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Lenses / Re: Did I make the wrong decision?
« on: September 12, 2013, 09:43:20 PM »
Just picked up a brand new 24L ii for $1,350. I'm starting to think I shouldn't of went this wide.

First of let me start off with what I shoot. Automotive photography is what I do. The 135L is my sniper and that's almost 85% of my on-location lens. I do occasionally attend events/car shows which is the "prime" reason I got this lens. I am disappointed in the fact that 24mm is almost too wide for me. The distortion isn't much from afar, but the closer you get, the more you want to back up. I just started testing waters in portraiture, and this lens is the absolute last piece of glass I should be using for that type of work.

Also, I can honestly say I haven't seen the value of (retail) $1,500 in this lens. The image quality is great, but for some reason the lens doesn't POP like I'd expect it to.

My question to you guys: Should I sell for the same price I payed, and look into the Sigma 35mm? I'm not interested in the Canon model as of right now. I've seen plenty of comparisons and the Sigma wins my vote. I'd put the left over money into some other piece of glass, or maybe even a 600EX-RT.

Thanks a lot in advance for the feedback.

Where did you get this lens new for $1350? It's $1749 at B&H now.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 12:13:56 PM »
I agree with the review.
Not only nice shallow DOF, but it is razor sharp when stopped down a bit.

No focus shift problem here on the 5D3

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Temporary Battery Drain 'Work Around'
« on: September 12, 2013, 07:38:38 AM »
Why?

Because the 6D camera has an internal GPS and even when (on the menu) it is turned off: it still updates the satellite positions. This updating causes the battery(s) to drain and can go dead in a matter of days. The battery drain is contingent on the updating interval time that is chosen.

If you have a GP-E1 or E2 on your 1D, they may operate differently...I have no experience with them. The 6D GPS is internal not external like the E-1 or E-2, which no doubt could be the difference, especially, if you experience no battery drain.

Do you have a friend or acquaintance that has a 6D.?  You might discuss the matter with them.

I basically buy Canon Products for their quality. I recently purchased a TAMRON 24-70 f2.8 because Canon's 24-70 and for that matter Nikon's 24-70 do not have stabilization.  Tamron's 24-70 has their own form of stabilization. It works very well.

I know nothing about 3rd party battery grips.

The Tamron 24-70 2.8 IS  lens could be your problem. Lenses made before the 6D was released will drain the 6D battery, even with the power switched off. This is a known defect of that Tamron lens. Tamron knows of the problem and will repair or exchange your lens. One of my friends with the 6D and Tamron 24-70 2.8 IS had this problem.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 11, 2013, 09:47:25 PM »
I am always amazed when people go googoo for smart phone pics, or even the recent gush-fest over the EOS-M

If it's just a representation of the scene, you got it. But gushing over the IQ of these things? reaally ?

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Lenses / Re: I Repaired my own 50mm 1.4, and so can you!
« on: September 06, 2013, 10:45:15 AM »
Looking at the pics makes me think that the lens design is really bad. It would not take much of a bump to bend that thin bit a metal and ruin the focus.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Leads in Sensor Tech
« on: September 05, 2013, 11:55:02 AM »
Speaking about emphasis: I find the recent news that Nikon is patenting an adjustable AA filter really exciting. I wish that was Canon.
I wish they would just remove the AA filter and be done with it.  Solve the problem in software and down scale.  But the movie crowd and some landscape photographers would scream bloody murder.  And insist software is just not good enough.

Software is not good enough

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Software & Accessories / Re: Neutral Density Filters
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:00:49 PM »
Lee is great, but perpetually out of stock - you have to get lucky and act fast.

For screw in 10-stop, I use an 82mm Schneider Optics (B+W's parent company), and a 77mm B+W.  both are very good, but have a slight warming tone.

Haven't heard of the brand you mention, but putting a cheap filter in front of a good lens isn't optimal.

Stay away from variable NDs - good ones are ok for normal/tele lenses and often moderate wide angles. But a variND is basically a pair of stacked polarizers, and with an ultrawide lens, the uneven polarization you see with a CPL in the sky manifests as a 'Maltese cross' artifact (affecting all shots, not just sky).

