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I use the B+W XS-Pro Nano filters, have them on all my lenses.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is a Peerless Performer
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:40:19 PM »
Add the 14-24 mm and we will be in heaven... or will we? What is the point of having a 24 mm TS-E f/3.5 II, a 14-24 mm and the 24-70 II all in the same camera bag? Sometimes I believe we are just too gullible and blinded by gear lust!

For me I would then have 14-200 2.8, which is a pretty good range not to mention the 'holy trinity'. ;)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is a Peerless Performer
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:38:38 PM »
This lens  together with 70-200/2,8 mk2 is an excellent reportage combo

Yes, these are the 2 most used lenses I own.  Great combo.  Just waiting for the 14-24 now.  ;)

Lenses / Re: What nd filter density (combinations) do you use?
« on: January 24, 2013, 01:12:03 PM »
I picked up the Lee System with the Big Stopper but haven't had a chance to use it yet.  I also have to get a 82mm WA adapter.  It wasn't available at the time I ordered the 77mm.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII memory cards
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:45:20 AM »
I never take the card out. I only shoot to the CF. The SD is in with the ML code. I never have images going over to the SD...

On my 300D I would take the card out. However I once bent a pin while putting it in. So ever since, the card would only come out when it is full and I need to shoot more. My default card on the 5D3 is 64GB and on the 300D is 2 GB so that has not happened so far...
Yeah, did it with my 5Dc. Bent the pin and it shorted and cost me three months and $350 to fix it. Won't be doing the same with the 5D3. Saving for a 64GB CF Extreme Pro so I never have to change the card.

The Sandisk 64GB Extreme Pro is an awesome card, luv it.  Really fast @90MB/s.

EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: January 22, 2013, 02:14:14 PM »
I think the 5D3 does a great job in low-light conditions.  There has been a few times where it didn't lock on quickly because of poor contrast.

Just to add to that, didn't the sales indicate that both the lower end (Rebel) and high-end (5dIII & 1DX) categories both belong to Canon?  I would think that photogs in the 'pro' class would of done their homework, not just go out and blindly purchase.

Actually, In the pro market I would expect them to look at the combination of camera and lens..... and I think we all have to admit that Canon's selection of high end L glass makes it onto our "if I won the lottery " list.. This has to be a big factor for a pro deciding which way to lean.

Exactly, couldn't agree more.

Alas, Nikonistas will say that us Canonistas all over the world live in a false reality... the number of cameras sold does not make one the better camera.


Ahhhh, so the majority of people are intentionally buying inferior cameras, or are not savvy enough to determine what's a better camera.  If that thought is what lets you sleep at night.....

No, they're not savvy enough. Even shop assistants who advise people are not savvy enough.

By definition, masses of people can't be made of experts. It's quite clearly a paradox.

In fact, if we go by the number of units sold, then the 18-55 IS and the 50/1.8 are likely to be considered as the best lenses ever. Or in the same way, if Canon sells more rebels than 1DX, then Rebels are better.

Quite a childish way of reasoning.

What's interesting is that you list two lenses that obviously sell more units due to price, in my opinion that is.  Now take DSLR's.  Everybody complains about how Canon is overpriced relative to Nikon.  Yet they still sell more of them.  I'm going to guess it's because the majority of the market believes Canon to be a better DSLR.  There has to be some reason why this is, don't you think?

Then we totally agree: sales figures mean nothing to us end users.

Pros and other people who are heavily invested in a system are obviously reluctant to change system. Canon has had the lead for more or less 20 years and they're still getting revenues on that, so it's hardly a measure of the situation in this exact moment.

On the other hand, consumers have most likely no deep understanding of specs, graphs, etc, and are heavily influenced by advertising, discounts, and whatever. So their choice is also hardly relevant in determining who is better than who.

Seems logical to me. Many inferior cars sell more than better cars....

Not saying Canon or Nikon is better. But volume of sales does not seem to indicate quality of product.

Of course volume of sales doesn't indicate better or worse quality.  I would have been fine if some of the more ignorant posters had left it at that.  I'm ok with:  "Just because Canon sold more, doesn't mean they sell better products."  Are you with me?  That's not what the people against Canon argued.  They argued, rather, that, "Higher sales couldn't possibly mean better product, because Canon has an inferior product." 

Do you understand?

Just to add to that, didn't the sales indicate that both the lower end (Rebel) and high-end (5dIII & 1DX) categories both belong to Canon?  I would think that photogs in the 'pro' class would of done their homework, not just go out and blindly purchase.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 20, 2012, 01:26:38 PM »
When I was ten there wasn't even Pong.  8)
Correction, there was pong, it just started with 'ping'

I know there was ping pong but I was talking about the video game 'Pong'.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:03:25 AM »
As one grows up, the excitement of Christmas diminishes... you know what your getting (socks) and it's focus drifts away from the presents and more towards spending time with your family and friends...

