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Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: August 05, 2013, 11:51:33 PM »
Is there an esoteric trick to insert an image in a CR comment?

I am not sure about any esoteric trick, but I have been following a simple system like others. Write (or start writing the comment) and then click on "Attachments and other option" below the message box where i am writing the comment and attach the small sized photograph/image from my computer.

LOL ... that's easy ... I was looking at all the buttons on the top of the comment box and couldn't find something that would work for a pic

EOS-M / Re: EOS M replaced my 5D kit
« on: August 05, 2013, 11:43:41 PM »
The IQ is good, for a compact camera, but not even close to my 5D3.

The IQ difference is much more noticeable to "downgrade."  Upgrading from Canon aps-c 18 mp sensor to 5D III gave me the sense of "pretty good" IQ upgrade.  But after getting used to 5D III RAW files for a long time, the same 18 mp sensor RAW files from EOS-M feels like a much bigger downgrade than initially thought, especially if one is shooting in low-light man-to-man ISO-wise. 

With EOS-M, one can still get great results by shooting in good light, or arrange to have more speedlites, strobes, reflectors, etc in low light IME, with a good noise reduction software like Noiseware becoming helpful to narrow the gap.

I am a fan of the 'M', but in no way could I see it replacing my 5DIII. I see the M as a camera on my belt when I might not otherwise have a camera. I am rarely happy with a phone camera shot, even for personal use, so the M is a big step up there.

I see a huge difference in IQ between the EOS M and the 5DIII. Mirrorless will probably replace DSLRs eventually, but I don't see that day on the horizon just yet. I think APS-C is best for mirrorless until all the tech is fully developed.

Once the AF, viewfinder, and ergonomics are mature, then a Full-frame mirrorless with mirrorless-optimized lenses will be the way to go. There's no point of a FF mirrorless on the end of today's 70-200 2.8, or larger lens. Or even the 16-35 2.8. All of that is still over the horizon.

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: August 05, 2013, 11:05:49 PM »
This was taken with the Sigma 150mm macro lens, jpeg straight out of the camera, just resized for posting. 1/400s / f5.0 / iso 4000 handheld
Is there an esoteric trick to insert an image in a CR comment?

EOS-M / Re: EOS M replaced my 5D kit
« on: August 05, 2013, 09:13:16 PM »
I like my EOS-M, but DSLR replacement? Big stretch that is.
The IQ is good, for a compact camera, but not even close to my 5D3.
I think the EOS-M, or one of it's relatives, will easily replace a DSLR,... for people who never really needed a DSLR

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:48:28 PM »
I don't think the 7D IQ is that great, especially on portraits/skin tones, which is why I bought a 5D2 several years back.

Now that I have the 5DIII,  the 7D2 would have to be leaps and bounds past the 7D to be interesting.

Lenses / Re: Should I replace my zooms with primes?
« on: August 03, 2013, 12:38:44 AM »
How about this option:

Sell everything you have and buy:
24 2.8 IS USM
35 f/2 IS USM
100 2.8L IS USM macro
Sigma 15mm 2.8 fisheye

it seems that we just naturally gravitate towards certain focal lengths; even with a zoom, we tend to choose prime focal lengths more so than we choose non prime.

I always find it interesting to look at the focal lengths of my photoshoots, I find it amazing just how often they do gravitate towards primal focal lengths.  But then again, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics!

Few would debate that there are certain focal lengths that work well for certain types of shots. But my original question was really about why the standard focal lengths are PRECISELY 24/35/50/85mm, and not +/- 5mm off of those lengths.

They are not precisely 24/35/50/85  .... they are just labelled that way by the manufacturer for easy marketing I suspect. They are all off by a bit.  Zoom ranges can be quite a bit off.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:48:34 AM »
The next trend will be hiring Sherpas to carry your camera gear on family vacations.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2013, 10:37:49 PM »
I'd rather have a small, light 24-35 f/1.8 (or even f/2), or a really sharp contrasty 18-28  f/2.8.
A 24-70 f/2 would be big and heavy. My bag is already too heavy

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Annoyances
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:11:30 PM »
My big gripe is the standoff used on the EF to M adapter - it's too short and you can't swap the adapter on and off the body with a tripod plate attached.

Toss in the issue with there being no normal strap attachment point available, I've got a wrist strap attached to the tripod mount.

The Continuous AF kills batteries - disabling that doubled the shots I got out of a charge.

I used one of the strap lugs to attach a wrist strap. This leaves the tripod mount free

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Annoyances
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:07:05 PM »
My biggest peeve of the EOS-M is the damn touch-shutter button. This option should really be enabled in menu only, not on the main screen. I constantly have to turn it off because it always ends up on, taking random pictures. The only work-around is hitting the info button until no information is displayed on the rear screen. I just use that now to avoid that issue.

That is my only problem, though. All else is great with the camera.

I like having it on the screen. I find it convenient to quickly turn it off or on

Canon General / Re: Canon Camera Sales Down in Q2, Imaging Revenue Up
« on: July 27, 2013, 02:09:30 PM »
Eventhough I have a 5DIII and a EOS-M, I'm pretty excited to see the new 70D, and hopefully a mirrorless with the same sensor. If this new sensor lives up to the marketing claims, it could push up sales quite a bit.

Canon .... Please put a swivel screen in the next mirrorless

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM & 90EX $399
« on: July 26, 2013, 10:09:21 AM »
I had one of the backordered B&H orders in and it arrived today ($299 deal).  I was pleasantly shocked when I pulled the little flash out of the box - they sent me the kit with the flash!  That was a very nice little upgrade on what was already a fabulous deal

I finally received mine today from the original $299 deal ... and yes, they sent me the kit with the speedlite 90EX .... Bonus !

Nice feeling, isn't it?  Although I do agree with some of the above posters - I don't see the flash getting used very much.
Very Nice!
I'm playing with the flash, and it's not that bad so far, plus you get ettl control of speedlites. I have RT-full-ettl control, but this little guy is a good back up. And you won't even notice it in your pocket

EOS-M / Re: EF-M mount lenses
« on: July 25, 2013, 04:37:05 PM »
Yeah I kinda realised that.  You have to kinda realise that the physics of what you want kinda don't stack up.  You had kinda mentioned the canon equivalent, which you would have to kinda adapt anyway.

You kinda might think of kinda cutin' kinda down on your use of the word "kinda", don't ya kinda think?    ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: July 25, 2013, 03:25:02 PM »
I think SmugMug works well if you live and sell your work in the US.

I started a SmugMug Pro a few years ago, and had trouble with the tax bit. Prints took a long time to deliver to Canada as well. The gallery pricing system is confusing to me. I'm sure it's powerful, but you need to spend a lot of time with it to understand how it works because there's a bijillion options.

The ordering interface was confusing to some of my clients. One fellow didn't know about the cropping features, and ended up with prints that were improperly cropped, cutting off parts of the images.

I downgraded to non-pro account, and do my printing and selling outside of SmugMug. Maybe it's much better now, but long shipping times to Canada is odd. B&H ships Purolator and it's rarely more than 3 business days to deliver.

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