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Magic lantern is an awesome additional software to your camera. It has some extremely useful features to your camera that are absolutely indespensible. I have used it one t3i,60d and 5d mark ii. I won't use it on my 5 d iii yet as its still in beta. There are a few gimmick settings but as usual you only have to use the ones you need. Haven't had a single problem. Read their website thoroughly as it will probably answer all your questions including the reliability as they(he) are very open. If you have a more specific question feel free to message me.

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Lenses / Re: Do I get 24-105
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:08:08 PM »
well, i feel slightly different than what others are saying here. While i agree with what they are saying about IQ, contrast etc. I don't agree that you should just go for it. I have a love hate with this lens. The f/4 is absolutely frustrating if you shooting in a darker(indoors) environment. I have the markiii as well and you can increase the iso which works but you lose the depth of field control. Its seems depth of field is important to you. You can get good out of focus areas with it at 105 and the subject to background distance greater but its still f/4.

I wonder if you aren't yet happy with your 17-40 because you havent spent to much time with it. If thats not the case i would recommend you look at why you dont like this lens so much. It has a closer focusing distance and same aperture as the 24-105. Now obviously not the same focal range but this can give you a good clue whether that same frustrations will plague you with the 24-105.
All that said there really isnt another lens that is a general purpose zoom that would meet your requirements. I cant say this lens isnt good. It is always on one of my cameras when i do a wedding(unitl i get a 24-70, holding at for the IS as i am not in a crunch without it) or when i am shooting a event that requires constant change of positions and very quick adjustments. I just would examine more why you didn't enjoy it the first time and use the lenses you already have to discover if your going to pour money into something that could have been saved for something you would enjoy more.

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Lenses / Re: Dropped my 70-200L F4 onto the carpet from my bag. Advice.
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:40:06 PM »
I also dropped my 70-200 2.8 ISii. I ran it through focal today and it used to have a adjustment of -2 and now it is at -1.
There is a CR0 that if you drop it one more time the adjustment will go to from -1 to zero!  ;D  ;D
But I wouldn't try it  ::)
Ha yes i think i am just going to be satisfied at -1! but i didnt think about it that way!
Thank you everyone else for the replies!

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Lenses / Re: Dropped my 70-200L F4 onto the carpet from my bag. Advice.
« on: January 10, 2013, 05:56:25 PM »
I also dropped my 70-200 2.8 ISii. I ran it through focal today and it used to have a adjustment of -2 and now it is at -1.
To me that could be a testing issue or a slight bump in the focal alignment. To me the pictures are still looking awesome and there is no weird noises coming from inside the lens under any circumstances. Is there anything else i should do?? I could send it off but it will have to wait as i have a job this weekend. Just not sure i want to get it sent out as it seems to be doing everything great.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
« on: January 05, 2013, 07:46:06 PM »
Just to only help confirm. I had the L for about a week and wasnt impressed. I returned it to canon because i figured i would pick up the non is
After about 3 weeks the itch started. I wanted that lens again. I looked at the pictures i had taken even during events and macro. They were insanely sharp.
I now have this lens and am excited to be able to use it at a wedding in a week! To me the limiter, the sealing, and for video the is is all worth it. Glad i went with it...again.

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EOS Bodies / CES 2013
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:18:01 AM »
I havent been around long enough to see what canon does at CES. DO they even announce anything? Or is it just a place to showcase what they already have?
I do know what I am looking from them-some APS-C updates(70d or 7d markii), And a new 50mm F?.?(i am not to worried about which lineup it replaces but L would be nice but my guess it will replace the gold ring and not red)
So what do you want? What do you think is realistic?

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Lenses / Re: Best effective use of my 50mm f/1.4
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:00:27 AM »
RS,
gjones5252,

I found the DOF on the 85 f/1.2 to be hard to work with in an active people moving around setting. If one person in the shot moves a bit forward the shot can be ruined, or with two people flanking a central subject and at a slight angle. I guess I can give it all a try. I do know what you mean about APS-C bodies. Something fun about them and an EF series lens. I personally enjoy my 100 f/2.8 Macro on that camera more then the 5d3.
I totally understand what you mean. I had the 85 1.2 ii for about a week. I like it...sorta. When people were sitting still and i got the focus right it was very good. But for weddings, portraits or any other seemingly high paced picture environment it was just a really frustrating endeavor.
Yeah the 100 2.8 has actually become one of my favorites to play around with. I can use it to take a great sharp picture and then very easily be operating the camera in video mode and it looks like i have a stabilizer. The IS works so well.
I do love the 50mm range as well. I am eager about looking for an upgrade to any of the 50mm line. Not that the current ones are good i just havent purchased one yet(other than the 501.8ii and my wife dropped it. Great manual focus lens now) and so i might as well wait to purchase one of the upgraded ones. Especially if it has IS. It does wonders for video. And it just as fun to toy around with when there is no tripod available.

