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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 07, 2013, 06:29:03 AM »
@Dustin
Thanks for the advice.  I did some test shots on the roof of our apartment.  I've tested at aperture f2.8 and f5.6 while varying the focusing distance between beyond infinity up to 1 meter.  The photos are uploaded to Flickr.  There are no extra sharpening or adjustment; only what ever was done during exporting from LR4 to Flickr.  All photos are handheld.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31505768@N08/sets/72157638425870414/

Couple things I've noticed when looking at the apartment windows at the center of the picture:
- at f2.8, none of the pictures are sharp. 
- at f5.6, the sharpest is at 3m focusing distance
- at f4.0, the sharpest seems to be right at infinity mark but still not where as sharp as f5.6
- If I want to take stars at night, f2.8 could be a problem.  Should I continue to Now updated test at f4.0?
- How to I get sharper images at f2.8?  Is this possible?
- Am I doing something wrong?

I found a website that describes a solution to the focusing issue.

(emadeloc.blogspot.com.es/2013/01/brico-como-calibrar-el-enfoque-de-un.html)

I would assume most of the 14mm users in this forum have seen or even used this fix.  Has anyone try to fix the lens themselves?  I would like to hear your feedback.

What are your thoughts if I try this fix myself.  Does it look like I need it?  It seems easy enough even for an amateur like myself.

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BTW, a colleague of my contacted Samyang Optics directly regarding the changes from the gold to red ring.  Here is there reply:
문의하신 14mm F2.8 렌즈는 Gold ring에서 Red ring으로 바뀌었으며 렌즈 성능에서는 동일합니다.
(단지 외관에서 Gold ring ==> Red ring으로 변경되었습니다.)

...Google translates
Gold ring 14mm F2.8 lenses, contact your Red ring of the lens performance, the revised and the same.
(Just look at Gold ring ==> Red ring has been changed.)

Basically, the new Samyang 14mm changed from gold ring to red ring and the function is same.
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Mine seems quite acceptable at f/2.8, it could be just the slightly shallow dof is making things around the focal point look soft?

You know, you can create quite a shallow dof even at 14mm, I was kinda surprised. Here's a rejected shot that was basically just a test of f/2.8 the candle in front is in focus and quite sharp too. no sharpening applied in post other than the standard LR amount.


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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: December 06, 2013, 11:15:32 AM »
I'd love a 600/4 with a built-in 1.4x TC. Not sure we'll see one soon, though.

I wonder what has more probability of seeing production? This or an 800mm f5.6 II? I could see the 600 1.4x being far more useful.

I think the success of 200-400 1.4x might sway Canon into making this badboy. The two lenses would cover a lot of subject matter and might even be cheaper than a 300, 400, 600 and 800 prime.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 06, 2013, 09:52:48 AM »
So so sorry but what is 'ML'. Pls do not laugh, just tell me the full form. Pls.

Magic Lantern

http://www.magiclantern.fm

Oh ok. yeah I know magic lantern! Thx. :)

No problem there were some things I was unsure of at first and shamefully had to look up on Google!

I remember being like "What the hell is AFMA??" I was convinced I could figure it out on my own but eventually gave up and Googled it!

And it doesn't help when "ML" is sometimes used to say Mirror-Less, but I think context helps! Confusing when they are talking about Magic Lantern on a page about Mirrorless cameras!! Haha!!

There should be a CR glossary of terms!!

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I believe that if one a person is taking more than 300 photos on a vacation while walking around is being trigger happy.
Does one really see 300 great images during a single day???? Really!
Such a person would need to carry 8+ rolls of 36 exp film in the old days. Wow!

I think the A7's are superb for the discerning photographer who wants to travel light.

I don't see 300 great images but it might take say 15 to 20 shots to find the angle, POV and framing that creates a great shot. I want to find that perfect shot, nail the focus and exposure and then? I Experiment!!

So maybe in one day I only got 10 or 20 good shots, but at least one will be a keeper for sure!!

I also keep the duds until I get home to help learn what went wrong and improve next time.

But is there a reason NOT to take a lot of pictures? Am I doing something horribly wrong?? I shoot a lot of frames because it's free and I learn something each time I press the shutter.

That said I do find myself just placing the viewfinder to my eye and not taking a picture more often. What's that called btw? A dry shot? I also try an evaluate the importance of the shot. (Is this a cat worth taking a picture of or is it like ever other cat??).

Btw - I don't take 1000 pictures of cats. Heaven have mercy if I did!!


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Sorry but am with Neuro on this one regarding battery life.

300 shots or less?? That is absolutely useless as an all day walkaround camera. Extra batteries? Forget that. Based on that performance I would need to buy at least 4 additional batteries just to get a decent number of shots. (Not to mention the additional cost of buying some chargers). I recently went to Kyoto and took about 800 shots with just one battery and it still had juice at the end of the day.

