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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 vs 5D3 low light AF
« on: June 20, 2012, 11:36:17 AM »
Thanks for the input.  That makes sense.

I was wondering about portrait shots with the 200 f/2L.  I typically do them with 85/135 (who doesn't?) but I've never done them at 200mm focal length.  There is a guy who sometimes does them with his 180 f/3.5L macro lens, and they have sort of an odd look to them, but not in a bad way, sort of unique.  Anyways, I suppose DOF is easier to control, and there would be an added "compressed" look.  I want to try it out.  For sports I LOVE the 200/300mm focal lengths, but never tried it for portraits. 

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Lenses / Re: Which 24-70 to buy for weddings & events?
« on: June 20, 2012, 11:08:12 AM »
The reason to get the 24-70L II version is that then you don't need primes in that range because the zoom will do just as well as the primes can, supposedly.  So suppose a wedding photographer wanted a 35mm and a 50mm prime lens.  Most would probably buy the L version let's say for sake of argument, even though this might not be true.  That would run about 1399 for the 35L new, and 1499 for the 50L new.  You only get two focal lengths for 2898.  If you buy the 24-70L II zoom lens, you probably are going to get just as good of quality for weddings as the primes for 2299, saving $600, plus all the other focal lengths.  It's not a bad deal.  I have some proof at least on my end, because my 24-70L I copy was sharper than my 35L at f/2.8.  That could be lens variation though. 

And the poster who uses the 24-105L, don't count that out with a good high-ISO performer such as the 5D Mk II.  It can do it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 vs 5D3 low light AF
« on: June 20, 2012, 11:02:49 AM »
True.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 vs 5D3 low light AF
« on: June 20, 2012, 10:32:49 AM »
I shot Wednesday outside with the 5D Mk III and 70-200L lens that you mention and it's hard to imagine a better combination.  Oh the sharpness and color...............:)

I really like the 70-200 f/2.8 II but for sharpness and colour the 200 f/2 is up another notch ...

It's out of stock at Adorama and B&H, but I purchased one on back-order.  I will need this lens for indoor sports season, so ordering now on back-order wasn't a big deal.  I would rather go wider than f/2.8 in some instances so f/2 will help and the lens is awesome.  Can't wait to put it on a 1D4.

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After reading this thread, I don't quite know what to think.

I did earlier write:

Canon must get their house in order

Entry level FF will be called 6D not 7DII because Canon will kill the 7D APS-C by making it FF and will not have the possibility to get back to 7D APS-C on a later time if that should fit into the lineup.
An entry level 6D makes sense.
And put the 7D to sleep and put the features into 70D, and let th 70D again be the top of the APS-C line.

This gives us this perfect lineup

1D Top of the line pro camera
3D (name saved for 3D video DSLR for movie use)
4D 46MP (or so) studio and pro 4K video camera
5D wedding and architect camera
6D Entry level FF
70D Top of the APS-C line (prosumer)
xxxD Top amateur APS-C line
xxxxD entry level DSLR


So on one hand something tells me that there will be no 7DII.
And then a 70D with all the 7D features, but improved, 22MP, better ISO, IQ, AF and DR, video features from the 650D and so on.
Nikon has just launched the D3200 with 24MP and we know marketing(Canon and all other) would love to appeal to the megapixel freaks. Not that you can compare the D3200 and a feature 70D/7DII.
Nikon is properly the main competitor and Nikon do have 4 lines: DX, DXX, DXXX and DXXXX though it’s mixed together and messy. Therefore it makes sense that Canon still has 4 lines: XD, XXD, XXXD and XXXXD (some order, please )
 
On the other hand the 7D has a very good position and brand  in the market and that speaks for a 7DII showing up and Canon may therefore give still room for an APS-C camera in the FF proff line?
 
