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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My dead 5D Mark III Story
« on: July 30, 2013, 01:51:35 AM »
I haven't tried with my 5D III, but with my old Canon S95 and Rebels, I used to see a lot of condensation on screens and lenses as I came out of AC'd hotels to warm tropical outdoors.  I now keep them in air-tight plastic bags, with as much air squeezed out as possible with some silica dry packs inside, doing my best NOT to take them out until camera temperatures at least partially catch up to outside temperatures. 

I was using the 5D mkiii, a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS mkii, and a 580exii speedlite... I was half bouncing light off of the rink's ceiling and half bouncing it off the built in card of the 580. 

I shoot with exactly the same equipment, EXCEPT I never use the built in card of 580, which is tiny.  I highly recommend large bounce cards which are cheap and really help push "half" the light forward, which the tiny card is not even close to doing.  All the other stuff about shutter speed, ISO are good advice also. 

If all fails, a good noise reduction program like Imagenomic NoiseWare Pro or Neat Image NR can save the day. 

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2013, 08:12:23 PM »
Let's all hope the Sigma is reasonably sharp at f/2 and doesn't have big AF issues.  Otherwise, I'm in  :o

EOS-M / Re: ebay EOS M adapters?
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:53:08 PM »
Enjoying the 640 mm reach with 2x III TC and Viltrox adapter.  AF speed is snappier than I expected with this combo.

EOSD4280 by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Annoyances
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:46:48 PM »
Is there a way to hit a button to "magnify' to view after image has been taken?  It seems like only way is to use the touchscreen and spread with fingers.  On my DSLR, I have the "set" button assigned to magnify the image to check focus, etc. 

EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: July 27, 2013, 04:51:20 PM »
Hmm.  I'm really liking the EOS-M with 90EX acting as master and 580EX II off-camera as slave.  What would be a good bag, not too big, that will fit EOS-M, EF-M 22mm, 90EX, and 580EX II?

The 580 pretty much screws the "not too big" bag selection. How about carrying your flash in a pouch on your belt? Think Tank and Lowepro make some nice ones.

Digging through my closet, I found an old "M Gear" bag that used to be too small for DSLR but perfect for EOS-M + 580EX II.  In the spirit of bargain-priced EOS-M, I shall refrain from buying yet another bag  ;D

EOSD4279 by drjlo2, on Flickr

Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« on: July 27, 2013, 04:09:29 PM »
A very helpful review for those who don't want to pay for that white f/2.8 II. 

"One thing I noticed over the trial is that while Tamron lenses typically tend towards warmer color rendering, this is not the case with this particular lens.  It is more neutral, even slightly tending towards cooler rendering.  Colors are very vivid and rich, though, while skin tones are very naturally produced.  I have rarely seen better color rendering."

Interesting that not too many people talk about color differences among lens brands.  Even when I had a third-party lens that was "better" than Canon in certain respects (certain Sigma sharper, Certain Zeiss bolder colors, etc), I preferred to keep my lens stable with that Canon color character so that I can keep my post-processing workflow constant, without having to do extra steps to adjust colors to where I wanted. 

For the photo's in your review, how much and what kind of post-processing was involved, especially for the colors?

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
« on: July 26, 2013, 04:07:44 PM »
EF-M 22 mm f/2 lens is a beauty.  I especially love how close you can get (15 cm) with awesome 1:2 near-macro ability.  Sharpness, bokeh, and build are way beyond what the price suggests also.  Below at f/2.

IMG_0030a by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: July 25, 2013, 11:59:16 PM »
Hmm.  I'm really liking the EOS-M with 90EX acting as master and 580EX II off-camera as slave.  What would be a good bag, not too big, that will fit EOS-M, EF-M 22mm, 90EX, and 580EX II?

EOS-M / Re: BH Photo EOS M Kit
« on: July 25, 2013, 03:51:28 PM »
FYI, I've now read of a couple of people having issues with the Viltrox adapter.

I don't think these adapters have any additional chips or programming, just straight-through contacts.  When heavy L lenses are mounted, they are probably having mechanical contact issues, as I can feel a slight "give" at the camera side.  however, my Canon-brand 2x III TC also has similar amount of "give," so if "clean contact" warning comes up, one could probably just unmount and remount the adapter.  I paid $45, so I can't complain..

EOS-M / Re: BH Photo EOS M Kit
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:53:46 PM »
I am so glad I did not order from Adorama.  I ordered from B&H when EOS-M/22mm was already backordered, but they honored the order unlike Adorama.  I just received it, and to my surprise, B&H seems to have honored the EOS-M/22mm backorder with EOS-M/22mm/90EX kit!  That's right, 90EX flash included for my $299 order  ;D

EOSD4257 by drjlo1, on Flickr

I was also happy to find out the cheaper Viltrox adapter works great with EF lenses.

EOSD4261 by drjlo1, on Flickr

Finally, a sample shot with EOS-M/85L with the 90EX acting as master to fire off-camera 580 EX II.

IMG_0027 by drjlo1, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:32:11 PM »
How about adding IS to a lens that really needs it. Take the 135L for example....  ::)

Or 85L III IS.  That would enable me to sell my 50L, maybe even 35L.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M Stock & Shipping Update
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:28:30 AM »
Adorama canceled my order for the $299 EOS M and 22mm lens (which was placed in early July and apparently couldn't be fulfilled).

I feel very lucky I ordered from B&H and not Adorama when EOS-M/22mm was already backordered.  It looks like B&H decided to bite the bullet and honor the backorders with EOS-M/22mm/90EX kit (currently on sale for $399 at B&H) instead of cancelling them.

My copy of 24-70 f/2.8 II needs -9 at wide end and 0 at tele end on my 5D III.  My Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II needs 0 at either end, and my 100L also needs 0.  Some of my fast primes including 35L, 50L, 85L II range between -1 and -3. 

A brand new Canon 17-40 f/4L I just borrowed needed -6 at wide and 0 at tele. 

-9 seems a tad too much for a $2100 lens, so I'm just wondering what 24-70 f/2.8 II owners have experienced with AFMA (and 5D III)?  Is it worth sending in the lens to Canon while still under warranty for calibration?

Is my copy of 5D III partly at fault here, as the body seems to need Minus AFMA on lenses, never positive.  The body is out of warranty, but should I send in both the 24-70 II and body to Canon for calibration together (does Canon even calibrate a specific lens+body combo?). 

Any help would be appreciated.

As long as you can get it setup what does it matter. Some people seem to get so worked up about the number and dream up reasons to be unhappy.

A lot of the concern is due to future resale value, ease of sale given full disclosure, etc. 

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:08:26 AM »
Just what we eight hundred dollar 50mm f/1.8 lens.  Oh boy!

I hope it's not true.  I'd much rather have a new Canon 50 f/1.4, but a 50 f/1.8 (IS or not) would be acceptable ONLY IF it was very sharp wide open at f/1.8.  Actually, I'm growing more and more attached to my 50L, so maybe it's a moot point for me..

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