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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 07, 2013, 10:50:54 AM »
How about this little fella from this morning?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: December 04, 2013, 12:47:29 PM »
I'm a Canon guy with a 5DIII and a good investment in glass.  I hate to say this but have you looked at the Nikon D800?    Best sensor plus great glass.  I love the Sony but the lenses are not there yet nor will they be for a long time.  Can't go wrong with a Canon 5DIII though

EOS Bodies / Re: An Announcement Coming in November? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2013, 02:18:42 PM »
I just hope Canon's new announcement is nothing like the A7R. I don't want a FF mirrorless just for the heck of it ... poor AF, poor burst rate and 300 shots with a fully charged battery ... ugh!

Canon if you are coming up with a mirrorless FF, I'll need a proper camera.

EOS-M II is a different story all together. I'd  buy it if only they improve the AF on the damn thing.

i played with the A7R at the NYC photo expo.  Most impressive and paper and in your hands the first time but it still has not solved the AF and battery issues.  Someone is going to get mirrorless right soon,  I thought this might be it but perhaps not.  The Olympus OM-D EM-1 seemed like the real deal and was the best mirrorless I've seen so far.  Good focus, excellent viewfinder, well, built, weather proof, large deep selection of good lenses.  Maybe not the sense of the Sony, but completely lens lines provide for choice in quality and price.  Best mirrorless out there today.  Got to have that view finder and I'm not so sure Canon will provide

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

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