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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50 f/1.2L
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:20:04 AM »
Wow Clarte, does images are superb.

The first one just breaths seduction.

This is a great lens and easily as sharp and well behaved as the 35L and 85LII, both of which I have.

I always get tack sharp results with this lens - the reason I think is because I am a pixel peeper and I blame my gear rather than my technique. Consequently I have this lens perfectly calibrated, and know its strengths and weaknesses.

This lens has 1 major flaw - which is that it is extremely soft <2m away or so. I think that's why it scores so badly in some tests than others.

I am an extreme pixel peeper, but honestly, a competently captured photograph using the 24II,35L,50L or 85LII are all virtually the same sharpness wide open.

Great lens.

I also disagree about f/1.2 being thin DOF - it's not that thin - I take group photos at f/1.2 as per below:

Examples all wide open at f/1.2:



Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: December 24, 2013, 04:15:54 PM »
Thanks Neuro. Indeed it is a pitty that the tripod collar is not included with the 100L (and also that the Canon original is very steeply priced; I am planning to get a 3rd party one).

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: December 24, 2013, 11:47:41 AM »
Neuro, how well does the rrs focus rail hold up with your Frankenstein?

I just got the 100L yesterday and am now looking into getting two Winmberley F2's for my 600 and 550. Alll to be used on a 5D3. With the 2 larger flashguns it will approach the weight of your setup. With all the weight, will the rrs rail still work smoothly? Do you connect the Wimberley's to your lens plate? (Rrs or wimberley?) Is it also possible to connect the F2's to the bottom of the rrs rail (so that they do not move during focus stacking)? In that way considerably less weight needs to be moved by the rail.

Thanks, Vossie.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: bad senzor on 5D mark III
« on: December 21, 2013, 12:02:41 PM »
Difficult to understand what your issue is without seeing some examples. Can you post of of your pics exhibiting the issue?

Lenses / Re: New lens, Big White, if I can only get one. Which One???
« on: December 15, 2013, 07:45:11 AM »
You already have the 70-200 f2.8 and 300 f2.8, which can be combined with extenders very well; the 300 f2.8 with a 1.4x will yield you a hand-holdable 420 f4 with still very good IQ; the 400 2.8 will slightly better in the IQ and AF departments (plus it's a sop faster ofcourse), but not with an order of magnitude and at the expense of hand holdability.

The 200-400 will do well for your sports shooting due to its flexibility. But it will not open new focal length ranges that you do not already have covered. Have you though about a 500 f4 or 600 f4?

The 135L is a great lens. The 100L is too. That will be my present to myself  ;D

Remember that when going to macro, you also need a lighting solution which adds to the costs. I plan to get a Wimberley shapeshifter bracket to use with the 2 flashes I have. With some mini softboxes that will give smooth lighting without having to invest in the pricey macro twin lights.

Portrait / Re: My new street photography project: People of a Kind
« on: December 03, 2013, 03:14:00 PM »
Great pics !

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 01, 2013, 05:00:02 AM »
This past summer, while I was photographing birds at one of our local wetland preserves, a fairly large group of female deer, ranging in age from yearlings to several years old and maybe a couple elders, wandered up for a drink.

They were all around me, and often too close for the 840mm focal length I was using at the time, so I apologize for the tight crops...some of these have had some rotation done to level them, but are otherwise as framed in camera:

See more at these two blogs:


Wow. Very beautiful. Great colors. Great job!

Lenses / Re: Make it stop! (Photo pun not intended)
« on: November 30, 2013, 02:14:28 PM »
You looking on the wrong place for help.
Very true indeed. This os a place to get GAS not a place to go in rehab when you arlready have GAS  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Black Friday Special: Refurb 7D or 70D NEW
« on: November 30, 2013, 01:49:37 PM »
You've got a top of the line lens, so go a little extra and get the 6D.  That will solve your "crop" problems and give you a platform you can continue to use.  The 70D offers the new "dual" pixel sensor with it's supposed advantages.  I find that most of my grandkids soccer game pictures are taken within the 85-150 zoom range -
field side positioning with the ability to walk the sidelines - so the "extra" reach that  a crop body might offer
is a minimal advantage.   From a pure "action sports" perspective, the 7D is a fine solution even if it is a little long in the tooth.  If budget is no object, get the 5DMkIII.

His sig says he already has a 5d3, so why get a 6d?

MStevens, why are you using a 40d when you have a 5d3? The 5D3 is better in all aspects. If it is a reach issue, you can also toss in a 1.4x iii on your 70-200. Even without a TC, the 5d3 already has similar reach as the 40d (1.6x crop vs 2.2x more pixels). If its is really framerate that you miss, I concur with Neuro that the 7D (more fps, larger buffer and CF) is the better choice.

Black & White / Re: The Dark Commute
« on: November 30, 2013, 04:31:43 AM »
very nice street shots, I like the third one most
Me too

EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 30, 2013, 04:17:53 AM »
Funny that not too many people speak about Improved DR, while the fierce D800 vs 5D3 discussions and the numerous DxO mark discussions always claim Canon has much worse DR compared to competition. I may not be top bad after all  ;)

-An intergrated RT transmitter would be great
-Also a button to instantly switch from zone AF to center point (for as long as you hold the button) would be nice (it might be that that function is already there and that I just haven't figured out how to program it  :D )

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: The 2nd ff camera in 2014 will be...
« on: November 30, 2013, 04:07:34 AM »
I see a high MP body but what I really want to see is some new glass. In particular a very fast IS Mid Telephoto prime. :P

Indeed. IF there would be a 2nd ff body in 2014, A 5Ds not replacing but living along the 5D3 would make most sense. IF Canon intends to launch a 1Ds, I could see a similar high MP sensor in a non-1 body. A replacement for any of the 3 current FF bodies would not make much sense in my view.

Although I think that the added value of a high MP body is limited (for the majority of applications the current MP counts of Canon's FF bodies would suffice), from a marketing standpoint they probably have to go for higher MPs as competition is heading there as well.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 29, 2013, 09:32:36 AM »
@IslanderMV - wow! beautiful harriers; especially your 1st picture, love the colors
@Harv - well done! I like the hawk a lot; lots of detail.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony to revolutionize our lives!
« on: November 28, 2013, 02:05:06 PM »
One would expect such news at the beginning of April....

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