My BG-E11 just shipped from Adorama today, so they have them in stock at least today that is. Really looking forrward to it!
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There is someone that has offered me his 1Ds Mark III that was his backup body for $4000.
Rather than a 1Ds3 for $4000 I'd way prefer to see you with another 5D3 with BG-E11 for a couple of hundred dollars less. It's new and will have full warranty. The 1Ds3 does have the 1-Series handling advantages, but will lose out in a big way on IQ, AF and ISO. You know this already as you have a 5D3.
I've always liked working with two identical bodies. There is no mental shift required when you move from one to the other.
I use the 200 f/2 for portraits. Quite, quite stunning - makes the 135 f/2 look like a (v. good) budget lens
Of course, if you can afford the 200/2.0, you can probably afford a studio big enough to use it...
I've used a Zeiss Sonnar 180/2.8 for gigs, about 10m to the stage makes for nice head-shots on my 7D...
(but if I could get my hands on one of those Nikkor 300 f/2.0 instead of buying a house, that'd be a tough choice to make...)
bdunbar - did you shoot at all between f2 - f4? As I understand it focus shift is most apparent in that range. Others here can explain it better but by f5.6 or so DoF is great enough to mask the issue.
Neuro - based on your advice a while back I ended up picking up the 5D mark iii + kit lens along with the 50L. I couldn't be happier. I knew of the focus shift with the 50L and haven't been able to find an ideal solution to it so I've only shot wide open. I might try Live View now that you mention it. I just went through the "No Focusing Screens for 5D MIII" thread and came away a bit dismayed. I guess I'll just continue to shoot only at 1.2 and use the kit lens for all other scenarios...
i reckon i can get between 6-10 shots done, clipped and retouched per evening (7pm-1am) so maybe 10 evenings. Although product varied between real simple boxes and quite complex pottery and glass vases which require a little more thought with the lighting. i'm pretty quick at putting paths around stuff but sometimes I go a little over the top with the retouching so everything ends up a little hyper-real, which I guess adds to the charm but sometimes it just adds up the hours. there's no golden rule, some things just take longer than others and you pretty much only get out what you put in. my lighting techniques may not be the best in the world but they're not the worst and hopefully I'll learn a lot more as time goes on.
I'm itching to just hand my notice in and just go for it...
I'm about to make the move to FF and thanks to this post, it will be the 5D MKII 24-105 kit over the 5D MKIII body only and still have money left over. I've been tossing it up over the last few weeks regarding which option to get but as I was reminded over and over again reading the 7 pages of this topic, I will probably not need the extra FPS and AF as my main interest is in landscape and portraits.
Thanks for convincing me to make the right choice based on what I like to shoot rather than how old the technology may or may not be
Most of those who would order a 1D X are pros, and are busy earning a living. I'm retired and can't afford one. Unless there is a specific need for the features, or a person is able to afford it for a hobby, you can do very well with a 5D MK III series.
Yeah I make my living on photography so I'm going to pass on the 5D3 for the 1DX. The 1DX has many advantages over the 5D3 such as weather proofing, durability, two CF card slots (the SD card in my 1D MK IV slows things down for me), the higher speed will be appreciated for sports (I will even use 14 fps for golf and baseball when I want the ball moving in the frame), useable images at ISO 25k, slightly better x-sync speed, and most of all the amazing AF. A friend of mine used a 1DX and said the AF was much better than the 5D3 which is already pretty darn good.
People keep yapping about how long the camera is taking to come out but you gotta realize that they have lots of new tech in the new body including the change to a carbon fiber shutter which they want to ensure is durable enough for folks like me who shoot thousands of photos in a single weekend.
I want this camera to be perfect and I don't want to have to send it back in for repair like many have done with their 5D3. Professional quality products take more time to make and quality control is going to be much tighter on a 1DX than a rebel or even the 5D3 which is why they were able to hit the market so early. It is frustrating and I tell myself all the time that I really could have used a 1DX on this shoot or that shoot.
Canon is unleashing a lot of new tech this year and it makes me glad to be a Canon shooter. The 1DX paired with 3-4 600EX-RT's is going to be an amazing setup for weddings and photojournalism.
I want to buy a 50D anyone got one they are selling?
Exactly my point. I love the lens too. But it's only better from 1.2-2.8. Above that it is not. Clearly there is room for improvement, much like the 85L over the 85 non-L. There's no comparison there at any aperture. That's all I am saying. I would just like a 50mm lens from Canon that can do it all. I'll tone down my statement to sound less harmful, my apologies.
The 50mm 1.4 is already a good lens, I cant see how they could improve it much more w/o ruining the price point. Nikons 50mm's have horrendous Bokeh to my eye IMO, dunno maybe i'm just a 50mm Nut.
Its pretty heavy, and made a couple years back. It has a fabulous Red ring on it, and can be made to F/1.4 if you'd like.
Any idea what it is?