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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Firmware Available
« on: August 21, 2012, 12:06:43 PM »
Looks like i'll have to bring it down to CSC…the lens is not totally unusuable..i cna't upgrade it at all and there isn't the old firmware for download anywhere…stupid Canon…Anyone else has bad luck like me?
I've tried several 5d3 is alreayd ver 1.1.3…i've even tried downloading from different websites…
All still same…the lens is a brick now..won't even work on other cameras. :(

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Firmware Available
« on: August 21, 2012, 11:57:53 AM »
I tried to upgrade. But the update has crashed six times in a row. A time to 50%, a time to 70% and even to 2698% (!). I use a 5D III (latest firmware) . Tonight i want to try again with another file, another CF and also setting the language to English. I hope ...

I have the same problem as you..
I can't resolve the camera won't work :( I need to bring it down to CSC??? Oh no…it's just a lens firmware upgrade..why!!!

Sad news is…you can't…
Somehow Canon decided to remove that "feature" in their new cameras…
Don't ask me why…it's a good feature, Nikon has it…canon took it out..

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Digital Rev video review of 1D X available
« on: August 20, 2012, 12:22:22 AM »
Funny how Kai commented that 18MP of 1DX might not be enough, but he didn't make any comments on the Nikon D4's even lower 16MP.
I guess it's because the d4 doesn't replace a high mp camera..there the d800 for that..the 1dx however does and there isn't any high mp camera yet....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Digital Rev video review of 1D X available
« on: August 19, 2012, 09:16:15 PM »
I thought the review was very good but despite some of his positive comments I got the impression he was not that impressed, which I think is why he questions whether it is worth making the change at the end.

It was also a pretty negative review of the flagship's video capabilities, saying it is almost exactly the same as the 5D Mk III.

That's because he is is almost identical and i really do think the people that buy the 1dx isn't really looking at it's video capabilities anyways. Although I'm pretty sure he sounded mk3 impressed with it from the 1dmk4 as compared to his d3 to d4 video.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Canon 5D mark 3 in-camera HDR shots
« on: August 16, 2012, 10:58:00 AM »
I'm not a fan of HDR and i agree that true HDR is best done PP.
However like i mentioned, for quick general shooting especially during vacations where you take hundreds of photos and don't want to spend you nights in the hotel room doing PP, the in camera HDR does work sometimes when you don't have the luxury time to do trial and error.
in fact, as much as possible, i don't want to carry around a big bag with all my filters and tripods etc..i just carry the camera and 1 lens so in a situation like the one i posted above where i was shooting into the sun directly, without the HDR, this photo would never have worked.
You might say i'm facing the wrong direction, shooting in the wrong time of the day etc..but it is what it is..i was there at that time and i was shooting that position..just imagine a person standing there..without HDR, you will never be able to correctly expose him.

I'm not sure what Canon had in mind when they included this feature int he camera but i'm sure glad they did…Althougth i's only use it 1% of my shots…at least it's there to save the shots that otherwise will not be captured properly

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Canon 5D mark 3 in-camera HDR shots
« on: August 16, 2012, 05:05:59 AM »
I actually find the 5d3 In camera HDR extremely useful for travel shots.
I recently went to several places by the beach (Santa Monica etc) and with the bright sunlight, and the location of the sun, i had many shots that have the people underexposed because of shooting into the sun.

On ideal shoots, you'll use an ND Filter or photoshop to recover shadows and highlights etc…but when travelling, i don't want to have to do any of that..i don't even shoot in RAW..i want everything as simple as can be.

This is where i find the HDR feature extremely useful. For shots that have too large a range from highlights to shadows, i just use the in camera HDR and it solves almost EVERYTHING…i rather have an image where i can see everything but look "fake" than have an image that have underexposed areas especially family faces that you can't see.

here's an example of how the HDR helped…without it, the building would've been so dark you won't see it clearly at all. This is just one example..i've use the HDR ALOT during my trip since it was much easier than struggling with filters and locking exposures and taking multiple shots etc…HDR is a quick fix for normal generic shooting.

