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Lighting / Re: 90EX on a 5D3?
« on: October 11, 2013, 05:00:52 PM »
I use the 90EX on 5D3 all the time, but it's only useful as optical trigger for off-camera speedlites, e.g. my 580EX II.  In that role, the 90EX is great, when I have a 580EX II +/- modifier on top of chair/table or hand-held with my left arm, etc. 


But my main worry would be  - post processing.

So much can be done with even cheap pp programs to picture quality that I wonder after skillfull pp how much real word difference there would be when using moderate apertures.

From what's reported so far, the big advantage of Zeiss 55 will be corner sharpness wide open.  For those who need that, well price could be no object. 

It's mentioned that mere mortal lenses can be similarly sharp in the center wide open and when stopped down.  Early users are also reporting the Zeiss is perhaps too sharp for portraits, calling it "Portrait for perfect skin" lens, so for non-model adults I shoot, I would be stuck with less post-processing time with my L primes. 

I am glad to know that there is perfection out there without AF...but I can't justify that kind of coin for a manual focus 50mm lens.

Agreed.  I *might* entertain buying that Zeiss some day at that price IF it had AF, period. 
And it still doesn't go to f/1.2, i.e. 50L Mk II (hopefully soon).

Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 06, 2013, 08:56:04 PM »
I'll tolerate f/1.8 instead of f/1.4 if it's pretty sharp at f/1.8 wide open.  High price..not so much. 
I do hope there is a EF-M 50 mm f/1.8 IS coming that's smaller.

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Lenses / Re: Photozone comparison of Canon 35L vs. Sigma 35mm F/1.4 'Art'
« on: October 01, 2013, 08:09:41 PM »
I tried both and I pick up canon version due to sigma mute colour.Somehow unexplainable I can't manage to get the sigma to mimic canon's colour in post.

It's an odd thing about the color and general sense of subject "pop."  The MTF charts, etc don't explain it, but I see it when I view numerous photo's of both lenses. 

Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: September 22, 2013, 11:31:28 PM »

EOSD4990d by drjlo1, on Flickr

Dear Drio, my friend. Yes, I will try.

Don't be too enthusiastic, it's really a specialized product for old-school film simulation with some other mixed presets added - it's beyond me how anyone paid $80 for this unless required for a specific purpose.

There's a couple of things I like more about the DxO than Nik so far.  I use Nik ColorEfex and SilverEfex regularly, and I like the fact DxO has a "strength" slider that Nik doesn't have, which lets you adjust the amount of film effect being applied.  IME there are many film choices in Nik that simply look way too strong to be useful.  I also like the fact DxO lets you choose one film for "tone" and a different one for "film grain," which seems unusual but creates more combinations of looks. 

Here's a quick one with DxO using Kodak Infrared setting with strength slider, etc used..

EOSD4847d by drjlo1, on Flickr

I can't believe it, but DxO FilmPack 3 is offered for free.  I just downloaded it, activated it, and yes it's free and works.  It's very similar to Nik ColorEfex Pro which I also have.

Be careful what you wish for. That does look like a solid piece of kit. It also looks like it may be a little heavy. If they do make a larger version for speedlites, how much would it weigh? How far will it project from the flash, causing balance problems? If it is similar to the safari (funny name), it probably won't be collapsible, so you will be carrying around something at least the size of a 135mm lens, possibly as large as a standard or tele zoom. The Better Beamer has its faults, but at least it is relatively easy to transport. Good luck with your quest though!

Hopefully Rogue can come up with a foldable/collapsable version.  I really wish the Better Beamer came with 4 sides, foldable, all lined with reflective coating inside, which is the kind of thing I'm hopeing Rogue or anybody makes..

I just received a newsletter about Rogue's "Safari" flash-booster.  Looks great and appears better built than the "Better Beamer," but it is only meant for pop-up flashes.  I have already e-mailed Rogue to request a version for regular flashes and would like to encourage others to request the same.  TIA.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS M This Week? [CR1]
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:32:24 PM »
More pancakes please :)

I agree. 1 pancake is not enough, I'm still hungry :).

It doesn't even have to be pancake; I would be very happy with a "portrait" length EF-M fast prime.   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:19:23 PM »

Have you checked the AFMA? if so, maybe you just got a bad lens copy...


+1.  I would make sure to AFMA carefully both the wide angle and tele range of the zoom lens, as a specific body+lens combo can act unpredictably.

Technical Support / Re: Internet upload sppeds????
« on: September 14, 2013, 01:17:07 PM »
cable may offer faster upload.  The difference between download and upload speed is common for DSL lines (and other residential services - as previously mentioned).

Well, kind of.  Time Warner Cable's Standard internet speed is 15 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload, and the upload situation doesn't improve much even if you pay more, with next tier up is 20/2, with the highest possible plan 50/5 !

Lighting / Re: I need flash advice...
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:21:05 AM »
Yongnuo orders should be in tomorrow... gimme an evening to futz with it, and I'll have some pictures of the box rig posted Saturday sometime

I have a 568EX (same as Mk II except no Master), and while great for the money, it would be difficult to cover events with one 568EX, which tests to have less output than something like Canon 580EX II.  E-TTL works great, though, and I would feel comfortable using one 580EX II and one 568EX (or two 568EX) in many situations, although light modifiers will decrease output further.  Sometimes one simply needs things like Jinbei, Godox, etc.

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