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Lenses / Re: Prime VS Zooms.
« on: June 25, 2012, 12:07:03 AM »
Not all primes are better than zooms.  For instance, the 24-70L zoom is actually slightly sharper than the, yes, the member of the holy trinity, 35L prime, when stopped down.  I've seen it myself and Bryan Carnathan noticed it as well.  It depends on how high quality the zoom lens is.  No sane person would say the 85 f/1.8 is sharper than the 70-200L II IS zoom lens at 85mm, at f/8.  There are a lot of factors.  Personally, for sports, I NEED the flexibility of the zooms.  A missed shot is worse than a slightly less saturated shot, for example.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How would you upgrade?
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:53:23 PM »
This is an easy one.  If you can afford to, buy the 5D Mark III and keep the 40D as backup.  You'll have a great FF and a good 1.6x crop sensor camera.  If I were purchasing new and had the glass I needed, I'd probably buy a 5D Mk III and a 60D backup body, if my budget was $4300-$4500.  But since you ALREADY HAVE the 40D, keep it and get a 5D Mk III.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1D X Unboxing
« on: June 24, 2012, 09:45:11 PM »
Either that or gag gift somebody.  Get their address and know if they pre-ordered a 1D X and send them a fake box stuffed with styrofoam pellets.  Now that would be classic.

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I have not gotten good AF stability with my 50L.  It is frustrating, because I've shot sports with the 85 f/1.2L II and a 1D4 and still had a great keeper rate.  I don't understand this lens.  It has problems that both the 35L and 85L don't have. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1D X Unboxing
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:50:22 AM »
I think the only way to make it better, is to actually videotape the UPS guy getting out of the truck with the package, you signing for it, taking it in and opening it up.  Of course when mine arrives, I'd probably be so happy that that actually won't be a joke  ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Hitting Retailers
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:47:05 AM »
If the 1D X is so clean at such high ISO's, I wonder if more people will be able to shoot let's say, night football games with the 300 f/4L vs. the 300 f/2.8L.  Now I know the latter will focus faster in lower light, but it really makes you wonder now, if the more expensive lenses like in my example wouldn't necessarily be needed.  If you are submitting photos to the AP, the subtle differences in IQ would be irrelevent.  Just a thought I had, because I was shooting evening track and field with the 300 f/4L with a 1D4 and I was having no trouble focusing very quickly.  However, the ISO performance required a bit more cleanup than I like :)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM in Stock at B&H
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:28:58 AM »
$199 = £229 UK

Can't be bothered working out the difference after tax, too depressing

I bought one as I felt it was worth it. In the UK you pay the UK price and that is the price that I judged it on.

I suspect this will be a classic lens, especially on a 1.6 crop

On our 1D4's, we get 52 mm :)  8)

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Good move! You can add a Canon EF85mm 1.8 and/or a Canon EF135mm f/2.0 and enjoy taking portraits even more.
(I have 5DII with the above lenses. I admit I use more the 135mmf/2.0 but the 85mm is very value for money)

Enjoy...

I bought an 85 f/1.8 for action shots.  I tested it out yesterday and stopped down beyond f/5.6, I didn't see much difference from the 1.2L; it is tack sharp.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mark iii noise at 1600
« on: June 24, 2012, 12:51:30 AM »
I did my own test at ISO 12,800 with no NR and 100 NR setting in Adobe Camera Raw. 

Photo 1 is no NR, photo 2 with NR.  5D Mark III, with 100-400L lens, 100mm, 1/200s, ISO 12,800, f/8.


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EOS Bodies / Re: LightRoom...HELP!
« on: June 23, 2012, 11:56:54 PM »
Wow.

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EOS Bodies / Re: LightRoom...HELP!
« on: June 23, 2012, 11:30:07 PM »
Import your RAWs in the library tab.

Develop in the develop tab.

Right click and export your RAWs as any file you'd like.

Simple enough?

And that's helpful how?  I'm pretty sure there's more to the "develop" part unless I've been doing something completely wrong all these years.

I'm absolute that you would know that it is that simple. Import, develop and export? What else? Make a cup of coffee tab?

You're right.  Just hit the develop button and out pops a perfect photo.  So simple.

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EOS Bodies / Re: LightRoom...HELP!
« on: June 23, 2012, 10:41:39 PM »
Import your RAWs in the library tab.

Develop in the develop tab.

Right click and export your RAWs as any file you'd like.

Simple enough?

And that's helpful how?  I'm pretty sure there's more to the "develop" part unless I've been doing something completely wrong all these years.

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EOS Bodies / Re: From NL: 3D rumored TBA by spring 2013
« on: June 23, 2012, 08:59:15 PM »
There will NEVER be a "3D" line, unless, of course, it actually takes 3D pictures. So, it will most likely be a 2D or a 4D.

Um, ok.

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EOS Bodies / Re: From NL: 3D rumored TBA by spring 2013
« on: June 23, 2012, 07:35:43 PM »
A 3D line actually makes sense to me.

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Interesting set of responses thus far... roughly 2/5 have bought a 5D Mark III, another 2/5 would buy one if it offered a better proposition and the other 1/5 is split between a bunch of different reasons.

I'm still confused by this, because your question pertains only to those who DIDN'T buy the 5D Mark III. 

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