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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 4.4
« on: April 04, 2013, 10:46:52 AM »
Works nicely, no problems, loads faster than 4.3.

Lenses / Re: Migration from zooms to primes...your suggestions?
« on: April 04, 2013, 05:18:09 AM »
You haven't said why you want to change from those zooms.  If its image quality, I note you have a 7D.  If I were you I'd get a 5DmkIII - you'll notice a dramatic difference over the 7D.  The IQ of my 7D was less than the 5D classic (which I subsequently upgraded to a 5dMkII and which is worlds superior to the 7D).

Primes are nice, I love them and use them parallel to my zooms.
But as someone suggested before: if IQ is that counts, take a FF first.
My 2 cents.


5D3 with zooms would be better than 7D with all the primes.

FF + 16-35/2.8L'II ~ APS-C + 10-22/1.8
FF + 24-70/2.8L'II ~ APS-C + 15-44/1.8
FF + 70-200/2.8L'II ~ APS-C + 44-125/1.8

APS-C + 14/2.8L'II ~ FF + 22/4.5
APS-C + 24/1.4L'II ~ FF + 38/2.2
APS-C + 35/1.4L ~ FF + 56/2.2
APS-C + 50/1.2L ~ FF + 80/2
APS-C + 85/1.2L'II ~ FF + 136/2
APS-C + 100/2.8L ~ FF + 160/4.5
APS-C + 135/2L ~ FF + 216/3.5

My advice:
TS-E 17L or TS-E 24L instead of 14L'II (for landscapes and architecture)
24L'II is fine
Sigma 35/1.4 instead of Canon
40/2.8 STM - a must-have :D
Sigma 50/1.4 instead of Canon
85L'II is great, but 85/1.8USM is fine (while smaller and faster AF)
135L is nice (better than 85L on APS-C)
Sigma 150/2.8 or 180/2.8 OS Macro instead of 100L, 180L and 200/2.8L'II

Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom
« on: March 27, 2013, 08:38:36 AM »
Zooms for work, primes for pleasure!  ;)

Lenses / Re: 50mm: Wich one?
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:52:20 AM »
I've been shooting with the 50 f/1.4 for a long time now, and I still do not know what people mean when they say the AF is not reliable. 

I haven't looked at the Zeiss yet.
IF you drop it while the lens is focused on something close that that lip sticks out, it moves the gears off its track and it is screwy thereafter.  So I never take off the hard plastic hood.

Same as saying - this car is not reliable, it breaks when you drive it into a wall. - :)
Isn't it photographer's fault? I've never dropped a lens, or a baby, or a cup of hot coffee/tea. Phone?- sure! :D many times (no damage though). You just have to be extra careful with some things more than others. I see how careless people are with their gear while showing off on youtube. They drop it. They rub the table with their camera LCD while attaching a lens. They throw it around with caps taken off letting dust and stuff to get inside. They don't keep it clean, it's always covered with dust. They focus manually a non-FTM lens while it  is in AF mode. ... all kinds of careless behavior  :o ... and then they complain about something. It's kind of funny to watch :D.

Lenses / Re: 40mm f/2.8 Wow what a lens
« on: March 26, 2013, 03:41:38 PM »
How are you guys liking this lens compared to the 50mm 1.8 canon? I'd like to get the pancake but if it isn't as sharp or produce comparable images, I feel like it isn't worth it but that is me.
I like the pancake better (build, bokeh, AF), but 50/1.8'II seems to be a little bit sharper at f/2.8 when comparing at 100%.

Lenses / Re: 50mm: Wich one?
« on: March 26, 2013, 03:25:57 PM »
I think that Sigma has better optics for shooting at f/1.4 and nicer bokeh too. However, for f/2.8 and smaller apertures 40/2.8STM pancake may be a smart choice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will the 70d have a new sensor?
« on: March 22, 2013, 11:54:50 AM »
I just hope to see a new sensor in 7D2 first (Aug-Sep 2013) and then in 70D (may be next year). I don't really care about new crop DSLR, but if Canon puts something interesting into their EOS M successor then I may buy one.

Chasing tack sharp in-camera JPEGs? Forget about it... It's the same as chasing unicorns :).
You must learn a decent RAW processing technique. It is the only way.



Canon General / Re: Gear upgrade: 2 primes vs new body + 1 prime??
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:56:51 PM »
You need at least 2 bodies for the job. 5D3 + 85L'II would be my choice.

EOS Bodies / Re: $2,800.00 budget
« on: March 20, 2013, 07:58:41 AM »
Before I bought my first DSLR, I've read many beginners guides, reviews and personal opinions. However, now I know that the most popular advices like "buy the lens collection first, camera doesn't matter" or "you don't need FF to start with" are not working for everyone, not for me. So, what I've learned is :
I don't need to cover 8-800mm focal range, like many others do. For me, 3-4 primes is enough.
I do regret that I didn't start with a FF camera. Now I'd choose 5D3+50/1.4 over 7D+24-70L'II.
Zooms for work, primes for pleasure! No more zoom lenses for me :)
If I don't know what I want, then I don't need it :D

Only you can decide whether you need that kit lens or not.


Why are you so sure that it is Sigma's fault? Why not FoCal? or Canon? or the combination of all three? My bet is on FoCal :).

EOS-M / Re: Future EOS-M Lenses
« on: March 15, 2013, 09:43:23 AM »
Unfortunatly, no long glass is available yet for micro 4/3 :(
99% (or more?) of long lens use is for sports or wildlife.  Micro 4/3 isn't quite there yet.  The AF systems, while improving, currently isn't suited to this.  For example, its very, very difficult to get a good bird in fight shot.  Most people who can get a decent shot are using old-school manual focus lenses with adapters.  But, the next OM-D should move things up a notch.  Panasonic are also promising something special.  Following that, I'd be surprised if none of the m43 lens manufacturers (and there are 20 or so companies involved) didn't release a decent 200mm (AKA 400mm) or 300mm (AKA 600mm) lens.  After all, the real interest in micro four thirds lenses is in fast primes.

Ignoring arguments about aperture equivalence and sensor noise, an M43 300mm/f4 is going to be a lot more affordable and easier to handhold and use than the Canon 600mm.

I think that cropping in photoshop is cheaper than buying a dedicate crop system just to have something smaller and easier to handhold. For example, cropping (or not) 6D+24-105L images vs. OMD+equivalent lens set (because it is lacking the not-cropping option) - which combo would cost and weight more? :)

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