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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony Rx-1
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:30:56 AM »
Just curious - how interested are you guys in purchasing this camera as a secondary backup to your DSLR? If not this specific sony rx-1 how about a canon full frame compact camera?

Is there a market for it? What's a price you'd be willing to pay?

While the rx-1 looks and sounds amazing - I don't know that I could stomach spending 3k on a fixed lens camera. The idea behind it is awesome tho. I'm reading lots of rumors of the nex-9 (or whatever it ends up being) that will be Sony's FF mirrorless camera entry.

Now that I might pick up.

Kinda interested what everyone's thoughts were on this.

Lenses / 100mm f2.8 HIS Macro question!
« on: August 27, 2012, 04:37:40 PM »
Just a question for owner's of this lens - I just got mine today from BHphoto and I noticed that the HIS system sounds kinda odd. Maybe I'm just not used to it - as most lenses I've owned haven't had IS/HIS - so it's just a new sound but it just seemed weird.

Turned it off too to make sure it wasn't the af system or anything else and it's only present when HIS is enabled.


EOS Bodies / 5D Mark III Firmware?
« on: August 19, 2012, 10:23:41 AM »
There hasn't been any chatter on this lately - it seems to just have died off. I thought there was word of a HUGE firmware upgrade coming to the Mark III in July?

Has there been any other official / non official talk of when it's coming / what it may contain?


Lenses / 50mm 1.2 vs 35mm 1.4
« on: August 05, 2012, 08:18:11 PM »
Well, I'm not sure what to do. I'm currently using only my 50mm 1.2 lens and I'm considering selling/trading it towards the 35mm 1.4. (and maybe repurchase the 50mm 1.4 or 1.8)

I want one of them for a kind of everyday lens for general walkaround use.

Looking for some opinions on people that have used/own both and which they lean more towards and why.

On top of that I'm not too sure if I maybe want to hold off and see what gets announced in the next months as the mark II of the 35 seems to be a pretty strong rumor for the past year or so - but who really knows.

Anywho, would love to hear some insight from everyone.


Hey everyone, I currently have a 5d3 that's my main camera for about 80% of my shooting. I bike and hike a lot and I'm looking for something more pocketable that I can take with me that doesn't require bulkiness of a dslr but isn't sacrificing image quality too much.

I've been looking through the choices and I cannot decide on what to do and I was just curious what others on here have researched or leaned on as their secondary camera.

So far I'm pretty sold on the new sony DSC-rx100


But i'm not sure if I should wait to see what canon introduces in the mirrorless market - or would I just be in the same situation with a mirrorless camera?

I looked a lot at the nex-7, V1 and they seem nice, but still kinda bulky and I'm sure at that point I'd rather just have my 5d.

Would love to hear some opinions or ideas.


Software & Accessories / Reikan FoCal
« on: May 23, 2012, 04:52:08 PM »
Curious about purchasing this software. Anyone here have much experience with it? How easy is it to use? How complicated is setup and calibration? What kind of results can I expect from my camera and lenses?

Thanks! Would love to hear others feedback before I make the purchase.

Canon General / Canon Rebates
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:10:00 PM »
Will we not see another run of Canon Rebates until the Holiday season (Christmas time)? I'm not too familiar with how often/when they run them.


Lenses / Canon 135mm f2 L
« on: April 18, 2012, 01:18:12 PM »
So, I see a lot of people complaining that this lens needs IS. Does anyone here that own it feel like it truly does? Is it mostly because of the focal length? It's fast aperture seems like it wouldn't warrant that you would need IS in most situations.

I find myself mostly shooting handheld street shots and this lens seems that it would draw a lot less attention.

Lastly, reviews seem phenomenal. I'm assuming most of the community here feels the same?

Thanks for the opinions!

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 12-24 F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASP HSM II
« on: April 10, 2012, 01:16:32 PM »
I didn't see any topics on this yet. Any users here any experience with it? Seems like a well priced high quality landscape zoom lens.

Reviews seem pretty positive so far.

Would love to hear some impressions or feedback!

Lenses / Canon 50mm 1.2
« on: April 07, 2012, 03:09:22 PM »
Is this lens really as bad as people say it is? I've been going back and forth on it and it's reviews for a couple weeks now and you can't really seem to find a general consensus.

