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For the guys asking about the Tokina and the 5D mmiii - http://www.stockhammedia.com/2012/10/19/tokina-11-16mm-f2-8-with-5d-mkiii/

Thanks a lot Cgdillan. Those shots cleared out some confusion. 15mm and 16mm looks very much usable. So, I got myself a uwa prime now lol.

 no problem. yes very very usable. haha. yeah that's what it is for me =-) except I'd call it a dual focal length uwa prime.

The Tokina 15-16mm AT-X 116 Pro AF FX "DFL UWA" Prime lens for Canon EOS

+1 on that new lens name. Hahaha!  ;D

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For the guys asking about the Tokina and the 5D mmiii - http://www.stockhammedia.com/2012/10/19/tokina-11-16mm-f2-8-with-5d-mkiii/

Thanks a lot Cgdillan. Those shots cleared out some confusion. 15mm and 16mm looks very much usable. So, I got myself a uwa prime now lol.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS vs Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II
« on: October 19, 2012, 09:34:28 AM »
Awesome insights folks. I'm going through the feedback, and yeah looking at real life samples, both are amazing.

There is a good podcast by Martin Bailey #235 and #236 in March 2010 comparing these two lenses.  You may want to check out his website.

Thanks a lot jointdoc, That was a wonderful review by  Martin Bailey. I am going to save up, and get the MKII. No point cheaping out on glasses. I have a 24-70, and really dont dig it's sharpness although it gave me some nice images. Since it was used on a 60D and I wouldn't bump the iso hence used to shoot wide open which ultimately gave softer results. Now that I will be using it with the 5DIII, I am probably going to stop down to f3.5 or 4 and bump up the iso to compensate. Neuro and others helped me figure out I will need to AFMA the 24-70. If that doesn't help then I will have to figure out if I want to send it to Canon to get it calibrated to the 5DIII.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS vs Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II
« on: October 18, 2012, 09:12:52 PM »
The original f/2.8 IS is the least sharp of the f/2.8's, and also not as sharp as the f/4 IS.  The MkII is the sharpest of the 70-200's.  The difference between the MkI and MkII is real, but not huge.

But...you mention wildlife.  If you ever plan to put a 1.4x or 2x extender behind the 70-200, get the MkII - no question. The original takes a big IQ hit from a 1.4x and a very big hit from the 2x. The MkII with the 2x is almost as good as the 100-400's native 400mm.

Hmm. So, the 70-200 f2.8L (non IS) is sharper than the version 1 IS right? I was checking that 'lens resolution charts' from digital picture labsite and I was surprised that non-IS appears to be sharper than then the version 1 IS. I didnt want to believe it. Any idea if the f2.8 non-IS takes a big hit when extenders are used on them?

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Lenses / Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS vs Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II
« on: October 18, 2012, 03:52:51 PM »
I know the version two is sharper, has better flare control, and better IS, etc. I am only concerned about the sharpness across the range. I can get a new/semi new version 1 for 1500usd and was wondering if version 2 (which is 2100usd) really makes that much of a difference in terms of sharpness? The lens will be paired with a 5DIII and will be used to shoot wildlife, portraits, events. No sports. Go for the version one or get version two?

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Technical Support / Re: This Cant be Correct? Huge AFMA.
« on: October 18, 2012, 02:21:28 PM »
Just a question out of curiosity, the link the OP gave above talks about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System and SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid by Datacolor. How does FoCal compare to these methods? I am asking because I may need to invest in one of these myself and prefer something that's quick and easy to use but of course something that will do a good job.

FoCal gives equivalent results to the LensAlign, but FoCal is much easier to use - I use and highly recommend it...

+1  ^_^

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Technical Support / Re: This Cant be Correct? Huge AFMA.
« on: October 18, 2012, 01:21:56 PM »
Just a question out of curiosity, the link the OP gave above talks about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System and SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid by Datacolor. How does FoCal compare to these methods? I am asking because I may need to invest in one of these myself and prefer something that's quick and easy to use but of course something that will do a good job.

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Wow, wonderful shots Tammy! Watching this from an iPad and it looks fantastic, I can't wait to get my hands on the 5DIII and try out its high iso performance. Damn, loving the dynamic range especially on the first two shots.  :D

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5D MK III Sample Images / Post Your Best Hi-ISO/Low Light 5DIII Shots!
« on: October 16, 2012, 01:19:51 AM »
I was trying to find samples of high-iso/low light shots taken with a 5DIII but they are all spread around the net, and I thought it'be useful for folks if they could find some great sample shots taken under low light conditions under one thread. If possible please post basic exif data (ISO, aperture value, and shutter speed) along with the photos. If the thread seems redundant I guess the moderators can close it if needed.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS (version 1) vs Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS
« on: October 14, 2012, 01:32:59 PM »
I shot a wedding a couple a weeks ago with my Sigma 70-200mm OS for the first time and I had like 90% keepers. It really is a great lens. Yes, AFMA works and yes, TCs work. However, lens profile autocorrection within the 5D Mark III will not work, but you can still do that in Lightroom.

