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Lenses / Re: The ULTIMATE Canon lens
« on: June 25, 2013, 06:57:10 AM »
I'll pass, the fps are not as impressive as the 7D

Lenses / Re: Does it make sense to keep my EF 100mm f2.0?
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:34:01 PM »
The only advantage the 100/2.0 has over the 100/2.8L IS Macro is size.  The macro is quite a bit longer...

For portaiture... we hardly ever actually shoot at f/2.0

Formally, something more like f/5.6 or a half stop more... to get eyes and ears both in focus - which also brings the nose into focus.

However, if you're really looking for selective focus... yes, shooting at f/2.0 or with the macro f/2.8 is up to you.

You'll never, notice the difference in DOF between 100/2.0 and 100/2.8.  You'd have to sit there and A-B compare over again to see any appreciable difference.    You'll like the 100/2.0 for its size, but really.... in dim light, I'd take the 100/2.8L with its IS any day.   And thats exactly what I did!

IQ is beyond fantastically excellent on both lenses... if the ergonomics don't matter all that much... the 100/2.0 will stay home.

Lenses / Re: Lens Help..EF 28mm f1.8 any good?
« on: June 22, 2013, 05:29:01 PM »
I have it.  No complaints.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Firmware 2.0.2 IS faster
« on: June 20, 2013, 06:25:47 PM »
Series of demonstration videos with EF-M lenses.

I call BS on that "faster" video.... it looks jumpy and shaky... like it was sped up for presentation

Totally depends on who I think I'm talking to.  Out in the wilds, coming across another photographer with their own gear, I might devo into a gear discussion. 

At a social event... I'm usually too busy, thank them, stay busy.

Out and about... non event or nature.... I usually try to avoid or deflect gear related talk... "its not that good..."  "thanks, its very old" "these were considered a bad model, so I got it next to nothing".  If the other person knows their stuff, they'll question me, and I'll know they're safe to talk to.

Lenses / Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:48:29 PM »
I've got the 16-35ii, and its sharp enough.  You really have to consider what you're getting - 16mm is very wide, and zooming to 35mm too.

What I like, is it covers, and covers well.  Built in vignetting correction in the 5dii and 7d correct the falloff nicely.  There are sharper lenses out there, but to find one thats in that zoom range... nada, thats as good as it gets in the Canon world.  Edges are not horrible, but do clean up with stopping down to 5.6.   

Its my go-to lens when I shoot events with the 7d with its 25-50ish equiv.  That pretty much covers it for social events.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mk III Focusing Issue
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:47:11 PM »
My own experience was the same with the 5D2 and 7D.... and it happened with almost every lens I own ( which is 9, including four L's ).  In both cases, I had focus turn itself off even while attempts were made to focus on good contrasty and well lit subjects.  In both cases, rotating the lens in its mount a few times permanently fixed the problem.

I'd have put money on clean lens contacts - they all worked well with my older bodies EOS 350 and EOS 400.  Having all the lenses behave the same way... makes me think camera body issues.  Having both bodies have the same issue is beyond  my thinking.

So, I have to idea what the issue was.  Never made an adjustment.  After a few partial dismounts - via rotation - the lenses all worked perfectly on either body.

A "go figure" moment for sure.

Reviews / Re: Can we have a 16-35 2.8L II review next please?
« on: May 22, 2013, 10:00:00 PM »
I've got the 16-35L II and have had a few issues.

First, my 20/2.8, 28/1.8 are sharper, crisper in the center.  I've not really taken a good look at the edges.

My own 16-35L II is soft on detail at 16mm, but retains good contrast.  It looks sharper than it really is.

By 24mm it sharpens up considerably, and is not too bad (but not stellar) at 35mm.

The primes kick its poverbial butt.

Falloff... not an issue on my 5Dii or 7D which are correctable for that.

My own copy shows about -6 focus correction at 35mm, and maybe (hard to tell) +2 at 16mm.  My bodies will only correct for the entire spectrum of a zoom lens, so I set it at -5 as a compromise.

