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Lenses / Re: 16-35F4 L IS, Any good?
« on: March 02, 2015, 11:30:36 PM »
i wouldn't say that if i did not compare them myself. i did that on a 70d and found the sigma to be significantly better. not just pixel peeping but it was noticeable at full size.  in fact the sigma on a 70d is comparable to the the canon on a 5diii, and the sigma is f/1.8 which is really important on a crop body.

You may want to refer instead to Roger Cicala's tests.  They are more credible since he's using more samples than anyone can afford.

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I love my Ti1 (500D) and I still miss it.  I'll not think twice using it together with my 6D.  I get it back from my Dad and just give him something from the G-series.  :)


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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: March 01, 2015, 02:10:23 PM »
Trek to Mt. Pinatubo


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Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:35:39 PM »
I'll not argue with the technical differences between 60mm EFS, 100mm USM, 100mm L USM IS.  I had used the non-L 100 only both on my 6D and 500D.  The only advice I'll give you is to invest in a good macro lighting equipment as it is arguably more useful for macro shots.  Rarely I've used a tripod because it's very hard to tell insects to stay put.  Another thing is to perfect your breathing techniques when taking macro shots.  Please find below some shots taking with my 100mm USM.  Some are taken wide-open.  Holding your breath while taking a shot is very important to keep your hands steady.  I guess that's what we call human IS.  :)








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Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:51:00 PM »
Right eye.  And if I'm shooting sports, sometimes I'll leave the left one open to watch the play at the same time.  Kind of like a shotgun.


Funny...at first I thought I was weird for doing that but it seems common  ;D
Right eye, right handed

Using an almost same technique but it's my left eye that I'm shooting with, the right eye to partially watch the play/event.  I'm not a sport shooter but this technique is also quite good for events.

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Technical Support / Re: 5D Mark III Extreme Live View Noise
« on: January 31, 2015, 12:32:41 AM »
Hi Guys,

I use a Canon 5D Mark III for Landscape & Night Photography.  In order to get pin point sharp stars at night, I've been trying the live view method to zoom in on a bright star and manually focus until it becomes tack sharp.  The problem I'm having is that when I zoom in 5x or 10x, I cannot see anything but noise.  I've attached a photo to show you what I see.  I apologize for the quality as it was snapped in the dark with my iPhone.  I've tried with exposure simulation both on and off with no luck.  Does anyone else have this same issue and if so, how can I get around it?

Just focus to infinity.  You might be focusing on a very dark object.

Use software to focus the camera for stars.  BackyardEOS is relatively inexpensive.  Also gives you a number of other features useful for astrophotographers.  You need a computer and your camera usb cable.  Once you get focus just switch the lens to manual mode.

I've also found that it's good to let the camera and lens temperature stabilize for about an hour.  Focus can change during the cool down or warm up period.

You can also ask one of our better astro-photographers here in canonrumors, JRISTA.  :)

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Technical Support / Re: 5D Mark III Extreme Live View Noise
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:35:17 AM »
Hi Guys,

I use a Canon 5D Mark III for Landscape & Night Photography.  In order to get pin point sharp stars at night, I've been trying the live view method to zoom in on a bright star and manually focus until it becomes tack sharp.  The problem I'm having is that when I zoom in 5x or 10x, I cannot see anything but noise.  I've attached a photo to show you what I see.  I apologize for the quality as it was snapped in the dark with my iPhone.  I've tried with exposure simulation both on and off with no luck.  Does anyone else have this same issue and if so, how can I get around it?

Just focus to infinity.  You might be focusing on a very dark object.

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I went back to the dawn of digital photography...a 2mp sensor in a little $10 LG phone. What more could you need!



I don't know if your LG phone can take something like this though where a wider DR is needed.


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It seems like you do not need the 1dx. I think a cheaper, smaller camera will be more appropriate. Am going by "need to save money for vacation."

Agreed.  It's also a physically huge camera that kills carry-on space.   Beyond that, without knowing your intended usage, it's hard to give guidance.

My intended usage is pics of the family and all family events thru the year. I also am hoping canon will announce a mirrorless camera for travel so I can go on vactions with less. Either way I feel like I will probably just get the 24-70 and keep my 70-200 for now since that covers 90% of my shots and get another 600ex speedlite.

