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Canon General / Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:34:53 PM »
My experience has been horrible more than once. Think I'd learn.

Anyone else?

EOS Bodies / Re: Has anyone bought from Primotronix?
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:33:27 PM »
NO, but with a deal that good you know it can't be trustworthy.  Its worth your time, energy and peace of mind to spend a few more $ and go to bigger dealers like Amazon or B&H.  They're reputable and worth the extra money, period.
I would stay away from online retailers like....well I'd better not say so I don't get sued.

Best of Luck to you

Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 15, 2012, 12:24:33 PM »
Canon 16-35 F2.8 L - Great landscape lens, always either in my bag or on my camera
Canon 24-70 F2.8 L - Not impressed with it, will probably be selling it soon, hardly ever gets used
Canon 40mm F2.8 Pancake - Love it. Goes everywhere with me
Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS II - A superb lens, but a bit heavy.
Canon 400mm F5.6 L - Sharp wide open, a superb wildlife lens and light enough to travel with easily

Leica 35-70 F4 R - My 'Go to' landscape lens. I find the images it produces to be far nicer than the 24-70 L
Leica 90mm F2 R - Superb for portraits, I just wish it had AF!

Canon Eos 5D iii, I sold the 1D iV because even shooting wildlife I found myself prefering the 5d

Please tell me more about the Leica 35-70 lens.  Which adapter?

Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 15, 2012, 10:54:51 AM »
OK, this is much like group therapy!  I know its a problem and I'm working on it. HA! 

Canon 16-35 II
Canon 24 TSE II
Canon 24-105
Canon 40 STM
Canon 50 1.2L
Canon 50 1.4
Canon 85L II
Canon 100 2.8L
Canon 135L
Canon 70-200L II
Canon 70-300L
Canon 100-400L
Canon 200 2.8L II
Zeiss 35 2.0
Zeiss 50 1.4
Zeiss 50 2.0
Zeiss 85 1.4
Zeiss 100 2.0 (new)
Zeiss 100 2.0 (used, ready to sell if anyone is interested)

My long term goal is to use or own all of Canon's lenses and keep the ones I like best and sell the others.

There, I feel better now. Thanks!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: August 15, 2012, 09:58:29 AM »
Natural light, minimal edits in CS6. Second image used PP for edits.

Your imagery and technique are excellent, period.
The only suggestion I might have is reference to scale in some of the images.  The hand gives you the relative size of your wifes beautiful artwork.  Without something in the image to let us know the comparative size, I couldn't really discern if it was a bracelet or a necklace.
Great work by you, the photographer, and your wife, the artist.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Does Zeiss glass ever go on sale?
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:19:42 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.....
If you really miss your autofocus, there is a company that converts your manual Zeiss to AF, but its a bit pricey.
Best of luck. Let us know what you find out there.

Lenses / Re: Worth buying Zeiss 35-70mm T*
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:15:24 PM »
I can't offer any information on the Zeiss T but I have ZE's 35, 50, 85 and 100 and love these lenses for their color and crispness when focused properly.  As you know manual focusing is a different mindset.  Would love to see some images from this zoom.

Software & Accessories / Re: HDR CS6 vs 3rd Party
« on: August 03, 2012, 10:14:35 AM »
I think I've probably tried all of them I could find.  Did their trial subscriptions first to see if they were worth the time and $.
Photomatix Pro is top notch and very affordable compared to the others.   HDR Efex Pro is also a decent program which can work with one image.  Of course, you can work with one image in Adobe Camera Raw also but it takes a bit more time processing one, saving it, processing again, etc.

I'm surprised anyone would do this given the change in design and leadership roles in the past 5 year, or even the past 5 minutes. What happens when Canon introduces the 'super' high res DSLR that simply blows away the  others?  Sell the 'others' and return to Canon?

We are all gear heads to some degree but gear is secondary to design, controlling the light and your artistic ability. Look at what the masters have done in the past with limited technology.

Wish you all the best.  Gee, what Canon glass you have up for sale?

I can offer a little advice, having a Panasonic G3 m4/3 camera and a few lenses for that...and I just picked up the Sony RX100 two weeks ago. I would say overall image quality, they are very similar and that includes noise at higher ISO's. Obviously, the G3 has the advantage in flexibility when it comes to lens selection...But I've been impressed by the RX100 as well. Yes, it's a little slow on the long end. But you can still get some decent depth of field, throughout the range.

I think you need to think of your choice differently...it isn't so much about specs but your intended use...If you own no other camera, then go with the OMD. You have more lenses to choose from and more flexibility. To me, the RX100 is the step up for a low-end point and shooter OR...it's an excellent second camera for a more serious photographer who already owns a higher end DSLR.

If I'm heading out for the day and my goal is it strictly shoot photos, my Canon 5D Mk3 and a few lenses come along for the ride. The G3 used to be my "I want a good quality camera, just in case camera"...meaning, I wanted a good camera with me, but my focus that day might not be in taking photos. Now, the RX100 has filled that role...especially given it's size, I can literally put it in my pocket and go. No camera bags, no lenses...just a good tool I can have on me to take good photos.

This is EXACTLY how I would approach this decision since I too have, from what it sounds like, the same equipment and methods of operation as posted above.  Since buying the RX-100 I will be selling off all my M43 lenses and G3 bodies. They do have excellent IQ but the M43 bag has gotten to be now the size of my DSLR bag and lenses.  It now defeats the  original purpose of downsizing. The RX is a great point and shoot camera and that is all I intended it to be.

Lenses / Re: Long Range L Choices
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:31:10 PM »

The only advice I could offer is to rent any of these lenses first to try them out for a few days, week, whatever.  I've done this on a regular basis before I decide to purchase a lens or not.  Sure, it adds cost to the purchase but may eliminate the hassle of selling or returning a lens that 'didn't work out'. 

As you know and have commented on, adding a TC to any lens just kills the focus speed and I couldn't agree more.

Best Regards

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135 f/1.8L IS
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:54:39 PM »
FAKE, I agree BUT....if its real, bring it on.  The 135 is one of Canon's best portrait lenses IMHO.  IS Would be a great asset to this lens however one more stop (1.8) would not do it justice considering the potential price.  Oh yeah, I'd probably rent it first and then decide if its worth it.  I'm comparing this with 85L, 100L and 70-200LII.

Thanks Neuro!  I understand that and have moved the AF point during LV. That is what I did in my 'test' and then x10 the LV to fine tune the focus. 

The only thing that could be causing the soft image is that both my 'model' (yeah, she's hot) and I were on carpet and not a hard surface.  I did use a wireless trigger but still...   I'll try again and I'll also show the slight difference between the Zeiss lenses and Canon 85L on my next test.

Thanks guys.

Thanks to all.  I'd be stretching the truth a bit if I said my model moved but she was sitting quite still at the moment. Camera was tripod-mounted and I used a wireless trigger. 

What I found difficult was after I took the first shot through the viewfinder and found focus on one AF point in her left eye, I then went to LV and noticed that my focus area on the LCD was not quite in the same area so I moved the view area to the center of my LCD, enlarged the view x10, manually focused again and took the second shot. The second shot is what appears to be OOF. This puzzles me greatly.

Had to chuckle at one's comment, 'maybe you should have your eyes checked'..... That was my first thought however if I can see that one of the two images is sharp then I know my eyes are OK.  FYI, I was wearing my contacts with reading glasses to make sure I get the best shot I can.  And yes, the diopter in my viewfinder has been adjusted to my 50+ eyesight.

Why is the image on the LCD not in the same area as the AF point through the VF? 

Does anyone have that answer?

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