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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:43:31 AM »
A few more with Zeiss lenses, either 3,5 or 7 shots, PP with Photomatix Pro

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:36:14 AM »
5D3 with Canon 24TSE ii shot 4 images PP with HDR Efex Pro 2 CS6

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I own a 5D3 and 24 TSE MK II and Nikon mount Zeiss 21 f/2.8 F2 (that I use on a D800E and the 5D3 via adapter).  The 24 TSE MK II and the Zeiss are both extraordinary lenses.  Over tho, I prefer the Canon 24 TSE MK II.  The image quality stopped down a bit is every bit as wonderful as the Zeiss (microcontrast included) plus you have the movements as a bonus.  The 24 TSE MK II is a very large reason why I'm not going all in with Nikon.  I highly recommend you consider it of the price doesn't scare you off.  Upsides to the Zeiss include wildly sharp corners and the fact it's faster than the Canon as well as a bit better wide open but really, if you don't need f/2.8 or the 21mm, there's little reason to chose the Zeiss over the Canon 24 TSE MK II.  Also, once you get used to having tilt-shift, it's hard not have it :)

As an aside, I have also owned the Canon 24 TSE MK I and it doesn't come close to either the MK II or Zeiss.

Good luck!
I totally agree with ak's statement.  I have the same 5D3 w/ 24TSE II and Zeiss 35, 50 f1.4, 50 f2.0, 85 and 100
 lenses. Zeiss are incredibly sharp, have a great deal of micro contrast and are a joy to use.  Not much cheaper than the 24TSE II but still worth the $ IMO.  The Zeiss 21 is probably not as sharp as the 25mm Zeiss however it depends on where you read the reviews.

My advise, rent some of these lenses first and see if you like them.

Happy Shooting

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Does Zeiss glass ever go on sale?
« on: August 24, 2012, 08:20:39 PM »
You're welcome.  Every Zeiss I have purchased has been used and its been perfect for my use.  I have purchased three Zeiss lenses through Craigslist and one from Ebay.  Ebay has fees and you can't try a lens before purchase.  CL has its share of risks but I've lucky.

Best of Luck

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Does Zeiss glass ever go on sale?
« on: August 24, 2012, 11:19:21 AM »
Maybe when pigs fly but I've never seen Zeiss on sale.  However, you can buy used and I've had good luck with four Zeiss lenses that are like new.  Zeiss, as you probably know, is built like a tank so they retain their value and condition if cared for properly.
If you know what you want, you can seek out sellers from Craigslist or Ebay. I've rented the lenses I thought I might want first from LensRentals or 'that other guy' which helped in my purchasing decisions. 
If you choose to buy new, check Amazon and B&H. I would stay away from Adorama....never a good experience there, horrible.....
I've bought from Adorama many times over the last 30 years, never a problem.  They almost always get the new models out to buyers first. Amazon is really slow to get new DSLR models in stock, and has cancelled my order for one after I was waiting for two months.  I buy a lot from Amazon, but I never pre-order a new DSLR model, its a formula for disappointment.
B&H recently got in trouble with Canon for some unknown reason, and had their initial deliveries of recent models delayed, and their allotments cut.  Supposedly, thats been patched up.

If you really miss your autofocus, there is a company that converts your manual Zeiss to AF, but its a bit pricey.
Can you tell us who does that?  Conrus converts Contax N lenses (which were made by Zeiss) into EF compatible AF lenses, but the Contax N lenses were already autofocus, not manual.

Best of luck. Let us know what you find out there.

Mt. Spokane; you're absolutely correct, I meant Contax and not Zeiss, though they are very similar and yes the Contax lens you mention is AF by design. Thanks for pointing that out. :-[

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Lenses / Filters for lenses that are not designed to accept filters
« on: August 24, 2012, 10:58:50 AM »
Saw this at the The Digital Picture this morning and found this interesting.  Not being able to filter a 17TSE drove me to the 24TSE-ii which is the sharpest lens in my bag given the focal length.

Here is the article link:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/News/News-Post.aspx?News=2906

I personally doubt whether you'd achieve uniform filtering due to the curvature of the lens. 

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Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: August 24, 2012, 10:39:54 AM »
STUNNING insect images photogs!  Wonder how many pixels those BIG eyeballs have?  lol  Someday our image sensors will be of similar shape and quality....maybe.

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EOS Bodies / Re: I love Primes.
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:58:12 AM »
I'm with you RLPhoto.  I love my primes and use them daily for most anything. The only time I use my zooms obviously is for sports: 70-200 II, 70-300L and 100-400L. 

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Lighting / Re: Pocket Wizard Canon firmware update 6.150 problem
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:09:28 AM »
I didn't realize the firmware was updated yet for 5D3.   I've been on the list to get notified by PW of the new update.  Whaz up?

