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Heh, it appears that this firmware has been on Canon New Zealand's website since 18 April... I should have checked earlier, but I had a bunch of paid shoots to do and it wasn't the right time to mess around with firmware.

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The rock on the right hand side of the image bothers me.  Damn nature, getting in the way of aesthetics.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D 3 sales
« on: April 11, 2013, 06:34:10 PM »
I got my 5D3's for 3000$ and 2499$. This was little over 6 months into the release and I'm glad I waited for a good deal. The 5D3 is nearly the perfect camera for me, and currently see possibly never upgrading.
I paid about $4450 for my 5D3 body, and it's awesome.  It needs a couple of minor improvements but nothing that firmware couldn't fix.

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Reviews / Re: Most Objective and Less Objective REVIEWER?
« on: April 08, 2013, 09:03:48 PM »
I'd have to agree overall really good but he is a bit brutal on 3rd partys
It was The Digital Picture's review of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens that convinced me to go ahead and buy one (and as you know it's awesome).  Perhaps the reason he is a bit harsher on third party lenses is because of what he says at the bottom of that particular review, meaning these lenses need to justify their value proposition beyond mere image quality:
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My standard disclaimer: There are some potential issues with third party lenses. Since Sigma reverse engineers (vs. licenses) manufacturer AF routines, there is always the possibility that a DSLR body might not support a (likely older) third party lens. Sometimes a lens can be made compatible by the manufacturer, sometimes not. There is also the risk of a problem that results in the lens and body manufacturers directing blame at each other.

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I thought about buying a kit but i got a very good deal for a 2 month old 6D body.
But now i need a good standard zoom for my new FF camera.
So what is the best choice for best quality at the short end?
1000 euro maximum.
You want the best quality standard zoom? A few posts have suggested a 24-70 f/2.8 series-1. Right zoom range....wrong lens. While good copies of this lens are known to exist, most of them are mongrels. I had five over a number of years. Avoid them. They highly likely to disappoint.

You've got yourself a great body, so back it up with a truly phenomenal lens, the new 24-70 f/2.8II. Everything positive you have read about this lens is true. As I mentioned on another thread, photographers including myself are disposing of L primes in the 24-70 zoom range...the new zoom makes them obsolete. It's just that good.

-PW
But where can you get one for less than 1000 Euros?

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I would consider the 24-70 2.8L.  You should be able to find one for ~ $1000.  If I could only have one lens and could not afford the II, this is the one I would get.  It may not be quite as sharp as the new version, but it is a great lens.  I use mine all of the time and get fantastic results.
+1.  This is exactly what I was about to post.  Although if you could find a 16-35mm for $1000 or less then that would also be worth considering if landscape is going to be your main interest.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D MK3 or 6D Replacements... when?
« on: April 05, 2013, 06:11:44 AM »
Save yourself some pain and buy a 5D3 now.  Otherwise you'll chew your fingernails off every time Canon makes an announcement for the next 2-3 years.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: need advise on what speedlite?
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:23:14 AM »
The YN's do have an annoying powersaver feature, but it's manageable.

I am thinking about augmenting my two 580exII's with a couple of YN-560 or YN-568ex2 combined with my YN-602 and 622c's and get rid of my old Nikon SB-28's for background.

- What is the issue with the sleep-mode with the YN's?
The issue I have with sleep mode on my YN-568ex is that when it goes to sleep, you have to fire a shot first before it wakes up.  So you miss the first shot.
The wake-up can happen from the camera position though, right? You don't need to physically touch the flash, correct?
That's correct - I never have to physically touch the flash.  But then you need to consider that I'm not leaving them for more than 10-15 minutes, so I haven't experienced a 'deep' sleep like the type that Chris Burch has described.  Or maybe that issue has been resolved with the 568ex?

BTW, the 622c is an excellent trigger - amazing really when you consider the price.  I was using a Pixel branded trigger before, and couldn't get a shutter sync faster than 1/125th (on my 5D3).  With the 622c I can sync at 1/200th easily and with HSS have shot at 1/2000th.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: need advise on what speedlite?
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:36:35 AM »
The YN's do have an annoying powersaver feature, but it's manageable.