What do you guys think?  :)

But whatever it will be called I would very much like the new 7DII/70D to be something like this:

Approx. 22 MP APS-C CMOS
ISO 100 – 25600
8-10 fps
Wireless EyeFi
1920x1080 (60, 30, 25 fps)
Hybrid AF
Stereo mic
2x Digic 5
SDXD and CF UDMA
Mid-size Magnesium alloy weather sealed body
OLED 3,2” 1.040.000 screen

This wouldn’t cannibalize from 1DX due to non-FF, lower ISO, lower fps an so on.
And if someone will say: but this is a wish liste. Yes sorry, you will be right.
But it would be an awesome killer camera and would beat all the competitors out in to the cold for many years.   ;D 
 
And I will like to apologize for my notes with the veeeery big letters on page 7. I did not mean to be rude.  :-[

PS! Concerning  APS-H.
I don’t think we will see a news APS-H. The technology today is so sophisticated that Canon will rather please the EF-S owners and use a new APS-C (and don’t use the APS-H.)
And more importent the economic synergy in letting the XXD, XXXD and XXXXD inherit the APS-C over time is too tempting.

If the camera had all those features, you better believe it will be a $5k and up camera, defeating the purpose of the replacement.

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It looks like 50 mm is not liked by many people. It is still a tough choice for me to make a decision on. I hate to spend money on rentals but I guess I should rent these two lenses and try. Thank you everyone for your responses, I appreciate it!

When I shot weddings I used the Canon 50mm f/1.4.  It is fantastic!

Do you use 50 mm for groups or for just bride/groom portraits? Is there a way you can share some sample pictures?
Have you ever used 35mm too? If so, which one did you find more useful?
Thank you for your response!

If you are unsure of focal length, another good tip is just put the 24-70 zoom on if you have it.  I did shoot at 35mm but using the 24-70L zoom lens.  50 f/1.4 for groups of more than 5, scene shot, 85 for bride up the aisle and front of the church group shots, everything else I used as I saw fit, such as many shots in the church and reception.  Be creative from 24 to 200mm! :)

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50 1.8 or 50 1.4  ;)

CA on both 1.2 canon lenses at 1.2 along is HORRENDOUS and both suffer of low contrast and very soft output. This makes the cost not worth the benefits IMO. At f/1.4 the 50mm cleans up a little but to get acceptably sharp images you need to go down to f/1.8 or f/2. Any more open than that and the lenses just can't keep up with the sensor. The difference in the look of an image of the 1.4 vs 1.2 is minimal at best and won't really have the wow factor that you'd get with some of the truly exotic 50's out there that push things to f/0.95. That you WILL notice :)....but good luck affording that.  ::)

so save your money. As hyped as the f/1.2 lenses are the reality is that to make them shine at that aperture, canon would have to charge 3x more. Consider these lenses to be f/1.4 for all intents and purposes which can be pushed to 1.2 if you can live with the fall in quality. I never could.

I'm sorry, I've read your post twice and I can't figure out what the hell you are talking about.

Anyways, if you use the 50 f/1.4, you can use it for both group and distant portrait as I like to call it.  The 50 f/1.4 is really useful for a group shot of about more than say, 5 people.  But for group wedding shots at the front of the church I used the 85.  I used the 85 f/1.2L II for bride down the aisle and close up bride/groom portraits on a FULL FRAME.  50mm on APS-C would be good, at 80mm.  I had 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.2, and 135 f/2 for primes.  They can be used for everything.  Furthermore, I had a 24-70L and 70-200L zoom lenses in the bag.  Be creative.

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Applying AF to the AF-ON button and leaving the shutter button for only the shutter increases speed and is really aimed at sports photography. I found the following article on Canons website which also references back focusing and being critcal for photographing F1 racing.

I photograph a lot of sports and motor racing and this is what I do (although I have to use the AE button as my camera lacks a dedicated AF-On button :( ).  I find I'm more likely to get the right exposure this way.  The only downside is that I'll sometimes pick up a camera, press the shutter button and wonder for a few seconds why its not focusing.

Everyone has their own preferences.  However this doesn't make sense with a 1D Mk IV b/c the camera here will meter through the active autofocus point, so you might as well focus, meter, and take the picture with one button vs. 2.

