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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 vs. Sigma 85 1.4
« on: July 17, 2012, 12:28:35 PM »
Regarding AF mode...you wrote that you primarily use Al focus.  There are many people that believe this is the worst AF mode to use, and that using it results in far too many oof shots.

I leave my 5d3 on al servo because I shoot a lot of moving subjects, and then I switch to one shot with stationary subjects.

Thanks for the heads up:) I will try this. I just read on the differences when I got my camera, and took it at face value. I will try the one shot, and also I will try with the AI servo on still shots to see the effect.

PS: where do you write the gear you have below the line, without having to write it each time?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:08:52 AM »
Quasimodo this is interesting, I am hearing focus problems with the 1Ds3 and this isnt what I want to hear, but what your saying is good news to me!

I posted my question in another thread that I started a long time ago when I was trying to decide which 85 to buy, the Sigma 85 1.4 or the Canon 1.8. I ended up with the former. .. Random Orbit suggested that the problem I had with the focusing with my 5D II might be solved by microadjustment..? It could very well be, but I am only borrowing the 85 1.2 for a couple of weeks, and microadjustment seems like so much hassle:)

I am no expert on cameras or lenses, and my own is a 5D II. I have borrowed this 1Ds III for a couple of years, and I would say for that price I would go for it if I were you. Remember also that the shutter count is to be considered to the fact that the latter can have more exposures than the former. I think the limit for the 5D II if my recollection serves me well is 150.000 before it should be replaced, and the 1Ds III 300.000? The latter is built like a tank, and feels also very much like outstanding quality in the hand.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 vs. Sigma 85 1.4
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:00:06 AM »
I think i know what you mean about spastic focusing

in low light if it hunts due to not enough contrast it can sound jittery because it hunts over a very short distance rather than racking the entire focus range like a canon lens hunting
while it can sound a bit wierd it will lock focus sh!tloads faster


This might be, but I am also starting to wonder whether the body (my 5D II) comes into play here? Here is what I wrote in a different thread here today:

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=8056.15

Might I ask a question which might seem quite uninformed?

My own camera is a 5D II with grip, and I am also now borrowing the 1Ds III. I have previously borrowed the 85 F1.2L, but then shot it with my 5D II. I had to throw away most of the pictures I shot with that combo (ca. 80%), and that is the reason I went with the 85 F1.4 Sigma instead (that and price of course:). I have now also borrowed the 85L, and I am using it on the 1Ds III, and I have an exponential growth in keepers.. This might be because I am getting better at taking shots, but I cannot shake the thought that the combo of the AF on the 1Ds III and the 85L works better than the 5D II and the same lens?


Were you using the center point of the 5DII and was the lens MFA'd first?  Shooting wide open with outer points on the 5DII will give lower keeper rates than the center point.  My old crop camera didn't have MFA and worked decently well with fast lenses.  My 5DII needs an adjustment of about +10 on the same lenses.  Were you using AI servo or single shot?


I rarely shoot with I servo (a few times when shooting high speed bikes on a track, and some testing with birds, otherwise I shoot AI Focus as a default (most of my shots are of people and things that hardly move). I have never microadjusted any lens on my camera, and have not seen the need...? That lens is the only one that I have struggled with, but as mentioned above, it works quite well with my borrowed 1Ds III. It could be as you suggest that microadjustment would solve it, and if I were to buy one I would have to do it. However I do not see myself buying one in the near future, since I just got my Siggy 85 1.4 which I am very happy with, and I have set my eyes on the new 24-70, and I would like to replace my 50 1.4 (just got it back from the shop) with the 1.2. Too many cool lenses, and not enough money:)

As a sidenot, although I love my Siggy 85 1.4, I have to say that the bokeh on the 85 1.2 seems more dreamy, or buttery, and color rendition is brilliant.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 vs. Sigma 85 1.4
« on: July 17, 2012, 04:36:31 AM »
I think i know what you mean about spastic focusing

in low light if it hunts due to not enough contrast it can sound jittery because it hunts over a very short distance rather than racking the entire focus range like a canon lens hunting
while it can sound a bit wierd it will lock focus sh!tloads faster


This might be, but I am also starting to wonder whether the body (my 5D II) comes into play here? Here is what I wrote in a different thread here today:

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=8056.15

Might I ask a question which might seem quite uninformed?

My own camera is a 5D II with grip, and I am also now borrowing the 1Ds III. I have previously borrowed the 85 F1.2L, but then shot it with my 5D II. I had to throw away most of the pictures I shot with that combo (ca. 80%), and that is the reason I went with the 85 F1.4 Sigma instead (that and price of course:). I have now also borrowed the 85L, and I am using it on the 1Ds III, and I have an exponential growth in keepers.. This might be because I am getting better at taking shots, but I cannot shake the thought that the combo of the AF on the 1Ds III and the 85L works better than the 5D II and the same lens?



