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Lenses / Re: Wide or ultra-wide angle with excellent corner performance
« on: October 05, 2012, 06:57:08 PM »

They have the 14mm F2.8 Samyang beating the 14mm canon in most everything except distortion.  $400.  Mine just arrived today and so far I wouldn't expect a whole lot more from the corners of such a lens.  The 24 F2.8 II canon I just got is also good towards the corners full frame. 

http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/532-samyang14f28eosff?start=2  Just look at the samples on there.  Kinda crazy resolution.  Maybe 14mm is too wide for what you want?

Considering the 14mm F2.8 Samyang myself as the 14L II is out of my budget for such a specialty lens. Am a little worried about possible QC issues with the Samyang though, it really is that cheap!  ::)

14mm is in! A few quick shots and I'm impressed with the whole package for only 320 euro's  8)

Cool.  Mine is pretty impressive so far as well.  One thing I've noted is according to lenstip the canon only beat it in distortion, build and having autofocus.  Pretty fast I'm noticing their vignetting results having it better than the Canon just isn't true.  So Canon wins that one too.  I'm not sure how useful it will be at F2.8.  But anyway, lenstip has it -2.58 EV full open fall off, while they have the canon -3.00.  I used the Canon earlier this year and it was clear pretty fast with this Samyang it's vignetting wide open was even more severe.  Photozone has this the right way and backward from what lenstip says. 

I also just bought a 50mm F1.4 and noticed in looking at the options lenstip had the sigma and even the 1.4 zeiss smoking the canon wide open and stopped down.  Like the canon looked like ass.   I look at photozone and the opposite again.  Picked up the canon 50 1.4 yesterday and it is great.  I guess I'm not so excited for lenstip reviews at this point.  Or perhaps it's just reviews in general are in a way kinda pointless given how so many don't at all match up with others.  Like you have to find 4 or 5 and pick the winners that way.  Or just buy the dang things. 

Figured since I'd been praising the samyang over the canon so much that I'd mention this anyway.  You stop that thing to F4 and still a lot of vignetting but by F5.6 it's a non-issue and gone by F8.  I'm amazed it is so sharp even wide open though, corner to corner full frame.  Also the flare deal is a nice thing to see as well.  I can point it at the sun with no worry.  There's only one small angle to hold it with the sun way in the corner to get that flare to shoot across.  It's such a tiny range it's not an issue.

It's too early to report back on my experience as I still have to take the thing out in the field. I'm not too worried about its shortcomings though as resolution and a lack of chromatic aberration are the highest priority to me. Distortion and vignetting I can live with as I intend to use it in a more artistic sense - not for architecture etc. The color rendition looks good too at first glance. I'm a happy camper and looking forward to my first photo-shoot with it ;)

I'm interested in this as well. Definitely not a lens I'd be looking for for architecture, or necessarily for landscape although I might use it some for that occasionally. With 14mm you can do a lot different things artistically!

This is why I use Peli Cases and Gepe Card Safe Bags for all my equipment. I once was very happy about having them in a similar situation as yours. One big Peli Case costs less than 200$ and this is (in first row) the best insurance you can get!

Hope that everything is still working. Water damages are always a big problem...
You actually take the cases out with you when hiking for miles?  I think a zip lock bag is more practical.

Yes I take them everywhere ;) I got the back-packaging "thing", so I can put the 1560 case on the back.
I even took it on a canoe tour and pulled it behind the boat. Everything alright.

LOL, I can just see the case floating behind the canoe. Kinda difficult to get the camera in/out of it without risking soaking everything, unless you pull it up into the canoe that is.

Now the forum requires OP to get back to us with how it went, if the equipment dried out enough, etc.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon TS-E 24 f/3.5L II
« on: October 04, 2012, 05:08:00 PM »
I think the Rotate function is not publicised enough, and the review doesn't do it justice either. This function when combined with the Tilt, and careful aperture selection, gives VERY precise, angled, focus fields. Advertising shoots benefit greatly but again, so do landscapes!

Agreed on the Rotate. I didn't even realize that at first when I first got the lens to try out. Once I realized that, it was a whole other ball of wax. A ton of fun :)

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon TS-E 24 f/3.5L II
« on: October 04, 2012, 02:12:46 PM »
Got this lens from the CPS Evaluation program, and loved it. Definitely agree with the "need to use it methodically". I'd really like this, but way too expensive for me right now when I have big holes in my current lens line on lenses I would use a lot more.

