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Lenses / Re: Unable to AFMA 70-200mm 2.8 is II
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:11:27 AM »
Yeah tested all my newly calibrated lenses. They are all sharp and very clear under good light. So the method is super crucial.
On a side note the reason all this afma started was because I was not happy with the quality of pictures on my 24-105mm. Even after focal adjustment this is not really what I would be expecting out of such a highly regarded L lens. I want to go use it some more since it is often mentioned as good quality I would expect this is another case of user error   

Lenses / Re: Unable to AFMA 70-200mm 2.8 is II
« on: November 28, 2012, 05:15:54 PM »
So I kinda got tired of trying to do through using the box/ruler and caveman method. Sorry about the pics they were taken while I was at a ranch doing a shoot and couldn't understand what was wrong with my lens. Just haven't ha time to take better ones.
I purchased focal plus today. All my lenses were originally at +14 on average for my 5d mark ii.
So far with focal they are all under 8 + or -   
I am concerned though because while I am sure my methods are not accurate I didn't feel as though they would be off by such a massive amounts. I am waiting for the 70-200mm to complete as its been running for a very long time.
As soon as they are done I am excited to test real world usage.

The 70-200mm is finished it ended up at -2....
Ill update on real world test..

Lenses / Re: 16-35 ii on crop
« on: November 27, 2012, 08:03:56 PM »
Here are the promised samples. I know not everyone likes it but so far i really like it. It a good combo to work with for me until i get a 50mm.

Lenses / Unable to AFMA 70-200mm 2.8 is II
« on: November 27, 2012, 07:48:06 PM »
So i am so excited that i finally got this lens. Sad part is no matter what i do i cannot get it into focus. It always seems to be just a bit off. On closer inspection i noticed i had it at +20 the highest AFMA available and it cannot get accurate focus. It is just a slight bit front focused. I feel like for a 2500 lens I would want it to be acurate. As i am typing this i am wondering if its on when its at 70. The sample images are all cropped and shot at 200. Should i send it and the camera to canon? I have acquired what i consider to be  a set of bodies and lenses i am content with(minus 5d mark iii) and i have heard you can send all you equipment to canon and have it all calibrated to each other. If so what does it cost? Or am i being to picky?

I am doing the same event photography and I use the lightsphere all the time. It works excellent for 15 feet and under. Large groups or further distance and  the light gets to soft and to dark to use. It's amazing and far softer than any bounce flash. I am using it with a 580 ex ii.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: TV MODE
« on: November 20, 2012, 01:44:40 AM »
C.FN I exposure
Under category 6 it has safety shift. Works in only tv and av obviously. Now when you take a picture with not sufficient setting the value that cannot go low or high enough will blink saying your exposure is off.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: November 17, 2012, 02:35:03 PM »
Hey guys I need help with this lens. No matter how much I afma I can not get this lens to be sharp on my 5d markii. It's really annoying when you have such an amazing lens and it won't focus accurately. Now I can't place all the blame on it because every lens on my camera is at about +14. So obviously my camera is off also. Can I send the 5d markii out to canon? Or it and lenses?  I am worried I am just going to get it back and try are going to say they are all within our specifications.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: November 17, 2012, 02:29:11 PM »
Just got this lens two days ago. It's amazing. I have shot the 1.2ii and personally I enjoy the focus speed and usability of this lens more. It's amazingly sharp and very accurate! It's better when stopped down but this only blatantly obvious on 100% crops. I feel bad I waited so long to get this lens. Primes just do it better. I can't wait till my first portrait session with this lens.

Lenses / Re: Advice needed aps-c long prime
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:39:42 AM »
I had the 100mm 2.8l macro for about a week and I purchased it for the same reason hour thinking about it.  Two birds one stone right? Well it works excellent at macro but I found the autofocus difficult to deal with in low light for portraits. During good light it was more than fast. But when it got to dusk or indoor low light it took forever and if your pictures are candid the moment will be missed.
In hindsight I am sad I returned it because I got it for about 650 and I do miss some of its features like amazing is!
However I have just ordered the 85 1.8 and it will be here Thursday. So lll have to let you know how that goes.

Lenses / Re: Will canon make an 85f2 IS?
« on: November 11, 2012, 11:17:06 PM »
So I just ordered the 85mm 1.8. Should I return it? I want the 1.8 for low light video and depth of field in pictures. Given the current trend I wonder if it would be best to return it and just wait. Seems like it won't be but another two months or so? Is would be helpful and the current trend is also for better picture quality.

Nah, hang on to it. You can take some great pictures in the meantime. And when the new 85 comes you can sell the old one to help pay for it. It'll be longer that two months, even after it's announced and released you'll want to wait for the price to drop. The 85 1.8 is a great low light lens for the price.

Are you using FF or crop? It's great on both but you'll get smaller dof on FF. In my opinion f/1.8 on FF is too shallow for video if the subject is people. It's harder to keep them in focus without constant focus pulls. Prob better to use f/4 and just crank up ISO. The 85 when stopped down is amazing.
Ok awesome. Thanks for the input. I have both crop and full frame. Yeah I will use it and a wide angle for concert type video. This probably the last lens ill buy for a while and now I am saving for a better camera just for the higher iso and better autofocus for pictures.

Lenses / Re: Will canon make an 85f2 IS?
« on: November 11, 2012, 01:47:57 PM »
So I just ordered the 85mm 1.8. Should I return it? I want the 1.8 for low light video and depth of field in pictures. Given the current trend I wonder if it would be best to return it and just wait. Seems like it won't be but another two months or so? Is would be helpful and the current trend is also for better picture quality.

Lenses / Re: 16-35 ii on crop
« on: November 08, 2012, 02:16:34 PM »
And to think I almost purchased the 135mm! Thy were out of stock.
Yeah I have a apsc and FF and I love working my two cameras to combine lenses and get new focal ranges. I am glad to hear others are using this fun lens to get a fun focal range. I usually use it wide open but 3.2 sounds fun to try. Ill upload some pics when I get back home. I understand the people who are saying not a good idea but its a great UWA and I am happy to have found a second use for it!

Lenses / 16-35 ii on crop
« on: November 08, 2012, 08:25:50 AM »
Was wondering if anyone else loved using their 16-35mm on their crop cameras. I used it the first time when my wife had dropped my 50mm and no longer af. I knew I loved that focal length so this was a temp way to get it. 16-35 on FF isn't super useful for portrait sessions but on crop at 56mm I have started to really enjoy it.
Wondering if anyone else has found this useful?
Also this is kinda making me think it might be worth looking at the 24-70 which would be much high quality. But similar focal range instead of the primes I have been thinking about....

Lenses / Re: Hold out for EF 35/2 IS or jump in with classic 35 1.4L
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:50:08 PM »
I have been in this same situation as this is one of the lens choices i am thinking about.
One thing i have seen is the MTF of the new 35 is quite a bit better than the L version. I dont know enough te know exactly what this means but wouldnt that be at least worth waiting? Its quite a big increase looks like....

Reviews / Re: My Mini-Review of the 85mm 1.2L II.
« on: October 31, 2012, 03:53:58 AM »
I dont mean any offense or anything but pretty much every topic that has to do with these lenses you keep posting this review you wrote. I think it was a good review but if i could encourage you to do the other parts i believe it mentions on there that would be awesome. I just keep clicking on it because i assume there is no way you would keep posting this without having finished the review. So i guess in one sense if you want people to go to your blog and check out your one post you are succeeding. Just realize that i count for like ten of the visits to your site. Even now you started a topic for it all in its own! I wont be tricked again! Let us know when you get some new stuff up. the first part was good!

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