And battery grip negates the size and portability advantage. I like my cameras ungripped.

I don't think this is replacing DSLRs just yet.
Unfortunately, yes, the battery life sucks cow n!pples , it  gives only 270 shots per charge (I'm prepared to count it as only 250 shots per charge) ... that's why I ordered 3 additional batteries for my upcoming vacation ... even then I'll get only 1000 or so shots (still, its too less for all day sightseeing ... you wouldn't want to have it as the only camera) ... but I made the plunge and ordered the a7+28-70 (from B&H) and HVL-F43M flash (from Digitalrev -- this flash is cheaper in Hongkong than USA) .. another draw back at the moment is, the battery has to charged while it is in camera ... but they are releasing a charger soon (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&A=details&Q=&sku=1008167&is=REG) for US$ 50 ... but that should have been included with the purchase in the first place

To me, these 2 draw backs suggest that Sony rushed into it, to cash in on the very lucrative Christmas/New Year period. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets replaced within a year.

I'll use it during the vacation, if I don't like it I'm prepared to sell it off ... I'll consider it a 3 week rental  ;) Besides, I still have my 5D MK III and the D610 to take care situations the a7 cannot handle.

I think the A7 would be awesome as a back up or second body, for sure. I was just ranting at the notion of it being the one and only solution to our photographic needs. Dunno, where I picked up that vibe?? Was it on this thread or just in my head!! Haha am losin it! Sorry!

I hope you have a wonderful vacation and take lots of amazing photos with your new gear!  :D

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I use the Samyang on a 5D2 and I didn't have any issues. I know on the EOS M you have to change a custom function - release shutter without lens. Could there be a similar issue with the 5D3?

Have you tried releasing the shutter via remote? Or 10s timer?

You know I do think there is a custom function tied to AF lock and shutter release. I remember having similar issues once.

Silly question but is it in One shot mode not AI Servo right?

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:17:07 PM »
For the love of god, Canon. Stick the 70D sensor in a G1X style body with a good EVF and create some EF-M lenses with an aperture ring. There is no shame in copying Fuji when sales are falling. It...would...sell!

It's confirmed.  Canon are clueless morons.  I'd ask what they were thinking, but that would be arguing facts not in evidence.

I'm actually happy this appears to be a not-US-bound camera. 

Is my profound disappointment showing?

Canon makes an incredible variety of cameras and lenses, for all sorts of applications, skill levels and budgets.  But even with this diverse product line, they don't make every possible product that someone might want or imagine.  So when some anonymous person feels they haven't built the camera that he personally desires, he will publicly berate them as "clueless morons".

You're correct on all counts.  I'm anonymous and I'm berating Canon.  Probabyl because it takes a moron to recognize another moron. It's my duty as a moron to call them out.   But enough about me...
 
Canon has a very long history of doing what they darn well please model after model ignoring pleas from pros and amateurs alike for features that would make the photographing experience better yet make no sense to the design engineers.

Magic Lantern has unlocked a lot of capabilities of various camera models, yet Canon engineers don't see those as good things to add.

I'm not saying Canon has cornered the market on being deaf to consumers, but they're fighting hard for the spot.  I've been with Canon over 10 years, and  they have been so close to perfection, many, many times... and if they had only listened to some of their customers.   I've seen their innate ability to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory time and time again.

As for a camera I "personally desire", check the thread again.  I'm FAR from alone on what I consider necessary upgrades (or at least options, for the love of God), and to be a reasonable response to the competition.
Canon is the big dog on the block, far larger than Nikon or Fuji, but they insist on playing the game of being the  Great Dane nipping at a Chihuahua's heels.

As far as the M2, they shouldn't have bothered at all. They should have taken the money and sent their engineers to "consumer sensitivity rehabilitation".  At least there would be some hope for the other camera lines.  Nothing new here.  Move along...

I don't think they spent all that much on the M2 looking at the specs! Develop cost is very low - same body design, same sensor tech, same processor, same screen. Just chucked in Wifi and improved the software. I think M2 was about maximizing profits with what the already had.

We are all disappointed to some extent but I wouldn't go as far as calling them morons! They're making money aren't they? They gotta be doin somethin right then!

A point about those features unlocked by ML. Most regular people don't use that stuff. I sure didn't need it for the first 3 years of shooting. Maybe by over complicating a lower end device it would drive away their target consumers - amateurs and hobbyists.
I do agree some of those features like an intervalometer should be a available to the FF shooters and pros.

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Sorry but am with Neuro on this one regarding battery life.

300 shots or less?? That is absolutely useless as an all day walkaround camera. Extra batteries? Forget that. Based on that performance I would need to buy at least 4 additional batteries just to get a decent number of shots. (Not to mention the additional cost of buying some chargers). I recently went to Kyoto and took about 800 shots with just one battery and it still had juice at the end of the day.

