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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 focus for birds in flight
« on: October 28, 2012, 03:01:00 PM »
As improved Al servo is on 5D III, I still find one shot AF to be much more reliable.  Since things like birds mostly don't change pose, unlike sports capture, I have better luck with one shot mode, in Tv mode with high shutter speed. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Pricing
« on: October 27, 2012, 02:33:34 PM »

Honestly, I'm pleased with the Sigma's price. My guess is that it will be a better performer than the 35mm L which is $500-600 more.

That would be a HUGE presumption IMO. 

Lenses / Re: 85 1.2 L2 not sharp at 1.2
« on: October 23, 2012, 07:04:31 PM »
Does anyone have problem getting sharp image at 1.2? i even tried manual focus and AFMA. i only get sharp image at 2.0 and up. should i return for different copy?. i bought it recently just to use at 1.2 since i heard so many review on how sharp it is at 1.2 to 2.0. Any thought?


Before you return it, do some testing on tripod in good light to see if the lens is the problem.  It would be even better if remote shutter release is used. 

the 5D smokes the D600 in everything except DR where the Nikon wins.

Huh?  That video does not show 5D "smokes" D600.  For IQ, I would say they are about even with D600 having a bit better DR and 5D III a bit better high ISO performance.  $3500 vs. $2200 gets you more pro-like functionality, but for the hobbyist, the D600 produces impressive IQ.  Since I already have the 5D III, I can only hope the 6D can compete with D600 when it comes out..


I bet Nikon and Sony are having a party now!!!

That's a bit of a stretch methinks. 

April is far off, but I don't plan on getting an external video recorder, and I don't even own a f/5.6 telephoto lens that would benefit from f/8 AF with extender, so no hurry..

Lenses / Re: A very dumb view
« on: October 22, 2012, 04:13:04 PM »
IMO, if you want protection, ditch those awkward Canon lens caps for the double-center-pinch lens caps from eBay, which are far easier to cap/recap.  Keep them on the lens when not in use, or keep the hood on. 

Good quality UV filters are fine for IQ in daytime, but point at high-contrast scene/light especially at night, and the reflections are very easy to see on photos. 

Lenses / Re: AFMA'ed the 24-70 mk.ii ... not sure I am loving this copy.
« on: October 22, 2012, 12:24:22 PM »
so between the Sig 50 1.4 and Canon 50 1.4 any thoughts?

I had both Sig 50 and Canon 50 1.4 at one point, and honestly, after you get over Sig's newer appearance and bigger size, I did not see a reason to own the Sig 50 over Canon 50 image quality wise.  I ended up with 50L, but that's for f/1.2 to f/2.8 use, beyond which Canon 50 f/1.4 is at least as sharp, although without the bokeh magic.

You can find comparisons on the web, and here's one of Canon and Sig 50 1.4.

Lenses / Re: A New EF 800 f/5.6L IS II? [CR2]
« on: October 22, 2012, 12:14:05 PM »
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I sure hope 200 f/2L gets a replacement soon, so that I can finally pick it up at a decent price!

Lenses / Re: Should I sell my 70-200L vii for the 85mm 1.2?
« on: October 21, 2012, 02:58:28 PM »

3. Set a high shutter speed to reduce subject motion.

Agreed with the suggestions.  I do often get much sharper results with 85L if I set the ISO a bit higher than auto would.  Although f/1.8-2.8 is easier to shoot, I do find the paritcular magic at f/1.2 difficult to abandon, something not reproducible with any other lens, so I try to brace my body parts on something if possible, i.e. an elbow on table, a shoulder on wall, etc. 

Lenses / Re: Help me decide; keep my 35L or get a 50L?
« on: October 21, 2012, 02:50:56 PM »
85 is now the king on the 5DM3.

85L on 5DIII makes magic images, but God do I wish for just a bit faster AF speed and real manual override.  That focus-by-wire really annoys me.  If the next version of 85L can do that, I would sell my 50L..

EOS-M / Re: *UPDATE* Canon EOS-M to Ship Today in North America
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:27:58 PM »
I would Buy an EOS M right now if it was only 499$.

Well, yeah, but at its real price, I am starting to get worried due to reported early user experiences, especially very slow focusing..

Lenses / Re: Should I sell my 70-200L vii for the 85mm 1.2?
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:20:22 PM »
I know that these lenses are completely different, but I have the 35L and it almost never comes off of my body.  I love it. 

I shoot wedding, portraits, street photography... etc. etc.  The 70-200 is great and all, I just never use it...

Should I sell it and get the 85mm 1.2 and then have the 35L, 85L & 24-70mm?

I'm open minded.  Just looking for some opinions :)

I'm shooting a 5DMKii & 1vHS.

As much as I love my 85L, I wouldn't sell my 70-200 II to get it.  They just have too-different uses, especially since the image-stablized 400 mm (with the excellent Canon 2x TC III) is super nice to have. 

Perhaps keeping the 70-200 and buying a used Sigma 85 f/1.4 would be an option.  That is Sigma's very strong effort.

I've noticed this too with 5D3 & 580EXII, but put it down to environmental factors.

I have heard that the pattern thrown by a 600EX-RT AF-assist is allegedly better suited to the 1DX & 5D3 than the 580EXII. Can a resident genius confirm this? If it's correct, I'm in the market for two or three 600 EX-RT's.


Well, OP's topic reads "5D3 & 600ex-rt + AF assist beam = slower focus," so 600ex-rt is likely not the answer..

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading from sony to canon
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:10:30 PM »
Hey i'm finnally making the move from sony to canon what i've been using is:

Sony A33
18-55 3.5-5.6
70-200 f4.0
35 f1.8

I'm upgrading to:
5d mkii
17-40 f4.0
50 1.4
135 f2.0
Battery grip
16gb Cf card
spare Battery

My predicament is weather to buy a 430ex ii with a couple triggers or a Tameron 28-75 2.8
I mostly shoot longboarding, landscapes a little bit of portraiture low-light events, day time events and quite a lot of video, but I really want to experiment with flash but not sure I want to lose the focal range capability for video or lowlight shooting, recommendations?

Thanks, Harvey

Ironically, I have been thinking Sony is looking better and better, especially with the finally-NEX-I-can-live-with NEX6 and A99.  Sony is bound to release a scaled-down full frame body to compete with 6D and D600, and the price is likely going to be much nicer. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I need some help my Canon friends!
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:00:31 PM »
Get a 1DX.  Seriously.  I print all of my photos in sports to 8 x 10 or better and the quality will make your heart melt.  The detail is stunning despite 18mp vs. 22mp on the 5D3.  I like the prints from the 1DX much better than any camera I've ever owned.  You won't be disappointed.

And after I sell EVERYTHING to get the 1Dx what lens would I use? I'm beginning to lean to the 5D MKiii based off of price, and selling my current 5D and 70-200mm

First time I got my EOS-1vHS, the wow factor was tremendous with that sexy body and the shutter that just went OFF like a roadrunner.  After a long while, now I use 5D III, which may not have as much wow factor, but after trying a grip, I actually prefer the 5D III body without the grip for the less weight and more portability.  And if I really think sanely, 5D III does everything I need it to do.  The small body/sensor differences among 5D III, 1DX, even Nikon D800, etc are simply not that earth-shattering when lighting/strobist and lenses make so much more impact.  I'd rather spend the money on better lighting setups, triggers, and lenses..

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