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surapon,
6-7 months back I got a chance to play with this monster at local camera store. With 1DX, nailing a shot at f1 is NOT fun. Many of photos were soft. However, the bokeh from this beast took away my focus from sharpness. Just like his big brother 85L II, a miss shot still look great.

I still might have some photos taken with this lens on my HDs. If I'm able to locate the photos, I'll post them for you.

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Technical Support / Re: monitor and printer calibration
« on: December 22, 2014, 10:24:07 AM »
The problem is your ambient light.

Do this simple test, put a foamcore or piece of card next to your screen, hold a piece of blank photo paper next to your screen with the card between them so that no light from the screen falls on the paper, is the paper the same brightness as your screen?

Over 99% of people will say no, prints will always appear dark if they don't have the same ambient light on them as your screen is putting out, a perfectly calibrated screen set to 110 cd/m² will be way too bright when next to most prints ambient light.

When I print I try to find out how the light is where the print will be hung, often 85 cd/m² is far more realistic.

I use these to get correct screen/print balancing. https://www.solux.net/cgi-bin/tlistore/colorproofkit.html it might be overkill for most people, but the idea is the same, good even light with the correct luminance levels to match your screen.

What do you think about this?
https://www.solux.net/cgi-bin/tlistore/colorview.html?id=hAZFZEdZ

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom and DXO OpticsPro workflow question
« on: December 22, 2014, 10:19:28 AM »
What do you think?

I think take a (mini-)tripod with you next time, do hdr and stitch them to a panorama -then we're talking :-)

That would be too easy  :)

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Technical Support / Re: monitor and printer calibration
« on: December 22, 2014, 10:15:26 AM »
I recently upgraded to LG 27MB85Z-B. I'm using one of three LG MFG pre-calibrated presets, Gamma 2.2. My monitor is now sitting inside DYI hood http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=23884.msg467631#msg467631

As privatebydesign mentioned about ambient light changing, I'm not worry much about that anymore. I reduced brightness to 50 for PP and 15 when I'm online. I recently did some x-mas card printing at home. The brightness, colors, vibrant and clarity level look good.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom and DXO OpticsPro workflow question
« on: December 21, 2014, 12:15:07 PM »
5D III + old 16-35 f2.8 II(f3.2 1/60 12800ISO).

Well, the 16-35L2 f2.8 isn't old because there's no f2.8 L3 :-) But if there'S a reason to add is to lenses, it's shots like these.

Not great, but good enough to keep.

Before troubling dxo with these, I'd say it doesn't hurt to try LR with the correct settings. I expect your computer setup is high-end, too, so in your case it doesn't really hurt - but for others it's overhead you can probably skip while retaining a raw workflow

The shot is clipped black and white, and I really don't see any details that would have been recovered by superior noise reduction ... but it added noise in the clipped areas, strange enough. I know this effect from my own dxo experiments, and imho this "film noise" it's more a matter of taste than good or bad nr.

If you're dealing with areas of colors or gradients, iso noise doesn't really matter, it's more about color reproduction - and dxo cannot save this.

What do you think?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom and DXO OpticsPro workflow question
« on: December 21, 2014, 11:56:55 AM »
5D III + old 16-35 f2.8 II(f3.2 1/60 12800ISO).

Well, the 16-35L2 f2.8 isn't old because there's no f2.8 L3 :-) But if there'S a reason to add is to lenses, it's shots like these.

Not great, but good enough to keep.

Before troubling dxo with these, I'd say it doesn't hurt to try LR with the correct settings. I expect your computer setup is high-end, too, so in your case it doesn't really hurt - but for others it's overhead you can probably skip while retaining a raw workflow

The shot is clipped black and white, and I really don't see any details that would have been recovered by superior noise reduction ... but it added noise in the clipped areas, strange enough. I know this effect from my own dxo experiments, and imho this "film noise" it's more a matter of taste than good or bad nr.

If you're dealing with areas of colors or gradients, iso noise doesn't really matter, it's more about color reproduction - and dxo cannot save this.

With LR, I have hard time getting a decent IQ when photo reaching ISO12000ish in low light. There is no doubt, the causes could came from operator :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom and DXO OpticsPro workflow question
« on: December 21, 2014, 03:07:21 AM »
Prime, lens correction and Smart lighting are my top in DxO. Any RAW files with high ISO(5D III >3200ISO, 1DX >6400ISO) I run them through DxO then switch to LR.

Without DxO prime, I doubt I would be able to save a photo like this. 5D III + old 16-35 f2.8 II(f3.2 1/60 12800ISO). Not great, but good enough to keep.


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Lenses / Re: How satisfied are you with the 100-400 II?
« on: December 20, 2014, 02:42:09 AM »
How you like your 1DX?

