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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gitzo 1325 tripod is it good?
« on: November 13, 2013, 07:27:26 PM »
It's a very good tripod design, and Gitzo is an outstanding company.

But really it depends upon the physical condition of the unit you are considering. As has been mentioned, it's a stiff price, but carbon fiber won't degrade in theory. However, if it is cracked (even on a microscopic scale), then it's rendered utterly useless.

A very close physical examination would be paramount.

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Portrait / Re: 'Straight' Portrait of a Young Woman
« on: October 22, 2013, 09:25:11 PM »
Some of the comments here remind me of the way a photographer I used to work with described some editors: "the only taste they have is in their mouth."

This is a very nice, evocative portrait. The lighting and treatment are excellent for the subject. You've given the portrait some drama but also made it subtle and appropriate for the subject. It's very Irving Penn-esque. Which is pretty good company to be in.

Ivan, more details please on lighting, backdrop, etc.
+1

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Check Ivan's link in the OP.  You will see more photos that may be more to individual tastes, learn that he probably likes the model well enough (his daughter), learn that the PP was very intentional and learn about his setup and software used in PP.   Ivan, thanks for showing what the little M can do in portrait work.

+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2013, 06:40:06 PM »
I Forgot to mention this: I don't expect any firmware feature updates for the 6d, actually I'd be surprised about any bugfixes at all since in the past they only graced their premium models (7d = premium crop, 5d2 = only ff then, 5d3 = premium ff now). People should not buy the 6d in the hope that something will be fixed, it is what it is.

what exactly needs to be "fixed"?

Gaining centre point f/8 AF would be fantastic. However, I tend to agree with Marsu42 that it probably won't be done.

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Lenses / Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:57:45 PM »
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/01/the-great-50mm-shootout

Maybe.  I wouldn't buy the f/1.2.  It is soft wide open and it doesn't outperform the f/1.4.  It does have a better build quality, so that's a plus... and I know some people say it is really good if you own it...

I'm willing to spend crazy money on lenses, but I would stay away from that one.


Sharpness was not a primary design goal with the Canon 50L.

To quote neuro:

Excellent bokeh was a priority for Canon with the 50L. They stated, "With the increasing popularity of digital SLR cameras, calls for large aperture single-focal length lenses with excellent image quality and pleasing bokeh (blur effects) for portraits have increased," (Tech Report, 11/2006).  Spherical aberration results in a loss of sharpness, but completely correcting for spherical aberration results in a harsh, jittery bokeh. In the 50L design, the spherical aberration was left deliberately undercorrected to produce the creamy bokeh for which the lens is known.

This thread is quite interesting. http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=10798.0

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I use it and much prefer it. I'm strictly a hobbyist. However, I never looked back once I switched. I find it to be far more fluid and natural than a combined shutter button.

It's a single menu configuration on my 6D. Uber simple to try.

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Lenses / Re: Buy 50mm f1.2L now or wait for the II?
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:39:02 PM »

My experience was completely opposite to yours?? Do you own a copy?? What i found was that the reviews are generally positive but in the real world it performs really bad! It back focuses, the sharpness is CRAP at all apertures and it has a weird glow/softness that i can't stand.

If i had a lot of money i would buy every existing copy of the 50 1.2 and blow them to pieces with dynamite and send the video to Canon asking to make a real world L series 50mm.

My experience was completely opposite to yours?? Do you own a Ford Fiesta?? What i found was that the reviews are generally positive but in the real world it performs really bad! It has poor acceleration, the horsepower is CRAP at all RPM and it has a weird glow/softness in the headlights that i can't stand.

If i had a lot of money i would buy every existing copy of the Ford Fiesta and blow them to pieces with dynamite and send the video to Ford asking to make a real world sports car.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:51:04 PM »
I use the 180L f/3.5 + MT-24EX and Sto-Fens for flowers and bugs. I'm strictly amateur, however it does everything I seek to do with it.

