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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 12:24:38 PM »
I have never considered the integrated grips as a plus. A *truly* integrated grip as those in the 1 series is actually a major gripe of mine.

This is one of those 'less filling/tastes great' debates with no right answer. For people who don't routinely use a grip, an integrated grip just adds weight and bulk they don't want/need. For people who do routinely use a battery grip, the integrated grip is a plus compared to the add-on (no flex so it's much better for tripod shots; better ergonomics, for example the second multicontroller on the 1D X is ideally placed, and it's location falls right at the junction of the 5DIII with it's grip, so it's in a different place on the BG-E11).

I happen to agree the grip can be quite useful for some.  Even for those like me who loath it, some lenses are clearly better balanced on the 1 series.

Perhaps my take on it is based on shooting style... I personally have nothing over 400mm and that too just as a zoom that rarely sees use. I find the 70-200 2.8II heavy and too obvious and usually opt for the f4 which is only slightly less so... there was a time when I felt the 35L was too showy. 

Even if I don't need to shoot at high speed or may not be partial to longer focal lengths, I may still want the perks the 1DX offers on the 5D3 (true AF coupled metering would be high on my list)...as things stand, my intern uses the 1DX while I favor the smaller body. There is really limited middle ground if one wants to move up the feature list without having to deal with the bulk and the grip.

Still, these are not major issues and I think we are spoilt for choices in the Canon camp.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 11:14:03 AM »
Anyways, as rumors go, this is rated only as a CR1....

We are still waiting for that CR2 rated 35L II and 100-400 II that made appearances several times over the years. :D

Relax... enjoy the winter. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 10:57:06 AM »
I have never considered the integrated grips as a plus. A *truly* integrated grip as those in the 1 series is actually a major gripe of mine.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« on: March 06, 2013, 07:46:48 PM »
Beyond the numbers and stats, what I have always loved about this lens is how it renders stark contrast. An extreme example in a candid shot. A darker subject in a white room with harsh directional light. I know CR will upscale the compressed picture when I post, but such is life. :)
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Lenses / Re: Advice on a telephoto lens for street photography
« on: March 06, 2013, 06:46:29 PM »
How about an 80-200 f2.8.  It's black. 




Ha! Looks like what James Stewart was using in the Rear Window. The plot of the movie involves "voyeurism" that gets people into trouble.  ;)

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Lighting / Re: 580ex ii not firing
« on: March 06, 2013, 05:25:15 PM »
Obviously, if the simple cleaning and first aid doesnt help, may be it needs a trip to the repair shop. :)

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Lighting / Re: 580ex ii not firing
« on: March 06, 2013, 05:04:14 PM »
Most likely cause as RLPhoto said is the contacts at the hot shoe....

When it is a slave, the info and trigger are happening through the optical signal ...so it bypasses the shoe...so will work just fine there.

See if you can clean or wiggle or tighten the shoe plate. Could be either on the flash or camera end...but 95% of the time it is the flash plate. This will also explain why sometimes it works and at others it doesn't.  Cheers.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS II Design Idea
« on: March 06, 2013, 04:11:44 PM »
at least its got a lens hood as part of the package, a lot that canon could learn from on many lenses possibly    :P
As far as I am aware, all "L" lenses come with a hood (if one can be used with the lens, anyway) and a pouch or other container. (The 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II comes with a very nice zip-up white semi-stiff-fabric carrying container.)

Also, some time ago on here, it emerged that in some markets (far-east, IIRC) at least some of the non-L lenses come with hoods, but not here in the UK.

Its the Non L Series lenses I was meaning mainly......but I'm sure I cam across an article not so long ago on a site selling on eof the L Series lenses where the hood was extra

I fell for a fly by night grey market offer a while back...my 70-200 f/4 L came without hood...also I wasn't quick enough to follow up, so clearly my own fault. But got a good price and the lens was tack sharp...so no regrets. But I am told all major legitimate dealers include the hood on all L's here in the US regardless of US warranty or grey market.