In the interim, I purchased the Phottix Odin set and they work fine for 5D3 with 580ex, 580exII's.  They were a bit cheaper, run on AA batteries, but have a few more buttons to push to adjust levels.

Good luck

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Viewfinder vs LiveView
« on: August 23, 2012, 04:52:34 PM »
Is it because of camera shake?  Are you on a tripod with cable shutter or 2/10 second delay?

Tripod mounted with wireless shutter release. The entire image was soft.
The only thing I've thought of was the tripod was on the carpet and the mirror was not locked up.

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EOS Bodies / 5D3 Viewfinder vs LiveView
« on: August 23, 2012, 02:37:54 PM »
I've posted test samples of images previously on this subject where my manually focused Zeiss lenses and/or Canon lenses with 5D3 are focused accurately through the VF and get the AF confirmation.  They print out and display super sharp on my screens.

Problem I'm having is when I focus in Live View x 10, there is no AF confirmation though the image is sharp on the LCD only later to see that the LV image in the computer is out of focus when compared to the VF image.

Yes, I've had my eyes checked reguarly. :o

With landscape or tripod mounted scenes, I much prefer to focus via LV than VF, however this is a problem.

Any ideas anyone?

Thank you.

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Canon General / Re: Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 22, 2012, 11:22:08 PM »
I started this forum about an issue I was currently having with Adorama and I didn't want to discolor them until I knew I would get complete satisfaction.  At this time, with the help from Adorama's Ms. Helen Oster, I have rec'd a full refund.

My complaint was simple, at least in my mind.
Here is what happened:
Ordered a new lens Sunday night only to realize I had also won the same used lens on Ebay, to my surprise, so I decided to cancel the new lens (Zeiss 100 F2.0 $1,875.00).  I called Adorma right then they opened and started to cancel my order when I got cut off in the middle of our conversation. That started it right there.  I called back immediately and got another CS rep who said it had just shipped but I would get a full refund.
It was a Paypal purchase and they deducted my account immediately. 
What they didn't tell me was that the shipment would have to go all the way to CA from NJ and back to them, get inspected and then wait possilbly 8 days for a refund.  I was fuming.  I didn't have product and couldn't possibly get my money back until they 'had spoken'.    Spoke with numerous reps and felt this was terribly wrong since I didn't even receive anything.
The shipment from NJ made two transfers to get to CA and neither one returned the shipment to the seller.
To top it off, after the CS rep said it was cancelled and I would get a full refund, I get an email 7 hours later that my shipment had just left!
OK, fine, I thought. I'll receive the shipment and then just pay to have it returned on my nickel. Seems I couldn't do that either and I still could not get my refund until their shipment goes all the way to CA and back to NJ.
Long story, Ms. Oster pulled some strings and got my refund in 5 days.
Thanks again Helen!

Second and last story. Sold my Canon 300 f2.8L to Adorama a few years ago after negotiating and agreeing to a   mutual price.  Lens looked like a war horse but was super sharp and fast.  Problem was it took almost 6 weeks to get the check from Adorama!  After numerous emails, hours on the phone to numerous reps, broken promises, you name it, I learned a valuable there.

In summary, I don't care if they have 300,00 boxes they have to account for daily, my box is just as important as  any other of the 299K boxes and I've worked hard to get it.

So, would I go back to Adorama?  Maybe...but only to purchase.

My apologies for not following up sooner. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Eye-fi card and 5D3 experiences
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:01:26 AM »
I have used Eye-Fi cards on a regular basis and they work as designed in my experience.
I only use the Eye-Fi cards with ShutterSnitch to create an adhoc network.  This allows me to connect to my Ipad without a network connection.   Let me further clarify: with my 5D3, I shoot RAW and small JPG.  I only transfer the JPG to my Ipad during a shoot to show clients/models as the shoot progresses.  Shuttersnitch is used to create the adhoc network.  The RAW images remain on my CF card in the camera and I transfer those later to my computer for  post processing.  The JPG's are automatically transferred to my Ipad during the shoot via Eye-Fi card + ShutterSnitch.  I've yet to find a CF adapter that will accept and work with an Eye-Fi SD card.  I've bought two or three adapters and none have worked.
Hope this helps.


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Canon General / Re: Canon in San Jose?
« on: August 21, 2012, 06:42:41 PM »
My office is about 20 miles north of San Jose and I can only guess this Canon location is for service of other Canon products other than cameras. Otherwise, I'd be camped out on their front door with my recalls and fixes.
I hate to give up gear for more than a day...I just feel like I've lost my best friend.

Good luck.  If you find this location to be other than what I have assumed, tell us!

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Portrait / Re: My little sis
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:31:13 PM »
Great image!  Love the rim lighting, my favorite, with just enough fill flash to lighten her face. Well done, well done. :)

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