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Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:44:15 PM »
16-35L f/2.8
Two more Einsteins w/Paul Buff Pocket Wizard trigger modules (For a total of 5 in my kit)

Or bank the $10k and wait for the remaining funds for the 200-400L

Either way, my needs are pretty narrow at this point...along the lines of gold plating the hammer.

What does this have to do with the OP?? Yes, you have spent $10k but how does one shoot an event or even a simple portrait session with only one UWA zoom lens? Two "more" Einsteins? We are starting from scratch!  ::)

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 25, 2014, 11:35:41 AM »
I think some folk here are forgetting the original brief laid out by the OP - to come up with a "Jack of all trades" kit with $10,000, not their wish list!

I think the problem here is that $10,000 is just too much. Let's try with just $1000  :o

Used 60D + 18-135mm kit lens
Nifty fifty or shorty Mcforty brand new because they cost peanuts
Extension tubes of an ebay shop in HK
A Yongnuo flash or two (no trigger needed due to optical slave mode)
Used Manfrotto 190XPROB from someone who has realized they shoulda bought a carbon fibre one.
Some home made reflectors, snoots and grids.
A decent memory card and a spare battery.

And the rest on bus fare to get around.

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 24, 2014, 07:33:37 PM »
The kit I have now is fairly versatile but if I were to start from scratch I might go with -

5DIII (just under $3000)
24-70LII ($2000)
70-200II ($2000 ish)
100L (under $1000)
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ($300)
1.4x extender ($400)

Tripod and other accessories with the rest.

Hmmm now I think about it this is what I should probably aim towards!

I'll just wait until my copy arrives, and test myself. But I'll try it in store and if my results matches those Bryan had, I'm not buying it... Plain and simple. There are endless discussions over the Sigma AF, and when people refuses to realize there is an issue it's no point. If there are great or horrible results, I'll be sure to post my findings and dilbert won't believe them.

Just tell me in advance, how do you propose to do determine the correct AFMA setting for the lens whilst you're in the store?

I think he'll be looking for inconsistency in AF altogether rather than consistently missing by the same margin every time.

AFMA can't solve your AF issues if the thing is all over the place.

EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:52:49 PM »
I'm still trying to figure out the best option for me for securing it. I bought a wrist strap (Canon camcorder strap) but it's too long and I had to cut it down for the attachment lug so I'm either using the kit neck strap or a recycled p&s wrist strap for now.
There's always the ER-E1 strap...
thanks Neuro,

I did see your post and the strap looks nice but for $50 I'd rather spend the money and get the tiny Leica Time strap. Now if we could only convince Luigi to make a half case for the M like he has for the G10 ...

My ER-E1 was under $30. (¥2900) bought on amazon.jp - is it really $50 in the US? Seems a bit steep. Usually stuff over there is cheaper.

Please, PLEASE tell me this is NOT one of the 3 DSLR bodies to be released this year.  :-\

This is news?  The 100D in white was released in Japan late last year (with a matching white 40/2.8, IIRC).

Ah! But this time it comes with a white 18-55mm kit lens! And this one is a UK only edition. Lucky brits!

EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:37:50 AM »
I'm still trying to figure out the best option for me for securing it. I bought a wrist strap (Canon camcorder strap) but it's too long and I had to cut it down for the attachment lug so I'm either using the kit neck strap or a recycled p&s wrist strap for now.

There's always the ER-E1 strap...

It's what I've been using too, saw it first on this thread by you. Thanks for that! The strap is a nice size yet unobtrusive. I don't really use it so much as a wrist strap per se but more like a handle to grab while I walk about. It creates more hand grip area overall (if that makes sense) while maintaining the EOS M's small size.

It also makes it easy to pull the camera out of your coat pocket. (Though that could be a negative if you are in a dodgy area!).

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:59:41 AM »
Your arguments are almost childlike.

Almost? Just almost? I was aiming for completely.  :'(

But seriously, would you take a 1DX to Antarctica for that once-in-a-lifetime, all-important assignment, knowing the camera is not rated for that environment?


Edit - I'd take a 7D too if I had to. I find Canon bodies to be very reliable and robust. My mate trekked the Himalayas with a rebel T2i with no issues (the kit lens might have taken a few knocks though!).

