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EOS Bodies / Re: Stay with Canon?
« on: July 10, 2013, 09:25:15 AM »

Now that is a brilliant idea. Let's compare apples and apples. You can start by renting:
a Nikon D4 + 70-200 f2.8 zoom
a Canon 1D-X + 70-200 f2.8 zoom

Go and shoot some sports or an event or whatever else you like in dimly lit conditions so that you can really appreciate that Nikon sensor and AF system.

Let's make it really interesting... rent the following gear:

a Nikon D800E and AFS 14-24mm f2.8G zoom;
a Canon 5D Mark III and... oh, rats - Canon doesn't have anything to compete with this - why bother.  :-X


What is a portrait shooter that cant afford a 5d3 to do?


Be happy with what you have, or start charging for your work...  :)

Why do they keep selling the cameras in bundles like this?  Why not just offer a good price on the camera, and not add in all that "bonus" crap that we have to pay extra for in terms of shipping costs, extra taxes and environmental fees, duty and brokerage charges?  It all gets tossed into a dumpster because it's worthless crap. (which I guess is why they have to give it away in the first place...)  Maybe they're just hoping to appeal to the last vestiges of the Walmart mentality out there...?

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II
« on: July 03, 2013, 10:26:39 AM »
I would have like to see some photos in the review taken without flash, to get a true idea of how well the lens performs.  Flash always make the images look artificially sharp, now matter how good (or bad) a lens is...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals: EOS-1D X & EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS
« on: May 14, 2013, 10:52:36 AM »
Promoting eBay scammers now?  :'(


Good day. Owing a 5D2 I have some nice opportunity to get a 1V for shooting B&W film whenever situation arises. I own a 24/1.4L II and 70-200/2.8L II which I understand are calibrated for digital cameras, for example subwavelength coating (SWC) on the former. Based on your experience are these lenses a performance improvement for a 1V or mismatch?

I don't think you lens choice will make a huge difference - there isn't any combination of film/processing/scanning available for 35mm that will even remotely maintain the superb optical quality of the new lenses through to your end result.

I've used both Nikon and Canon glass over the past several years, and there's really no comparison when it comes to the super-teles... Nikon's current lenses are at a performance level comparable to where Canon was back in 1999.

Nikon may have an edge when it comes to picking sensor suppliers (would they still even be in business without Sony?) but Canon has a huge lead when it comes to lens design (the Nikon 14-24 notwithstanding,...)

I think this is mainly made-up to cut into the sales of 3rd party lensmakers. It would be possible to make a DSLR body, that only accepts EF lenses. But to do so, there should be something in the lens that lets them identify as an EF lens. I do not think that Canon has anything like this in their older EF-lenses.

So if Canon likes to keep its compatibility to their old lenses, then the Sigma lenses will also keep working on EOS bodies.

It will be interesting to see, if we will get 3rd party lenses for the EOS-M or the Nikon 1, or it Canikon buildt this "feature" into their new mirrorles cameras.

Nikon has already patented a technology that could - potentially - prevent the use of third-party lenses on Nikon cameras:


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D7100 ... Will Canon meet this specs?
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:39:57 PM »
It's unlikely that Canon would cripple any camera that much and hope that the noobs only look at the megapixel count before buying...  ::)

Lenses / Re: TS-E 17mm or 24mm
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:21:58 AM »
If I was going to use it as a true walk around lens I'd get a second lens cap and cut the top off to make a custom hood, this won't vignette if you don't shift, if you do shift you have the time to take the "hood" off.

Using the bottom of the lens cap converted to a Lee filter holder does cut down on flare when you just use it as a hood (as I do), although it doesn't really offer very much lens protection.  You can shift about 7mm on the short axis and about 5mm on the long axis before you run into vignetting, and tilting doesn't cause any vignetting from the hood.

Lenses / Re: 17-40 F4L or Wide Angle Prime?
« on: April 23, 2013, 10:03:31 AM »
Well, the title says it all, that's my debate.
More than likely a prime under 40mm that has IS (like the 28mm F2 IS for example.)
ORRRR the 17-40 F4L.
Being used mainly for video (on tripods and dollys) and on a 5D MkIII.

If you're planning to use the lens mainly for video and will be using tripods and dollys, why are you concerned about having IS?  For this type of use, I'd be looking at the Zeiss ZE primes.

Lenses / Re: canon 5d mk3 what lens ?
« on: April 23, 2013, 10:01:22 AM »
The EF 24-105 f4L is a nice lens, and very versatile - if I had to choose just a single lens, that would probably be the one I'd pick.

However, once you try the 24-70 f2.8L II, it's difficult to settle for anything less...  ;)

Lenses / Re: Trading my Canon 70-300 L for a 70-200 2.8 L ?
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:57:45 AM »
The 70-200 f2.8L IS would be a noticeable step up in image quality from the 70-300L, and would give you a much nicer background blur as well, but it is definitely bigger and heavier, so you would have to consider whether or not this would suit your shooting style.

If you don't mind the size and weight of the f2.8 zoom, then you should really look at the newer 70-200 f2.8L II IS - it's a big improvement over the previous 70-200 f2.8L IS (and a huge leap above the 70-300L - even if you use it with a 1.4x-III extender).

Lenses / Re: Budget lens for birding ?
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:51:04 AM »
The push me pull me is a dust hog. Birding is field photography ergo I find the 400 prime a better selection.

The "dust hog" or "dust pump" nonsense is just that - a silly internet myth propagated by people who have never actually used the lens.

If the OP is planning to buy a newer lens, he shouldn't worry about getting a "soft copy" - the early problems with quality control were cleaned up about 10 or 12 years ago (this lens has been in production since 1998).

Lenses / Re: TS-E 17mm or 24mm
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:41:32 AM »
I have both the 17mm f4L and 24mm f3.5L II TS-E lenses, although the 24mm has mostly been sitting in the camera bag since I got the 17mm (even thought the 24mm is the sharper of the two, by a tiny margin).

I like the 17mm TS-E lens because it's sharper and has less distortion than any other lens of comparable focal length (with the possible exception of the Zeiss 15mm f2.8, but it won't accept graduated filters).  The tilt and shift features are just nice bonuses, and I use the lens shifted more often than not.  I also like that I can use the same Lee and Singh-Ray filters on both TS-E lenses, and both lenses work surprisingly well with the Canon extenders.

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