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Lenses / Re: Best effective use of my 50mm f/1.4
« on: January 01, 2013, 02:11:38 AM »
If the depth of field on the 100 2.8 is to shallow for what your looking for then the 85mm 1.2 would not be the lens for you. And personally just because its a lens that receives rave reviews calling it the best portrait lens doesn't mean its a lens for your portraits. I think if you should give it a chance and you have already done that but if there are things that drive you nuts then getting it again isn't going to remove them. Get 85 1.8 if you like that focal length, save your self a bunch of money, and you will get a lens that looks great stopped down.
As far as using your 50 1.4 on a crop camera that is great. Some of my favorite lens combinations are with EF lens on EF-s camera. I would challenge you to find out why though. Is it the focal length? is it the smaller body? Once you know what you like about it you can decipher for yourself if a new lens is the key to carry your style to a full frame.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Filter help!
« on: December 27, 2012, 01:46:04 AM »
Not all but most. I often like to go hiking with just two bodies and two lenses. It's nice to be able to take our reflections or for landscape spreads.
When it comes to portrait or weddings I don't know that it is useful for anything there so I never really take them.

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Software & Accessories / Filter help!
« on: December 26, 2012, 11:24:42 PM »
I am currently looking for good filters for my lenses. I have 3x77mm,1x82mm,1x67mm,1x52mm.
I have basic cheap filters on there that are good for basic stuff. How i use my filters is- I take them off when i am taking pictures of things i am getting paid for, pictures i know are valuable/useful, or where they could create an issue.
I leave them on most any other time. It helps a lot to keep my lenses clean and me not have to wipe them up or protect my nephew from actually touching a lens element.
Should i just keep to my basic extra protection i have and just buy a nice CPL in those sizes? or is there some reason i should buy all nice ones?
In my searching i found a great review that really seemed to enjoy the HOYA filters but it doesn't review CPL just the UV. ANy different recommendations for CPL?

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: World's First EOS-1D C Motion Image Shoot
« on: December 26, 2012, 01:16:07 AM »
"This is the future".  Sure.  But with the 1DC?  I don't think so.

Motion blur is a big problem.  Since this shoots at 24fps, you're basically talking 1/24 shutter speed.  Right?  Well even relatively slow studio shooting is done at 1/160.  Right?  To guarantee you don't get any motion blur.  The technological leap to go from 1/24 - 1/160 is quite huge.  I mean, you can probably drop that down to 1/60 but your subjects will have to be moving pretty slow or very still.  Maybe for studio work.
Yes it shoots at 24 frames per second  but the speed at which each of those frames is taken at is what is important. There is a big difference between shoot 1/50 and 1/1000 both at 24fps. The 1/50 will have the motion blur you speak of and will create a smoother looking video but a 1/1000 you would see cleaner sharper still frames captured from the video. Although you have lost a lot of light from that and so as far as being useful for wedding photography? Not unless its a noon sunny day. Every wedding I've done is indoors and darker than preferred. So I would still rather time my 20+mp shoot with lower shutter speed and ISO then blindly hope a frame would be caught.

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 25, 2012, 09:54:32 PM »
I for one am excited about this lens. Had i not seen this rumor i would have probably purchased the 24-70II. If they can do similiar quality in a IS model i will totally go for it. I understand there will be a cost difference and probably a fair amount at that.
I am getting tired of using 24-105 at 4 all the time. Honestly i don't really enjoy that lens and have been looking for a better general purpose zoom. But f4 is to dark for what i want to use it for. So to have f2.8 and IS? Thats like having a general purpose zoom at F1.4(subjects not moving). Thats huge.
And its just icing on the cake for video.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« on: December 23, 2012, 12:45:04 PM »
I waited and bought mine at a chain store. I have really come to like their warranties. Some times can be a little fishy and not really working out but for the time that i returned a slightly off focus 70-200 2.8 and they not knowing how to test a lens gave me a 70-200 is ii back... same price.... yeah i win. So i went with them again for the 5d mark iii. Not because I am hoping to scam them but everytime i take a camera in for repair they always repair it or just replace it. So i think the highest i have ever been on a shutter count is about 35k-45k. Warranties i believe are worth it and the extra hassle. I have a warranty on just about everything i own except my 5d mark ii. 
I also got a good deal (2600) on the mark 3 so it made it easier to add the warranty price.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 60D Stock Levels Getting Low?
« on: December 23, 2012, 12:08:20 PM »
I actually really liked the 60d. I now have the 5d ii and iii. It was the first dslr I ever had and I bought it on the day it was released. The screen was amazing for video. I will eventually go back and either get another before they disappear but I am also hoping I know what either a 70d or 7d mark ii have to offer. I love the great build quality feature because my cameras see water often. But I also enjoyed the vari angle of the 60d and I have about 500gb of sd cards. I will wait to see what those two have to offer though because 1080p 60 would be worth it or even the new headphone jack. Eventually a apsc camera will be back with me but for now I am more than happy.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:46:34 AM »
My wife got me one year. Bought me when of those lens cups. They even come in a canon box. Well sorta but for that first 8 seconds it really looks like a 24-105. I was clever but also kinda sad. Hah

Somehow I am feeling the urge to laugh and to cry at the same time.
What a dissonance...
i just read my post and it looks like i barely speak english. Thats what i get for using my phone when i first wake up. Yeah i was so disappointed. Not in my wife obviously she is amazing and very sneaky with her gift giving. I was just so sure for the first 8 seconds and then my spirit just dropped! ha i am still hoping to get her back this year!

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