That said, nice writing, I'm looking forward to more of these.

If I had one request on this particular review, it's to take the 3rd party ones such as the announce Samyang and put those through the wringer. Especially as it's anticipated to be a much more affordable lens than the Canon one, and if it even comes close to the IQ and usability, it'll be a lens I get much sooner.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Once you go "L" you'll never go back....
« on: October 04, 2012, 03:43:21 AM »
While I probably could have survived going to a 7D when I upgraded a few years ago from my Rebel 450D (XSi), I went right to the 5d2 w/24-105L. Since then, I've only bought L lenses, excepting the 85 f/1.8 which is what I'd say is quite good, and a great value. I don't think I'll ever be able to buy anything that's not at least quite good in terms of quality, even if it's not L build. Otherwise, all L for me!

I'd make sure the speedlites are well and truly dried out before trying to put batteries in and turn them on. If there's enough moisture to short across some of the capacitors when they're at or near full capacity, that's not going to make for fun times.

Find some of those little color changing silica gel thingies, change out the rice if you haven't already. Then call up your local camera rental shop and ask them to put 1 or 2 cameras on rental hold for you just in case. The night before (or at least a few hours before) put the camera/lenses in your normal bag each with a couple of the silica gel packs in each compartment next to the piece of equipment. Check the gel before hand, and if it's turned the bad color, don't use and put back in rice. If it's fine, then power up the equipment, try out various functions and if it works fine use it, otherwise just get the rental(s) and figure on carrying some large plastic bags you can toss over your equipment and/or you for next time.

EOS Bodies / Re: Help!!!
« on: October 03, 2012, 12:33:03 PM »
Try MLantern forums. If no help there, Canon service it is.

I attached the battery grip and viola, it turned on.  Older Canon firmware was installed, so I updated that and everything is now well!

Great to hear. Sounds like an issue of not reading the instructions/requirements docs as well as you should have ;)  Don't worry, happens to us all now and then. Glad it's not permanently bricked!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Going to my first wedding the the new 5d3
« on: October 01, 2012, 11:15:18 PM »
I even tried HP and still some were ok and some were bad but I was fighting the paid photographer for shots. Surprisingly she shot all night with some Uwa that looked like a fish eye by tamron on a Nikon d7000 she just shot without looking like it was a weapon. Am I trying too hard is that not what composition requires you to actually look thru the viewfinder?

It's probably just a misunderstanding of your words but I am assuming you just mean that the paid photog was getting in your shots and not the other way around right?  You weren't actually getting in the paid photographer's way?  Because if you were - you were screwing with someones living for no good reason. If you mess up your pride is hurt and you write on an internet forum.  If they mess up it costs them money / reputation / future income.  You don't have to be impressed by them or even their photography.  It's just courtesy.

I understand. I feel attacked here. I am just trying to get better at photography as it is my passion and hopefully want to do it professionally at some point. I did respect her and stayed out of her way as much as possible. It just felt like everytime I wanted to just get those few candids she was there or I was in her way. She said no flashing when i'm flashing so I had to do it without a flash. I was there helping watch my two kids and the ceremony so pics were hard to concentrate on. I just took a few here and there. Unfortunately the only ones that turned out good where the bride and groom. The wife is now mad and said all the one's I was meant to take of the kids were bad. I was respecting the professional that is why I did not get the shots I wanted. Very frustrating to hear it on this forum and from the wife. Maybe this is not my calling.

Don't think that. If she really wanted a 2nd shooter, she should have gotten a photographer with a second shooter. Take this as a big learning experience, and unfortunately with some lessons on what not to do, but that's often how we get better at things.

Unfortunately you didn't get a chance to coordinate/talk with the photographer more before the ceremony, I'm sure she probably would have given you a few tips, and helped coordinate where you each would be, and what general photos she would try and get vs you would try and get. Don't let this stop you, it's just one experience in a long list of experiences to come.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 - problem?
« on: October 01, 2012, 12:32:09 PM »
Today, the button on a friend's 7D got turned around to who knows which mode while carrying the camera with one of those blackrapids shoulder straps.  It probably happened more times before but something finally gave in and broke.  Now the dial isn't aligned and it seems to like to stay on the green mode.  He's going to try resetting the camera by removing some battery inside but he might have to send it in for repairs.  It's unfortunate for him but it shows another reason why that lock button is essential.

