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Lenses / Re: All primes... But what zoom?
« on: January 29, 2012, 08:50:33 PM »
Hello CR!

I am a prime sort'a guy. I currently own the 35mm f/1.4 L, 50mm f/1.2 L and the 135mm f/2 L.
I am shooting with a Canon 5D mk ll.
I have always loved my primes, but am considering a good walk-around lens.
Any opinions out there on what to invest in? My main reason is for the versatility and to NOT have to carry my three primes all day.
Thanks in advance!

Just playing devil's advocate here: do you really need one? The obvious choices are of course the 24-70 and the 24-105. Both are great and it's hard to say which is "better" since it depends on application and preference. BUT as a "prime sort'a guy" are your really going to take either of them?

I have a 50, 135, 200 and then the 24-105 - because as a "kit" you couldn't beat the value of it, otherwise I may have opted for the 24-70 and may still trade it one day. The 24-105 is way better then I expected. It's very sharp and the results at all focal lengths are really really good. But I do like my fast primes and the 24-105 is anything but not fast with its f/4 limitation. The IS works but I personally consider it a gimick and see no value in it. So the 24-70 would probably be more the zoom for me or so I thought for a while.

What I find though now is that I go for the 135 and 50 more often and leave the zoom behind unless I expect needing the wide angle.  Well, and if I already had a wide and fast prime like you...

So in short: if you really feel you need a zoom either is fine. If you shoot a lot wide open the 24-70 maybe a better choice. If you really want the wide range the 24-105 is better, especially since the long end delivers pretty decent results as far as background blur goes - more or less a wash compared to f/2.8 at 70mm.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mkII upgrade with a mkIII or 1Dx
« on: January 28, 2012, 05:59:20 PM »
If the rumors turn out to be true I can see that a lot of people may go for the 5DIII - which might be a great opportunity to pick up a second 5DII body. I'm personally happy with it as is.

Lenses / Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« on: January 28, 2012, 03:25:53 PM »
Well, I hadn't invested in any photo gear for years since I was still using film. I knew that one day I had to go digital but that I had to start over from scratch since I was still on the FD system. So I knew it would be a big chunk of cash in the first place just to cover the basics. And while watching the market for the last 10 years or so I knew that I didn't want to compromise too much over what I had before. So any of the cheap Rebel kits from Costco were out of the question.

When I left my last employer last year they still owed me quite a bit of money for vacation days etc. So at that point  there I saw 4 options: put the doe away, replace my wife's wedding and engagement rings that she is allergic to, buy a new road bike or buy new camera gear. My wife convinced me that I should go for option 3 or 4 since I had worked hard for it and everything else can happen at a later day (I hope that includes the new bike which is now also kind of overdue given that I've been offered money for my old one recently by a guy who is into "classic" bikes...).

Long story short. I put the money away, lucked out with a few stocks and was able to pull the plug when my local store had its Canon day deals.

Everything I've added since comes out of my little stash that I put aside outside the normal family budget and savings. I wish I was into running marathons, drawing with pencil and paper, but unfortunately, my passions for guitar playing, cycling, photography and so forth are  not exactly cheap hobbies. But then again, if you invest in some decent stuff it lasts for decades. And some things can even appreciate in value like I've seen with some of my guitars and amps.

Landscape / Re: Earth
« on: January 26, 2012, 10:25:48 PM »

Landscape / Re: Earth
« on: January 26, 2012, 10:21:48 PM »

Nice pic

I wonder what Camera's Nasa uses ? :)

From all I know they use Nikons. The moon cameras were Hasselblads. There is a little documentary somewhere on the web about the current Nikon D3s they use. Pretty much stock except for those that go on space walks. Those are modified but not even as much as you would expect.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mark iii sync speed
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:25:43 PM »
Just to stir the mud a little more, the G12 will sync without using HSS at 1/4000th although for some odd reason not with the ST-E2 where it's a little slower.  It's left me wondering the kind of shutter the G1X is going to have, focal plane as per the NEX or electronic like the G12.

Does the G1X have a focal plane shutter?  My guess based on the above is no - a 1/4000 sync speed means electronic 'curtains'.

I used to have a Sony compact that also synced at 1/1000s and froze action like nothing else. I understand how the shutter of an SLR works, but I have never thought of what the negative sides to an electronic "curtain" is? Can someone fill me in? Why doesn't the slr's use electronic "curtains"? You could still have the mirror and everything, right?

I'm sure others will provide more detail on this but I believe it has to do with the sensor type. The G12 has a CCD sensor while the Canon SLRs have CMOS sensors. From all I know there are pros and cons to both types but what you describe is one difference where it's easier to accomplish different behaviors in one way or another.

Leaf shutters like on medium format cameras would be another option to increase sync speed.

In any case, neither have anything to do with freezing action since you can do that even at slow shutter speeds. Things like high speed sync (or high shutter sync speeds) are more important to control ambient light.

Software & Accessories / Re: Pelican case
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:11:23 PM »
I've also got the 1510, and it's great.  Originally all it had was just a tag with my last name.  Then one of my kids decided to decorate it for me with a sticker, so I stuck a few more on it.  It's not crazy yet, but as I find stickers I like I'll continue to adorn it.

Absolutely love the libertarian sticker!

Software & Accessories / Re: Pelican case
« on: January 24, 2012, 07:27:01 PM »
The engraved tag should read:

Property of Canon, Inc.
Contains new prototype dSLR

Happy travels!

