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Lenses / Re: Help Me Build My Lens Stable!
« on: February 23, 2013, 11:52:04 AM »

Plenty of people are actually selling their 35L copies to purchase the new 35mm Sigma. I would highly recommend the Sigma instead of the 35L.


I have my 35L still...my friends with 35L hold on to theirs ...so I guess only the sigma folks got the news flash on Canon 35L owners selling off their lens and running to get a sigma? ;)

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Lenses / Re: What are Canon's sharpest lenses?
« on: February 21, 2013, 04:28:21 PM »
Sharpness is sometimes overated... and sometimes counter productive.  And it cannot make up for an unimaginative artist with a super sharp lens...

I only put that down first as I wanted to share Kirk Tuck's wonderful quote from his blog:

"Never before have so many boring photographs been so damn sharp."

It made me smile and think.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 02:45:27 PM »
I don't want to bash Nikon as I know some great photographers use it...and Nikon makes and have made great cameras. But watching a friend work with his images from his D800E on his computer screen left me glad that I am a Canonite.

I had previously thought the green hue issue was just an LCD thing, but the images opened on his CaptureNX2 before he started work on them also looked odd to me...there is something very wrong with the color palate of this camera...again, this is just a cursory encounter and opinion. No offense to any Nikonians lurking.

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Lenses / Re: What are Canon's sharpest lenses?
« on: February 21, 2013, 12:16:43 PM »
Take a look here:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx

It's an useful comparison chart!

Cool tool -thank you for sharing! I will show that to him.

The digital picture.com site is a great tool yes, and certainly one of the most systematic and complete ones...

But remember, while very useful, the image crops are still based on one (and occationally two copies of the lenses). As Roger from lensrentals repeatedly demonstrates, there is a "spread" in sharpness for any given lens...some are notorious for variation if you were to sample 20 copies of the lens, others are tightly bunched up with little variation. Keep that in mind as you browse the t-d-p site....it is still a great resource.

My copy of the simple 24-105L is very sharp and contrasty...yet I hear some are unhappy with their copies...two possibilities: they are either pixel peeping "measurebators" who simply will not be happy with most lenses, or, their copy is truly a lemon, in which case there is still some hope to land a good copy. :)

This is *not* to suggest that 24-105 is the sharpest lens ever, for it isn't, just a way to exemplify the copy-variation issue. In my lens line-up, if forced to choose something, I will have to go with 135L at the top and 70-200 f2.8II as a close second. I also own the f4 version, which to my eye at least is equally sharp. I don't own any of the large white super-tele primes, but from what I hear they are all quite sharp. 

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Lenses / Re: What are Canon's sharpest lenses?
« on: February 21, 2013, 12:04:07 PM »
And there we go again...a shameless parade of "what I own (or wish I owned) is the best, sharpest, and the inevitable answer to what you need" pronouncements... ;)

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm used or new, 2.8 IS or 4 IS
« on: February 20, 2013, 02:26:27 PM »
He used a 5D mark II then for that video. I would guess 5d3, if anything, would be better.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm used or new, 2.8 IS or 4 IS
« on: February 20, 2013, 02:22:51 PM »
It depends on what sort of depth of field you're after. If you were doing stills, there's very little point as the extra size/weight of the 2.8 IS mk I is only there to get you an extra stop, and that lens really isn't sharp enough to warrant using f2.8. But 1080P is only 2MP, so even the mk I lens will deliver for video at f2.8.

When it comes to shutter speed in video, you'll probably find yourself using an ND filter to slow things down outdoors when you want to use a shallow depth of field with either lens. On the occasions where you do shoot indoors, f2.8 could come in handy - but with such good high ISO capabilities of the 5D3, its not a necessity.

+1

F4 is a very portable package and delivers great video even in low light.
Here is an indoors video filmed with the 70-200 f/4:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0IKSFBaG8ZY

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX vs 5DIII Wildlife Comparison
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:36:28 PM »

I wishfully wish, that the much awaited 5DIII firmware update will include providing 8 fps to go along with AF at f/8.

Have you considered the late-night comedy circuit?  :P

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135L f2 IS USM
« on: February 20, 2013, 12:23:01 PM »
im probably going to get killed for this...

buy sony and get IS on ALL your lenses!!!!

Where is my MAC truck!  :P

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Lenses / Re: 70-400/ f4.0-5.6 Zoom ... Canon, where are you?
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:57:37 AM »
while Canon is dragging its feet to replace the outdated 100-400/4.5-5.6, Sony goes ahead with a 70-400mm F4-5.6 G....

Canon ... WAKEUP CALL!

Yeah, like we are all going to abandon Canon's whole system for Sony because Sony released a similar zoom that Canon released over 10 years ago   ::)

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Lenses / Re: 70-400/ f4.0-5.6 Zoom ... Canon, where are you?
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:50:13 AM »
while Canon is dragging its feet to replace the outdated 100-400/4.5-5.6, Sony goes ahead with a 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II lens announced today.
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/02/20/sony-lenses-50mmzeiss-70-400mm

The specs look good http://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/lenses/sony_70-400_4-5p6_gssmii/specification
Only slightly larger and heavier than the Canon 100-400, but faster at the short end - f/4.0. Same 77mm filter diameter. Rotary zoom design.

Canon ... WAKEUP CALL!

Don't know about faster...by 100mm they both could be at f4.5.... Case in point is Canon's own 70-300L ...starts at 70mm instead of 100mm ... But by ~103mm or so is the same f4.5 100-400 aperture. So Sony at ~100mm could be at f4.5.

And one could argue it is Sony who finally woke up as Canon has had that zoom on the market for more than a decade...if anything, Sony is the one catching up here! And whats more, even Sony opting for the white barrel smacks of a Canon imitation....as they say, imitation is the best form of flattery. ;)

What is marginally added is the 30mm on the lower focal length range.

The proof will be in the pudding: image quality, build, etc.

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Lenses / Re: How low will it go? (50L)
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:13:43 PM »
Brand new, even with best rebates, you should not expect any lower than $1299 however long you wait... Used or refurbished it can be had for lower now.

Part of that high pricing can be due to that little extra magic some claim it produces and the rest certainly due to the branding and marketing by Canon. Beyond that I don't want to get into the value of this lens at that price and how much more or less you get compared to its cheaper, but definitely a well-performing cousin f1.4  That dead horse of a topic has been resurrected here more times than Betty White's career :)

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Lenses / Re: Weddings 70-200mm 2.8 is vs 4 is
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:31:44 PM »
For those that have used both, is there a difference in IQ between both the 70-200's at f4? Is the 2.8 sharper stopped down a stop, or are they about equal?

At F4 they are both tack sharp in my hands.

Again the f4 is an acclaimed lens in its own right...what the 2.8II offers is one stop extra light at a higher weight. it comes down to shooting style and portability issues... highly personal depending on photographic needs and tolerance to accommodate weight. If you are a big guy with 10 inch hands, the fact you can easily carry it has no relevance to a petit woman or a smaller person in general. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:21:49 PM »
The 3D will have eye-controlled focus and a blink-activated shutter. You heard it here first.   :P

You joke, but I like the eye controlled focus of my Elan 7e. I don't know if the technology is accurate enough to select and individual AF point in a 61pt grid, but if it's close it would be awesome.

Yes, if not this next cycle, definitely soon after eye-controlled AF will make its appearance in the higher end bodies. Conceptually, it is an old technology for canon, but will need tweaking for the modern AF systems. Very doable.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:11:44 PM »
The 3D will have eye-controlled focus and a blink-activated shutter. You heard it here first.   :P

Will it do windows? Laundry without mixing colors?

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