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Lenses / Re: Post your 24-70 II Experiences Here
« on: September 05, 2012, 09:30:22 AM »
In this post I posted a shot (bike) I took with the new II version, that I was lucky enough to get to play with for 24 hours the 16th of August. To me it is very sharp
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=8766.0

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Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.2 ii or 135mm f/2
« on: August 30, 2012, 11:17:55 AM »
crapking... beautiful shots... i kind of like the 135 colors more... but apples to oranges.

Has anyone tried the 135 with a 1.4x or 2x mk.iii ?

I have used my 135 with my 2x iii, and it imho a great and fast combo.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.2 ii or 135mm f/2
« on: August 29, 2012, 02:15:27 AM »
I'm in a similar situation to the OP, 135 f/2 vs 85 f/1.2II or Sigma 85 f/1.4.

For the way I shoot the slow AF would probably knock out the Canon 85 f/1.2II, in spite of the unique look this lens can deliver. Is the AF on the Sigma 85 f/1.4 also sluggish like the Canon, or is it as snappy and quick as the 135 f/2?

FWIW the 70-200 f/2.8isII is far and away my most used lens. What a gem!

-PW

The AF on the sigma is good. Not quite 70-200 II fast, but its more than fast enough for just about any situation.

The 85 1.4 is not as fast as either the 135 2.0 or the 85 1.8, but faster than the 85 1.2. Interesting enough, I found that even the 85 1.2 has a problem with chromatic abborations, which was on of the reasons that I did not want to go for the 85 1.8, and took the Siggy 1.4 instead (that and price of course, as opposed to the lovely, but very expensive 1.2.).  IMHO the 70-200 II and the 135 are equally fast on AF, or maybe the latter a tad faster?...

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Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.2 ii or 135mm f/2
« on: August 27, 2012, 03:43:30 PM »
Thanks Neuro. I have never shot anything below f2.8, so please elaborate on using the 3 stop ND, would I still over expose if I had the shutter at 1/8000th of a sec?

A 3 stop ND would get you back to shutter speeds that you would be used to using your 70-200 II outside in bright light.  Let's say that with a f/2.8 lens you find yourself at 1/4000s at ISO 100.  The 85L II at f/1.2 would require shutter speeds at around 1/20000s, which is beyond the limit of the camera, so the exposure is blown.  The 3 stop ND would get you back down to shutter speeds between 1/2000 and 1/4000.

Just my two cents and a question at the end:

I have the 70-200 II and the 135L, and for cost reason I went for the 85 1.4 Siggy after good suggestions here. To me I wanted both fixed focals, in addition to the heavy 70-200, as I see that there are situations where I need the 85 over the 135 (although the latter is my favorite of all lenses). For instance when taking pictures in a party/wedding moving among guests, where when using the 135 gets impeded by other guest walking in between you and your subject. I got great reccomendations on this forum for the Siggy 85, and I like that lens very much. However, I borrowed the 85 1.2 this summer (and somenone here told me kindly that I should avoid at all cost to shot in AI Focus, and to shot in One Shot instead, something I now do, having given me an exponential growth in keepers. I love the bokeh of the 1.2, and I think I will have to start saving for it, and maybe keep the Siggy or sell it.

Then my question: I found it interesting to read that on a bright sunny day, the camera must use a shutterspeed at 1/20000 of a second to get the right exposure and not blow it away. Is this specific for this lens, or would this apply to the 50 1.2 too?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: August 25, 2012, 05:00:56 PM »
Won't put the img tags around the link since its NSFW, but this is 5d3 + 135 @ 1/40th at 2500 iso:

http://imgur.com/a/gpYlt#0


One of those pictures where it is hard to focus on your technical skills :)

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: August 25, 2012, 04:58:45 PM »
Pictures where taken at F10 outside at night with the back round  5 meters away. Lighting was with one 580EX  from each side and manual flash-power.  Camera was 1Ds3 16-35 at 35mm 1/200s

Thank you. Well done, and I'd like to try this :)

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: August 25, 2012, 12:44:10 PM »
with water

Brilliant pictures, and especially the first one :) Would love to know how you can make such a picture. Black background and special liighting?

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you mean the downloaded file would not open? I downloaded from the link below and it worked fine (assuming you are using windows):

http://www.canon-europe.com/Support/System/Search.aspx?TcmUri=tcm:13-907037

Cheers!


I downloaded it again, and the zipped file will not open. I get this dialoge box saying that "Windows cannot open the file.. To open the file Windows need to know what program you want to use to open it.... then search the computer or the web to find program" I have tried to find programs that can help me to open it on the web, but I am getting sent to various bogus programs that are trying to sell me different products.

I have windows 7, could that be it?

I has also information in the written material from Canon that if you download it to a Mac, it will open automatically. If I get someone to download it for me to a mac, will that cause problems if I take it from the mac to a CF card, when my own operating system is windows?


hm- zip extension is missing file association then. Windows 7 should actually have an inbuilt program called "compressed folders". However, if I am not mistaken,  to reassociate it, you would need to change some registry values which might be complicated. You could use third party programs such as extractor or extractnow to save the day I imagine. They should be freeware.

With regards to the mac question; I never used mac but once the file is extracted and you have the .fir file on hand, it should not  matter whether it comes from a mac or windows. the . fir file should be the same, only compressed differently to be opened in windows and mac respectively...

