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Lenses / Re: Photozone spanks the 24-70 F4 USM L IS
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:42:18 AM »
Besides the RSA in macro mode at 70 mm, what else is work this lens?  Nothing.   I seldom use macro mode on many of my lenses, so this is a none issue for me. 

I would like to have seen a comparison between the 24-70 F2.8II, 24-105 and this lens for IQ in non-macro situations.

I agree, if the focus shift is only in macro mode, then it's a non-issue. Macro shots mean manual focus, usually with live view. There will be no focus shift in live view with manual focus because the aperture will be at your selected setting while you focus.

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EOS Bodies / Re: replacing 7d with 5d3
« on: March 04, 2013, 11:50:47 PM »
I traded my 5DII for a 5DIII and I am very happy with the new camera.
I'd keep the 7D for now, but upgrade the 5DII if you want better AF, slightly better low light, dual cards, and much better video performance. The quiet shutter feature is nice sometimes too.

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Lenses / Re: Photozone spanks the 24-70 F4 USM L IS
« on: March 04, 2013, 11:43:57 PM »
On the other hand, I cannot imagine a situation where I set the aperture AFTER focusing, so I don't see a big issue here.

Unless you're shooting wide open or focusing manually with the DoF Preview button pressed, you're stopping down after focusing every time you shoot. AF is always performed with the lens wide open, regardless of the aperture selected. The lens stops down just before the shot, and that's when focus shift occurs.

Do you see a bigger issue now?   ;)
If you manual focus in Live View, then the focus shift is irrelevant.

It's a deal breaker for me. I have zero interest in a lens with focus shift problems.

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Lenses / Re: Photozone spanks the 24-70 F4 USM L IS
« on: March 04, 2013, 11:34:47 PM »
This lens was a hard sell from the beginning.

I was waiting for the reviews to come in , and i would have considered it IF it was a stellar performer: sharp everywhere, great contrast, resistant to flare, low distortion etc etc. But it has very little to offer over my 24-105 and it's only 70g lighter, ... so it's dead to me.

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Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 10:31:44 AM »
I like to be up close, and I like the wide perspective.
My walk-around lens is 16-35 2.8L II, on 5DIII.
If I bring a second lens it is usually 50 1.4, although lately I am testing out the 28 2.8 IS USM.

I like the 24-105 f/4L, but don't bring it much.
I only bring the 70-200 when I am pretty sure I'll need it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 05:15:06 PM »
I don't really believe that the noise performance would be that much better than the current 7d. They went down on res compared to the 5d2 with the 1dX and up in sensor size to be better than the 1d4, the 5d3 has the same res as the 5d2 and still is only better over 1600/3200 iso. So increasing the mp from 18 to 24 on an aps-c sensor doesn't read killer high iso performance for me. MP still sells....

Well, let's hope you're wrong! ;)

The rumour is "ISO Performance to get close to the 5D3"... So just imagine what the 5D4 and the 1DXXX will have for specs. ( the 1DXXX will be an obscene price :) )

So just imagine what the 5D4 will have for specs...That's about what I thought. If this sensor tech is quite  improved compared to other crop cams, then I dare to dream of quite a decent improvment in the next few years. My next cam won't be a 5D4 (my 5D3 is a tremendous cam) but somewhere down the road there will be a 5D5 or whatever they'll call it by then...And I guess, there will be new sensor tech within it, that will just blow us away... 8) till then...happy shooting...Cheers, Pedro
I hear ya.  I'm very happy with my 5DIII but there's quite likely to be something very tempting about the 5D4 etc... else why would they bother making it.
However, it won't be too many more years before weight will become an important consideration for me. At which point I hope they would have made some major breakthroughs in small, light cameras.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 03:01:28 PM »
No that's the wrong way of looking at it.
The 6D is pitched as an 'entry level' or first time FF body.
The 7D line is the 'high end' Crop body.

Precisely!

