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I thought focus screens were pretty inexpensive,  all things considered.

So I bought a used 5D (thanks for the helpful suggestions) and a 17mm TS-E at the same time. While I would rarely if ever use the TS-E on the 5D, when I do I won't have live view to help me.
Now, those of you who have had dSLRs and tilt-shift lenses before the advent of live view, any advice or tips will be greatly appreciated. Should I, for example, get the grid screen? Any other screen? etc...

As above (Eldar's post), it  boils down to experience. Experience doesn't come without practice.

I have found the grid to be helpful with other lenses. Sometimes, it doesn't take much of a change in camera angle to alter converging lines when using wide angle lenses.

Whether or not you can see anything useful on the focus screen is another possible issue. I tried several different screens on a 5DII and just couldn't make it (manual focus) work. I never tried the assorted magnifiers and such- maybe I will revisit that.

The Year of the Lens has begun... :)

There is something unique about the colour from the early canon 1d bodies IMO


I finally dusted off the used but excellent condition 1D scored from eBay and I was pretty impressed. I like the rendering.

For a 4.2 mp camera, the files are quite nice- much much better than I was expecting. They seem "soft" out of the camera, but they clean right up with just a touch of sharpening in DPP.

I wonder how something like a 5DIII would do with a CCD sensor.

It's almost like using film- the display is just about useless compared to current day offerings :)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 12, 2014, 07:58:34 PM »
Fountain, small part cropped out on the right.

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: May 11, 2014, 04:38:33 PM »
Ooh, can I play too? Taken with a Canon 1D (original) and 100 L macro, all JPEG SOOC...

Technical Support / Re: 5D Mark iii CMOS Sensor Needs Replacing
« on: May 08, 2014, 06:40:39 AM »
Whether or not Canon will offer any goodwill gestures is anyones guess.

Technically, the camera is out of warranty and any manufacturer can simply say no- you are out of luck. Your only recourse is to play nice with someone at Canon customer service and hope for the best.

The other option open to you in the USA is a CPS membership. There are repair discounts based upon your membership level. Do you own enough gear to qualify?

If it is possible, purchasing a 3rd party warranty could help reduce the sting, but those typically have to be purchased while the manufacturer warranty is still in force.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: TS-E 17mm f/4L Refurbished for $1,699.32
« on: May 05, 2014, 01:17:05 PM »
Must be a V III in the works...


I'm hoping Canon replaces their 180mm L Macro with a lighter (and-hopefully-not-more-expensive) 150mm f/2.8 IS Macro... and their 135mm f/2 with a 100mm f/1.4. That would make my year (of the lens).

In case you didn't know... Sigma makes one of those 150mm IS f2.8 macro lenses  :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: TS-E 17mm f/4L Refurbished for $1,699.32
« on: May 03, 2014, 07:42:49 AM »
Maybe someone from Canon decided to "put some good stuff" on the refub site and at an additional discount to thwart the frequent comments/hints that the good stuff is always "out of stock".   :)

Interesting. How does the background change while the flower in these examples does not?

It is correct that the field of view changes, however the size of an object at the point of focus will be the same at 1:1.  It is objects in the background that change.  Brian over at The Digital Picture has an exellent example of this in his macro lens review: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Canon-Macro-Lens.aspx

Scroll down and look at the photos of the purple flower.  They are taken at different focal lengths with the same magnification.  As you can see the size of the flower is the same, however the background is quite different due to the narrow field of view of the longer focal length lenses.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: TS-E 17mm f/4L Refurbished for $1,699.32
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:46:54 PM »
Nice. How often do these show up?

The main difference I have noticed is working distance. This is distance from camera to object and the available depth of field. Longer focal length sure seems to have less depth of field.

The field of view also changes, or it sure seems like it. An object at 1:1 with a 100mm lens fills less of the viewfinder than the same object at 1:1 with a 150mm or 180mm lens.

I prefer the 150mm focal length for macro, given a choice between 100, 150 and 180.

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