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Lenses / Re: UV filters (any difference?)
« on: March 04, 2013, 11:31:11 AM »
I haven't seen anything which an UV filter improves optically, but I use them on all my lenses to have the weather sealing and to prevent dirt/fingers/smudges from affecting the lens itself. I like the HMC-type filters, the multi-coating does help to minimise reflections. Having said that, whenever I tried to use the 70-200 with filter in complete darkness to take pictures of anything lighted by a candle, the light of the candle would reflect from the sensor back to the front glass and create a ghost image, so when doing things in complete darkness, I now take them off first.
I do wonder about the front filters who are really cheap, are they strong? i.e. would these shatter quickly under impact and thus still damage the lens front glass?

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 07:30:58 AM »
40 mm pancake. (used to be the 50F1.4, but the pancake is more convenient)

All under 100 euro/dollars
- canon remote
- lots of compact flash cards
- rogue flash filter gels
- lastolite collapsible reflectors
- fabric backdrops
- eneloop batteries for speedlites
- 50 F1.8 lens
- lastolite grey card
- glass screen protector for camera

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 21, 2012, 08:54:22 AM »
i canĀ“t say the same about me.. i have 3000 euro in my socks for a new FF... but im not buying at the price right now.
That does buy a 5D3 with 200 euro to spare at a reputable dealer right now.  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 21, 2012, 05:51:01 AM »
I don't get the issue with depreciation. In my mind, you set a price at which you say "now I'm willing to buy it, the camera or lens is worth this much to me" at that point you simply go out and buy it. Once you have done that, you have the pleasure of using it. I bought the pancake lens when it came out at 280 euro. Now it's only 200. You could say that I lost 80 euro on it, but it does not feel that way. I have been taking great pictures with it and love to have it on my camera. I love the lens at 300 euro, I love it at 200 and I would not have bought it, if it was 400. And the good news is that if it ever breaks down, I can now get a new one for only 200 euro now instead of 280. Every month you have it, is an extra month you can enjoy what you bought.
Things can go down or up in value, but at least you have the object you desired. If the value of it bothers you so much, put the money to buy it it on a separate bank account and pretend you have bought it and hey presto, it becomes  worth more every year.

Lighting / Re: New to off camera flash, any tips/guides for beginners?
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:28:09 AM »
One more vote for Syl's book here as well. Something else you might want to look into are the lastolite portable softboxes. They have a kit with stand, softbox and flash holder. It's called ezybox and it's very good quality. I've had mine blown over by wind, tripped over it, had kids push it over and it survived alll those things with no problems. It's more expensive than an umbrella, but I like the way you can play around with it. For me, it gave much more predicatble results than putting the speedlite somewhere and trying to bounce it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 06:10:50 PM »
Also, since you have kids with you, you might consider the sun sniper or black rapid staps. They allow you to hang the camera from the side, carry a backpack or whatever extra gear the kids don't want to carry, and the camera can move without having to move the belt or without having to hang the belt from your neck instead of your shoulder.
It's also convenient for city carrying, camera goes under the jacket so you can enter stores without getting odd looks and outside, you just open the zipper halfway and slide the camera over the strap when you want to shoot something. It's also a pretty cheap upgrade to have someone else put under the christmas tree.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:21:53 PM »
've had the 7D for two years now and from all the kit I have, I usually pack
Heavy setup using a backpack:
battery grip with AA batteries as spare (I love the balance with the grip)
speedlite 430 for shooting with short shutter time (would have been nice if the 270 could do this)
remote (the new one has a clip to put it on the strap)
Golla neckstrap (carries easier than the default one)
CTO gels to color flashlight
17-40 F4L
50 mm
85 mm
lastolite collapsible reflector
QP 201 color card
circ pol filter
Not that I need most of the stuff, but it's what gets used most often.

light setup for urban shooting
270 EX (remember to keep shutter below 1/200)
40 mm pancake or 15-85
golla strap
manfrotto SOLO II bag

Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 11, 2012, 10:34:05 AM »
I'd suggest the 85 F1.8 or 50F1.4 here as well. I have the 100 LIS and it's a nice lens, but it's more of a niche lens (unless you need it for macro) I nearly always have the 50 for low-light shooting. The 100 L IS is quite large too compared to the other two, so take that into account if you take your camera outside often.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D soft images
« on: December 11, 2012, 07:53:23 AM »
I had the same with my 7D, turned out it was an issue with the focus system. The beast way to see if you have the same is to take the same picture once with live view and once with normal autofocus. The lieve view would be spot on, the normal focus would randomly miss the subject with several meters. I sent it to canon for repairs within the warranty period and it's always spot on ever since; I now keep 9/10 images, while I used to get only 5/10 in focus. with the ones missing now being hard to catch subjects or due to too long shutter speeds.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrade from 7D to 6D or MK3?
« on: December 09, 2012, 04:43:15 AM »
I'm in the same situation, but shooting stills. The reason I'm waiting to save up the extra money for the 5D3 instead of buying the 6D right now
- 100% viewfinder, I love this with the 7D as well, what you frame is what you get, no more cropping needed.
- Controls on both sides of the LCD for the 5D3. They are in pretty much the same location, so it's easy to swich between bodies and keep both. The 6D has no controls on the left
- The joystick on the 5D3, yes I know the 6D has the clickwheel thingy, but I love the joystick on the 7D
- focus points. The 7D is very good at tracking things and switching focus point to where you want it with the joystick, so I expect the same from an even more expensive body, not the reduced focus point set the 6D offers.

-I'd love to have the remote wifi shoot function, but on the other hand, how often is that really used? I got the 600D for the swivel screen as well, thinking it'd be great for odd-angle work, but I tend never to use it in practice, except for making the odd video of the kids school play.

50F 1.4 (Use this on a daily base and like the weight/performance ratio)
40F 2.8 pancake to create a more compact camera)
17-40 F4L
14 L
70-200 2.8 L IS II

Lenses / Re: whats up with my focus?
« on: November 26, 2012, 05:19:48 PM »
Can you try taking the picture with both live view and without live view? I had a misfocussing 7D. Since the live view mechanism focuses differently from the phase detection mechanism, you can see if they result in the same image or a different sharpness. If the sharpness is better with live view, then you can send it back to canon for recalibration. My 7D worked perfectly once they did that and I dearly love how accurate it is now.

Lenses / Re: 35mm 1.4 vs. 50mm 1.2: aps-c upgrade
« on: November 22, 2012, 03:38:56 PM »
The 50 f/1.2 is not focus-by-wire.

Whoops, learned something new today, it's apparently only the 85L which has that. :D

Lenses / Re: 17-40mm F/4 L or 16/35mm F/2.8 L I
« on: November 22, 2012, 11:23:42 AM »
For the same price, the 16-35 would be the better option. When stopped down to F4, it is as sharp as the 17-40 and you have the advantage of being able to use F2.8 when you want to.

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