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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 06, 2014, 05:25:05 PM »
Hi Dustin,

Great review as usual...keep up the great work!  Your portfolio of photographs is exceptional! 

Thanks,
Gino

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G17 Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: April 04, 2014, 07:15:28 PM »
If this is legit, and the camera is small enough to put in a jacket pocket, then put me on the pre-order list!

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Technical Support / Re: 5D MKIII autofocus points display?
« on: March 23, 2014, 06:40:42 PM »
It's the fifth tab under AF, third on the list that gives you the option to illuminate the AF point/grid.
When it will illuminate depends on your AF point visibility setting (second on the list).
Note that this is not available in AI servo (which is a bummer).

Thanks...I was hoping to have the autofocus points in red while in AI servo mode.  It looks like I'll have to hope canon releases a firmware that allows the 5d mk III the same function as they just released with the 1DX....or maybe, this gives me a good enough excuse to buy a 1DX  8)

To support the needs of wedding, portrait, sports, wildlife and theatrical performance photographers working in low light, AF points in the EOS-1D X's viewfinder can now be illuminated in red with a half-press of the shutter in AI Servo AF mode, for easy viewing of the selected point. Illumination is intermittent, not continuous, and does not interfere with metering accuracy. Two brightness levels are available for the most suitable level of illumination in dark settings and illumination is fully compatible with the range of focus points and focus zone selection options on the EOS-1D X.

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Technical Support / 5D MKIII autofocus points display?
« on: March 23, 2014, 03:08:56 PM »
Since the autofocus points are displayed in black in the view finder, I'm having a difficult time seeing the focus points in some situations. 

I'd like to have the autofocus points displayed in red in the view finder when I press down half way on the shutter button.  Is there a way to set-up the camera to do this?

thanks

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Lenses / Re: Just bought a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II - A Few Questions
« on: March 16, 2014, 10:52:12 AM »
I've had two copies of the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and both copies had the same amount of slight play/wiggle on my 5D MKIII.   

All of my other Canon and Nikon lenses fit like gloves on their bodies, so I'm not sure why the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II seems to have this issue.  Frankly, it is a bit annoying that the lens doesn't fit the body like a glove since it's a high quality lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:56:12 PM »
There doesn't seem to be very much feedback about the new firmware update, so I'm curious to know if the 1DX owners are noticing much of an improvement with autofocus in low light conditions with the new firmware update...or noticing any improvements at all for that matter?

thanks

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sonay Alpha a6000
« on: February 21, 2014, 06:17:28 PM »
The performance of the A6000 looks awesome, and the price point is very good...Sony is bringing it's A game!  This looks like a great little travel camera for work trips, and I think I'll be purchasing one.

Help me to understand why Canon/Nikon full frame cameras don't offer the same wide area coverage of focus points as the Sony A6000???

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:15:03 PM »
Taken with my first DSLR...

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I own the Nikon 28-300mm, and I love the lens for travel.  It doesn't have the fastest autofocus, but it's not bad, and the lens produces pretty good images.   Plus, the lens weighs 805g, which is very manageable.

I wish Canon would produce a lighter weight version (1,000g or less) of it's current 28-300mm L, because the 24-105L just isn't long enough for an all in one travel lens.

Here are a few photos I took on vacation with my Nikon D4 and the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro autofocus?
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:34:40 PM »
Thanks for the feedback, everyone.  I haven't had a chance to implement your suggestions, but here are a few photos I took prior to getting your feedback.

thanks

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Lenses / Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro autofocus?
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:25:20 PM »
Good Afternoon,

Santa gave me the Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro for Christmas, and this is my first experience with a macro lens.  I took about 100 photos indoors yesterday, and about every 10th photo the autofocus hunts for 5-10 seconds before it acquires focus.  The indoor lighting is adequate, but I would not say the lighting is bright.  I've been taking a mixture of portrait and macro type photos. 

Most of the photos I've taken appear to be in focus, but I'm still learning the lens.  Is it normal for this lens to hunt at times to lock focus, or do I potentially have a bad copy? 

Here are my settings with my 5D MKIII

* lens is on FULL mode
* camera is set to Case 1 with AI SERVO
* selectable AF point is 61 points
* manual select: spot AF
* The camera is on manual mode with auto ISO, and I've been taking photos with apertures between f/2.8 and f/8 with shutter speeds between 1/60 - 1/200.

Also, I'd appreciate any advice on recommended aperture and shutter speed settings with this lens for both portrait and marco photos.

Thanks!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MKII accessories?
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:39:22 PM »
I'm planning on purchasing the Sony RX100 MK II, and I'm looking for some advice on a LCD screen protector and lens filter. 

I'd like to purchase a LCD screen protector, and I'm considering the Giottos SP83015 LCD screen protector, which is supposed to fit the RX100, but the reviews on the B&H website state that the SP83015 does not fit the LCD screen exactly.  Is there a different Giottos model number that will fit the RX100 MK II better...how about the SP8306?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/746398-REG/Giottos_SP83015_Aegis_Multi_Layer_Screen_Protector.html

Also, does anyone have a recommendation for a lens filter for the RX100 MK II, or should I go without one?

Thanks


I bought the original Sony version, couldn't be happier: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/907016-REG/Sony_PCK_LM15_LCD_Protective_Cover.html


Dylan, thanks for the reply.  Does the Sony LCD protector have an anti-reflective coating i.e. how does it perform on sunny days with glare/reflections? 

I was leaning toward the Giottos LCD protector, because it has an anti-reflective coated, which is supposed to help cut down with the glare in sunlight.

thanks

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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony RX100 MKII accessories?
« on: December 15, 2013, 03:25:47 PM »
I'm planning on purchasing the Sony RX100 MK II, and I'm looking for some advice on a LCD screen protector and lens filter. 

I'd like to purchase a LCD screen protector, and I'm considering the Giottos SP83015 LCD screen protector, which is supposed to fit the RX100, but the reviews on the B&H website state that the SP83015 does not fit the LCD screen exactly.  Is there a different Giottos model number that will fit the RX100 MK II better...how about the SP8306?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/746398-REG/Giottos_SP83015_Aegis_Multi_Layer_Screen_Protector.html

Also, does anyone have a recommendation for a lens filter for the RX100 MK II, or should I go without one?

Thanks

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Nasim Mansurov over at the Photography Life website did an ISO comparison with the Sony A7R v. Nikon D800E:

http://photographylife.com/sony-a7r-vs-nikon-d800e-iso-comparison

and the Sony A7 v. Nikon D600

http://photographylife.com/sony-a7-vs-nikon-d600-iso-performance

He had to use the kit lens on the Sony cameras, so it's hard to say if the Nikon sensors are better, but Nikon has slightly better results in his comparison.

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