Use Servo mode and keep the button half pressed for constant metering and focus

Isn't that just fantastic? :)  Camera is far more powerful with min shutter speed/auto ISO and metering through active focus point than I imagined when I purchased it.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: BG-E11 Delayed
« on: June 19, 2012, 12:33:09 PM »
BH is is still showing "new item available for preorder". Is there are shortage on grips or something? Also, if the people have already received preordered grips from BH, wouldn't the status change to "backordered"?

Got mine today from Adorama.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon 600EX-RT review
« on: June 19, 2012, 12:32:33 PM »
Good review Mark.  I just got mine.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X - June 20, 2012 in Japan
« on: June 19, 2012, 12:25:54 PM »
Yes, this corresponds with what I've been told by Canon CZ a week ago - 1D X will be available by the end of June. Finally.
The question is: to buy or not to buy? :)
I have a big doubts about what to buy... 5D Mark III Vs 1DX....
I know... some of you will say: "If you don't know the differences, you must to buy the 5D Mark III for sure"

I don't care the FPS, but the rest of features of the 1DX are great... But with my budget, I can buy a nice lens if finally decided to buy the 5D Mark III...

I know that is annoying thing but... what is your opinion?

what lenses do you currently have?

The 5D III is an amazing camera. It might not have all the custom functions of the 1D X but you can't go wrong with the price... I was shooting Architectural photos with it today from my boat, using a Canon 70-200 F2.8L II IS and the photos I got were amazing!
All shots were 1/500 F8.0 ISO 100... Camera has the BG-E11 which is not the best but usable... Actually after 2 hours trying to stand on a moving boat, the grip was the only complain I have...
The focusing was lightning fast, the viewfinder is huge and 100% and the LCD, even on bright sun light was great to look at...
The 5D III is for sure the best Canon camera ever, until the 1D X, of course, but still a great camera.
If your budget allows, get the 5D with the grip and you still have money left to buy 2 nice "L" lenses... I would get a 70-200 F2.8L II IS and a 24-70 F2.8L :)

Good luck!

Check out this sample of what I did today...
Weren't you the guy that said he would never own/buy a 5D Mark III a little while ago on another post?

Yes, he did say he'd never own one.  However, he doesn't own one.  He borrowed/rented I guess.  Maybe that doesn't "count" as owning it.

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Applying AF to the AF-ON button and leaving the shutter button for only the shutter increases speed and is really aimed at sports photography. I found the following article on Canons website which also references back focusing and being critcal for photographing F1 racing.

I photograph a lot of sports and motor racing and this is what I do (although I have to use the AE button as my camera lacks a dedicated AF-On button :( ).  I find I'm more likely to get the right exposure this way.  The only downside is that I'll sometimes pick up a camera, press the shutter button and wonder for a few seconds why its not focusing.

Everyone has their own preferences.  However this doesn't make sense with a 1D Mk IV b/c the camera here will meter through the active autofocus point, so you might as well focus, meter, and take the picture with one button vs. 2.

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Whether it's a 7D Mark II or a 70D, it would be stupid to say it won't be an APS-C sensor.

The replacement for the 7D could be any of the 3 sensor types - there are valid arguments for them all

What I meant was, if the sensor changes, why would it be a 7D Mark II?  It wouldn't be a "Mark II", it would be a different model.  Otherwise, I can't make sense of it.

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Whether it's a 7D Mark II or a 70D, it would be stupid to say it won't be an APS-C sensor.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400L, Sigma Bigma (50-500), or something else?
« on: June 18, 2012, 11:59:28 PM »
Hey All - I'm looking at getting a lens that has a little more reach than my current set (16-28 Rokinon, 24-70 f2.8L, 50 f1.4, 70-200 f4L) and was considering the Canon 100-400L and the latest rev of the Sigma Bigma (50-500).  What are your thoughts?  Any others I should look at?  They're both around the $1600-1700 new range, and I'd like to keep it under $2k.  Thanks!

A couple of others you could look at are the 300 F4L, and the 400 5.6L.  I'm looking at these also, they are sharp and inexpensive.  Considering using the 1.4x TC with the 300.

I like the 300mm f/4L.  I use it on my 1D Mark IV for outdoor track.  Great color rendition and sharpness.  Cheaper than the f/2.8L, which I didn't need for outdoor sports, unless I cover high school football this year.

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