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Lenses / Re: Choosing a kit thinking long term
« on: November 02, 2012, 08:30:45 AM »
Is that 24-70II going to be fast enough?  Sounds like you enjoy shooting in very dark places with no flash - which means even 2.8 might be a bit too slow for you.  A newer body like the 5DmkIII or 6D would give you a couple stops of ISO to help with that, and the 6D's very sensitive center point (-3EV is it?) could be right up your alley. 

As for waiting on the 35L II - there is no way to tell when (or if) that's coming, or what it'll cost when it gets here.  It'll be your choice to wait or go with what's out there now. 

The 135L is a great lens, but an a crop body its equivalent to 216mm.  Pretty darn tight for environmental work.  Hard to use indoors.  On a FF - it kicks butt as a portrait lens and is much more versatile in open areas. 

-Brian



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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 31, 2012, 09:57:01 AM »
How many people who think this thing will be $500 are going to switch camps if its not?  When the time comes, remember I like to buy used gear...lol. 

Only possible (and still not probable) if its not an L series. 

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 07:42:59 PM »
I find a few things interesting

1.  suddenly the 24-105, which used to be too slow, have too much distortion, and be a 'gimmick L' lens is getting a LOT of respect!  (I read so much crap about this lens that i held off buying it for years, and now that i have one i'm so happy.)

2.  Because someone here 'didn't ask' for this lens, they assume no one did.  Others assume to have Canon's market research knowledge based on what they read in forums.

3.  People seem unable to set reasonable expectations.  $500 for this?  Really?  Cheaper than a 7yr old L?  Nothing in the camera marketplace or Canon's recent history point to that.  And just because it is said in a forum does not mean it will impact a company's pricing strategy.

4.  Its already DOA, and the specs aren't even out yet.  Seems like we're piling on even earlier than usual.

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: New camera or new lens? Need advice
« on: October 30, 2012, 04:23:39 PM »
I don't see the 5DII as enough of an upgrade over the 5D, unless you 'need' the megapixels.  There are some nice features, but I kept mine through the 5DII and just recently got one of the discounted MKIIIs (that is a HUGE upgrade).

Glass is a better investment at this point.  I have the canon 85 1.8, and the 135F2L.  The 85 is a great lens.  The 135 blows it away.  Currently under rebate for less than $900...buy two!  Excellent headshot and portrait lens.  Just stunning.

The 100mm macro is an awesome lens as well, but i'd get the 135 for portrait/general work.  If you want to do macro, get the macro.  (I have both).

What abou 1ds2? Maybe it is better upgrade than 5d2 ?

I don't really know much about it.  It has 1 series features of the day, but its an older body, lacking a lot of features of today's cameras (nice LCD, higher ISO performance, etc)....save up and get a 6D or wait for refurb 5DIIIs....the problem with the 5D original is that its so darn good its hard to justify an upgrade!

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 04:16:36 PM »
Hm...hard to price this.  I'd say $1k ish maybe, like the 24-105, but trading reach for sharpness. 

Or I could see it at the $1600 mark where the old MK1 was at.  You get IS and sharpness but lose speed compared to the ultra sharp V2 F2.8....

What if its a non-L?  At the $900 mark to be popular with the new entry level FF crowd? 

People say 'no one asked for this' but what they really mean is 'no one on the internet forums asked for this'.  Canon seems to have a lens for every niche (ultra wide zoom excepted)...I'm sure they've got a target crowd for this lens.  Video may well be it, as suggested above.  It will also have the more accurrate focus system/feedback/position sensor....a plus for users of the new bodies compared to the 24-105.

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: HELP - Which lens is best for blown-out white background
« on: October 30, 2012, 03:10:27 PM »
You can also help yourself by shooting a longer lens and having your subject farther from the background.  Less spillage on to the subject from the background goes a long way to reducing the effect of any 'haze' on the image. 

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: October 30, 2012, 03:06:12 PM »
Canon has MAP on the MKIII, right?  Therefore this must be at least approved by Canon.  All previous deals to be had were forced to go through channels outside of the MAP agreement.

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: New camera or new lens? Need advice
« on: October 30, 2012, 11:04:15 AM »
I don't see the 5DII as enough of an upgrade over the 5D, unless you 'need' the megapixels.  There are some nice features, but I kept mine through the 5DII and just recently got one of the discounted MKIIIs (that is a HUGE upgrade).

Glass is a better investment at this point.  I have the canon 85 1.8, and the 135F2L.  The 85 is a great lens.  The 135 blows it away.  Currently under rebate for less than $900...buy two!  Excellent headshot and portrait lens.  Just stunning.

The 100mm macro is an awesome lens as well, but i'd get the 135 for portrait/general work.  If you want to do macro, get the macro.  (I have both). 


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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS [CR1]
« on: October 30, 2012, 10:42:23 AM »
I am not sure I get the point with another 24-70mm. Then why release the v2 ?

