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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: EVF for Canon DSLR
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:15:55 AM »
Thank you guys for your advices.

Regarding the focus screens - I plan to get a 5d3 in the future (hopefully), so changing the focus screens is not a reliable option when investing in an expensive Zeiss lens, and I still feel like i need to stress my eye, especially in a dark enviroment when focusing via viewfinder. The Zakuto EVF is too bulky (we're talking about this: , right?). The external focus screens are not an option either (at least for me).

I'm not a videographer, so I would use it only for shooting stills and I'm totally attached to looking into a "hole" in the camera (the viewfinder), or tripod + live-view.

So, it looks like there's nothing on the market that would fit my need?

Which Zeiss were you planning to get?  I have gone down the Zeiss route with my Canon bodies before; in the end, I did not feel Zeiss did anything better than the top Canon lenses.  In fact, I felt top Canon lenses had more neutral color rendition than Zeiss.  Throw in Canon AF ability and how expensive Zeiss lenses are anyway, and there really is no reason to go with Zeiss IMO. 

With Zeiss manual focus lens and adapted Canon manual focus lens, live view focusing with zoom-in is the way to go for critical work, and one does not necessarily need tripod for this..

Software & Accessories / Re: Any value in using DPP along side Lightroom?
« on: January 27, 2013, 03:54:35 PM »
"is there anything it does that lightroom cant?"

Yes there is:
  • Display the focus points
  • It is free
  • Picture styles are much more realistic than in Lightroom
  • Lens correction for the available lenses is better than in Lightroom
  • The HDR tool can provide really good results if you learn how to use it properly
  • It will provide better results out-of-box than Lightroom but if you spend a little bit more time in Lightroom the final result will look better.

The noise reduction is not any better than the one in Lightroom 4 but it is better than Lightroom 3.
Cheers :)


One thing I love about the latest version of DPP is Canon's proprietary DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer).  It's different from the usual lens correction software, and I have not been able to duplicate its effect with other software.  For example, DLO makes images clearer and sharper without the usual sharpening artifacts.  Some samples at link below:

Latest DPP NR is pretty nice, as good as others, but for critical work and difficult NR jobs, I far prefer Imagenomics NoiseWare, which I use in Photoshop after importing from DPP.

EOS Bodies / Re: Case focus on 5D MIII
« on: January 27, 2013, 12:35:19 AM »
Personally, I would shoot in one-shot AF mode instead of Ai Servo with 5D III.  With the AF speed of 70-200 II, one-shot mode is plenty fast for situations like this, and Ai Servo may end up giving you unpredictable results IME.

Not one bit, waiting for FF-EVIL that doesn't require the sale of a kidney.

Battle between (what-seems-like) infinite patience and daily temptation  :'(

EOS Bodies / Re: Fuji XE-1 compared to Canon 5D MK3
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:23:07 PM »

Pity he only used the new 18-55 variable aperture zoom and not the excellent 35mm F/1.4.
I think he'd find them even closer if he had :)


Interesting conclusion:
Its images come close in quality to the EOS 5D Mark III over a wide range of ISO settings.

I took a look at the pictures and i can't follow this conclusion.
- Comparison 1 on page 2: roof with trees in the background. Look, how soft these trees are with the Fuji.
- Comparison 2 on page 2: 100% showing branches. Awful color fringing and softness with the Fuji
- Comparison 3 on page 2: the neighboorhood. Again: soft trees in the background. Low contrast.
- Comparison 4 on page 2: roofs and church. Soft roofing tiles

I wonder, how Martin can come to the conclusion above. In my opinion, the Fuji never comes close to the Canon. It's a nice camera, but the Canon is on a much higher level.

That's what I thought also.  The Canon files clearly look better, with not just subtle differences.  Sure the Fuji 35 f/1.4 would have been better, but Canon also has better lenses, i.e. 24 T-SE II, 24-70 II, 70-200 II, 85L II, etc..

Video & Movie / Re: Indian Wedding shot with 5D Mark III
« on: January 22, 2013, 03:05:01 PM »
That's a beautiful wedding.  I almost feel like I know the couple after seeing that, which is sign of a good shoot. 
Which vid editing software was used?

