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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Information.
« on: July 11, 2012, 05:12:46 PM »
In case anyone was wondering, the EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake lens is in AF Group D on the 5DIII/1D X, meaning despite the f/2.8 aperture, it activates only the center (1 of 5) high-precision f/2.8 AF points, and also only activates the inner columns (10 of 20) of the f/4-sensitive crosses.

Yes, I noticed that too. Despite this, I LOVE this lens. It makes my 5D3 much more portable and has produced sharp images. Best bang for the buck from Canon in years!

Canon General / Re: How Canon makes their camera and lens...
« on: July 10, 2012, 06:44:25 PM »
Yes. I remember that video. I think they were showing how to put together a 500 4L. I still remember that I was working crazy on a weekend and watching that video was quite a pleasant break.

Final assembly of the cameras appears to be very labor intensive and require skilled and detail oriented workers. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Delayed Again
« on: July 05, 2012, 10:24:36 AM »
This could be caused by production priority shift or some quality control issues. This is one of the most important lenses by Canon, if not THE most important one. Given its very high price tag and high expectations from the photographers, Canon better make this one right and have a healthy stock from the very beginning.

Software & Accessories / Re: Small bag for 5D3 + 40 pancake
« on: July 02, 2012, 11:09:25 AM »
Thank you Jerry and Neuro. I will check them out. I may also try the Lenscoat pouch to see if it provides good protection.


Software & Accessories / Small bag for 5D3 + 40 pancake
« on: July 01, 2012, 07:26:00 PM »
Hello, all.

Looking for a smallest possible bag for 5d3+40 that I can put in a hiking pack, regular backpack, my wife's hand bags, and my daughter's diaper bag. I'd like to be able to take the combo everywhere practical. I looked at the Lencoat pouch pro online but not sure it would provide adequate protection. Any suggestion would be highly appreciated.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII Price Drop
« on: June 28, 2012, 04:51:00 PM »
eBay is selling it for 3,192.89. Seems to be a good deal.


Price drop is inevitable, but I did not expect it to be this soon by such amount.

Lenses / Re: 40mm f2.8 STM - Lens Hood?
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:53:11 AM »
HOWEVER, by doing that..the pancake, isn't a pancake anymore..
;D. I got mine yesterday. Put it on the 5D3. Man, it was light. Very nice image coming out of it.

Currently no plan to add a protective filter or hood. I was actually wondering if the large filter surface would add more reflection or glare. Also, the combo of a B+W filter and the hood would cost about $70 (35% of the lens). The lens is so small that it could be easily cleaned with a lenspen.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The 5D Mark III & SD Memory Cards
« on: June 26, 2012, 07:55:16 AM »
Ever since it was released, the 5D3 appears to have received more criticism than praise. Canon in this case did make many people feel betrayed by cutting corners on a number of things, the SD card being one of them. This is not the first time they did this (remembering the AF on 5D2) and they will continue doing this. So are many other companies. Unless someone does it differently, by including all the best features on a second of the line product, we will have to accept the reality. I just hope Canon would not quickly abandon the 5D3 within a couple of years or so.

Lenses / Excellent review of the 40mm pancake
« on: June 24, 2012, 10:34:11 PM »
Excellent review by Dan Carr


Can't wait to receive mine tomorrow and try it on 5D3.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 21, 2012, 06:50:40 PM »
0 and compared it with other higher end Canon zoom lenses, and it turns out the little pancake outperformed them in some areas.

Very interesting lens, but comparing this prime to older zoom designs that are more difficult to build like the 16-35 are even already discontinued like the 24-70i sounds a bit odd, I'd like to see the numbers of other 50mm or 35mm primes in this review, too - does anyone know these numbers?

Lens        Center     20 pt
Canon 40mm f/2.8       870    775
Canon 24-70       740    610
Canon 16-35       770    635
Canon 45 TS-E       785    660
Canon 35/1.4 ?
Canon 35/2.0 ?
Canon 50/1.4 ?
Canon 50/1.8 ?

Should add another column called price. Expecting a $200 pancake to outperform other way more expensive lenses especially L primes is a little unrealistic. The comparison should also be conducted at the same aperture. The primes you listed should become much sharper when stopped down to 2.8. Roger said it very clearly that  the L zooms were sharper when the lenses were stopped down.

Can you post side by side comparison between 5D3 and rebel? Same scene, same lighting, same exposure.

If this is the nature of the sensor, you and I have to live with it. But if you don't do large print or not always look at 100%, the noise may not be an issue at all. Remember that this camera provides you tremendous opportunity to capture the scenes or the moments you would've have missed using other camera. What really matters is the content in your image. Enjoy the camera!

Thanks, neuro. That's a smart solution. Do you always have a plate attached to your camera body?

I actually added a short narrow strap between the D-ring and the left eyelet for better security. This way even the Fasten got unscrewed for whatever reason, the camera is still attached to the strap. The short strap is never in the way of shooting. That was when I thought why not just do away with the Fasten altogether.

One of the major complaints about the fantastic BR strap is that you need to unscrew the FastenR3 in order to attached the plate to the camera body. Since the plate from both RRS and Kirk comes with a strap slot, why can’t we attach the BR strap to the plate via a short quick release buckle (similar to those used in UPStrap but much shorter)? One end is attached to the camera plate and the other to the strap. Actually, the core design concept of BR strap is to use only one attaching point to the camera so that you can pull up your gear quickly. Why does the strap have to be attached to the tripod socket, not to one of the two eyelets which are already securely attached to the camera? Did I miss something important?

BR is an innovative design, but other followers including Sun Sniper, Carry Speed, C-loop, Luma Loop, etc., just copied the tripod socket attachment concept. 

Any thoughts?

Lenses / Re: Which 24-70 to buy for weddings & events?
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:26:04 PM »
If you can find a good used 28-70 2.8L, it'd save you money. I've had mine for 10 years. It produces amazingly sharp images.

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