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Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 06, 2013, 11:38:15 PM »
Anyone remember the price for the IS primes (24, 28, 35) earlier this year when they were on sale? Thinking about buying the 35 (mostly for video) soon and wondering if there's a chance of it having a good price for the holidays.

Or you can just buy the amazing SIGMA 35mm 1.4 prime for about 1/2 of what you'd pay for the inferior Canon prime.

...just a thought...

 ;)

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EOS Bodies / "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 29, 2013, 03:09:35 PM »
I know that if they actually rolled out the 5DM4, I'd be very interested in it.  However, if you own a 5DM3 and have realized how amazing this camera truly is, what would it take to make you grab one immediately?

I'm so happy with my 5DM3 that I truly can't wrap my brain around what they'd have to put into a mark IV to make a guy like me jump in.

Thoughts?

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Lenses / Re: Looking for a EF 135mm f2L USM...
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:04:07 PM »
Sweet!  Thanks, guys!  I'm gonna go get a new lens.   :D

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Lenses / Looking for a EF 135mm f2L USM...
« on: November 02, 2013, 03:02:45 PM »
I've been scouring the internet today looking for a decent deal on this great lens.  Do any of you have any leads which you'd be willing to share?  Nothing at Canon (refurbished).

I'd like to get a lightly used one.  Have about $830 to spend.

I need one for this weekend (two weddings).  I've been looking for a rental, but I'm surprised that I can't find a lens around!  Online rental services are going to run, with shipping, around 80 dollars.  Maybe I should just buy one!?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Any deals coming for 70-200 IS II?
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:51:57 PM »
whatever the price...get this lens!  Worth every penny.

Oh, and the weight?  Just work out a little while you're waiting for it to ship.  It's worth it to have the f2.8.  This lens almost never leaves my camera body.

I shoot FF (5DM3), so I'd probably not be as attached to it if I shot on crop...  I know it's good on the 7D, but it's AWESOME on the 5dm3!

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA Settings
« on: October 26, 2013, 06:16:39 PM »
My 70-200 f2.8 II is my ONLY lens which needed no AFMA straight out of the box!  I'm super pleased with how great it works on my 5DM3.  My favorite lens, no doubt.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 26, 2013, 11:56:41 AM »
Years away from M4.  Just buy a M3 and make some $ while waiting for the new one.

...no brainer.

I was one of those guys who bought my M3 immediately.  I had a friend who waited eight months and then tried to rub it into my face that he'd saved a couple of hundred dollars on his.

He neglected to realize, and I didn't point out, that I'd had eight months of producing amazing photos with super happy clients.  I'd made multiples of his savings from clients as well as greatly increased my client and referral base.


don't dork around anymore.  just get the dang thing.  you'll not regret it.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« on: October 22, 2013, 03:17:34 PM »
When I started getting heavy bodies and white lenses, I went to a non-stock strap.  This one has been awesome:

http://www.amazon.com/OP-TECH-USA-Utility-Strap/dp/B003T0EYVE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1382469254&sr=8-4&keywords=camera+shoulder+strap


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I use 580exII's  and one Yonguo (sp?) 560II

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / PocketWizard, Yongnuo, or Phottix?
« on: October 22, 2013, 12:19:20 AM »
My cheap-o transmitter (which I paid about 20 bucks for) failed at a really important portion of a bridal shoot last night.  Time To Upgrade!

What do you guys use/suggest/endorse?  Why?

Thanks in advance!  I value everyone's opinions here at CR forums pretty highly (...maybe a mistake..?)

 :D

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Technical Support / Re: Photosharing That Pays Me?
« on: October 16, 2013, 12:28:22 AM »
I use ZENFOLIO, which I pay about $80/year for.  I create albums for my clients for each project, set price points for a lot of products (from prints to canvas prints to coffee mugs) and then just email them a link, which they share with their family/friends who order directly from the site.

Works well for me.  They'll give you a month or two free, if you wanna dork around with it.  I especially love it for the portfolio viewer, which I just link to through my regular website.  Cycles my photos, plays music, looks really clean, and collects info from interested ppl.

http://www.zenfolio.com/

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Technical Support / Re: Problem updating firmware to MKIII
« on: October 16, 2013, 12:21:55 AM »
1.  Download the firmware
2.  unzip it to extract the instructions and the .fir file.
3.  Put the .fir file in the root of the card, don't put it in a folder.
4.  Put the card in the camera, turn it on.  (Make Sure your battery has a full charge)
5.  Put the camera in the "P" mode, and go to the screen that shows the current firmware version.  Select and click on it
6. The Firmware update screen will appear, showing the new file 1.2.1
7.  Click OK, and OK on the confirmation screen, and OK to start the update.
8. Verify that the new firmware is installed.
 
 
 I'd never use the Canon Utilities tether to update firmware, its best to keep it as simple as possible.

I appreciate the steps.  I've not updated my firmware either, just simply because it seemed complicated...and the original software didn't seem to be holding me back.

I'm gonna give it a shot.  It doesn't seem so hard now.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D AutoFocus. Any experience?
« on: October 15, 2013, 05:09:38 PM »
I rented the 70D last month for the sole purpose of determining whether it would be a worthwhile replacement for my 60D.  I also have a 5Dmk3 and 1Dx, but I use those for work and would rather use a lesser camera body for personal stuff.  Hence the 60D.

