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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:32:02 PM »
This is getting me excited for next week.  Come to Papa, 100mm f/2.8L!!!

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The digital-only story...
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2000 = Olympus C-3030 (still have it!)
2005 = Olympus Stylus 500 (broken within 1 year)
2006 = Olympus Stylus 1000 (donated it)
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2009 = Canon T1i (EF-S 18-135mm)
2010 = EF 50 f/1.4
2011 = EF-S 15-85mm (sold EF-S 18-135mm)
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2012 = Canon 5D3 + EF 40mm f/2.8
2012 = EF 100mm L f/2.8 (coming next week)

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Lenses / Re: AFMA'ed the 24-70 mk.ii ... not sure I am loving this copy.
« on: October 23, 2012, 04:33:57 PM »
[F]or the money if you want sharp and nice bokeh at f2.8 the 40mm pancake is pretty hard to beat at the moment

+1.  It's surprisingly good.

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Lenses / Re: efs 15-85 or ef 24-105L
« on: October 23, 2012, 04:31:39 PM »
I faced the same question and for me it came down to this: I planned on always having an APS-C camera (even though I wanted to and ultimately did get a full frame camera) and the 24-105 is just not wide enough on a crop--for me, 18mm wasn't wide enough in fact.  The 15-85mm is to crop cameras what the 24-105mm is to full-frame and image quality is very similar.  So for me, even though I could use the 24-105 on my full-frame, I'd be back to getting the 15-85mm in the long run. So like everyone says, unless you are planning on getting a full-frame camera in the very near future (not not keeping the crop), the 15-85 is your best bet.  I'm never getting rid of mine.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40 f2.8 vs. EF 35 f2.0 on crop body
« on: October 23, 2012, 04:25:17 PM »
I thought the 40mm pancake was a silly lens when it came out, but having tried it at the store I was instantly hooked.  It's so light and very versatile--I can use it for portraits yet its wide enough to get a sense of the context.  Great for street photography or candids.  The 40mm pancake is sharp wide open (you need to stop down the 35 to 2.8 to get it sharp) and the focus is reasonably quick (although I can say if it's quicker than the 35m offhand, but certainly quieter and better built).  It rarely leaves my 5D3 unless it's on my T1i where I also find it versatile as a walk around lens (much more so than say a 50mm on a crop). Hope that helps somewhat.

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Lenses / Re: Need comparisons between Canon 135L vs 100L
« on: October 23, 2012, 03:46:54 PM »
I own both the 135L and the 100L Macro. I love both and do not see selling either one of the them in the future.

The 100L is my first lens purchased. It is extremely versatile. Out of all my primes, I liken this lens to a zoom because of its "macro" ability to focus closeup while still have the reach of a standard telephoto. It fits nicely in between the 85mm and 135mm focal range and easily covers both. For portraits, it's very sharp, so sharp that at times I need to dial down details, ie. blemishes, skin pores on the face. At f/2.8 it produces beautiful DOF and creamy bokeh. I use this lens for just about everything. It works great for street photography as well. The IS is fabulous and allows me shot in lowlight situations. I've taken lots of shots in dense fog and the images came out great. So good that many thought I'd used a tripod. Fairly light when compared to other telephoto primes or the more popular 70-200 zooms. In inclement weather such as rain or snow, I usually carry this one around. This is because the included lens hood is quite long which perfectly keeps out water and snow from landing on the front elements. Don't take my words for it, take a look at images I've shot and see for yourself.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunghoang/

So, why did I pick up the 135L if the 100L is so great? Two reasons. (1) The 135L is f/2.0 which produces a different kind of bokeh and DOF that is simply beautiful. f/2.0 also allows me to shoot even in darker environment. Sure the 100L has IS but knowing how to shoot without IS yields even better results in lowlight situations (2) The 135L works with teleconverters while the 100L do not. With the EF 2x III Extender, I get 270mm at f/4.0. It's also good to know that many street photographers shoot with the 135L because of its ideal reach and discreet black color (as compared to the white of the 70-200mm lenses).