Think of 2012 as the year in which Canon made multiple tactical errors with their camera/lens lineup for EOS still cameras.

What do I mean by that?

The 24-70/2.8II would have been in the planning for quite some number of years prior and at that time Tamron was developing their 24-70/2.8 VC. Come announcement time, Canon delivers a lens at around twice the price of the Tamron with marginally better IQ and no image stabilisation. Oops. Tamron out played Canon.

The announcement of the 5D Mark III delivered a camera with marginally more pixels and almost the same IQ as the 5D Mark II. Sure the autofocus is better, but it has been outclassed by Nikon's D800 that intro'd at $600 less, only for the 5D Mark III to have since dropped in price to match the Nikon. Oops, Canon picked the wrong sensor to put in the 5D Mark III. Nikon out played Canon.

I see a lot of folks who are happy with the Tamron, but haven't heard of too many who think it out performs the new Canon (optically speaking anyway.  Price/value ratio is subjective and may be a different story).  The 5dMKiii outclasses the D800 in many types of photography.  Other than price class these two camera's cannot be compared, and even that is a meaningless comparison. 

Back to the 24-70...I don't really think Canon has room 'above' the V2 price wise.   I think if there is going to be another one in the line up, it would have to be a less expensive model with a simpler optical system to save cost.  Maybe it would be a fast non-L zoom for consumers, or maybe it would go asn an L series in the $1500 range as a step up from the slower 24-105, still with IS, though lacking the prime-like performance of the V2.

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS [CR1]
« on: October 30, 2012, 08:28:11 AM »
What if this were really an non-L consumer FF lens designed to be paired with a 6D and future 'entry level' FF offerings?

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: Are Lens Hoods Universal?
« on: October 26, 2012, 10:42:35 AM »
Protection filters are a controversy.  Some love, some hate.  I tend not to use them unless in harsh circumstances.  The hood does a pretty good job of protecting the lens as well. 

If you walk around outside a lot, a decent Circular Polarizer can act as both a protective, and functional filter.  I got a 77mm Marumi for I think like $70 from amazon.  Great reviews and a lot cheaper than B&W and Hoya. 

-Brian

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Lighting / Re: Phottix Odin: Inaccuate high-ISO metering problem
« on: October 26, 2012, 10:25:48 AM »
Remember that when using flash in Av mode, the camera sets teh shutter speed to properly expose the BACKGROUND.  I believe it assumes there is little to no impact of the flash on the background.  That means in addition to changing the flash power, it is also adjusting the shutter speed to compensate for your ISO changes.  I don't have software on this computer that can read the exif, but check your shutter speeds.  It may be a case that the scene has fooled the metering calculation, and some of the extra light is due to too much ambient being added to the flash exposure by a slower than appropriate shutter. 

I, personally, have never had as much luck with ETTL in Av or Tv mode as I have in manual.  In manual, the camera can only control one vairable, and it seems to have a much easier time doing that.  I set the aperture for DOF, shutter to either kill ambient or balance the flash with ambient, and the camera takes care of the flash power to expose the target. 

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: Guesses on lenses for Photoplus
« on: October 25, 2012, 03:28:00 PM »
Maybe price and availability of the Samyang 24mm TSE?  That would be cool.

I bought the 135L in May when it was on rebate, figuring the new one would be 2x the cost....may be years before I find out if I was right!  Honestly love it the way it is.  One of my favorite lenses.

-Brian

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An alternate view could also be that, given what Canon has pulled out of a 0.5µm process, it bodes well for what Canon can do with a 0.18µm process. 

No.  Sorry.  The only allowable alternative view on the internet is 'sell all your gear and switch to Nikon'.  Actual sensor performance in the real world need not apply.  :)

Seriously though, this is a good point.  You see it with computer processors all the time.  The new, smaller achitecture comes out, but for a time there is the older, larger achritecture in the market place with it.  And the real world performance is very small, if noticeable (in processors, its ususally power efficiency that is the major difference, not speed). 

Canon's latest sensors have been of very high quality, and have upped the bar on high ISO performance compared to previous generations.  Has the cow been milked for the last time?  I dont know, and neither does anyone but the Canon engineers.  The technology will reach a limit, and they will have to go to the next genearation, eventually.  We've been conditioned to think that something that was 'state of the art' in technology a few years ago MUST be obsoloete by now (whenever 'now' is).  But that is not always the case.  There are many layers that go in to performance of systems like this, and just because one layer has not changed in its base architecture doesn't mean advancements havent been made in the execution of that architecture, or that advancements in other areas of the system have unlocked more performance from system as a whole.

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: Lens combos under $1000
« on: October 23, 2012, 12:06:01 PM »
How about a used 24-105, and one of the Samyang 14mm lenses for the missing wide side?  I think you could do that for $1k used. 

-Brian

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