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Lenses / Re: Will Canon step up to Zeiss with a 55mm 1.4L?
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:51:40 PM »
No need, 50L is king.  8)

I can agree with that, I love it for sure, but only on the 1d X, never found any other camera that could tame the AF precision and the only camera I really felt i I got it 100% with calibration. Do I like the trade-off of sharpness for the creay bokeh, of course, I don't shoot test charts. And coupled with the 1dx it really shines. Tracking my kids at f1.8 results in some great captures at 12 fps. It's small light, built like a tank and sealed. What more could you want?

I would keep it even if I bought the Zeiss 55...

Canon General / Re: How well do you see color?
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:17:18 AM »
LOL, remember I did this test via X-rites facebook page I think it was. It confirmed what I already knew to put it that way, I was the reason the average went down in my group ;D

Canon General / Re: What am I doing wrong???
« on: February 25, 2013, 05:37:12 AM »
Use Ai Servo, Case 6 with -1 on tracking sensitivity and use one single point (the 5 vertical in the middle) with 4 point expansion. Highest drive mode to increase your chances. Forget any longer shutter than 1/500s . Use M mode and 1/1000s and f1.8 and auto ISO up to 6400 or 12800 if you're comfortable with the noise.

Buy Reikan Focal to calibrate your lens. I suspect it's off so the few shots you have in focus is actually when the AF misses and for example back focuses it actually hits because it's miscalibrated.

That'll get you the best tools, now all you need to is practice practice practice!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Exposing to the left?
« on: February 24, 2013, 12:58:23 PM »
Yeah, the metering was a big issue for me with the 5d3, I adjusted and adjusted so almost every shot had to be shot twice.

The 1d x was better, at least much more consistent no matter what lighting situation I have, but mine is dialed in, through custom function , to offset 0 ev to +6/8 i believe. It works great and i have never had a shot where i lost highlights and thought it was a bad idea to do the offset.

Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:01:20 AM »
Yeah, sure, there are alternatives for sure, and people are free to choose. Remember the Einstein has very variable color temp at different settings, that can be a real pain. And they are three times the size of a quadra, the quadra I keep mounted to the Octa (which is the coolest modifier ever with sooo many options in one) or I can keep the Quadra head in my pocket.

Anyway, it's only healthy to have options and in europe where I live no one sells Einsteins and very few even know about them, but Elinchrom and Profoto (which is swedish) are HUGE. So the availability and service/support is non-existent for Einsteins and very nice with elinchroms.

And to answer my own prblem which kickstarted this thread again. I just resat my battery pack and the Slow and Fast Recycle works as normal now, love it.

Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:53:02 PM »
I didn't want to start a new thread as it is about the Quadra, so here goes:

I've been using the Quadra a lot lately, and I have set my custom function to Fast Recycle the flash between shots, BUT I shoot one shot and it reverts back to Slow Recycle, I go into the custom function and set it to Fast recycle again, one shot later it's on Slow.

I can't find anything in the manual about, for example it denies the use of Fast Recycle when the battery is less then some percentage. But I'm no where near running out of juice. Anyone else experienced this at all? I can't seem to find anything about it anywhere...

Software & Accessories / Re: How good is Reikan FoCal?
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:17:41 PM »
"So what if it's semi automatic, are you incapable of touching a button without moving the camera three inches forward ?"

No, are you incapable of answering a simple question without belittling people?

I mentioned a specific point because, when I have looked on their site, although it says my cameras are not fully automatic, I don't know, and they didn't clearly lay out (though they might now) what, exactly, that means.

It would be nice if a user could actually take the time to explain that rather than belittle me.

My own personal experience with AFMA on my bodies and my lenses in actual real world shooting, well it hasn't made a blind bit of difference. I have taken the time to push the buttons, all of them, myself, to get the optimum settings manually using Northern Lights interference pattern technique, but if I then switch off AFMA I see no difference in actual output. Maybe I am lucky, I'd happily try FoCal, but my impressions for my gear so far have been I don't need to.

