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Lenses / Re: All street photographers share your gear here!
« on: August 26, 2012, 12:10:42 PM »
Typically I would use my T2i with the 40mm pancake (or my ungripped 5D3, if it's not bright out)

However, I had my 70-200 f/4 AND my battery grip attached the other day, and I think i got some wonderful shots.  You've got to be quick, as that combo will certainly get people's attention.  Luckily, there were tons of other photographers around, so I didn't get any angry or sketched out people.
Here's an example @ 200mm

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Wide angle lens for EF-S?
« on: August 23, 2012, 04:01:54 PM »
You should also consider the Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 - it's got generally better IQ than the variable aperture version, and is newer.   I sold mine after moving to FF, but i loved it.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: first portraits with my 5D :)
« on: August 09, 2012, 03:30:30 PM »
The bokeh at the top of the frames is kind of unpleasant looking, and even a bit distracting - i might have used a graduated filter in Lightroom to smooth that out, reduce the clarity and sharpness a bit.

Other than that, i like the color grading and subject, nice shots!

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:23:19 PM »
Two images taken on Maui last September, wish i would have had my 5D back then!
I might just need to make another trip, i guess.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X ISO Shots
« on: July 30, 2012, 03:47:06 PM »
I had a feeling, after looking at RAW samples from the 1DX @ ISO 10,000, that my Mark III was every bit as good at higher ISOs.   This sort of validates my thoughts.  Granted, every shooting scenario is different and i've noticed far worse noise at these same ISO levels depending on the lighting and subject matter, but thanks for doing this controlled test!

Another funny thing I found was that even if the grip is turned "off," the camera body turns on and still functions completely fine. I wonder if this is part of the battery drain problem.

This is normal behavior - the "Off" switch position just disables all the buttons on the grip, to prevent accidental presses.  On my camera, having the grip set to OFF makes the multicontroller behave normally, instead of super-sensitive when the grip is enabled.

5D MK III Sample Images / Boston Panorama
« on: July 24, 2012, 06:19:27 PM »
3 image panorama of the skyline from Fan Pier -

Taken with my 5D3 and Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 (which isn't meant for FF, but at 15mm is quite usable and gave me some stunning results)
ISO 400
All in-camera optimizations disabled,  assembled in Photoshop CS5.5 and PP'd in Lightroom 4.1

I don't often do large images like this,  let me know what you think!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Gallery
« on: July 23, 2012, 01:41:19 AM »
Picked this little guy up yesterday - i love the focal length, and it's so fantastically sharp wide open!  I did do the autofocus adjustment, it was a tad back-focused, but now it's just perfect and the only problems left are my own :)

Here are some images from today.

Street & City / Re: Boston at Night
« on: July 22, 2012, 12:10:17 PM »
And a couple more

Street & City / Boston at Night
« on: July 22, 2012, 12:09:00 PM »
Grabbed a few decent shots this weekend,  the ultra-wide ones are with my Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 (which oddly works better on my FF camera than my old T2i, vignetting aside)
Rest are 50 f/1.4 i believe

Take care!

Same issue here, it's ruined some photo outings...
I emailed the eBay seller, we'll see what they say.  From what i've read on dpReview, people end up paying shipping back to HK, and you'll be without the grip for about 2 weeks.
After a fresh charge put the batteries in the removable cartridge, and store it removed from the grip - i think that's the best workaround at this point.  The camera seems to draw a standard amount of power while you're shooting, it's just while it's sitting idle that you're losing 15-20% charge each day.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 19, 2012, 01:15:08 PM »

Here is a link to an original RAW file for those who'd like to play with it !!

Taken with the 70-200 2.8L II USM, shot at dusk.
Camera   Canon EOS-1D X
Exposure   0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture   f/6.3
Focal Length   200 mm
ISO Speed   10000

AZ3P0176 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Thanks for posting that - i compared to some ISO 10K shots on my MkIII, and i'm actually sort of underwhelmed.  The grain pattern isn't as fine as the 5D, but i condede that this shot might be noisier because of ALO or some other sort of in-camera processing.   Doesn't seem like there's much more dynamic range in the 1DX's files either.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Thank you 5D Mark III AF System...
« on: July 18, 2012, 03:04:05 PM »
do you remember what AF settings you were using?  I've had difficulty getting fast enough focus for objects that move directly towards the camera (ie, the person's ears will be in the focus plane by the time the image is taken)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post Your Summer Beach Shots here
« on: July 15, 2012, 04:44:45 PM »
Not a particularly nice beach, but I snapped a few of these on the 4th of July in Winthrop, MA.
Thank goodness i had my camera, because i would have been bored to tears otherwise.

EOS Bodies / Re: Joystick issue 5d mk iii
« on: July 13, 2012, 12:18:14 PM »
Mine works (and is still attached), but i find it's overly sensitive and it's really difficult to navigate menus unless i'm holding the camera just right, and really focusing on how i'm pressing the controller.  Like, the slightest touch sends a left or right command/

If you have the battery grip, turn the switch to off. For some reason, when my battery grip is turned on, the main joystick is super sensitive... if I turn the grip controls off, then it works like a non gripped unit (ie, better).

You're right!!  I'm using the Pixel grip,  i wonder if this is one of the drawbacks of non-genuine gear :)   Can anyone comment on whether this occurs on the Canon portrait grip?  I imagine it's something easily fixed in software, as it seems to be doubling the sensitivity and not relying on the click-down presses.

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