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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Worth the Money?
« on: August 15, 2012, 10:20:55 AM »
This is a tough one to answer for someone else, but for me the 1DX was a big advantage.  I currently use a 1D4 and a 1DX and my keeper rate has more than doubled from the 1D4 when using the 1DX.  Yep, easily more than doubled.  The 12 fps makes a big difference when shooting fast action sports like this. :)

Small | Large

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Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: August 14, 2012, 09:14:05 AM »
A big one
A medium one
A small one

 :)

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM vs IS II
« on: August 14, 2012, 09:10:59 AM »
I owned two copies of the 70-200 f/2.8 IS v1 and then bought the new v2.  The v2 was quite a bit sharper at all apertures than either of my v1 lenses.  I have sold both of my v1 lenses since they really couldn't compare to my new v2 lens.  Yes, there is a big difference.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX - issues in low light at reception
« on: August 13, 2012, 02:51:02 PM »
Depends on the lens too.  My 135 f/2 doesn't focus well in low light (even though it is f/2) and neither does my 85 f/1.2, but my 200 f/2 is crazy good in low light and the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II is pretty good too.  The 200 f/2 is my go to lens for low light and gives me about 1 to 2 stops more low light focusing ability than my other lenses.  I was surprised and happy when I first tested this.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX - issues in low light at reception
« on: August 13, 2012, 02:33:58 PM »
I noticed that my 1DX was able to find focus in very low light when in one shot mode but not in AI servo mode.  Then I noticed that my 1D4 did the same thing and the 1DX was about 1/2 to 1 stop better than the 1D4 in acquiring focus in low light in one shot mode.

Make sure you are in one shot mode if you are trying to do very low light shots with the 1DX.  Test it in a dim hallway or something and you will see what I mean.

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Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: August 13, 2012, 02:26:39 PM »
I have it all insured with Farmers via Geico. About $1.6 per $100 insured. No deductible.

Per what?  Month, quarter, 6 months, year?

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Lenses / Re: Best filter for 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM?
« on: August 13, 2012, 11:51:39 AM »
B+W 010 MC on all of the time for protection.
B+W circular polarizer as needed.  I don't stack them since they tend to get stuck (even with brass).

The MC (multi coated) is a must when available.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:48:50 AM »
Love the 1DX.

Low light, fast movement with excellent tracking!  This was shot jpg at ISO 4000 1/1250s at a very thin 200 f/2.  No noise reduction.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX or 85mm 1.2?
« on: August 09, 2012, 02:21:01 PM »
I own the 1DX and the 85 f/1.2 II and I can say that I would probably stick with matching camera bodies and buy the 85 if you had to spend money on something.  Having matching bodies is very important unless you have crazy skills and can effortlessly switch between bodies when shots have to be made instantly (weddings can move fast).  The 85 is a great lens but I find that it can be a bit unpredictable on some bodies.  The DOF can be very shallow at MFD when shot f/1.2 to f/5.6 and I find it a bit slow on focus and accuracy so I would not trust it for the money shots unless they are posed.  When that lens does hit, it really hits and produces some of the best shots I have ever seen (par with the 200 f/2 and 135 f/2 of which I own both).

As a side note, I have not found a church yet that had f/8 light when the bride walked down the isle (at a reasonable ISO) unless you are using flash which most are not.  It must be dark here in the Midwest.   :-\

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Hmm, not sure I have noticed if the timeout had occurred or not.  I'll give that a try and see.  Maybe I just half press the shutter from muscle memory due to all of these years of half pressing the shutter button.   :-\

Hi Darrin,

Thanks for trying to help out!   But as Neuro confirmed the AF points time out when the AF Start/metering times out.  I didn't notice it in the house with test shots either.  But, I like to shoot sports and action and sometimes it's necessary to pre-focus to a certain area and then re-compose the AF points as the athlete or subject enters the frame, and then as I'm patiently waiting for peak action.... tic-toc, 7 seconds goes by, and then I try to move the AF point prior to firing away my pre-focused burst, and well.....nuttin' happens.  It's not really a problem now that I'm aware of it and I'll get used to it.

