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Dare I say new Sigma 300 mm f/4 and 400 mm f/5.6 in ART line, compatible with the excellent Canon 2x III and 1.4x III, with f/8 AF firmware update coming for 5D III  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Well done Canon - Canon Rebel T5i available early
« on: April 19, 2013, 12:27:10 PM »
Just Canon up to their usual nonsense..

"This new model has all the features of the Canon Rebel T4i with a few extras… a 360 degree rotating Mode Dial, a series of Creative Filters that can be used when shooting in Live View and an Improved Casing to give the camera a more upmarket look."

EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 19, 2013, 12:18:14 PM »
All this just makes me wonder how long it will be before some innovative company comes along and 'Black Magics' Canon, with an EF mount body having something like 1DX performance at a 70D price.

Makes me smile just thinking about it  8)  Especially if that "Black Magic" body incorporated the Sony/D800 type FF sensor and came with the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 as kit lens, but in full frame version.  One can dream..

MTF chart for Sigma 18-35 f/1.8

SigMTF by drjlo1, on Flickr

I don't know why Tamron made the macro's focus ring so darn wide, basically half the lens.  I think it makes the lens look terrible. 
One can buy the new Canon 100L for $899 shipped from Amazon right now, so the $749 price for Tamron is kind of hard to swallow.., although when street prices go down, it does have the advantage of lighter weight 550 g vs. 625 g. 

Haven't heard of this "EQD" brand.  Would it be just as good as a Dell IPS 24", which often is on sale as well?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Refurb 400mm f/5.6L $910
« on: April 10, 2013, 06:13:21 PM »

I've had great results with my 5D3 + 70-200 IS II + 2x III shooting field sports in Servo - f/5.6 was much more limiting, under stadium lighting, than the AF speed.

I disable any non-cross type AF points, though, so I only get the center stack to choose from with this combo. I'm not sure what performance is like when using the left/right outer points.

I also disable the non-cross AF points, and especially in daylight, 5D3+70-200II+2xIII combo AF is plenty snappy for me, even in Al servo, plenty sharp too.  Just took this yesterday in Al servo.

EOSD2133 by drjlo1, on Flickr

I am hoping the Canon 400 f/5.6 being on sale means a new 400 mm is coming "soon."

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mmL II v Canon 50mmL 1.2
« on: April 09, 2013, 09:22:07 PM »
for portrait I have a 70-200L 2.8 II and a Macro 100L 2.8 IS, I use the lens on a 5D mkIII.

I have tried the 50L on the 5D III and it is fast and super sharp, I have read a lot of negative comments about this lens but my experience was very positive. I had a very short time with a 24-70 II at B&H today and it was a lovely lens.

The newer-production 50L is a great lens on 5D III.  It really is.  I shoot people with it never going narrower than f/2.0, where there is no peer in the 50 mm lens world. 

But if you don't already have the 85L II, especially on 5D III, I would save my pennies and get that first.  Just shot an event with 5D III + 85L II combo, and holy Wowza  8)  I only hope SOMEBODY comes up with (auto-focusing) 50 mm with 85L II's picture quality. 

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 1V Film SLR
« on: April 07, 2013, 12:21:19 PM »
Kind of regret selling my 1V HS, but I kept the EOS 3 with battery grip, which does everything one needs.  With either one, the sound of frightening frame rate is a reminder you are using $$ film!  Digital isn't so bad  :D

IMG_7602 by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 07, 2013, 12:10:46 PM »
We’re told Canon is holding press events on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

I really wish I could trick myself into getting excited  :-[

Hmm, not sure what that means since the "speedring" comes hard-assembled, ready to open like umbrella.  See the customer video in the Reviews section, which I found in reviews section for the 36" Octabox.

What probably happened (seems like multiple people mention it) is that the Alien Bee insert/adapter's lip is too shallow, being loose on Alien Bees.  The insert I received was the same way, and I emailed the seller who sent me the correct one with deeper lip, which fits perfectly.  He did mention the supplier for that part had changed, causing the shallow lip.  This was some time ago, so I would hope the seller figured out this problem and changed the supplier to the correct one..

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: mini review: Yongnuo 568EX
« on: April 06, 2013, 09:29:47 PM »

The unit performed flawlessly in all the above-mentioned areas.  For example, the photo below shows my YN-568EX firing in optical slave mode, using ETTL metering, HSS and 8:1 ratio set via the camera menu.  Fantastic!   To obtain the photo below I mounted my 580EX ii master inside an Apollo Orb softbox at camera right.

I have the 580EX II and YN-568EX also.  How did you connect your camera to the 580EX II which is off-camera in Apollo? 

I would just buy something like this, as it already comes with Alien Bee speedring and much cheaper to boot:

It can even be used as a pseudo-beauty dish with white cover removed and center reflector.  I have the 36" octagon version with same features, and it's been great.

Abstract / Re: fragmented fractal
« on: April 06, 2013, 09:04:43 PM »

Happy Grape by drjlo1, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: 24 TS-E II or 135L
« on: March 29, 2013, 02:08:29 AM »
In general, I shoot a little bit of everything from landscapes to candids to street to my family. For those of you who own both or have tried both, what are your thoughts?

Well, I have both 24 TS-E II and 135L, and I don't think either is all that well-suited for what you shoot.  24 TS-E II is obviously a great lens, but it's only f/3.5 and lacks AF limiting use in candid shooting especially indoors.  135L is too long, best used for tight portrait standing far off. 

I think a good 35mm (on full frame) such as 35L or the Sigma 35 f/1.4 would suit most of your needs quite a bit better. 

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