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Third Party Manufacturers / Why Hasselblad?
« on: September 19, 2012, 03:28:18 PM »
Disclaimer: This is not a thread meant to trash other manufacturers, nor do I hope that the thread develops in that direction. It is a question I pose out of genuine interest in the logic and motivation for buying into these medium format systems.

My main question is: Why would people buy a digital Hasselblad? In what situations would you need what a Hasselblad can deliver? Are there work situations where a Hasselblad or other medium format systems are required? (for instance do high end magazines require images captured with these systems?).  Is the cost of a Hasselblad justified in terms of qualityrequirements anywhere? In Norway a Hasselbad H5D - 60 cost 312.031 NOK (41.988 Euro, http://interfoto.no/nettbutikk/kameraer/hasselblad/h-serien/Hasselblad-H5D-60-hus--3013662-p0000037293.aspx), while a 1DX cost 54.995 NOK (7.400 Euro, http://www.fotovideo.no/Produkter/Systemkamera/Canon/Canon-EOS-1D-X-Hus-18,1Mp,-12b-s,-Full-HD-127617-p0000148151.aspx) and a 5D III cost 24.499 for the body (3.297 Euro,  http://www.fotovideo.no/Produkter/Systemkamera/Canon/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-hus-22Mp,-fullformat,-6-b-sek,-DIGIC-5-pros-129195-p0000151276.aspx)

Background for my questions:

I have myself most of my gear in Canon. I am, apart from approximately 10 paid jobs pr. year, foremost an enthusiast. My bread and butter comes from my job as a lecturer in Marketing and marketing communication- related courses. I have in several of my lectures used quite a bit of time on the DSLR and compact camera market. Hence, both professionally and from a hobby point of view, I am very interested in hearing your answers to my questions.

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... Apart from brilliant compositions and creativity on your shots, I am particularly impressed with your lighting (and particurlarly in your akt/seminude shots), and I would love to see you open a thread on lighting, or even a youtube video for us other to learn from :)
Just look at the subject's eyes and you'll see the answer  :)

You have some beautiful pictures on your site:)

I am not sure if I follow your thought? Look at the eyes? The photos I was referring to (akt) on his page are many where you can't even see the eyes, but the lighting is beautiful.

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To round up: I questioned the AF capabilities of Canon cameras in general and asked for experiences in this regard - particularly from users of the 1DX and 5DIII.

In the meantime a dared going for a 5DIII and can say that the autofocus problem is indeed solved. Tests with different lighting situations and most of the time very open apertures (2 and less) led to sharp images in nearly every case. Very convincing. It is a joy to TRUST your tool (and not need to shoot every situation 10 times just to make sure to hit at least once.

So thanks to all who convinced me going for this camera:-) Apart from the well working AF system it may be mentioned that the camera as a whole is a very good piece of work. Maybe somewhat pricey but very reliable and well equipped.

I am happy that your problem was solved, albeit in a fashion that made you aquire new gear, thus circumventing the original problem.

I have nothing to contribute with that have not been mentioned by these very skilled commentators.

However, I just wanted to say that I love your work (from what you posted in this thread, and from your portfoliopage).  Apart from brilliant compositions and creativity on your shots, I am particularly impressed with your lighting (and particurlarly in your akt/seminude shots), and I would love to see you open a thread on lighting, or even a youtube video for us other to learn from :)

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I have ordered the Pixma Pro 1, and I am happy about that decision. However, I have to say that I am a bit envious of the new wireless solution of these two new printers. It would make life easier as far as having the printer at home (placement), instead of having it at work..... I wish they would make a solution for the Pro 1 where we could plug in a device that would give us the same flexibility.

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See link below It is not neck strap but definitely will decrease the load from your neck. I'm using it and it is best thing I bought for carrying Pro body with heavy lens. It is expensive but worth it.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/836943-REG/Cotton_Carrier_124_RTL_D_Camera_Vest_for_All.html
They have few other product that you might check on.
See that looks safer to me since you don't have to worry about it flying out and hitting somebody. A bit out of my price range currently but looks nice.

I have not read the whole thread, but I have myself just ordered two Black Rapid RS 7 with the additional strap to secure it even better and two pockets to extra battery and memory card. Hence I have no real experience with it, but after reading alot about different options, this one looked like the right one for me. It was that or the double Spider holster, but the latter looked too professional to me (given that this is not my main job, and I have maybe ten small jobs during the year). However, the idea with the Spider hoster to get all the weight on your hips rather than on your shoulder was tempting.

Getting my Black Rapids on Monday or Tuesday and looking forward to get rid of my Canon straps, and not having to remove the strap whenever you want to take a picture:)

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I use a Asus 19" monitor and an ACER 23" monitor I got from Newegg. They're pretty good as long as you calibrate them. I use the Spyder 3 elite.

IPS is the best, but eh, I get great results from what I have. If you consider most people's will not have an IPS monitor to even view your images at there best, Why bother?

Thank you for your IPS tip, and to all for an interesting thread. I googled IPS and found something on their site, where they list the top ten screens for photoediting:

http://www.ipsmonitor.com/guides/best-monitor-for-photo-editing-2011-the-top-10/

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Lenses / Re: Post your 24-70 II Experiences Here
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:54:28 AM »
haha well the first 3 pages of this thread can be deleted it really only starts being relevent on page 4

Just want to thank you for your piercing insight and benevolent advice. Nice to know that there are people like you who are concerned with the well being of this community.

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Lenses / Re: Post your 24-70 II Experiences Here
« on: September 05, 2012, 01:08:42 PM »
I apologize for getting off topic. In looking at the images below there isn't anything that shows the performance of the lens here. This thread should have started when people actually had production lens samples not pre production imho.

You might be right about the pictures being bad examples, but it is not a per-production version.

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Lenses / Re: Post your 24-70 II Experiences Here
« on: September 05, 2012, 12:01:06 PM »
any images where we can see to what extent there is distortion on the wide end?

Cheers!

Not sure if this helps or not. I have a problem knowing which pictures that are taken with the 24-70 II since my software does not recognize the lens (as far as I can see in the exit info), and that day I only shot with two lenses; 24-70 II and the 70-200 II, so I have gone for pictures that are below 70mm :)

as with the three previous one, this one is also straight from camera without any editing or cropping.

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Lenses / Re: Post your 24-70 II Experiences Here
« on: September 05, 2012, 11:43:18 AM »
here is a third one.

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Lenses / Re: Post your 24-70 II Experiences Here
« on: September 05, 2012, 11:29:36 AM »
Here is the second.

If the pictures are bad, I IMHO its the photographers fault and not this excellent lens :)

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Lenses / Re: Post your 24-70 II Experiences Here
« on: September 05, 2012, 11:28:17 AM »
Here is one straight out of camera jpg. I wish I could post Raw here, but they are too big. I have reduced it to    to be able to upload it here. They are both shot with the 1D X

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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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