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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 !

Just read your entire review. Very detailed, very helfpful.
I don't use long telephoto often, so this might be just the trick for me.
One thing I don't like is the zoom and focus direction, and the focus near the camera body. I am so used to the ergonomics on my canon lenses, this will screw me up a bit. But, as you point out, that quality at THAT PRICE!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:09:10 PM »
I loved my 50mm f1.8 but I was ambivalent to the f1.4.  I wanted to love it.. but I just couldn't. 

If the sigma is amazing, I'm in.  35 is too wide for me and 85otoo long.  Goldie locks.... don't care... but I will wait a year or two for the  50 to come down in price the was the 35 has.  699 New... on sale... thank you very much.

I hated the 50 1.8, and find the 50 1.4 much better. But I am hoping for a new sharp-wide-open 50 1.4 with IS. I'd settle for a well-made sharp 50 1.8 IS.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:44:21 AM »
As always the proof is in the pudding. Looking forward to seeing what this is about.

I wonder whether this hybrid viewfinder would form part of an automated lens microadjustment system.

PowerShot / Re: PowerShot G1 X Mark II Specs Emerge? [CR1]
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:20:57 AM »
Interesting, but I wish it had a swivel screen

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:19:17 AM »
I'll definitely watch for the reviews.

Lenses / Re: New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:29:13 PM »
All of my lenses feel a little different in terms of tightness. There's some variation due to engineering tolerances, but if you have to put a lot of pressure to get it on or off, I would send it back. The mount could be out of tolerance and if it's far out then it could damage your cameras mount. A warped camera mount could also warp your other lens mounts.

PS ... I also have the 35 f/2 IS, and the mount is in the range of my other lenses

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Grab a Pancake! $129 at B&H Photo
« on: December 19, 2013, 11:28:19 AM »
I own the pancake and hardly ever use it. I always end up with the 35 f/2 IS or or 28 f/2.8 IS instead. If you don't have anything else in this range, then it's a great option for cheap.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Sigma 16-20 f/2 DG Art [CR1]
« on: December 19, 2013, 10:14:38 AM »
Interesting, but I'd rather have a small light 16-24 2.8.
But I'd take a 24 f/2.0

Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 17, 2013, 10:59:00 PM »
Years ago I used to use them. But one night I was doing city night photography and noticed the lights were being doubled (i.e. reflected) due to bouncing off the inside of the filter. This was with the old 80-200L and a cheap UV filter. Has anyone else experienced this? Anyway, I personally have never used them since (well over ten years) and have had no problems. But I am pretty careful with my stuff and do not often shoot in extreme conditions.

Newer filters have anti-reflective coatings, so you would never see doubled images. I use B&W MRC .

Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 17, 2013, 10:38:18 PM »
There's a ton of dust and grime in the city, including hot asphalt, painting going on, kids with can's of coke. A filter gives me peace of mind from difficult to remove flying debris as much as anything else. Walking in a crowd or on a trail can risk your lens element brushing against something sharp enough to scratch it. Not to mention zippers: yours or someone else's.

There was hot sticky asphalt smoke in the air when I took this shot. I don't know if I would have taken my lens cap off if it wasn't protected with a filter:

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 135mm f/2 DG OS Art Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2013, 11:58:37 PM »
Sigma has my attention now. Stabilized 135 f/2 ... hell ya!
Please make it compatible with the Canon teleconverters.

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