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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs Sony A7s vs GH4
« on: July 04, 2014, 12:23:21 PM »
If they keep up the innovation, I think they have a chance. They are really making cameras people want, with great new technology. I bought a NEX5 for its size and image quality, and its great (save for the menu system).


I think the same of my NEX-6; only wish it had the A7's menu structure because the menu structure is amateuristic and not user friendly if you need to change advanced options while shooting.

Sony needs more good (and reasonably affordable) lenses too; I'm not too impressed with their lens line-up and I'm getting to the point that I think I'll sell on my 16-50 & 55-210 OSS because I'd rather use adapted FD lenses.


You see, this is where I think Sony is turning a liability into an asset. I also figured it would be hard to leave Canon because of lens investments. Sony seems to be encouraging third parties to make adapters to use any lens with their cameras, WITH AUTOFOCUS. Leica lenses seem to be what a lot of Sony users are using, but certainly Canon lenses would work well.

http://www.eoshd.com/eoshd-shooters-guide-sony-a7-a7r-lenses

I love my 50D, but Canon definitely annoys me with their constant arbitrary cutting features and segmentation of their products. They seem to never want to deliver their best, but simply what the market will tolerate.

Canon and Nikon both better wake up before customers leave in droves. Sony's cameras are still rough around the edges, but the features they offer are very convincing, especially when portability isn't an issue. I personally cannot afford a A7s now, but when I can, I think Sony will be ready for prime time, and will have smoothed those remaining issues (maybe one or two years).

Btw, my previous statement is correct--Canon does have a low light king-the 1DC and it is $10,000, lol.

http://www.eoshd.com/content/13071/25-ways-sony-a7s-trumps-canon-1d-c


It's great that you can adapt almost any lens to a NEX or a7*, but for the best AF performance you need native lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 04, 2014, 12:12:35 PM »

It's a nice and tiny standard lens on small 1.6x crop bodies like the xxxD and xxxxD series, and can be adapted to the EOS-M for the same sort of purpose, so yes lenses in the 28-25mm range especially are appreciating.

Well, partly, but more than that this particular lens was only made for 3 years, and is considered a better build than the one that replaced it.

I was actually referring to the 28mm f/2.8 with respect to your remark that you were surprised to see how they have appreciated ;)

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you're probably right, I'll concentrate more on how to properly clean the sensor. I have no experience in this field, do you have some equipment and methods to recommend?

Well first of all- don't get it dirty! Keep the body facing down when changing lenses, be quick about changing them and do it in a suitable environment. I find it helps to check that rear elements of lenses are clean before I mount them on camera; at least if there is time I will give it a quick check and a puff of air to dislodge any dust if necessary.

As for sensor cleaning - just use a dust blower as a first resort. No compressed air mind you! Keep the lens mount facing downward as much as possible to help the dust come out and no new dust to fall in.

I have a sensor brush too - it's given an electrostatic charge by blowing air through the hair with the blower, and then you can lift the dust that won't come off the sensor simply by blowing. Try to avoid physical contact of the cleaning tool with the sensor surface unless absolutely necessary.

For more stubborn spots you may need to do a wet clean which requires the correct fluid (extremely important to check fluid compatibility to avoid damaging the sensor) and the correct size sensor swabs. Whatever you use to clean the sensor, keep it clinically clean and don't touch it with your fingers. For a wet clean you can use the sensor swab but only once, then use a new one for each new cleaning attempt. I have so far wet cleaned my 5DMkII about 2 or 3 times. A 400D I bought second hand required a more thorough clean and it took me three cleaning actions (three swabs) in one go to get it clean.

Always use a dust blower first to remove any dry particles! If any sand (sand is made of quartz, and that's a very hard material) gets into the body and onto the sensor, you may scratch the sensor when using a sensor swab.

My Nex only required the sensor brush for one speck of dust. The nice thing about not having a mirror assembly is that there's no lubricant that might find its way to the sensor. Some Nikons are notorious in getting oil from the mirror assembly onto the sensor.

Oh and only clean the sensor when specs of dust become apparent in your photo's. As long as you can't see it, it wont hurt your pictures.

To check for dus after a clean I stop down to about f/10 and then make a few shots of the sky while moving the camera. On a computer screen you can check for any dark spots that don't move between the different pictures.

There's a lot of info on the net about cleaning your camera. It sounds scary but is actually not to bad to do if you  have the right tools and take your time to follow the correct procedures.

Edit:

I just received and unpacked the Metabones Speed Booster - it really looks like a quality product! I instantly regret not having any 'L'  lenses to go with it. When I get around to it, I'll try it out this weekend ;)

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EOS-M / Re: My best new Lens for sweet heart EOS-M
« on: July 04, 2014, 11:53:41 AM »
I have this lens for my NEX. It has a nice build and handles nicely. My focus ring is a little tight but this may free up some, I don't know. Image quality wise it's a solid little WA. There's some chromatic aberration but that can easily be corrected in post.

