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Lenses / Re: What's the Difference: 1.4X EF Extender 2 Vs. 3
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:01:54 PM »
Difference?  about $200  ;D ;D ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: Who Adopted Adobe CC?
« on: July 22, 2013, 07:00:06 PM »
If you put in the hands of less people for more $ then it balances out their equation.  For me personally, the current CS6 is fine for me and my workflow. I use other programs that do similar adjustments that I can work with to suit my needs. 

Like others, I think we're waiting for Adobe to 'come to their senses'.  With this poll, its obvious they may be losing alot more than they're gaining.

You should share the results of this poll with Adobe.

Lenses / Re: 17-40 Replacement
« on: July 12, 2013, 05:51:12 PM »
I feel your pain as I've had and sold the 17-40, twice.  Had the 16-35 f2.8L mark 1 and sold that and now have the equally as horrible mark II version.  It works 'ok' at F4 - F11 but still soft in the corners. I only use it when I need the 16mm range, with caution.

The landscape lenses I use now are the 24TSE-II and a Zeiss 35mm 2.0 or the Sigma 35mm 1.4. All three are incredibly sharp throughout 'most' of the range. I hope in time to sell one of the 35mm's as I don't need to carry more than I can use. 

As you know, both the TSE and Zeiss are manual focus.  Getting critical sharpness is lesson to learn.  I'm lucky enough to also use a Zeiss 100mm, which for landscape, is a great tool also.

You also mentioned the Canon 24mm II  which I've heard is also a great lens but the TSE appears to out perform it in the IQ arena.

Lastly, the Zeiss 21mm would be my next purchase after I sell some of my other mothball fleet lenses.

Best of Luck

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 wireless photo transfer options...
« on: July 08, 2013, 04:05:30 PM »
I've got a 5D3 also and shoot with wi-fi cards on occasion so a client or 'other' can view the images on an IOS device within  seconds after they are shot.  It works well but has limitations.  I shoot small JPG's to the wifi SD card that load up to an Ipad for the client and shoot RAW to the CF card for post processing later.

Another great option is the CamRanger that was mentioned above. I picked up one a few weeks ago and it works great for remote shooting from an IOS device. The best feature is the Live View shooting where you can make all adjustments on the screen before taking the shot.  You can shoot HDR and focus-stacking with the free app.

Best of luck!

You might consider the Fuji XE1 or the newly released XM1 which will have an articulating screen which might make this a great camera for street photography.  One of the assets of the XE1 & the XM1 is the options to choose a focal length whereas the X100s is limited in that regard.
I picked up a used XE1 with two lenses: 20mm f2.0 and 35mm f1.4 that are both stellar lightweight and sharp lenses. 
The XM1 is a bit smaller than the XE1 hence, more pocket-able.  I carried the XE1 for about 10 hours at an amusement park with both lenses and never once felt fatigued with extra weight and didn't really attract any attention that you might get from a big-white or 5D body.
If nothing else, rent the camera and a few lenses to check them out first. This is what I did before buying a used set.
Lastly, there is also the Canon EOS-M which use your other Canon EF lenses with the Canon adapter. 

Best of luck

EOS-M / Re: Another reason to love the M...
« on: July 07, 2013, 06:08:27 PM »

WDYWTS would have been my first question also but don't think you have to limit your shooting to MF only.  With the Canon adapter you can shoot with AF lenses also.   

With regard to MF lenses, I've found the Zeiss 35 f2.0 and 50 f2.0 nice to work with but a bit heavy for such a small body. The lens will rest in your hand and you can use your finger tips to focus.  The heavier the lens the harder it is to prevent blur so I'd go as light as possible.

I haven't tried but Canon's 17-40 is a versatile lens and extremely light weight.  Have fun!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Anyone using a Capture Camera Clip?
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:29:32 PM »
Hello Troops,

Wondered who might be using a Capture Camera Clip which is similar to Spyder Pro and some others of similar design.   Kickstarter has a new version of the Capture V2 in funding right now.

Your thoughts and experience with this type of attachment would be appreciated.


This is REALLY a great buy and the EOS-M is a great pocket camera with the 22mm lens.  I just bought this package less than 30 days ago and just now called B&H who is refunding me the difference in the cost: about $189.00.

Thanks for posting this. It really paid off. 

I picked up the EF adapter for $69 previously and can use my other Canon and Zeiss lenses with this small body. :D

Thanks for the update.  I'm alive too!

Site Information / Re: banning people for nothing at canon rumors
« on: June 13, 2013, 07:19:44 PM »
If we could just start by fixing the speling airs errors :D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Thoughts on Zeiss Canon 5 lens kit?
« on: June 04, 2013, 12:50:48 PM »

I own currently 35/2.0, 50/2.0 and 100/2.0.  Just sold my 85/1.4 and 50/1.4.  I'm looking for a 21mm to complete 'my set' and I don't carry all at once.

I've rented the 15mm...

Just curious, but how are you choosing (or what's the thinking I guess) behind the 21mm over the 15mm?
Thanks for your thoughts...

I can't really absorb the cost difference between the 15mm and the 21mm and that is why I would look for the 21mm.  Additionally, the 15mm requires a 95mm should you decide to use one however CPL's and most filters don't work well on UWA lenses.  I have a collection of 82mm filters that would work for the 21mm.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Thoughts on Zeiss Canon 5 lens kit?
« on: May 31, 2013, 05:16:15 PM »
Agree with some of the others than all 5 lenses may create a storage issue meaning seldom will you carry all five at one time, but its ALWAYS nice to select which Ferarri to drive today. ;D

I own currently 35/2.0, 50/2.0 and 100/2.0.  Just sold my 85/1.4 and 50/1.4.  I'm looking for a 21mm to complete 'my set' and I don't carry all at once.

I've rented the 15mm and the new 135mm, all proven to be the best there is.  I will add that I also carry a Canon TSE 24mm L II and a Sigma 35 1.4 with me on occasion.   And yes, I do have some lenses so close in range that its rather redundant to have so many but I eventually sell the ones that seldom get used. 

This is only my workflow and not for everyone.

Bottom line, hard to go wrong with Zeiss lenses.  Biting off all five at one time is something I couldn't have done.

Wish you all the best with this.

Sorry, not sure either how to keep the connection active other than always keeping it on and not let is go to sleep. I use the wifi feature on my 6D with an Ipad and I love the larger screen and being able to remotely shoot.

Someone else had questioned other wireless options, well, for the 5D3, I just purchased a CamRanger that allows you to shoot wirelessly through the Ipad and the CamRanger app for Ipad or Iphone.  If you don't want or need LV you can use SmartTrigger, Hahnel or Satechi wireless shutter releases.

Best of luck

Portrait / Re: My first portrait session and what I learned
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:16:38 AM »
Thanks for sharing your experience and lesson learned however I wouldn't personally call it a failed session.  It was merely a pre-shoot to get to know the client.  Now, it sounds like you're ready for the next session and will know exactly how to take the emphasis off the client.  Being a family counseling service, maybe a shot of two people holding hands walking through a park (in the shade) or something that describes what the service is focused on.

Having other photos of the owner in the business environment might help in some way too.
If it were me, I'd ask the owner again exactly what some of her ideas are and build from that.

Good luck and keep us posted with the next one.

I fully understand how you feel about the first shoot. It's happened to me too. I did a shoot for a PT training company and focused on the facility and equipment that makes the gym what it is and separates it from the competition, however, the owner didn't want any of that!   Ha!  I did portraits of all the trainers previously and those are hung in the business and posted on their website but this second shoot was not what they wanted. ?

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