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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:02:56 AM »
This has been an interesting (and humorous at times) thread!

I'm going to weigh in... I do *not* like the pinch-type caps, I have some experience with the Tamron caps, and they were finicky, and I hit inside the filter threads all the time.  I find the Canon caps more intuitive, because you're pretty much "fingering" the filter thread area when you put the Canon type cap on, whereas you're blindly aiming the Tamron pinch-type cap.

Also, I wanted to ask... why are folks putting caps on their lenses, with the hoods not reversed?  What's the point?  I can certainly see the desire to either a) leave the hood on, skip the cap or b) reverse hood, put cap on, but why have the hood + cap installed?  Are you worried about dust with the hood on?  If so, then why aren't you worried about covering the felt inner surface of the hood with dust while it's not reversed?

Discuss!

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I have seen local photogs that do similar type of work, and they are using scrims and more commonly, reflectors.

I agree that a ND filter would be the way to go if you need strobes/flashes w/out HSS.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« on: November 08, 2012, 09:07:24 AM »
Don't buy 15-minute or 1-hour chargers!

As somebody has already posted, you want to charge at ~500ma or thereabouts, no faster.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: AA Battery Charger and Batteries
« on: November 07, 2012, 10:00:02 AM »
Eneloop or alternatively the Duracell "pre-charged" batteries for sure!

As far as charger, I suggest any of the excellent Lacrosse chargers, I use two of the BC500's due to the default charge rate being optimal, and they can run with included 12V cigarette lighter plugs.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Would I benefit from going full frame?
« on: November 07, 2012, 08:41:23 AM »
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I almost exclusively use the center AF point

I am aware that if I move to FF, I will have to trade my EF-S lenses for FF equivalents.

7D up to ISO 1600, but the noise above that is bad.

These three statements tell me that yes, you want to jump to the 5D2.  Skip the 6D unless you want the gadgetry.

I made the exact same choice a few months ago, and have no regrets... my 7D is on eBay right now.

The experience I've had was approximately a 1.5 stop advantage in ISO noise, and a larrrrge difference in DOF in my everyday shooting, due to the focal length multiplier change.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a fast/cheap prime to play with if you swap, like the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8, you'll be amazed in the beauty of the DOF for portraiture.

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Canon General / Re: Amazon policies.
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:11:15 PM »

Yeah, that's not the way amazon works, they don't do layaway type service.

Also, as somebody else pointed out, the BNA (your shipping address) is part of the fraud prevention.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:19:54 PM »
Frodo that shot of the Milky Way is amazing!  That's the kind of example I was looking for.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:12:38 PM »

I dug through the forums here, and I didn't see a dedicated thread (there was some good info in the 12-24mm thread tho).

You did not find anything, because Rokinon does not make lenses, they rebrand other makes.  Search for Samyang.

Point taken!

I did search for Samyang 14mm as well, there's nothing here for that either.

I labeled this thread as such, because Rokinon is by far the most popular brand name this hardware is being sold under, but I was/am aware that this is just a reseller brand.

Thanks for everyone's contributions.

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Landscape / Re: Landscape of Inner Mongolia
« on: November 02, 2012, 02:48:06 PM »
Wow, that's a great assortment of shots!

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Canon General / Re: Canon's MAP Pricing Goes Into Full Effect Today
« on: November 01, 2012, 04:54:37 PM »
Amazon is now complying with the price set by Canon, the 5D3 body is up to 3299 (after 200 rebate)

I was hoping they'd do the "add to cart to see price", but appearantly Canon will match Nikon's draconian policy regarding pricing.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: October 31, 2012, 09:03:34 AM »
Price is the same at amazon (I imagine one of these two is matching the other).

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EOS Bodies / Re: real-world autofocus on 5d2
« on: October 29, 2012, 04:44:38 PM »
I'm late to the discussion, but having owned the 5D2 and 7D both, they are each better for different things. 

The 7D is WONDERFUL for Servo AI tracking, birds in flight, etc...

On the other hand, with the 5D2, you'll be pretty much using the center focus point for everything, and it's a better camera for stationary subjects IMO.

Either camera can do both types of things, but each in my mind, has its' strong points.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:10:45 AM »

I dug through the forums here, and I didn't see a dedicated thread (there was some good info in the 12-24mm thread tho).

I'm looking into this lens mostly for astrophotography, so I can shoot a wide view of night skies, milky way mostly.

I tried this out with my 24-105 for the meteor shower last weekend, and found that I need something faster, and something wider, so the Rokinon seems to satisfy both of these needs.

I have two big questions:

1)  does anyone have any experience shooting at infinity @ f/2.8 with this lens, does it have a fairly flat field of focus?
2)  Has anyone had experiencing correcting the strong distortion in ACR 7?  Is there a profile for a FF camera plus this lens in it that works well?

And of course, any general opinions about this lens would be great.

Thanks in advance!!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: $2900 5DIII again on eBay
« on: October 24, 2012, 12:36:09 PM »
Wowsah... I generally expect ResellerRatings.com to have lower ratings, but this company has ratings in the gutter.

However, the eBay rating is pretty good (98%+ is a good sign), which is the main thing; you're not going back to the vendor for warranty anyway.


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Lenses / Re: looking for equivalent to efs 17-55 f/2.8 in EF line
« on: October 24, 2012, 09:22:56 AM »

Another vote for the 24-105 f/4L.

It's f/4 but but your "output"/image from this lens and FF will be the same as your crop and 17-55.

The 24-105 has IS, which you'll expect, whereas the 24-70 II doesn't.

Finally, the 24-70 II costs WAY more than either of these two, which in my mind puts it in a seperate class.

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