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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II
« on: September 19, 2012, 07:21:43 PM »
After my experience with pre-ordering from Canon, namely 5D III with its "light-leak," issues with compatibility with third party accessories (e.g. teleconverters, wirless triggers), and the recent sudden price drops, I have learned NEVER to pre-order any new product from Canon, especially something this expensive. 

I plan to see how things really shake out in the next 6-12 montsh with 24-70 II..

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo Flashes
« on: September 19, 2012, 07:14:57 PM »
Sure thing.  Let's just hope these new, more advanced and more expensive Yongnuo products do not have serious QC problems or other issues to be discovered.  When buying Yongnuo products, make SURE to buy from a store that gives you warranty (some of the cheaper eBay places don't). 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo Flashes
« on: September 19, 2012, 07:03:46 PM »
Add Yongnuo YN-622 radio transceivers and they'll do everything (except HSS) that a 600EX-RT will do.

Clarification.  YN-622C transceivers do provide HSS (up to 1/8000th).  Yongnuo already started selling their new flash YN-568EX, which is now capable of HSS as well, and as a bonus it has a modeling light Canon 600 doesn't.   I have both in mail to me.

Differences among Yonnuo speedlites:

Lenses / Re: Which Macro?? Please help!
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:35:35 PM »

Hmm very interesting. I'd never thought of using FD lenses as macros. Then you theoretically wouldn't need an optical element to adjust for the flange. I don't even know, does anybody even sell an adapter without an optical element though?

It doesn't have to be FD lens or manual-only lens to work with Macro extension tubes.  If you get good extension tubes with EOS contacts, you will retain auto-focus (albeit at "macro" slowness) and aperture/exposure. 
I have the ProOptic EOS extension tube set, which are built well and pretty cheap for a set of 3. 


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f1.2 II - issue or am I just overreacting?
« on: September 17, 2012, 01:46:29 AM »
That level of LoCA is perfectly in line with what's expected with 85L wide open.  In fact, if you were shooting brighter or more reflective surfaces, the LoCA would look much worse.  Similar level of LoCA also exists for 35L and 50L. 

If it bothers you, I suggest using Canon Digital Photo Professional software's DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer), which decreases LoCA quite a bit, along with sharper images.  Just be aware that applying DLO almost doubles the file size, so I personally apply DLO to RAW, convert RAW to Jpeg, then Uncheck DLO before closing/saving the RAW, which reverts it to previous file size.


I do expect the price drop($100-$200) when I place a pre-order, not $750 within 6 months.

Exactly.  I did expect a couple hundred $ drop within first 6 months or so, especially towards the Holidays, but not $750.  It's actually a lot of money, some of which I could have used toward other things needed in life  >:(

EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 15, 2012, 02:30:13 PM »
Well, perhaps we can hope for a similar deal on 24-70 MkII in the future. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 15, 2012, 01:46:03 PM »
That's crazy.  Wonder if there is a catch, i.e. grey market, etc?
Almost thought about picking up a second 5D III at that price..

Lenses / Re: Should I sell 35L f/1.4 to get 24-70II?
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:11:52 PM »
I am not in love with having to be spot on to get perfect sharp image with 35 with aperature below 3.2 when doing a pressure shoot like a wedding.

Hmm, I've never felt I needed to be "spot on" to get 35L to produce sharp images, even at much wider than f/3.2.  Maybe it's the 5D MkII AF issue?  I used to feel similar pressure with 85L at f/1.2 to f/1.4, but it got much easier after I bought 5D MkIII and its AF.  Have you tried the 35L much on your 5D III instead of II, especially with using the double cross-type AF points? 

Lenses / Re: Which Macro?? Please help!
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:05:28 PM »

Now use a Sigma 70mm, albeit on a cropped body.  However the lens is a DG type and so will work on full frame.

It's not a fast focuser, but has focus limiter, although you are probably using MF anyway.

VERY very sharp lens.

Worth a look if thats the kind of focal length you are looking at.

Reviewed very well, and I can vouch for it's performance, on APS-C at least.

The Sigma 70mm macro is indeed a very sharp lens, but I would definitely buy it from a place that allows returns/refunds.  My Sigma 70mm copy worked fine in viewfinder but would not auto focus properly in Live View mode on my Canon 550D body; incompatibility like this depends on the lens version/age/firmware and body version also, so it's hit and miss.  Sigma service was no help and clueless. 

I returned the Sigma and got the Canon 100mm Macro L, which is great also, especially IS helping a lot with hand-held macro shots, and the 100 mm focal length giving a little more working distance than 70mm. 

On a tighter budget, a used Canon 100mm Macro non-L would work very well also. 

Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 14, 2012, 07:08:02 PM »

OR... it might be a rig that the photographer came up with himself (that NEVER happens right?!!!?).

Situation is the same - its a flash mounted very close to the lens axis, being half a ring, one rectangle, whatever....

Heh.  For example, I just rigged up this beauty-dishesque reflector to be used with speedlite's wide angle panel deployed, mostly in order to improve on-camera flash. 

SAM_0077a by drjlo1, on Flickr

If space allows, this bracket-mounted real beauty dish, for closer portraits.

SAM_0081A by drjlo1, on Flickr

Lighting / Re: Need Assistance on how to improve skin tones with strobes
« on: September 14, 2012, 07:00:29 PM »
A few ways to improve the look.

1.  Don't shoot in AWB, especially in studio.  Custom white balance with something like ColorRight or equivalent if you don't want to deal with WB in post-processing.

2.  Appropriate light modifiers to fit the model.  Babies can stand much harder light than older folks, so things like softboxes or maybe even beauty dishes may cut down on post-processing time to improve skin tones, blemishes, and shine.

3.  Ground-up post-processing and retouching on portraits can take hours and be very labor-intensive, especially if you do lots of potraits.  I recommend a good portraiture software such as Portrait Professional to cut down on the rote labor  and easily reproducible results.   

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« on: September 14, 2012, 02:22:22 PM »
I guess I will have to sell one of my expensive primes if I get the 24-70 II, perhaps the TS-E 24mm II  :'(

Lenses / Re: 24mm F/1.4L II or 24mm-70mm F/2.8 II
« on: September 12, 2012, 06:00:41 PM »
f/1.4 is still two full stops faster than f/2.8, and while my 70-200 f/2.8 II is very sharp and versatile, I would sell a kidney if it was f/2 or f/1.8 (I know, will never happen).

I'm thinking about the 24-70 II, too, but even if I got it, I would still need my 35 f/1.4, 50 f/1.2, and 85 f/1.2 II..

First-look Video of Sony RX1.  Looks like the lens has switch for macro (0.2-0.35m) but not sure if true 1:1 macro.  Also, it looks quite ugly to me personally in that dull, cheap-looking black and flat looks.   

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