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Lenses / Re: EF 50 f/1.2L II Gets a Mention by Canon
« on: May 20, 2014, 03:30:58 AM »
Wouldn´t it be easier to ask Philip Bloom instead of discussing something that can be answered in five minutes?

Or you could just use your eyes and see it is bullsh!t yourself. Besides, if he was using an unannounced lens he'd be under an NDA, so couldn't legally answer the question in the affirmative. Apart from those two points you might be on to something.

Neuro had said everything.  I just wish you luck.  Mine is tack sharp since I bought it.  If you don't mind me asking, when did you bought your lens?

I bought it in December 2013.

The more interesting question is when does the date code say it was built?

Where on the lens do I find the date code?


Lenses / Re: EF 50 f/1.2L II Gets a Mention by Canon
« on: May 20, 2014, 03:04:44 AM »
If it is, it is EXACTLY the same as the MkI, I think we can put this down to a typo, he was using the 85 f1.2 MkII at the same time.

This is a screenshot of Bloom's 50 f1.2.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 20, 2014, 01:36:49 AM »
From a RAW. Not real crazy with the skin tones from RAW. JPG's were solid.

So what was your camera profile and your WB? Understand that any jpeg out of the camera can be replicated exactly with the RAW file in post, with no additional work.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod Help
« on: May 15, 2014, 07:44:10 PM »
the entire point of Carbon Fibre tripods is taking it, ie, the weight, they are remarkably lighter than their Aluminium cousins.

CF damps vibration more effectively than aluminum (and wood is even better for that).  Also, CF doesn't transmit heat as efficiently, meaning it's more comfortable to handle in cold temperatures.

I do realise there are other benefits, but I did put "For me" at the beginning of my comment, because for me it is far and away the most important aspect of CF over Al.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod Help
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:18:53 AM »
For me, and I am a cheapskate, the entire point of Carbon Fibre tripods is taking it, ie, the weight, they are remarkably lighter than their Aluminium cousins. A tripod you dn't take with you is worth nothing.

I have five tripods I have accumulated over the years, they all do different jobs but the one I take most often is the single carbon fiber one, the 055CXPRO3.

For me it has nothing to do with trends, it is 100% functionality.


Sorry this is a bit off-topic, but doesn't having the L-plate under your palm bother you when using a grip (handholding in portrait mode, I mean)?

Not me, I have RRS L-Plates and they have very smooth edges and don't add much volume to the set, but there is no difference between an L-Plate and a simple bottom plate when hand holding and shooting in portrait mode.


I have a 17TS-E that is "better" than a Nikon 14-24 equaling 16-35.

If a Canon 14-24 is no better than the current 16-35 I'll continue stitching the 17 for highest end work and use the 15mm fisheye and defish for everything else.

My advice, in all seriousness, is don't. It will be a letdown. Tilt with the 17 is very difficult to achieve accurately with live view anyway as the gearing is far to coarse, a fraction of a turn, even the pressure of your finger on the knob, will move the plane of focus some distance at moderate J point distances.

As for having tilt lenses prior to Live View, this is true, but they were not 17mm ones and the wider the lens the more difficult the accurate adjustment.

Failing that make some basic J point measurements, and use a tilt table (Northlight has one for the 17mm), it will work well enough.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod Help
« on: May 14, 2014, 12:10:21 AM »
I'd save a touch more and never look back.

The Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 ($309) is a great tripod I own. I also recommend as Neuro suggests, the Acratech GP ($399) over the GV, I use the GP reversed 90% of the time, it makes setup effortless.

Plates, I went for RSS but there are some other innovative brands out there, truth is we all have brand allegiance, but you can't go wrong with any of the better known makes.

But do take your time and get it right, if that means saving a hundred or so more dollars then that is the best advice any of could give you.

Lenses / Re: Canon Lens Pouches
« on: May 13, 2014, 11:10:04 PM »
Damn Neuro,

Where do you find all this stuff!

I have a pouch like that that came with my Wonderpana, well actually they give you two, one for the Wonderpana and one for the CPL. What I really want is one thicker one to take them both, because the whole thing mounts on the lens cap bayonet of the 17 TS-E it is easier to just leave it all together and put it on and off complete, but the pouches are too narrow to store them together. Any ideas?

Ahsanford, how do you like your Arca Swiss double pan head?
I have the sp and I am wondering if I should get the dp...

Dp is 100% the way to go for so much tripod work.

EOS-M / Re: Export from camera to USB flash drive
« on: May 13, 2014, 07:30:05 PM »
Well you have a couple of options but no direct path to a usb stick.  You can use a mifi card if your camera has an sd slot.  The other option is to export to a tablet.  Apple makes a connecting cable and has software built into ios to dump raw down to the tablet.  I cant speak for android or windows based tablets but would assume they have some similer capability.

Not exactly what you were asking for but its the smallest usb storage i can find that works.

You probably mean an Eye-Fi card, and for writing RAW files they are unworkably slow.

Are you sure you can shoot tethered to an iPad? My Camera Connector Kit, the dongle that gives you a USB port on the iPad, only recognizes the camera when in playback mode.

EOS-M / Re: Export from camera to USB flash drive
« on: May 13, 2014, 07:25:54 PM »
The MFT device I used on my 1D Mk III could write to a USB device as well as hook-up wirelessly to a tablet or computer. It didn't need to be hooked up to save photos to the USB stick.

That would be a WFT device and you can't put a USB stick directly into it, well you can but the camera won't write to it, it has to be a self powered USB storage device, an old reformatted iPod works well.

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