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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D2/5D3/6D Comparison Video
« on: January 18, 2015, 06:13:04 PM »
I know there have been a lot of comparison videos comparing the Canon FF offerings.

But I like to think we have brought something fresh to the discussion.  Enjoy.

http://youtu.be/tKlhQgzCIKs

Ash x

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 14-24mm OS lens at Photokina?
« on: December 29, 2014, 02:00:52 PM »
It's a long overdue reply, but the Mark II Sigma is really optically very similar to the MkI.  I prefer the look and feel of the Mk II, but so what?

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One of my 600EX-RTs fell on the floor a few weeks ago and the red cover popped off.  It snapped right back on with no ill effects. 

So I reckon it will come off without tools.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 14-24mm OS lens at Photokina?
« on: August 15, 2014, 08:03:46 AM »
Literally ordered a 12-24 MkII to update my MkI five minutes before I saw this.  Not terribly bothered because 14 isn't 12.  I will be very interested to see this one.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2014, 04:40:59 PM »
This would be my dream lens.  I was saying earlier in the week how much I would love a 12mm F/2.8 but 11!?!

I do a lot of barmy artsy stuff at 12 - the 14 F/2.8L II just doesn't cut it - and I would love that extra mm.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/organize/?start_tab=one_set72157646248821401

And I actually would pay the (no-doubt) ¬£2,800 that it will cost.  It's a lot of cash but ELEVEN?!?


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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:12:24 AM »
I bloody love my 12-24 Mark I and this review has made me think that I should buy the Mark II.  I'm very keen on the idea of improved sharpness and less bothered about increased distortion.   I remember seeing a review on Fred Miranda that said this was a really fun lens, and that's what triggered me buying it.  It is hard to master, only appropriate under certain circumstances but gives astonishing results when you get it right.

I have the 16-35 II - and I use that a lot - and the 14 II and they don't rock my world like this crazy lens.   

http://purpleport.com/portfolio/thechaosengineers/image/1014689/photographer/?referrer=thechaosengineers

Ash

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The 6D is certainly very nice, my only disappointment is the ugly moir√© in video.    I also haven't noticed the supposedly improved -3eV focusing compared to the 5D3's -2eV - it seems to handle almost identically in very low light.

I would question using a 64G card for stills.  That's a LOT of eggs in one basket.   


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Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: April 29, 2014, 07:38:28 AM »
I have both.  Utterly love the 85, but the 50 goes almost unused.  I am going to look at the new Sigma when it's available.

I had and loved the Canon 50 F/1.4 and had great hopes for the F/1.2 but it is so much less everything than the 85.

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We might get stuff later than everywhere else.
We might pay more for our stuff than everywhere else (except Scandinavia, but they're all minted)
But finally - FINALLY - we can hold our heads up high and say LOOK!  BEHOLD!  A UK EXCLUSIVE!

Excuse me while I stand up for the national anthem and consider the wonder that isf the White 100D.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 15mm f2.8 or Sigma DG 15mm f2.8
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:06:09 AM »
I was really excited when the 8-15 F4L was announced, but when I tried it I was underwhelmed.

I don't like and would never use circular fish-eye so the 8mm end was of no interest (I also shoot with a 5D3).  And F/4 seemed unambitious.  Your mileage may vary.

I kept my eyes open and bought a second hand Canon EF 15mm F/2.8 the first time I saw one at a sensible price.  I had read good things about the Sigma, but always prefer to go Canon if I can.

I have to say it performs very well - great sharpness and colour at F/2.8  on my copy.  The AF is, however, NOISY - disconcertingly so.   I do love it for the right applications.  (For me that's generally art rock band portraits and stage shots).  It's psychedelic, Daddio.

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Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:23:10 AM »
>> I shoot portraits and weddings and here are my current lenses which I use on my 5DM3

Another vote for the 85 especially in this context.   My 135L gets very little use as the 70-200 II is so good around that F/L.

I love the 85 and if I had to only have one lens it would definitely be the one.   Slow to focus, long MFD but everything else is awesome.  A bit bland on a crop camera, but FANTASTIC on the 5DIII.

(I also love my Sigma 12-24 so there are good ones out there!)

Ash

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EOS-M / Re: EF-M 11-22 / 4-5.6 IS STM - officially announced
« on: July 05, 2013, 08:08:52 AM »
I use a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition as a fourth camera for video shoots.

You can shoot at 60fps at 1080 and it amazes me how much footage you will get on a Class 10 (has to be C10 if using ProTune) 32G Micro SD card.  I use SanDisk Mobile Ultra UHS-I Micro SD SDHC 32GB which are insanely cheap.

In this, the drummer is being shot with the GoPro (1080P @ 25FPS).   Admittedly I have done a lot of noise reduction in post, but this was a stupidly dark gig.

http://youtu.be/rPvIGg5Q7P0?t=20s

Slowmo at 720p @ 120FPS is excellent but WVGA @240FPS is only worthwhile with great light and the right source material.   

Bloody great fun either way.

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Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 10:44:19 AM »
It's a bit brutal having to choose three lenses that cover video and photography.  I think, for example, that the 24-105 is a great lens for video but pretty horrible for stills.   My main lens for stills is the 85 F/1.2 II but it's really not much use to me for video.  I really like having IS for video.

Video me would go for:
16-35 F/2.8L II
24-105 F/4L IS
70-200 F/2.8L IS II

Stills me would go for
35 F/1.4L
85 F/1.2L II
200 F/2.0L IS  (I haven't got this one but still have two near-mint kidneys if anyone is up for a swap)


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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:45:01 AM »
I keep the 85 on my 5DIII almost all the time.   I love it for so many reasons and often use it wide open (probably more often than I should).   I don't take pictures of fast moving things so the slow focusing speed is not an issue.  I do wish it could focus a bit closer than the 95cm MFD so would add this to the cons.

I just love the bokeh and the centre sharpness at F/1.2.   Colour and contrast are beautiful.   I have all the usual suspects and need a good reason to move to the 50 F/1.2L or the 135 F/2L. 

I have tried the 85 on an ASP-C camera a few times and have found it profoundly "meh" compared to the beautiful performance on full-frame.  I quite like the vignetting, but as the review says, this is easy to fix in post.

Of all my lenses this is the one I would replace in a heartbeat if it was lost.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D Mk II
« on: September 17, 2012, 05:32:03 AM »
Depends.  For me I think the 6D could be a good upgrade form the 5D2.

I only care about the low light handling and image quality.  I have a 5D2 and a 5D3 and in the low light situations I shoot, I have really started to see the difference between both the image quality and - very significantly -  low light focussing abilities.

I couldn't really care less about anything else.  I only ever use the centre focussing point.  But if the low light handling is as good as the 5D3 I think it will make an excellent second body and I guess I will ditch the 5D2.

The thing I would miss on the 5D3 would be the quiet shooting mode.  For quiet gigs, I just love this feature.

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