I am thinking about augmenting my two 580exII's with a couple of YN-560 or YN-568ex2 combined with my YN-602 and 622c's and get rid of my old Nikon SB-28's for background.

- What is the issue with the sleep-mode with the YN's?
The issue I have with sleep mode on my YN-568ex is that when it goes to sleep, you have to fire a shot first before it wakes up.  So you miss the first shot.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« on: March 17, 2013, 06:24:53 AM »
I love the 85mm focal length.  What this review really needs is an update that includes comparisons with the Canon f/1.8 and the Sigma f/1.4.  Even if only because the review asks the question:

"Practically, how does f/1.2 hold up against 1.4? Is the lenses [sic] $2,000 price tag justified? After all, Canon shooters have the option of a Sigma 1.4 at half that price, and the Canon 85mm f/1.8 for about $500."

...but doesn't actually answer it.  Just some constructive feedback there.

I own the Sigma 85mm lens and it's beautiful.  The thought of buying a non-Canon lens (especially one as expensive as the 85mm f/1.4) made me squirm initially, but my hesitation was unwarranted.  Perhaps I got lucky - I haven't had any focus or quality issues with mine (used on a 5D III and 1V).  Yes the minimum focussing distance isn't great, but none of the 85s do particularly well in this area.  The Sigma also features the very versatile 77mm filter thread, whereas the f/1.2L uses a 72mm thread.

If the Canon were the same price (or thereabouts) as the Sigma, I might have bought it, but at twice the price?  Not a chance.

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I think the point that everyone here is trying to make is that all flashes, whether it's a cheap one like a Yongnuo or a pricey Canon, can die.  The main thing to remember is that if you're a commercial photographer, you need to ensure that you're covered for if/when this happens (and always carry backup units).  If you want a warranty, I'd suggest you buy a Canon flash from a local authorised dealer.

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I've been using a Yongnuo 568ex for the last month or two (exclusively with Eneloops), without any issues.  I use it both on and off camera (mostly off), with yn-622 triggers and ETTL.  I just set my 5D3 to manual mode, dial in the settings I want (I've shot happily at 1/4000s using HSS) and the ETTL does the rest.

I cannot imagine that a flash that is this cheap will last anywhere near as long as a top-shelf Canon equivalent though.  But hey, just look at the price.  And flashes only stay compatible for so long with newer cameras coming out all the time... my Sigma 500 DG Super doesn't work with either my 40D or 5D3 because it's too out of date.  The Sigma still works fine off camera as a manual slave though, and I've owned it for nearly 10 years (a testament to its reliability).

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: First flash unit advice?
« on: March 10, 2013, 09:49:48 AM »
The flash is worth it's weight in gold.
And that's how much they charge for it...  ;)
I hear a lot of comments that it is overpriced etc but when you look at its competition, it is not overpriced at all ... Nikon SB 910 (which has no built in Wireless Radio) costs $547, Canon 600 EX-RT (with a built-in Wireless Radio) costs $559. If Nikon were to make a built wireless radio, in their SB 910, for just $12 more than everybody would have gone ga ga over it ... well, the 600 EX-RT has already done that.
I'm still not convinced that it's not overpriced - mostly because outside the US, the 600ex-rt generally sells for US$760 - except for the UK where its RRP is US$1000.  How much would you be prepared to pay for it?  My view is:  $559, fair value... $760, hmmm not really... $1000, hell no!

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: First flash unit advice?
« on: March 09, 2013, 11:15:43 PM »
The flash is worth it's weight in gold.
And that's how much they charge for it...  ;)

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Chinese aftermarket guns
« on: March 09, 2013, 04:36:57 PM »
I've never actually owned a Canon branded speedlite - just a Sigma EF-500 DG Super and the Yongnuo 568EX (the one with HSS).

The Sigma feels like a cheap plastic toy next to the Yongnuo.

If I were shooting weddings professionally I'd probably buy Canon speedlites, but as I'm merely a serious hobbyist Canon would have to drop their prices by at least 50% to entice me to buy their flashes.  I just can't see the value proposition of the 600EX-RT at nearly 5 times the price of the 568EX (in my country anyway).

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