Its not an OMG THATS SHARP!!!! lens.  Its more than adequate though, and retains good contrast and color, and low flare through all its zoom range.  Flare is pretty well corrected too.

I shoot it, because its 16mm, and I find that I use that low low end of focal length quite a lot.  I can still zoom in for a 35mm focal length (my favorite).  It might as well be a 16 or 35 rather than a 16-35 zoom.  I rarely use the intermediate focal lengths.

And yah, I'd get it again in a heartbeat if it was lost stolen damaged etc etc etc

EOS Bodies / Re: Bogus Canon Rebate Prices at B&H
« on: April 14, 2013, 11:05:49 PM »
Consider the 7D which was available for $999 to $1099 with careful shopping... now $1299 "with the rebate".  Its all a game... just a game

Sometimes rebates are the prelude to actual price decreases, again, for marketing reasons.

Time will tell

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: April 14, 2013, 11:04:11 PM »
consider please, that sometimes patents are applied for, and granted, for designs that will never see the light of day, if only to thwart the competition rather than make actual products

EOS Bodies / Re: Is it too late to buy a Canon 7D?
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:07:17 AM »
We've seen 7D bodies as low as $999 NEW in recent times.  Its not hard to find one for not much more than that right now.

Fantastic deal in a camera for that sort of price.

Yes, a little noisy at higher ISOs.   But, on the other hand... its a bit of a sports car in its focusing and frame rate.  You have to be the judge.  Right now, for the money, nothing Canon has can touch it for wildlife or sports.

For real world prints, or realistic screen/eframe display, the noise limitations are really not too limiting.  For pixel peeping... thats another story.

EOS Bodies / Re: Impact of falling Yen on Prices
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:02:47 AM »
The exchange rate change might make grey imports cheaper.  To counter this, you might see more rebates and special offers rather than official price cuts.


When you see B&H and Adorama start to offer significant pricing alternatives through grey channels, then you'll see some rebates from CUSA that "just coincidentally" almost perfectly offset those pricing advantages.  This has been the marketing scenario for a very long time.  CUSA also will configure those rebates on what is actually available, what is popular, what is actually selling, and... what they have in their own inventories.  There's nothing new to this at all.

EOS Bodies / Re: Favorite or Preferred Film body?
« on: March 30, 2013, 08:55:31 PM »
The real thing to consider is - do you go with FD or EOS film.

In the FD world, there are lots of good cameras for just a little money - but - you'll need the glass too.

In the EOS world... you're limited a bit.  I've had two EOS5's (A2e's), and still have one, just to have it.  They're ok, but compared to todays digital, are a very clunky and odd design.

The EOS3 is also very good... amazingly so.  If you can find one in good shape, its not a bad "film camera" to have.

These days, all my film work is with Leica.  I just love it.  Wish the M9 was more affordable, and had a bit better sensor (but I can live with the sensor).


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 30, 2013, 08:50:48 PM »
I feel confident that they won't be manufacturing or releasing any sub $1000 Full Frame cameras... ever, why would they have too?

They'll do it when the competition forces them directly, or indirectly.   Its an inevitability.  Many makers fighting for market share makes for good competition, and also makes for good value in the product.

Its only a matter of when, not if.

My 7D was all over the place with focus... just terrible depending on the lens used.  Making things worse, one lens, an old EF 28/2.8 was a "poison lens".  Once that lens was mounted, everything after that, regardless of the lens used, was out of focus by a whole lot.  From removal of batteries and complete reset, most lenses had focusing issues, but they were just a little soft.  After the 28/2.8 was attached, all the lenses would be out of calibration.  They seemed to do ok at about medium distance, but were way off at infinity and way off at say, four or five feet.   Things went to front focus to normal, to back focus --- from far to near.

Since the lenses worked fine on the 5Dii, I just sent the camera to Canon.  They changed a lot of stuff, new focusing sensor, new card slot, new release button... and one other item.  Whatever they did, it came back great.  Some lenses still need AFMA (camera seems to front focus a bit) but its correctable with only a few units of adjustment on any lens that requires it.  And, the 28/2.8 while not a super great lens, is no longer "poison" on this body.

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