RE: articulating screen on the 5d3, personally, I'm glad they left it out. If I shot a lot more video I would have liked it, but I'm almost a pure stills shooter.

Haha, I said "reticulating" screen like a snake :D

Indeed you did. I knew what you meant though ;)

Lenses / Re: 6D kit lens 24-105 F4L or 24-70Mark 1
« on: September 30, 2012, 03:41:04 AM »
I have used both lenses and kept the 24-70.  At f4, the 24-70 is noticeably sharper without pixel peeping, particularly at longer focal lengths.  You also don't need IS at these focal range unless you're using it for video.  The f2.8 is better for faster shutter speed and the viewfinder is much brighter.  The 24-105 also suffers from zoom creep which can get very annoying during use.  As for the 24-70II, the review from photozone states that at 70mm, mk1 is sharper.  So it depends on your shooting style.  Perhaps the mk2 is better for landscapes but the mk1 is better for portraiture.

Don't forget that there's also a Tamron 24-70 f2.8 with image stabilization.

In general, I feel the 24-105 is a better walk around lens for most purposes. The only place I feel the IS on a 24-70 would be useful is in very low light conditions where even with the 5d3 I sometimes find myself struggling to keep my shutter speed up. At f/2.8 that could help, but if I could keep the shutter speed the same while increasing the aperture that often would be better for a lot of my shots. At some of those shutter speeds, the IS really could help for hand shaking. I'm actually pretty impressed by the 24-105's IS, I've managed to get some 1/6 shutter shots that were pretty sharp at 70+mm. Not amazingly awesome, but what I consider usable.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 - problem?
« on: September 30, 2012, 03:37:06 AM »
I don't understand why people are troubled with the dial button.  I mean come on, my 5-year old niece is able to turn the mode dial with ease.

I have it on my 60D and thank goodness Canon didn't leave it out on the 5D3 (unlike the flip-out screen).  I was asked to shoot with a different camera a few times for events  (7D and T3i without a grip) and the button kept being changed the whole time when I'm using it in portrait orientation, it was annoying.  Fortunately I only shoot in manual mode and I noticed right away if the dial had been changed otherwise I would have a lot of bad photos.

I think it's one of those little additions on my 5D3 that makes it close to perfect.  All it needs now is the reticulating screen.

I'm glad they put the button on. Like you, occasionally I have had the mode dial switch, and almost always at the worst possible time.

RE: articulating screen on the 5d3, personally, I'm glad they left it out. If I shot a lot more video I would have liked it, but I'm almost a pure stills shooter.

Lenses / Re: Fisheye for crop sensor
« on: September 28, 2012, 07:45:26 PM »
Well, on a fisheye (well, most UWA lenses) unless you have a stuff very close to the lens as well as far away, or vice versa, you get close to or hit the hyperfocal distance, so having manual focus might not be difficult as you think.

Lenses / Re: Insuring Gear...
« on: September 28, 2012, 07:42:15 PM »
Any particular reason you're looking to separate it out? I have mine as an extra (Valuable Personal Property) on my renters insurance. Not too expensive, and it's just fine since I don't shoot 'professionally' at all.

Lenses / Re: Wide or ultra-wide angle with excellent corner performance
« on: September 28, 2012, 06:47:06 PM »
Have you tried the 24L or 14L? What about the 17 or 24 Tilt-Shift lenses without using the tilt or shift? What about a 3rd party lens such as Zeiss?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Going to my first wedding the the new 5d3
« on: September 28, 2012, 05:56:42 PM »
I am going to a wedding where all my family will be in. I am not the pro here but my family expects me to get decent shots. I am bringing my 5d3 with 24-105 to travel light with the 600ex. I was thinking using AV starting with f4 and auto iso up to 3200. Any other suggestions?

Outdoors, you can start at higher f-stop (if there's enough light). In terms of where to start indoors, if you're using the 600EX as either either direct or bounce, you should take a couple of test shots to dial in the ISO (I wouldn't go directly to 3200), shutter (for the ambient light), and f-stop. You should also dial in the 600EX with FEB (flash exposure balance). Once you have that set, you can pretty easily dial in the EV as the night goes on.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, choose what AF mode you are comfortable with, although I would recommend not using all of the points, since you never know which point it'll grab. I've found zone is quite handy, or 1+8. Easy to move where you want the focus to be around the points, and gives it an opportunity to find focus with more than just a single point.

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