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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Quality Manual Lenses
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:17:46 AM »
I'm mostly a video shooter with my 60d. I'm on a tight budget so I've been considering old manual lenses, although I'm having a hard time finding reviews for them. Therefore I'm always hesitant to press the buy button, I don't want to end up buying a complete piece of junk.

Are there any manual lenses or brands that you guys enjoy using (for either video or stills)? Any lenses you would stay away from? Thanks for your help!

For video frames that are only 2mp, I'm not that certain that you need a super high resolution lens.  There are other lens characteristics that you might want to consider, like viginetting, CA's, and accuracy of the distance scale, or at least repeatability.
The old fully manual lenses were generally fine, don't use a Canon FD, they don't adapt well unless you have a high end one and use a Ed Mikah adapter $$$.
M42 lenses, Nikon Lenses, and  Olympus will adapt well.  Anything with a flange back distance longer than about 45.5mm works.  Since the Canon FL and FD are 42mm, that's a problem.

Software & Accessories / Re: Transcend 64GB 1000x card speed
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:06:02 AM »
I haven't seen any reliable test comparisons of Lexar 1000X versus Transcend 1000X.
I have not tested my Lexar 64GB 1000X on my 5D MK III, but there is a test here:
It looks like a burst of 73-75 Raw + Large jpeg in 30 seconds for the Lexar.
You might try to setup the same test Rob did and compare results.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f2.8L II or.....
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:40:29 AM »
I have been reading a lot about the canon 24-70 ii, some reviewers say that it's close to primes in that focal range in sharpness.

I have the 24-105 and think its a little soft for my taste. I want a faster lens cause I shoot in low light often. Having that option of 2.8 can make a diffrence for me since I shoot around 70mm and under.
My local camera store called today.  He ordered it two days ago, and it showed up today.  I should have it Monday, since its being Fedexed to me.
I hope to try it out then.  I've been waiting and watching reviews before I bought it, I was unimpressed with the five original 24-70mm L's I owned.

You may have a different aspect ratio turned on.  pg 188 of your manual

Lighting / Re: Compact Manual Flash?
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:29:02 AM »
you can get a low power and low cost 90EX to use as a master, its very compact and will control the external flashes as slaves.
Its a poor mans 580 EX II.  It does not use Radio, just optical

Lenses / Re: USB Dock of Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:17:42 AM »
I see, so the Sigma USB dock enables you to AFMA non-AFMA bodies, but you can just use the regular AFMA on the 5d3 and forget about Sigma's solution.
Thanks! :-)
No, it adjusts the lens.  Since not all bodies are identical, the best match will come with the body that you set the lens to match.
Canon's AFMA adjusts a body, and it does not care which brand of lens is on it, as long as the lens is a autofocus lens that works on Canon.
This means you can tweak a Sigma lens and still fine tune it on a Canon body.

Lenses / Re: Teleconverter
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:15:59 PM »
I was out this afternoon playing with my new 70-200 f/2.8 MK II to see how well it worked with TC's for hand held photos in low light.  Its a very dark day, so the ISO on the images is high.  Before I started using the 2X TC, a thunder storm hit and ISO's went up to 10,000 so I'll try again tomorrow.  Each TC I add reduces the IQ, but the new 70-200 takes TC's very well, so it is quite usable with a 2X TC, but far from pixel sharp.
The first is at 200mm + 1.4X

This one has the 2X + 1.4X.  AF is slow, but works.

I was tempted to order one, but I've spent too much this week already. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Stolen Camera Finder?
« on: March 28, 2013, 04:30:05 PM »
As I understand, if someone were to be dumb enough to post images online that have the exif intact with a camera they stole, it would find the images.
However, camera thieves steal cameras to resell to a unsuspecting third party, who than may indeed post images taken proudly with his new camera.
However, there is little you can do to recover it.

I guess I was wrong, some of them are dumb enough :)

Software & Accessories / Re: CF card health
« on: March 28, 2013, 04:11:46 PM »
Thanks MSP. Weird, when I went back into Lightroom, those two photos were there, even though LR had told me it couldn't import them. So maybe things are ok after all. I'll run the full format, though.
I hope its ok.  Its a good idea to do a low level format once every 10 or 20 usages of a CF card.  A SD card needs them frequently, which is why its built into the camera.

Lenses / Re: USB Dock of Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM
« on: March 28, 2013, 04:07:08 PM »
So far, it doesn't exist.  Its been delayed.
There are a number of Canon Cameras that do not have AFMA, and users must sent their lens to Sigma to be adjusted, and hope its accurate on their camera.  This is bad for everyone.  If the lens is adjusted to the actual body, its a much better situation.  If you have multiple bodies with no AFMA, you will have to average things out or get all the bodies adjusted at Canon.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f2.8L II or.....
« on: March 28, 2013, 11:53:58 AM »
In your position, I'd get the one I need. 
Only you know which, you did not give anyone a hint as to what it is that you currently photograph, or problems you are having.

i photograph everything.
i want to be able to have this range covered. i don't want to be pinned down to a specific use but rather to be used for a broad range of applications.
If you have 50mm as your widest lens, you are missing out on a huge range of focal lengths.
I'd get the 24-70L MK II.  I have the 35L and 24-105L, but am going o try the 24-70 to see if I can get by in low light.  It might be difficult.
I won't sell my existing lenses until I can see how I do with f/2.8 and extreme low light.  I will be at ISO 12800 and maybe higher.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f2.8L II or.....
« on: March 28, 2013, 11:28:49 AM »
In your position, I'd get the one I need. 
Only you know which, you did not give anyone a hint as to what it is that you currently photograph, or problems you are having.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter hangs on Canon 7D
« on: March 28, 2013, 11:26:16 AM »
You have mirror lockup turned on, read page 109 of your manual.
Its a good idea to understand what the settings do before turning them on.

Software & Accessories / Re: CF card health
« on: March 28, 2013, 11:19:55 AM »
I just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast, along with about 450 photos. There were two on my 16G SanDisk (90MB/s) CF card that seemed to be corrupted. They were right next to each other, and they were the only two taken at that particular time. Is this a sign that my CF card is failing, or just a glitch of some kind in that particular session? Is there a way to test these things? I understand these things can fail at any time (this one has had about 11k shots on it). Also, I format my card after every time that I download to the computer, rather than just deleting my files. Any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated.
You can check and fix the card by doing a LOW LEVEL  or full format.  This must be done by a computer, the Camera does a high level format which cannot discover or fix card issues.
It is a fairly long process, allow a hour.  Then format it in camera.  If there are any bad sectors, they should be marked as bad on the card, and the format process will skip them.
It really should not be necessary on a CF card, but run it and see if any errors pop up.  A Fullformat writes to every memory cell, so it finds bad ones.

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