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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: need advise on what speedlite?
« on: March 09, 2013, 06:00:31 AM »
I like the fact that the 622 trigger doubles as an AF assist light. :-)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: First flash unit advice?
« on: March 09, 2013, 05:54:35 AM »
I'd also recommend looking at the Yongnuo flashes if you're keen to save some cash.  I recently bought the yn-568ex and it works really well, both on and off camera (using a pair of yn-622 triggers). It supports high speed sync as well.

I own the 2713HM and my unit appears to be fine.  In fact, after calibrating with a Spyder4 Pro, the data shows that it produces 100% of the SRGB space and 82% of the Adobe colour space.  I use it for Photoshop and gaming.

My second monitor is my old Dell 2407WFP.  The first one I owned died after a year, but Dell provided a 'next day' replacement with a unit that has been working reliably for the last 6 years.

No dead pixels on either unit.

The 2713HM uses an LG IPS panel - a newer version of the one found in the Apple Cinema Display.  When investigating monitors I'd recommend checking the technical details on to find out exactly what you're getting.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 hiccup?
« on: March 02, 2013, 05:30:51 PM »
I've had this problem once before, but only when using a Pixel branded battery grip.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sigma 85 1.4 focus problem
« on: February 27, 2013, 01:47:12 AM »
I haven't experienced this problem with my 85mm on a 5D3.  And I often shoot at its minimum focussing distance.

Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:08:20 AM »
I take a lot of baby photos, and tend to use the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.  (They are a good option if you don't have thousands of dollars to spend.)

Sometimes I'll attach my 24-70mm f/2.8L if I need some flexibility, but most of the time it's just the two primes.  The downside to the 85mm primes (of all brands, as far as I'm aware), is that the minimum focussing distance is around 1 metre (approx 3 feet).

If Canon update their 50mm f/1.4 I'd probably buy it, otherwise I'll upgrade to the Sigma 50mm in the near future.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Film EOS Body
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:45:06 PM »
I've never used a 3, but I own and use a 1V (which I love).  So if the 3 is almost the same camera, but much cheaper, then get it.

The more people that don't want to sign up for the competition (because it's on Facebook), the more chance I have of winning...  ;D

I used a 40D for five years (and still own it) before upgrading to a 5D3.  I loved it.  Excellent for sports, family, and travel photography.  Highly recommended.

A used 1-series body will probably outperform it, but of course you can't use your existing EF-S lenses on one of those...

EOS Bodies / Re: Cost of Canon 5D mk III
« on: February 10, 2013, 04:01:22 AM »
I paid US$4300 for the 5D3 (body only) when it came out.  That was the recommended retail price in New Zealand (where I bought it).  It has recently dropped down to US$3800.

So, for those crying a river about the price being too high in the US, get some perspective...  :P

The 5D3's flash sync limitation of 1/200th bugs me a lot.  It's irrelevant when I'm shooting with my Yongnuo HSS flash, but when I'm using my studio strobes, 1/200th just isn't fast enough - and it limits the DOF I can achieve.  I realise I could add ND filters to my lenses, but that only does so much and isn't always practical.  I could post several images with the DOF I want, but overexposed, but you can imagine them can't you?

And I really dislike the fact that when I remove and reinsert the CF card in my 5D3, it switches over to the SD card and I have to manually select CF storage again to get it saving to the correct card.  I want it to have a persistent setting that always chooses the CF card if it sees that it is inserted and has free space.  Surely it can't be that difficult to program.  It doesn't stop me from taking a photo, but if I'm in a hurry and need to photograph long bursts of action with high FPS, having the camera save to the SD card produces slower frame rates.

I mean, a good UV filter is a good UV filter, regardless of lens (except the UWA/slimline issue)... I use B+W MRC F-Mount on all my lenses, (not the XS mount slimline, which you could get but I doubt would be necessary at 24mm), and have never noticed any flare, mechanical vignetting, or degradation of image quality. They're not cheap, but if you're paying that $$ for a lens, I don't see the point in skimping on the filter.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III or 1D IV for sports!
« on: January 31, 2013, 06:33:38 AM »
Between the 5D3 and the 1D4, with the usage being purely sports, I'd suggest the 1D4.  I own the 5D3, and I'd say it's pretty average for sports.  I've used it to shoot triathlons and the autofocus sometimes seems to struggle a bit, even after tweaking the AF modes.  I actually think my 40D may have been a little bit better, although nothing on paper would support this observation.

The 1D4 was built for sports.  While it would be nice to go out and buy a 1DX, I realise that there may be financial reasons restricting this option (there certainly are for me), and you could probably pick up two used 1D4 bodies for the price of a new 1DX.

some people here should read the original posters message carefully.

his question was about IMAGE QUALITY not which camera he should keep.

i don´t think he needs help to see the differences in both cameras.
Frankly I just think it's nice that the community here cares enough about the OP's situation to provide 5 pages of advice for him.  Even if not everyone quite grasps the original query.  That's something to think about.

Hi Jens,

You do realise that there is a price to be paid for all this advice, when you get back you’ll have to show us all some photos!  ;D

Hahah when I was growing up, we all used to groan when someone would get out a slide projector and have us sit through all of their travel photos.  Now, thanks to the Internet, we can't seem to get enough of other people's travel photos. :)

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