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Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: April 29, 2014, 11:35:23 AM »
she said she had tried it and decided it just wasn't reliable enough for what she was doing with a 50mm.

It should be noted that the f/1.2L has a focus-shift when shooting in f/1.4 to f/4 range. This is a deliberate design choice, but it can really catch people out.

See this excellent explanation by Neuro.

Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 29, 2014, 10:41:57 AM »
That could well be your problem, BIF in good light, as per cervantes settings, are about as far away from a tuned AF set up as you can get for a model runway shoot in poorer light.

The beauty and problem with modern AF is it is so customisable that settings for one subject and situation will be very bad for another. The "twitchiness" he is inducing in his custom settings do not make so much sense for runway shooting. The Accel/Deccel setting isn't appropriate for runways, the model's speed is comparatively uniform, and the Tracking Sensitivity is the opposite of what makes sense for runways.

I'd reset to factory and work methodically from there, indeed I'd expect factory to give you a much higher keeper rate than the 30% you are getting.

Good points and I totally agree on the customizability can be a trapdoor to problems. I've given the body a Factory Reset + Custom Functions Reset, and will go out tomorrow evening to give it a new try.

I think the automatic selection AF vs Zone AF mode setting (p 74 in the manual) have been messing with me, as it seemed to auto-select the AF points, despite I had selected a single AF point.

Thanks to PBD as well as mackguyver and Menace over in the 300mm thread for suggestions. I'll keep you posted on my findings.

I'll try the 61-point "full auto" selection and the manual 1/5/9-point AF modes for comparison.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Technology Coming From Canon? [CR1]
« on: April 29, 2014, 10:28:30 AM »
Thus either this rumor is a hoax (why would Canon not want to reduce the cost of sensors made for the top end?)...

Can I flip this around: why would the top end be the priority for reducing production costs? Surely the margins are tighter at the bottom?

I believe that you're thinking it wrong: ANY reduced manufacturing costs goes straight to the bottom line.

Sure, the lower end has a higher volume, but sometimes it is easier to reduce costs at the high end simply because people didn't bother too much about cost, with the argument that "it's high end, so our focus is quality, not cost", which ends up in a circular argument resulting in high cost.

Believe me, I speak from experience (sigh).

Canon General / Re: Best Backup Strategy?
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:08:16 AM » might be an option for you, if you want offsite backups. As for backup crashing during the copying, you need to use dedicated backup software that notice such problems and react on the next backup cycle.

Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 28, 2014, 11:17:30 AM »
For the first shot, full length with the model walking, I'd use a pre chosen single point in Servo, just select the top middle point (or the next one around the edge if possible) and crop slightly to give better framing in post, often you can batch process the crop too. For the turn and half-profile shot the same AF setting will work, but I might be tempted, because I am a One Shot AF fan, to toggle to One Shot, you can program the four black buttons on the lens to do this.

Just don't get mixed up with trying to move focus points, the models move fast and if you lose one you won't have time for the AF to regain them and get your shot, choose one and stick with it. If you look at almost any runway series from any shooter they will all be shot with the same framing and point of focus. This not only makes it easier for the photographer but it gives viewers a much clearer comparison of the look the designers have created. If the publisher wants something more dynamic then the designers can crop and rotate etc to give that look.

Aye, this is very close to what I did. I used a (semi)fixed focus point (played around with the top/2nd-top row points), and then panned/changed composition as they walked the runway. I used the AI servo mode, though, attached to the shutter button. I previously tried some of cervantes recommended settings, so I may have been fouling up the AF settings.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:53:33 AM »
I spent the last three evenings practising this lens on the fashion shows in the local mall (they run all week).

Still trying to get to understand how to set up the 5D3 AF system as I can't get it to focus consistently - these models aren't exactly moving like a Peregrine falcon in full dive, and I'm not even getting a keeper rate over 30%.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:37:30 AM »
I took the 300mm f/2.8L II to a fashion show in the local mall to practice how it worked with the 5D3.

1/400 sec, f/3.2, ISO 400, uncropped. (yes, I accidentally bumped the back wheel at f/3.2 instead of f/2.8).
WB is adjusted due to horrible lightning.

Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:25:29 AM »
It was a wee bit too long for the distance (the guy next to me shot with a 200/2L), but I think the focal length  turned out very well: full body at the start of the catwalk, turning to half-profile size at the end of the catwalk.

