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Lenses / Re: Best sports lenses for Canon 7D
« on: March 25, 2013, 11:07:08 AM »
Another lens to consider is the 200mm f/2.8 L if you can do without the zoom on your long lens. It is as good as the 70-200 IS2 long end, very light weight and compact comparitively speaking, mint used for about $500. I actually have both of these lenses...bought the 70-200 IS2 new and bought a mint 200 f/2.8 for $460. It's very difficult to tell them apart when doing comparison shots.

Nice thing is it would get you into a very good longer lens for not much $ if you buy used and you can always turn it for what you paid if/when you want to go for the 70-200 IS2.

The 70-200 IS2 is a fantastic lens but that thing is a boat anchor, so there is a certain desireableness to the compactness and light weight of the 200 f/2.8 that keeps it around here despite the redundancy "shot-wise", especially given not much $ tied up in it.

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Lenses / Re: Teleconverter
« on: March 24, 2013, 08:46:51 PM »
I have the 70-200 IS2 and the 1.4 TC3 and very pleased with that combo. But that keeps me at f/4 wide open so still useable in less than ideal light. IQ hit is barely even perceptable. I realize you are asking about the 2x but chimed in anyway in case you decide to consider going "shorter".

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If anyone if worries about AFMA, then they aren't the target audience for this camera...  The people who are the target audience are those who say, of look cool, it has video!

there are plenty of people who can only afford a xxxD body.
they spend more for lenses and AFMA would be usefull for them.

Of course I would love a lexus, but if I could only afford a Hyundai, I wouldn't expect to get high end lexus features in the Hyundai.  If you can only afford this camera, save up like just about anyone has to do, or if your set on getting this level of camera, send in your camera/lenses to be calibrated together...

LOL...and Canon service will set AFMA in their service menus that can't be accessed by users...

The point is it costs them nothing to add it and it would be yet another sales bullet. Just think of all the buzz there would have been right here in this very thread if it was announced it DID have AFMA?

The point is, even a Hyundai has cup holders in it...

Skiltron, the point is the average rebel user isn't an above average photographer... it's a person who goes to costco and see's a rebel as splurging...  It's the realtor that would rather do their own photos rather than pay for a pro to do them for them and wonder why the photos dont look right...  It's that soccer mom who wants to take the photos of little jimmy and dont give a rats butt about the horrid noise...  Then they read in the manual that oh yeah, it has afma, and has NO clue how to do it, or dont even read the manual in the first place and dont even know it's there... then canon has to deal with the morons who buy the camera, reads about afma, and then calls them asking how to do it, and have their employees on the phone with the people for 10-15 minutes at a time trying to talk them through it, wasting their time and money...  It's stupid... it's advanced... It's like getting a hyundai accent and complaining it has a stick shift saying it should have pedal shifters instead.  It's more than enough camera for what that target market is aimed for.

So why does it even have modes other than full auto then? And why does it have 18 MP? After all, they don't know how to use anything other than full auto and they certainly don't need 18 MP in a crop body. And why NINE AF points? Everyone knows they are only going to use the center point or just leave it in "focus point roulette mode" and they'll never even understand what all those other points are supposed to do.

So, you are totally missing the point.

The point is 1) sales bullets count and 2) people who buy these things often, if not usually, find somebody they know who is "into photography" to ask before they buy.

I guarantee most who are "into photography" would say to them "AFMA is good to have though you may never need it with your f/3.5-f/5.6 lens." "But if you ever upgrade to one of those expense $350 50mm f/1.4 lens, you'll probably want that feature."

Just like you probably would tell them, "you may not use them, but 9 AF points instead of just 1 is good to have".

Consumer goes "Hmff, I didn't really follow all of that, and I'm not sure I'd buy a seperate lens that costs that kind of money, but if so and so says I might need that AFMA thingy, I should buy this newest model just in case."

And of course the same holds true if they were reading all of the reviews and blogs stating the same thing, had Canon provided it.

LOL, and to tie back to the car analogy, do you have any idea how many car sales are closed because of cup holders and storage nooks?

So to me, it is just stupid to not match your primary competitions sales bullet when you can do so for zero investment.

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If anyone if worries about AFMA, then they aren't the target audience for this camera...  The people who are the target audience are those who say, of look cool, it has video!

there are plenty of people who can only afford a xxxD body.
they spend more for lenses and AFMA would be usefull for them.

