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Lenses / Re: 16-35 ii on crop
« on: November 08, 2012, 09:09:04 AM »
I've used it extensively on my 7D. It's a great lens and damn useful, yes. A hard working lens you don't have to baby.

However my 2 lenses consisting of a 10-22 and a zeiss 2/35 distagon more useful. But there's nothing wrong with using the 16-35 ii on crop. That lens went back to my father to his 5D3, for good reason.

I haven't used a 24-70 on my 7D so I can't comment directly. But if that range would suit you I don't see why not. Personally I'd be testing a tamron first though.

Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: November 07, 2012, 07:54:44 AM »
The reason I'd be buying a quadra set (I will) is size, weight and portability while still being a decent studio light set up.

You don't compare studio lights, even these to speedlights. 400ws is what... At minimum 4 times more light without trying. And the light shapers, no comparison.

What the others have mentioned so far is correct. I'd buy the A heads personally as I believe would be most people's recommendation. You could use the A heads in the studio (your home maybe) to freeze water droplets, splashes, anything as well. S heads may not be as versatile in that aspect, depending what your doing with them.

The quadra's aren't bad for price either, all things considered.

Software & Accessories / Re: Who uses a handheld light meter?
« on: October 02, 2012, 08:15:56 PM »
I know I can get a metered prism for my RB67, but of course it will only read reflected light. I can meter reflected light on my meter as well. So I never brought one, it wouldn't speed anything up much anyway and would likely make an already heavy bulky camera even more bulky. I'd be better off spending money on another lens.

To those who want to know, I'm talking about an older mechanical medium format film camera, yes I still use it and yes I love it. No electronics what so ever, no batteries, nothing. And probably more reliable because of it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Who uses a handheld light meter?
« on: October 02, 2012, 07:34:09 AM »
Actually, I have an RB67 too hence my reason for one. I've had it for years.

However there are times I purposely want to meter ambient light as opposed to reflected even with digital where I can just chimp. But at least I use it.

If your working with off camera flash, then well, that's obvious. Light meter comes out.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How much $$$ will the high-mp eos cost?
« on: September 30, 2012, 07:19:34 AM »
I also expect around $8k and maybe more, if its really better than nikon's D800 we can be sure canon will price it really damn high. The only danger there is that its bumping towards medium format money which Im willing to bet will still get higher IQ in the entry levels.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 7D FW2.0: Problems anyone?
« on: September 21, 2012, 04:45:20 AM »
I went to use the pop up flash a few days ago, for fill during my partner's exposure of all things. It came up with an error, which I too preoccupied to catch the exact text and restarted as if I turned it off and back on (in manual mode if one wants to know).

However it hasn't done anything else odd, nor has it done it again (just played with the pop up thing just then to make sure). So I have no idea. It has 2.0.3 installed.

I guess it needed anti anxiety pills that day, thats all. *shrugs*

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Announces the Canon EOS 6D DSLR
« on: September 20, 2012, 09:28:18 AM »
I can see some uses for it however. For starters, table top stuff in studio's where multi cross type sensors won't give a lot of benefit anyway, or for just the casual weekend enthusiast who wants particularly decent IQ.

However for myself and obviously many many others, this is just... well... *insert expletives* Looks like Canon don't mind if Nikon kicks them in the guts this time around. Can't believe it only has one cross type focus point. Wow. Yes, this should have been under $2k to be more viable.

I guess those who are interested in the 5D2 should snap them fast in case they are very soon discontinued. Save a few dollars perhaps too.

Why didn't they call it an 8D? Weird.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Mega Pixel
« on: September 20, 2012, 07:55:43 AM »
If its a 1D body, being really the replacement for the 1Ds3, then cost will be pretty damn high.

The starting point for medium format digital has fallen a little remember. Get what Im saying? Yes I know the starting point only gets you 22mp or so, but those 22mp used well, will annihilate a D800 for instance. Plus a Phase One will flash sync at 1/1600th second (leaf shutter) or a Hasselblad at 1/800th sec.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII feature requests...
« on: September 20, 2012, 07:40:16 AM »
I'd love the proposed 7D mark ii to be the crop sensor equivalent to a 1Dx.

Failing that however, less noise and slightly better image quality would do. If they ditch the pop up flash, its fine by me. In fact Im sure its another weak point for weather resistance with it... so kill it! I don't care if its still 18mp if it's better in IQ.

