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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup body for dangerous areas
« on: April 03, 2012, 09:35:18 AM »
I just bought a 50D as a backup for my 7D.  One thought for the backup is to carry the 50D with no grip, a black lens, and an unbranded strap to be a little less obvious.  I have a friend who used to put black electrical tape over the "Nikon" brand on his camera.

Or you could just put a Nikon strap on the 7D...;-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup body for dangerous areas
« on: April 03, 2012, 09:34:05 AM »
A smith and Wesson would make good back up body for muggers

I was just about to suggest the Walther PPS 9mm...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 03, 2012, 09:32:36 AM »
Good question. I'm not in the market at this point for any upgrade from my 5DII but for the same kind of money I'd always prefer the 1DsIII. It depends on what your priorities are. I don't care about video, I like the vertical grip, high ISO is not important to me. So the 1DsIII would be the ideal EOS camera for me and I'd prefer if over the 5DII or III and even the 1Dx.

Lenses / Re: If Nikon made Canon mount lenses
« on: April 02, 2012, 11:16:09 AM »
I'd rather ask Nikon people what Canon lenses they would want, but since I'm here, if Canon made Nikon mount lenses what Nikon lenses would you buy?  (if any) Assume that everything else would be the same (price, weight, optical performance, autofocus performance, etc.

I'll start...the only lens that I want from Nikon is the 200-400mm f4, since their's doesn't contain the built in extender and the extra price. I wouldn't mind the extender, but at $11k, I couldn't even consider it.

None really. The main reason I stayed with Canon when I went digital was the Canon lens line up. Neither are "ideal" and there is always something that people wish was different. I still like my Canon FD lenses better than my EF lenses, but in my estimation I get better bang for the buck in the Canon lineup. The cameras are really secondary to that. The 135L alone makes it a right decision in my book.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is 5DIII softer than 5DII?
« on: April 01, 2012, 03:26:25 PM »
The issue is happening because Canon put too strong of a low-pass filter in the 5D3 to deal with the aliasing and moire.

James Miller, a camera tech kind of guy, took out his low pass filter and the details of the image was MUCH sharper.

Here's the article. I believe it applies to both stills and video


A second article on the fix


Wow. That's bold. But this is kind of what Nikon now offers as one of the D800 options, right? To me so far all cameras without that filter have looked better. I would think it's one of the reasons why the Leica M9 looks better?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III plus 24-70mm II
« on: March 28, 2012, 04:13:37 PM »
Unless you really need or want it immediately I'd wait a few months with both. I know that prices probably won't come down drastically but still. And I would want to see some real life experiences with both first - especially the lens which appears to have a lot of added plastic and such.

Lenses / Re: What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 28, 2012, 09:36:19 AM »
Any update to the 50mm lenses I'd be looking forward to.

Lenses / Re: 24 - 70mm f/2.8 L I or II
« on: March 24, 2012, 10:45:27 PM »
I am an advance hobby photographer, mostly I shoot landscapes, family portraits and some macro

currently I own 16 - 35 f/2.8 II L, 70 - 200 f/2.8 II L and 100 mm f/2.8 L macro and a 5D Mark II

I have been thinking of adding 24 - 70 to my list for shooting both, family portraits and landscapes when I travel,

My dilemma is should I get version I or II ?

I wonder if version II is worth the price $2300, also version I is a proven lens and is already perfect

Please help me understand why one should pay extra $1000 more for version II

Thank you

Good question. Looks as if Canon tried to make an excellent lens even better optically. Given that it is lighter I'd be concerned that the new version doesn't have the build quality any longer like the version I. Yes, I know even that one had issues on occasion. Making things more plasticky seems to be the way these days.

The lenses are good optically but I'm still underwhelmed with the feel and some details of my EF lenses - including L lenses. The original 24-70 seems to be on the better side with this.

Lighting / Re: 580ex II or 600EX-RT
« on: March 23, 2012, 09:19:26 AM »
Funny, but I think it was Syl's reviews of the 600 that made me want to switch. It will be interesting to see what his "standard" gear ends up being in another year.

I also forgot there are several reports of a module that you can stick on your 580s and 430s to control them with RF. Guess I'll hang onto my 580 for now AND get a 600.

