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AF inconsistencies are my biggest bug bare with lenses.

Think I'll stick with my 50L which may be softer wide open, but the AF nails it all the time every time.

Software & Accessories / Chuck a 5dmk iii in a rucksack
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:31:12 PM »
I'm looking for something to protect my 5d mk iii (with 24-70 2.8 ii on) so I can carry it in a normal rucksack and be confident that it won't get scratched.

Mild splash protection would be ideal but not a necessity.

I'm thinking something like a neoprene style wrap (which I've seen lurking around, but nothing 5d3 friendly).

Anyone got any good recommendations?


Lenses / Re: a 50mm dilemma.
« on: April 10, 2014, 04:42:21 PM »
get the 50L 1.2

Best decision I made to get mine.

Every photo I shoot is pure magic. Colour rendition is excellent. build fantastic. Sharp in the center. Corners are mush, but who needs corners @ f1.2 unless you are shooting a brick wall?!

50L 1.2 without questionable doubt

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Not sure which Canon body to get
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:59:59 PM »


7d and 5dii are dated.

70d ok but ff > crop

I'm in the same camp as OP. I have the 70-200 and am deliberating the 135l.

I'm a shallow dof junkie so I'll probably get it on that basis

Lenses / Re: Anyone buy the 24-70mm in the last month?
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:22:43 PM »
I bought the 2.8 ii a month ago. 100% perfect. No issues. Great iq. Stunning sharpness

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:21:59 PM »
Can't find the download link. Hate the ebook idea.


The IQ + loss of light with a 2x is a non starter for me. 1.4x is ok, but blank sheet of paper I'd go with a sigma 120-300 2.8 instead of a 70-200 + 1.4x.

Lenses / Re: 1.4 lenses kwestion
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:44:12 AM »
The sigma or canon  L 35 or 85mm are all plenty sharp at 1.4 stopped down they are amazing and leave 2.8 zooms for dead


my 50 1.2, 85 1.2, sigma 35 1.4 are all mega sharp wide open.

@ 2.8 they all leave my 24-70ii in the dust

I had my 7d fixed by CPS once (which they charged me £160 for). When it came back it needed a +8AFMA adjustment to be back in sync with all my lenses.

Problem I had is a few lenses already needed a +18 (and a +20) so canons actions rendered a few of my lenses unusable at wider apertures (namely 50 1.4 and 85 1.8).

I sent it back to canon for a calibrate. The said that it was originally calibrated versus their standard lens so they wouldn't redo it.

I had to get a third party (authorised) repair centre to recalibrate my camera (at my own cost). AFter which it came back fine.

Lesson learnt: I will never use the CPS repair facility again as they ruined the use of my 7d for a number of months.

Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:12:06 AM »
if you're after a compact. RX100 is a fantastic camera.

I used it as backup for my 5d3 and sometimes (when looking at the images in lightroom) I question which are the 5d3 images and which are rx100.

AF, IQ and colour rendition is sublime on RX100.

Caveat: Crap at the long end of the zoom though.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:38:33 PM »

I bought the canon 24 70 ii 2.8. Tested it out and thought it was awesome.

Congratulations!  So, are you planning to just take this lens?

Think it might just be 24-70 and 70-200, plus a flashgun. No primes. Then everything will fit in. 1 bag with no need for extra lens cases.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: March 02, 2014, 11:45:43 AM »

I bought the cann 24 70 ii 2.8. Tested it out and thought it was awesome.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 27, 2014, 03:35:03 PM »
The new Sigma 24-105 is supposed to be the new 'standard'. After playing with the Sigma 24-70, i eagerly look forward to playing with that too. Big and heavy though. But much easier than multiple lenses. Take the Sigma 24-70 if the 24-105 is not available.

I was never impressed with the Canon 24-105L. It's too soft and washed out. I take either Sigma over the Canon in a heartbeat.
I used to own the sigma 24-70. Was never impressed. The AF is inconsistent and the bokeh is hideous.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 27, 2014, 03:32:53 PM »
Thanks for all the comments. Some really great advice here.

I think I'll go with just maybe 2 primes. Think it might end up being 24mm and 100l (because I love macro).

And pack my compact for days when life is more important than ultimate iq

Now you're talking.

The other good consideration mentioned here is the RX100.

I've got one for exactly these reasons (ie. it serves as my mid-range zoom lens). If I have any sense that my wife is going "you're taking all that camera stuff?" then I grab the RX100. In March we're going to Disney World with the family. I'm absolutely only taking the RX100. You can get GREAT landscapes with it at middling f-stops which compare very well with a dslr's images. And you can get GOOD indoor shots without flash at the wider end where you have f1.8-2.8. Great panoramas, great video, quite good noise handling at even 1600. Macro function at wide end works well. So you can just forget about the photography or you can do some photography and get good shots. Quarter the price of a 24-70.

I already have the rx100 :)

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