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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D vs 5Diii vs 5Dii - Speedlite AF Focus Beam Assist Tests
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:09:06 AM »
So it's looking like my thought that now that the 5d has gotten 1D level AF, it gained 1D level AF problems. All of these numbers look like what I would have guessed from my hands on use with this stuff.

Technical Support / Re: Mirror fallen out of 5D - self repair ?
« on: December 28, 2012, 08:12:59 PM »
I sent my 5dc into canon back when they posted the mirror issue. At the time they told me it would take something like 2 weeks for the repair because the glue had to dry. i thought, well, i guess it's special glue. i had my camera back in my hands within a week. i was a bit confused about the speed, but all seemed well, so i wasn't about to complain about them being to fast.

From my exp, nearly every gym is pretty dark. I shot tens of thousands of frames a few years ago in a gym with a 30d- at 3200, 100mmf2- af f2, and i don't hold me to it, but i think i was in the area of 1/500, or a bit slower. Technically they would now be considered a mess, but at the time they were pretty good, and a far cry from what the people in the stands could do with point and shoots.
    Like most things, it all depends on what you are required/want to do, and how much you have to spend. Good looking high iso cameras are fantastic, but if you can use a flash of some sort, it'll be even better. For basketball, i would look into 1 or 2 alienbees monolights, battery packs, triggers, and some sort of clamping system or maybe stands. just be very careful with you're placement, and i don't mean just for lighting. you really don't want anyone getting hurt due to your equipment. 
   On second thought, what you really need to do is buy a large speedotron pack with whatever heads you need to get you to the flash duration you want. Then you just need a scissor at the gym to lift it all up in the rafters, with everything triggered wirelessly. just like they do at NBA games!  just make sure EVERYTHING, is VERY well secured. if a "head" was to land on someone, it would be a trip to the hospital at least, a falling powerpack would render someone dead on the spot. (powerpack = a large car battery)

what they said. normal.

Lenses / Re: Infinity and Cold
« on: December 24, 2012, 10:00:50 AM »
your samyang 14mm hard stops at infinity? I had read that they did, but figured it an error as mine seems to roll right on past infinity.

Lenses / Re: New lenses for 46mp camera?
« on: December 24, 2012, 09:54:44 AM »
I've long read how most of the current lenses are more than capable of out resolving anything on the MP horizon, and I thought it very likely to be true, but when i look at DXO's "mpix" rating of lenses, i start to wonder.
BTW-I'm ISF certified, yet i have no idea what a quad-HD television is, but i don't disagree with Bob's point.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: December 23, 2012, 07:50:07 PM »
Perhaps i'm one of the sigma fanboys? that's a good one. For me, purchasing the sigma 35 was really going out on a limb. I've wrote things on this site before about my discontent with Sigma. biased? yes, and not in sigma's favor. I pretty much hated sigma. crummy construction, poor AF, questionable IQ, crap for shooting against light, and probably the worst- crap service. Once they had a 70-200 of mine for AF calibration. they had it for something like 2 months. I was actually told that they were waiting on a part that was on a ship coming from japan. when i finally got the lens back, it had a nice nick on it, down to bare metal. They also nicked my 24mm 1.8. they've since released like 7 different versions of their 70-200mm, very comforting.  it's nice until you get your hands on a canon 70-200.   
  As i've said this sigma lens is different. It's an order of magnitude better than anything i've ever seen from them. feel free to move the goal posts so that the old canon is still the one for you. this reminds me of my minolta days, they are always quick to find some canon/nikon characteristic that they thought was a dealbreaker.

really, that's enough sigma bashing. call me what you will, i couldn't care less. i'm just here to learn, advise and perhaps get a laugh.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: December 21, 2012, 03:57:24 PM »
i don't think this would qualify as thread jacking, but i've seen a few shots from the 50L that showed very nervous bokeh that was really a mess. so much so that photozone even pointed it out in their review. I'm not saying the 50L is a mess, i'm saying that even lenses known for their great ability can trip up sometimes. Most of the early samples i saw on the net of the sigma looked a bit nervous to me, but in my use, so far anyway i haven't seen a problem.

  BTW- and this probably is thread jacking, most people love leica bokeh, and almost everything i've seen from them is clearly a bokeh disaster, so who knows? perhaps dropping that level of cash on something can cloud your vision. hey, i made a pun, hi five!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:32:10 PM »
i'm a sigma 35mm early adopter, and i'm very pleased with it, but if i was you, i doubt i'd swap. if you go the ebay route, then you have ebay/paypal fees, plus and maybe it's just me but i always get hosed on shipping charges, and all that will eat into your rewards. If you have a cheaper route, and are unhappy with your canon, of course, but if your happy, i doubt i'd do it. I was minutes away from going with the canon 35 when i decided against it, but if i had, i bet i would be just about as pleased with it.

- just like to add that i think sigma's rapid lens replacement system is a detriment. Canon is more my speed. Hopefully sigma will slow things down.

Underwater / Re: Advice on inexpensive underwater system
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:58:20 PM »
just read an ad in my local paper for a nikonos. i think it was "V" model with strobes, and i believe the guy was asking $250. 

Lenses / Re: Fellow stargazers & nighttime landscape loners!
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:24:42 PM »
please let us know how that tracking mount works out for you. I'd love to play with one, but if i bought one more photography related item, my wife..... it wouldn't be pretty.

 i had a 17-40mm that i used for many things including star shots. it was okay. then i replaced it with a 16-35mmv2. it was better only because of now i was at f2.8, and it was noticeably(just) wider. i've since sold it and now have a pro-optic 14mm. I haven't gotten a chance to do much of anything with it yet, but i'm hoping to give it a go with the night sky over the christmas holiday.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: December 17, 2012, 03:06:38 PM »
photozone seems to lag behind a bit. nothing against them, what they do it very nice, i like it a lot. If i was in the EU i would be offering up some lenses to them for testing.

DXO just posted their thoughts and findings on the SIGMA, so that might tide you over.

Lenses / Re: New Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Canon getting awesome reviews
« on: December 17, 2012, 03:00:23 PM »
Am i the only guy who thinks the canon lens socks are useless? at least the sigma has some real protection and can attach to my belt, and that's my plan for it. i'll keep my samyang 14mm in it, while the sigma 35 is on my cam. then switch out as needed.

Lenses / Re: 2.8 vs F4
« on: December 17, 2012, 02:56:18 PM »
okay,i think i understand what you're saying. yes, i do the same.  I would say "2.8, and f4". it just seems to make things clear. if i just said "4", that could mean "4 seconds", or "for" or "four". never really noticed it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: "shadow" at the bottom of frame/shot...
« on: December 17, 2012, 12:22:13 PM »
mirror lockup? holy cow.

 Well, if when i typed " also, i don't think this is the problem here", people thought i was saying this is what i think your problem is, i really don't know how to fix that.
  as for the flash duration topic i mentioned, my studio strobes ARE slower than 1/500th under some conditions. that is one head, at higher power settings. many are.
  I've posted before about my love of crappy flash synch speeds, and again, i know all about it, and why they suck. Nobody seems to understand how i don't care about all that, i'm 100% certain some clever guys could make it happen. hell, i've got a fairly good idea for a work around, but i haven't the time.
 anyone care to argue with my recommendations for the OP?

BTW- with an alienbees trigger/receiver combo i could net 1/400th with a speedlight set on full tilt with my 1dmk2.
yes, i know it's aps-h, just saying.

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