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My new Benro C-0681 just arrived. Wow it's light! Although it's the magic dreidal for me, a few weeks late. But I still got something!

Lenses / Re: Do other lenses compete with the "look" of L primes?
« on: December 26, 2012, 11:43:16 AM »
Thanks for all the replies.

I'd explore Zeiss options but AF is a must for me. Children and weddings don't always wait for MF.

I expect people were seeing you were a portrait photographer, and thinking either you were mostly working with posed subjects where you could much more easily use a MF lens. Children (especially running around) and weddings definitely need to have a good AF lens. From what I've heard, the Canon 85L tends to focus slower than many other lenses, although on a 1D body it AF a bit faster.

Really, pros these days will choose L for the build quality, weather sealing and reassurance that they will work and get the job done. Sharp all around and will last a good while

This is my impression as well, and while I'm not a working professional, the weather sealing and build quality are a big factor for me. That said, there are some 3rd party lenses that are seriously challenging Canon's L lenses, such as the Tamron 24-70 I'm considering. Not sure how weather sealed it is, but the build quality certainly seems pretty good, and IQ seems to be better than the Canon 24-70 v1. Sigma, as you've noticed, certainly has a few new lenses which seem to be doing quite well, and something I may consider when I need those focal lengths.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 26, 2012, 11:34:44 AM »
Any estimates of the weight of the 24-70 f2.8 IS ?

No need to wonder, it's 825g, while the Canon 24-70L v1 is 953g(!) and the Canon 24-70L v2 is 803g.

Personally, the Tamron still feels quite heavy, but I'm used to lighter lenses, so I'm going to have to start doing more push-ups now to get ready for when I get it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Color Management for Online Photos
« on: December 21, 2012, 07:57:21 PM »
I suppose you use a different working color space (like AdobeRGB). Even if your setup is correct, make sure you export in sRGB. Some browsers (Chrome is one example) ignore embedded color profiles and always assume sRGB, and some websites seem to ignore or remove color profiles altogether, especially the ones that process the uploaded files to create different sizes (like flickr).

I'll second this. Unless you specifically know your end-user(s) will be needing AdobeRGB (like if they are printing), then export as JPG/PNG with sRGB, it's just so much easier and well supported.

Technical Support / Re: 5dm3 AFMA Focal results
« on: December 21, 2012, 04:50:43 PM »
Can someone do this with a really new Lens? (70-200 2.8 II or 24-70 II)?

There was a Rumor that Canon changed Autofocus algorithms and Focus is now checked after focussing and corrected if not perfect (u can see this when the Lens does a tiny step after the first fast and large one). But it works only with new Lenses and Cameras (rumor said so)

Yes, it's still useful. The newer lenses combined with newer bodies tend to have better AF consistency, but in terms of actual focus accuracy MFA can still improve things since you can still have a mis-match between what the actual focus is, and what the AF sensor says it is.

Lenses / Re: Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 or Canon 24-105 f/4
« on: December 21, 2012, 04:48:13 PM »
I think it comes down to do you want f/2.8 and a slightly shorter lens, or f/4 with a bigger range and lighter weight. I think (haven't really looked/compared) that the Tamron tends to be sharper and have less distortion, but the 24-105 is a somewhat more versatile lens for general walk around lens in moderate to slightly dim lighting.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 21, 2012, 01:24:29 PM »
Tamrons are junk. They're good starter lenses but that's about it.

Have you looked at the new Tamron 24-70? From the limited time I rented it and the images I'm seeing, it's quite good. Also from the reviews I've read, it's very good. IQ, not quite up to the 24-70 v2, sure, but still around as good or a bit more than the 24-70 v1. Build quality seems quite good, although again, not quite up to L standards. But it's $1300, not $2100-2300 or whatever the 24-70 v2 is going for right now.

Now, most of the rest of the Tamron glass, far as I know you're mostly correct, but if their 24-70 is the new direction they are going it, they're likely to become a serious off-brand competitor for people who can't quite afford L and don't want to pay the vastly more expensive new non-L primes with IS.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DmkIII AI Servo button
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:52:58 PM »
It's awesome that you can assign the preview DOF button a function to change to AI Servo, but even when you perss it the camera remains in One Shot Mode. Is there a convenient way to immediately switch not only to the Servo, but also to a burst shooting mode?


You have to hold down the DOF preview button to stay in AI-Servo. If you press and release it'll go back to One Shot.

And you can stay in burst mode in both, just change your setting to one of the burst mode settings, that's independent of the AF mode.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 19, 2012, 08:37:13 PM »
Exactly.  Now that they decided to hit the world up for $2,300.00 on the NON-IS version, what the heck are they going to price the IS version at?  There has to be a limit ofo what the market will bear, and I think they already went to that limit on the NON IS.