A 7D2 or 5D3 should be more than enough for those intended usage of yours.  Depending on what kind of family events, even a 6D should be sufficient.  Even a 24-70 II should not be warranted.  A 24-105 F4L should be more than sufficient.  It should be also lighter so that you can bring your DSLR more than a mirrorless.  I'm using a 6D with 24-105L and a G11 with underwater housing (thinking of replacing this with a GOPRO) for most of my vacation (with family) and most of the time, they are sufficient enough.  I bring a 70-300 if I foresee any need for a longer focal length.  You can see my sample pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10307637@N08/.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 14, 2014, 02:45:14 AM »
My serious choice will be a 5D (or 5D2 or 6D) + 24-105L if Canon.  If you want to go for Nikon, a D700 + 24-120 VR. 
If you can get that for the OPs $800 in Australia I'm with you. But I believe even used it's a little bit out of buget.

I'm an expat that lives here in KL, Malaysia.  I can get a used 5D + 24-105 at around RM 2600.  That would be around 850.  If OP's willing to extend it a bit, I know it's possible.  There are some online stores here that allows staggered payment through credit card.  I can recommend Shashinki if you can find what you're looking for in there.  They give some kind of 1 week to 1 month warranty which I think is good for used equipment.  I mean, the OP is spending some money, maybe it's better to spend it with something you would really want for a long time.  Sometimes, if you want to be really happy, you will have to go for that extra mile.   ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 14, 2014, 01:51:04 AM »
My serious choice will be a 5D (or 5D2 or 6D) + 24-105L if Canon.  If you want to go for Nikon, a D700 + 24-120 VR.  Going FF has its merits but will be dependent on what type of photography you are interested with.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My Super Fresh New TOY, Canon 7D MK II
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:52:06 PM »
Hey congrats! I'm sure you will love the new MK II!
I got mine on Monday Nov. 3 and got out a few days to try it on BIF action (bald eagles, osprey, and a gull fight over a caught bird)

Here are my photo blog posts for the week if anyone wants to see how I made out.

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/08/bird-on-a-mission/

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/07/high-speed-chase/

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/06/osprey-double-dipper/

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/05/looking-for-a-place-to-land/

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/04/get-out-of-our-neighborhood/

Excellent photos!!!

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That always seems to be the case, kits are available before bodies only.  If the kit had lens that was in demand, that might change.  There is nothing wrong with the 18-135 except that it better matches a rebel.

Does Canon just misjudge the demand of camera-only versus kit? Are they trying to push kits off on people who just can't wait (i.e., will buy the kit to get the camera, even though they don't want the lens)?  Perhaps kits attract new customers who might spend more?

An STM lens is useful enough they're worth offering in my view - they're a nice easy way to take advantage of the new video AF options for this model.  Id have got it if I didnt already have a 40 and 55-250 STM, even though my stills lenses are all higher end.

Edit:  And mine is from that kit anyhow - they just sold me the body and saved the rest to swap over with a body kit presumably.

HOW GOOD IS THAT 55-250 stm lens im planning on getting 1?
It's sharp and should go well with the green square mode. Pity it doesn't have the scn mode with a man running....  ;D

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That always seems to be the case, kits are available before bodies only.  If the kit had lens that was in demand, that might change.  There is nothing wrong with the 18-135 except that it better matches a rebel.

Does Canon just misjudge the demand of camera-only versus kit? Are they trying to push kits off on people who just can't wait (i.e., will buy the kit to get the camera, even though they don't want the lens)?  Perhaps kits attract new customers who might spend more?

The kits attract rookies and tourist who want nice durable fancy camera

I thought you bought a kit.

And who wouldn't want a nice durable fancy camera?

Mmmm... He hates rookies?  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Canon EOS 7D Mark II Jumps Out of a Plane
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:35:34 PM »
so how come we dont see nikon,samsung,panasonic,sony cameras taken too extremes like this???

Maybe because you are not looking?

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/02/19/nikon-middle-east-sends-a-d5300-skydiving-with-photographer-juan-mayer-vide

http://www.usairnet.com/2012/08/30/new-sony-camera-for-skydivers-hits-shelves-in-september/1002361/

I hope you don't think that skydivers only use Canon cameras.
GoPro is the camera of choice.... size matters :)

In this frame from the 7D2 video we see 4 people with something other than GoPros mounted on their heads... ( in other frames they looked like the Sony Actioncam,  but most definitely not 7Da or even 1Dxs :) )

Off topic, one friend of mine says that the sony action camera is better than gopro... :). I'll see if this is true though...

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