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Software & Accessories / Re: Any value in using DPP along side Lightroom?
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:10:36 AM »
DPP has better color profiles than LR
better contrast
no yellow casts
not better detail at pixel peeping though

try to edit a blue hour (something like this http://500px.com/photo/15870747 )
in DPP and try to edit it the same way in LR

just put everything to 0 and push the saturation a bit +3 +4 in DPP
then compare the 2 results as layers in photoshop..
you'll see much more richer colour in the dpp image while those orange/reds will become flat yellow in lightroom

That catalogue / database thing is useless (as a matter of fact is the only thing i reject lightroom and use camera raw)

Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: January 28, 2013, 09:03:14 AM »
Never liked nikon's policy
Never liked the ergonomics
Never liked that contrasted fake colour
Never liked those warm-yellowish skintones

and i never understood this:
d300 = 12mp
d90 = 12mp
d3 = 12mp
d700 = 12mp
d3s = 12mp

Plus the L glass is uncomparable
faster USM moters, better rendering, fantastic bokeh

I chose Canon then and i'd choose even today.

3 things i love on Nikons?
- dynamic range
- cheap d800 36megapixels
- 14-24 lens

Technical Support / Re: at what shutter speed you turn IS off?
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:10:55 PM »
i turn it on when i'm moving or when the light is low and i'm not carrying a tripod with me :P

i turn it off when i use flash, or when my speeds are 1/1000 and above.

i love IS when i have to focus manually through live view.. works like a charm, (especially when i use a telephoto lens) of course i turn it off when my camera is mounted on a tripod.

practically when my speeds are below 1/250 i leave it on, why turn it off?

Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8L Macro IS as a portrait lens
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:01:14 PM »
+1 for the 100 L macro
lighter, smaller, newer and has IS
awesome bokeh
permits shorter shooting distance.

Wanna sacrifice all that for 1 stop brighter lens which you won't practically use?
i don't know how sharp is the 135 at f/2 you'll probably use any of these lenses at f/4 minimum unless you really know what you're doing.

However the 100 L wide open is way too SHARP.

I own the 100 L macro
I bought it for portrait use and i love it.

here is a couple of samples with my 100 L


its very simple

5D2 focuses faster with af assist beam while 5D3 doesn't
same thing in 6D in 1Dx and all the new aps-c cameras

In low light situations where there is not enough ambient light for the focus point to find target AF beam is a saviour and canon screwed that up with their new cameras..
That costs moments and costs money and if you're shooting an event, people are filled with worries like "did he get the picture or is he still focusing?"

i shoot weddings too and light is a pain in the ass sometimes

Software & Accessories / Re: What brand of ND filters do you have?
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:45:41 PM »
i'm having a B+W ND 3.0 1000 77mm with terrible magenta cast :(
also some hoya cir polarizers (pro1, super, digital)
hoya pro1 uv and nd8
and a cheap circular grad with a bit of green/cyan cast.

i didn't expect the B+W to have that awefull magenta cast though. The hoya nd8 has no cast at all!

Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
« on: January 06, 2013, 10:09:00 AM »
if you shoot portraits get the 100 L macro
if not get the non L

if you set an aperture around f/5 on a crop body you'll get VERY nice and sharp images with great bokeh and the IS is very useful in portrait or tele mode

as for macro mode the IS is not so effective, therefore i'd choose the non-L and a good tripod and manual focus of course.

However i own the 100 L macro and it is a fantastic lens for portrait, i don't deal with macro life much, not my style but it does a great job in macro as well. The 100 L is one of the best lenses canon ever made.

here is a portrait sample


i face the same problem in 600D, while in older cameras such as 450D and 350D the af works ULTRA FAST.

600d + ex 580 II assist beam = slower focus

terrible lag on focus while the assist beam lits.
looks like the assist beam is litting a bit less in 600D rather than 350D

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 03, 2013, 06:00:54 PM »
Canon strategy is for jokes.
I do believe Canon died after the 5D2.
I chose Canon then, i wouldn't choose Canon now.

I don't know what Canon is thinking but there is no reason to buy an overpriced lens with shorter tele end than 24-105
no reason at all!
lighter? smaller? how much is it? tiny? i don't think so.
They should make an 24-70 2.8 IS or an 24-105 f/4 IS II

The huge problem with canon users is that they don't demand! they compromise and that sucks. I can't take Canon seriously when third party solutions like magic latern unlocks a ton of features that Canon could blend in with a firmware upgrade, while nikon does that in the first place.

I can't take it seriously when i see no drastic development in sensors.
Did canon ever fixed her dynamic range or the noise in lower ISO levels and banding issues as well? NOPE

I'd like to have a FF camera, i was about to buy 5D3 or 6D but i see both of those cameras aren't worthy of their prices, while D600 is a steal!
24-70 2.8 II is a big disappointment (no IS and over expensive)
24-70 f4 IS too (too expensive and since 24-105 exists and it is a GREAT lens for all around use, no reason to buy this 24-70 f4 is)

So i'll stick with my old rebel 600D which is best value of money, plus the magic latern which makes this toy camera, a real camera, and when i feel the need to change equipment, i'll sell everything and move to nikon unless canon starts thinking of making products instead of toys.

slow AF with the rebel 600D too

The assist beam of ex 580 seems to be weaker and the camera is hunting rather than my old 350D/450D which focuses INSTANTLY with the flash af assist beam.

It focuses with the 600D allright but way slower than my older 350D and 450D.
600D suffers from a terrible lag on locking the focus when the beam is on.

Lenses / Re: List of rumored lenses
« on: December 02, 2012, 09:12:18 PM »
some wide angle lenses are needed

16-35 f/4 IS USM
however i'd love to have a canon 12-24 4-5.6 USM

Lenses / Re: Best Value "Normal" Lens for 6d?
« on: December 02, 2012, 09:08:34 PM »
24-105 L
best all around lens

and 50 f/1.4 for the USM moter and build quality over the 1.8 which moter doesn't focus accurately in dark environments

the 85 1.8 USM or the 100mm f/2 are quite handy too!

so its cleaner than 5D 3
of course it would, it has less megapixels so what? do the math!

how about BANDING? and noise in the shadows where needs to be filled?

oh and in RAW format, thats the real deal of the hardware and not a software filtered jpeg which can be produced with a computer also

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 600D lag with 580 EX II af assist
« on: November 18, 2012, 08:54:46 PM »
thanks for the reply.
have you tested your 60D with an older camera? any differences?

i haven't tested the 5D 3 with 580 EX II
are you suggesting that i should change a flash unit?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 600D lag with 580 EX II af assist
« on: November 18, 2012, 09:05:28 AM »
Hi there.

i don't know if you've noticed this:
i have an 600D and 580 EX II
whenever i want to use the af assist (red beam of the flash) it focuses way slower rather than my old 350D and 450D which focused instantly with the beam in low light situations.

Tested in the same room, same lens (24-105L) and 580 EX II in both cameras 600D vs 350D
the 350D focuses INSTANTLY with the beam, while the 600D hunts and laggs

have you noticed that?
probably a bug that is fixable with a further firmware update for this camera. No reason why the older hardware works fine instead of this?

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