Truth is, if you're on the fence deciding whether to pick up the 100L or the 135L, it's gonna be a difficult decision. There are benefits to both. You need to look at your shooting style. What exactly do you want to achieve? Do you like the ability to shoot macros? Do you like street photography? Do you prefer the bokeh of one over the other? Are you comfortable shooting without IS? I don't think you'lll go wrong with either one.

Great thread!  I'm about to pull the trigger on the 100mm macro because I'm now doing more close-up product shots and portraits and it's good to hear that it can do double duty. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading from sony to canon
« on: October 20, 2012, 12:23:50 PM »
Proper flash is a game changer regardless of brand.  It's what I recommend almost as strongly as a better lens.  We capture light.  Being able to control light is a powerful thing. 

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Technical Support / Re: This Cant be Correct? Huge AFMA.
« on: October 19, 2012, 01:48:20 PM »
Wow.  Good to know.  Good luck and keep us posted. 

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Technical Support / Re: This Cant be Correct? Huge AFMA.
« on: October 18, 2012, 07:02:03 PM »
just bought Fo Cal pro and see it doesnt work on mac. is thr a mac version?
sucks to be me!

They have a Mac beta but it only works up to Lion, not Mountain Lion. You can run the PC version through Parallel or other virtual emulator.  I just ended up running it on my work PC.  Can't wait for the MAC version to be updated for OS X 10.8 so I can use it at home or on assignment (if necessary).

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Technical Support / Re: This Cant be Correct? Huge AFMA.
« on: October 18, 2012, 03:16:23 PM »
Just a question out of curiosity, the link the OP gave above talks about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System and SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid by Datacolor. How does FoCal compare to these methods? I am asking because I may need to invest in one of these myself and prefer something that's quick and easy to use but of course something that will do a good job.

FoCal gives equivalent results to the LensAlign, but FoCal is much easier to use - I use and highly recommend it...

I just used FoCal for the first time and it confirmed that I had things dialed-in correctly using "the cheapskate" method that Mr. Neuro had outlined in his lens adjustment article on TDP.  (Thanks for that, BTW).  Even with the Manual mode that I had to use for the 5D3, it was really easy to use and I appreciated also getting confirmation of what the sharpest aperture was to boot.  I can't imagine renting lenses without it (although I seemed to manage before somehow).

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+1 on 5D3 getting the red.

I don't think Canon will 'premiumize' this and withhold it from the 5D3.  It's a clear miss on a pro body, and people will clearly not pay 2x the 5D3 price to get red AF points.  I'm confident this will be rolled out to 5D3 as well.

My only fear is that they haven't released it at the same time because the difference in the extra processor for 1DX allows for recalculating exposures with the red AF point. Hoping someone with more technical knowledge can allay my fears.

I don't think that's an issue as the metering still takes place with the AF points off:
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To preserve exposure-metering accuracy, illumination is intermittent, not continuous.

Thanks for the reassuring reply.

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+1 on 5D3 getting the red.

I don't think Canon will 'premiumize' this and withhold it from the 5D3.  It's a clear miss on a pro body, and people will clearly not pay 2x the 5D3 price to get red AF points.  I'm confident this will be rolled out to 5D3 as well.

My only fear is that they haven't released it at the same time because the difference in the extra processor for 1DX allows for recalculating exposures with the red AF point. Hoping someone with more technical knowledge can allay my fears.

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5D3 please, thank you.  (P.S.-This is definitely going to add fuel to some fires elsewhere on this site, hehe)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 and a 430EXII
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:46:44 AM »
I noticed my 430EX meters differently and the resulting pics look warmer compared to those from use with T1i.  But no problems with AF assist and low light focus.  (Looks like I still don't have a reason to get 600EX).  Darn. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d III CF and SD card
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:44:25 AM »
As a counterpoint, if you already have SD cards, give them a try before you buy CF cards.  I have yet to hit the buffer limit using SanDisk Extreme Pro SD cards (I try to avoid spray and pray however) so never saw the need to spend money on CF and potentially broken pins, etc.  Someday I might change my mind and your needs might be different. 

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