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Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 17, 2013, 12:56:01 PM »
Don't want to sell my primes even when they are covered by my zooms.
I love my 35L and 135L, they have their place when light is getting tricky or I want to have that 1.4/2.0- look.
My 2 cents.

I agree... I have 16-35 2.8 II, 70-200 2.8 IS II, and 24-105 f/4 zooms, and I have the 28 2.8 IS, but I keep wanting bigger aperture. My only large aperture now is the 50 1.4. My 85 1.8 was damaged, and I tried a 24 1.4 several years ago but it didn't focus reliably on my 5DII. Now with the 5DIII I'm going to give the 24 1.4 another try, and I'd like a 50 1.4 IS and an 85 1.4 IS.

Large aperture primes provide opportunities for unique shots that are not possible on the zooms.

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Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:35:54 PM »
Close focus, something I really like at wide angles, is apparently a problem for the 24-70 2.8 II.
But close focus is a strength of the 24 and 28 2.8 IS lenses, and probably also with the wide 1.4's
You are right, close focus on the 24-70mmL is poor at best.  Its awful.  Fortunately, my 100L is good for close focus.  My 24-105 which I've kept is also good at close focusing.
There is never a perfect lens.

How close can you go at 24 mm on the 24-70?
It's mostly in the wide that I need to focus close

The MFD of the 24-70 2.8 ii is 380 mm; at 24mm even a bit longer.
The MFD of the 24 1.4 ii is 210 mm

So close to a 2x difference

MFD is not the whole story. My understanding is that IQ at MFD is awful, so to get good IQ you have to have a subject some distance further than the MFD.

I wonder how far away the subject needs to be in order to get that excellent IQ the 24-70 2.8 II can deliver?

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Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 16, 2013, 04:40:23 PM »
Close focus, something I really like at wide angles, is apparently a problem for the 24-70 2.8 II.
But close focus is a strength of the 24 and 28 2.8 IS lenses, and probably also with the wide 1.4's
You are right, close focus on the 24-70mmL is poor at best.  Its awful.  Fortunately, my 100L is good for close focus.  My 24-105 which I've kept is also good at close focusing.
There is never a perfect lens.

How close can you go at 24 mm on the 24-70?
It's mostly in the wide that I need to focus close

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Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 16, 2013, 04:38:26 PM »
Close focus, something I really like at wide angles, is apparently a problem for the 24-70 2.8 II.
But close focus is a strength of the 24 and 28 2.8 IS lenses, and probably also with the wide 1.4's

I also read that before I bought it, it worried me. Haven't even thought about it until you mentioned it. I shoot up close but a non-issue for me. Try the 50 L up close  ::)

I don't use my 50 (1.4) up close, but I really like the perspective of a close subject in a broad environment on 24mm.  I may get the 24-70 2.8 II one day, but I am more interested in a 24 1.4 right now  :)

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Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:06:25 PM »
Close focus, something I really like at wide angles, is apparently a problem for the 24-70 2.8 II.
But close focus is a strength of the 24 and 28 2.8 IS lenses, and probably also with the wide 1.4's

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Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm or High-End Compact?
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:02:11 PM »
I had this issue when thinking about the Sigma 35mm 1.4 or a compact.
In the end I went for a Fuji X100s. Second hand.

It's a great camera fixed 35mm. It means I have a great compact. I've no regrets.
I have the 40mm lens amnd it's great but I don't use it much.
I happen to like the 50mm 1.4 .
It's maybe not as sharp but I like the image and the possibilities at 1.4
You won't go to far wrong either way.

I have the forty, but I prefer the 50 1.4 as well. The 50 at f/2.8 is very sharp. The forty doesn't go wider than 2.8. That's two big + for the 50.

BTW ... the 50 1.4 and a 28 2.8 IS (or the 24) make a very nice compact versatile package on a 5DIII

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What is an ART lens?  It's not an easy term to do a search for.

It's just what Sigma calls their new line of high end lenses

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I hope it closes to f/22 . Why do they stop at 16?
Small and light is good too.

