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Software & Accessories / Re: FL 55 mm 1.2 Conversion to FD
« on: December 11, 2011, 10:02:42 PM »
We've produced the TS 35mm 2.8 kit, are about to get production back online of the original EF-FD 0.75mm adapter (to be updated as the rotated 0.5mm FD-EOS adapter) and next in line with be the original FL 55 kit.  My hope is we will be shipping the rotated 0.5 this week and the FL 55 1.2 the week after.  The FD 55 1.2 chrome nose and SSC will be around the end of December and the FL 55mm 1.2 Aspherical may launch at the same time, we've just found an ultra low profile yet robust solution for holding the fixed rear element.

Sorry for the gap in availability, I appreciate your continued patience.  -Ed Mika

Lenses / Re: EdMika adapter launch - TS 35mm 2.8 FD - EOS conversion
« on: December 05, 2011, 04:17:53 PM »
We bought a new 3-axis Tormach 770 personal CNC machine for around 11 Grand ( ).  There were several options for 5-6k but none had the reliability and production readiness of the Tormach from what we could gather.  As for software, we evaluated some trial versions of several machining programs like surfcam but found we could work well enough writing directly to G-Code.  This way quick changes can be made on the fly while tweaking the parts directly in the computer controlling the CNC.  Also it was real fun having to insulate the Garage for my father-in-law as the Canadian winter approaches.

AV0H2459.jpg by Ontarian, on Flickr

Lenses / EdMika adapter launch - TS 35mm 2.8 FD - EOS conversion
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:40:32 AM »
We finally did it.  The learning and cost curve was pretty steep but we have a full blown machine shop in my father-in-law's garage now and have our first 15 production parts in hand with 60 being made before we switch our focus to making the updated 0.75mm EdMika EF-FD adapter which will be the rotated 0.5mm FD-EOS design followed by the FL 55mm 1.2 EOS kit, the FD 55mm 1.2 EOS kit, possibly a kit for the floating lens element Aspherical FD 55mm 1.2 and FD 85mm 1.2 lenses.  On the drawing board is work on all the fast nFD mount primes up to the 200mm 2.8.  The tilt shift EOS kit has just been listed on eBay

cheers-Ed Mika

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: KatzEye Focusing Screen
« on: November 23, 2011, 12:50:26 PM »
I'm happy my 1D4 bodies have user swappable screens and my manual focusing screen is in there pretty much permanently.  I trust my eyes with the split screen assist more than anything else and I agree with Harley that I feel much closer to the photographic process in doing so.

Lenses / Re: Your Go To Portrait Lens?
« on: November 21, 2011, 11:29:07 PM »
I only shoot 1.3 crop until the 1Dx comes out.  My favourite portrait prime is the FD 400mm 2.8 with my EdMika infinity focus 0.75mm EF-FD brass glassless adapter (soon to be replaced with the upcoming 0.5mm 90 degree rotated EF-FD brass glasses adapter). 

First test shots FD 400mm 2.8 L by Ontarian, on Flickr

For zooms I'd have to say the only one I still have, my trusty 70-200 2.8 L IS II.

If you had to choose both one zoom and one fixed lens as your go to portrait lens. What would they be?

Edit- I have purposely left this question open ended. I want to hear what you have and what your experiences are with both FF and crop sensors.

Lenses / Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« on: October 24, 2011, 01:17:29 AM »
EdMika TS 35mm 2.8 EOS conversion kit sneak peak.  Its even better than I thought.

hey ed, thanks alot for your help! though i would say that the link you've provided well, required some head banging first, i found a guide off tago, which describes using the ai servo method to get into the program, afterwhich, i calibrated the F8.0 + 2 digits from 01 to 17 – correction of focus confirmation dot to 06 instead of the default which was 09 and as a result, ive managed to receive rather spot on AF.

in the end the calibration function did help out :D

Thanks for the valuable feedback, I'll confirm on my several len copies as well and if I find that a setting of 06 is the best vs. the default 09 I will add making this adjustment to my standard chip programming routine on adapters I send out.  -Ed Mika

They are up on the ebay listing in the pictures on the second page down if you scroll.  However here is a larger version in my flickr photo stream that will likely be easier to read here:

I do prefer the viewfinder also over live view for really "seeing" what I'm shooting, it feels more direct.  The focusing screen is bang on accurate as well, I wish all bodies still came with one.

No, the dandelion chip is in my experience only semi accurate for focus confirmation especially with the thin depth of field you have a 1.2 on closer subjects.  I have heard that focusing using only centre point is a bit more accurate and If you follow the chip instructions as posted on the ebay listing there is a calibration function for it that functions similar to lens micro adjustment on the newer / higher end canon bodies.

Since I do most of my focusing in live view or using the focus screen in my 1D4 I basically ignore the focus confirm function of the chip on my FL 55 1.2 and depend on it rather for allowing proper light metering and EXIF data reporting.  Perhaps I should play with it some more to see if the FL 55s are all back or forward focusing and add the appropriate calibration adjustment to my regular programming routine of adjusting focal length to 55, aperture to 1.2 and manual/auto focus switch emulation to manual.

Canon General / Re: Canon EOS 1D X Possible Press Release
« on: October 17, 2011, 10:43:14 PM »
lol for real.

In ok light perhaps my 1D4 still has solid purpose left in it after March next year.

Nope. It'll be useless. Completely obsolete and incapable.

Canon General / Re: Canon EOS 1D X Possible Press Release
« on: October 17, 2011, 10:38:27 PM »
Probably dumb question but would a 1D4 at 16 Megapixels in the centre 1.3 crop actually out resolve a 1D X at 18 Megapixels full frame?  In ok light perhaps my 1D4 still has solid purpose left in it after March next year.

Canon General / Re: Canon EOS 1D X Possible Press Release
« on: October 17, 2011, 10:35:35 PM »
Just think of the cool aftermarket wired to wireless solution possibilities!
While most people are trying to go wireless, Canon gives us a wired network system?  Seems odd...  can you imagine a bunch of 100+ yard ethernet cables cluttering the sidelines of a football field?  Not to mention that I think it would be rather cumbersome to manipulate a camera with a giant cat6 cable sticking out the side.

Nice lens glamour shots msowsun thanks. It is a tight little bundle of sexy imaging firepower isn't it.

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. [CR3]
« on: October 12, 2011, 06:23:37 PM »
I will buy this camera if it is in the 5k ballpark and sell one of my 2 1D4s.  -self described 1D addict.

Lenses / Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« on: October 08, 2011, 12:06:11 AM »
The EF mount TS 24 3.5 II was one of the sharpest in the corner lenses I've ever shot with and owned. It spoiled me to the point that shooting with the 16-35mm 2.8 II felt like slumming when it came to IQ and sharpness especially being the unapologetic pixel peeper that I am. That said, the lens is the biggest non telephoto,  awkwardest most fragile feeling construction with flaking paint at the delicate plastic undercuts of the various pivot/twist points I've shot with (I don't count tamron/sigma) that the built like a tank yet diminutive sized FD mount TS 35 2.8 just put it to shame. for 2,500 dollars I expect more. As for how the old lens performs on comparison, the jury is still out, but I and others who I know will happily choose to try will share our expectedly good results as they roll in.

Though the title of ambassador of FD lenses intrigues and somewhat flatters me I'd argue it's not completely accurate. I do like bargains, especially if they hold up very well to the latest lens offerings but it they don't, I've got no love and even less use for them.

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