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Lenses / Re: 50mm f/1.8 vs. 50mm f/1.4
« on: July 17, 2012, 12:34:07 PM »
You know I was thinking, since I've become such a 50mm junkie, just because I might get the macro lens, to have 4 of the lenses.  However, I don't think I have the wallet to buy the f/1.0L!  I saw a copy on ebay for $4999!

At one time I was considering buy a Canon 7 With the dream machine 50mm F/0.95 off evil bay. Its so awesome. 8)

Wow.  Funny thing is, you can find that stuff on ebay surprisingly easily!

Lenses / Re: 50mm f/1.8 vs. 50mm f/1.4
« on: July 17, 2012, 11:47:39 AM »
You know I was thinking, since I've become such a 50mm junkie, just because I might get the macro lens, to have 4 of the lenses.  However, I don't think I have the wallet to buy the f/1.0L!  I saw a copy on ebay for $4999!

Lenses / Re: 50mm f/1.8 vs. 50mm f/1.4
« on: July 17, 2012, 10:58:24 AM »
50mm 1.2 > 50mm 1.4 > 50mm 1.8  8)

$1499 > $369 > $119   8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 17, 2012, 10:55:06 AM »
Quasimodo this is interesting, I am hearing focus problems with the 1Ds3 and this isnt what I want to hear, but what your saying is good news to me!


There is no problems with AF on the 1Ds3.  The problem isn't microadjustment either; it's the inferior focusing ability of the 5D2 vs. 1Ds3.  I've shot sports with the 85L with a 1D Mark IV and had no problems, whereas with the 5D2 I had some OOF shots more often.  The 1Ds3 AF ability is SUPERIOR and probably is just as good as the 1D4 in my experience.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 17, 2012, 12:12:57 AM »
I'd bring the 16-35, 24-70 and 100-400, and I'd leave the 70-200 at home.

Also, any suggestions/personal experiences on an underwater camera/housing for a small point and shoot possibly?

Try gopro HD2

+1.  On vacations like this you cannot bring extra lenses, and you need all the flexibility you can get.  Zoom lenses are the way to go.  I would actually do the same, 16-35, 24-70, 100-400.  If only you had the 24-105L lens.  Then you could go 16-35, 24-105, 100-400 and really do it all.  No need for a 50 prime when you have the 24-70 f/2.8L lens.  Oh well, this is just my opinion.

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:24:39 PM »
I was so tempted to buy a used one for around 3K.  It only had 10K clicks on it.

I did buy one for about 3k and we did an EOS utility shutter count and it was around there, 10k.  Ended up getting dust on the sensor the first outting (very hot and windy and had to change lenses a few times) so since it's under warranty and it's gone right now, at Canon for a cleaning  >:(

At low speed and reasonable ISO, the 5D3 has essentially the same image performance as the 5D2... so why not continue offering a 5D2 at $2k... perhaps migrate to a 60D style body and cut the production cost.... add some arbitrary firmware, a tilt screen and built in flash to make it more attractive.

Maybe in a year you can offer a plastic model using the 5D3's sensor (but that strikes me as improbable.)

The thing is to sell lenses not bodies. It's lenses that keep your customers loyal.

It'll probably end up being more of a 5D Mark II with a DIGIC V.

Lenses / Re: 50mm f/1.8 vs. 50mm f/1.4
« on: July 16, 2012, 10:04:35 PM »
To be quite frank, the 50 f/1.4 is a better lens than the 50 f/1.8 II.  It's background blur is better, slightly sharper stopped down (even sharper than the 1.2L stopped down f/4 and narrower!), and better build quality.  I have both and yes the 1.4 focusing is faster than the 1.8 II.  $369 actually isn't terrible considering this lens should really be a 50mm f/1.4L lens (sans L-series build quality).  You'll love the lens, I just don't know if you'll love spending the money.

Lenses / Re: 20mm f/2.8 vs. 28mm f/1.8
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:57:49 PM »
Free literature:



Take the reviews with a grain of salt:  this is a pro review.  I have heard that the 28 performs better, both perform better on crop vs. FF, but they take pictures that are good enough.  Look around on flickr as they have pages devoted to specific lenses.

Lenses / Re: 40mm Pancake Killed the 50mm??
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:12:07 PM »
Nope. I will always prefer a fast 50mm but the 40mm is a nice body cap. ;D

Nobody will ever take my 50L, 50 f/1.4, and nifty fifty away from me  >:(

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:10:27 PM »
You can also do sports with the 1Ds 3 due to its advanced AF system.  However, you need a lot of light.  Daytime sports works great.  You won't be doing indoor basketball or night football with it though.  It is a great portrait lens, again, because of sufficient light and low ISO.  The color rendition and saturation of a portrait shot with a 1Ds3 and 135 f/2L lens will be magical compared to that of the 5D Mark II with the same lens.  If you do buy one, just make sure the sensor is clean and try to get as mint condition and low shutter count of one as possible.

There's probably a funding strategy here for you to sell your 5D2 to purchase the 1Ds3, so I imagine I cannot talk you into also keeping your 5D2?  ;D

Edit:  Regarding your last post, you'll melt when you see how deep your color rendition and saturation go into your landscape shots. 

After I receieve the 1D X, I won't buy another camera from Canon until the actual, true replacement to the 1Ds Mark III arrives.  IMO, the 5D Mark III isn't it (obviously) nor is the 1D X.  However, I agree most photographers sadly didn't want a 1Ds Mark III back when it was retailing, as the domination of the sales of the 5D Mark II over that camera proved.  However, maybe it was just a cost thing (ie the 1Ds 3 was so far more expensive than the 5D2 and the 5D2 was very good?).  Either way, my selfish thoughts are for a DIGIC V processor 1Ds Mark III.  What could we call it?  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:45:25 PM »
bdunbar79 does not having better AF and build / focus points, out weigh Iso issues? Im find my AF to be the hardest thing to deal with?


Please don't underestimate the power of the camera.  I was just pointing out the negatives before you purchased this camera because no matter how good of a deal you have found, it is going to cost some money.  The advantages of the 1Ds Mark III are that it has much better AF, better build, active-AF spot metering (very useful), and brilliant colors from ISO 50-200.  The colors are something extra special and I can share some photos with you if you'd like.  The saturated colors go very deep into the photo even in landscape shots, something you won't see with the 5D Mark II.  Great camera.

The negatives I already touched on.  In manual mode there is no auto ISO of course, it does not do well at higher ISO's (max 3200), and it has the DIGIC III processor. 

The negatives may not be an issue for you.  It does indeed depend on what you need the camera for.  More lighting, yes get the 1Ds 3.  If you're going to shoot weddings, don't get it.  You'll have to make that decision. I too owned the 5D Mark II before the Mark III, so I know exactly what you are talking about.

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell 5D2 for a 1Ds 3
« on: July 16, 2012, 07:38:39 PM »
Thank you guys, do you know of any BIG known problems with the 1Ds 3 I am not familar with the camera, I have held it once and love the style, and feel, but I dont know of any complaints, Ive tried searching the forum, but too many other threads appear, thanks again

I own the 1Ds Mark III.  I cannot recommend selling your 5D Mark II over purchasing this camera.  From ISO 50-200 it is absolutely brilliant and will destroy your 5D Mark II images.  However, above 400 and higher the camera does not perform nearly as well.  The 1Ds Mark III is not a low-light camera.  I have it in supplement to my 5D Mark III cameras.  If you need high ISO, this is not the camera to get.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 01:17:33 PM »
I apologize for my post. 


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