Mt Spokane, thanks for the link, actually I have read your input in FoCal threads before, aren't you a Beta tester or something? Anyway it was the Mac compatibility issues that stopped me buying it last time I looked, if I do get it I suspect I'll wait until v2. Also, do you know if they do a club license type arrangement? I am pretty active in a club and have talked about the club getting a license and then having a calibration day, but that wouldn't work with the current body serial number based setup.

I forgot to quote, it wasn't an answer to your comment but to Drizz321's comment. Yelling and complaining about Reikan is no point when the canon SDK is the issue, as they've stated very clear. Sorry for
The misunderstanding.

Software & Accessories / Re: How good is Reikan FoCal?
« on: February 22, 2013, 02:57:27 PM »
It think Reikan had some if the best customer service and they update and work in new features almost every week.

So what if it's semi automatic, are you incapable of touching a button without moving the camera three inches forward ?

The software needs 10 ev to work optimally and I found that the flickering lights if fluorescent makes the results front focus. Bulbs I haven't tried, I used daylight and it works absolutely flawless. I have spent so many hours tryi g to afma my lenses with other remedies and found it to be pretty much useless for consistency.

All my lenses and two cameras done in an hour or so and never worry about it again makes completely worth it. It is to my broad experience with this, THE tool to use.

Lighting / Re: Phottix Odin: Inaccuate high-ISO metering problem
« on: February 22, 2013, 01:54:38 PM »
Thanks a lot!  :)

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:59:58 AM »
I'm going to order this  lense (70-200) ... show I wait? I see it's almost 2 years old - is Cannon to release a new version?


You'll have to wait at least 12-15 years...

Lenses / Re: Will Canon step up to Zeiss with a 55mm 1.4L?
« on: February 22, 2013, 02:17:40 AM »
Yes, of course i would pay that. I have wanted a great 50 since I bought my 350 D and the current L I find to only work properly with AF on the 1d X and even then.. But the issue I have with it is the iq one AF point off center really isn't fantastic. I had more keepers with the Zeiss 28mm than with any of AF lenses in the 5d2.

I have said many times , why is the 1,5kg only acceptable weight for a 70-200? If I can carry that, I can and would love to, carry a 50 that weighs that if it means extraordinary IQ, and this Zeiss seems to it.

Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:18:30 PM »
Have you tried AF speed and accuracy against the 35 L?

The AF speed and accuracy are as good as anything Canon offers. Sigma has finally nailed AF with Canon.
I would argue this is a better lens than 35L in every way but weather sealing. Some would favor the OOF rendering of the Canon over the razor sharpness of the Sigma. To each their own. No reason for a current 35L owner to switch though.

The 35 L isn't weathersealed either, and it's one of the biggest reason I want the 35 L II now that the sigma isnt't sealed either.

I must say that the 35 L is my favorite fast prime, and I have had them all.

This is a snap from the other day at , hm, think it was f1.8

Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 21, 2013, 02:53:04 PM »
the focus tracking in servo on the 5Dmk3 with this lens blew me away, I have never ever seen a sigma lens perform like this lens. the 85 is ok but it cant compete with the 70-200 in servo and i would put this 35mm in the same category of the 70-200 for its tracking accuracy. very impressed so far

Have you tried AF speed and accuracy against the 35 L?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Which external mic for Canon DSLR?
« on: February 20, 2013, 03:47:05 AM »
Thanks all. I went with the Olympus LS-3 recorder, no syncing, no fuss, just EPICLY better sound than any of the other on camera mics, I can control everything, including stereo-spread. HIGHLY recommended for handheld amatur-video.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 03:04:56 PM »
I don't really believe that the noise performance would be that much better than the current 7d. They went down on res compared to the 5d2 with the 1dX and up in sensor size to be better than the 1d4, the 5d3 has the same res as the 5d2 and still is only better over 1600/3200 iso. So increasing the mp from 18 to 24 on an aps-c sensor doesn't read killer high iso performance for me. MP still sells....

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