I used the 70D for a four day photo/video project in which I conducted run and gun interviews for documenting a volunteer campaign.  Here are a few points worth mentioning:

AF Live view for photos and video:
The AF system works almost as well as a dedicated camcorder.  That's no small feat considering the depth of field you're able to obtain with an APS-C sized sensor.  The touchscreen is sensitive enough where you can follow focus with it to a great extent.  The AF system can be customized to use specific focus points (19 of them) or you can have it set to be center weighted.  Face detection also works fairly well, but can be a problem when you have multiple people in frame and you're using an aperture wider than f4 as it will have a tendency to hunt for the correct focal distance.  AF live view does have it's limitations though.  First, it has problems focusing in high or low contrast situations as it will tend to hunt noticeably longer than usual.  Second, the system works best with an STM lens.  I compared the 18-135 IS STM vs a 17-55 f2.8 IS.  The STM lens' focusing motor is practically silent and focuses notably faster than the 17-55 at the same apertures.  The USM focusing motor in the 17-55 makes a lot of clicking noises which will be audible while recording.  In this scenario it would be necessary to have an off camera mic unless you want to manually focus using the lens ring.


AF system via Viewfinder:
It's identical to the 7D with 19 cross-type focus points.  It's a huge step up from the 60D but a noticeable step down from the 5Dmk3.  The viewfinders built-in LCD overlay is pretty neat as you can now enable levels and rule of thirds grids to be seen within the viewfinder.  Useful and not a distraction.

Image /Video Quality:
The color profile is pretty much the same as the 60D and 7D.  Though I did notice at least 1 stop better ISO noise levels.  Essentially, ISO 3200 on the 70D offers similar noise and color detail performance compared to ISO 1600 on the 60D & 7D for both images and video.  It doesn't compare to the 5Dmk3 and rightfully so since the FF camera is nearly 3 times the price.

Build Quality:
It feels identical to the 60D and with the exception of a few button placements, they look the same as well.  That said, I'm satisfied with it's overall build quality at this price point.  Several of my interviews were in a rain forest and I was never concerned with rainfall or humidity harming the camera's internals (I still had the camera wrapped with a weather guard).

Responsiveness:
The camera can shoot at 7fps, but the burst length is not as long as the 7D.  The 70D can realistically shoot 8 RAW frames at it's full 7fps, then it will slow down to 1 or 2 shots a second.  Whereas the 7D can realistically shoot 15 RAW frames at 8fps before it slows down.  Overall, the camera's buttons and menu system worked well, though I prefer the 7D and 5Dmk3's joystick and button layout.  In addition, the 70D's playback button is located to the left of the LCD so now you're forced to use both handles on the camera when reviewing your content.

Video Recording:
Similar to the 5Dmk3, the 70D can record in 2 different bit rate levels which is handy because you'll rarely have to record at the highest setting if you're in perfect lighting situations.  The higher bit rate will help in post production as the files have more color detail and will result in less noise when adjusting exposure and saturation levels.  I wish it could record 1080p at 60fps, but at least you can do it at 720p.  The 70D uses the same battery as the 60D, 7D, and 5Dmk3, but I noticed it eats through them at a significantly faster rate than the 60D.  You'll probably get a solid hour of video recording with the 70D set at it's highest settings.  Have spares ready and consider buying the battery grip (I rented that too and it fits the camera very well...better than the 5Dmk3's grip).

Am I going to buy the 70D to replace my aging 60D?  ABSOLUTELY!
The AF live view system was the primary factor and the rest of the feature set is similar to what you'll find on the 7D...just with a slightly improved sensor.  All for a lower price?  Yeah, it's a bargain in my eyes.

Hope this helps,

David

VERY good review!  Thanks David.

Are you going to jump on this immediately, or wait to see what the 7DM2 might offer in the Video arena?  I'd imagine that an announcement will come before the end of the year for an early-to-mid 2014 availability.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D AutoFocus. Any experience?
« on: October 15, 2013, 03:26:34 PM »
I found this video showing the live AF on the 70D.  It looks remarkably good, considering the nature of the video and need for good, accurate, quick focus!  I was wondering how many others have had positive experiences with this camera.

...I don't own one (I have a 5DM3), but I watch it with great interest just because of the new sensor and focus system.  I'm anxious to see what it might do in the FF format.

Here's the link:
Chase and Dave WOD - Canon 70D AF Test on Vimeo


Does this forum not allow links?  Here we go again:

Chase and Dave WOD - Canon 70D AF Test on Vimeo Small | Large


If it doesn't appear, go to VIMEO and search for "Chase and Dave WOD - Canon 70D AF Test"

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EOS Bodies / 70D AutoFocus. Any experience?
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:39:12 PM »
I found this video showing the live AF on the 70D.  It looks remarkably good, considering the nature of the video and need for good, accurate, quick focus!  I was wondering how many others have had positive experiences with this camera.

...I don't own one (I have a 5DM3), but I watch it with great interest just because of the new sensor and focus system.  I'm anxious to see what it might do in the FF format.

Here's the link:
Chase and Dave WOD - Canon 70D AF Test on Vimeo Small | Large


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