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Lenses / Re: No AF: Broken flexfoil in 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: August 04, 2012, 08:37:58 PM »
Yesterday the AF on my 18-55 IS MkI suddenly became erratic and then stopped working. A quick search on the net shows this to be a common problem because the flexfoil that gives the focus ring position eventually breaks due to poor design. Disassembly showed this indeed to be the case on my copy.

I would like to replace the 18-55 with a Mk II version. Filter & hood I can then fit on the new one. Does anybody know if Canon fixed this problem in the new release of this lens?

Note: The 18-55 I use with my 400D when I want to travel with a light & 'expendable' kit. Not really inclined to use a more expensive lens for this purpose :)

Dont know, but Evil bay has plenty of 18-55mm's if you want them.

Lenses / Re: Another help me pick a lens yay...35L or 24-105L
« on: August 04, 2012, 08:30:24 PM »
10-22mm + 5Dc.

10-22mm for landscapes. 50mm 1.8 + 5Dc for portraits. Done. 8)

This is great but a 1D4 could give similar results.

The 1Dx is for low-light, high speed sequences. Thats where the 1D4 falls apart.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II vs. 85mm 1.2 II - general opinion
« on: August 03, 2012, 03:14:27 PM »
The 85mm is for melting the background away when you don't have the working room for the 70-200mm.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1D4
« on: August 03, 2012, 02:22:53 PM »
When you at 2.8 you have 36 points with 5.6 accuracy, 20 points with 4.0 accuracy and 5 points with 2.8 accuracy, right? And if you try to shoot at any point except 5 in center you get in roulette at close distances.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1D4
« on: August 03, 2012, 02:04:35 PM »
What is "standard AF points" in your mind?

Standard AF points check contrast Vertically. F/5.6 Active

Crosstype AF points check Contrast Horizontally and Vertically. F/4 Active

Double Crosstype AF points check Contrast Horizontally,Vertically, and Diagonally. F/2.8 Active

Here is a diagram if you dont fully understand.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1D4
« on: August 03, 2012, 01:42:53 PM »
"New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including 41 cross-type AF points with f/4.0 lens support including 5 dual diagonal AF points (sensitive to f/2.8)" according the Canon USA. ....AND.... "New 45-point Area AF sensor including 39 cross-type AF points with f/2.8 support" for 1d4.

Yes. This means at F/4 you'll have 41 standard crosstype points. The double crosstype points aren't fully activated but still functioning.

When your at f/2.8, you get 36 standard Crosstype AF points and the 5 center points become Double crosstype, an added bonus.

With the 1DX, you can have F/4 and still have 41 Crosstype points.

With the 1D4, you'll need a F/2.8 lens to have full crosstype support.

Have you ever used the 61 Point AF system? Because its brilliant. 8)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1D4
« on: August 03, 2012, 01:27:04 PM »
I meant precision of 2.8 have only 5 points. Isn`t it? Only 5 from 61. In 1d4 was 39 from 45.

The 1D4 has 39 Standard Cross-type points. The 1DX has 5 double crosstype plus 36 standard crosstype points plus 20 normal points. Its better that the 1D4 in AF points.

Lenses / Re: Lee filters
« on: August 03, 2012, 01:06:49 PM »
I wanted LEE filters but they're so difficult to obtain in the US. I just forgot about them and never tried again.

I anyone knows of dealers in the US who has a large amount of LEE filters, PLEASE POST!?!

I just ordered the Lee foundation kit, Big Stopper and a WA adapter from B&H.  They seem to have a fair amount of grads and stuff too.

Sweet. They're always out of stock. Just ordered my foundation Kit. 8)

Portrait / Re: First time at wedding - feedback please
« on: August 03, 2012, 12:40:02 PM »
As for compositions, These are fine for the fast pace of a wedding.

The first photo is too tight IMO. The second photo chopped the hand off a bit on the child. Dutch framing is ok with proper context the third shot. The fourth one would be stronger if the frame was symmetrical with the door as a frame.

As for post-processing you RAW's. Clarity is easy to abuse, and it seems too much negative clarity has been used.

Experience comes with time, and this is very good for your first wedding.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Brightscreen Focus Screens?
« on: August 03, 2012, 12:37:13 PM »
Yes these will allow precise focus for lenses faster than F/2.8.


Your metering will not be accurate.  :-\

Lenses / Re: Lee filters
« on: August 03, 2012, 12:31:56 PM »
I wanted LEE filters but they're so difficult to obtain in the US. I just forgot about them and never tried again.

I anyone knows of dealers in the US who has a large amount of LEE filters, PLEASE POST!?!

Technical Support / Re: EOS Utility
« on: August 03, 2012, 12:29:40 PM »
I Use Windows.  :|

Lenses / Re: Keep 70-200 f4 IS or go for f2.8 IS II?
« on: August 03, 2012, 12:14:40 PM »
Having recently moved from a 40D to a 5D3 I'm possibly in the position where I can sell my current 70-200 f4 IS to a colleague and get a f2.8 IS mk2.

Whilst I've read about all I can about the f2.8, I still need some convincing:

1. The f4 is fantastic. It's sharp and light enough that I can carry it around all afternoon in my hand without any bother.
2. The f2.8 is faster and the IS is no doubt better BUT it is almost twice the weight of the f4.

As I have arms like wet noodles the weight is a slight issue for all-day shooting but not necessarily a deal breaker (I've got the 300mm f2.8 IS too but I don't handhold it all afternoon).

So the real question is: is the f2.8 IQ significantly better than the f4? (The fact it should focus quicker and track better with the 5D3 is also a given).

What should I do?

Thanks for any opinions.

Keep the F/4 70-200.

If you'd like, you could add a 100mm F/2 or 135 F/2L to your bag when you need the extra 2 Stops of speed. These lenses are not too expensive either.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1D4
« on: August 03, 2012, 12:10:40 PM »
I suppose it could be relevant. The 61 Point AF is the best AF ever from canon, Unless you need F/8 AF.

Then W/o a doubt, its the best Low Light AF I've ever used from canon.

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