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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: August 02, 2013, 02:42:39 AM »
...I kinda go with what I heard Syl Arena say, that he only uses ETTL when the distance between the lens and the subject are moving....

With all due respect to Syl Arena, Joe McNally, Strobist and all the other advocates of manual flash, they have thousands upon thousands of hours of experience working with strobes and know them inside and out. While it's a good exercise to try to learn manual controls, to me it's a little like the original topic of this thread: if a tool is available that makes your life easier, why not use it?

If I live long enough, I may someday have enough experience to confidently set my speedlights on full manual. But, in the meantime, I figure I paid for Canon's top line strobes so I might as well take advantage of the technology they offer.  As so many others have said about the original topic of this thread: it's about the results, not about how you got there.
Bravo.  I don't think I'll ever have enough time to confidently and efficiently set up stobes in manual mode.  I'm sure I could figure it out using tables, trial-and-error and other methods, but I don't do it every day (nor do I think I ever will), so there is no advantage to manual flash when I can just set up camera in manual mode, and play around with ISO, shutter speed and FEC and get similar results in about the same (or less) amount of time.

How about a lightmeter?

Instead of shooting a lot to try to get the flash to fire the way I want, I simply use a lightmeter, set the flash, turn it off, do the next one and turn all of them on, it's done within three minutes, and then I can shoot and move, and no matter if I move so that I have the flash directly to the camera or hidden I ALWALYS know I have the exact same light hitting the subject. That's why I always use manual flash. I have shot with ETTL and found it very frustrating that I had to stand in the same place or the exposure would change, for example having a flash towards the camera suddenly everything is three stops under.

Manual flash sounds difficult, while it's really the opposite.

Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 02:48:13 PM »
First off, I'm glad you only get annoyed over important things ::)

I don't shoot manual, except with flash, because that would simply cause a lot of wrongly exposed shots for me. Why on earth would I for example limit my shutter to 1/500s (In M) if the light suddenly changes and I could have 1/4000s? A conert for example, would you rather shoot 1000 images at 1/250s and hope, or would you like to have those explosive images where all the light go boom and the artist jumps perfectly frozen?

The way I shoot is always in Av and auto-iso and I set my shutterspeed range. Out with the kids, aperture set for dof, usually wide open. Auto-iso between two values I'm comfortable with and limit my lower shutter to 1/1000s or 1/2000s.

That way I always have perfectly exposed images, without motion blur, in the shadow, in a playhouse and out in the sun, all in the same 12 fps burst, try to dial that fast in M.... I also have shot so much with the 1dX it's very easy to know when to turn the right thumb a little for a little EC. (My cam is set to have 0 EV to +5/8)

Lenses / Re: Buy 50mm f1.2L now or wait for the II?
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:10:34 AM »
Now there are people suggesting to get the FF body first. Believe me I have considered that many many times but I still believe investing in a good lens first is the wiser options. My EF lens is only the 50 f1.8 and 85 f1.8. My tammy 17-50 is an efs lens so it'll be not usable.
After browsing so many reviews on the net, I found this link and it made me think http://blog.kareldonk.com/canon-ef-50mm-f12-l-defective-by-design/ , let's wait for the II version to come out! To spend a large amount of money only to be disappointed is not acceptable. I'm not going for other L lens yet at the moment as my lens roadmap is to go with the L primes only.
85mm f1.2 is next in line, and so is the 135mm f2. The L zoom lens that I may consider is 17-40 f4 for travel, landscape and 70-200 IS II for wedding candid in a large hall).
Perhaps this 50mm f1.2 can be put on hold much longer until the ver II comes out.

The L primes-only roadmap used to get you the best IQ, but that was before the 24-70 II.  The 24-70 II isn't perfect but it is a match against the 24L II and is better than the 35L (and is as good as the Sigma 35) and is a much better 50mm than any EF 50mm prime.  The colors and rendering are prime-like.  It does have more vignetting at f/2.8 than the primes (especially at 24mm), but for most, it is a trade worth making.  The primes will give you better low light performance, but is that worth spending 1k or more to upgrade the performance of your 50 and/or 85 or would it make sense to spend that money elsewhere?