Here are two samples. Remember I'm using a larger part of the imaging circle (NEX=1.5x Crop vs EOS_M=1.6x Crop). For the NEX this is effectively an 18mm lens.

Dear Mr. mrsfotografie
Wow, Great Photos = Great Composition + Super sharp Picture from this Lens.
Yes, Sir----This world still have many company that make the great products and still cheaper in cost too. Yes, The focus ring is tight---Ha, Ha, Ha---May be I spray with WD 40 might be help---No, No, No, My 12 mm Rokinon , Just set at Distant Between 3 feet and Infinity = Great / Sharp for me---Ans I put the red Electrical tape not let the focus ring move= for shoot in my every day shooting.
Have a great holiday, Sir.
Surapon

You're right Surapon, the tight focus ring helps to maintain it at a specific setting, and that can be convenient. Just be careful- for close-up photo's (like the flower) you do need to readjust focus.

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I agree with you that the Speedbooster has the further advantage of providing a protection barrier between the sensor and the outside world. Seeing the sensor being exposed to the elements makes me nervous everytime I change the lens on my CSC, the mirror box in the DSLR camera provides at least some sort of protection. I have an EF 8-15/4 fisheye lens which I want to use on my X-T1 with an adapter, but until now I have refrained from doing this adaptation because I fear that this zoom lens will "breath" some air (and particles that go with it) directly onto the sensor. I plan to adapt a transparent filter (with AR coating of course) inside an EF-to-X mount adapter in order to provide a physical barrier between the lens and the sensor but I'm afraid this will degrade the MTF properties of the lens...

Don't be too paranoid about protecting the sensor. I discovered dust on my NEX sensor the other day and was able to easily blow it away with a hurricane blower. One speck remained that I then picked up with an electrostatic sensor brush. At least that mirrorless sensor is easy to reach if you do need to give it a clean.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 04, 2014, 02:07:46 AM »
I've been carefully checking out the sold listing on eBay for this model, and was surprised to see how they have appreciated.

It's a nice and tiny standard lens on small 1.6x crop bodies like the xxxD and xxxxD series, and can be adapted to the EOS-M for the same sort of purpose, so yes lenses in the 28-25mm range especially are appreciating.

This is especially true for the old Canon FL and FD lenses that could be had for a song not long ago but the prices are sky-rocketing. I'm looking for a nice, bright FD or FL 35mm for my NEX but the prices for old glass are getting insane due to the mirrorless revolution.

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EOS-M / Re: My best new Lens for sweet heart EOS-M
« on: July 04, 2014, 01:55:38 AM »
I have this lens for my NEX. It has a nice build and handles nicely. My focus ring is a little tight but this may free up some, I don't know. Image quality wise it's a solid little WA. There's some chromatic aberration but that can easily be corrected in post.

Here are two samples. Remember I'm using a larger part of the imaging circle (NEX=1.5x Crop vs EOS_M=1.6x Crop). For the NEX this is effectively an 18mm lens.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:13:53 PM »
This is a killer of a lens, I love it especially when I travel and need something non-obtrusive, small and light+bright. I gave the MkII a go once, but the Mk I is just so much nicer, and I believe it's optically more contrasty too. Stopped down to around f/5.6 it just may be the sharpest lens I own.

Here are two shots of Tokyo tower with this lens on a 5D MkIII:

And this album was shot entirely with this lens and that body:

http://www.mrsfotografie.nl/reizen/japan-2014/japan-04_07/tsukiji/


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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs Sony A7s vs GH4
« on: July 03, 2014, 12:28:24 PM »
If they keep up the innovation, I think they have a chance. They are really making cameras people want, with great new technology. I bought a NEX5 for its size and image quality, and its great (save for the menu system).

I think the same of my NEX-6; only wish it had the A7's menu structure because the menu structure is amateuristic and not user friendly if you need to change advanced options while shooting.

Sony needs more good (and reasonably affordable) lenses too; I'm not too impressed with their lens line-up and I'm getting to the point that I think I'll sell on my 16-50 & 55-210 OSS because I'd rather use adapted FD lenses.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX dust behind superimposed screen
« on: July 03, 2014, 01:54:55 AM »
Honestly, Dylan...the specks did drive me nuts. I went asylum crazy this afternoon and removed the focusing screen and attempted to remove the superimposed display. I only got as far as removing the upper bracket (the one you see when you take the lens off with the two little screws holding it in place).