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 13, 2013, 05:34:29 PM »
I would take my 5DIII, 16-35, and 50 1.4
That's it. Keep it simple and light and you'll be more relaxed.

In your case, I would suggest :  5DIII, 16-35, and 100L macro
That kit will not slow you down and give you plenty of good shots. Although I'd be severely tempted to tuck the 35 1.4 in the bag

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« on: August 13, 2013, 04:43:03 PM »
Holy crap!
btw ... what's the best deal anyone has seen on a 1DX?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 2x and 1.4x mk3 extenders
« on: August 13, 2013, 03:21:03 PM »
Here's an extension tube combo I've used to good effect:

5DIII - 2X converter - 12mm extension tube - 50mm f/1.4   

This combo creates a pretty decent macro lens
Tip: focus the 50mm close before attaching to the extension tube
Set aperture at least f/8 to f/16

BTW - works well with the EOS-M+adapter as well... gains 1.6x crop factor

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 2x and 1.4x mk3 extenders
« on: August 13, 2013, 03:17:37 PM »
I tried this setup as well, but it didn`t work for me.

1dx, 1,4tc, but I only had the 25mm avaible, 2,0 tc and 400/2,8 IS II

I didn`t focus to infinity nor did autofocus work as well.

Any suggestion on custom settings?

25mm extension tube is probably pushing it too far.
They have had success with the 12mm only

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Reviews / Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« on: August 13, 2013, 01:27:57 AM »
Thank's everyone. I bought a Canon 600D/T3i. It comes with 18-55mm lenses.

What do you guys recommend for good lenses and accessories ?

I have a tripod and small bag where I can put the camera and one lens.


You are going to need all of the following to make a decent film:

Install Magic Lantern
Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 and a Canon 50 1.4 may be all you need.
Tiffen 77mm variable ND filter Must! Get a 58mm-77mm reducer so you can use the Tiffen on the 50 1.4 as well -this will get you all the shallow DOF you will ever need,even in daylight.

Audio gear is a must: Rode videomic pro, get a Zoom H4 or H6(better), boom pole. Bad audio ruins good footage everytime.
Tripod
Slider, if you can afford it.


 what about one of those weighted  inertia devices that look like a C.   those smooth out  hand held and walking  shots.

They are good for lightweight camcorders. I use a Shape bracket with dual hand grip  ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/734304-REG/Shape_wlb_PA1100_PAPARAZZI_I.html I mount the camera sideways and screw a hand grip on the end to get dual grip) This Paparazzi II looks good http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/734317-REG/Shape_wlb_PA1200PRO_PAPARAZZI_II_PRO.html.   Some people like the circular grips like this http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/381894-REG/Manfrotto_595B_595B_Fig_Rig_Camera.html .

I also use a shoulder brace (homemade one).


What's the paparazzi thing used for mind if I ask ?


Hand held camera work, and you can attach accessories like Audio recorder, mic, external monitor

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: BMD 4K, EOS C100 or 5D3
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:32:03 PM »
BTW ...  Magic Lantern will have RAW video on the 5DIII soon.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: BMD 4K, EOS C100 or 5D3
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:31:14 PM »
Making business case for new camera, currently using 7d / 600d for production video and eng for event video.

Very keen on c100 as it will work well with current lenses (or at least, predictably given transition from aps-c to s35)
but niggling doubts as to go for 5D3 and new lenses (would need a tascam dr-60d) or (if it can be supplied) the bmd 4k.   

I don't need 4k yet, but our stage crews are buying a 4k projection and screens... 1080 looks great on their exsisting screens, but any camera I buy is going to be used in 3, 5 years time.

I threw the 5d in there as an option...  I don't need stills on this camera... My gut tells me go dedicated video camera route, but is the BMD just too out there?

Philip Bloom has used and reviewed a lot of cameras. At the end of one of his recent reviews he said that if he had to have one and only one camera he would choose the Canon 1D-C. It's about $12,000 but it shoots 4K in camera, no external boxes required, and in low light it practically creates photons out of nothing.

The 1Dx is half the price and may do everything but 4K in Camera.

If you're looking at C100 you're in the 1Dx ballpark

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