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For a 7D, I'd use iso 1600 tops, and I'd prefer 800. High iso performance of this camera is what made me buy the 5D3. Using 400 for outdoor shooting is obviously even better, but don't forget to switch back or you'll be doing 1/4s shots. Oh, and as you will be shooting portraits all day long: don't forget to focus on the eyes! If those are sharp, half the battle is won ;)

I want the f/8 and bought a 2x mk II extender in anticipation, but I'm going to lose a lot of usability on my 4 third party batteries. Grunt.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: My kind of HDR
« on: April 28, 2013, 04:59:57 PM »
Like it! Inspiration for all sorts of cartoon type shots in here. Thanks for sharing - want to share some settings? :)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:24:57 PM »

Razed by CamWall, on Flickr

Love the pics, but have to ask: why don't you straighten your horizon? If nothing else, I'd think it would add to the drama here.

I spent €250 on a Sirui N1004 with a ball head when my Velbon (good enough for the 400D) collapsed under the weight of the 5D3. I'm pretty sure I'm as happy as I want to be.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: mini review: Yongnuo 568EX
« on: April 03, 2013, 09:28:09 PM »
Do I see a mechanical On-off switch there? I hate the electronic on-off button on the YN-560 II. They warn you to remove the batteries after use to prevent drain, and I have the feeling that the battery door is about to break every time I close it.

On the 568, there is a custom setting to change the button behavior to instant-on/off instead of having to hold it down for 2s. Big improvement :)

As to the compatibility: for that money, you can ditch the flash when you ditch your camera.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: mini review: Yongnuo 568EX
« on: April 03, 2013, 08:35:54 PM »
thanks. I can only find 550 used and for >$180. and I don't want used flash.
I very seldom use hot shoe flashes, so need a cheap main gun to use once or twice a year and ideally another tiny one for hiking to pitch in in place of the build-in. having trouble picking either...

Once or twice a year? Don't spend top dollar. Then, only Canons and the 568 support HSS and you'd need that for shutter speeds over 1/200s. The 568 should be usable as a slave with a Canon 90EX and your 5D3's menu system... there's your mini flash. Home and dry for less than 300 bucks. Although I would spend that money on a real (albeit second-hand) 580EX II. Might be less than ideal for you.

Wait a second - you imply the 5D3 has a built-in flash. It doesn't. What gives?

I have to come back on my promise to buy Eneloop XX's for flash use: according to this page (Dutch language), the standard Eneloops have a lower internal resistance, which means they can recharge your flash quicker. Having emptied six sets of AA's shooting indoors yesterday, I can safely say that to me, that's an important issue :)

Lenses / Re: Samyang 24 TS confirmed for Photokina!
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:55:13 AM »
sweet! now can someone please give roger at lens rentals a few so he can compare them vs the canon 24 TSE :P
I think you missed the "available soon" :P It is not here yet... Apparently, the Rokinon branded version is due in May and I don't think the Samyang will be here much sooner. Also, there is talk of a price increase to $1300 on the Facebook page of Samyang Europe. How much of all that is true, I don't know.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yeah, that is the future......
« on: April 01, 2013, 03:46:41 PM »
(...) our extensive research shows that very few photographers are interested in shooting nudes. At any rate, a person concerned about being photographed through their clothing can simply wear thick woolen underwear, which is an effective photon blocker.”
...giggle :)

It's cold fusion, redux.  Speaking of redux, plug Baceolus into your favorite Latin translator...
I used a dictionary  :-[

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D L Announced, Shipping in May
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:14:36 AM »
And as expected, the same damned 18mpix sensor again.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Delayed
« on: March 27, 2013, 10:01:37 AM »
Well, if they get AF right for a change, it could be a winner regardless of optical improvements.

Lenses / Re: New 100-400 to Launch with EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: March 27, 2013, 09:58:54 AM »
Sounds like the right time to sell my 100-400!

Maybe a little offtopic, but I saw your signature ("leave the fish alone!") and had to think of the one time a played with a 100-400, last fall. Great lens, if a little heavy. I'd like the next one to not be push-pull too, by the way.

Lenses / Re: New 100-400 to Launch with EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: March 27, 2013, 09:50:33 AM »
Ha ha ha.  100-400mm f/4 means the same front element size as the 200/2, 400/4, 200-400/4, etc.  Would be a $7K lens easy.  Get off this, folks, it'll be f/5.6 at the long end, and likely close to $3K at that.

(...) isn't that why canon makes those primes? (...)

No, it is actually by definition: max. focal length divided by min. aperture is min. lens diameter. 400mm/4.0=100mm. An anything-400/f4.0 will most always have a 100mm (or thereabouts) front element. No ifs and buts and marketing about it.

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