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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« on: January 03, 2013, 11:07:42 PM »
My dear 20D + 16-35 2.8L combo recorded some of most beautiful and memorable moments in my life.

5D3, man, is much much better in every aspect. I haven't really touched my 20D since I got the 5D3. In the 20D era, my 28-70 was pretty much collecting dusts in the closet. Now it shines again and is the most used lens on my 5D3.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bought 5D III
« on: December 28, 2012, 05:03:37 PM »
Do check if there is any dead pixel. My first one (received in March) had 6. I returned it and had to wait for two months before getting the replacement (yeah, it was that hot at that time, and at $3,500).

A 600EX-RT to replace the 550EX. Wanted a Sony RX-100 but ended up with an S100.

Technical Support / Re: Repairing Scratches - 5D MKIII
« on: December 27, 2012, 07:20:21 PM »
Get more scratches, then you'll forget about them being there. I scratched my 1v on the first day. It did bother me for a couple of days, then there were more, and more...

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.

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