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Lenses / Re: the future of 1.2 L lenses ?
« on: September 20, 2013, 06:38:54 AM »
The only reason to buy 1.2 glass is the DOF!

the f/1.2 world is way too different than the f/2.8...

many thanks for your answers!

Lenses / Re: the future of 1.2 L lenses ?
« on: September 17, 2013, 03:03:30 PM »
At f/1.2 focus accuracy is only going to be so accurate ...

That´s the main point. If you are looking to get the f1.2 lenses, you should have the best available AF, to cope with the very shallow DOF. And if you can´t afford the 1DX, then 5DIII is next in line.

that is why i chose 5D3 over the 6D. Plus the ergonomics. ok the 6D is probably a stop better at high ISO, but i really needed the dual card and the AF system of 5D. I've searched it a lot, even here in canonforum before i make a decision on which camera should i buy.

Anyway, i tried the 85 1.8 at 1.8 and it focus accurately. So i'm thinking the f/1.2 would make a perfect combo with the AF of 5D3.

and as much as i read there will be no successors to these lenses any time soon, so i'm going for it.

Lenses / the future of 1.2 L lenses ?
« on: September 17, 2013, 11:59:57 AM »
hi all

I've purchased 5D3 over the 6D, and the main reason was the accurate AF with fast lenses.

I've worked several crop bodies in the past but the FF world plus the accurate AF system delivers something way beyond and solves many many problems such as DOF and focus accuracy.

With that said, i've tested yesterday an EF 85mm f/1.8 at 1.8 on 5D3 and on some EOS Rebel bodies, where this lens failed focusing accurately on the rebels, but focused perfectly with 5D3.

However i'm building a new system and i want to add some lenses but i'm concerned about the age and the quality.
I'm talking about the 50L and the 85L where the price is way up in comparison to 50 1.4 and the 85 1.8 which can be focused VERY properly with 5D3, but however the 3D look of those L are unbeatable. I suppose that justify the cost.

Those L lenses are build somewhere in 2005-2006 i think, is there any word out there about replacements?
There are many complains about the 50L softness at 1.2 and the slow USM moter of 85L

Don't get me wrong, i know the idea of "if you need something now, get it now" but i'm not kinda in the rush.
I shoot weddings and this season is over for me so i was thinking about next year.

I just hate to make a move and buy one of them now and a new model like 50L II comes out soon and fixing the softness and stuff. That'll make me feel like an idiot.. who wouldn't?

thanks for your time.

Lenses / Re: Is the Canon 24-70 F4 worth the price?
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:34:13 AM »
- Is the Canon 24-70 F4 worth the price?


Get the 24-105
Cheaper, longer end, sharper after 50mm (and at 24mm f/5)

barrel distortion and vignetting is correctable in ACR/LR

Never understood why canon released the 24-70 f/4 IS

The IS should go to the 24-70 2.8 which is hell expensive, and also a second version of the beloved 24-105 would be a wise upgrade if existed.

Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm or High-End Compact?
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:16:00 AM »
I love mine

I was on the hunt for a great value for money 50mm lens but all those failed me.
The 50L is way too expensive and a bit outdated, plus its soft and focusing is a nightmare to get a nice shot at 1.2 or even 1.6!! so whats the point of using it? weather sealing? LOL
The 50 1.4 way too soft, works well after 2.8 so whats the point of using it?
The 50 1.8 same as 1.4
The Sigma is huge, frings all over, soft, didn't like it :(
The Zeiss 1.4 no AF :(

So whats left?

The 40 pancake is sharp all the way at 2.8, in FF and CROP bodies, with lovely bokeh and very reasonable price

also you get 35mm when you step back a little, and a 50mm when you step a bit forward :D

- swirl screen (its a low angle and a video tool gddamn it)

- higher dynamic range (thats critical)

- noiseless shadows when pushed up in post processing (way too critical, although ML does a GREAT job while canon genius firmware developers can't)

- faster AF in live view (its a shame for a $ 3000 equipment to have the same performance like 450D which was the first LV camera with AF (when shutter pressed) back in 2007)

- dual and FAST SD cards (get rid of this expensive stupid and outdated CF junk)

- wireless flash triggering would be nice (600D has one, and the pro series does not?)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 + flash 580 ex behavior
« on: June 20, 2013, 02:44:44 PM »
thanks Neuro,
the major problem is the iso lock to 400
i can't get rid of it in any mode either AV or M

and the worse thing, even when i don't use the flash in e-ttl

somehow the camera locks the iso 400 if a flash unit is connected over it.. doesn't matter the other settings..
if you want to take wide angle shots based in high iso the subject is lit in front from the flashgun and the background goes black with that stupid iso400.

