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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 05, 2014, 08:30:33 AM »
Of course, it's quite unlike a camera in the sense that a detailed full colour image is only made in the middle (at the fovea), getting less distinct towards the edges (with no moving of eyes or head, remember).

Yes I have distinct corner softness. In fact I think the MTF is probably still disappointing some way towards the center.

Lenses / Re: Thoughts on 70-200 f/4 vs 70-300 vs 100-400?
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:09:04 AM »
But, I doubt if anyone could honestly tell the difference between the two unless testing side by side, they are that close. They are both exceptional lenses. I have never shot with the 100-400.

From my experience, the 70-300L is better than the 100-400L in color, sharpness and contrast. While still a good lens, I (like many others) hope the 100-400 will be upgraded to the type of quality we've become used to (70-200 f/2.8 IS II, 70-300L). It's amazing how close the 70-300L comes to the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, something I had never expected or even dreamed of until I started using it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII - where are the leaks ??
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:01:32 AM »
I think that we saw a CR3 posting by CR quite a while back.  However, it did not have specifics.  I saw a supposed leak the other day, but without confirming information, its not really believable.

Here it is... http://www.canonrumors.com/2014/07/eos-7d-replacement-telephoto-lens-in-september-cr3/

Most leaks have come from people printing brochures, or involved with setting up for announcements, and usually happen about one maybe two weeks before.  Canon severely punishes leakers with loss of future business, even if it was a rogue employee.  That's why leaks are hard to come by, and places like CR protect the identity as well as rephrasing leaked information to protect them.  CR may not publish all they have if it can't be sourced from more than one person.

Sometimes early leaks happen, but they are difficult to confirm, and get ignored or downplayed.

If there's no new 7D announced, it may be simply discontinued. Some (internet) retailers are no longer carrying this body, and no question that demand for the 7D is going down. The 7D is yesterday's hero...

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: August 04, 2014, 01:41:01 PM »
Gamma Racing Day, 3 August 2014. Mind this isn't processed, just a quick screen grab from an unprocessed raw (in ACDSee pro).

Lenses / Re: Thoughts on 70-200 f/4 vs 70-300 vs 100-400?
« on: August 04, 2014, 01:31:48 PM »
I find the 70-300L to be an excellent travel zoom.  It's the shortest of the bunch, so it fits 'vertically' in most camera bags (the 70-200/4 IS is lighter, but taller).

+1 shall we keep repeating how great it is for travel, just like in the other thread? :)

On another lens, I was a little surprised by my 100-400 this weekend; normally my results from the race track are only so-so IMHO, but after spending more time with the AF tracking settings of my 5DMkIII I've suddenly made a leap in image quality with this lens. Attached is a quick & dirty crop to give an idea of what's possible.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 03, 2014, 03:15:13 PM »
I think that human vision is closer to 10mm really, a lot wider than 40mm.
If not, then maybe I'm not human :o.

Around 80mm, what I see in the viewfinder is the same size as what I see in my other eye... but in regards to my angle... I almost have 180 degrees of coverage... so I think that makes me more of a herbivore than a carnivore...

Yes, I'm talking about FF equivalent focal length. It is close to 180 degrees.
I don't find it boring at all :).

You may be confusing angle of view wit perspective. I hope your eyes don't have the same perspective as a wide angle lens...

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 03, 2014, 12:07:39 PM »
My brain.  :o
Other than that, it is the 40 shorty...
Oh yes! My 40 shorty is so unused I'd completely forgotten about it. Picked it up as a novelty item when it was announced, used it a couple of times, and then....ummm


That's weird. I use mine all the time, it's a great body cap.
Things may change when I'll get a fast 35mm. Still waiting for that 35/1.2L :)).

I'm really happy I managed to constrain myself and didn't buy it. I guess it helped that I had a 40 mm Voightlander. For some reason I was never really happy with that focal length anyway. Perhaps because it is the closest approximation to normal human vision which renders it a bit boring.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 02, 2014, 11:28:53 AM »
My 7D.  Like so many others, my 5D3 put my 7D on the shelf collecting dust.  I guess its time to take the hit and sell it.

+1. Dusted it off and sold it quite a while ago ;) The MkII is still seeing lots of use however, and still has its original role as the wide/standard focal length body when I carry two bodies. Nowadays the MkII gets paired mostly with a wide angle prime lens.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:22:20 AM »
Least used but wouldn't sell them? My pleasingly good copy of the Sigma 12-24 is one, and another is my 24-105 which was replaced with the extraordinary 24-70 f/2.8II. Tonight I accidentally packed the 24-105 instead of the 24-70 for an event job, a function with about 80 guests. The 24-105 was actually really useful! The extra reach is great in events work. There are probably a few other white elephants lurking around the studio and storeroom. This thread is a good wake-up call to get the genuinely under-used items onto eBay or Gumtree....like my truly ancient but very powerful Metz 60 CT4.


I almost never use my Sony zooms anymore, and this thread made me reconsider.

So I put my Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS up for sale. I'm keeping the Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS just in case I want to travel with a standard zoom only, and keeping that lens will help sell the NEX-6 body when the time comes. For better image quality I find I now prefer adapted manual focus FD-mount lenses or native E-mount third party primes over the Sony zooms. Strangely I like Sony camera's but dislike their lenses.