I'm bringing this up not because I think you should go zoom over primes, but to give you food for thought.  It is better to think about these trades now before you start committing youself to some pretty expensive gear.

I'll join with you on that one. Sold off my 24L II, 35 L and 50 L once I got the 24-70, and you don't get a much bigger prime-nerd than me. It's THAT awesome. And at 50mm you have almost no vignetting with the 2470 II. The color and contrast are better than the 50 L.

I currently own just the 24-70 and 70-200 and I gotta say, with the ISO performance of the 1d X and the AF speed and corner-sharpness of those two zooms, I'm getting much better images and MUCH higher keeper rate and in focus images in any situation. I haven't missed one of my primes once, not once...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My dead 5D Mark III Story
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:04:35 AM »
I moved to Canon from Nikon in early 2012. I have shot exactly 50 weddings plus assorted other shoots over the last year an 1/2 with my pair of 5DIII's. The very first wedding it was raining all day. Most weddings are dry but I have had many weddings on hot days including an all outdoor weddings at 110 degrees. Talk about a lot of sweat! Never had any problem with either camera. When I am not shooting, I keep the camera's and lenses in a roller bag. I occasionally toss into the bag those little silica packets to keep the air in the bag dry. 

Here is a shot from the very first wedding that I did as a Canon shooter, yes that was rain I was shooting in....

Seriously nice image  :D

Lenses / Re: EF 200mm f2 , how much do you use it and for what?
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:42:47 PM »
Which one has the fastest and
Most accurate AF, 70200 mk2 or 200 f2?

I feel the the 70200 is faster by quite a bit compared to the 300 mk1. After spending a a
Great deal of time learning about the 200 f2, I can't really see anything that is better except the insane 3d look on the
Images. Hard to justify, still, that feel is hard to argue away.

Cons vs 70200 IMO :

Price, weight, same or "slower" AF. The need for f2 isn't there except for shallow
Dof. 1/1000s is easy to do at 12800 on poor light with the 2.8. Lack of versatility against
The zoom.

Pros. Insane 3D feel and pop. And that's all I got lol.

Ps, I really want to
Use it for a week, but nowhere to rent.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My dead 5D Mark III Story
« on: July 28, 2013, 02:18:32 AM »
I've worked as service technician , and every single time we get a water damaged product we NEVER offer repair, simply because it's impossible to find all the places it has affect, so changing some
Parts and charge you out the nose would never happen here. Water damage is highly unpredictable and can cause errors, as Neuro said, a long time after it was exposed to water. We knew this could happen and it wouldn't be a solution for the service place or for you as a customer. It could go one week and it's dead again and the. The service place have a warranty on the repair and suddenly they must give you a new one because its unfixable, it's no way to run a business.

This is for example why an iPhone, and others, have sensor in the dock connector with a very small green circle that turns red if the phone has water inside, it doesn't go red from water directly on to the circle, so you hand a phone in, service checks the dot, red? Okei,They won't Even open it, no point.

Technical Support / Re: My 5D Mark III most likely have cancer
« on: July 26, 2013, 08:49:31 AM »
Have you tried Canontumors.com?


I almost squirted coffee out my nose over my keyboard on that one. Very funny  ;D

Lenses / Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« on: July 26, 2013, 05:18:47 AM »
Boy after getting my latest new lens I have to rethink this one! (Tamron 24-70 VC)

+1 After getting the 2470 L II it instantly became my main lens and the one I can't do without.

Software & Accessories / Re: How good is Reikan FoCal?
« on: July 26, 2013, 02:22:24 AM »
I guess there is hope still.  :)  I'll give manual mode a shot when I purchase my next lens.  Shouldn't be long now....

I tried manual mode today on my 50 f/1.2 on my 5D Mark III and it worked beautifully.  It's my toughest lens to calibrate and while I wouldn't use manual mode for my 5D Mark II, considering I have to sit there and fool with my 5D Mark III, it was much more efficient.  It took my about 2-3 minutes total to take the shots (2 at each multiple of 5 from -20 to +20) because I didn't have to sit there while it downloaded...and processed...and calculated...

