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Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:25:18 PM »
Sounds like it's junk.

I'll give $50 for it and pay the shipping...


Lenses / Re: Advice: extension tubes Macro
« on: September 02, 2013, 08:03:49 AM »
I got the Canon versions for the same reason as Neuro, for use with my 600mm, but from what I hear and read, the Kenko will work just as well. Giving the short DOF, I strongly recommend a macro focusing slider and the best I have found is the Really Right Stuff. It is very high quality, very smooth. For really close ups I use the Novoflex bellow. But then your mobility become quite snailish.

Any thoughts on the Novoflex slider?

Lenses / Re: Advice: extension tubes Macro
« on: September 01, 2013, 06:23:05 PM »
If you add a 12mm macro extension tube it will work.

I tried a Kenko 12mm tube and a Canon 1.4xIII converter on a 5DIII.

The AF seems to work if the focus point is more than about 18" away.

If I attempt AF within the yellow Macro range indicated on the lens, the AF is jittery and won't lock on. Manual AF works as well as my eyes do :)

Is this typical for extension tube use?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« on: September 01, 2013, 10:18:53 AM »
For all of the "dumb" comments out there, I find it easy to mistakenly grab the camera setup by the attached flash.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Save $50 on Adobe Lightroom 5 at B&H
« on: August 30, 2013, 09:49:21 AM »
OOS for me too, but the order wasn't kicked back. I'll wait and see.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Refurb Sale Starting 8-25
« on: August 24, 2013, 05:32:58 PM »
When is "early morning Sunday"?

Macro / Re: Denizens of the Forest Floor
« on: August 22, 2013, 01:44:45 PM »
Well, I don't know what it is, but it is interesting to look at. It was overcast today, so I will try to go back tomorrow when the sun is supposed to be back. The spider off on the center right is a good 2" across.

Lenses / Re: Advice: extension tubes Macro
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:11:55 PM »
Just a reminder that the Canon teleconverters will not work with the macro lenses.

The 100mm macro may not work with a Canon teleconverter, but the 180mm macro does.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Close Up Lens and Step-Up rings
« on: August 10, 2013, 12:46:54 PM »
Thanks for the info

Software & Accessories / Canon Close Up Lens and Step-Up rings
« on: August 10, 2013, 08:49:07 AM »
I am wondering how well an "oversized" Close Up Lens works with step-up rings.

As an example, the 100mm L macro and 180mm macro both take different size filters. Step-up rings are relatively inexpensive compared to multiple copies of the Close Up lens 500D.

If I purchased one to fit the 180mm, would there be issues using it + step-up ring on the 100mm?


Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: August 05, 2013, 08:52:49 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.

Edited to add: This is not a crop out of an image.

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: August 05, 2013, 06:54:27 AM »
Since you mentioned that you miss OS with the 180mm macro, try out the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS.... I have only read that Sigma 150mm is very good, however I have not read that much about this 180 f/2.8 OS macro from sigma. I could not find either of them at my local lens rental place. If you have the chance try it to see if it performs as well as the Canon 180mm but with OS.....

I rented the Sigma 150mm Macro and I like it. The focal length is a nice fit between the 180 which is sometimes a bit much and the 100 which sometimes seems to be not enough.

It sure seems to lock focus a lot faster than the Canon 180mm macro.

It seems to be quite a bit heavier, too.

It would be nice if they added regular spot AF (like the 7D or 5DIII) to the 1DIV without having to use a lens with a spot AF button on it...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Avoiding "blown out" reds, how to?
« on: August 03, 2013, 07:44:59 AM »
Neuro has given the practical steps to take, another, obviously, is to shoot RAW, there is often some headway in the RAW file above the histogram that is generated from the preview jpeg that is affected by the picture style choices in camera, even if you are only saving to RAW on your card.

When shooting flowers, a regular source of severe red problems, it really helps to use an X-Rite Color Passport and make some camera profiles, it is very easy to do, especially if you have Lightroom or Photoshop, and will dramatically improve your colour renditions.

Thanks for the tips.

I have to upgrade Photoshop to be able to use it with my camera, or go on the new cloud based system. I haven't taken the time to delve into Lightroom yet- I suppose it is time to do so.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Avoiding "blown out" reds, how to?
« on: August 03, 2013, 07:40:48 AM »
Set your picture style to neutral, display the RGB histogram and ETTR using the red channel.  To take it a step further, you can use UniWB for a more RAW-relevant histogram.

Thanks for the pointers.

I looked a little into the uniWB, and there are conflicting reports as to whether or not it works with the 5D3. Any insights to shorten the learning curve?

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