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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF Cases 5d3/1dX
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:03:10 AM »
Hi Viggo,

When shootin portraits i only use single point autofocus and i have no problems, even with my 85 1.2. With my kid running all over the place, i use case 1 and try to keep the focus point on his eyes and everything is fine to. Have you tried to microadjust your lens???? This may be the problem...

Hi thanks, yeah, it's been calibrated by Reikan Focal. And I do get most shots in focus, andeven miss by 2 cm the shot is useless.

I have tried googling about inconsistencies in AF with the 200mm f2.0 and 100% of the hits I find is the opposite, NO inconsistency, incredible accuracy etc etc. And I'm very used to the 1dx, and I had MUCH better hitrate with my 70-200 mk2, so I'm starting to think that there might be something off with my lens...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why you shouldn't be worried about DR
« on: August 30, 2013, 06:29:12 AM »
Ankorwatt: I think the horse is dead already.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / AF Cases 5d3/1dX
« on: August 30, 2013, 04:41:51 AM »
Hi guys!

I was just wondering what is your favorite (custom) Af cases for shooting people in all types of situations.

The reason I ask is that I have the 1dx and 200 f2.0 L and use it for a lot of people shots, from people doing sports, portraits, kids playing etc. And I find it to be very difficult to get the faces sharp, really annoying. Tracking isn't the best to say the least, and this combo should be superb imo.

I have tried pretty much any case, even the ones that doesn't make sense for a situation, Case 6 for a still sitting portrait for example, just to try. I have tried some custom cases, but I still have too many missed shots with this combo especially. I have also tried the face detection with auto point selection and found  (as expected) highly unreliable, with this dof, you can't miss with even a couple of centimeters. I know the dof is very thin and yes it is properly calibrated.

Please feel free to share all of your favorite cases with both the 5d3 and 1dx when it comes to ANY shooting scenario. I think we can learn a lot from each other thinking of the combined experience here at CR.

Thanks!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why you shouldn't be worried about DR
« on: August 30, 2013, 03:49:12 AM »
+1

If I get an underexposed shot, what I do is increase the exposure to get the midtones correct and then pull down shadows and highlights, that way the shadows become brighter but with no more noise. Normally though, I ETTR and I say out of the 50k shots with the 1dx so far, I have pushed the shadow up no more than 6-7 pictures. Pulling them down, however, I do frequently.

The CPL is a very good point, I use it always outdoor, and it REALLY adds to the image, clearly DR, but the overall punch is so much better. Many people underestimate the power of a CPL.

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Lenses / Re: Bought 24-70 f/2.8 II -Soft, owners, please advice
« on: August 27, 2013, 05:49:20 PM »
They were shot in raw, and "normal" sharpening in Lr.

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Lenses / Re: Bought 24-70 f/2.8 II -Soft, owners, please advice
« on: August 27, 2013, 04:44:21 PM »
Do yourself a bigger favor and get Reikan FoCal.

I use FoCal too.  I think it does a very fine job.  Nearly all lenses benefit from some AF microadjustment.
+1 All lenses I have owned since FoCal came out has been adjusted except, funny enough, the 50 L which was at 0 after 6 runs, all consistent.

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Lenses / Re: Bought 24-70 f/2.8 II -Soft, owners, please advice
« on: August 27, 2013, 04:06:58 PM »
I did a quick and dirty test right now. They were all shot very close at 50cm or so, and the last one (2nd shot) at 70mm is  about a meter or 1,5 away. All 100% crop. Go 3 meters away and the sharpness increases a LOT.

24

35

50

70

70 farther away

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Lenses / Re: Drop-in filter super-tele, which to buy?
« on: August 27, 2013, 01:40:31 PM »
Thanks again, loads of superb info, and exactly what I was wondering, nice!

I will buy some gelatin-ND and the cir-pol from Canon.

Btw, if anyone reads this and wonder if the 200 is worth it over the 70-200 mk2, I can not recommend it enough, it's an insane lens....

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Lenses / Re: Drop-in filter super-tele, which to buy?
« on: August 27, 2013, 10:57:39 AM »
Thanks a lot guys :)

The ability to adjust the CPL from outside is basically essential for me, so the choice is the Canon one for sure. I could have liked a ND filter for flash photography, maybe I find a deal on both.

The little wheel to adjust is very neat! Wish they did this on all lenses..

*edit* can you flip it so you can have the wheel on either side?

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Lenses / Drop-in filter super-tele, which to buy?
« on: August 27, 2013, 06:53:11 AM »
Hi guys!

I wonder if you use the drop-in pol from Canon, or did you buy the filter holder? In that case what filters are recommended, I know they have to be the "right" thickness. And can you still use cir pol and adjust while mounted?

Thanks.

Ps, it took the 200 f2 one and a half week to push my 70-200 out the door. ;D


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EOS Bodies / Re: New AF Technology Coming in July? [CR1]
« on: August 27, 2013, 03:24:08 AM »
d800 nope?

D800 AF is based on D4
please explain what is better in 5dmk3 and how you can make a statement like this

This is the first time I have seen a serious claim that the D800 AF is equal or better than the 5D MkIII AF.

Roger Cicala of lensrentals tested and found that the Canon's phase detection AF is as accurate and consistent as its contrast detection AF, i.e. the standard deviation of MTF values of a series of static shots is the same for both AF systems. This is a remarkable achievement. The D800, 'nope'. It is just not as reliable on phase detection.

And that is with static subjects.

He also says there is a left side AF sensor issue with the D800 that is unresolved, and recommends the camera only be used for centre point AF. I hope THAT isn't 'based on the D4'!

+1 fwiw I haves used the D4 and I can't say anything bad about that AF system, it didn't miss one single shot. This was before I got the 1dx, but I wouldn't say one is better than the other. I didn't test the D4 like I have used the 1dx, but it simply worked perfect. And the d800 is not even on the same planet.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
« on: August 26, 2013, 08:42:42 AM »
Near sunset in Mt Dora.

Wow, she must have some serious armstrength to hold on like that with seemingly no effort!

Seriously though, nice images :)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 26, 2013, 05:02:00 AM »
Thanks for comments on the cycling shots.

I had a hard time focusing , I tried Case 3 since they were flying out of that corner, but often got the ears and shoulder instead of the tip of the nose, I guess it's because my expansion points like their bright colorful shirts instead of the darker low contrast face. I also didn't find a way to get a bettet tracking so ended up with quite a bit oof. Any tips?

Don't you 1DX shooters get facial recognition as part of that high-end AF system? Would that have helped? I was drooling over that option for portraits/weddings on the move...

Yes, we do, but that only works in "all focus points autoselect" I believe, and every time I try using Zone or all of them I very quickly change back as the focus is all over the place and at f2 200mm 2,5 cm off means completely useless image.

But I will try again, my son have a new kick-bike and while he doesn't quite have the same tempo, I'm sure I will fairly easy see if the face detection helps or just make it to erratic. Thanks for the tip!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: A couple of 1DX questions
« on: August 25, 2013, 05:13:43 PM »
As for focusing speed, it is identical as far as I can tell on all my lenses except the white ones where 1DX is very noticably faster on 300 f2.8 and slightly faster on 70-200 IS II.

Using the 85 L the difference is HUGE, the 85 AF is suddenly useable in Servo mode with the 1dx.

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