Maybe (hopefully?) the Non-IS will be down to something like $1800-$1900 by then, and they can bring in the IS at $2300-$2500? That'd "look" a lot more reasonable, with a price premium of a few hundred dollars. While still being more expensive than the current one at introduction. Especially if it's going to be 1+ years before it'll come out.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 19, 2012, 08:05:33 PM »
Ok, time to sign away my first AND second born, and my both my legs. I need my arms to hold the camera and shoot, otherwise I'd sell those off too. Are we going to hit $3K for a normal zoom lens?

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Flash transceiver
« on: December 19, 2012, 04:33:37 PM »
Having had pretty much the same problem, I just ordered two Yongnuo YN-622C's. Depending on your location, you should be able to get them for anywhere between 80 and 100 USD for the pair. Anything cheaper will be far less versatile. Most alternatives with equal functionality are more expensive (Pocket Wizards, Phottix Odin) or again less functional (Phottix Strato, older YN's). Flip side is that build quality of YN is far from stellar.

The Phottix Strato II's are fairly reasonable, although it's a simple trigger, and don't give you any kind of TTL build quality is fairly decent, and it's RF which means it can trigger where you don't have line-of-sight which is needed for the built-in TTL on the 430 EX/580EX speedlites. The Yongnuo YN-622C's are RF with TTL support, and by most reviews they work well which for their price is fantastic. I haven't tried them yet, but I'm tempted to even though I already have the Strato II's, 1 transmitter 3 receivers simply because the wireless TTL and wireless manually setting the power of the speedlites would be fantastic.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: YATT: Yet another Tripod Thread
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:18:51 PM »

I have this and I also have the aluminium version which is a little heavier they are great can be converted to monopod if needed and basically do everything
extremely good value for money tripods they come with a nice padded baga nd fold down to a nice compact size

Perhaps I needed to say, I'm in the US, and prefer to order from someplace like B&H or Adorama, although I'll consider other places if you've had a reliable time with them.

I can't seem to quite find the exact match for the model number on B&H, is that an AU/International specific product number? The nearest I can find is the C2691TB1 which is about $200 more expensive. However, I do see it on Ebay for quite a bit cheaper, but I'm not sure which seller is best (haven't picked through them all), or if there's one specific package that's worth spending a few dollars more to get a few extra things thrown in.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / YATT: Yet another Tripod Thread
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:39:48 PM »
So, I've randomly come into $250 AMEX gift card I could use on my regular, random expenses...or I could blow it on something I actually probably really should get since I do want to try out some timelapse, long exposure, basic macro, so I thought Tripod! Now, I understand $250 is probably about the minimum for a good set of legs, and then I need a head, but I'm fine going up to $350-400 total. So, what do you recommend? Right now I have 5d3, and the heaviest lens I've got is probably the 24-105 or 135L. I am planning on getting the Tamron 24-70 and Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS v2 eventually.

So, something reasonably lightweight so I can take it with me on hikes (doesn't need to be ultra-light, I can handle some extra weight for a few miles), but is pretty stable and can take the 20-700 and my 5d3 and be pretty stable. And of course a fairly nice head. Doesn't have to be really fancy, but something dependable and would work well for my current use cases.

From what I've read about issues and download time, locking up the camera while downloading, and lots of other things with various Canon Bodies, I have decided to not buy one, not even for my wifes G1X. 
Maybe for a 10 mp camera with small jpeg files, it would be practical, but firing off shot after shot @30mb with a 5D MK III, they sound totally worthless.  Even the faster cards don't cut it, I wouldn't even consider the low end ones.
Well, darn....

Thought it might be a fun toy....from what I'd read..the 'pro' version of the eye-fi card said it would handle RAW files....

Anyone out there that uses the eye-fi?


I've been somewhat thinking of maybe getting one to play with on my 5d3, since I can actually do some basic processing of RAW files/HDR. Not sure it gives me the option to choose where to save it, so don't know if saving to the CF card, and processing across to the SD card to have it automatically upload/post to a site or FTP only the ones I want. I will have to experiment with it.

Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Solutions Disc latest version?
« on: December 18, 2012, 02:32:25 PM »
You can also download the software from Canon. Maybe it bit more work. On the other hand, you can choose what you want and what not. And, online is always the latest version of the software
No, straightly speaking you CAN'T
In order to install online updates you'll need to have the original Solutions Disc (actual disc or ISO image) in place

Well, actually, you can.  It does take a little more work.  Keith at Northlight provides instructions.  Basically, you either spoof the Registry (Windows) or delete a file from a duplicated installer package (Mac), which 'tricks' the installer into thinking you've already got Canon software installed.  In spite of the check for previously installed Canon software, every updater is actually a full install.

But of course, you can only update as far as the latest available download from Canon, and the newest cameras usually ship with a version of DPP than is later than that, a version not made available for download until a newer update is released.

Yea, that's one of the sillier things I think Canon is doing. A big PITA, without really stopping people from getting/installing it.

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