December 18, 2014, 10:26:47 PM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Axilrod

Pages: 1 ... 81 82 [83] 84 85 ... 92
1231
I would go ahead and get the 5DII as well, I honestly think the 5DIII is going to be a more stills oriented camera.  I'm not saying the video won't have improvements, but it will remain a still camera at its core.  Canon has said countless times that they never anticipated DSLRs taking off in the video world the way they did.  I'm sure the Cinema DSLR will be better suited for your needs than a 5DIII, but I have a feeling it won't be out until much later in 2012 and who knows how much it will be.  Some have suggested it will be more than the C300, but I seriously doubt that. 

And don't worry about getting stuck with the 5DII, it's an awesome camera and there will be thousands of T2i/60D users clamoring to get a full frame body, so I doubt you'll have any trouble selling it even after the new ones come out. 

Just remember people are still using the original 5D, and the 5DII will continue to be a good camera for years to come.  Go ahead and get it now, the longer you wait the less experience you'll have. 

1232
Lenses / Re: 135L or 100L macro?
« on: January 11, 2012, 08:39:17 PM »
Good point about the IS that I totally forgot in my assessment above. I personally count IS as a negative in any lens. I find its usefulness overrated and see it as another lose part that will shorten the lifespan of the lens. IS -and frankly the AF - will potentially be two of the reasons for me to look elsewhere for a macro lens (and wide angle prime).

Not a very popular view, I know, but one I'm willing to reasonably defend. And just a different perspective. Not trying to convince anyone one way or another.

I agree with you about not necessarily needing AF with a macro lens, but the 100L is pretty useful outside of Macro Photography.  I used mine for portraits a good bit when I had it, and got some really fine detail shooting video with it. 

I see where you're coming from about IS being a negative, but in the 100's defense it is one of the few Canon lenses with Hybrid IS (part optical and part electronic) and it works incredibly well. 

Honestly if OP could live without AF and IS, the Zeiss 100mm f/2 is an incredible lens.  Granted it's the same price as a 135L and 100L combined.  I sold my 100L last summer and still regret it, I'd still like to get another copy, but wouldn't get rid of my 135 for it.  So I guess they are equal to me in terms of usefulness and performance, so I suppose it comes down to personal preference and how useful it is for you.

1233
Lenses / Re: A new SIGMA macro lens announced
« on: January 11, 2012, 10:13:47 AM »
I can see Canon responding with an EF 180mm f/2.8 L HIS USM.

NOT.

Canon is so busy with cinema lenses, it can't make the super telephotos on schedule, bring out new TS-E 45mm & 90mm, etc.

How do you know this is the case?

Know what is the case ? That the super telephotos aren't in the shops on schedule ? That Canon started making new cinema lenses ?

No, how do you know that Canon "working on the cinema lenses" is slowing down production of everything else?  It just seems like with all the natural disasters they have had on that side of the globe that naturally some things would be delayed.  But I don't think any one product could be slowing down the release of another, you act as if Canon is only a handful of people working on stuff....

And why would they be in a huge rush to release their new telephotos?  They hardly sell any compared to their shorter lenses, and it's not like they are releasing a focal length that isn't already available.  Yeah, it's crummy that they are taking so long, but I don't think the production of the cinema lenses is SOLELY to blame.

1234
Lenses / Re: 24mm 1.4L ii vs 35mm 1.4L vs 50mm 1.2L
« on: January 10, 2012, 01:11:56 PM »
My weekend with the 50L has been very interesting.  I've shot many different scenarios both indoors and outside and at many different apertures.  The lens has been paired with my 7d which is my main camera body.  BTW, I'm very familiar with my 7d and it's AF system.  I don't get OOF shots unless I've had a brain fart.  Just this afternoon, I was taking a few shots of one of our cats with fill flash at f/1.2 and f/1.8.  When I was comparing the two shots in LR, I was surprised that the f/1.2 was sharper.  I understand that the 50L can be softer at f/1.2, but based on my testing, technique may have something to do with it.

I must confess that the images of this lens are very different than the other L primes I use.  It's hard to describe, but the images seem "dreamier" and not as much edge blur as the 85L II.  I use my lenses as tools to achieve a "look" in the images I photograph and the 50L has a very unique look about it unlike my other primes.  I've decided to buy the lens and I anticipate that it will find itself attached to my 7d a lot.

Congratulations!  Glad you're enjoying it.  And yes, it does very well on an APS-C sensor, it's like having an 80mm 1.2 with the minimum focusing distance of a 50L 8)

1235
Lenses / Re: A new SIGMA macro lens announced
« on: January 10, 2012, 01:05:31 PM »
I can see Canon responding with an EF 180mm f/2.8 L HIS USM.

NOT.

Canon is so busy with cinema lenses, it can't make the super telephotos on schedule, bring out new TS-E 45mm & 90mm, etc.