Counting my pennies...

so the 6d is 'entry level'   yet the 7d 2 is high end.

doesnt want to make me buy the 6d anymore! :(

I upgraded to 5DII instead of 7D years ago because I did not like the IQ of the 7D. Even though the 7D had better AF, and some other tricks, I didn't regret it for a minute.

I upgraded to the 5DIII recently instead of 6D because the 5DIII does everything well, and has better video IQ and better video features. To me the 5DIII is worth the price over the 6D.

Given the choice of 6D or 7DII at similar prices, I'd likely go 6D. It's very hard to do without FF goodness once you've had it.

At this point I'd only be tempted by a fully featured APS-C (of super-35) video camera at under $3000 (C50 maybe?) because the 5DIII is such an amazing do-everything camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cinema EOS C50 [CR1]
« on: February 13, 2013, 11:37:42 AM »
I'd like an XF100 with APS-C sensor
Or a C50 at $3000 .

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to look for when buying a 5d mkiii
« on: January 30, 2013, 09:23:51 AM »
I returned a 5DIII that had stuck white pixels and stuck red pixels. They showed up in every shot at ISO 800 until about ISO 6400. The stuck pixels went away at ISO 6400 due to the high ISO NR.

Turn off NR when looking for stuck pixels. Obviously stuck pixels will always be in the same place on the image, so they can be distinguished from noise. I wouldn't be too concerned about behavior over ISO 6400.

Look for dead (black) pixels by shooting a white space, wide aperture.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Noise & Aliasing Reduction for Small Pixels
« on: January 20, 2013, 06:16:57 PM »
Rubbish ... The 5DIII produces no moire or aliasing in video, whereas the D800 is about the same as the 5DII.  Nikon is behind on this.

To bad it also has a trademark lack of detail.  And the effective resolution isn't even 1080 vertical.

Like every other camera ever built, the 5DIII is not perfect. But it is the best all-round "affordable" media camera available. It has no glaring weaknesses, can be used for every type of photography including sports, and it has many video friendly features like audio level during record as well as for moire-free video that is good enough for broadcast and the big screen.  Not bad for $3000.

When your production skills outgrow the 5DIII, you should be looking at a C300, C500, or Sony FS700, because there isn't anything better in it's price range. ... oh ...and it shoots great stills as well.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Noise & Aliasing Reduction for Small Pixels
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:11:36 PM »
This patent won't frighten the competition as both Nikon and even Pentax are well ahead and already have camera sensors with no anti - aliasing filters and they apparently work.

While Canon makes the finest top of the range lenses I can't help thinking they are falling behind with their sensor technology.

Don't expect much from the 7D II somehow - except delays - perhaps even the same old sensor. Well you can't have everything!

Rubbish ... The 5DIII produces no moire or aliasing in video, whereas the D800 is about the same as the 5DII.  Nikon is behind on this.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 Available for Preorder
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:27:06 AM »
I thought the reasons we buy prime lenses: sharp and bigger aperture(faster shutter speed)

"IS"....ummm I'm not sure.

I also buy them for small size.  If I had the option of an IS vs. a cheaper, otherwise identical non-IS lens, I'd go non-IS, but I don't see IS as a negative.

Same here, IQ and small/light. I like both, but I'd probably bring the Canon 35 f/2 IS more often than a bigger bulkier, heavier 35 1.4.

Plus, pair it with the 85 1.8 and you have a very portable useful setup

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 07, 2012, 07:00:26 AM »
I was really hoping the 35 F/2 would be quite affordable... what was I thinking.

Well, Sigma still have my trust. Plus their 35 1.4 looks nicer :D

Both lenses look attractive to me. The Canon is small and light, has close focus and IS.
The Sigma is very big, but may produce better IQ.

I always like to save $$$, but they both look interesting to me.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 06, 2012, 05:44:52 PM »
Hey! EF 35mm f/2 IS comes with lens hood! WOW!
At leas we know now where this price comes from...

B&H also says that it has the new hybrid IS system ... which should be really good for video

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 06, 2012, 07:05:18 AM »
The 35 f/2 IS is very interesting to me. Priced a bit high, but I can see getting a lot of use out of it.

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