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Unless you have a specific lens use here in the canon camp, I wouldn't buy canon. IE: 50L, 135L, 85L, 100-400L. Etc

I'd recommend you look seriously into nikons options.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is 22Mpx Really Enough?!!!
« on: October 26, 2012, 08:33:17 AM »
Please don't beat the DR dead horse again because according to DXO, the d800 is superior to all MF backs. Which is a ridiculous claim.

35mm will never ever resolve more detail than a larger format. That's why LF and MF still exist today.

There is no replacement for displacement.  ;D

Lenses / Re: Travel lens\es on crop body
« on: October 25, 2012, 04:00:33 PM »

My wife and I are going on holiday to Italy toward the end of November (first time, and yes we're very excited), and I need your collective advice. I've seen a lot of posts for FF travel suggestions, but not so much advice for crop bodies.

If you could only take two lenses with a crop body, what would you choose and why? (or do you have a compelling argument for bringing a third lens as well?) My reasoning for only bringing two is weight, space, and not having to change lenses too often.

I have a preference for L lenses because of weather sealing and quality (November in Italy is supposed to be rainy), but I want to hear your arguments for any other lens\es you would suggest.

I'm curious to hear your suggestions! Thanks in advance,

(current setup - yes, it's simple :) )
Body: EOS 7d
Lens: 24-105 f\4L

17-55mm 2.8 IS - Everything
50mm 1.4 or 50 1.2L or [Insert Fast Prime Lens] - Everything at Night.  ;D


Lenses / Re: 50 mm Can't make up my mind!
« on: October 25, 2012, 03:57:02 PM »
It's between the Sigma 50 1.4 and the Canon 1.4

I've had the Canon in the past on a crop and wasn't that impressed by the micro motor. The DoF wide open was nice but not THAT good and the price is right. I believe on a FF it will shine a bit brighter.
I hate the dicey risk you take with Sigmas. I have had decent luck with them but I know it's hit or miss.

Is the Sigma THAT much better that it's worth it to try 2 or 3 attempts at a good one?

(On a 5D3 and Elan 7)

I liked the canon 1.4. The sigma seemed Dicey on its focus and felt I couldn't fully trust it.

Eventually I bought the 50L and never desired another 50mm.

Canon General / Re: Canon saw operating profit slump over 42-percent
« on: October 25, 2012, 01:48:48 PM »
Thats because of a series of price spikes, under-whelming products, and restrictive design choices not based on R&D  limitations but instead based on profit margins. IE: 1Dx f/8 focusing, It was a software limitation, not hardware.

Lenses / Re: efs 15-85 or ef 24-105L
« on: October 25, 2012, 01:13:31 PM »
both are 30% off of refurbished price and within 10 dollars of each other at canons online store.

both have great image quality
both have IS
one is lighter
the other is weather sealed(I think ?)
one has a longer reach on the aps-c censor
obiously the efs is aps-c only

So which would you pick?

24-105L. Its a FF lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is 22Mpx Really Enough?!!!
« on: October 25, 2012, 01:09:39 PM »
I think I probably heard a thousand times in our forum ... "22Mpx is more than enough ... how much more do you need?" ... Whenever this question pop-up at me, I always wonder ... if there is ever a living Ansel Adam or Richard Avedon hearing this .... what will be their responds?

Back in the old film days, these two Grant Masters used 8x10 films to create the absolute best images (both in terms of IQ & creativity) in the field of Landscape (Ansel Adam) and Fashion & Portrait (Richard Avedon) respectively ... and I am sure their works will always remain in the books and museums for generations to come!

If one converts a 8x10 film with a modern scanner ... say with 4000dpi ... a single 8x10 film will look like (4000 ppi)(8 in)(4000 ppi)(10 in) = 1280 Mpixels or 1.28Gb !!!!

So ... my question is ... is our current DSLR technology still coming a long way behind, in the eyes of the Grant Masters? Or ... if you are a Grant Master, will you be happy with 22Mpx or even with the Hasselblad H4D-200MS of 200Mpx, if you are leaving a legacy of works behind?  :o

Large format will always be king in Real Pro landscape work. 4x5 or 8x10

Medium format is a good second and 35mm just doesn't have the same IQ as the LF or MF. I think 22mp is a good number for 35mm digital.

If Ansel Adams were to shoot digital, he would probably be shooting a Phase one Back adapted to Large format bellows, lenses, Along with his filters. The best he could get.

Get the 18-135mm because its not the 18-55mm.  ::)

Lenses / Re: Guesses on lenses for Photoplus
« on: October 25, 2012, 12:21:58 PM »
1/1,000,000 odds

135mm F/1.8L IS USM.  ;D

Make it $2999.  ::)

Lighting / Sell Older 580 EXII's for 600 EX-RT's?
« on: October 25, 2012, 11:23:24 AM »
I'm considering switching out my older 580 EX II's with a set of new 600 EX-RT's. I was also considering Radio Poppers to get my 580's wireless TTL. I've seen the 600EX's for as low as 550$ on Evilbay.

Is they're a better or cheaper way to get TTL off-camera flash? I like the idea of not having to mess around with triggers but If its cheaper, Why not?

Canon General / Re: Why you should take your camera to family Weddings
« on: October 25, 2012, 11:00:36 AM »
Nice. When I've been invited to weddings, I would usually just take my 5Dc (my FF camera before my 5D3) + 50L. It got some really solid photos the primary photog couldn't achieve. Yes, I was that Uncle Bob.  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's new 70-200mm f/4 VR rated 5-stops
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:53:10 AM »
I've been looking forward to this lens and hope it performs well and handles better than the very sticky manual focus on their f/2.8 v2.
Also hope it doesn't have the focus-breathing issue. I want my 200mm to be 200mm at close focus.

If this thing can perform at least as well as Canon's f/4 IS then I have one more mainstream zoom in my Nik-kit.

Price for the tripod ring is nuts!  but so is Canon's.

I take whatever VR/IS rating's are and Cut them In half. That usually is the actual performance unless your buying the Super Tele's which can give that kind of performance.

I am trying to do more portrait photography and so far my equipment consists of a 5d3, 2x 580exII and some lenses.

last weekend i had to do some portraits and what i did was borrow another 580exII to mount on the 5d3, then put my other 2 580 behind the subject shooting at the cream coloured wall behind them to make it white. All this was fired via the 580's master/slave function.

However, when i did some group shots after, the single output light from the camera mounted 580 wasnt even enough although i used a lightsphere (yea yea not the best, but it was a small room, worked well enough and was nowhere near as harsh as bounced/straight flash)

So what i want to do is potentially get some cheaper yongnuos as background lights so i can then relocated the flashes to have 2 behind, 2 infront and 1 on camera for a better distribution of light.

Which yongnuo is recommended if all i want to do is get them to fire via optical slave and they will be in manual mode?

Alternatively is there a better solution?

Im also researching to buy some light stands and umbrellas off amazon too as they ship to australia (cowboystudio umbrellas and manfrotto stands maybe) if anyone has any suggestions on that too.


I've used el cheapo cowboy triggers and you could then Mix your flashes w/o the need for optical triggering. I can't justify the $$$$ for TTL triggers, I'd just rather buy some newer 600 EX-RT flashes.

As for third-party flashes, I've never trusted them.

Thats some nice performance from the 1Dx. Too bad I'll never Own/use/need a 1D series camera. Maybe a New 1Ds might sway me.

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