And battery grip negates the size and portability advantage. I like my cameras ungripped.

I don't think this is replacing DSLRs just yet.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 05, 2013, 10:05:10 AM »
So so sorry but what is 'ML'. Pls do not laugh, just tell me the full form. Pls.

Magic Lantern

http://www.magiclantern.fm

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 05, 2013, 02:36:48 AM »
I have a question about AS plates. So, according to RRS they recommend using their own QR plates or Wimberley ones with their BH clamps. I noticed a couple of folk mention they were using universal AS plates. Did you have any issues? Is it best to stick to their advice and get the RRS custom plates? I'm just wondering because down the line I might want to upgrade my 5D2 and a universal plate makes more sense.

Thanks in advance.
One thing about the universal plates is that they are flat. And those with only one screw may twist (unless extremely tight) and the camera or lens may be out of position. The RRS plates are made to fit the body, so they are totally stable.
I had several universal plates, but I have replaced all of them with RRS plates. For camera bodies I strongly recommend their L-plates. I have not tried the alternatives to RRS, so it might be that they are just as good.

Cool. That's what I figured. The RRS plates are about the same price as the AS universal ones anyway. My crappy manfrotto ones twist and slip all over the place. Time to change.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 05, 2013, 01:50:57 AM »
I have a question about AS plates. So, according to RRS they recommend using their own QR plates or Wimberley ones with their BH clamps. I noticed a couple of folk mention they were using universal AS plates. Did you have any issues? Is it best to stick to their advice and get the RRS custom plates? I'm just wondering because down the line I might want to upgrade my 5D2 and a universal plate makes more sense.

Thanks in advance.

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I still don't understand who these full frame mirorrless cameras are aimed at, aside from a hobbyist with a lot of money to burn.

-Average consumer, it is too expensive
-Camera-oriented gadget freak, would probably rather have a cameraphone like the Lumia 1020
-Compact camera fan, the zoom lenses are too big to truck around - all these pics don't look much smaller than a 6D w/ lens.
-Professional, would rather have a real DSLR with viewfinder through lens, more physical buttons, big lens selection, bigger body to grip

So what is left for this camera? Hobbyists with a lot of cash?  I guess that is the market they are going for.
I bought one. i'm a 32 year old who has been in to photography since learning in a darkroom in the early 90's with my mom's old Minolta.
For years, i was dissatisfied with digital cameras because of their poor image quality and generally stayed away. In 2008 I bought a top of the line Sony Cyber Shot for a 3 month backpacking trip to South America. In 2010 I was in Hong Kong traveling and finally bought a Canon DSLR. I was excited to have better image quality. i was never happy with APS-C, the crop factor, and always wanted the best low light abilities. I traveled for about 10 months using the 550D and taking tons of photos.
 After I finished traveling I wanted something to better suit my 24-105 lens, so I traded up to a used 5DC but it always seemed a little antiquated(terrible AF and back screen.)
So, I bought a used D700 and 24-70 2.8 for the AF and image quality. It was simply amazing, but after traveling in Japan for a month last year, my shoulders and back were sore every day from hanging 5 pounds around my neck and shoulders for 8 to 10 hours a day of walking around and sightseeing. Additionally, I like to carry a camera in my bag and when I walk to my work, or come home I like to take some pictures. This is at night and poor image quality annoys me, but my D700 took up my WHOLE backpack and made it a chore to carry, the opposite of fun.
So, I have been eagerly awaiting something that offers top of the line image quality, but in a size that doesn't hurt my shoulders and back. Something that is manageable.
Sure, my D700 is fantastic, and If I had to have the best chance of getting the picture, i'd use that(mostly because of the AF and great ergonomics), but, I simply never carried it in my bag, so I was never able to use it.
If I go to local game, or I just want to go out for a few hour and shoot some pictures, I can use my D700 no problem. but for carrying daily in my backpack, backpacking, hiking, or for my wife, the a7 is 1000x times better.
I don't make money on my photos... but I do enjoy doing it. And I could never say I enjoyed carrying my D700 around.
i bought my a7 last week. I got a small very high quality case for it and it now sits in my backpack every day.
When I go to work, or go out, I ALWAYS have it now. I don't even notice it's in my bag.
So now, photography can be a fun hobby for me again, instead of a (literally) pain in the neck, back and shoulders.

And, this is saying nothing about how AWESOME the a7 is at manual focusing. This is something I loved about my early days but had totally lost using DSLRs.  I Love slowing down a little bit, composing my shots, using focus peaking and magnification and focusing myself! Despite it's small size, the a7 does have all the manual controls, knobs and buttons of a normal DSLR. The layout and programmable buttons are far easier and more useful to me than the D700 or 5DC. The Sony a7 is the closest thing to the old school shooting experience I have seen outside of the Leica.

