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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 2.8 ll or 20-60 2.8 mark 1 ?
« on: May 12, 2013, 03:25:44 AM »
Interesting stuff, especially the part about the zoom being "cheaper" because it's par focal. The reason I passed on buying the $2,200 zoom is because it is wider than my mark l lens. I appreciate and welcome the explanations, but side by side the new zoom is clearly different than the old zoom in terms of focal length. 70 mm is barely long enough for my needs and the MK ll comes up short. Of course I'm guessing that it's 20 to 60 mm, not sure what it really is.
What if the 5D Mark lll wasn't quite full-frame, not quite 6 frames per second, didn't really have a 100% viewfinder ?

I wish I could be off by a couple hundred dollars on my payment for the lens and could say it's within tolerance, it's par currency.

Lenses / Canon 24-70 2.8 ll or 20-60 2.8 mark 1 ?
« on: May 11, 2013, 07:21:14 PM »
I've been increasingly tempted to replace my 24-70 2.8 with the new mark ll model.
I was surprised and quite disappointed to discover how much wider the new lens is at both ends of the zoom !

I always wished the lens was a little longer, a 24 to 85 would be ideal. Discovering the new lens is now shorter at  "70mm" makes me less eager to purchase it even with improvements to sharpness.  I wonder what the acceptable tolerances are when naming a lens focal length ? Is it a 20-60 f 2.8 mark 1 ?

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: April 30, 2013, 05:27:29 PM »
Does the firmware improve AF performance other than adding F8 autofocus capability ?
I won't be using F4 lenses with a 2x converter and don't shoot video so I wonder if I should update the firmware.
I've read that with the new firmware, battery power is not shown for non-Canon-brand batteries.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Black AF points...NOTHING + Spot-meter?
« on: February 17, 2013, 03:48:08 PM »
Regarding AF point-linked spot metering, be careful what you wish for. The original EOS 1-D had that and I found it terrible, especially with flash metering. Unless the little AF sensor is on a mid-toned part of the subject your metering will be off, and often way off.

After a long time of frustration and bad exposures I discovered a helpful solution with the 1-D. By turning off AF on the lens, the metering pattern switched to average. Sure I had to give up AF but metering came closer to reliable.

Now improved light-up AF points like my old 1-D MK ll, that's worth wishing for.

....and firmware announced for April. Pretty damn odd that firmware is announced months before it becomes available. Isn't this a first ?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS not good for NASA?
« on: February 15, 2013, 05:01:09 AM »
I prefer Canon, but Nikon will make a good picture of Uranus.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III or 1D IV for sports!
« on: February 15, 2013, 04:57:56 AM »
I've never used a 1-DMK lV but my 5D MK lll bodies are great for sports. Great image quality and very impressive high ISO.

For me 6 frames per second is fine. Over the years I've used slower motordrives and still got the job done. Think about pros using strobes for basketball and hockey. Three second recycle time.

If you have piles of money get the 1 DX.  Rent or borrow cameras and do your own tests.

The 5D MK lll is a very sweet camera. The best I've ever used.

Lighting / Re: Weird ettl ec behavior - is this just me?
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:55:33 PM »
I've never been overly impressed with Canon's auto-flash metering. I use RadioPoppers with my speed lights.

I alternate between TTL and manual, and when I use TTL I do a fair amount of exposure compensation. TTL is easily fooled by light and dark clothing as well as composition changes and background light. Flash exposure lock can be very helpful but the timer creates real limitations in convenience. With my older Canon 1-D MK ll bodies I changed the timer in custom settings to hold the locked exposure for a long time. My 5D MKlll doesn't have that feature.

I never understood why focus distance data wasn't more helpful in exposure accuracy.

The nice thing about TTL though is that you can have a speedlight close to the subject and still shoot at wide apertures like 2.8  Not really possible with manual flash setting, even at 1/128th power.

I hope Canon makes more improvements to auto flash metering in future cameras and firmware updates.

Canon General / Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« on: January 30, 2013, 12:22:31 PM »
My Canon 70-200 2.8 IS version 1 is great. It's been a highly-regarded lens. The new one, as you are finding out gets rave reviews. It seems pretty strange to me that someone here reports trying 20 copies. Who does that ?  20 copies ?

