The 1D MK IV is well known for its weak low light focusing. The 5D MK II is about the best. Attach a flash unit (580 EX II) which has a focus assist light. That will be about the best solution.
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beyond that ... how about not making personal attacks on the forums here?
Also does anyone have experience with the 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens?
The 24-105mm f/4L IS is a great lens on FF. With f/4, it's really too slow for capturing movement indoors, but then for that application you often need a fast prime since f/2.8 is not very fast, either. For static subjects, the IS is great.
IQ is very good and the zoom range is excellent - it makes a great walkaround lens. There is a fair bit of barrel distortion at the wide end - pretty noticeable depending on your subject. I use DxO for post processing, and the software corrects the distortion very well (better than Canon's corrections in DPP).
I have been following your discussions on this forum for a while to learn more. I'm doing research to get a good camera for our daughters birthday. She is very serious about this, but I know close to nothing about cameras.
I have been looking at the 7D, but I can see it has been on the market for some time. I do not want to buy old tech.
Please come up with some nice advice about cameras and lenses, I'm looking at spending about 5k for a body and maybe 2-3 lenses.
My point was that sometimes there are very large expectations for the 5D, which will probably never materialize, certainly it will not be a "Lord of Darkness" and will not offer MF DR (nor does it need to).
The 5d appeals to a large user base - which is perhaps its greatest selling point, and my expectation for the next gen camera is to offer greater improvements to the video oriented user, while offering smaller improvements to the stills user (since the camera is already very good in this category).
I am not saying that Canon would be (or should be) abandoning completely the ISO and DR (sensor) improvements, and we probably will see improvement in both areas, but that is probably not the greatest selling point.
Not the greatest selling point for whom?
They may not realize it, but even for the theoretical "video only" user, sensor improvements will probably benefit them greater than any other single area.
A few pictures taken on a cheap lens, in fact probably one most of the entry level cameras come with now, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS on a 450D.
Overall, very happy with the results, slight issues with fine detail when zooming into the images, in particular some colour fringe between contrasting colours, but on the whole, I'm finding it difficult to justify spending big money on moving up to a 17-40 or 16-35 as I had originally intended. Great starter lens !
NR thinks so, based upon an article in the German DSLR Magazine. So with Pentax hinting at a mirrorless camera in development and Canon still "monitoring developments", perhaps "the first shall be last and the last shall be first" (apologies on my poor biblical referencing!).
Have Canon missed the boat? In a way, it doesn't matter for anyone considering a puchase because using existing DSLR lenses via an adaptor is a poor solution to the lack of lens availability on current systems. This is micro-4/3rd's greatest advantage over the current Sony/Samsung offerings (credit to Samsung and their comprehensive roadmap).
Whilst mirrorless is currently not up to DSLR technology in performance terms, either it or Sony's SLT technology (ironically pioneered by Canon in the sixties) probably represent the future. The 500lb Gorilla of the consumer electronics world is hedging its bets, while the old silverback of the camera world seems to be digging its heels (or its head) into the sand.
Has anyone used this lens with the new mark III 2x converter? What do think?