Now, the only problem left is the idiot operating the buttons and setting cannot seem to find good AF settings that give consistent focus every shot (this must be the photographers version of "a classic case of PEBKAC").

5D3, 300mm f/2.8L II, ISO 400, 1/400sec, f/2.8 (un-cropped).

Photography Technique / Re: Advice for trip to Western USA
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:34:01 AM »
Through Vegas to Zion (I'd recommend swinging through Valley of Fire just north of Vegas)
Scenic byway 12 on the way to Capitol Reef, possible quick stops at Devil's Garden (not to be confused with the Devil's Garden in Arches) & Goblin Valley.
Canyonlands & Arches
Monument Valley
Page (Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon; you'll be able to see the popular beams, but I recommend the more expensive photography tours if you go; Horseshoe Bend).
Grand Canyon

Based on Cali_PH's recommendations, I basically did this tour (flying in/out of LAX) back in October 2012, in 8-9 days. But there was quite a bit of driving involved, especially from/to LA to the Utah/Arizona area, as well as between Capitol Reef and Arches/Canyonlands NP.

Oh, I also stopped at the Natural Bridges park :)

Software & Accessories / Re: External AF assist light?
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:50:08 AM »
Yongnuo's YN-E3-RT has built-in focus-assist beam, and is the size of the Canon ST-E3-RT. Might just suit your bill, and give RT access to 600EX-RT's to boot.

Technical Support / Re: More reach
« on: March 22, 2014, 11:41:14 AM »
Struggling to work out where was best for this topic. I know its been covered numerous times before, but I'm after more reach than 200mm of my 70-200 on my 7D. It would be used primarily for motorsports, airshows and wildlife

A couple of years ago, I faced the same issue: I found that my 70-200mm on my 50D didn't have enough reach for shooting motorcycles on racetracks, and I was looking to get (significantly) closer.

After trying a 400mm and a 300mm in a shop and some "thinking", I decided that 300mm wouldn't be enough and splurged on a used 400mm/2.8L Mk I.  Only to find out that a 400mm on a APS-C got me too close to the action to be useful for me. I had to practice quite a bit to learn how to properly use the 400mm.

So my advice to you would be to check out if a 1.4x TC or a 300mm might suffice for what you want to do, or you really need the 400+mm.

Now that I have a 5D3, I'm looking forward to try the 400mm again to see if it has become more "user-friendly" for me.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:58:26 PM »
I doubt this lens be made in Japan. It's more likely be made in China.

We all know the labor cost in China ;)

Yup, skyrocketing with 10%+ salary increases per year.  :D

There's a reason why an increasing number of companies are looking to move out of China. Heck, there are even Chinese companies will take your order and outsource the manufacturing to lower cost countries in South East Asia.

Can anyone think of any cons to using AI servo fulltime and ditching One Shot if I I'm able to achieve the same level of accuracy?

I've found on my 5D3 that if I engage AI Servo, a flash (580EX, 600EX-RT) will NOT send out AF-assist beams. If I switch to One Shot or AI Focus, the AF-assist beam works.

I haven't found this quirk mentioned in any of the manuals.

Landscape / Re: Upper/Lower Antelope Canyon Help
« on: March 17, 2014, 02:21:23 AM »
Also, how much travel time is involved in getting to these sites from Page itself? Doesn't look too bad, but again I have not been there.

As I recall, it's less than 15 minutes drive from central Page to both sites (Antelopes, Horseshoe Bend).

Since this is a family trip, most of my gear can't come. So I was planning on bringing a 5d3 body, 16-35L and a tripod.

Bring only 1 lens into the canyons, as there are too much fine dust there to change lenses. I got a little dust into the tripod (I cleaned it out later), but my 17-40L+5D3 were fine.
The 16-35L is your best choice for all three sites.

In HK you can get them for around $5800, which is not so bad.

kaihp - where in Hong Kong have you seen them at that price? (HK$ 45,000) I know Fortress sells them for HK$52,500 but they tend to be a bit more expensive.

I'm using the Android app/website to search. My Chinese is (very) limited, but there seem to be several sellers offering it for HKD44,800. But they could be "grey imports" - but hey, I'm not in HK so I don't care too much.

When I was in HK in October, I found the 600EX-RT's at lower price than advertised in the app. The "Sim City" shopping mall in Mong Kok, Shan Tung Street had several well equipped shops. DCfever is even registered as an official dealer by Canon HK.

Shoot me a PM if you need more info.

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