Personally, I didn't bother.  I have seen other black Peli cases while traveling, so some sort of tag would be a good idea.  I got yellow cases, and other than mine, I've never seen a yellow one on a plane.  Might be because there's no yellow 1510 - I have the equivalent Storm im2500.

I do get your handbag analogy - I clearly remember the camera bag/case purchase that put me ahead of my wife's purse count.  However, ambitious and competitive as I may be, I have no hope of outnumbering her shoes...  ;)


Yep, yellow would be great. I have a small one for my microscope spare parts - which I believe is another general interest we share - only mine is not professional even though I originally have a clinical background.

Software & Accessories / Pelican case
« on: January 24, 2012, 05:08:17 PM »
So this is going to sound really stupid, but what the heck. I finally decided to get myself a Pelican 1510 case for a) air travel and b) events where I want to be able to lock the case

I understand that that for both a and b there is no replacement for insurance (still working to find something in that department...) but still. Plus: the thing is just cool. Must be the same kind of fascination that some women have with handbags and shoes (nothing wrong with the latter in my book). Even though it's just a stupid black plastic box I must say it's really well designed. Seems worth the money so far.

Here's the weird question: the thing came with a little order form for the name tag under the handle. Are any Pelican owners here using this kind of thing? And what do you put on there? XYZ photography, please steal this case? Probably not such a good idea. Should I put my name and phone number on? Is that always a good idea? Or even the address vs. just the town? Or just leave it and put on a name tag when traveling and call it a day?

I was thinking Name, Town, State, phone number - and I can always cover it or take it out where it may for whatever reason be a problem. Thoughts? Come on - there have been weirder questions...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:01:31 PM »
screen does not look 4x3...looks like a 16x9 or 16x10. [...]

Any chance that we're looking at a video specific model? Otherwise I'm not sure who would benefit from a 16:9 type screen. I hope that's not becoming part of the brave new world with all the 3D-LCD TV hype. Still can't really stand the format for PCs, especially laptops.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:58:46 PM »

Yep... I also see a MFN button which I want... So no flash... I hope it has an IR flash commander...
Dear God no, not I/R, should be radio  :o

I still don't think that is possible/marketable due to legal limitations in many parts of the world.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark II or 1D Mark III
« on: January 22, 2012, 05:20:38 PM »
So I was in the local store today and was contemplating spending some money!
Am planning a trip through Yellowstone and Colorado by motorcycle this summer and was thinking that I'm missing an ultra-wide angle lens. Was thinking about either the Canon 10-22 or the Tokina 11-16. Then I got "squirrelled" by cameras. My simple logic was: spend money on a lens, but still have the 'old' camera, or buy a new camera that would allow my current glass to provide me the ultra-wide range. So looked at the new 5D mark ii and also a used 1D mark iii.
Any suggestions or advice?

Currently: 30D; 17-40L; 70-200L f4

My 2 cents for what it's worth: I first saw the header and didn't realize you were not talking about the 1DsIII in which case I'd have said that they are almost the same camera in different form factors according to different use. But a 1DIII? Nah, not really. And it's my personal philosophy that I don't buy used camera gear from the digital age. People are way too trigger happy these days and things are a lot more sensitive and flimsy than they used to be.

So now what? I have a 5DII and love it. But I won't buy any replacement for it until it falls apart. More or better lenses? Flashes? Gizmos? Sure. But cameras only as a replacement when the old stuff doesn't work anymore (or if you really need a backup or so). As long as your 30D still works I see no reason for a change.

But that being said: the 5DII is probably -and will remain- one of the best cameras ever. Perfect balance between quality, features, price, etc. I have yet to see any replacement (5DIII or whatever it's going to be) that would be better or even as good. By looking at the 1Dx as a replacement for the 1DsIII I am concerned that the future may not be quite as bright and that I'll be kicking myself for not buying a second 5DII as a new and (relatively) affordable camera at the moment just to put one away for later. Yes, I find it that good (I didn't say absolutely perfect; no such thing).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is the AF really that bad on the 5Dmk2
« on: January 19, 2012, 02:46:02 PM »
Hi I'm considering purchasing a 5dmk2 as a third camera since the prices are really good at the moment, but it seems to get a lot of bad reviews regarding it's auto focus. Can you 5dmk2 owners share your thoughts and is the AF really that bad. I would be using it for weddings and portraits.


Honestly, my 5DII is my first SLR with AF. I find it "bad" in that it has AF at all and everything that comes with it (smaller and dimmer viewfinder, harder to use manual focus, dependence on more expensive and more vulnerable lenses, etc).

Once I was over that I don't find it "bad" at all - it is way better than this weird reputation that has been building up in various forums. For what it is it works just fine, even in rather bad light.

I understand that the 1-series or 7D AF is better - but then again it's not fabulous either in my view. The spread of the AF points is still rather centered and doesn't even fully hit anything that you might want to place further out when thinking rule-of-thirds. So recomposing often will be necessary anyway.

It all depends on the application obviously. There are probably better choices for sports, bird and other fast action shooters (not just because of the AF). For pretty much everything else I don't see how it makes much of a difference under normal circumstances. And I've gotten decent results even for soccer, sled dogs, birds, etc

Lenses / Re: fill the void -17mm to 24mm
« on: January 19, 2012, 11:17:27 AM »
I've been looking into this as well. I'm pretty sure that I'l either buy the Zeiss Distagon 21 or 18 at some point. The 21 would probably be my first choice but it's also a lot more expensive.

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