10fps would be another nice upgrade though for the times I use high fps. Im sure twin digic 5 processors could easily achieve that. I don't see why it can't have twin digic 5's and a single digic 4 for af. However Im sure we'd pay for that! The actual af points Im not too fussed about, if it gets an upgrade then cool, if not... then so what.

And Im still content with my 7D plus I have no money to burn, so if they take their time releasing it, then I don't mind.

Lenses / Re: Which to get next: 35 f/1.4L or 16-35 f/2.8L...?
« on: September 20, 2012, 07:07:04 AM »
Depends if you need the versatility of the 16-35 zoom. The widest you have is 24mm at the moment, right? 16mm is massively wider if that appeals.

Other than that, Im sure the 35mmL would kick the so and so's out of even a perfectly good 24-105mm in image quality plus if you need a fast lens for any reasons more than you need ultra wide, then well... thats the pick.

I've used a 16-35mm f2.8 ii, its great, it really is... even on crop. However after testing a 35mmL, wow. If you like out of focus areas, thats the one and no contest.

Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: September 20, 2012, 06:24:01 AM »
Canon ef-s 10-22mm (because Im using a 7D) - Love that lens.
Zeiss 35mm f2
Canon 70-200mm f2.8L is ii usm

Kind of covers all bases pretty perfectly for me. Personally I don't really 'need' much more than that. In fact I could save $1000 and get the non is 70-200 f2.8 and put the extra towards some elinchrom ranger quadra's.

If I was using full frame it would change to a 16-35mm and a 50mm L (I think).

Lenses / Re: Poll: 35mm Vs 50mm Primes
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:29:58 PM »
I tend to like 35mm more now. I spent years in the film days shooting almost exclusively 50mm but now I prefer slightly wider, even on full frame. 35mm on crop ends up being around 50mm so its also a dual purpose normal focal length on crop or full frame (bonus).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Nikon vs Canon - Honest Poll before photokina.
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:03:23 PM »
I think they're pretty evenly matched. Nikon has some lenses which don't exist with canon, and vice versa. Some of each are world class lenses. They're bodies (each company) I think appeal to slightly different people, one looking a little more sleek and one more industrial to my eye (canon is the more sleek to me). And their bodies work slightly differently, as in the menu's and buttons etc.

I don't personally care for nikon vs canon. Both have plusses and minus's depending what your comparing.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:40:40 AM »
Just wanting to mention Fuji is no stranger to rangefinder cameras if you look even at the 645 rangefinders they've had in the past. Rangefinders which are obviously mirrorless are not new, I don't think this is what this mirrorless argument is about. Leica M cameras have been around a long long time, again this isn't new. Even bronica had one actually which I do believe is now tamron! Contax... Same, not new. The only new thing I can see is that Fuji Is getting back into that market with digital.

Leica still make a slr camera, enter the s series, the r series was before that.

For me personally, the most interesting alternative for mirrorless vs dslr is the new Olympus om-d. That said the tiny four thirds sensor doesn't thrill me. Maybe time will tell this tale. I don't think sony's nex really competes with that sector, as it's more a point and shoot.

I find the Fuji x-pro 1 and the olympus I mentioned (for very different reasons) quite facinating. But my dslr is going nowhere!

EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon D7000 vs Canon 7D In the AF Area + Others
« on: September 04, 2012, 07:33:08 PM »
Contrary to popular belief, you can't simply rely on your fancy camera to nail it for you regardless.

No I haven't tried the d7000 for real but I'm a content owner of a 7d. Personally I think the 7d has a great af system particularly for it's price. If you learn properly how to use it is definitely a good system. Do I ever swear at it? Oh yes! Is it faultless? Oh no... Of course not. Would I expect a 1dx af system to be faultless at all times? No.

I have had experience recently with a nikon d90, it's af system isn't on the same plane as the 7d. My partner was having trouble tracking really fast (I mean fast) penguins in the water at our city's aquarium. They couldn't do it, I showed them even with an af system nowhere near the capabilities of my 7d... It can be done. I got some clear of some extremely energetic penguins in the water. Actually clearer than the shots I got with my 7d because there was a cpl filter on the nikon, I don't have one myself.

What am I suggesting? I'm suggesting who cares, yes buy a camera which suits your needs, but before, after and during, skills matter more. Btw, the d300s has a better af than the d7000.

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