Neuro's the man when it comes to this stuff hardcore.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Sidekick or Full Wimberly
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:42:52 PM »
Ditto on all the above.

I have a Markins Q-Ball M-10 but opted for the Wimberley WH-200 when I picked up my 500 F/4L II.

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Lenses / Re: Buy 50mm f1.2L now or wait for the II?
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:30:59 PM »
PLEASE DON'T BUY THE 50MM 1.2!!
I bought 2 of them for my company and i sold them because sharpness is bad and it has a strange glow at all apertures.

Maybe it's just the copies i had but i doubt it.
I also have two 85mm 1.2 II's to compare to and the 50's ate serious dirt every time.

I'm thinking they will come up with a new model of the 50 1.2 since it is so bad at sharpness and it won't survive when +30MP cameras come around.

I'm waiting for a new version but even more for the new TS-E45mm that is hopefully coming soon!


Ugh. </facepalm>

If I could be so bold as to quote neuro:

Excellent bokeh was a priority for Canon with the 50L. They stated, "With the increasing popularity of digital SLR cameras, calls for large aperture single-focal length lenses with excellent image quality and pleasing bokeh (blur effects) for portraits have increased," (Tech Report, 11/2006).  Spherical aberration results in a loss of sharpness, but completely correcting for spherical aberration results in a harsh, jittery bokeh. In the 50L design, the spherical aberration was left deliberately undercorrected to produce the creamy bokeh for which the lens is known.

Also, this thread is quite interesting. http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=10798.0

Now repeat after me: Sharpness was not a primary design goal with the Canon 50L.

And please stop disseminating poorly researched opinions.

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Lenses / Re: Superteles: 300 vs 500
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:13:24 PM »
I'm shooting with a 6D and 500 Mk. II. I have a Glass Taxi and Gitzo tripod for hikes. I'd like to try a monopod. I can handhold the 500, but like my 180 Macro, the money shots require the tripod. I can only tell you that I'm utterly happy with the 500. Also use 1.4x and 2.0x although not AF with the 2.0x... was hoping Canon would offer f/8 AF with a 6D firmware upgrade, but hasn't happened yet.... wondering if I should have grabbed the 5DIII instead - for that reason and the joystick, else I am completely happy with 6D. But I digress...

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Interesting question. And frankly, I have no idea since the whole thing has mystified me from the start.

But I'm looking forward to answers, thank you.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade path from 40D
« on: June 10, 2013, 05:46:44 PM »
30D -> 6D.

I have no qualms about the focus points, my only beef is the control dial versus joystick. I prefer the joystick as it seems much, much easier to me for moving between focus points.

That aside, I'm exceedingly happy with the 6D. (A 5DIII was in budget, but I just couldn't justify the extra $.)

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Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 06:32:20 PM »
If you could only have three lenses...

...I'd freak out. Totally.  :o

LOL!!! Ditto.

My 3 favorite lens, however, seem to be my 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro, 50mm f/1.2L USM, and 500 f/4L IS USM.

Were there a disaster, they would be the first three I'd re-purchase.

But I also love my 70-200mm f/4L IS USM and 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. My 17-40 f/4L USM I tend to use less.

Gah! I hate these questions...  ;)

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Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: May 29, 2013, 11:10:12 PM »
We've also got a deal on the 24-70 f4 IS, after colleagues in the States have been waxing lyrical about it, so we'll soon find out for ourselves if it does out perform the 24-105 in practice.

Very interested to hear your thoughts on that!

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Lenses / Re: Recommendations for a 180mm macro?
« on: April 30, 2013, 06:31:09 PM »
I have the Canon 180mm f/3.5L Macro; I have never tried the Sigma.

I can only tell you that I would re-purchase the Canon 180 again in a heartbeat if I lost/damaged mine. The extra reach is great with critters.

I have no issues with lack of IS, however, a tripod is requisite for the money shots.

Probably my single favorite lens in my collection.

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