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Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:27:58 PM »

It's a tough job, but somebody has to separate a fool from her money ... Thanks Louis!

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Dual Pixel Tech Coming to the EOS 5D Mark III?
« on: March 02, 2014, 12:37:21 AM »
I'd just like some focus aids with a firmware update.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 06:34:59 PM »
It all depends on how much of an improvement it provides.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 05:34:43 PM »
There's no amount of good reviews that will get me to part with that much money for a 50mm.
Interested in the Sigma 50 ART reviews though.

My Canon 50 1.4 works fine, but doesn't get a lot of use, so I'm in no hurry.
But I would love to see a robust, sharp, contrasty, fast focussing 50 1.4 WITH IS.
Not holding my breath on that. 

Reuters Full Focus best of 2013 was even more lopsided to Canon:  A collection of the years's best 93 pictures.

80% of the pictures within the collection were taken with Canon cameras. The Canon 5D Mk3 and the Canon 1DX were the most popular each with 27 photos in the top 93. (29% each, 58% together) The Canon 1DMkIV had 11. What totally blew me away was that Nikon as a camera was only used for 11 pictures in the collection of the top 93.

Here is the full list by camera manufacturer and model:

1.  Canon 5D Mark III          27 pictures
2.  Canon EOS 1DX             27 pictures
3.  Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 11 pictures.
4.  Canon 5D Mark II             7 pictures
5. Canon EOS 1D Mark IIII 3 pictures

6. Camera with two photos in the collection:
 a. Canon 7D
 b. Nikon D3s
 c. Nikon D4
 d. Nikon D300S
 e. Nikon D3

7 . Cameras with one photo in the collection:
Canon EOS 1D Mark II.
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N
Canon EOS rebel T3
Nikon D7000
Nikon D700
Nikon D3100
GoPro Hero II

Thanks for sharing.  The image with the mother giving birth is the one that will stay with me for days.

I don't care much which camera model they are using.  What's interesting is the dominant number of images shot with a 70-200 and 16-35.  I expected the 70-200 but I was surprised with how many images there are either shot with 16-35 or 24mm prime. If the 16-35 lens is popular with press photographers as well as landscape photographer one would think that a 14-24 lens would be one of Canon's top priorities.  Or am I looking at it the wrong way, is it because it's so popular that they don't think it needs a replacement?

I have noticed that the majority of winning journalism photographs are taken with wide angle/ ultra wide lenses.

Wide angle offers a dramatic perspective and lets the photographer capture both subject and context while being up close and personal. The drama and the sense of "being there" is most compelling with an ultrawide lens.

A journalist needs to be up close and personal to get the story in the first place, so a lens like the 16-35 is ideal.

Interesting ... people are getting excited over stats from less than 60 camera users and coming to the conclusion that one camera is better than an another?

These are the winning photographs out of many thousands, perhaps many millions of photographs.
It is revealing what the photographers are using, and what gear was used to get the one in a million shot.
Yes, it is significant, even though not scientific

It may be irrational, and fan-boyish, but I take a certain pride in owning a 5DIII seeing these results. It's encouraging to see that Canon cameras are getting the lions share of top results. It boosts my confidence in my choice to stay with Canon as well.

Lenses / Re: 35mm f2 IS for city photography at night?
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:56:07 PM »
I bought the Canon 35 f/2 IS for low light and video work. It's a great little lens.
It's smaller and lighter than the 1.4 lenses, which is important to me, and it has IS, which, apart from low light, is great for:

-Anytime you want deep DOF handheld in less than bright light.

It's a sharp lens with good contrast and color

Software & Accessories / Re: I know, Another backpack question
« on: February 16, 2014, 01:12:29 AM »
I have both the flipside 300 and 400.
I like to have extra room in my bag, so I generally prefer the 400.

The 400 has these advantages over the 300:
more comfortable to carry, big waist belt
large outside pockets
rain cover
two mesh pockets
It's still not a big bag. The 300 on the other hand is smallish.

Does anyone but me find it bizarre that the APS-c version is actually wider than the full-frame version?  If they could make this one 16mm, it seems like they could have made the full-frame version 24mm.

Nope, just you...  :P

I'm sure it will have something to do with optic design, given the fact that canon only made a 28-300 too. Also, 16mm = 25.6mm on FF, which is closer to 28 than 24 in FF equivalent (just)! :)

16 is 25.6 only on Canon APS-C DSLRs.  It is 24 mm on Nikon , and on Canon C100, C300 etc, where this lens might be invaluable for Run and Gun ENG work, or fast pace documentary settings.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Successor Coming Shortly [CR2]
« on: February 02, 2014, 02:43:40 PM »
If it has swivel screen, high quality Video with livestream capabilities (including live video to HOA), f/1.4 lens 24mm - 80mm equiv... I'll be interested. Don't care about the viewfinder at all, it can only be mediocre at best in a small camera like this.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:15:20 PM »
Full-frame, rectilinear, sharp, contrasty and flare resistant .. . save one for me!

OK...I have a 5DMarkIII running Firmware Version 1.2.1.  I have never used Magic Lantern.  I did spend about $3400 on my camera body (yes, I was an early adopter, but was able to sell my 5DMarkII for $2000 so I guess it evened out), and I do not want do ruin it as it is an expensive piece of hardware in my life. 
1. Is ML easy to install and use?
2. Can I switch back and forth between ML and My Canon OS?
3. Can anyone direct me to a site where someone has solid experience and simple information (for dummies) on how to set your 5DMarkIII up and use the software to its fullest.
4. Have users destroyed their camera when installing of using this software.

Seems like there are a lot of benefits....but if I do something to the camera and it is not repairable ....I might have to kill myself.  :o

Be cautioned if you have a 5D3.

ML is still very alpha for the Canon 5D3.

1. If you install Magic Lantern on your 5D3, you will set a firmware bootflag on the camera, that is NOT removable. At this time, it is a permanent change to your camera
2. It seems associated with this flag, that the boot times and wake up times can be significantly increased on your camera, I'm hearing up to like 2-3 seconds I believe. This is a deal breaker for some folks. This does NOT seem to be something that you can reverse.

The problems I mentioned above, will remain on your 5D Mark III even if you remove the Magic Lantern software. So, please be advised.

That being said, I've been following ML forums and all things about them and I'm HUGELY impressed. I really, really hope they can overcome these 2x issues with the 5D3 so I can feel comfortable with using ML on my camera. I'm anxious to start shooting RAW video with my 5D3...and to explore all these other cool options with stills photography.

But at this time, since I have only one 5D3, I am holding off putting ML on my camera.

Caveat Emptor as they say.



These are good points.

I've been waiting for a beta version, and the ability to reset the boot flag. It's a long wait, and I'm hoping these guys get there while the 5DIII is still a hot camera

EOS Bodies / Re: Patents: Canon 85mm f/1.8 IS, 100mm f/2 IS, 135 f/2 IS
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:01:09 PM »
I'll take the 85 !

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