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Never tried that function before so I tried what you wrote. It worked as it was supposed to on the 1d X, but how to I remove it again?

*EDIT* found another thread, and it's quite simple, hold down the af-selection button and +/- Comp. That blinkin IS annoying  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 27, 2013, 03:58:46 AM »
I've been trying to find out a bit more on the AF than "it seems as quick as the 35 L" and found this test;

http://www.lenstip.com/359.10-Lens_review-Sigma_A_35_mm_f_1.4_DG_HSM_Autofocus.html

It's not about finding focus fast on a still subject, it's how well it works with a "Case 6" AF-scenario and tracking.

And these samples, are they anywhere near sharpish at all? They look pretty useless to me.

http://www.lenstip.com/359.11-Lens_review-Sigma_A_35_mm_f_1.4_DG_HSM_Summary.html

And another thing, over at TDP it's stated that the 35 L is better in the corners @2.8, while everybody else seems to think it's MUCH better always. Why these inconsistencies?

Anyone who owns this care to comment?

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Lenses / Re: Will Canon step up to Zeiss with a 55mm 1.4L?
« on: February 27, 2013, 03:34:31 AM »
. 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?

Well this topic is about wide open aperture. Why buy a 1.2 lens if not using it at 1.2..... ?

Because it's MUCH better at 1.8, a tad more dof to help the hitrate and I had enough light ? And just because I don't shoot EVERY picture all year around @1.2 doesn't mean it was a waste. And if your're thinking, well just get the 1.4 then, I'm not even gonna comment on that  :P

The topic is about wide open aperture, yes, and exactly why I want the Zeiss 55, then I could use it f1.4 instead of stopping down and have the IQ at 1.4 I would have to go to 2.8 with the 50 L to get. BEsides, I dont't need help to nail tracking with an MF lens, I would use it for other stuff.

Using the 50 L at f1.8 isn't the same thing as never leaving first gear of an Enzo or swear in church or whatever, it's simply stopping down to f1.8.

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Lenses / Re: Will Canon step up to Zeiss with a 55mm 1.4L?
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:17:55 PM »
What more could you want?

Cut the price a little?

Yeah, well, but good stuff has to cost a little ;D If it was cheaper it wouldn't be what it is. But because of the bad reputation it has, buying it used is a great deal...

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Canon General / Re: What am I doing wrong???
« on: February 26, 2013, 04:50:40 PM »
The 5d3 is capable of shooting thin dof and moving kids. The problem might be that it is on the edge of what's impossible AND you have to struggle with the not-canon's-best AF of the 50mm f1.4.

Try the same settings outside and see if more light helps, I'm sure it will.

What you should try, since you say when the kids stop suddenly and it's "Still" oof, that is my experience to, if your AF is set up to respond to fast erratic action, when the subject stops the AF is still in top gear wanting to hit action.

First off, get your AF-start off the shutterbutton and onto the AF-ON button on the back, that way you can, for example, shoot off a few shots of a sequence, track away and shoot off a few more without the AF having to find your subject every time you push and release the shutter.

Then, and this I'm not 100% sure you can do on the 5d3, but I think you can; Select the AE lock button to recall settings and set those settings to fast action with expansion points, case 6 etc. And the AF-ON button to engage "normal" case 1 AF with single point. That way you can just move your thumb 5mm and change the behaviour of the camera COMPLETELY and get all shots focused, even if your kid runs and jumps or suddenly sits down having a sip of his juicebox. Trust me, I know one set up doesn't work with kids, you need to take advantage of EVERYTHING the 5d3 offers, and again, practice, practice, practice.

Huge thanks!

No problem, I have struggled with all of this myself and have gotten great tips here at CR and worked out a few solutions of my own, because toddlers are the worst to keep up with, and yes we want shallow DOF!  ;D

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Canon General / Re: What am I doing wrong???
« on: February 26, 2013, 04:36:29 PM »
The 5d3 is capable of shooting thin dof and moving kids. The problem might be that it is on the edge of what's impossible AND you have to struggle with the not-canon's-best AF of the 50mm f1.4.

Try the same settings outside and see if more light helps, I'm sure it will.

What you should try, since you say when the kids stop suddenly and it's "Still" oof, that is my experience to, if your AF is set up to respond to fast erratic action, when the subject stops the AF is still in top gear wanting to hit action.

First off, get your AF-start off the shutterbutton and onto the AF-ON button on the back, that way you can, for example, shoot off a few shots of a sequence, track away and shoot off a few more without the AF having to find your subject every time you push and release the shutter.

Then, and this I'm not 100% sure you can do on the 5d3, but I think you can; Select the AE lock button to recall settings and set those settings to fast action with expansion points, case 6 etc. And the AF-ON button to engage "normal" case 1 AF with single point. That way you can just move your thumb 5mm and change the behaviour of the camera COMPLETELY and get all shots focused, even if your kid runs and jumps or suddenly sits down having a sip of his juicebox. Trust me, I know one set up doesn't work with kids, you need to take advantage of EVERYTHING the 5d3 offers, and again, practice, practice, practice.

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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...

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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

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