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If they make the rumored 135 f/1.8, a 50mm 1.2, and a 24 1.4, with the quality of the 35mm 1.4. Bam, I'm dumping all my canon primes and switching to sigma. 8)

Yep, the only thing Canon I'll be running are the flashes, there isn't much to justify me using their cameras, just that, well, all my Siggy glass is in EOS mount ~

Lenses / Re: How good is 16-35 f/2.8 over 17-40 f/4?
« on: April 17, 2013, 01:10:17 AM »
Not that much better, so I got the Tokina 16-28 F/2.8 which is reported to perform better for sharpness and even CA.
It's heavy and shorter, but I liked how it didn't interfere with my 35mm for FL.
Although, and I'm sure mine is fine, but there isn't the best QC and there could be de-centering, and no weather sealing, and a big bulb element that doesn't accept filters... yeah, best advantage is it's a whole lot cheaper, got deal for less than $600

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK II Error - Pink Frame
« on: April 15, 2013, 07:52:10 AM »
Ah, but instagram will fav this so much!

I started with video, with the advent of HDSLR video with interchangeable lenses I saw the future, but my T1i was pathetic with video, still better than most of what was around, but 20FPS at 1080?? Terrible moire and on and on, laughable, but taught me a lot, and I eventually got into photography (well who would have guessed it's a photographic tool with a video mode) through that, now it's a 5DII and I'm shooting portraits, events and weddings.
But, now that I'm getting back into video work, and Canon hasn't wowed me (or anyone) since the 5DII, and with the 5DII and IIIs inherent load of disadvantages compared to everyone else in the competition, I'm now moving to mFT with the new GH3, soon. Though, I'm both so familiar with Canon and so invested I won't leave the system behind, so far as a second camera for video, and for all of the photo work it does marvelous work, especially with such great lenses as the Sigma 35, which sure, doesn't justify staying with Canon, but it's not cheap and I have it in EF mount so again as an investment goes I'm sticking. Further reasons for sticking though, I've always preferred Canon for the ergonomics, few Nikon grips felt like they could stay in my hand, some Canon's are no good but those are the lower level ones, Nikon only made a few pro cams with grips made for human hands, where Canon understands what's comfortable and usable. And the controls, operation, what a lot of people like with Canon.

Lenses / Re: 2 filters jammed together
« on: April 12, 2013, 02:47:10 AM »
Is the UV filter on the CPL or the other way around? I think if the UV is on the CPL then that'll be really tough to get off because the base just rotates. I currently have a UV filter on my 70-200 I want taken off but it's been stuck there for a while... so what can I say. Best bet is to try and get the threads warmed up enough so the expansion could help make them easier to screw off, but too warm and you might damage them, so just keep on trying~
And what brand filters were they? If they were cheap then I say abandon them or see what you can sell them for, although two filters together shouldn't be done unless you're combining multiple ND filters, at least I would assume the CPL is much nicer and the UV filter won't be needed, aside from the filter of mine stuck on the lens I don't use protective filters, I want my images sharp and a little dust on the glass does no harm

Maybe shoot at F8 more, instead of F1.4  ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
« on: April 10, 2013, 01:21:44 AM »
OK...today Blackmagic has hijacked the topic at all of my camera blogs....even my MFT blogs...I am a still shooter and have no desire to shoot video...and not much understanding about it...but from what I have seen the Blackmagic units blow away the 5DIII in the video dept..no contest (correct???).I am just curious...how do Canon's expensive cinema specific cameras hold up to the Blackmagic units???

The Canon Cinema cameras are good, but are they (in comparison to say the BMCC 4K) $2K ~ $6K better? Well, for all the outputs and controls you get the Canons aren't bad, but in terms of dynamic range, uncompressed RAW with pro res 422 (awesome codecs for editing in post) and likely retaining sharp detail with no moire (the previous BMCC doesn't seem to have any issues with that) the BMCC is just so much more awesome, and look now it's got 4K with a super 35mm sensor and it's a global shutter! I don't think any of the Canons have a global shutter, so they will all suffer from skewed images when panning or shooting fast action. And the BMCC  already has an electronic EF mount too so for strict video work there's no reason to get the 5DIII unless stills are a main as well. Which, it is for me sadly, now the 5DIII isn't a slouch for video, it may be soft and not give options for glorious codecs and data output, but people have been using the system like they did with the 5DII with good results, but looks like I will be needing 60FPS at 1080P for upcoming work and neither system cuts it, Panasonic wins the cake with their GH3 again, and the GH2 is still better for all around in that regard!

So, to keep things simple, the 5D line for video is a thing of the past, the Canon Cinema cameras are overpriced for what the competition is delivering (overpriced can be used for many things but in this case it is very relevant). 4K may not have much use as even 720P can live on, but for editing, shooting in 4k and then exporting at 2K or even 1080P could mean near flawless IQ compared to 1080P only cameras, especially if you can edit in uncompressed RAW

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
« on: April 10, 2013, 01:08:04 AM »
No 60P, no deal.

Sure this has a lot of great items, but 4k is not the only buzzword I care about.


Yeah that's a disappointment, still the Pocket version is very intriguing for the price, 422, lossy RAW and all that DR. 60FPS for the smooth slow mo would be great, but again for that price and for being mFT anyways, the GH3 is an overall stronger package for all sorts of video work.

