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Lenses / Re: Which Lens Canon 85mm 1.8 or 135 L
« on: April 12, 2013, 06:58:58 PM »
I enjoy the 85 1.8 and have not had any problems with the sharpness or overall image quality. I have not used the 135 but have seen pictures from it which are very good indeed. In a smaller environment I would suggest the 85 may be the better option. The 85 is great value for money and maybe I would even argue that it is Canons best lens for the price.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Please share your camera settings
« on: April 12, 2013, 06:54:31 PM »
I only shoot RAW and convert out of Lightroom which I use for noise reduction, also use NIK for noise reduction if needed.

Lenses / Re: Which Lens ... 24-70 II or primes?
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:27:05 AM »
My new 24-70 mk2 arrived yesterday and having used it even for a short while I have no regrets, its just that good. I tried the 50L and 85L extensively and am still pleased with the decision I made, its just more versatile. There are certain low light situations where I may have thought differently, but the 5D mkiii and its low light capabilities go a long way to compensate for that.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mmL II v Canon 50mmL 1.2
« on: April 09, 2013, 09:07:24 PM »
Having taken advice, the 24-70 arrived today and I have been playing with it this afternoon. Too soon to publish any pictures yet, maybe next week. It operates extremely smoothly, super sharp with lightening focus. Not disappointed, its everything that people who have tried it and love it, say it is. Thanks again for the advice.


I have a Benro C-258EX tripod and MC-91EX monopod, both are great quality and have never let me down. The savings I made on price I put to a new lens.

Having read the parameters for testing I have to say I am more than a little confused. Comparing apples and oranges is not very scientific unless of course you are testing to see that an orange tastes like an orange. As a camera doesn't really function well without a lens I have tended to ignore pure sensor tests so was intrigued to see a test of bodies and lens. I was then sadly let down when I didn't see side by side like for like comparisons. I think I will just stick to looking at the photo's I take and make my own judgement.


I had a problem uploading raw files from a 5dmk3 directly from the camera into LR4 when it was first released. Someone suggested I use a card reader and it works fine. I had never used a reader with the 50d and no problem. But now I use a Delkin without problems, Fingers crossed. Hope this helps.

The notion of a 'Flagship' is ridiculous and is the problem when we look for something to be everything for everyone when we all want something different albeit slightly. Why not ask the question what is the Flagship lens, as each of our requirements are different we are likely to disagree. Can anyone tell me what BMW's flagship is, or Mercedes, Porsche, we may well all have our own idea's. Perhaps a better way to view it would be to say, 'Which of canons camera's leads the way with cutting edge technology and how does it compete with the competition'.
It seems to me that we spend way too much time being critical when a newly released camera doesn't meet our individual needs. It seems to me that Canon made the first steps towards improving low light resolution with their recent camera's 1DX, 5D3, something that people had been critical of for some years. This is a journey and not everything will be resolved in one camera.
So if we are to have a flagship, then for me its the 5D3 as it meets my requirements at this time.

Lenses / Re: List of rumored lenses
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:58:48 PM »
It seems to me that 2010 was a really good year for rumours, maybe the year that Bigfoot was rumoured to be hiding out somewhere????

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-105 F/4L
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:55:34 PM »
I acquired the 24-105 as the kit lens with the 5d3, I didn't really want it but I needed the camera for a wedding. I loved that lens right up until my wife stole if from me for her camera. Its a remarkable lens, take it you won't regret it.

Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:48:36 PM »
Congrats, It seems like everyone has covered just about every lens but here is just one more vote for the EF 100L IS Macro, a great portrait lens with lots of scope for the little things in life.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Any regrets for leaving camera at home?
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:18:22 PM »
Very cool! What kind of phone took that pic, Gary?

I Phone 5, it really does take good photo's

Animal Kingdom / Any regrets for leaving camera at home?
« on: March 26, 2013, 06:35:04 PM »
Today I was just heading to the shops for something and spotted this out of the corner of my eye. Needless to say when you need it you just don't have your camera, luckily I had the cell phone to catch a quick pic before he headed off. Los Angeles is always full of surprises. Does anyone else have similar experiences?

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mmL II v Canon 50mmL 1.2
« on: March 18, 2013, 08:17:09 AM »
Thanks for all the useful thoughts and experience, I think I will go with the 24-70 and hold out for a couple of years to see if the 50L is replaced by a new model.


Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mmL II v Canon 50mmL 1.2
« on: March 17, 2013, 08:09:12 PM »
24-70 II first because you prioritize walk-around over portraiture.  The question is whether or not getting the 24-70 II will make the 24-105 expendable and make it a down-payment for the 50L.

My wife has laid claim to the 24-105 so no luck trading

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