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Lenses / Re: Addicted to dof
« on: March 06, 2013, 03:45:41 PM »
For street photography these lenses are too wide for a very shallow dof. Try using a fast, long zoom...

One of the first lessons in street photography...within limits, don't draw attention to yourself. Smaller the gear the better. Long zooms are not ideal on that front.

Two, sometimes overly shallow DOF is counter productive in street shots. While in some cases you want to isolate your subject(s), in most cases you want wider fields with more DOF ...by that I mean not shallow DOF...sometimes I leave my fast primes at f5.6 or f8. Street work is not a studio portrait session...more often than not, you want context to the frame. That is provided by "more" DOF... more things in focus...not less.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Next Zeiss Lenses? [CR2]
« on: March 06, 2013, 03:10:56 PM »
Zeiss makes some great lens, yes, but I also think they make mediocre and poor candidates ...Their 85mm f1.4 is the biggest turd in recent years.

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Lenses / Re: Addicted to dof
« on: March 06, 2013, 02:50:53 PM »
being forced to watch "Oceans 11" on Delta Airlines with a guy eating garlic bread in the next seat  ;)

I presume you mean the recent one, not the Rat Pack version?  But maybe the destination is a tropical island paradise...that might make the odor of garlic breath for a few hours more bearable.   :P

Yes, the new one... The old version is enjoyable. No i was headed to NYC via Hoboken... Few years back,  but all I had to look forward to was being mugged.  :P

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Lenses / Re: Addicted to dof
« on: March 06, 2013, 02:29:17 PM »

Isn't a lack of DOF a blurry image and not an image with a shallow DOF?
:-X

Well the former is unintended and typically movement based while the latter is a creative choice...same difference between slipping a BluRay in the player, sipping a dry Martini with your feet up and watching a movie you love and being forced to watch "Oceans 11" on Delta Airlines with a guy eating garlic bread in the next seat  ;)

Not the same now, is it?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is this true
« on: March 06, 2013, 02:18:54 PM »
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I don't trust anyone who doesn't know how to say "ISO."

Beyond that, this is just a lot of picking flypoop out of pepper for me.

+1

Hehehe...plus he looks like a mix between Anderson Cooper and Ellen Degeneres with that grey hair and jacket...difficult to take him seriously  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Advice on a telephoto lens for street photography
« on: March 06, 2013, 12:04:40 PM »
Anything over 50mm is not street photography, it is voyeurism ;)

How true!  ;)

And from a practical standpoint,  street photography is a tad dicey past ~70mm at least in real street situations... you have too many obstructions, people get in the way, closer walkers blur a lot faster, while some of this can be viewed as "creative"...in real life, a litle "creativity" goes a long way.

Also with telephoto lenses you lose the intimacy that is a vital component of most memorable "street" shots.

In street photography my personal creed is:

-Pixel peeping is counter productive.
-The moment matters, fast autofocus helps.
-Be wide enough to include some context to the scene.

For all these reasons my preferred lenses remain the 35L or 50 f/1.4. However, depending on the context,  even the 85 f/1.8 or 135L can work, but I would call those instances rare.

Edit: I left out in the list "do not use over-obvious equipment and big bulky zooms...it is off-putting; smaller the footprint, the better". But in someways even the 35L, 85 1.8 and 135L with hoods break this rule as they are rather noticeable.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« on: March 06, 2013, 11:03:39 AM »
When I used my 70-200 this weekend for some event work... it felt like a feather. Def stands out... I get all sorts of questions and just tell them, as CR guy said, It's the pinnacle of medium telephoto!

"pinnacle of medium telephoto"  ::)

Like a lay person at an event who asks questions of this most obvious zoom knows what telephoto is...much less what a "medium" telephoto is.  ::)

I wish Canon had kept all their 70-200's black and kept the white branding to the true superteles.

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