I never had an issue with the lens and it's focus on 5DII, if anything when focusing very close it seems to not be spot on sometimes, but I blame that on super narrow DOF + focus and recomposing, and this is the only lens I didn't have a need to AFMA. This shot below may not be perfect (F/1.4 anyways) but I put the camera up to my face, and took my first shot, and a winning photo popped out!
I also have done a lot of street candids shooting from hip, I've gotten quite a lot of tack sharp faces of passer-byers, and not to mention how sharp the lens is overall.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D MK3 or 6D Replacements... when?
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:55:59 AM »
i would not want to wait that long.. but when a new generation is out in 12 month i could wait.
There will be no replacements for 5D MK III or the 6D "in 12 months".
By the way, 5D MK III already has an AWESOME sensor.

I would go as far to say the 5D Mark II has an awesome sensor, especially in comparison to what the 7D spits out even at ISO 400 in daylight. But in this day and age with ISO and DR and all the Mark II lags behind even the lower level competition. Of course, in comes the 5DIII, but is the sensor that better over the Mark II? Well, for ISO, and the brief upgrade in DR and bits yes, while even with the much needed AF, quick response and awesome sealing the price isn't right for what it is today. And considering video hasn't improved much, and some would say degraded with the soft image it produces (although, sharpening is possible, and no more moire at least).

So to the point that I too feel the same way, wait it out for Canon to get back on their feet with real improvements, or get what's available now and use it until that day comes. It's been a year for the MkIII, and if all goes the same then there's 3 more years, that's a whole lot of photos captured in the uber dark, and of the fast action kind. While how's it with the 6D, it's not even a semi-pro camera, and it might get the XXD treatment and have a MKII of that released winter of 2014. Although, if Canon is still Canon today then the "6DMKII" will just have the same sensor anyways :P

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D as a Compliment to 5DMkiii
« on: March 28, 2013, 04:41:37 PM »
I was one to poo-poo the 6D but seeing how the prices have come down to a much more reasonable deal I've started looking at it again. I've read up on a wedding photog shooting with both a 5D3 and 6D and said the 6D worked fine, said it's AF worked very well in low light with the 85L, even the outer points were useful when needed. But naturally, for tracking moving subjects, especially such as the bride coming down the isle, the 5D3 would do much much better.
My concern though is with video work as well, and it's possible the 6D fails there (as well along with everything else to complain about with the 6D's nature) and has as much or worse moire than the 5DII, while the 5D3 is plain soft, even though sharpening works.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Any regrets for leaving camera at home?
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:10:46 PM »
I never do... because I always carry my gear with me unless it's a tropical storm or it's quick trip + too dark + I don't want to take pics. And anytime I come across a crazy car or interesting person for a candid or whatever I convince myself that I wouldn't have made the shot/a worthy shot anyways :P

Plenty of times I bring my gear with me and maybe take a shot or two that turn out to be nothing makes me feel silly, and others have commented "you really carry around your camera EVERYWHERE don't you!" but the time I did have it all with me and I got "the shot" makes it all worth while.

If either of those cameras does not have a new sensor then that pretty well pronounces Canon as sunk, I either break and give them more money for one of their newer FFs or really... just wait. I can't afford to switch and man, hopefully all of these "oh no Canon will forever produce crops with the same sensor" threads will be silenced once a new sensor comes out... but again, if it's not much at all of an improvement in noise and DR then ugh. But, it's better to stick with what you've got than switch

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: March 25, 2013, 11:34:57 PM »
I rented a 6D camera body to take helicopter skiing in Canada. I brought my 24-105 f/4, 40 f/2.8, and my 50 f/1.8 lenses. I found the autofocus to be slow with all 3 lenses, especially in lower light. I really experimented by changing many of the autofocus parameters and resetting the rental body to factory settings to make sure nothing was amiss. I found the 6D autofocus to be for the most part as good as my Rebel 550D with each of my lenses. I was really disappointed because a want a new body to replace my Rebel.  Lensrentals.com checked the 6D and found it up to factory specs.  Looks like I may have to pony up for the 5D m III.  Does anyone think the climate and elevation had anything to do with the slow AF?  Or does the 6D really have a mediocre AF?

So, AF is slow to lock on or the lenses just slow to attain focus? Because focusing speed is based on the lens' focusing motor. I've only briefly tried the 6D at a store a couple times and the focus feels snappy and the outer points are accurate as well compared to my 5D2. The 6D may not have the greatest AF but certainly not from a rebel, it's claimed that the 6D's center point can focus in dark areas as low as -3EV and I can believe that, and the 5D3 nor 1DX AF are built for that, they are superior at obtaining and tracking the subject in general, and they're fast, but the 1DX is special with it's higher voltage that can possibly speed up the motor in certain lenses to actually achieve quicker AF lock. If you want to shoot sports then a 7D or 5D3 would be a lot more useful.

I think some people are missing the point about Canon using the 18mp over and over, who cares if the next camera has 18mp resolution, might as well have less, it's about how they've been using the same sensor for every release post 7D. That's insane, from 7D to 60D to every rebel and M, I have a friend's 60D on me now and good grief ISO 400 and the noise can't touch that of the 5DMk2, daylight fine, but indoor I can't just shoot at 3200 and brush up some loose noise like with the 5DII and that's even older now. Feels like sensor tech is in a standstill since 2008, of course FF beats Crop, but 5yr old FF beating the crop sensor that Canon proudly presents in 2013?? If they don't stuff something worth it in the 70D then the 7DMk2 better or.... I might just break and throw them more money for an expensive FF (cursing Canon and wishing I made the move to the dark side, Canon video hasn't budged either and just sucks compared to everyone else nowadays.)
The 5DMk3 is good but not 'that' much better over the Mk2, I'll choose that if I could spare for it, and the 1DX sure, but that's an impossible league for most.
So, YES, will be disappointed if the 70D had the same sensor

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