Of course I would love a lexus, but if I could only afford a Hyundai, I wouldn't expect to get high end lexus features in the Hyundai.  If you can only afford this camera, save up like just about anyone has to do, or if your set on getting this level of camera, send in your camera/lenses to be calibrated together...

LOL...and Canon service will set AFMA in their service menus that can't be accessed by users...

The point is it costs them nothing to add it and it would be yet another sales bullet. Just think of all the buzz there would have been right here in this very thread if it was announced it DID have AFMA?

The point is, even a Hyundai has cup holders in it...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:16:40 PM »
You should switch to Nikon and only get only 1 MFA number for $2700 ;)

Why would I do that? My 5D3 and my L lenses are great.

But it would be nice to be able to buy a compact/lightweight body from Canon for travel that could do something other than mount fast L glass and take an OOF picture.

The point is, adding AFMA wouldn't canibalize their upper product sales, and in my case it would actually induce me to buy one. So why go to the effort of disabling it from their firmware codebase for this camera? Its a stupid idea to not have it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:36:24 PM »
MFA? No, never on a rebel, we've established that.

Meanwhile Nikon does do it on their "Rebel".

And meanwhile again, Canon actually pulls the feature from the xxD line...

So sorry if it agitates you that I remind them of how stupid their idea is...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 09:02:08 AM »
And still no AFMA...

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Still no AFMA...something that doesn't cost them a dime at this point. In fact it probably costs them extra to disable it from the common firmware code base.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:25:48 PM »
...the aperture is at f/5 and things developed too fast to take time to stop open it up to f/2.8 which would have produced a better background bokeh.

I rather like it the way it is...the bird's entire wingspan is reasonably in focus...2.8 would probably make it too shallow and you'd lose the wing detail...jmo of course.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 19, 2013, 02:28:13 PM »
This thread is now almost 2 years old, but I'll play...  :D



:)


^^^ LOL, one small shriek for mouse, one giant gulp for owl-kind ^^^

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 19, 2013, 10:03:17 AM »
I really like how simple snapshots look with this lens:

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Lenses / Re: Added dandelion chips to my lensbaby and samyang 8mm
« on: March 15, 2013, 10:35:47 PM »
tested on the mk3 and it works fine aperture registers correctly and it has AF confirm

Thanks for the info! I emailed them a few months back and never heard from them, but I'll go ahead and order one based on your experience.

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Lenses / Re: Added dandelion chips to my lensbaby and samyang 8mm
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:28:33 PM »
I grabbed a couple of these from this seller off ebay
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/280692958416?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

They arrived yesterday and I installed them on my Lensbaby composer pro with sweet 35 optic
and on my samyang 8mm fisheye

really well made and come with a really nice accurate little plastic locating template so you get the chip in exactly the right spot as well as some little plastic filler/spacers to bring the height up (which i needed on both these lenses.
I glued them on with araldite a 2 part epoxy glue that sets quite fast but not too fast allowing me to get the position just right, importantly the glue does not have vapour like superglue which could mess up the rear lens element.

I followed these programming instructions and it all went perfectly
http://www.leitax.com/conversion/Chip/Dandelion-Canon-programming.html

I hope this info helps anyone else looking to do the same


Do these work with 5D3? The chinese chips that include AFMA don't work with 5D3 for some reason...

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I might also consider magic lantern and focus peaking once the software gets out of the early testing stage.

Um, my usual comment: On other than the 2012 cameras ml is stable and proven for years - though on 6d and the op's 5d3 you have indeed to wait for the official release.

I've used the current ML beta for 5D3 and it works pretty good for focus peaking. The downside is it's impossible to see it when shooting in daylight.

I've also used AF confirm chips for this. The only problem is if using an adapter, you need a chip that has programmable AFMA in it because the thickness of the adapter is greater than the AFMA span in the camera. Unfortunately I haven't found a AFMA programmable chip that works with 5D3. I've found some that work great with 5D2, 50D, etc., but not 5D3. The non-AFMA-programmable chips seem to work with 5D3 but that rules out using an adapter.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is this true
« on: March 06, 2013, 02:28:41 PM »
Hehehe...plus he looks like a mix between Anderson Cooper and Ellen Degeneres with that grey hair and jacket...difficult to take him seriously  ;D

LOL, note to self..."Never do an internet video. Ever."   :D

Entertainment value of video aside OP is just asking about what to buy next, which is fair enough.

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