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EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 17, 2012, 04:22:25 AM »
Might I ask a question which might seem quite uninformed?

My own camera is a 5D II with grip, and I am also now borrowing the 1Ds III. I have previously borrowed the 85 F1.2L, but then shot it with my 5D II. I had to throw away most of the pictures I shot with that combo (ca. 80%), and that is the reason I went with the 85 F1.4 Sigma instead (that and price of course:). I have now also borrowed the 85L, and I am using it on the 1Ds III, and I have an exponential growth in keepers.. This might be because I am getting better at taking shots, but I cannot shake the thought that the combo of the AF on the 1Ds III and the 85L works better than the 5D II and the same lens?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One way to win customers
« on: July 12, 2012, 02:38:22 AM »
FWIW, the ads you see on CR are not placed there by CR, for the most part they are served by Google Ads (which is why you see ads for a UK camera store, whereas I see ads for a US camera store, for example).

And this is what I see on the CR page in Norway;)

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: July 11, 2012, 10:47:38 AM »
Here is one I took with this lens and a 2x III teleconverter.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 vs. Sigma 85 1.4
« on: July 09, 2012, 04:11:00 PM »
How can these two even be compared? ??? There difference lens speed and difference price ranges.

Well, I got the Siggy now, and I absolutely love it:)

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Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: July 09, 2012, 10:54:28 AM »
I like these type shots, really cool stuff!   :)

I wish I knew how to do that,  ::)  maybe one day.

Peace! 8)

You can find the steps in page 1 and 3 in this thread. Otherwise you'll find many good videos on youtube under selective colors.

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Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's - 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2L
« on: July 04, 2012, 04:11:15 AM »
Good god nobody said it WASN'T at 1.2.  The poster expressed concerns about thin DOF and so the easiest and most obvious answer is stop it down, if that is a problem in a particular shot.  For you to nail that shot that you did requires a great amount of skill.

By the way that is some great work on your website, I really like the HDR work.

Fair enough, but if you read what he wrote and what you wrote again you will see where the confusion came from.  He was asking if it was possible to take the shot at f1.2 and you answered, ya stop it down.  I see the joke you were making but the context was a bit off, as it is most definitely possible.

@lex. Thanks for letting me know. I will borrow the 1.2 lens again, and try to duplicate your shot (not to steal it, but rather to learn). Your pictures are inspirational:)

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Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's - 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2L
« on: July 03, 2012, 01:05:49 PM »
@lex. Through the cracks is an awsome shot! I thought that was impossible without some serious time in photoshop. I have the Canon 1.4 myself, and I just got it back from the shop today, and I am posting a shot I took earlier today with it. I love it, but I would buy a 1.2 if I could afford. (shot with a 5D II, @ auto iso, and F2.0

Gerhard.

Very nice striking portrait.  Looks Hemingwayesque.

Thank you:)

how did you do the through the cracks shot? is it possible to get the sharp image in the water with the superthin dof of the 1.2????

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: July 03, 2012, 01:03:33 PM »
Picked up a second hand EOS 3 the other week and i've been shooting some 400TX (Tri-x).


Untitled by Scott_Henry, on Flickr


Untitled by Scott_Henry, on Flickr


The subway shot is brilliant! Love the tonality and the composition. I took one today, and I would love to get some feedback. I am trying to understand sharpening and depth in cs6, and in this one I have worked a little bit on curves, levels and tried to feel my way with high pass.

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Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's - 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2L
« on: July 03, 2012, 12:58:53 PM »
here is the picture...

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Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's - 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2L
« on: July 03, 2012, 12:57:29 PM »
@lex. Through the cracks is an awsome shot! I thought that was impossible without some serious time in photoshop. I have the Canon 1.4 myself, and I just got it back from the shop today, and I am posting a shot I took earlier today with it. I love it, but I would buy a 1.2 if I could afford. (shot with a 5D II, @ auto iso, and F2.0

Gerhard.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 28, 2012, 12:47:11 PM »
I just got mine today!:) Heavier than I thought (it said 170gr. but felt heavier). Just gotten a few shots with it so far, but I like what I see. When I put it on my camera it made me think of the classic Bill Burnbach ad from 1964 when they introduced the original VW beetle in the states "It makes your house look bigger"






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Canon 5D II w/grip, 17mm F4.0L TS, 16-35 F2.8L II, 50 F1.4, 70-200 F2.8L II, 24-105 F4.0L, 100 F2.8L HIS, 135 F2.0L, Sigma 85 F1.4, Tokina 17 F3.5, and now: 40 F2.8 STM.
Canon 430 EX II, 580 EX II, 600 EX RT

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