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I have a couple of mitros + and so far they are super reliable however with eneloops they recycle noticably slower than the canons

That's disheartening to hear, as recycling time can be critical. 

I was also surprised to see in DPR review how Mitro yielded cooler color and higher ETTL exposure than Canon 580EX II. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:27:58 PM »

We now have a direct comparison from the same testers.

Too bad SLRgear does not post real-life photo samples with bokeh, and we will have to wait for for end-user reports regarding any AF "issues" after wide release.  In addition, price is unknown.  Having said that, it looks like Sigma came up with a beauty.  I hope its pricing brings down the eventual price of Otus 55 mm and any upcoming Canon 50 mm glass  ;)

The clearest alternative, if you haven't guessed already, is the new Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 Art lens, which we just recently reviewed. Despite the dramatic difference in price, the Sigma competes handily with the $4,000 Zeiss 55mm Otus lens. (As of this writing, we don't know how Sigma will price the 50/1.4 Art, but it's safe to assume it'll be way, way less than the Otus."

Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:52:51 PM »
I had a 135mm L attached to my 5dIII, ISO 160 (was set on Auto), f/8, 1/125 (was set on Av, forgot to change it in the haste). Thanks in advance.

You simply were not going to get close enough with 135L to fill the frame with the bird without scaring it off.  At least 300 or 400 mm would have been nice.

I have one of my C1-3 custom settings set up for exactly situation like this, including Al servo, burst shooting mode, shutter priority with high shutter speed for moving objects. 

Technical Support / Re: 5Dmk3 grip rubber coming loose
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:28:18 PM »
It depends on whether the grip simply came off the body or whether the grip actually enlarged due to taking in moisture and expanding.  Canon rebels are notorious for grips expanding in humid environment, coming off the body.  When I sent in my T2i to Canon under warranty, Canon actually replaced the grip with a new one because the old grip was now bigger, not fitting in the slot. 

If the grip is not enlarged and will fit into body's slot, simply fix it by using rubber glue, which is same thing Canon service does.  If grip has expanded, then a new grip is needed for a perfect repair; however, depending on the degree, people have trimmed off excess rubber and glued them on when out of warranty. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Cook Picture Styles
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:46:30 PM »
Hmm.  Interesting work.  Exactly how do you "load" the Cook picture styles into camera; is it via firmware update like Magic Lantern (with risk of "bricking" the camera) or some other way? 
If used with DPP, where do you load the Cook picture styles on the computer, in the DPP folder somewhere?


Having purchased and returned the Sony A7R 36 MP high-MP monster, I was hoping for a Sony camera with same sensor but better/faster AF similar to Sony A6000, but this A7S with 12.2 MP threw me for a loop from the left field.  With such huge pixel size, it *should* have unheard-of dynamic range at high ISO, something even D800/A7R cannot manage at high ISO.  With -4.0 EV AF, it should have fabulous AF in low light, and if color fidelity and IQ benefit from large pixels, this camera could be THE walk-around, low-light monster we have never seen before.  Although this camera should appeal to videographers, it could seduce photographers who shoot low-light events. 

Hate to say it, but Sony does seem to be towering over Canikon when it comes to imagination, innovation, and appetizing cameras  :'(

I would uninstall ML first then do the reset. 

Something must have gone wrong with my ML install.  ML website says to uninstall ML from firmware update in menu, but when I try to uninstall ML by going to Wrench menu=> "firmware version"=> then I get the message "Memory card containing firmware is required to update" even though the memory card with ML files is still inside the camera.

I don't get the "instructions" ML website says should show up.  What am I missing?  Should I just go to "Format card" and choose "Format card. remove ML" option?  If I do that, my understanding is the bootflag in camera body is still not deleted.

I formatted the card, set the camera to factory reset ("Clear Camera Settings"), then reinstalled ML, and this fixed my auto image preview problem and the ML uninstall option shows up in "firmware update."  I was also happy to see clearing camera settings did not erase my C1-C3 custom settings or AFMA values.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 06, 2014, 04:13:10 PM »
I'm about to put my 50L on Ebay.... and it has nothing to do with this new 50mm Art.

I took my kids to Flower Field in Carlsbad yesterday. I carried A7r + FE 55mm. With Eye-focus feature in A7r, compose the shot is so easy. At wide open, I couldn't miss a shot. However, the Bokeh is not smooth as my 50L.

Bottom line is, I'm willing to trade that bokeh for light weight ;)

It's a dichotomy, isn't it?  Corner sharpness wins points for a lens in reviews, but for 50 or 85 mm being used for portraits, corner and bokeh sharpness often fights against that magic background separation. 

Try uninstalling back to factory.  Reset defaults and try again.

So, on your ML install, you DO get the automatic image display after you take the photo? 
Where in the menu is the factory reset button? 

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 05, 2014, 04:33:03 PM »
A nice read for those deciding among the 35 mm options out there.  I especially concur with this point:

"But one of the things I do besides reading reviews when I am doing research before purchasing is to look at pictures taken WITH the lens.  I realize that there will always be a very wide disparity in the quality of photos because of the skill level of the photographer.  But after a while you start to get a sense of how the lens performs in a variety of situations.

Lenses are more than the sum of their parts or even review scores, and I find that particularly true with fast prime lenses.  The 35L, for example, produces images with a frequently beautiful “feel” to them that goes beyond technical merit.  The images frequently look “pro” or “magic” (and that’s a good thing!)  I kept waiting for the WOW images from the Sigma…but I rarely saw them.  The Sigma just seems more clinical."

Thank goodness the 50 ART is probably going to turn out to be a real deal.  Now let's hope the other shoe (price) drops somewhere friendly  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:16:18 PM »
Got it late yesterday so it was all low light and the difference was negligible
I'll try it again today in good light
It's got the 16-70 f4 ziess

All up seems like a nice package

But AF does not even come close to the 5D3
And the evf is pretty sucky in low light

I presume you are talking about one-shot AF mode speed and accuracy, not the burst mode?  A6000 is supposed to have 11 fps, which surely has at least faster burst rate ( and more accurate?) than EOS-M's burst rate. 

And yeah, EVF's really look bad in low light, even the "better" EVF in A7/R..

I posted on ML forum but got no answer so far.
Question.  After I installed ML on my 5D III (1.2.3), my automatic image display is disabled.  I had it set to automatically show the image I took for 4 seconds after shooting the photo, but after ML, the LCD does not display anything after I shoot the photo unless I actually push the display button.  I checked in both Canon and ML menu, and there does not seem to be a solution to this?  TIA.

IME monopods are not nearly as useful as they seem in use, not even in the same universe as a good tripod.  My nice carbon monopod usually sits at home while I'm out shooting.  I wouldn't waste the money on a nice monopod, but instead I recommend you look into a nice tripod with one leg that is detachable to use as monopod for occasional use (maybe).

Unfortunately, The Sony/Zeiss 24-70 f/4 OSS lens has received disappointing reviews at both photozone and SLRgear.
I read those reviews and that's pretty much what I feel about the FE 24-70 f/4 lens ... it is a good lens to have for about $700 (maybe $800 max, but no more) but for close to $1200 it is just not worth it, one might as well stick with the kit lens.

In fact I've read the kit lens is actually quite good for a "kit lens". Charging this premium for the Zeiss certainly makes people expect quite a bit more.

However, to my knowledge this is not a "Zeiss" lens. They only provide QC to Sony. In fact some new real Zeiss ZFE (or whatever they will be called) primes should be announced at the next Photokina.

Is the FE 50 mm f/1.8 then not a real "Zeiss" lens, either?  Pretty darn good if it's a Sony with only Zeiss QC.

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