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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. 


I'm a bit shocked about the missing red AF points in AI servo...would have thought the AF part of the upgrade would be identical to that of the 1Dx.  OR that we'd have gotten the red points, but not F/8 AF since that's been a 1D series feature exclusively to this point. 

Also wonder why they'd announce this 6 months before it was availabile....not like its killing me not to have it.  Just seems really strange to announce something so far in advance.  The 1Dx and 7D firmwares were available almost the same day, right? 


Lenses / Re: IQ of 24-105 and 700-300 lenses
« on: October 23, 2012, 08:29:39 AM »
The 24-105, IMO, is one of those lenses that gets a bad rep just because so much stuff is repeated second hand on the internet.  The 'distortion' everyone talks about is there, but in most cases hardly noticeable and even then easily correctable with the excellent lens profiles availble in DPP and the Adobe products.  'Sharpness' is subjective, as what is sharp enough for one may not be for another.  Pixel peepers are often disappointed with gear that others are making excellent large quality prints with, so I tend to consider that fact when discussing sharpness.

I 'upgraded' to the 24-105 recenty from a 28-70 F2.8.  My old lens is in need of repair and I'm looking for a shop that still has parts.  In the mean time, i did not want to pay the current prices for a 24-70 F2.8 because they were in high demand and expensive even used.  The V II is way out of my range. 

I thought at the time i would be 'settling' for the slower lens, but it only took about 5 minutes after I put it on the camera to ask myself how I lived without the 24-105 for so long!  It is lighter and more versatile than the 2.8 lenses in the standard zoom range, and i find the IQ to be very similar.  With the newer bodies having higher ISO performance, I hardly if ever miss the extra stop of light.  Though, of course you can't recreate the F2.8 depth of field with an F4 lens at any ISO :)

In summary, the 24-105 is an excellent lens, particularly considering is versatility and weight. 


EOS Bodies / Re: Trading 7D for 1D4 with high shutter count
« on: October 19, 2012, 11:50:15 AM »
If the money is not an issue...I'd do it.  Both camreas are roughly 1/3 of the way through their average expected shutter life.  (125k on the 7D, and 300k on the 1D series, IIRC). 


EOS Bodies / Re: Red AF in AI-Servo fixed in 1D-X before 5D Mk III
« on: October 18, 2012, 08:52:14 AM »
I know it shouldn't by now, but it always surprises me when people take this stuff personally....

Its been pretty good to see some features being added via firmware to the 7D and now 1DX.  I'm sure we'll get something for the 5DIII eventually.  In the mean time I'll just have to resign myself to thoroughly enjoying the most versatile camera I have ever owned.  Darn those Canon b@stards. :)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thoughts on the New EOS-1D X Firmware 1.1.1
« on: October 18, 2012, 08:36:16 AM »
In one of the original articles, its said there were three modes to chosese from: Brighter, Normal, Non-Illuminated.  I don't have a 1DX :( so I don't know for sure, but it appears the answer to your question is YES.


Lenses / Re: "Zoom Creep" on the 24-105L : My Solution
« on: October 17, 2012, 12:45:12 PM »
I bought a used one that creeps.  Kind of annoying but really not that big a deal.  I figure it could be refurbed if necessary. 


I'll add my vote that we need the same for the 5DIII.  Though F8 AF has always been a point of differentiation on the pro bodies, I would at least like the red AF points. 

I wonder how many folks jumped to Nikon over the F8 AF issue, and now wish they hadn't? 


Animal Kingdom / Re: Can't compete with Anand, but...
« on: October 16, 2012, 11:07:38 AM »
I also prefer the twilight feel of the first (original) picture. 

The digital conundrum...because it can be changed, does that mean it SHOULD be changed?


<Dons disgruntled spec sheet fanboy costume>

What?  Canon can't get the 200-400 F4 L 1.4tc lens to market after more than a year of talking about it and now Sigma has a 200-500 AND its F2.8 ?!?!?!?!?   Canon is so out of touch.  How can they do this to us?  They must think we are dogs and will just eat anything they feed us.  No worse, they think we're dog FOOD!

I'm burning all my gear and switching brands.

<Doffs disgruntled spec sheet fanboy costume>

On a serious note...that thing is a beast.  I wonder how it would work as a telescope.  That would work out to a 7" F2.8 refractor....


5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Ultra long daytime exposures - 5D mkiii
« on: October 12, 2012, 06:54:07 PM »
I'm such a ND noob. With a 9 stop ND400x in daylight shooting landscape at infinity (something I might be shooting at f/16 with no filter) do I just factor the shutter speed by 9 stops and leave the aperture alone?

Yep.  You have to get9 stops somewhere to get the equivalent exposure.  You can do long exposures like those here, or use it to get shallow dof (wide apertures) in bright sun.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Considering switching to Nikon
« on: October 12, 2012, 02:46:42 PM »
If DR is your primary concern, go Nikon.  If you are going to stay with Canon and get a 5DIII, I doubt you'll find a more versatile body in existance.  I can't really say my composition, creativity, etc are better with the MKIII (just like they wouldn't be better if I got a D800), but I can say that there are a whole bunch of shots I couldn't get on my older bodies that I can get on the new one because of its low light ability, and that between the focus system and higher frame rate than older FF bodies, this one camera easily does the job of my two older ones (5d and 40D). 

Spec sheets are deceiving.  Its easy to make the grass look greener on paper.  My guess is a lot of people who switch systems either way will find, after all their horse trading, that the end result isn't that much different.  There are a few people who do so with good reason and really take advantage of the true differences in the system (like maybe tilt-shift availability, supertelephoto availablity for canon, or the few people who really NEED the extra DR of Nikon).  And there are a few people who will do so and pull up every shadow 4 stops just because they can, and be happy.  The rest...will be just where they were when they started.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon 5d III + 24-105 for $3749 @B&H
« on: October 12, 2012, 02:23:20 PM »
That is an awesome deal.  I know the 24-105 gets a lot of negative press on forums for being only F4, but it is an awesome lens on that body (i have both, so I'm speaking first hand).  And except for DOF effects, with the cleanliness of the ISO 12800 on this body you don't really miss the speed.  Keep a 40mm panckake or nifty fifty in your poket if you want a narrow DOF shot.  :) 


Software & Accessories / Re: Problems with Imagebrowser EX
« on: October 12, 2012, 08:22:20 AM »
If you hav the software disk with you, you can also go to Canon's website and download the newest version of zoombrowser from there.  Maybe installing from the downloaded file will have more luck than installing off the disk.  It wil make you put the disk in the drive to ensure you have it though, so keep the disk handy. 

As to your other questions, I have never actually used Zoombrowser so I can't answer about the limitations on number of files.


5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Ultra long daytime exposures - 5D mkiii
« on: October 09, 2012, 10:57:40 PM »
what gel are you using?  brand?  price?  link? 

these have always been some of my favorite types of shots, but i ain't spending 80 bazillion dollars on a square piece of glass from Lee (don't care how good it is).

You could go to harbor freight or some other cheap tool shop ang get a number 14 welders glass.  I was serious when i suggested that may be what was used here.  It is dark enough to allow you to look at the sun, like solar film.  Tbe 14, i believe,is the numberof halves, or stops, of light it cuts out.   Probablyhave to deal with some color cast, and use some gallers tape to hold it to the lens, but it should work. 

Metalized solar filters are also available in sizes thatcan be mounted to lenses, for usually around $90.  They definitely haveacolor cast.


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