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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800
« on: April 05, 2012, 11:26:28 AM »
In that universe that you don't adjust the results in such a way to justify your preference.

True enough - in reality the supposed "pliability" of recent Nikon cameras' files only has value as an excuse to shoot badly and fix everything in post.

True. But it is an important feature when you like to spend your  time reading specs, not developing in-camera capture skills, and then doing a lot of PP to get what you want. 

I think photoshop is neat and I like some of the capabilties, but I don't like spending more time working on my photos than I do taking them.  If you take the time to get properly exposed pictures in the camera, the need for PP is much less and the differences in theoretical performances of RAW files becomes much less important.
Not everyone feels this way, but I do. 


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 at one week: a few surprises
« on: April 03, 2012, 10:34:47 PM »
Good review.  Very practical points.  And refreshing - I was starting to think the laws of the internet had somehow made the only possible conclusion to 5dmkIII reviews "inferior to nikon in every way, i'm selling all my gear and jumping ship'


EOS Bodies / Re: Delivered 5Dmk3 Units Awesome vs Has problems
« on: April 02, 2012, 10:08:33 AM »
Man, what happened to Canon's QC?

Man, what happened to originality in trolling?

Seriously, have you no self respect? This "Canon QC is crap" line is old - you must try harder.

Seriously, it's an old line...and still used because it's still relevant.  1DIII AF issue?  5DII black spots issue? 

I find it curious that of all the recent releases, almost all of them have been delayed for unstated reasons...the 8-15 fisheye, the 4 supertele lenses, now the 1D X and 24-70 II are also delayed.  Why?  Is it simply for production reasons, or were problems identified with early units, resulting in a need to re-tool?  If so, that speaks to good QC, rather than poor QC, even if many people are upset with the delays.  Yet...the 5DIII came out on schedule, and a DPP update had to be released to support it.  Both have at least one known, acknowledged issue (IS noise with 200/2 and 800/5.6 for the 5DIII, soft RAW conversions with HQ mode for DPP).  Might there be other bona fide issues?  While Canon's QC might be quite good, it may be that they were overruled by marketing and pushed the 5DIII and DPP out the door with known issues. 

Just speculating...   :-X

We have a saying where i work:  marketing is the root of all evil!!!

My vote on all of these delays is that marketing had something to do to announce product before they were ready.

I am currently working in a consumer goods company (not electronics though) and can corroborate that Marketing is universally cursed for making promises that operations and engineering cannot keep for them - at least not until we learn to re-write the laws of physics.


Don't discount the image quality of the Canon  85 1.8 either.  While the abberations and errors can be measured and compared to the 85 1.2L, the 1.8 version still prodcues stellar images.  Is the L version better in some respects - abosolutely and it should be for the additional cost.  But that doesn't mean you won't be happy with the slower lens.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Finally Ready? [CR2]
« on: March 29, 2012, 08:22:03 AM »
I've been saving my left kidney for just such an occasion.

I'm sure this lens will be well worth the cost to people in the right business, but when I saw the expected price a vision flashed in my head of a retiring photographer walking with his 1DX and 200-400 lens into a car dealer and trading straight up for a compact car.


PS: I suppose the other side of that image would be an avid hobbyist (like myself) driving down to the local camera shop, leaving his keys on the counter and walking home with a new camera and lens!

Lenses / Re: 85mm or 135mm?
« on: March 23, 2012, 02:48:46 PM »
Couple of things.  1. The canon 85 1.8 is a great lens and I can highly recommend it.  2. I have read that a lot of people have used the 100 f2.8L Macro for portraits and event and been hppy with the results.  Considering it has IS, youmight addthat to your list as well. 


I agree with the sentiment that upgrading glass would do you much better than upgrading bodies right now.  Of your 1700, spend half on good glass mentioned above, then save for another year.  Buy a 7d or 60D second hand then after their replacements are out and used prices drop some.


I have the original 5D.  I do like the 17-40 a lot on that body, but it is not really good for walking around/general purpose.  I find myself too far away for most common subjects.  The 24-105 would be a kick butt walk around.  I have the older 28-70 F2.8L.  You can find those at pretty reasonable prices and they work great on the full frame bodies.  It is no longer supported by Canon for repairs though, which is a risk.  Still, something to consider. 

I agree with the sentiments above though - look for a 24-70 or 24-105.  Add the 17-40 later. 


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:34:39 PM »
I think there is at least a possiblity the analogy to the C300 situation holds true here.  It will all come down, as others have said, to the real world performance of this camera and its competitor.  If the Nikon offering is close enough in performance, considering trade offs, pluses, minues etc., to the performance of the 5dMkIII, there is a big enough price difference to be a problem for Canon.  We could see the price come down.   If it sells, we're stuck. 

Personally, I suspect that the situation with the 70-200 F2.8 IS II, which dropped about 10% from launch prices (2500ish to 2300ish, IIRC), will also apply to the 24-70 II, and (i hope) the 5dMkII.  The prices are high, and given consumer confidence levels even higher.  Maybe it will be in the form of rebates (like the deals to get the 70-200 down to around $2k for a short time), maybe a permanent drop.  But I'm looking for something to happen.  These wouldn't be the first tech products introduced with 'optimistic' pricing on the part of the manufacturer.   

My original 5d still works, and I was  ready to pull the trigger on the new one at $3k.  $3500 is too much for me right now.  I may wait it out and save up, I may choose to get the MkII on the used market and use it until the MKIV drives MKIII prices down, or may not buy anything.  Luckily my old cameras still take great photos.   But one thing is for sure:  I will NOT switch to Nikon.  ;)


Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Creative Lighting - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:32:52 PM »
A masquerade ball mask. 

Mask and Candle by bbasiaga, on Flickr

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Creative Lighting - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:23:33 PM »
The skull in the helmet was not visible under ambient light.  I pressed my pop-up, on camera flash into service and got this ghostly shot.

Custom Vader Helmet by bbasiaga, on Flickr

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Creative Lighting - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:22:02 PM »
A surreal scene, all in natural light.  Creative use of natural light counts!

Yosemite Rainbow at Bridal Veil 01 2008 small by bbasiaga, on Flickr

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Landscape - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:17:42 PM »
Here is a picture of the spring time flow down Upper and Lower Yosemite falls.

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls 2008 small by bbasiaga, on Flickr

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Street - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:16:22 PM »
Another submission of the busy life at the market in Seattle.

market small by bbasiaga, on Flickr

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Street - Post Here.
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:15:19 PM »
A shot of the quiet streets of the island of Murano, and this giant, hand blown glass abacus.

Murano glass abacus small by bbasiaga, on Flickr

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