Lenses / Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« on: August 09, 2012, 06:51:41 AM »
Europe will consist of a lot of bare that in mind and the weight of the gears..
The last time i was there, i ended up leaving almost everything in the hotel because of the weight and walking about too much...

However, with almost anywhere in europe, architecture is the main attraction unless you like street a wide angel lens is essential..since 99% of my shots when i was there was done with a wide angle.
Leave the 70-200 at home, you will most certainly never use it.
I would bring a really fast prime for indoor shots (which you will use a lot of for all the museums, churches etc), but the 5d3 ISO is great so maybe even at f4 is enough...

Base on your kit..i would just bring the 14L and 24-105L...
24 might not be wide enough for some locations..and not fast enough indoors so the 14L will be great...but for most other shots, the 24-105 will be perfect for a walkabout in Europe...

Actually, the 24-105 is almost the perfect travel lens for FF cameras IMO..i use it ALOT while traveling...but not so much at home...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X vs Nikon D4
« on: July 26, 2012, 11:10:59 AM »
The test is not flawed.
It wasnt meant to be a technical test anyways.
It was a real world  test from 2 seasoned professional photographers, using the camera like how they would for their jobs.
It's not a "lab" only test by people who only read data.

The fact that a seasoned Nikon user would switch camps because of the 1DX he "experienced" for himself using it like he would for his work, this to me says alot about the 1DX.
I've personally used it more than once and I must agree, it is really a league on it's own…nothing else comes close…this video just proves the real world.

Being a professional wedding photographer with tons of Nikon glass for soooo many years…for him to switch to Canon and get rid of all his Nikon glass…that's a HUGE step for anyone to take and for him to take it, he must really love the 1DX…i guess he made his decision not because of the screen of the D4..but more so of the AF speed of the 1DX…this is essential for his line of work i guess..can't miss a shot..

Lenses / Re: Must-have lenses for Canon 5D Mark III
« on: July 26, 2012, 09:30:34 AM »
i don't think there's such a thing as must have…it all depends on what you shoot really.
Prime user will always "must have" all the L primes..
Zoom users will have the trinity zooms L lenses..
Rich people will own both :)

Personally for me, i like my 24-105…i've had it since my 60D days but i din't like it then and didn't use it much..
however, since the mk3, it's brought new life to the lens…it's now my must have lens for almost anything general…
Of course for specific shooting like portraiture, i'l use primes :)

Lenses / Re: 40mm Pancake Malfunctioning?
« on: July 21, 2012, 02:16:00 PM »
Do you manually force the focus ring back in?
This will cause the lens to "hang"…
Somehow the STM "remembers" it's position and if you force it in manually wiht the camera off..when you turn it back on, the lens will somehow not work…

Lenses / Re: sigma 30mm f1.4... anyone used?
« on: July 21, 2012, 02:08:44 PM »
Personally, if you already have the 28 f2.8, there's really no need for the 30mm.
I had the 30mm before and loved it.
HOWEVER, once i upgraded to FF, i had to sell it and i had no similar range lens…so i had to buy the 50 1.4
i know people say you should buy what you need now…BUT you will never know when you will upgrade to FF and lenses are something you buy and keep for much longer than the why not buy a compatible lens in the first place.
I initially only thoughti will never go FF so i bought the 30mm over the 28mm but under 1yr, i switched to FF and lost from reselling the 30mm and paying more for another 50mm..
It's a good lens yes (If you get a good copy), but i really wished Sigma made it FX compatible in the first place :)

Shouldn't we already know from experience that dates mean nothing to Canon? :)

Lenses / Re: New Canon 50mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:30:22 AM »
The price is a real turn off…
I really hope it's nothing like that…BUT looking at the new 24 and 28 IS prices..i'm sure this would be similar or more…

EOS Bodies / Re: 2023: a look into Canon's flagship body
« on: July 17, 2012, 03:42:58 AM »
In 2023, Mobile phones will have cameras so good that we won't need DSLRs anymore...

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