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Lenses / Re: Making the most out of a 50 1.2?
« on: December 24, 2012, 05:57:48 PM »
To really make it useful, forget about every bad thing you've heard and shoot like any other lens. Yes it is pretty soft if you use it closer than 1 meter from subject, but I don't care, because the look and feel of closeup portraits for example is simply fantastic. Enjoy and congrats!

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 24, 2012, 07:46:10 AM »
Some photographers get the EF 14-24 f/2.8 for testing a few weeks ago.

Does "some" include yourself? So, how is it? 8)

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 24, 2012, 04:21:35 AM »
Compare a 1,4 to a f2? Well, the 1,4 let's in twice the light, do you want that and shallow dof as a result? The answer to that question gives the lens you want... add weatherseal too..

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 05:13:17 PM »

The TS 17 was so soft I had to sell it, the af didn't work on three copies !! Useless...

Er... Sorry..TS E 17 is a manual lens ...trying to auto focus it is like trying to milk a bull? ;)

Did you actually think I owned the TS17 on a 1d X not knowing it's MF? Irony in writing is sometimes lost, apparently...

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 04:49:31 PM »
Wow.. does it hurt to be so wrong?

And besides, not all moving people are like the elderly and very cold, you apparently shoot.

a better question would be.. does it hurt you.. to be so ignorant? the 50L is CRAP.. the 24L and 35L are kinda ok (you heard me! if they were in the sigma 35/1.4 price range.. they would almost kick ass.. but for double that? forget it!).. the 85L is the only sub 100mm L that kicks some serious ass..

The TS 17 was so soft I had to sell it, the af didn't work on three copies !! Useless...

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 03:25:49 PM »
an f/1.4 wide-angle lens is NOT about speed. It is about the chance to get at least some halfway decent  bokeh at wide-angle focal lengths. An f/1.4 lens therefore can never be substituted by a slower lens with IS.

The real issue however is not IS or not IS, it is the fact, that all of Canon's current 1.4 lenses deliver SUB-PAR IQ wide open. NB matter whether they have a red ring or not. 24 L II, 35 L I, 50 non L. And the 50/1.2 L is a sub-par piece of cr*p as well by todays standards. A Sigma 50/1.4 runs circles around it. 

As far as 35mm fixed focals are concerned,  currently the only 35/1.4 in the entire market which is fully usable at f/1.4 is the Sigma 35/1.4.  At a street price wich is lower than the totally useless Canon 24 /2.8 IS and 28/2.8 IS and it beats the Zeiss Distagon 35.

And btw, I come from an entirely different usage situation:
* when I shoot handheld in low light, I ALWAYS shoot moving targets ... that is ... PEOPLE in motion ... 1/60s needed, nothing less. IS useless. :-)
* when I shoot static targets in low light, I ALWAYS use a tripod. IS useless. :-)

Wow.. does it hurt to be so wrong?

And besides, not all moving people are like the elderly and very cold, you apparently shoot.

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 11:33:50 AM »
Need to wait and see if the 35mm beats the sigma.
As for the 14-24, too late I already sprung for the Tokina 16-28.

It is 100% certain the 35 L II will be weathersealed, THAT alone beats the Sigma for soooo many of my shots.

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 08:53:43 AM »
The 35 L II, I am so seriously excited about that lens, seems the wait has been forever!

The savings account have always been there for it, lol. JUST yesterday me and my son wnet out in a crazy blizzard, we have those pretty much everyday now, the snow travels so fast it actually sticks to the windows. And I had no choice but to use the 24 (weathersealing) as the 50 was too narrow, the 35 would have been perfect... And, no, I coudn't have used a 24-70 as it was to thick snow and too poor light, I was at f1,6 @ 1/500s (freeze action, no pun intended) at iso 8000

Our national holiday is 17th of May, if it's here by then I'll be happy camper. ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 for a day after 5D3 for 6 months
« on: December 23, 2012, 07:53:34 AM »
I used my 5D2 the other day after not using it for a while, and honestly it seems like the images may be a bit sharper on the Mark II.  Not necessarily better, but sharper. 

That is one of the reasons I sold the 5d3 to get the 1d X, IQ really wasn't improved, except for color-accuracy, from the 5d2. It was more bang in the sharpness, and I love sharpness and detail, with the 5d2. Above 1600 iso the 5d3 is clearly better, but 100-400, I just liked the 5d2 much better.

