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Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 01, 2014, 11:10:17 PM »
Started off with the Tamron - liked the VC but hated the slower focus. And then the VC died.

Took it back and got the Canon which has become one of my favorite 5D3 lens.

I think the Asus n550jv hd display is the same IPS panel, touch gets a glossy cover whereas the non-touch gets a matte anti glare cover.

It's going to be hard to find a very good laptop screen with good color accuracy and gamut at $1K. I don't do hardcore editing on the laptop but more use it to weed out all the losers prior to finishing on a desktop with better screen monitor.

The laptop is used for portability and if used outdoors then I wanted something with an antiglare or matte finish (as opposed to glossy).

I thought the Asus n550jv provided what I needed and wanted at a reasonable price point.

I have an ASUS N550JV (8 GB RAM, 750 GB 7200 RPM HDD); I wanted a DVD/BD drive laptop to let the kids watch movies (legally!). I am tempted to put a 1 TB SDD in it but I may wait before doing that.

So far so good as pictures don't look too bad on 1920 x 1080, I got the version without the touchscreen (as I don't like fingerprints and always pushing the screen back) and always use a mouse for finer control. It's got an IPS display panel with pretty decent colors, viewing angle and an antiglare matte cover that prevents a lot of reflections (not on touchpanel version though).

More pixels ended up in too small a text for me at 15.6" screen diagonal.

Check out NotebookCheck for reviews and go to Notebook Review forums for true user feedback to see actual ownership issues.

It looks like the FreeArc adapter is now available for the Canon 17 F/4L TS-E, a 10 stop ND 145mm round filter is also rumored to be coming soon as per their forum.

It would be nice if there was some receiver built as well to use older Canon ETTL but non-radio flashers.

Lenses / Re: 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 03, 2013, 02:33:40 PM »
I have the Sigma 85 f/1.4 and have used it to take go karting pictures so the focus is ok for that. My keeper rate for that event was lower than I would have liked but I screwed up by using expanded focus points rather than a single point on a moving target with lots of contrasting crap in the background. Overall I'm quite pleased by it.

I had the Canon 85/1.8 - lower cost, faster focusing, smaller size but the purple/green fringing drove me to trade it in against the S85.

Evey lens is a compromise between price, build and performance - you have to determine which compromise is best for the way you're going to use the lens.

Software & Accessories / Re: good shoulder bag?
« on: October 03, 2013, 02:08:42 PM »
At over 20 lbs-ouch!!  After a few hours I would be hurting.   For that weight gear I generally use a backpack, but that is not very convenient.   Perhaps a shoulder bag with a waist band to putthe weight on my hips?   Suggestions??

Yup I had the built-in padded waist belt on all the time I was walking around. Relative to a backback it was more in the way at times (although I could position the bag where I wanted in front, side or back for variety) but in the warm weather it didn't give me a hot sweaty back!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 24-70 VC and 5d3
« on: October 03, 2013, 08:57:19 AM »
Mine was slow to focus and then the AF totally died. I've also read on LensRentals that some of these lenses have glued in elements that fall out of place so build quality may be part of the reason it's half the price of the Canon but with VC included.

I got the 24-70 f/2.8 II as I didn't want to try another Tamron (maybe not fair to them). With the Canon I know all the points focus quickly and accurately on my 5D3.

Software & Accessories / Re: good shoulder bag?
« on: October 03, 2013, 08:43:39 AM »
For a shoulder bag I've used the ThinkTank Speed Racer V2 (smaller versions are Speed Demon/Speed Freak). It's padded (but bigger and squarer than a messenger bag) but what I really like about these bags is that they come with a padded waist strap so if you want to lug a lot of gear then you can fold out the waist strap (normally tucked into pockets) and put it on to take most of the load off of your shoulder strap (so it doesn't dig in). The waist strap also stabilizes the bag when walking, climibing, etc. so you don't have to worry about it sliding off of your shoulder and falling to the ground. They also come with a rain cover tucked in as well.

For a seven day trip in Southern California (including walking around theme parks for days with the kids)  I carried a 5D3 with 24-70 F/2.8L mounted (sometimes in the bag while getting around outside the park), 16-35 F/2.8 II, 24 mm F/1.4 II, 70-200 F/2.8 OS, 1.4x converter and a 7D body inside the bag. On the pouches outside I had a 600EX-RT plus spare cards, batteries and lens hoods.  Loaded up it was a bit over 20 pounds but I survived the trip.

Fotodiox has just released the FreeArc version of the Wonderpana 66 which appears to allow unlimited rotation without having to disassemble (take the ears off).

Unfortunately the FreeArc is currently only available in kit or upgrade to the original mount for the Nikon 14-24mm.

I sent them an e-mail last week and they replied stating that they intend to have a FreeArc version for each lens that currently has a standard Wonderpana 66 mount. When they do I will probably buy their setup for the  TSE 17mm F/4L.

I can see where the Lee system would have an advantage of being able to use on almost any other lens whereas the Wonderpana only fits two Canon lenses.

Lee was apparently supposed to have this done by end of August to use their 100mm Foundation holder. It appears that this filter arrangement will only be good for the first half of the full tilt-shift range available in the lens.

I have a 17mm TS-E and am trying to decide to wait for this or look at the Fotodiox solution.

Juza photo had a comparison of the two that showed them about equal.

I bought the Sigma for several reasons - I hate push/pull, Sigma is black so less conspicuous, going down to 50mm meant the lens is much more versatile than the Canon which goes to 100mm wide.

I used it to shoot the Blue Angels aerial acrobatics team last year; no issues with focus or quality for that large a zoom range.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Worth getting an SD card for 5D3?
« on: June 13, 2013, 09:10:01 AM »
I've used Lexar 1000x Pro CF 16GB in slot 1 and Lexar 400X Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-1 card (although not in UHS specified speed) in slot 2 in my 5D3.

I just came back from vacation and was worried about losing my single copy of a shot if a CF card went bad so now I'm writing RAW to both. For family vacation and similar events a large burst rate isn't important as I'm often also shooting dance in silent mode (so as not to annoy others) which limits me to 3 fps anyways.

Maybe for faster shooting at 6 fps I might have to pull the SD card to get the maximum number of shots before the write buffer fills.

Having a larger 64 GB card installed in another slot gives me some flexibility whereas a 16 GB flash might not have a lot of room left on it when I decide I might want some video for the hell of it.

If I've downloaded everything I need off of the CF cards and know the pictures are ok (plus backed up on the computer plus the backup drives) then I just reformat the SDXC card when full (as not done after every event).

Reviews / Re: The Digital Picture Reviews the Tamron 24-70
« on: May 13, 2013, 09:49:00 PM »
My Tamron 24-70VC went back after the AF got spastic.

I got a Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II - haven't missed the VC (IS) yet but definitely appreciate the noticeably faster AF.

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