Cool, I was scouring the net to see what's the difference in sharpness. So far I found center sharpness is great, but the corners/edges tend to be soft. Have you felt this in your images, or are they just overstated. Personally for me as long as its not too obvious I guess its fine.

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Lenses / Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS (version 1) vs Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:07:25 PM »
So there! Both have the Image Stabilization (Optical Stabilization or OS for Sigma). So the mark 1 version from Canon vs the Sigma's OS version. How is the sharpness and contrast from Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS compared to the Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS version one. Is the difference in terms of sharpness and contrast huge or noticeable? AF performance of Sigma I hear is more or less on par with the Canon version, but please correct me if I am wrong. Also, can you AFMA Sigma or other 3rd part lenses on a 5DII/III ? Lastly, if I want to add focal length multiplier which teleconverters would be great for the Sigma glass on the bodies mentioned above. Kenko? Thanks.

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If you're ready to pull the trigger on the body, might as well grab one of the deals - the difference between what they seem to be going for and the BH kit deal is about the full retail price of the 24-105 (the kits don't seem to be discounted quite as much yet). Put your 24-70 on the new body and get used to FF then see if you still want to add or switch lenses.

($2899 today: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-22-3-MP-Full-Frame-CMOS-Digital-SLR-Camera-Body-/300794215856?)

Thanks san, yeah I ended up pulling the trigger on the beachcamera 5dIII deal! Hope I made the right decision, excited and anxious to get my hands on that puppy!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:33:30 PM »
After passing Adorama's and BC's ebay deals I pulled the trigger and took B&H's kit. (oh I have to correct my signature :-) )

It seems that the sell isn't going as fast as in the last two deals.

Adorama 818 in some 8 hours, but @2749
Beach Camera 120 in 5 hours @2849
Beach Camera 16 in 2 hours @2899

It's hard to be smart, but I belive if people paid $3500 for it, it is definetly worth getting it for $2900 from an authorized dealer.

Will it be cheaper than $2700 at Christmas or Thanksgiving? I highy doubt it, but you never know.

I just pulled the trigger =O

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:26:46 PM »
Damn, pull the trigger. Must pull the trigger! >_< Looks like the BnH kit and this are competing as the body comes down to roughly the same price. Think this is a good as it gets deal? Its like holiday season already! >_<

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Ok, so this is extremely tempting. I have been meaning to upgrade for sometime but waiting for the right moment (in terms of price) to pull the trigger.

I have the following gears right now:
1) Canon 60D
2) Canon 24-70mm f2.8L (MK I)
3) Canon 50mm f1.8 II
4) Tokina 11-16mm f2.8

I shoot:

1) Landscape, Architecture 2) Portrait, Group Portraits 3) Still-life, 4) Often in low-light situations, often dont have control over lighting situation. 5) Any kind of interesting surface textures for use in 3D Modeling.

So one of the reason I bought 24-70 is the f2.8 aperture in the normal zoom range, since 60Ds ISO performance isn't something to write about. And I avoid going above 400 ISO. I hate the noise. Another reason is the shallow depth of field. Now if jump in on this BnH deal, I have 2 options

Keep 24-70 and sell 24-105 OR
Keep 24-105 and sell off the 24-70.

My question is if I keep, 24-105 I will lose the shallow depth of field that I get from f2.8. How significant is the loss in shallowness from f2.8 to f4. I can try taking shots in f2.8 and f4 with my 24-70 and see the approximate difference, but if any of you out there who had already faced similar situation may be able to shed some light and would be of great help. Also, is 24-105 comparatively sharper across the range? Let's say both lens are calibrated to work with the same body. I am guessing I will bump up the ISO higher if I end up getting the 5DIII to get acceptable shutter speed to freeze subject, plus IS helps.

So there, hope I made sense. Is it better to keep the 24-70 or 24-105 in terms of shallow dof, sharpness. Oh, in the future I know I will get the 70-200 so I am not thinking the reach as a factor that much (even though switching to FF).

OR just wait for another one of those 2700-2800 5DIII body only deal :S ? (bangs head against the wall)!

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