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1999: EOS Élan IIE
2002: EOS 1v, 28-70, 550EX
2003: 50 1.4
2005: 20D, 16-35
2007: 70-200 2.8 IS
2009: 100 2.8L IS Macro
2012: 5D3, 70-200 2.8 II, 660EX-RT, 40 pancake

My current personal project is to use one lens per week to shoot anything fun, mostly my two little girls.

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:26:13 AM »
Having been thinking about the 35 1.4 for a while, I was wondering how much time would the 35 1.4 owners shoot at f2 or wider? I shoot at wide open a lot except for the 50 1.4. Any info is appreciated.

Technical Support / Re: 5dm3 AFMA Focal results
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:13:17 AM »
If the testing results are so much sensitive to the lighting conditions, then in the real world shooting where the lighting condition can rarely be as ideal as the testing condition, would minor inconsistency in the AFMA results matter at all?  I've done a few rounds of tests on all my lenses and I had hard time keeping my lighting conditions consistent so I got slightly different results every time. It was kind of frustrating. So I ended up picking an average value and moving on.

Neuro, et al I'd appreciate you shedding some light on this. Would +/- 5 units be siginificant enough to make any difference in the real world shooting?

Lenses / Re: Buy Canon 24-70l II today or wait for Newer version with IS?
« on: December 19, 2012, 11:17:15 PM »
Buy what you NEED now. I childishly but sincerely wish the IS version could push price for the the non IS version down  to $1600- $1800 range. Then I'll go buy the non IS version in a heart beat.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Only 1 lens
« on: December 18, 2012, 01:53:42 AM »
If you can keep the 5D2 and 24-70. Also keep the 580 if possible. You are going to need a nice flash for taking photos of your baby.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Wrong colors with my 5D MKIII?
« on: December 15, 2012, 10:40:07 AM »
White balance under artificial lighting conditions is tricky sometimes. Give it more testing and you will love your camera.

Canon General / Re: Record Spending Into Camera Gear - HIGHEST
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:24:57 AM »
My wife calls me photographic equipment collector instead of photographer.
1999: my first SLR EOS Élan IIE with a kit lens while in grad school.
2002: EOS 1v, 28-70, 550EX, Gitzo tripod, B1 ball head after working as an engineer for two years.
2003: 50 1.4
2005: 20D, 16-35 (on 20D most of the time)
2007: 70-200 2.8 IS
2009: 100 2.8L IS Macro
2012: 5D3, 70-200 2.8 II, 660EX-RT, 40 pancake, sold 70-200 IS I and 550 EX
2013: maybe a 50 1.4 IS, 24-70 II or a second RT flash.

Then I should be set for a while.

Lenses / Canon 24-70 Mk II variation (by
« on: November 04, 2012, 04:40:04 PM »
Roger has done a nice analysis.

Don't be surprised if your copy is not sharper than your beloved 70-200 II.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 04:29:46 PM »
Had really hoped for a stellar 24-105 4L IS II. Now they produced such an idiotic mutant.

Canon General / Re: Canon’s Q3 Profits Tumbled Down By 42%
« on: October 26, 2012, 08:13:00 AM »
Also, more and more people are using their phones to take photos and videos, no need for the traditional digital P&S or even Rebels. I doubt Canon makes much money from pro cameras.

I just looked at the 4 samples (or copies) Bryan posted on his website. Here is what my eyes told me:

- # 2 is slightly sharper than # 1 at 35mm f2.8
- # 4 is noticeably sharper than # 1 at 70mm f2.8 (corner)
- # 3 is slightly sharper than # 1 at 70mm f2.8 (mid-frame and corner)
- #2 is the softest at 70mm f2.8

I am still confused which one Bryan thought was the best.

Landscape / Re: Best lens for landscapes for a trip to the mountains?
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:16:57 PM »
I was in Switzerland in August and you are in for a real treat!

I only needed one lens: 16-35 II (mounted on 5Dc)

Here's what I was able to photograph with it :)

These are beautiful shots, BL. My wife, our 13-month-old daughter and I were there in May three years ago. We actually stayed at the hotel right near the Staubbach Falls. The weather was not as nice thought. It was mostly heavily overcast and it rained from time to time. This is one place we plan to go back when the kids are older.

When we were there, I used 16-35 (Mk 1) and 70-200 2.8 IS (Mk 1) on a 20D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Comparing 6D with 5D3
« on: September 23, 2012, 09:19:04 AM »
5D3 is no doubt a more capable camera. It seems to me that 6D will give you the best bang of buck for now. The real question is what feature matters most to you. If the extra sensitivity of the center focus point is more important given your shooting conditions, then go with 6D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Forget Canon 6D I want this!
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:57:09 PM »
Female buyers of these cuties will never care about the IQ.

EOS Bodies / Re: Describe the 6D in one word...
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:50:49 PM »
Lots of Rebel users own at least two to three EF-S lenses which cannot be used on 6D. So expect to spend more money.

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