The MKIV allowed prefocus, then re-composing of the AF point with the multi-controller and then fire away. Now I just have to press the AF-On button, prior to recomposing the AF point.  Hopefully, those Olympic Photographers had more than a couple of days with their new 1DX.  I'm sure I was low on the list. :)

Incidentally, the Pre-focus Ring on the super-telephotos doesn't wake up the VF/AF points on either camera.

I really enjoyed your website by-the-way.., very nice!

Rich

Thanks Rich.  I am just starting to use the 1DX and the 200 f/2 combo more often with sports so I am trying to figure out the best setup.  Haven't been using the prefocus button/ring on that lens yet.  So far the C1, C2 setup allows me to do all that I need as far as quick configuration changes, but I am still finding those little things like this timeout you mentioned.  It all depends on what I am shooting as to when I might find a new issue with the 1DX that I need to work out.  So far everything has had a solution of some sort (other than the AFMA bug) even if it requires operating the camera a bit differently than my 1DM4.  :P


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You can also program the 1DX to allow you to move the auto focus point by simply pressing the joy stick sideways or vertical.  There is no need to press any other buttons.  I have mine set this way and love it.

Yep - and as Rich stated above, he's got that setting enabled (as do I). 

The issue he's talking about is that when the metering timer shuts off (which is after 6-7 seconds), you can look through the VF and see the selected AF point, but moving the multicontroller does nothing.  You must half-press the shutter or press the AF-ON button, which re-engages metering, and also re-activates AF point selection.

There's a C.Fn to set the metering time out for Live View shooting, but I don't see one to extend the metering timing for VF shooting.

Hmm, not sure I have noticed if the timeout had occurred or not.  I'll give that a try and see.  Maybe I just half press the shutter from muscle memory due to all of these years of half pressing the shutter button.   :-\

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Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 f2.8 IS L USM MKII weird noise (attached)
« on: August 08, 2012, 10:02:22 AM »
I got my lens back... CPS service sent it back without even answering my emails with some questions about it.. Cool I got it soon... Not cool I was not answered or warned it was coming. Not like to have boxes laying on my porch with $2K lenses inside...

Even if the say the lens was fine and had nothing, it does not makes the same sound, it's a lot less louder... Before my wife could hear it across the living room, with the TV on....

That is how loud mine was (could hear it from 10 feet away outside) and there was a big vibration like plastic gears not wanting to spin but being forced to.  There was definitely something wrong with the copy I had.  My new copy only makes a very little sound (like my version I copy) and has next to no vibration.

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now I have to press the shutter button to activate the VF and AF point display, prior to selecting my new AF point position for composition and then it sometimes sticks, compared to the MKIV. :o

Am I missing a setting somewhere?

Rich



You can also program the 1DX to allow you to move the auto focus point by simply pressing the joy stick sideways or vertical.  There is no need to press any other buttons.  I have mine set this way and love it.

It is called "AF point direct selection" under custom controls.

-Darrin
Studio 1930
www.studio1930.com

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Mine did the same and I sent it back to B&H.  The replacement lens does not do this.  Others have reported the same issue (noise with vibration when starting IS) and Canon has replaced/repaired them.

Not my video, but youtube has some of this issue:

Canon EF 70-200 F2.8 L IS USM II -IS NOISE Small | Large


-Darrin
Studio 1930
www.studio1930

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Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 f2.8 IS L USM MKII weird noise (attached)
« on: August 08, 2012, 09:09:42 AM »
Mine did the same thing brand new out of the box.  I sent it back to B&H and the replacement lens does not do this.  Some have reported that it is a problem with the lens and Canon has fixed/replaced them.

Video below is from YouTube and is not me.

Canon EF 70-200 F2.8 L IS USM II -IS NOISE Small | Large


-Darrin
Studio 1930
www.studio1930.com

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