You have to manually enter the AFMA setting, but if you do -20, -20, -15, -15...15, 15, 20, 20 like I did, it's not hard.  It still takes a while to process the RAW files, but overall it's a much more pleasurable experience and all but one of my shots was consistent and I got great results.  No "adding more shots" crap that I get with it tethered, particularly with this lens.
Definitely give it a try, especially if you're a 5DIII or 1DX user, and most especially if you're using fast glass.  f/2.8 and slower lenses have never given me any problems, but my 135/2, 85/1.2, 50/1.2, and 24/1.4 have been a challenge, if they've even worked the first 2 or 3 tries.

Interesting.. I will try manual with my 50 L and see, since it's already adjusted, it will be obvious if I failed or not.. Thanks!

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 26, 2013, 02:18:24 AM »
Make a new version costing 4x as much and scrap the old version (ala 24, 28, 35) and the lens on which many a novice master dof and perspective becomes an exclusive tool.

I actually think that is a great point to make. "All" of us, at some point, bought our first fast lens, and they were mostly the cheapos, and that is when we saw how frikkin cool it is to play with DOF, and where we started to want more and maybe ending up with two-three, ten fast primes earning Canon som serious money.

If no novice can afford a fast lens anymore...

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:58:43 AM »
Yes, because much better IQ, build, focusing accuracy and speed is 0% of the price increase of the new models. ::)

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 25, 2013, 06:49:57 AM »
Why are so many lenses being fitted with IS?

Because as sensor pixel densities go up, without it you would need to shoot at 1/150 to get a sharp shot with a 50mm lens.

Is the penny dropping yet?

+1 I saw it very clearly going from the 1d3 to the 1d4, I had to go from 1/1000s to 1/2000s to get sharp action shots. And now with the 1d X, it's somewhere in between, but I set my min.speed to 1/2000s anyway.

And for low light it's the same, it's very seldom I go under 1/250s with a lens shorter than 100.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:36:33 AM »
The main difference between the two can not be seen in pictures. The AF-speed, where the 35 L is superior.

Although I always loved my 35 L I can clearly see, after using the 2470 II for a while, the color and contrast isn't all that awesome on the 35 anymore. I just sold my 35 L today, and no, I will not replace it with a siggy, I have something else in mind.  8)

Anyone know why the Siggy isn't weather-sealed? A disposable camera for 10 bucks is sealed to ten meters, seems strange a lens with no extending parts can't be sealed to handle some heavy rain without braking the bank.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:25:08 AM »
Instead of making the old f1.4 an f1.8 with IS, they should've done a new f1.0 L that is as sharp as the current L at 1.8 and with 35 L fast focusing.

I'm still waiting for the Zeiss 55 though.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:13:17 AM »
IS on a 50mm? Why?

Because it'll let you shoot static scenes down to probably 1/13 or so. Two stops of extra exposure is a huge deal in low-light situations.

I was in the middle of writing how 1/15 is too slow for shooting people (unless they're exceptional at holding still) when I noticed you said "statics scenes". That begs the question: are people so lazy as to pay an extra ~$700 for IS (over the current f/1.8 ) simply to avoid having to bring/carry a tripod when they do night photography?

IS is always nice, but in this case I can't see it being worth what Canon is likely to charge for this lens. I'm honestly confused by this lens. For photographers, it's appeal is extremely limited to me. It probably has the biggest appeal to people doing video.

Tripods are like flashes, any use of them in photography is 100% cheating.

OR, or, let me just throw this out there:
Maybe some people don't shoot with them for whatever reason and calling them lazy is as inane as calling using them cheating ;)

+1 I hate dragging around a tripod (don't even have one anymore). It's always in the way. IS is fantastic in everywhich way and should, imo, be included in ALL lenses. the 14mm with 4 stops if IS? yes please. Will also help a lot with my handheld HDR. Not to mention video.

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