I have a 6-stop B&W, and I was thinking of getting a 4-stop, to get 4, 6, and 10 stops ... Any experience stacking two ND's? Quality still good, or is the 10-stop significantly better?

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M [CR2]
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:34:11 PM »
For some reason the current EOS-M video is crappy above ISO800.

An EOS-M II would have to have video comparable to the 70D to interest me, and the dual pixel AF.

So I hope they use the 70D sensor and add a swivel screen. That would make it a sweet little video cam, and great backup for the 5DIII.

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EOS-M / Re: Mount EF, EF-S or L lens on EOS-M --- Your thought???
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:15:05 PM »
I use the EOS M for video, for which quiet lenses and IS are essential. The 22mm is not useful (no IS) and the kit zoom is too limited in range and F, so I need to go beyond M lenses. I have found the M and the EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens to be ideal for good light. And the M and the EF 35mm f2.0 IS great for low light. Both are obviously bigger than the kit zoom, but the combo with either still fits in a small bag and so is ideal for travel. Even the SL1 and these lenses together are just too bulky.

Here is a recent video shot with the 18-135mm lens:
 
https://vimeo.com/73551007

And here is one using the 35mm, showing the M's video capability in dim light:

https://vimeo.com/73061460

I like the M but above ISO 800 it is not even good enough for family videos. I see that you also tested it below ISO 800 in the "dark".  I had hoped for at least usable ISO1600 for video, but no go.

I have used the 28 2.8 IS with adapter on the M, and it works really well, makes me want to get the 24 IS and the 35 IS f/2. I love the little primes on the M!

Unfortunately I still need the 5DIII for low light. The M is just not good enough there.

BTW ... you can shoot it at 360 degree shutter angle (= 1/30 for 30p vid), and go even lower light levels. Same on the 5DIII, so in the end I still find the 5DIII gives more than 3 stops of low light advantage, maybe even 4 stops (it is still pretty good past ISO6400). I had hoped this difference would be no more than 2 stops, but not on this generation of sensor.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 or 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 02:00:35 PM »
I use the quiet shutter on the 5DIII more than 95% of the time. I only switch when I need the faster frame rate. The quiet shutter is extremely useful.

But I lust after the 1Dx as well ... and the 1Dc, the C300, ... oh , and the Sony RX1, the Sony F55 ...
.... I could go on, ... just send me one of everything.

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Lenses / Re: Yet another question re ultrawide lenses
« on: September 01, 2013, 12:07:44 AM »
I like the 16-35 2.8 II .... stop it down for good sharpness or open it up for light. It is very flare resistant as well, which is important in an ultra-wide lens.

For crop I think the best is the Tokina 11-16 2.8 .   I have one, works great and well-built. Check photozone.de for a review

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« on: August 31, 2013, 11:03:25 PM »
Grab a kit by a flash and your flash will be destroyed, and gravity be gravity, anything supported beneath the fail point will also almost likely be destroyed.

It's a dumb question.

"Dumb" is not asking the question.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« on: August 31, 2013, 10:07:39 PM »
Yes, it's entirely sensible to grab your kit by the cheapest most lightly constructed part.

Clue,  The body and lens are metal for a reason.

I hate to flame, but this really is a dumb question.

I don't think it's a dumb question. My 580EX flash feels really strong, I had no idea there was a designed fail-point there. I had assumed that it was strongly built, so  I've grabbed my camera by the flash before, but I won't anymore. Thanks for asking this question!

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Lenses / Re: Portrait lens: Canon 100L 2.8 vs 85L 1.2
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:45:01 PM »
As others have mentioned, if you're doing head and shoulders in a studio use f 5.6 - f/8 on a FF, and make sure the backdrop is 6 - 10 feet behind the subject.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: August 31, 2013, 12:41:22 PM »
I'd like my Canon DSLR to do everything better than any other camera on the market: ergonomics, weather proofing, durability, auto-focus, resolution, speed, battery life, etc,etc ... including DR .

Unfortunately no manufacturer has a camera that wins at everything, and yet somehow an army of Canon users are pumping out award-winning photographs and films.

I shoot regularly with two photographers using D800's, and I've yet to see either of them produce an image I like as well as what I get from my 5dIII. ... and they can't touch me on video.

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