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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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<strong>In development?<br />

</strong> the EF 200 f/2L IS is also on the replacement cycle. If you remember, the 200 launched with the 800 back in January 2008.</p>
<p><strong><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">c</span>r</strong></p>

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..

Reiterating... 5D Mark III?!? C'mon Canon, show some love!

If not, maybe Magic Lantern can come up with f/8 AF..

It's fine that when I buy a $500 lens that there may be variations, but a $2000+ lens?   

It's not fine for a $500 lens, either! 

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS-M to Ship Today in North America
« on: October 15, 2012, 07:23:27 PM »


will NOT buy it. I find the EOS-M a very disappointing and unattractive offering compared to e.g. the Sony NEX-6 - which has built-in EVF, flash, way faster AF and full controls.


What confounds me is the high probability Canon will likely sell a ton more EOS-M relative to NEX-6.   


I'm going to be honest though: the photos didn't seem to have a particularly unique look to them.  I expected more, considering the lengths to which he went to be able to use the M lens on his Canon. 

Have to agree.

Reviews / Re: My Mini-Review of the 85mm 1.2L II.
« on: October 10, 2012, 08:32:22 PM »
I love my 85L, but the focus-by-wire thing has got to go  :(

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
« on: October 10, 2012, 12:31:02 AM »
BTW, whatever happened to the new Tokina 11-16mm MkII which was supposed to launch March, 2012 for Nikon and July, 2012 for Canon?   ::)

At any rate, I plan to just hold on to my Tokina 11-16 MkI on crop body for my wide angle needs for now while waiting for something better for my full frame in the future.  None of the current Canon UWA options are compelling IME, thus all the wide angle hope riding on the vaporware Canon 14-24 mm.  Then again, even if released, Canon is likely to price it at least $2500-3000 if not more, so.. :'(

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