Now that I'm shooting with a full-frame camera I would like to update my lenses to MK ll versions. Because my 70-200 is so good it will likely be the last one I replace. The new lenses sure are expensive.

If you don't need f2.8, the 70-200 f4 is a great lens. Much smaller.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 31, 2012, 01:43:53 AM »
There are so many new cameras to choose from, and the internet makes finding and buying used gear convenient. Even finding discount pricing is fairly easy with online searches.

No need to get grumpy with Canon, there are plenty of options for the consumer and this website helps photographers make educated decisions.

Actually the price of quality, high-res, large file-size Canon bodies has come way down. Many photographers use them instead of really expensive large- format digital cameras.

For years I used 1-D MKll bodies. They cost just under $4000. My new 5D MK lll bodies are in many ways a hell of a lot better and cost less.

Thanks Canon.

( I do wish I had the option to pay less for cameras without video. I don't use it so I'm not thrilled about paying for that feature. )

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 21, 2012, 02:46:00 PM »
I purchased a 5D MK ll last December. I waited for a sale and got it for a good price. I knew the Mark lll would likely be released soon and I was first on the waiting list and received two in March. Because I got a good deal on the Mark ll I was able to sell it without losing much money. I paid full retail for the new MK lll bodies and was eager to put them to work.
I really like the cameras and would not have paid full price if I didn't think they were worth it.

It's not complicated. Follow this website to learn about new products about to be released and look for stories about occasional sales. If your priority is saving money, buy gear that's been on the market for awhile, look for sales, or buy refurbished or used.

Also be aware how technology changes pricing. Remember how expensive a 250 megabyte card was when it first came out.

Save money by being smart. and make money and great pictures by being smart. It's not complicated.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 for a day after 5D3 for 6 months
« on: December 20, 2012, 01:24:24 AM »
I always have used back-button AF so locking focus is a breeze. I highly recommend it to all shooters because it easily maximizes your options ( manual focus, focus lock, servo tracking )

About the only time I've used one-shot is for focus assist in really bad light.

I have been experimenting with AI Focus that starts with one-shot and switches to servo when the subject moves.

The only times I've considered using the shutter button for AF is when covering the NFL or college football with the 2nd camera on my shoulder. When I quickly switch from the 400mm and grab the camera on my shoulder ( usually for a pass play ) it's easier to support the camera, often with one hand,  with my finger on the shutter button.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 for a day after 5D3 for 6 months
« on: December 19, 2012, 04:40:25 PM »
Regarding switching between servo and one-shot, what is the appeal or benefit of the one-shot mode, and the switch between the two settings ?
I have always set my bodies to servo, and when the subject is motionless it seems to work fine.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 vs 6D AF in low light
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:39:11 PM »
I can't comment on the new 6D because I haven't seen, one but I sure am impressed with the low light AF performance of my 2 5D MK lll bodies. Mine work extremely well in very dark conditions.  I use a 24-70, 16-32, 70-200, 300 2.8 and 300 f4

Camera selection in my opinion is usually based many features and specs. If the 6D focuses better in low light that's really great. 

We want our cameras to hold value, and I think most of us want new models to feature improvements. The reason I began following was to be informed of new equipment on the way so I can make smart purchasing decisions. I imagine the 7D will focus better than the 6D. Its really only a problem if you buy the 6D a month or two before the new one comes out.

Lighting / Re: Matching flash WB to natural sunlight with a gel
« on: November 29, 2012, 02:59:59 AM »
Also consider straw-colored filters as a good alternative to the orange cto's.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 continuous shooting speed
« on: November 29, 2012, 02:56:58 AM »
I was surprised when I discovered the problem detailed here. It was shocking to experience how much the frame rate drops.

I don't use a grip but I keep an extra battery with me and may buy a second spare.  This is a serious issue when covering sports and news. I can get by with the 5D3 and 6 fps for most sports but not if the rate drops even a little bit.

A firmware fix....hmmm, we can only hope.

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