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Lenses / Re: 400mm DO II
« on: December 20, 2014, 01:26:37 AM »
I think the only way this lens is going to sell really well is if it proves to be essentially a 400mm version of the 300mm 2.8 II; that is, a lens with just legendary sharpness.   Otherwise, I don't know how you justify the almost $5000.00 difference between it and the new 100-400.   

How do you justify the 200/2L IS, when there's the excellent 70-200/2.8L IS II and the relatively inexpensive but still excellent 200/2.8L II?  Twice as much light.
You can't go wrong with this lens, especially, when pairs up with 1DX  ;)


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: December 20, 2014, 01:14:27 AM »
Another one with 200mm f2 IS @ f2

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1D X Sample Images / Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: December 20, 2014, 01:09:40 AM »
Let's keep the ball rolling gent's... :)

Taken with 200mm f2 IS @ f2

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Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 18, 2014, 03:16:10 PM »
It will melt 85mm f1.8 and 135L in second.

Your next best is 200mm f2 IS

I disagree that the bokeh you posted cannot be achieved with a 135L. You should try a comparison with yours :)
What the 85L can do is achieve that with a much wider field of view

I wish I had brought 135L and taken same shot to compare the two ::)

I'm going to skip the debate about bokeh between 85L II Vs 135L - we all know which lens has upper hand. The photo was to demonstrate how 85L II can be at f1.2 in low light. This photo was taken at f1.2 1/125 I believe ISO is about 2000.

With 135L, I'm more likely to be f2  1/160min ISO=????
Own both and the 135 gets used only when shooting fast moving subject and need to jump from MFD to infinity quite often.
Otherwise, 85 all the time. Both bokeh and focal length match my needs way better.


Bokeh is subjective by definition, but the theoretical amount of blur can be calculated and is pretty close between the 135L and the 85L.
http://howmuchblur.com/#compare-1x-135mm-f2-and-1x-85mm-f1.2-on-a-0.9m-wide-subject

Many people prefer the bokeh of the 135L to that of the 85L and probably many more the converse. The 135 is sharper which makes the blur stand out more, and there is much less purple fringing and the bokeh balls aren't cut up (see the top middle one in Dylan's image). To say the 85 will melt the 135 in seconds suggests to me that the 135 has been under-utilized so far.

The two lenses have very different purposes, which is why in spite of owning the 135 (which is my travel telephoto/headshot lens) I have been trying so hard to get the 85L during the refurb sale (two near misses). I think the 85mm focal length is perfect for portraits, providing the best perspective (subject distance). The longer FL of the 135 makes it less flexible (need more back up space) and reduces the background blur due to the larger subject distance.

BTW, as far as I have heard, the bokeh of the 200L is better than the 85L (rather than being the next best). Maybe Dylan can do us a favor and do a real-world comparison of the three in his spare time ;)

I wish there was a really good 85/1.4. Matt Granger has shown that the Nikon 85/1.4 is ALMOST as good as the 85L in terms of bokeh, and focuses fast (with real manual focus) and is less bulky. I think that the slight lack in bokeh is more than compensated by the ergonomics. I really hope Canon decides in favor of a 85/1.4L but that is almost certain not to happen :(

I'm know nothing about photography. I would be the last guy on earth for this assignment ;D

Maybe after holidays, little busy with family activities right now  ;)

BTW...I used 24-70 and 200mm f2 IS combo last night at local church, Advent Prayer Service. IQ on the 200mm f2 IS II is just too awesome. Will share some photos this weekend.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:14:54 AM »
Canon USA, UK, etc are their own P&L centres. Why should they cross subsidise via way of a warranty an item bought from another country. 

Simple answer: ONE company. ONE world. ONE global economy. Not only for Canon, companies, makers, sellers of products. But also for us, buyers, customers.  8)

We don't tell Canon in what countries to manufacture their products. Canon is in no position to tell us, their customers, where to buy their products - as long as they come from their factories. They should be grateful when we spend our money on their products rather than on those from competitors. It would be in Canon's own best interest to keep us, their customers as happy as they possibly can. That includes the very best aftersales service they can possible pony up and offer to us. For all their products, for all their customers, no matter where we live, work and purchase Canon products.

Fair is fair.
I'm assuming you understand the global economy. I'm assuming you understand regulations to sell a product in another countries.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I'm getting impatient for the new 5D 4.
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:02:10 AM »
1. You don't like Canon because they don't release new models, not often enough
2. You don't like Nikon because they release TOO often
3. You don't have money on hand to buy your 1st FF yet

Q: What is your plan with lenses? Can't photograph without lens



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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:45:52 AM »
It always nice to see CR3. At this moment in my life, I just don't see myself owing 50MP camera. I'm sure there plenty shooters out there are in need for high MP body. Good days are ahead of us.... :)

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