That indeed was a good review - especially the girl with the yellow heels in the fridge ;-)

My guess would be that in a revision of his book it'll be a mix of new gear and old. He has to please Canon and his long-standing readers who haven't upgraded yet to the new cameras and flash system. It'll sure be interesting to see what he comes up with next. I like the current version of the book a lot.

Lighting / Re: 580ex II or 600EX-RT
« on: March 23, 2012, 09:11:01 AM »
I need some external ideas here.

I currently have a 580exII and a 30 foot TTL cord.  I have been desperately wanting to go RF wireless.

So, as I see it, I have two options...

1. Pick up 580exII's for cheap(er) as people switch over or companies dump inventory; Then I have to add an RF wireless system (+$100 per flash as I see it)

2. See off my 580exII and start over with the 600EX-RT and a commander.

So, can anybody offer me some thoughts on this?

Good questions. I've been thinking and watching the used market as well. So far I don't see a lot of 580s and 430s show up.

Here is my thought process so far: I have a 580EXII, a 430EXII, a 270EX and an old Metz 45. So far, the Canon optical wireless system has worked for me (with a long ETTL cord for the 580). For messing around with more complex settings I've used the 4 flashes on manual with cheap Adorama RF triggers. That all works pretty well even though it's not as elegant as the new Canon system or the Odin, etc.

The other issue is that I don't see upgrading from my 5DII for the next few years (unless something happens to it). From what I understand so far, the 600EX and the controller only offer some of the really cool features (5 groups with manual control from the camera) on the new camera models. Not sure if any firmware updates for the 5DII will change that. 

Software & Accessories / Re: connect people with their photos
« on: March 22, 2012, 04:54:08 PM »
I want to take picture of hundreds of different people at a party, and have a system whereby I can connect individuals with their photos.

Has anyone heard of a system that can accomplish this?

Hand out business cards with the photo ID? This of course only works if they then log in, go to their picture and somehow tag it (or order it directly). If you need to know their names and won't be in touch with them afterwards then you can only do this manually. A cheap voice recorder may do the trick quickly.

I get these as solutions for pros carrying more than one camera - and who draw a paycheck and have appropriate insurance etc.

I don't get it for things like travel photography. I haven't found the "ideal" strap yet either but I'm okay with my Crumpler for now. I find the 2-point connection much more trustworthy and don't want to muck up the tripod socket (especially with the battery grip which I would think puts additional strain on the connection between camera and grip). Plus I don't like straps across my chest.

The holster idea doesn't look appealing for crowded places to me. I know that in such circumstances or in tight spaces I often pull the camera from the side towards the front of my body. Don't see how you would do that with a holster. And again: a lot of trust in one single connection...

EOS Bodies / Re: Unofficial Canon Mirrorless Concept
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:40:17 PM »

Plus, a FD mount adapter would be easy to implement without degrading IQ since it will not require any optical elements.

That's true and it would be nice to have that option on a full frame camera. Ideally though I'd like to see them go back to the good old mechanical lever for the aperture. I know that it's not going to happen. Just saying.

EOS Bodies / Re: Unofficial Canon Mirrorless Concept
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:34:40 PM »
Neat artwork David, but what is the point of mirrorless?
You have a great lens line-up that you're not going to use?
No, you either have an aps-c 7d-like camera so it's fps make it a mini 1d or if you're using whole new lenses, why not make a bigger, square sensor -- larger than 24x 36 the 35mm film standard. Seems to me the mirrorless are all entry level for a reason.

Not all. The M9 isn't - if you count a rangefinder as "mirrorless". I want Canon to give Leica a run for the money in that department. Either as a small and rugged full-frame manual DSLR (that would look and feel like my AE-1p for example) or a full frame rangefinder set with fast 35, 50 and 135mm lenses for total of under $5000. Or in other words: a camera for everyone who really wants an M9 but can't afford to shell out 15K or so. I mostly like my 5DII but that could be a camera I would love if done right.

EOS Bodies / Re: Unofficial Canon Mirrorless Concept
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:01:32 AM »
Glad the smite button is gone for this one...... Why not just  make it look like the F1n  ;)

Sure. That would still be my dream camera: a full frame, manual focus F1n-D SLR for FD lenses. I can't be the only who never fully got over the switch to the EOS AF plastic lenses, can I?

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