As soon as I got the bracket off I realized I was in over my head with this camera maintenance wise. I blew some air at the superimposed screen, got one speck of dust off and attempted to put the bracket back. First the bracket fell into the camera...and was caught by the focusing screen bracket which was already dropped down; saved my mirror. Then, after using tweezers to pull the bracket out a screw fell on the floor. 3.5 hours later, I found it!!!! w00t!

The downside is I managed to get my second speck of dust back in behind the superimposed display during the whole ordeal. So I basically accomplished nothing, other than learning my mental breaking point. lol

This afternoon has been one of the most hilarious and frustrating episodes of my life in recent memory. My friend came over and told me I'm deranged; I tend to agree at this point.  :o

I'd send it into CPS, but I have some events coming up that I need the camera for...and Canon Canada is sllllooow to return things, even with their 5 day turn-around for CPS Gold members. I'll just tough it out and hope the specks go away. I'm sure that in the course of the camera's life it'll only get more.   :-\

I take it the specs are black and rather well defined? They're not vague blobs like normal dust.

Anyway, I know the feeling and recognize the spec issue with my 5D MkIII (I never had these specs in my MkII). When I got the camera I tried to blow out the specs with a rocket blower; was nervous enough to forget I was wearing a really dusty sweater that I really shouldn't wear when opening the front of the camera. During that exercise a tiny hair seemed to have wedged itself in a corner of the focusing screen.

Luckily I managed to stop myself at that point before I managed to make things worse. I've now accepted it and try not to look for specs as long as it doesn't affect image quality (sensor dust) or if it's really something big and annoying like the piece of thread/dust I got on the focusing screen after a lens change in Japan. I managed to live with that for two days (imagine the self restraint) until we were staying in a place in the mountains where the air war very clear and fresh, and then I took a rocket blower to the focusing screen + all the back elements of my lenses when I was sitting on the balcony of our accommodation. I was stoked that I managed to blow out that piece of dust with no effect on the sensor... but the original specs remained of course. They seem to behind or even in the viewfinder LCD screen or thereabouts. Out of reach though but also out of harm's way. Because if they're that stuck, the're not likely to find their way to the imaging sensor.

What helped me now it to see the focusing screen as a dust collector that protects the sensor. As long as the dust is on there doesn't find its way to the sensor and can be removed every once in a while, then it's doing this job admirably.

So camera's are like life; they're just not perfect; and that can be hard to swallow for us perfectionists ;)

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If it's more than 150 on the wide end, then I definitely won't be interested.  If I want a narrow range of focal lengths, I'll get a 400/5.6.  I want a zoom because I need a zoom.

Sony makes a 70-400.

Yep, the 100-400 is an odd range, slotting in with a 24-105 as it's only option. Which is a really old lens and really needs an update. The 24-70 lenses have 70-200 and 70-300 partners.

From a marketing and consumer point of view, it's great to have zooms that leave no gaps in focal length. In practice though this is much less of an issue than one would think. Being able to go down to a 'near normal' focal length like 70 mm on full frame can be very practical in a tele-zoom however. This is an important reason why my 70-200 and 70-300 more often find their way to my lens mount than the 100-400. I really only use the 100-400 when I need the reach, and the flexibility is a bonus. I have actually thought about getting a 400 mm f/4 prime (big white that unfortunately does not exist) or 300 f/2.8 (couple to a 1.4 TC) but cannot justify the cost nor the loss of the zoom flexibility. My interest in the 100-400 is growing rather old however...

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If it's more than 150 on the wide end, then I definitely won't be interested.  If I want a narrow range of focal lengths, I'll get a 400/5.6.  I want a zoom because I need a zoom.

Sony makes a 70-400.

The 7D and 100-400 are a natural match so it would make sense to announce these tigether.

Like you mentioned, an xx-400 would be even more versatile :)

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check out the EF 1200mm thread. Ebay has it at ~$70,000.00 now.


Yikes!  I would have a hard time spending that much on a car!!!  :o 

$70K on a piece of glass.  No problem getting that approved by the Central Committee.  Not hard at all.   :'(


This is idiotic nonsense, like the prices you see for art, or - postage stamps. Gee... http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27890106

In the end it's a question of demand vs availability. Do we really need a 1200 mm lens nowadays? I'd say no.


I guess it really depends on how hot your neighbor is and how far her window is from yours.


 ;D ;D ;D

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I think everyone is hoping for an EF 100-400 replacement.

+1  ;D

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check out the EF 1200mm thread. Ebay has it at ~$70,000.00 now.


Yikes!  I would have a hard time spending that much on a car!!!  :o 

$70K on a piece of glass.  No problem getting that approved by the Central Committee.  Not hard at all.   :'(


This is idiotic nonsense, like the prices you see for art, or - postage stamps. Gee... http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27890106

In the end it's a question of demand vs availability. Do we really need a 1200 mm lens nowadays? I'd say no.

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