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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to do? Upgrade from 400d
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:07:21 PM »
There are lots of possibilities
A fast f/1.4 prime would gain two stops in low light, but you can also get a extra stop by upgrading to a 5D MK II.  Do both and gain three stops.  Thats a huge difference. 
Consider a 50mm f/1.8 or a 30mm f/2 for a economy way to get more stops.  A 40mm f/2.8 is cheap, sharp, and will add a stop.  As much as I love my 70-200mm f/4 IS, it is not a low light lens.
Going to a 5D MK III will add yet another 1/2 stop.

Animal Kingdom / Sherlock Holmes tracks down the Culpret.
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:00:01 PM »
I noticed a depression had suddenly been dug out near our flowers this morning, so while my hand is healing, I grabbed my wife's G11 to photographically track down the culpret.  As you can guess, I was pretty suspicious.
The images seem to lack punch, its a gray day and I did not feel like spending time on them.

A hole dug in my yard.

So I looked for clues and finger - er - footprints.

Sure enough, just follow the clues.

Software & Accessories / Re: Cover for Manfrotto 055xprob + 498rc2
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:51:24 PM »
Didn't it come with a zip-up bag?  Both should fit.

Software & Accessories / Re: Arca-Swiss requires plate
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:49:44 PM »
It does not include a quick release plate.  They are pretty standard, but you should look for reviews of various QR plates and how they work with the head.
Most Arca Swiss compatible plates work, but some have quirks.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:04:28 PM »
I bought the $2750 Adorama model recently, and just bought a LP-E6 battery from Adorama with the ebay bucks from the camera purchase.  I had to kick in $3.84.
Those deals from Beach Camera and B&H will earn you enough ebay bucks to buy a Genuine Canon battery maybe more.

EOS Bodies / Re: When using a hand strap, such as the E2 strap
« on: October 13, 2012, 03:33:19 PM »
I like to keep both hands on my camera, left under the lens and right on the grip.  I hate that lock button on top.  Maybe I'll look into remapping.  Thanks for the hint.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 24mm tilt and shift
« on: October 13, 2012, 12:18:30 PM »
So far, just a prototype at Photokina. I'd sure wait for expert reviews of this one. 

No one is reading the article. It states that the only phone camera that trumps old point and shoots is the Nokia 808, which has an enormous sensor.
Yes, I've read it.  But, how is the Nokia at AF, what about CA's, how fast is the shutter, and how does the onboard flash compare, what about distortion?  DXO is one dimensional.  Just like only looking at the center resolution of the 85mm f/1.8 lens and its suddenly the best.

The new 24-70 II is making me re-think my 'primes only' theory. It is sharp end to end, fast and puts a vote of confidence in every shot.  I had it with me yesterday while out with a grey sky.  Had a Lee Big Stopper filter on the front so the attached shot is a bit degraded. :-\
Its all relative.  I'd call that good light.  Its trying to catch dancers when the lights are very dim at 1/320 sec that the rubber meets the road.  I'm not confident that my 5D MK III will be that good at ISO 12800.  Exposure will have to be perfect.  Shooting sports in a dimly lit stadium is still 4 stops better than I see.

Lighting / Re: 580EX II end of life?
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:56:14 AM »
I wouldn't worry, Canon will have parts for years, and third party repair services will have them longer.

Lenses / Re: Comments on the design decisions of 24-70 II?
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:48:54 AM »
I don't pretend to have any inside information about the design tradeoffs that were actually made. 
Such things as distortion, curvature of field, sharpmess, CA, coma, AF speed, weight, and cost to manufacture are only a few that are typically considered, and improving one area is going to have a effect on the others.

My 24-105 is very good, and I have some fast primes for low light.  Thats why I can wait. One stop better is significant, but I won't need it until about Christmas when I start my low light photography.  I used a Nikon D800 with their 24-70mm f/2.8G, and found myself at f/2.8 and ISO 12800 much of the time.  The fast primes can drop this to ISO 6400 or less.

It sounds like it will be a very good lens.  Some are reporting issues at the long end, so I'd check that out.
I'm waiting for the eventual price drop to decide if I'll get one.  By then,there will be a lot of feedback from users.

What issues?
Softness, particularly at the edges and 70mm. 
Two pretty respected reviewers have seen this.  There have been some that claim to have seen the issue in poosts on this forum, but I tend to look to experienced testers with a good track record of spotting issues.
  It is undoubtedly a fantastic lens, and there may be some samples with issues, which is why I'm waiting for more reviews to come in.  I've had 5 of the old version and they were not impressive.  I have high hopes for this one.
Let us know what you see.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Next Zeiss lens?
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:50:35 PM »
The Zeiss 21mm is recognized as one of the finest lenses.  I'm not a big Zeiss fan, but from what I've seen, it is not overrated.

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