Some hate it, some love it. Back focus issues, no back focus issues. Unsharp images, sharp images.

I don't think I've ever read so many lens reviews that disagree with each other.

Anyone here have any comments, insights, criticism, feedback about this lens?

I would love to hear it. I had picked up the 85mm 1.2 and I really loved the images it produced, but for what I'm using it for it was too long and put me in to tight of situations to take the photo's I wanted to.

I had the 50mm 1.8 ii some time ago and I love that focal length. I previously had the zeiss 1.4 and I've read that the canon 1.2 is much better in terms of sharpness and bokeh.

I would love to hear some actual owners comment tho!

Thanks guys!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5DMK3 - Af question
« on: March 29, 2012, 04:08:53 PM »
So, I just got my 5DMK3 in the mail (yay) and I'm completely confused by this AF system.

For some reason it's set to "Single Point AF (Manual Selection) - if I go in to my "select AF area selec. Mode option (the 4th sub option under AF) I have a series of choices :


I can choose to Check or Uncheck my choices - I can check and uncheck all but the second one (it won't even allow me to highlight it) SINGLE POINT AF.

When I look through the viewfinder I can either configure it to see only that SINGLE POINT AF or the 61 POINT AF (however, the 61 point af lights up every AF point no matter how or what I'm shooting - it's not showing me what i'm specifically focusing on).

Sorry if this doesn't make much sense - it's very confusing. I've read through the entire AF section of the manual and I cannot seem to figure this out.

I'm used to either Nikon - where it will light up the focused AF boxes or the old Canon's (5dmk2) where it would also only light up what was in focus.

The MK3 keeps allowing only SINGLE AF or the 61 where it all lights up.

Help :(


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 5D Mark 3 + 85mm f1.2 II
« on: March 28, 2012, 01:26:10 AM »
My 5D MK3 will be here on Thursday and I've been looking a new lens to accompany it.

I know a lot of people complain about the slow focusing of the 85mm f1.2 II. Does the improved AF engine in the 5DMK3 increase the AF speeds of this lens in any way?

Anyone using the 85 with their new MK3?

Would love to hear some insight!

Thanks guys!

EOS Bodies / Canon 5D Mark III preproduction models
« on: March 03, 2012, 09:45:03 AM »
With the unveiling of the 5Dmk3 and it's specs (which I am completely excited about and have already preordered mine at best buy) what do you guys think were the specifications of the other "test" models that were out there in photographers hands?

I remember reading before (like the new 24-70) that they had multiple variations out testing with pro photographers.

How different do you think the specs were on those cameras? Will we ever find out what else the 5Dmk3 "could've" been?

Just curious!

Lenses / Canon 24-70mm f2.8 USM II Pre-orders!
« on: February 27, 2012, 01:29:17 PM »
Hey guys,

I've been going back and forth on whether I should invest my money in the new 5DMKIII that is bound to be out shortly or the new Canon 24-70 f2.8 II.

My 5DMKII does an admirable job already and I can't think of a reason why "I" would need to upgrade to the MKIII (save for tech envy) so I decided to put my money on the new 24-70 instead.

Preordered mine from BHPhoto this morning. Curious however, with a ship date of April 17th and large distributor's such as BHphoto - how long do you think it will take them to fulfill preorders? Would I be better off buying it locally or at another smaller online retailer where most people wouldn't go to?

With BH being so large, I'm sure that will impact their allotment during the initial shipment of the lens. This is my first time pre-ordering camera tech before and I'm just kind of curious what the turn around time might look like!


Software & Accessories / Audio Recording Device
« on: December 13, 2011, 05:28:19 PM »
Hi guys,

I'm shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II atm - primarily for pictures. I've been dipping in the waters of recording audio/video recently and I'm wondering what's the best solution for external audio - in a smaller handheld solution.

I've been looking at




Is one better than the other? They both seem to get very positive reviews. Is there something better or different that I would want to look at?

How would you connect these devices to the camera to record audio? Or would that be something that is merged together post production? If so - recommendations for what software to link the audio and video up together to match?

Thanks for any help!

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