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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Wide angle lens for EF-S?
« on: September 10, 2012, 03:25:56 PM »
For me Tokina, all the way. I have had the same dilemma as you when I was hunting for a UWA for my crop body. I returned the Canon 10-22, as it felt like a plastic toy beside the tokina which is built like a tank and was not as sharp as the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX Pro. Solid construction, and razor sharp. Yes that 1mm difference is what you loose if you get the tokina, but the sharpness you get from this beast is razor like ( even at f2.8 ). The color rendered from the tokina is amazing given it's a 3rd party lens. Also it gives you awesome 8 stars on street lights/light source when stopped down. Pair the tokina with a multi-coated circular polarizer from B+W or Hoya and you will love what it spits out.

The only thing that had me thinking is the lens flare. Yes, Canon controls lens flare a bit better, but it is not too bad in tokina. I have been shooting over 1.5 years with the tokina and so far lens flare has never given me any  trouble. Also, depending on what you are shooting you can use the lens flare generated from UWA lens to your advantage as an aesthetic element in your composition. Also, I thought the shorter focal range in tokina might come off as a disadvantage for me when composing. So far, I have shot mostly at 11mm and wish I could go even lower/wider and not up. Tokina's 11-16mm Mark II now has a built in AF drive hence it is also a lot quieter.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Raw, mRaw, sRaw of JPEG
« on: September 08, 2012, 12:09:09 PM »
I did a test a while ago on my 7D, RAW vs sRAW.
I don't have time to find the original thread, gotta go to work, but the conclusion was that RAW delivers better noise and detail compared to sRAW, when scaled to the same size.
sRAW is only for saving card space, nothing else, if you want quality go RAW.

Would be great help if you could post the link to the thread you were talking about. I shoot in sRaw but was contemplating whether shooting in RAW would yield photos with slightly better output.

Lenses / Canon 70-200 f2.8L (non-IS) vs Canon 70-200 f4L IS
« on: September 07, 2012, 06:14:17 AM »
Currently using the Canon 60D, and maybe down the road (maybe a year or two) will go for a full frame body. I am sure many of you faced the same dilemma. While I'd love the f2.8L IS I or II of this lens, the budget is keeping me from going for it. :'(

Was scouring the flickr pages, forums for photos taken with the f2.8L (non-IS) and f4L IS. Since I have no experience with this lens (considering its weight and size) I was wondering how difficult it is to keep the f2.8L (non-IS) steady while framing your shot. I am asking this because a friend of mine bought the f2.8L (non-IS) but returned it because it was difficult (at least for him) to get a good shot and freeze his subject (unless with high shutter speed). I know this various from person to person, as some of us may have steady hands than others. Any experiences shared here would be really helpful.

Also, I was wondering given the f4L lens with it's biggest aperture of f4; how is it's bokey quality in comparison to the bokeh rendered by the f2.8L at f2.8.

I am guessing the f4L IS is sharper. Correct me if I am wrong.


I never got a shot to look like this on my t2i, I get them all the time with the 5d ii :

Great shot.  Did you use any diffused flash to light the subject? Some folks experienced banding on their photos (visible when cropped 100%) taken with the 5D mk ii, I was wondering if you have ever faced such issue with your 5d mk ii?

Great feedback as usual. It left me thinking, maybe save up and get the 5D mk iii later. Have they fixed black AF point issue, also how do I make sure I dont end up getting a body that has the light leak issue?

Technically, the images will certainly be better but will still be dependent on your creativity if you're looking at it aesthetically.  Upgrading is good but it also depends on your financial capability.  It will still be better to build your lens list first before you upgrade to a better body and just keep on shooting.  After you buy your lenses then I think it will be the best time to upgrade the body.  The body by that time will either be a lot better than the current or a lot cheaper.  Please remember that most of the time, it's the lenses that will limit your ability to take photos and not the camera body especially that it's 60D, still one of the newest camera body in Canon lineup.

Yeah, I was going that route before deciding to change the body. I have noticed I really really struggle with reach even with crop body. I initially planned to get the Canon 70-200 f2.8L (non-IS) but held out thinking telephoto of this range would probably be better with IS (to reduce camera shake) given I avoid bumping up the ISO in my 60D to avoid grains/noise. I have the following lens at this time

1) Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX Pro
2) Canon 24-70mm f2.8L
3) Canon 50mm 1.8 II (which I am selling off as I barely use it)

So if end up not purchasing a new body, I will most likely eye 70-200 f2.8L. I see myself selling off the Tokina IF I do go for a full frame, even though that is by far my most favorite lens. :( Maybe replace it with Canon 17-40 f4L?