In all, I'd say the a7 is for anyone who appreciates having absolute top image quality but doesn't want to carry a huge DSLR. This could be anyone.

I also enjoy the odd manual focusing only I went the cheaper route of -

EOS M + FD adaptor + $90 Canon FD 50 1.4 (found on ebay) + Magic Lantern.

I also have zebras and focus peaking and manual only fun but for a fraction of the cost. Sure it's not FF but with a few tweeks in LR images come out just fine.

Just sayin.

Seems a bit strange to buy a $1500 digital camera just to use it as a manual focus only camera. Are you planning on buying additional E mount lenses with it?

Tell you what, have a look at this set of images I took. Some were with the EOM & 22mm f/2 and others were with my 5D2 & ... well if I told you that it would make it too easy. Try and see which ones are which!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zanjum/sets/72157637909346605/

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I recently had a play about with an A7 in a store. Seems like a nice, medium sized camera. Decent weight to it and solid build. The only issue I had with it was the EVF. I don't think I could get used to it. It's not as "instant" as OVF. There's a small but noticeable lag, you know you're looking at a screen. Maybe I'm just not used to it but I also don't think it would be all that great for any real demanding work. I guess a lot of landscapers won't care about EVF though.

Do Mirrorless cameras need EVF?? Seems to me if you're gonna view the live image you might as well do it on the larger, clearer and better LCD on the back. I love Magic Lantern's "magic zoom" function on the EOS M. Seriously awesome feature. Don't miss the viewfinder all that much.
 
Also not related but it was lying next to the A7 was the Nikon Df. Has anyone else tried moving those dials with one hand?? Impossible! They're all locked with a metal pin that you push down, it's a two handed affair!! All advantage of dials LOST! Fail.

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:'(

This is so photographically depressing... I'm going to go home today and stare at my little M and the 2 lenses and filters I have and think, 'What could have been..'

Then I'll file my divorce papers from a 10 year Canon relationship, and start flirting with Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji..

I just don't get it?! How do people not realize how freaking cool the mirrorless system is?! Why the heck would you WANT to walk around with a half ass DSLR (Rebel) that is big and bulky compared to an M or EP5, or GX7? I hike/Mtn bike  A LOT and that M has gone EVERYWHERE with me! My 40D just sat at home, collecting dust for like 5 years until I sold it.

SO STUPID CANON!!!!! (smashes things in office and cries like a spoiled baby...)

Why DSLR over ML? Let me spell it out for you.

E.R.G.O.N.O.M.I.C.S

 ;)

So why the big difference between Asia and the USA/Europe?

Because (without being racist), people from Asia are generally more petite than those from Europe and especially those from the USA. Or at least that's how I reconcile it. So it isn't that the EOS-M or M2 or mirrorless are necessarily worse in ergonomics but that (for example) the hand size of people is not the same the world over and that determines how usable a camera is or isn't for many.

When you use a 7D compared to an EOS M or any other ML body you notice that some things are just way easier to do without thinking on the 7D. For example - changing ISO on the fly. Can you do that on a M? Meh not really. Holding a DSLR is more stable than the M no matter what the hand size.

Japanese men have same size of hands as rest of the world. Some of them have bigger hands than me. It's a myth that they have small hands. I think the reason for the small camera is space. Pure and simple. Space is a commodity here. If you live in Tokyo every square inch of your apartment is precious. Trains and buses are packed, especially during peak seasons like Obon, and Golden Week and the Sakura blossoms. People want to travel light and save space. A camera that fits in the pocket means no extra camera bag.

There could also be a cultural thing about not wanting to stand out and blending in etc. I see that a lot. However, I have only seen two other people with EOS Ms in Japan over the last year. I've seen a hundred thousand Nikon, Canon and Sony DSLRs though! (Big camera must take good pictures!) Holy hell during festivals and stuff everyone has a DSLR round their neck. They love their cameras as do I! And no ones going to steal it either!

So I think that making the camera smaller isn't just because they're Asian.

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:'(

This is so photographically depressing... I'm going to go home today and stare at my little M and the 2 lenses and filters I have and think, 'What could have been..'

Then I'll file my divorce papers from a 10 year Canon relationship, and start flirting with Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji..

I just don't get it?! How do people not realize how freaking cool the mirrorless system is?! Why the heck would you WANT to walk around with a half ass DSLR (Rebel) that is big and bulky compared to an M or EP5, or GX7? I hike/Mtn bike  A LOT and that M has gone EVERYWHERE with me! My 40D just sat at home, collecting dust for like 5 years until I sold it.

SO STUPID CANON!!!!! (smashes things in office and cries like a spoiled baby...)

Why DSLR over ML? Let me spell it out for you.

E.R.G.O.N.O.M.I.C.S

 ;)

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