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I know a lot of people like the AB's, but I LOVE the Quadra, you must get the Deep Octa box, it's extremely versatile, and I have used mine as a beauty dish lately and the quality of light is amazing. Plus with your question in mind you get the 5d3 over the 5d2 at the same time and that is a superior camera and it will be able to handle loads of situations the 5d2 just won't. (I've owned them both , so I know)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: March 07, 2013, 04:31:56 PM »
I sent back two copies of the Sigma 35mm F/1.4 and kept the 24-70 F/2.8II because at F/2.8 it is sharper (at least my copy is) and it focusses a lot faster and more accurately.

I have to say, my 24-70 is the only lens I've had on my Canon 5D MK3 that I've liked and not sold (apart from the 70-200 F/2.8 II).

I've tried or owned a lot of L lenses (50 F/1,2, 24 F/1.4 II, 16-35 F/2.8II), Zeiss lenses and even the new Sigma's and Canon IS primes but nothing pleases me as much as the 24-70, and I'm more of a prime guy that a zoom guy.
Go figure...


Don't you miss that crazy 3D feeling the 24 gives @1.4? I've been going going back and forth between keeping or selling the 24 and swapping for the 24-70, but every time I try the 24 @ 2.8 to see what I would actually have with the 24-70 I don't like the look. I hardly ever use it any smaller than f2. and doesn't the 24 have much less distortion? But I guess it comes down to what you shoot..

I'm really keen on the 24-70 for shots with my Quadra light though, the difference in perspective (and smaller apertures anyway) makes it very high on my list...

btw, as I mentioned my 70-200 that was for service. They replaced two IS-units, the AF-unit, some ring internally in front, adjusted the glass, calibrated AF and two other parts. It still sucked at 200mm and not awesome for the rest, seems decentered also, so I had a guy try it and he loved it so I gave him the servicereport and a good price and bought myself a new one, will hopefully arrive tomorrow. Let's hope I just got a bad one and that the new one is as good as the very first copy I had a while back.  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Next Zeiss Lenses? [CR2]
« on: March 06, 2013, 03:41:43 PM »
Zeiss makes some great lens, yes, but I also think they make mediocre and poor candidates ...Their 85mm f1.4 is the biggest turd in recent years.

It will be very interesting to see the new 85 ...

Software & Accessories / Re: Reikan Focal average values.
« on: March 06, 2013, 06:39:54 AM »
You have to run one of the other tests.  There's an Aperture Sharpness test (runs through the aperture range of the lens and plots sharpness), an AF Consistency test (takes a bunch of shots and compares focus), and a Multi Point Focus test (tests each and every focus point separately, needs a different target also provided by Reikan).

Note that those tests are only available with the FoCal Pro version (the Standard/Plus versions don't have them).

Thanks, but I have already run the test of AF consistency, what I wanted to do is to compare my results in Focal to other peoples results with the 24 in Focal. I thought be enabling the report thing in Focal people would automatically add to a database showing the results of a bunch of lenses for everyone to compare their copy to others?

Software & Accessories / Reikan Focal average values.
« on: March 06, 2013, 03:48:11 AM »
Hi guys!

I remembered reading somewhere about the abillity in Focal to see what others numbers for sharpness, AF consistency etc are for a given lens. Anyone know where in the software to find this?

Reason I'm asking is I am on my third copy of the 24mm  f1.4 L II and it is horrible for AF consistency, and even worse in real life than in Focal, so I would love to see what other peoples numbers are.


1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 05, 2013, 06:57:54 PM »
Did some testing of the 1DX in blowing and/or reflecting snow.  Even with the temperamental 85L, the 1DX focus was fast and spot on!  Some blue sky, white snow f/11 shots were easy as well with the 1DX.  Love this camera.  ;D

(Used 85L, 70-200 f/2.8 IS II & 200 f/2)
Great shots :)

+1 , Seriously cool shots!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Next Zeiss Lenses? [CR2]
« on: March 04, 2013, 01:43:21 PM »
Meh....hard to get excited over these.    I have and love the Zeiss 21, 25, 50mp and 100mp and love them all. IF this lens is like the 55 1.4 then it will cost the same too which means 3000 Euro or even more dollars.  Unfortunately Zeiss seems to have completely turned their backs on the enthusiast market. 

I have a feeling Zeiss lens announcements will be like when car and driver magazine shows a new Ferrari.  I look at the picture, say wow that is really cool, and then forget completely about it.

No they didn't forget about the lower end of the market:


Get that one.

I've been waiting for a high end 50 forever, and to finally see a company sacrifice size weight and price to provided the most awesome alternative to the others is JUST what I want.

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 06:19:31 AM »
35 L

It has the best AF of the shortish fast primes, really sharp and really creamy bokeh and it's not as wide as the 24 which tend to be overdramatic for most everyday shots. And the 50 isn't wide enough to give that uniqe look. Small and light and juuuust fantastic.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Next Zeiss Lenses? [CR2]
« on: March 03, 2013, 02:09:34 PM »

Absolutely.. But it would have to actually have AF :D Zeiss for Canon is all MF.

Not only Zeiss on Canon, but Zeiss in general. They don't produce autofocusing lenses. Imagine the cost of a Zeiss lens with some kind of USM autofocus.  :o

Zeiss for Sony is AF.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Next Zeiss Lenses? [CR2]
« on: March 03, 2013, 12:38:21 PM »
Would a third party lens like this work with Canon's AF


Absolutely.. But it would have to actually have AF :D Zeiss for Canon is all MF.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Next Zeiss Lenses? [CR2]
« on: March 03, 2013, 10:43:40 AM »
Wonder how much the 55mm f1.4 would cost?

I've heard 4000 usd and 3000 eur.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Next Zeiss Lenses? [CR2]
« on: March 03, 2013, 09:22:40 AM »
I'll say this is a confirmed rumor:

from 1:10

Carl Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Distagon, Sony NEX, and 135mm f/2.0 APO-Sonnar

Still can't wait for my favorite of these three, the 55...

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: March 02, 2013, 01:57:03 PM »
Still these sample variations? That's useless, but not uncommon unfortunatly.

My 70-200 f2.8 mk2 has been for repair over a month now. They have changed TWO IS-units, recalibrated AF, also twice. They have ordered parts 5(!!) times. They have adjusted the glass itself and had all kinds of problems with it. It's all under warranty and the lens haven't been subjected to any impact, so it just seems like it was put together on an early monday by blind drunk no-handed lazy people...

So when THAT lens passes QC I'm not surprised to hear about "only ok" 24-70's, I mean, my lens is much worse than a 55-250 ef-s in all aspects, IQ AF, non-working IS etc...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Finnish wearing on my 5D Mark III
« on: March 01, 2013, 02:19:23 PM »
Yet another way Canon is crippling the 5D3


We just need to do what all the Leica people did, realize that it's not a fault, it's a feature..

Noise doesn't exist in the Leica world, it's the beautiful graaain.

It's not worn off finish, it's charming brassing.

It's not horrible batterylife, it's enough for the few quality images you need to shoot.

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