe that a 7D2 will not show up until next year (at least).

I want a body at least at the level of the 50D (AFMA, size/metal body, UI), so the 60D or lower is not an option. Nor is defection to Nikon an option.

Knowing discussion boards, I anticipate that some will jump down my throat saying that I don't know how to use the camera. Thank you, I do believe I know how to operate the camera :)
So for information, I generally shoot in Manual, with either Spot AF or AI Servo, with only the center point selected. My lenses (17-40, 24-70, 70-200/2.8 IS I) are micro-adjusted to the body. I often have problems if the area that I'm focusing on is relatively small, but still larger than the AF box. Before the warranty expired, I had the camera checked at the Canon service center and they did not find any AF problems.

I love my 1D4 for sports. You can probably get a used one on eBay or CL.

Lenses / Re: Which Lens?
« on: September 08, 2012, 12:54:32 AM »
You may want to borrow/rent/order&return the 14L and test it thoroughly - that should help you with your decision.

I like my 16-35L, especially for its zoom capabilities but in terms of image quality I prefer my 24L. The 14L is supposed to be better than the 16-35L in IQ but only trying out the 14L will give you confirmation if it's also wide enough for your purposes...

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 11:31:53 AM »
I have the following.
Canon 5d3
50 1.4
70-200 f4 is

I just bought the 70-200 f4 is for medium telephoto but still want something for better low light shooting. I ran a program to see my most used focal length and came up with 40,50,85,105.

I was looking at the following lenses for the upcoming holidays. Any suggestions?

24-70 mk ii
35 1.4
135mm f2

My suggestion is to buy those 3 lenses.

Lenses / Re: 135mm + 1.4 extender _VS_ 70-200mm f/2.8 IS mkI
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:29:17 AM »
Generally I would recommend to get the 70-200 2.8L IS II since it's a great lens and the better choice compared to 135 2.0L + 1.4x.

However, since you are not keen on spending that much money I can assure you that the 135 2.0L takes the 1.4x II well and that the pics are very usable.

I have no experience with the 200 2.8L and hence cannot give any comment on that one...

Software & Accessories / Re: Mini Crane M1
« on: September 02, 2012, 09:49:36 AM »
I think you should get one.

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