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: September 06, 2012, 05:38:55 PM »
Mather Point (South Rim), Grand Canyon, Arizona

Like a Dream by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr

I have been shooting quite a lot with the 60D for past 1.5 years. I must say I enjoyed shooting with this body even though it is not considered stellar. However, I am tempted to upgrade to the 5D Mark II but holding back for few reasons:

1) Is the IQ between the 60D and 5D huge? Like in the out of camera RAW files. Also I do a bit of PP in Lightroom.

2) I understand the ISO performance in the 5D is better than my 60D, but I tend to not go beyond 800 and try to stick to 100 as much as possible. Will I see substantial difference in ISO performance when shooting in ISO 800/1600. Or even at low ISO such as 100.

3) Any idea if 60D's AF system is better than 5D Mark II or not? I shoot wildlife, but not too often though. Mostly landscape, portraits, street, still life.

4) I have a 24-70 f2/8L, how likely will I get better results when paired with a 5D MkII. Is there any focus microadjustment function in 5D MkII?

5) They say bokeh quality in full frames are better/creamier, if that's true is it really that noticeable?

6) How about the dynamic range in 5D?

Any other points I may have left out or should be aware of? Thanks in advance.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Should I stay with Canon or moving to Nikon
« on: September 05, 2012, 02:16:41 AM »
I too faced similar situation. First, I will state that before using Canon, I thought I was more of a Nikon guy. But that changed once I touched a Canon body. I will try to answer your questions to the best of my knowledge and experience.

First off, both Nikon and Canon is capable of producing fantastic images. What in the end mattered is how well I feel when I hold the bodies. Like I said I was a Nikon person, but without knowing how Canon felt. The moment I touched a Canon body (7d, 60d, even 600d) I instantaneously felt a more comfortable grip because of the body's ergonomics. Hold them, see what you feel comfortable shooting with.

Second, to my surprise I felt the Canon's navigation systems was more intuitive. Now, this varies from person to person. So check both, see what feels easier for you. The button placements, etc (varies from body to body).

Third, the lens. Where do I begin. Both Nikon and Canon produce amazing glasses. You can't go wrong with either. If you have already invested in a lot of Canon glass, then switching doesn't make sense (at least for me). Canon's L series glasses are out of this world.

Fourth, let's say for example, some selected Nikon models performs better in certain areas(e.g. dynamic range) today , while Canon in other areas (high ISO performance).  It can be completely opposite for other models from each brand. So, I would think what my needs are and will the certain brand in question deliver what I need.

Fifth, they are just tools. Both produce fantastic image, but if you must know Canon is known for producing better colors. Plus, in the end your artistic sense will dictate the quality of the photos you take.

Hope I made sense. Also, noise performance of Canon's 5d series onwards are superior imho. Check Canon 7d rival was Nikon d300 back then, and 7d was simply superior in every aspect. If you compare a old model like 7d with a newer Nikon body like the d7000 even then they demand respect in their own areas of specialty. So it's all very relative and it is hard to claim one brand is better than the other. I am no expert, but though I'd share my experience.

Lighting / Re: Buying a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II - Advice Needed
« on: September 04, 2012, 02:20:07 AM »
The 430EXII does Hi Speed sync also. It does not work as a master but with his 60D he doesn't need one right now. And the 430 can be on the receiving end wirelessly and still do Hi Speed Sync - either within the Canon system (optical trigger) or with third-party ETTL triggers such as the Phottix or Pocket Wizard solutions.

Omg people, are you trying to confuse the poor op on purpose :-p ? Since I have a 60d, 600rt and 430ex2 let me state this:

The 430ex2 does remote hss, but *not* with the pop-up flash of the camera as a master, you need a "real" 580ex-type master for this. That's why I won't miss the pop-up flash not that much once I get around to buy a 5d. The 430ex2 of course does hss when mounted on the hotshoe, but as explained above cannot control other flashes thanks to Canon marketing.

Thank you so much for clearing that out for me as that was one my main concerns. So I am current fixed on the 430 EX II for now (buying a used one for $230, seemed like a pretty sweet deal), and like many suggested, I will probably switch to 600 RT when I feel I have a good grip on flash photography.

