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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Focus Peaking for Canon 5D3
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:56:43 PM »
Hi Guys,

Sorry if this has been discussed before but after using a focus peaking feature on my Fuji camera's I really would enjoy this feature with my 5D3 and Zeiss lenses.  It really makes manuallly focusing so much easier IMO. 

I would imagine that Magic Lantern has offered this but wondered if anyone is using ML on a regular basis with a 5D3 for stills and what do you/they think of it.

Thanks again,
Danville, CA USA

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: x-pro1
« on: October 07, 2013, 08:36:56 PM »

I'm a Canon user and have been for many, many years.

 I also own and shoot daily with a Fuji XE1 and XM1 along with Fuji AF lenses and legacy lenses from Minolta, Zeiss, Canon, Nikon and Voigtlander.   The Fuji line is a great camera for portraits, travel and PAD's.  The IQ is just amazing. 

My initial intent was to lighten my load, carry less lenses while minimizing my $ output and have more fun. Well, 3 out of 4 ain't bad.  This gear is much more affordable than, say, .... a $4,000 lens from Zeiss.  It has it's limitations but it also has some really great features.

If you don't have one yet, rent one.

Lenses / Re: prime focal length choices
« on: August 27, 2013, 03:39:20 PM »
Like most have said:  135L f2.0, 85 1.2L II, and maybe a Siggy 35 1.4 ....and a Zeiss 50mm f2.0.  Oh, and a great bargain for the price; 200 f2.8L II, this being a fast and lightweight lens (non-white) that is about the same size as the 135L. 

Best Regards,

Software & Accessories / Re: Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 29, 2013, 08:10:00 PM »
I've got a MacBook Pro 13" but it is not optimized for large files and I'm not completely comfortable with mac platforms, my own learning curve is at fault.   

What does "not optimized for large files" mean?
Do you mean the screen size?

You should be able run Windows on it.

Sorry, I meant screen size is too small for my comfort, not enough RAM (which is cheap) and has limits on MBP and the processing is much slower on MBP which is why I'm considering jumping platforms back to a laptop PC.

Software & Accessories / Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:05:30 PM »
Need some advice on editing images on the fly.

My current workflow includes downloading images to my Dell desktop and edit those with PS CS6 among other programs.  I either print at home on my Epson 3800 or send out for larger prints, canvas prints, etc or quicko-cheapo small prints from Costco.

My question is this: I'd like to make this workflow portable and stay within the windows platform if possible.  I've got a MacBook Pro 13" but it is not optimized for large files and I'm not completely comfortable with mac platforms, my own learning curve is at fault.   

Oh,  ::) the question: What type of laptop would you recommend to run CS6 that is windows based?  Or other laptop that is designed for this type of work?

I'm quite sure this has been discussed before numerous times and if you can lead this horse to water, I'll drink.

Thank you in advance.

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!

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