But this year...  this year....  i can not wait for Christmas morning!!!!!  I feel like a 10 year old kid eagerly anticipating the nintendo shaped box under the tree... Why am i so excited this year?...  well let me tell you! While finding a hiding spot for my wifes present at home (macbook air), i was rummaging at the back of the guest room closet to see if there was space there, i found a 5d mkiii kit!!!! :D soooo....  it is there, 15ft from where i sleep....  and i can't touch it until the morning of the 25th! Hence the excitement... I just hope she charges the battery for me! :)

Anyway, this has no real relevance to anyone, but since i don't have many photo-buddies (recently moved to india) here so i needed to share...  now i need to act all nonchalant so my wife doesn't find out...

I hope you all have a great Christmas season and a happy new year...  :)
When I was ten, there were no Nintendos.

When I was ten there wasn't even Pong.  8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:13:01 AM »
From all the reviews I see comparing it with other cameras, the Canon 5d mark III seems to blow everything else away except in dynamic range and shadow noise. The 5D3 does look fairly bad when the shadows are pushed while the Nikon D600 & D800 are clean. This is a huge asset as being able to boost the shadows would bring back a ton of detail in landscape shots. Check out the comparisons:

That's true but depending on what your priorities are, it's also an asset to have great AF and high ISO.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X AF in Low Light action
« on: December 13, 2012, 01:13:26 PM »
The 1D X finally met its match Tuesday night.  I filled in for a reporter for the News Journal at a game in Mansfield, in a terribly lit gym.  I used a 135L with a 1D X at 1/500s, f/2, and ISO 3200 to 6400 depending on location on the court.  The majority of my shots were slightly OOF, and I attribute this to the AF system not being able to lock focus in the dim lighting.  Looking at my photos, it didn't apparently lock on anything in the frame.  In a few burst shots, the first one was in focus (while athlete still on the floor) but the camera lost focus as the player went up for the layup, even with face-recognition on.  Needless to say, as I'm going through my RAW files right now, I'm highly disappointed.  I will admit though, that the 135L is not as good at locking on focus as the 70-200 f/2.8L II IS zoom lens, but I couldn't afford the loss of a whole stop of light in this gym.  I know I've been spoiled with a lot of light lately, but I just wanted to point out that as good as the 1D X is, and it is, it is certainly far from perfect.  My suggestion is that in these cases maybe don't use high burst rates, but wait for a moment and try to lock on, then move the camera with the player, sort of like panning, and then fire a shot, maybe even just one shot.  Bursting did NOT work at all here.  Ok, I'm done venting.

You can't beat real world, in the field testing.  Even with a top-of-the-line camera like the 1DX, nothing is perfect.  The good thing is, you could of been shooting with something else.  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:57:24 PM »
The 5D3 is the camera of the year, but just not for $3500.  ::)

I look at it another way too...is it half the camera the 1DX is?  I say yes (and then some).   ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:45:48 AM »
Yes, this was actually a very good article summarizing the advantages/disadvantages of the major releases and explaining their rationale.

A very brief take-away: Canon, Nikon and Sony all released excellent cameras. 5DIII got the edge largely because of the range of improvements, including focus and because its excellent low-light performance was deemed more useful and significant than the high resolution of the D800: "...we felt strongly that the Canon produced the best balance across all imaging factors, with Low or better noise up to ISO 12,800, and still acceptable noise at ISO 25,600."

I found this assessment of the D800 very interesting: "Noise is Low or better only to ISO 800, and Unacceptable at ISO 12,800."

From everything I've read and heard about the 5DIII this sounds like a well-deserved honor.

I have them, after 12800iso the 5dmk3 is little bit better than d800 , same size and raw
at 6400iso d800 shows visible more details and the noise is on par with 5dmk3

why are they not mention the 14 stops DR at base iso?

Could it be that it is not that high in reality as it is in DxO's proprietary formula?

well I have shown the difference many times, even here

Yes you have, many, many times, and no one is arguing that fact.  That is only one aspect of a great camera, and alot of photographers feel there is more than just DR.  That review proved it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 12, 2012, 01:26:24 PM »
Welcome consolation for the impatient ones (me) that bought the 5diii at full retail + tax.

Yes it' been 9 months but it still hurts...  >:(

Great Cam though and some nice memories I shot with it...   :)

I did also, but a person has to look at it differently.  For me I've gotten to use it the whole time (6 months to a year longer than someone who waited), and those memories and experiences are priceless.

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