I hope it helps!

Cheers!


Thank you for your continious support. It goes to show that I am a moron when it comes to technical questions. When I downloaded the 1Ds III firmware update, I had to open the filen, then put it on the SD card and do the procedure in camera. I mistakingly believed that to be the case with my 5D II too, but no. I called a service center today, and they told me to put the downloaded file as is onto the CF card and start the process in camera. I did, it worked, and I felt like a complete moron! :)

Now I only have to figure how to install the ML software correctly on my camera. I am looking at different videos on youtube on how to install it as we speak :)

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you mean the downloaded file would not open? I downloaded from the link below and it worked fine (assuming you are using windows):

http://www.canon-europe.com/Support/System/Search.aspx?TcmUri=tcm:13-907037

Cheers!


I downloaded it again, and the zipped file will not open. I get this dialoge box saying that "Windows cannot open the file.. To open the file Windows need to know what program you want to use to open it.... then search the computer or the web to find program" I have tried to find programs that can help me to open it on the web, but I am getting sent to various bogus programs that are trying to sell me different products.

I have windows 7, could that be it?

I has also information in the written material from Canon that if you download it to a Mac, it will open automatically. If I get someone to download it for me to a mac, will that cause problems if I take it from the mac to a CF card, when my own operating system is windows?

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Does anyone know how I can update my firmware edition? I have downloaded the Magic Lantern and then I realized that my firmware is old for my 5D II (2.0.9, and the current is 2.1.2). Do I need to have a CF reader? (I normally transport my images through the cable, since my computer only has a SD reader.

Thank you,

G.





Hei,

They instruct specifically that the card should be removed from the camera and connected to a computer via card reader before copying the firmware file:
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/infobank/firmware/updating_firmware.do

I've never tried to copy the files by connecting the cam via USB - not sure if it would cause malfunction or not...

Cheers!


Thank you. I have downloaded it two times. My problem is that it will not open. I tried several times, but the .fir will not open. I downloaded the latest firmware for my borrowed 1Ds III without any problems, but the one for my 5D II will not open. I called Canon Support today and they told me that they give no support for udating firmware, and suggested that I turn it in for service. I would rather do it for free :) Any suggestions?

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Sports / Re: learning bike shoot
« on: August 22, 2012, 02:39:21 PM »
did no one notice that he said "24-70 F2.8 II"...

I didn't think these were available to the public yet?

I have shot a lot of bikes this summer. I am by no means an expert, but I normally shoot in AV, AI Servo, and use the AF-ON to track and the shutter button to take the picture. I use Shutter priority when I am attempting to get real panning blur, but this is hard as they are passing me in more than 200 km/h.  This picture was taken on Thursday using a borrowed 1DX and the Canon 24-70 F2.8L II.

If you have the chance (and get permission from the ones running the track, try to get a good spot on the track, in a curve where you both have them leaning over with the knee down, also where you can catch them speeding away.

Lets just say that it is awsome. Feels great in the hand and gives great pictures. I opened a thread with some shots from that lens, and I had 87 views and no comments, so I took it that people were not interested.

I was lucky enough to borrow it for 24 hours 6 days ago.

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Sports / Re: learning bike shoot
« on: August 21, 2012, 11:34:51 AM »
70-200 F4 IS   vs  70-200 F2.8 non-IS?

prices in Hong Kong is about similar, what would you guys suggest?

I have honestly to say that I don't know from personal experience, since I have the F2.8L IS II, but the reviews of the 70-200 F4.0 is getting an excellent review at photozone.de and the the-digital-picture.com

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Does anyone know how I can update my firmware edition? I have downloaded the Magic Lantern and then I realized that my firmware is old for my 5D II (2.0.9, and the current is 2.1.2). Do I need to have a CF reader? (I normally transport my images through the cable, since my computer only has a SD reader.

Thank you,

G.

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Sports / Re: learning bike shoot
« on: August 19, 2012, 11:49:18 AM »
I have shot a lot of bikes this summer. I am by no means an expert, but I normally shoot in AV, AI Servo, and use the AF-ON to track and the shutter button to take the picture. I use Shutter priority when I am attempting to get real panning blur, but this is hard as they are passing me in more than 200 km/h.  This picture was taken on Thursday using a borrowed 1DX and the Canon 24-70 F2.8L II.

If you have the chance (and get permission from the ones running the track, try to get a good spot on the track, in a curve where you both have them leaning over with the knee down, also where you can catch them speeding away.

Love the sparks, well done.

 :)

Thank you :) I think they use titanium cups on their knees to acheive the effect

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Sports / Re: learning bike shoot
« on: August 19, 2012, 02:31:17 AM »
I have shot a lot of bikes this summer. I am by no means an expert, but I normally shoot in AV, AI Servo, and use the AF-ON to track and the shutter button to take the picture. I use Shutter priority when I am attempting to get real panning blur, but this is hard as they are passing me in more than 200 km/h.  This picture was taken on Thursday using a borrowed 1DX and the Canon 24-70 F2.8L II.

If you have the chance (and get permission from the ones running the track, try to get a good spot on the track, in a curve where you both have them leaning over with the knee down, also where you can catch them speeding away.

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