How do you know this is the case? 

1236

As for the OP's original point, I think Canon will have to reassess the clean HDMI output-- but if they weren't convinced the C300 required it, I'm skeptical that this move by Nikon will force Canon's hand. That said, the fact that the EOS division has to negotiate a bit with Canon's broadcast division seems to give Nikon some relative flexibility, at least for the present. That latitude could allow Nikon to aggressively pursue some things that Canon has been sheepish about. I'm still uncertain about Canon's likely response, though. In certain ways, the C300 is less impressive on paper (at least for the price) than the FS100, let alone the F3 or Scarlet. The reviews, however, have suggested that Cinema EOS is a pretty impressive new system, it's lowly 8-bit codec notwithstanding. If Canon is similarly confident that 1DX vs. D4 tests will bear out the merits of their product, then I doubt they'll change anything for now. The photographers at whom these cameras are targeted won't buy cameras based on specs alone, since virtually all of them will have glass investments to consider and enough experience to know that press releases don't translate into the best product.

I agree with everything you're saying, but I'm wondering about the whole clean HDMI output and if HD-SDI makes it pointless......

1237
EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 video shooting question
« on: January 09, 2012, 05:40:01 PM »
Hi all,

I recently just got a 5D2 and loved it, upgraded from 50D. I was playing around with video mode and have a question.  When shooting video, does the focusing square or rectangle show up on LCD screen during live view??? Mine doesn't show but I've seen some people on YouTube that has the square or rectangle on LCD when shooting video... Is there an option to turn it on or off??? Or is it something that was removed during the firmware update?? Thanks for the help and loved this site.

Actually I'm looking at mine right now, and the AF points will disappear when you scroll through the info button.  I switched the autofocus modes, switched back and forth between manual and autofocus, and I can't seem to get the square to go away, so maybe it is something in the firmware update...

1238
Lenses / Re: 24mm 1.4L ii vs 35mm 1.4L vs 50mm 1.2L
« on: January 08, 2012, 08:23:20 PM »
The topic of this thread is timely for me.  I rented the 50L this weekend and have taken a few intial shots.  BTW, I own the 35L and the 135L which are great and sharp lenses.  I've also rented the 24L II and was very impressed with the IQ and will get this lens in the spring.

Back to the 50L.  It's rather soft at 1.2.  From f2.0 on, the lens is sharper and the colors are very nice along with the contrast.  I have yet to shoot outdoors.  My intial reaction is not positive and hopefully, my mind will change.  When I evaluated the 85L II, I was blown away.  I'm not getting the same reaction with the 50L.  Any tips, tricks regarding this lens would be appreciated from owners of this lens.

I would have to say that the 135L is the sharpest with the 35L second and the 24L II third.  The 85L II and hopefully, the 50L are in a different category.

My 85L II is super sharp, but my 50mm is no slouch either.  I use the 50mm a lot more, the minimum focusing distance on the 85mm can be somewhat limiting in certain situations.  The 50L is definitely a little more versatile, I usually use the 85 for portrait stuff.

 I would go shoot some outside with the 50L and play with it some more, and maybe try another copy if something looks way off.  I know I've prematurely judged lenses before when I would just pop them on in the office to take some "test shots."  But none of the test shots ever end up being something I would have photographed normally, so I think its better to get out there and try to shoot something "unrehearsed" and see how you like it after that. 

And f/2 is definitely the sweet spot, and be mindful of short hyperfocal distance when shooting at f/1.2. 

1239
EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 video shooting question
« on: January 08, 2012, 08:15:51 PM »
Hi all,

I recently just got a 5D2 and loved it, upgraded from 50D. I was playing around with video mode and have a question.  When shooting video, does the focusing square or rectangle show up on LCD screen during live view??? Mine doesn't show but I've seen some people on YouTube that has the square or rectangle on LCD when shooting video... Is there an option to turn it on or off??? Or is it something that was removed during the firmware update?? Thanks for the help and loved this site.

Usually hitting the info button to the left of the screen scrolls through different viewing options, should show up after a few presses.  Then use the little star button to zoom in to focus, but be aware you can't do this while the camera is recording.

I would definitely update the firmware asap, it gives you different frame rates and manual controls during video shooting. 

1240
EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 08, 2012, 01:21:55 PM »
I've been playing around with the camera today and I would like to know if any of you can help or direct me to a tutorial or information with the following.

1) How to set-up Custom Functions?
2) Where is the copyright info on the camera?

The custom function feature is different than the previous two body's I own, so any assistance would be so much appreciated.  Also, fon my T2i has a function to add my copyright info in the camera, I cant seem to locate it on the 5D.