I briefly considered putting my EF-mount Sigma 20mm F1.8 DG Aspherical RF up for sale too, but that's really a rather special lens (and my copy is not bad) so I'm hanging on to that one for now.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:03:59 AM »
I am in the same boat. I am bringing my 5d3, 24-70 2.8 II, 35mm 1.4, 600ex, 70-300L (only one day where I will need the reach. May bring the 16-35 also. I am going on a Disney cruise with a large group and then all the WDW parks. I know the 24-70 should cover most of that I still find myself researching the sony alpha a6000 with lenses, SL1 with my lenses, Canon G1x Mark ii, etc. I just think in the end if you don't bring your best for some of the more photogenic places you are going then where do you bring it that's new? Anyone else in this boat? If so what did you do?

My standard travel kit:

  • 5D3 gripless, 35mm f/2 or 50 mm f/1.8 MkI, 17-40L, 24-105L, 70-300L. This is relatively compact but not really light.

Other travel setups I've used:

  • 400D + Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (a truly excellent setup, even though the camera was rather dated. That Tamron is a truly magnificent little lens that delivers 'L' quality optics in a very reasonably priced package. I added a canon 55-250 is ii at one point, which is also a good lens despite the kit lens build.
  • Sony NEX-6 + lens(es) in losts of different configurations. My NEX has replaced the 400D as my go-to small camera system.

On a business trip to Angola I brought only a cheap point and shoot (Powershot A590IS) and managed reasonable results nonetheless: http://www.mrsfotografie.nl/reizen/angola-2009

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 02, 2014, 07:58:23 AM »

About aspect ratio's: I compose for, and mostly stick to 2:3 or 3:2, natively or cropped. On occasion I do crop to square (1:1), especially with portraits of my cat ;D  I stay away from 4:3 or 3:4 except for some product shots that I make of stuff I want to sell online (4:3 is the native aspect ratio of my Canon S90 anyway). My panorama's can be pretty much any aspect ratio depending on the amount of image data available.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:28:35 PM »
Long time lurker, first time post!

Welcome!!! ;)

Just for the record, I don't want to wait for Photokina because I'm going on a backpacking trip in two weeks so I was hoping to have it for that if I can manage!


Rule of thumb: if you need it now, get it now. FWIW I don't see a new 6D coming out for quite some time yet.

Canon General / Re: Your Bucket List - photography travel destinations?
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:21:35 PM »
I currently live in the Netherlands. Since I got serious about photography I've been to:

Oman & UAE
Costa Rica

Pictures here: http://www.mrsfotografie.nl/reizen

Next up is Malaysia again, hopefully. A truly fabulous destination (I've lived there 12 yrs). I think I can get better photo's too because last time I was there I was very new to photography.

Other destinations?

Maybe Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Chile, something exotic... we'll see.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:12:12 PM »
I never used the neck straps or cables either. I figure it will help resale with it unused and I don't like neck straps anyway.

I do use the neck straps but rarely put them around my neck. I'll wrap the strap around my arm to get a little extra security against dropping or theft, and it's handy sometimes to have one camera body hanging from a shoulder if I'm handling two camera's at once. On occasion I do put the strap around my neck if there is a real risk the camera may be knocked out of my hands or if people are directly below the spot where I'm taking my photo's from.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:59:58 PM »
Given that Canon India's 'Big Splash' turned out to be a photo contest, can you blame us for going off-topic?   :o

Link:  http://www.the-digital-picture.com/News/News-Post.aspx?News=10196

- A

That's funny, I missed that announcement!  ;D

I think we are off topic because in reality, nobody knows what is going to happen at photokina, so why not have some fun on the trip....

For sure, I like this forum because it's fun, and I learn lots from my fellow photographers as we go along ;)

.. I did not mean to refer to mrsfotografie as mediocre.  I was referring to the trend I have been seeing and its normal adherents.  I apologize for coming across that way.

It's all right, I like that you triggered a really good discussion ;)

For me, natural light vs. flash is about (a) how much effort and how many variables do I want to control, (b) how much gear I want to carry, and (c) how deliberate vs. spontaneous I want the shot to be.  My answers to those three questions are (a) little effort / keep it simple, (b) less gear, and (c) usually spontaneous.  So natural light shooting is what I strongly prefer.


For getting it right in-camera vs. cropping, that's a question of whether you enjoy working within the limitations of your gear (the guy who brings one lens and moves his feet) or if you see limitations as unacceptable constraints that will be eliminated with more lenses, more post-processing, etc.  Crudely, and likely unfairly, I think the first group wants to puff up their chest and show how competent they are at thinking on their feet and netting difficult shots under tough constraints, and the second group giggles at that and either changes lenses or just crops the shot.   One viewpoint is proud and determined and the other is pragmatic and efficient.  Neither are right and neither are wrong.  :P 

Both viewpoints apply depending on the occasion or venue:

Netting those difficult shots under tough constraints is a personal challenge for me and can be lots of fun if it's ok that I might miss some shots, the quality is not quite up to par, or I may even come home empty handed. If the results are good despite the limitations, that makes me feel great because usually I'll have learnt something from the exercise.

But when every shot counts I'm definitely going for the reliability and flexibility of my Canon DSLR system. It's sensible to be pragmatic and efficient when required :)

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