It looks great. Do you think there will be a cable required to run from the camera to the flash or there will be electronic connections which will fire the flash.
I know I am not wording this correctly.
Let me try again: Will the flash work as if it is mounted directly on the hot shoe?

If you plan to really hold the beauty dish with one hand, then a hotshoe cable trigger would be fine.  If you plan to have the BD on some portable stand farther away from camera, then a wireless remote trigger would be needed, Canon or 3rd party, ETTL or manual. 

I have several beauty dishes, including the 14" Lumodi.  I like the Lumodi, but the main problem is how flimsy the speedlite mount is.  It's basically just a piece of cardboard with velcro strap, not sturdy at all, and I suspect it won't last long especially in the field.  Lumodi 18" comes with better mounting system, but 18" is a bit too large for true portability.  My other dishes are larger studio units, heavy and not portable. 

Something like this may be worth looking into:

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35mm f/2L IS Review from the Digital Picture
« on: January 16, 2013, 05:09:49 PM »
Now where is that Canon 50mm f/1.4 IS ?  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Auto_focus Acting Up
« on: January 15, 2013, 04:39:03 PM »
I have the same problem with both of my bodies, in low light and trying to AF on fast-action.  It boils down to the fact that I just don't think the 1DX's AF is as good as all the hype when it was first released

I believe this is true.  The Ai Servo AF on 1Dx and 5D III does not seem to warrant all the initial hoopla, especially in Ai Servo.  However, I just got my 5D MkIII back from Canon Service, where I had it cleaned and checked before the warranty ran out.  I did mention to them that the Al Servo mode seems to have tendency to misfocus, and the service summary mentions:

"Confirm autofocus to factory standard (Ai Servo).  It was found that the adjustment of the AF assembly was incorrect, causing the focus to operate improperly.  Electrical adjustments were carried out on the AF assembly.  Product function was confirmed."

There is no way to perform proper A-B testing of Ai Servo in exact same situation pre and post "AF adjustment," but I do believe the Al Servo focusing is working perceptibly better now, which is very difficult to quantify. If your recent Canon body is having unusually worse-than-expected Ai Servo performance, it may (or may not) be worth it to have Canon Service check it out before warranty runs out.  They probably need a cleaning anyway..

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50 f/1.2L
« on: January 14, 2013, 01:51:29 PM »
The only people who bash the 1.2L are the people who can't afford it.

That is not true.  I can easily afford it.  I bought it  I used it.  I returned it.  The focus shift issue was the reason I returned it.  I don't care how sharp or not sharp a lens is if I cannot focus it accurately. 

Do you remember the date code on that 50L and on which camera body?  Reading through the large amount of user reviews out there, one gets the feeling Canon changed *something* with the 50L in the last couple/few years without official announcement, either some sort of hardware/firmware change or maybe even change/tightening of QC.  People with the latest batch of 50L and camera bodies seem much happier than before, e.g. I am very happy with sharpness and focusing of 2011 50L + 5D MkIII combo, with -3 lens microadjustment. 

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50 f/1.2L
« on: January 12, 2013, 01:17:57 PM »

The only people who bash the 1.2L are the people who can't afford it.

I don't know about that, but despite all the bashing about its sharpness, according to Lensrentals testing, the 50L is the sharpest lens from f/1.2 to f/2.0 including alll Canon, Zeiss, Nikon, and Sigma 50mm choices. 

What I love about the 50L is how it retains such nice contrast and color below f/2.0, which is something my Canon 50 f/1.8 or 50 f/1.4 could not do, not to mention the superior bokeh of 50L .


The X100s is looking on paper to be a very capable street shooter...

I'm sure the X-Pro 2 is going to be very similar.


Personally, I'm thinking X-E1 MkII with the new sensor and a bit improved EVF down the line is what I (and many) would like to wait for at a lower price point than X-Pro 2.

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: January 09, 2013, 08:31:13 PM »

EOSD1341bw by drjlo1, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Making the most out of a 50 1.2?
« on: December 24, 2012, 06:21:25 PM »
The more I use the 50L for portraits, the more I am appreciating its slightly more "human" rendering of sharpness.  Most of us non-models without full make-up are shown in a more glowing and forgiving light IMO compared to other bitingly sharp lenses.

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