But I also had this experience as my gf still uses the 5d2 for food-photography, and I use the 1d X, there is a slight difference between those two cameras, going back to the 5d2 feels like going in slow-mo ;D That being said, I always found the 5d2 extremely sluggish and slow even when new. After using the 1d3 and 1d4 (along with 5d1 and 5d2) the only reason being FF, I was sooo happy to see the FF 1dx announced. The 5d3 seemed like a better bang for the buck, but after using the 5d3 for four months and then switching to the 1d x half a year it's pretty obvious it isn't.

Sorry for somewhat hi-jacking the thread, I tried the "Camera Standard" setting and I relly liked it. Is there a way to enable it by default?

Yes, set all settings the way you want the default to be, in down on the right until you see "sync" and "reset" and hold THE ALT-key and it will change to "Set Default".

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 22, 2012, 02:25:25 PM »
The first lens I owned was the Tamron 18-200, which sucked sp bad I can't even begin to tell, sold it after two weeks. The second third-party I've had is the Sigma 15mm fisheye, I really liked that, but it overexposed masivly on every body I tried it on, however, sharpness was really good. Sold it because I got bored of fisheye.

Now, the last 7 years I have been an L-coholic, and I still use *sigh* the meetings doesn't help... But I am very interested in the Sigma 35 and very curious about it's abillity, I've even thought about selling my 35 L to buy&try, but I'm liking the 35 L I have soo much I can't get myself to trade it for the Sigma. I'm still hoping for not too far off announcment of the 35 L II. The AF for instance will be better suited for a 1d X and 5d3 than the Sigma.


I bought the colorchecker. The graycard is quite small. Does this matter (if something else with different colors accodentally slips into the frame) ?

I've tried that a lot myself, appreantly (at least with the 1dx) you only need to fill the spot-metering circle with the grey area. However, I always try to include as much as I can without shadowing the greycard. Kind of hard with 24mm to get a lot in the frame. But it made very little difference with the 5d2, it always came out right.

And yeah, I too get the blues (lol) to blue...

Pickup a X‑Rite ColorChecker Passport and make profiles based on the Camera body, lens and lighting conditions.

This is a good starting point... build profiles based on your needs. I think you answered your own question though, there will never be a "setting" that is universal. Only a good point from which you can evaluate and build on based on the situation.

I used to LOVE the CC passport, however with the 5d3 and 1dX the reds ALWAYS have way too much blue, and in daylight the WB is always way too warm. Any idea why? It's crazy annoying.. I can clearly see it makes the colors way more accurate, but not all and I never had this issue with the 5d2...

Once you buld the profile you can edit and save tweaks... also the WB is has to be set seperately. The profile only adjust the color profiles not the WB. Basicaly you are making profiles like Canon's Neutral, Portrait, Faithful, etc... even with the color checker its only a good starting point. The two middle rows of the passport have WB panels for cooler to warmer... The top row is for portraits, the bottom one for landscapes.

First shoot the colorchecker, then pick the WB suitable for your needs, then build the profile... check profile, tweak and resave. This should be done for every camera body+lens+lighting combo. It can be a pain but it has saved my ass on many event shoots where the lighting has been less than perfect and PP would be difficult to say the least. I usually make profiles for lighting situs with the worst being mixed light... tunsten, flourecent and flash is the biggest offender lighting wise.

Actually it's quite essential to use the built in greycard to get a perfect WB BEFORE you shoot the CC. The manual also states that the WB can't be set afterwards. You can correctly warm or cool it, but it still has to be correct when on location. The problem is that the greycard gives me way too warm WB, and when I apply the profile and compare (yes my screen is calibrated, and monitored every 5 minutes) it gives colors that doesn't match the real life colors, and it ALWAYS did with the 5d2, in fact, I can shoot with my girlfriends 5d2 now and get correct wb and colors.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d2 officially discontinued.
« on: December 22, 2012, 07:17:49 AM »

Its on the Japanese Website Now

Yeah, thanks, I was on my cell, and sadly the Samsung S2 is too crappy to copy and paste a link without shutting down,  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5d2 officially discontinued.
« on: December 22, 2012, 04:58:20 AM »
Seems the legend is no longer produced. Get them while you can!

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