A continuous led light insted of flash probably would save a lot of trouble but even then you'll have to play with the amount of light, (tune up for portraits and tele shooting, tune down when using wide angle)

pffff i got stressed :(

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 + flash 580 ex behavior
« on: June 20, 2013, 02:24:09 PM »
the flash is 580 ex II if that helps

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5d3 + flash 580 ex behavior
« on: June 20, 2013, 02:23:34 PM »
Hi all
 i just bought 5D mark 3, after playing with it a bit, i was satisfied enough BUT here is the snag i hit which is major.

Does anybody of you guys work with a speedlight flash? because the flash changes EVERYTHING.

lets be more specific.

AV program (without flash in the camera)
auto iso 100-25600
min shutter = 1/250

when i put the flash
everything is pretty much screwed!

iso locks to 400 for some reason
the shutter speed disobey the minimum shutter speed (although i can control it through flash control up to 1/60 or 1/200).

i want
auto iso 100-25600
min speed = 1/250
and flash to ttl in order to lit a bit my subjects in front..

any idaes? don't tell me i have to play manually, that scenario is out of the question.. I do weddings.. i can't play with settings during the cemerony, i need something more solid and automated.

i have the B+W 3.0 ND 110 Filter

magenta cast all over

it does a good job if you're playing b/w
but in colour you'll have to reduce the magenta tint in the white balance.. Still the colours would look like painting.
here are some pictures taken with the b+w 110


Haven't tested the mrc though.

EOS-M / Re: EF-M 11-22 / 4-5.6 IS STM - officially announced
« on: June 07, 2013, 07:02:10 AM »
its obvious canon doesn't want to hit the market of mirrorless making making a very late entry and making such toys.

Sony NEX 10-18 F4 225 gram
Canon 11-22mm F4-5.6 220 gram

alright the canon might be cheaper, but the sony is better and you pay what you get.!

Sony nex is the king of mirroless, PLUS sony nex can take EF lenses with a converter and support AF!!

So i wouldn't bother with any canon eos-m stuff.

The ef-m 22mm 2.0 is interesting though, i wish there would be an EF version as well! Pancakes are useful. Toys are not.

EOS-M / Re: EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Announcement Soon? [CR2]
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:01:50 PM »
11mm not 10mm?
and f/4 not 3.5?

sigma has 8-16 f/4-5.6

well the EOS M world is uninteresting so i wouldn't expect a surprise lens, but 11-22 IS? why not a smaller 10-22? and who needs IS with such a lens?

a very pleasant surprise would a be an 8mm f/3.5 pancake but 11-22?????? nahhh..

Lighting / Re: Flash that will endure over 2000 continuous shots?
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:09:09 PM »
i've heard pretty good words for the nissin mg8000
however you'll need a battery pack for sure.

why not continuous lighting?

hmm i see!

well the lenses i have are
- 24-105L
- 70-200 f/4 IS L
- 100mm f/2.8 macro L

Also an ef-s 10-22 and a samyang 8mm fisheye for my 600D which i'll use for a second camera which performs quite well in 1600-3200 iso and these lenses doesn't need fast speeds. f/5.6 and 1/60 are ok even for a large print 30x40cm

i'll buy an ef 50mm f/1.4 along the the FF camera. (i love the creamy 1.2 but it goes way beyond my tight budget :(

The way i'm thinking of it.
my FF will play with the 50 1.4 and the 24-105 for start
and the 600D with 10-22, fisheye, and the 100L which is ideal for head portraits as it becomes like 160mm

Your 10-22 won't work on a FF body (you may know that already though).  I'm not sure if the 8mm is FF capable, but that would be almost tooo wide for wedding work

Also, I was on a 7d before upgrading to the mk3 (I also had the 10-22).  I tried my best to use both side by side at weddings.  But, I found that the 7d became a very heavy lens holder...It did great at outdoor ceremonies, but  the difference in IQ above ISO 1600, that is a game changer and yeah, led to my 7d just sitting in the bag all day, then not even in the bag at all, then sold to a friend who was going to africa and wanted more than a P&S.    So, be ready for your 600D to become a dust collector!

Also, after you snag your mk3, you could sell the 600d with 10-22 and then the 8 mm and snag yourself a 6d as backup body.

Lastly, I see your hot to trot for the 50 1.4, but, take a good look at the 85mm 1.8...same price basically but IMO a much more useful lens!

either way, be ready for the 600d to become a paper weight!

i see your point.
if i'd sell the 600D + 10-22 i'd go for the 16-35 2.8, i was thinking to keep the 600D with the 10-22 for the wide angle shots and also as a backup camera and put some money on primes.

the EF 85mm 1.8 is an excellent lens no doubt, better in everything than 50mm 1.4 (sharpness, bokeh)
However, the 50mm range is more "all around" than the 85mm and the churches here are a bit tight.

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