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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/2.8L mkii Focus Shift
« on: March 22, 2013, 04:32:11 PM »
Is this normal or is it just the new 24-70?

I've never noticed any shift from other than my 50 L and we all know that has some shift. I also never noticed any shift with any of my 70-200's and I use all lenses up close for 85% of my shots ..

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Next Zeiss Lenses? [CR2]
« on: March 14, 2013, 04:00:25 PM »
I recently attended the NANPA Show in Jacksonville, FL and Zeiss had a booth there.  They had the 55mm f1.4 and examples shot with it compared to the their 50mm f1.4 ZF.2 and the difference was truly beyond NIGHT AND DAY!! No exaggeration!

It was AMAZING!!  They had 100% Blow-up from various spots within the frame, corners, highlights, textured areas, etc both shot at f1.4 and anyone who looked at it reacted the same way - WOW!!  The results wide open were spectacular! 

They seem to hint that Canon would be joining the hi-meg count megapixel game shortly.  Apparently the current line of Nikon and Canon lenses are out-resolved by the new sensor of cameras such as the D800. 

So we'll see the 55mm first followed by a 28mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.4 shortly.  Asked why no AF, and was told that Canon and Nikon guard their technology and only open it up to Japanese companies.  That would explain Sigma and Tamron being able to have AF in EOS and F mount. 

But they said these will be "the best optics in the DSLR world PERIOD.  The lenses won't be cheap, hinted at roughly $4K dollars.  But must say, I was IMPRESSED!

Sweet! Thanks a lot for sharing, I hope others seen it first hand join in and share what they see and feel.

I started saving a long time ago :P

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 13, 2013, 05:29:20 PM »
Reason for new version is probably limited usability with extenders.
I compared my old 200/1.8L with 200/2L IS and f/1.8 is sharper with 1.4x III and 2.0x III extenders.

Really? I just did a comparison a week ago over at TDP, and it seems very far from it:

With 1.4:

Am I missing something?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 13, 2013, 03:51:07 PM »
I hope the rumor is wrong on the 200mm. I've had mine for less than six months. Part of my buying decision was that it has been on the market less than five years and I expected it to remain current for several more.

I'm some what concerned about losing value, but knowing Canon the new version would cost much more, so I maybe not.

I'm most concerned about obtaining parts and service for my existing lens, once it's been discontinued. I personally would not buy a discontinued lens without a hefty discount, just for this reason.

ALmost NEVER will the previous version decrease in used prices when a new is released. If you don't own one of these, buy it now as the used prices will go up when the new one hits the market (I'm somewhat speaking to myself on that one also)

Software & Accessories / Re: 1d X "silent" mode.
« on: March 12, 2013, 12:44:43 PM »
Is this true (electronic first curtain) for other camera models as well (E.g. 5d3), or just the 1dx?

It's true for almost all of them, although with the higher end cameras (like the 7D, 5DII/III, 1-series) you have to have it set to the default Silent LV Shooting Mode 1, i.e. disabling Silent LV shooting means no electronic first curtain.  With the lower end cameras (Rebel/xxxD, not sure about the xxD), EFC is always on for LV shooting.

It works if you just hold the button down after the shot and walk away :oP

Actually, the real solution for a silent shooting mode on the 1D X is just to shoot from further away:

Haha! ;D Yeah, well that's actually how iot's done during Snooker-tournaments! They're way up in the stands behind glass, and even then the player's sometimes get the referee to make them stop shooting ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: 1d X "silent" mode.
« on: March 12, 2013, 12:25:03 PM »
Hi guys!

Just a quick question, is it in anyway thinkable that the 1d X could have a firmware to add the silent mode of the 5d3?

The mode implemented in the 1d X really is a joke....

There is no silent mode on the 1DX...

It works if you just hold the button down after the shot and walk away :oP

Software & Accessories / Re: 1d X "silent" mode.
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:20:21 AM »
Yeah, I wasn't all that hopeful tbh, lol. I thought maybe if the shutter went slower it could be done in firmware but..

A shame though as I really liked the abillity to shoot bursts in silentmode on the 5d and have it that seriously quiet. I can in some situations use LV to avoid the mirror, but it's only an ok workaround.


Software & Accessories / 1d X "silent" mode.
« on: March 12, 2013, 08:32:46 AM »
Hi guys!

Just a quick question, is it in anyway thinkable that the 1d X could have a firmware to add the silent mode of the 5d3?

The mode implemented in the 1d X really is a joke....

I have seen that sentence sooo many times "Overpowering the sun" Well, how often do you shoot with the sun directly behind your subjec AND with the attention of still keeping the sky dark blue?

What I have found to work great, at least since I mainly use one light, is that I shoot with the sun more to the side and use it as a rim-light, and then the added bonus is that I can use a polartizer since I'm 90 degrees to the sun. If I shoot with the sun directly behind my subject I often go for the flare-type shot and even then I can get some good detail in the background at 400Ws, the issue with power is if you want the sun towards the camera with 2 stop underexposed background and you have both diffusers (of the Deep octa) and the deflector, doesn't happen very often in MY case at least.

I have the Quadra-head mounted to the Octa at all times, it's like just having the Octa, it's soo small and light, about the size of a 50 L, but one third of the weight...

This example is just one of my facebook-uploads so it isn't the highest quality, but hey. (god I miss my mac, it's being serviced) And I wasn't near the limit of 400Ws on this shot. Shot with only outer diffuser. Very hard sun.

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.


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