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:21:02 AM »
When shooting in eagles sub-freezing temps with my 1D X, the LCD stopped working...but the OVF didn't, and I kept on shooting.

The Olympus E-M1 is rated for -10°C (minus ten degrees Celsius); the FUJIFILM X-T1 as well. But the Lord of DSLR's (i.e. the Canon EOS 1D X) is only rated to 0°C .... bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha  ;)

Umm do you have a 1DX and did it let you down when you were using it in below freezing conditions and now do you use an E-M1??? No.

Then why do you care? Your arguments are almost childlike.

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:07:10 AM »
6) add a jack for a remote cable release. not putting one on the M was stupid (or increase the timer to allow settings far beyond 30 seconds in liu of a bulb mode).

FWIW, the little Canon IR remotes (RC-1/5/6) work with the EOS-M, and can be used to trigger bulb mode exposures (first press starts exposure, second press ends it).

haha awesome, you're a legend :) I have an RC5 but didnt know it had that function so that helps me out alot !

Another handy way to trigger it if you are in a pinch is to use the touch shutter with 2s timer. Works even in manual focus mode. The softer touch of a finger on the LCD is better than pressing the shutter button. I haven't tried this in bulb mode though.

Also ML lets you do all kinds of bulb mode action. Totally worth installing it on the M.

No ones posted on this for a while so I thought I'd share a couple of recent shots using this lens. I'm noticing some increased softness on the bottom left of my frame compared with the other corners but it's still acceptable considering what I paid for this thing! I love the detail and look of this lens, can't quite describe it but files are very nice to work with in post.

Both shots were done with a tripod and remote release to see what this puppy could really do. (these are very low res btw, if you want to see it larger go to flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/zanjum/  )

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:40:18 AM »
After shooting with my EOS M for the past 9 months or so I'm starting to see the appeal of mirrorless and yeah I would like to see more M releases. I guess a FF M is too much to hope for!

My M comes with me almost everywhere, and due to that simple reason it gets more use than my 5D2 these days. But it doesn't replace the need for a DSLR completely - heck not even close. Something like an A7 / A7R might though and I would be very interested in a mirrorless EF mount camera from Canon. Even if it was APS-C but good APS-C, know what I mean? Would be just the ticket for traveling.

However, I can see Canon would want to keep the EOS M at a level below or close to the rebels. The direction they're aiming for is apparent in the M2 - even smaller and more compact but an incremental change. Hard to believe they'll release something groundbreaking, suddenly.

I so hope I'm wrong!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:07:55 PM »
I think you're being too cynical. Time will tell, but most consumers (not CR forum members) chose what works best for them.
I am hoping I get the Amazon lightning deal for this one (or be blessed with whatever luck JD is blessed...). Although I have to say, CanonPriceWatch is the best thing to have happened (or the worst, depending on your PoV).

I personally prefer how people just gravitate towards the Canon name brand.  It keeps my gear at a higher resale value... But the conclusion I've come to... is that Canon may cost more, but more often than not, it is well worth it.  There are some Canon lenses I don't like, but they tend to be all entry level and old... like the 28-135, or the 17-85... and that's not really fair. 

As for Amazon lightening... I don't think I can hold out that long.  I have that buy it now itch... and it feels like chiken pox... Must... wait... must be patient.

LOL... ;D

I know the feeling....I'm itching for Canon 600mm f4 IS II. I already have this lens in my BH account, including accessories etc...All I have to do is push the purchase  button.

Half a bottle of Tequila and that button will be pushed in no time at all!  ;D

Lenses / Re: a 50mm dilemma.
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:18:16 AM »
Hmmm depends on your shooting style. I'd say get the 50L if shooting portraits as the bokeh and color rendering will be ideal for that. Sharpness is actually an annoyance in a way when doing portraits of women and you'll likely be doing a lot of skin softening in post. Plus the ability to do f/1.2 is a bonus for lower light levels. If I could get the 50L for under a grand I would jump on it.

How good a deal are you getting on this 50L btw? Sound like a really good deal if it's about the same as what we expect for the Sigma.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art seems a bit bulky to me for a fifty. I'm sure it'll rock optically but I just want a small and compact 50 that I can take with me all the time.

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