Lighting / Re: Buying a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II - Advice Needed
« on: September 03, 2012, 03:20:57 AM »
So the downside of 430 EX II is i wont be able to trigger it (when not mounted on the camera body) if used with a 7D, 5D right? In order to be able to trigger it externally, I will need an additional speedlite/device hooked with the 7d/5D body?

... you can use the built-in flash of any recent Canon camera (= not the 5d, it hasn't got a flash) to trigger the 430ex remotely by optical infrared connection. Esp. Outdoors the flash cannot be behind the camera, too far away or hidden behind objects and the sun mustn't shine too bright. The new radio tech of the 600rt solves theses limitations.

... you cannot use high speed sync with the 430ex as a remote flash and the built-in as a master. This means you are limited to 1/250s (7d, 60d) x-sync and cannot use the flashes for fill in sunlight with faster shutter speeds. Using a 580ex/600rt as a master solves this.

Aha! Got it! Thanks for clearing that out for me! :) Also, all this time for some odd reason I had in my head that the 7d didnt have a pop up flash. Clearly it has one.

If I use the 430 EX II as the master and use one from Yongnuo as a remote slave will be able to do a high speed sync? (Provided Yongnuo flash units support high speed sync configuration). Any particular model from Yongnuo you (or anyone) recommend that I can consider for such a setup? I hope I made sense. I am looking at these eneloops, they the right ones I need I am hoping?

Lighting / Re: Buying a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II - Advice Needed
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:52:44 PM »
Wow, I am overwhelmed by the awesome responses from you guys. I am definitely going to check out the Sil Arena books 7enderbender suggested.

From all the reponses, it seems the Canon 430 EX II is the way to go for starting out in my case. I found used ones for $230 from BH. Will look into some 3rd party alternates, maybe Yongnuo units? Any particular model from Yongnuo that I should look into? Or do you folks recommend I stick with the Canon speedlite for now?

So the downside of 430 EX II is i wont be able to trigger it (when not mounted on the camera body) if used with a 7D, 5D right? In order to be able to trigger it externally, I will need an additional speedlite/device hooked with the 7d/5D body? I am sorry if the question seems redundant, I am just trying to figure out the concepts.

Ok so far, these are what I need to get when purchasing the speedlite.

1) Eneloop batteries with charger
2) Sto-fen diffuser

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Received my Refurb EOS 5D2 from Canon CLP
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:23:32 AM »
It has to be a Canon that is out of warranty.

I have a couple of DSLRs that are probably out of warranty. Or is it limited to point and shoot only? I dont now what's wrong but I cant seem to be fine the CLP page on Canon USA's website. I know I saw it once, someone posted a link in the forums. Any of you know the link to that page? Would really appreciate it. Thanks :)

Lighting / Buying a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II - Advice Needed
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:19:51 AM »

I am completely new to flash photography.  I am a hobbyist and that being said one of the main purposes for the speedlite is that I hope to do portraits (single, group, etc), sometimes weddings (night events) and still life.  I own a Canon 60D, but sometime down the road I have intentions to replace it with a 5D Mark III. I am contemplating buying the Canon 430 EX II soon. What I dont know is will I be able to wireless-ly trigger my flash and camera to take shots? If so, do I need additional hardware/device to be able to do that? If I later get myself the 5D, will I need a separate trigger again?

My second question is, as far as rechargeable batteries, and charger which brand would you fine folks recommend? Some suggest Eneloop, some Pearstone. I rather buy something that will last me longer than something that I have to replace often or will die out on me.

Third and last question, anything else I should be looking to add to the list over time? I will need a diffuser? Any particular type or brand I should be looking into?

Your advice is appreciated. Thanks :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Received my Refurb EOS 5D2 from Canon CLP
« on: August 30, 2012, 10:29:29 PM »
That is indeed a great deal! How do one qualify for Canon's CLP.

Lenses / Wide lens for full frame body!
« on: August 25, 2012, 09:38:54 PM »

I currently own the Canon 60D, and thinking of switching to full frame (maybe the 5d mk ii or mk iii) by the end of this year. I own a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 and it is by far my most favorite lens to date. I have a 24-70L from Canon, a 50mm 1.8 II as well. I was wondering if you folks could point me to a wide lens fit for full frame. The 16-35 L from Canon is just way beyond my budget. Is the 17-40L sharp enough? Or is there an adapter that I can fit on my tokina so that it works fine with a full frame body? Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.


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