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EOS Bodies / Re: An Announcement Coming in November? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2013, 02:12:00 PM »
Well if this is the 5D MArk IV I'm going to harm myself :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Any deals coming for 70-200 IS II?
« on: October 29, 2013, 12:39:27 PM »
Just a quick note.  This lens is on my saving/wish list.  I got to play with it at the photo expo.  Great lens, but much bigger and heavier than I thought.  Jsut pick it up and play with it first.  For one stop you might consider the f4

Software & Accessories / Re: I think I may want a Monopod
« on: October 24, 2013, 03:54:59 PM »
The Canon mono pod is just fine and cost about $35 dollars.  You can pay a ton more but why?  It's a glorified stick.  I know someone that bought a really good one and uses it as a hiking stick, so thats one reason.  Single best use of a monopod?  The 100L 2.8 macro leaning over a flow taking bug pictures at 1:1.  Can't do it hand held, tripod won't get 1:1 with out too much fuss.  monopod=perfect

Canon General / Re: Benefits of a mirrorless FF?
« on: October 21, 2013, 11:37:48 AM »
Well if you go with the new Sony you will save a ton on lens......because there aren't any.

I wrestled with this a while back.  The 135L or the 100L Macro.  I ended up getting the 100L macro and I'm glad I did.  Besides portraits is just a whole bunch of fun.  The macro part is just great, flowers, cats eyes, dripping facets.  always something to take a picure of and great for portraits too.  135L is a bit sharper but thats like ccomparing the sharpness of 2 brands of razor blades.  Weather sealing, macro and 4 stops of IS made it a no brainer.  quick note, the 4 stops is more like 2 stops on really small macro shots.  Get a good mono pod and lean into those bees on the flowers

EOS Bodies / Re: Prediction for next round of DSLR cameras
« on: October 02, 2013, 10:04:12 AM »
Put 35mm sensor in this chassis ::)

Am I asking too much?
Can do as long as you call it  a Sony NEX-9 ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Help needed with a new canon 5d markiii
« on: September 28, 2013, 12:09:39 PM »
Please could any user of 5d help me.
I have just bought one and it seems that it often stacks because it can not write or read from the cards.
The red light is lighted and the camera responds as busy or wait. The speed of the memory cards is 30.
Also when I tried to take several shots after 5 or 6 stopped and I had to wait a few minutes.
The question is, has the camera a problem or do I need faster cards.
Please help
Thank you

something is not right.  I use 30's and I have no such problems.  a few minutes is not normal.  First question, are you also using and SD card?  the SD card is much slower so that may be the issue.  A few seconds?  maybe, a few minutes?  back to the retailer

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M Update Information [CR1]
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:58:15 AM »
I know that they would not show up here but when are we going to see a glimmer of a new line of sensors?  Hopefully in the 7DII.  Truth be told Canon is making some great cameras.  New features, great lenses, excellent stuff, but any Canon camera you buy has a sensor that is outclassed by the other manufacturers.  If I'm going to drop big dollars I want something that will not be obsolete as soon as I drive it out of the showroom.  I'm in the market for a mirrorless.  I have the money, ready to pull the trigger ,give me something good

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M Update Information [CR1]
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:29:49 AM »
I REALLY REALLY want FF, Retro Design, mirrorless ::)
pick 2.  Full frame mirrorless?  upcoming Sony NEX-9
Mirrorless Retro? Fuji x100S

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Camera Dilemma
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:13:50 PM »
I love the retro design of x100s - IQ is really good. I hope Fuji will release FF with retro design soon.

Just a 2nd thought, I carry 5D III + 40mm pancake quite often. It's quite close to x100s body size ;)

Yikes,  I was lusting after a x100s.  If it is as big as my 5DIII whats the point? I'm looking for a 2nd body and a smaller camera to carry around all the time.  Rebel SL1 with the 40mm pancake just jumped to the top of the list

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 08:53:03 PM »
The 50 1.8 II is the superior and more reliable lens.