Thanks Guys
Ron

Hey Ron, glad to hear you are enjoying your camera.  To set up a custom function, simply set the camera in any mode (manual, Av, Tv) and set everything to your liking.  If you save settings in aperture priority, your custom function will also be aperture priority.  Once everything is how you ilke it, go to the 7th tab on the menu (has a wrench on it) and select "Camera User Setting"; then select "Register Setting" and then select which dial you want it on (C1,C2,C3). 
Hope that helps!

1241
EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 05:06:25 PM »
Boring as it is, I read the manual and aquaint my self with all the settings.  There are good articles on the Canon website as well.
+1...  Actually, +100.  I don't know when people stopped reading manuals, but it was a severe blow to human competency.  When I bought my Mk II I read that thing front to back; yes, including the sections talking about full-auto this and that.  And this was coming from the 5D Classic, so while much of it was familiar, there was still a lot to learn.

Quote
If focus is off, you will want to micro adjust.  I just started using the FoCal autofocus micro adjust software, and find it better then doing it with a target.  The autofocus system has a lot of variabiliity, so it keeps taking shots until there are enough to clearly determine the best AFMA setting.
Good to know.  I was looking at buying one of those focusing targets, but if the software seems like a better route I may have to re-evaluate my decision.
+2, I think a lot of people's complaints about the AF on the 5D stem from lack of understanding the settings.  Not that the 5D's AF couldn't use improvement, but some people talk about it like it doesnt even work.  Did they have 1 autofocus point selected or all of them?  If one, which one?  One shot or Servo? 

There are so many different options for different situations, it seems almost certain that some people end up getting the wrong impression of it and immediately blame the camera. 

On a happier note, CONGRATULATIONS!  You got a great camera and I'm sure you'll have a field day with it.  I jumped from the T2i to the 5D, and yeah it was a little intimidating but you'll get the hang of it.  Just go shoot and have a good time. 

And remember, ISO's in multiples of 160 are your friend when shooting video, less noise.  Figured that was worth mentioning since the T2i is in 1/2 stop increments. 

1242
Lenses / Re: 24mm 1.4L ii vs 35mm 1.4L vs 50mm 1.2L
« on: January 06, 2012, 11:07:26 PM »
Also, the 135L is a lot cheaper than the lenses you have, you can find them for like $800-$850 used.  It is definitely super sharp, not quite as sharp as my 85L II though.

1243
Lenses / Re: 24mm 1.4L ii vs 35mm 1.4L vs 50mm 1.2L
« on: January 06, 2012, 06:32:44 PM »
So I was a little discouraged about just buying the 35mm three weeks ago and hearing that the new 35mm ii will be this up and coming CES.  I had nothing to do and decided compare the three primes that I own; 24mm 1.4L ii, 35mm 1.4L, and the 50mm 1.2L.  The test was not very scientific at all but more for my personal curiosity and satisfaction.  I compared the three lenses at 1.4, 2.0, and 2.8. And at 1:1 crop surprisingly the rumors are true, the 35 came out the sharpest every time.  Now i'm tempted to save up and purchase the other lens I have been hearing all about, the 135L f/2.

I agree with your findings, although the 24L II and 50L are no slouches.  I still really want that 24 II, but that Zeiss 21mm is making it tough to decide (things is beautiful and so sharp on the edges). 

I wouldn't be disappointed, the 35mm is an awesome lens and I can't imagine the 35L II being substantially better.  Even if Canon made a near perfect lens they would still keep releasing new versions because they know it will make people that own the v1 feel inferior all of a sudden. 

1244
Man I wouldn't worry about it too much, out of all the Canon lenses I've had I felt that this one needed an upgrade the LEAST. 

Just remember, when a new version of a lens comes out it's not like the older version becomes a bastard lens that gets thrown away or anything.  It's optics don't become any better or worse.

Phew, what a relief!  I read on another forum that as soon as a MkII comes out, the MkI versions all spontaneously melted down!   :P

The 35L could use weather-sealing.  Optically, it's very good, although it would probably benefit from the newer coatings designed for digital imaging.  But you're right in that pretty much all of the other L-series primes under 100mm that were updated had one or more issues that needed work, whereas the 35L really doesn't.

Haha, I agree.  I would rather see the 50L get updated first, but I suspect that isn't far off in the horizon.  And hell even the 85L could use faster AF, but then again its damn near perfect optically. 

1245
EOS Bodies / Re: Do you REALLY need a new camera?
« on: January 05, 2012, 05:48:14 PM »
What I really need is a Bugatti Veyron.

Sometimes when I go to pick up a pizza, especially in winter, it's not hot enough when I get it home. If I could go 200 mph, that would solve the problem.

And after the Veyron, I'll need a 1Dx to take a picture of it -- and the steaming hot pizza.

My needs may be different than yours. See manufacturer warranty for details.

A $2,000,000 car and a $1400 camera, seems like a fair comparison to me ::)

Pages: 1 ... 81 82 [83] 84 85 ... 92