I would hazard a guess that you are in a minority with that position.  The 50 F/1.8 is sharp and a stellar value, but it lacks virtually everything else.

As much maligned as the 50 F/1.4 is, the 50 F/1.8 has greater issues.  Pentagonal bokeh, cheap build and a comically slow (and noisy!) focusing plague this lens.

It's a great starter lens in getting use to primes, using larger apertures, etc. but unless you are shooting non-moving objects at stopped down apertures, I'd choose the F/1.4 ten times out of ten over the F/1.8.

- A

But the 1.4 breaks more often the the 1.8 and yet you say the build quality is better?  bang the 1.4 on the nose and it breaks.  fragile as is this better build quality?  I've had 3 1.4's they all broke.  i have an old metal mount 1.8 for 25 years...never broke.  yet you say the 1.4 has better build?  what does that mean?

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 01:26:08 PM »
"While the outer shell of the 50mm 1.4 is clearly stronger than the 50mm 1.8"  Pure B.S!  The internet is full of cases of people and videos repairing their Canon 50mm 1.4.  A moderately sharp bump to the front usually breaks the auto-focusing.  It is a notoriously fragile lens.  Boken is better than the 1.8 bit after 5.6 the 1.8 is noticeably sharper than the 1.4.  So, the 1.4 is more fragile than the 1.8, less sharp than the 1.8 and smaller apertures and costs 3x as much.  It's the least desirable of the Canon 50mm lenses.   I have a 25 year old metal mount 1.8 that could beat the pants off of the 1.4 and you can pick one up for 100 bucks.  The difference between 1.4 and 1.8 with a camera with a modern sensor is meaningless, both are really, really fast.  both are really really sharp.  Certainly not worth a triple price premium .  This review sounds like someone trying to justify a recent purchase that they have clearly over paid for

Lenses / Re: Advice sought on Cropped Frame Wide Lens
« on: August 29, 2013, 07:58:09 AM »
On a crop frame Canon you really need to consider the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX.  11-16 mm, sharper and faster than anything Canon offers in this range.  Built like a tank, great optics and fast.  I loved mine so much that when I moved to full frame I immediately upgraded the lens to the FF version.

Lenses / Re: 50/50 for 50?
« on: August 25, 2013, 02:14:04 PM »
The 1.4 supposedly has better build quality but breaks more often and is not as sharp. 

At the middle aperture values, maybe. At f/2 or wider, though, the f/1.4 is far superior in both sharpness and bokeh quality.

Thats about right, not a vast difference.  They are close and after f4 they go back and forth depending and if you are looking at center or edge.  Either one is likely to be the sharpest lens in your bag.  you would be hard pressed to pick out the difference except for the bokeh, which is better on the 1.4.  Both are sharper than the 1.2L.  I was going to upgrade to the 1.4 but the old 1.8 has the metal mount like the 1.4.  The 1.8 feels flimsy but can take a hit.  I know of 2 photographers who bumped into stuff with their 1.4 and it stripped the nylon gears or something in the IS so I'd sit tight with the 1.8.  With todays sensor you can shoot in pretty low light so the difference between the 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8 is slight.  I'd sit tight.  I suspect, without a shred of evidence, that they will offer something new in 50mm range.  Probably an IS f2.  If it was super, super sharp I might be tempted but with Canons current pricing I can thing of better things to do with the $700 bucks it will cost.  The really good news is, not matter what 50mm you have in your bag, it;s the sharpest lens you own

Lenses / Re: 50/50 for 50?
« on: August 25, 2013, 09:39:21 AM »
50 1.8 II is a sharp, lens.  Spending more doesn't make sense considering the options. the 1.2L is fast, but much bigger, much heavier and really expensive.  The 1.4 supposedly has better build quality but breaks more often and is not as sharp.  Whats troubling you about the 1.8? only thing I think could be improved is the bokeh is a bit less than stellar due to the 5 blade design.  Heck, I'm on a 20+ plus year old 50 1.8 and I have not yet found a reason to upgrade

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