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I wouldn't hold your breathe on that.  I don't think Canon's updates are usually consequence...

I'm hoping for a firmware update for my 70D sometime soon. There are definitely things that could be added - some 7DII features like expanded zone AF, 60P video and/or uncompressed output, better volume level control, intervalometer and so on.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Monopod - advice what to purchase
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:54:27 PM »
I hate my phone keyboard. There are more incorrect words than there are correct..

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Monopod - advice what to purchase
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:48:59 PM »
I'm cheap... So I usually don't spend a great deal of money on my tripods or monopods, but I softened a while back and picked up a manfrotto with the chicken feet at the bottom.  I think it is aluminum, and heavy over long walks. 

I considered a tripod/ monopod system where the mono is built in and screws of as needed... But none came with the chicken feet.  I still think I would like that better... if it came with the feet.

All the same... I tightened the connection at the bottom and I can use it as a makeshift tripod when called upon. 

I would agree with paying the extra for carbon fiber... I don't use a ball head... though when I was in nyc, I found myself compacting the monopod and holding the of it to the side while I took my portrait orientation image... fortunately it wasn't bust at that time of night.

Outside of the feet and the fluid twisty thing at the bottom... I kinda hold one monopod to be the same as another.  That's probably not a popular sentiment, but they kinda do the same thing. I used a cheap dolica as a walking stick while hiking a few years back... And it did a fine job of not collapsing under my weight... so if a $20 one does the same as a $200 one... doesn't quite seem worth it.

EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:48:12 PM »
Also, I find that I really don't like this game of upgrade...  It ids a losing proposition.  Buy at x, sell at x-y to buy z which is also experiencing depreciation... It is a losing game... losses everywhere... It is rough.

I think my problem that I buy used like new gear all the time... So I don't lose money on my lenses... But on my bodies... It is nerve racking.

EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:44:58 PM »
I think I paid 2600 for my mkiii two years ago... And that feels like a crap ton.  Assuming the mkiv is $4000 New, $3500 grey market, and after a year, $3000 grey market... I can't see it being so much better that I'm willing to upgrade even after a year.  I wouldn't buy a 1Dx for $3000 right now... So my mkiii will continue to be used... It will continue depreciate... So it may be my last camera ever until it does... And at the mileage I put on it... It will be quite a while.

EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:40:27 PM »
How many here actually have or have used a 5d3? . . .

I would dare say, a bunch of us.  I do and I have mulled over a 1dx.

EOS Bodies / Re: What will become of the 5D Mark III?
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:51:42 PM »
I'm going to skip the mkiv... it might be cleaner at a high stop of iso, it might have 4k, it might have gps, but I'm really quite happy with the mkiii.  It might be like my wife... sure I can upgrade at a cost... but I'm happy enough with the status quo.

Also at the end, another photographer held up a camera on a monopod -- a way to get it up even higher.  I'm pretty sure it had a remote trigger and an 8-15 fisheye zoom on it.

I've often wondered why this method isn't used more often. I even thought about using it to get a wide angle shot from the top of the Empire State Building. In the end, it was too cold that night so I bailed on the idea.

I did a monopod over a team photo... but 24mm was problematic.  I couldn't quite angle it to get the girls closest to me.

That was a fun game watch... I was yelling that Brady was cursed... beat in three super bowls by three miracle catches...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon USA Rebate Program for February
« on: February 02, 2015, 02:43:44 PM »
The last time I sent in the rebate, $350, the post office lost my letter... and then they eventually found it and it was received, but it was pretty tense there.  Take a photo of your submission... and if it does get lost ( with a tracking number), they will let you email the submission.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: aa, or not to aa (5ds vs. 5dsr) ?
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:23:05 AM »
You know what's funny... Is this entire time I didn't give a Damn that there was an as filter over my mkiii's sensor.  I'm guessing I wouldn't notice... in the grand scheme of things... if I'm happy with the performance the mkiii, I'd be happy with either of the refreshers.

Lenses / Re: buying advice: get a 135mm f2, or use existing 70-200mm f2.8?
« on: February 02, 2015, 09:54:25 AM »
I got mine week and far I'm pretty impressed.  I shot some ice hockey and it was really good, but I missed the zoom.

I shot some product photography, and it was as good as my old 100L. 

I'm still going to use the 85 L for portraits, but I'm happy with the lens in arsenal.

The 135 f2 L is now in my Bag ;-)

Test´s will follow, bad Weather/Light´s today  >:( .



Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L
« on: February 01, 2015, 08:36:11 PM »
I know she's pregnant... but hot damn.

Hi all!

I'm new here and from Belgium.

This 50mm puts Canon on the map!

I own this optical beauty and only can say if this lens is SOFT, the OPTICAL CENTERING is off!

Optical alignment can be checked wit a collimator. The chromatic abberation must be evenly purple or green.

This lens is incredibly sharp, ONLY when the optical alignment is right.

This alignment can be done by just unscrew the rear lens mount (contains the rear lens element).
Now you have acces to the 3 screws that holds elements G9 & 10. If these 2 elements are disturbed the lens is soft! Piece of cake to correct if you have some optical knowledge! Centering and testing takes only about an hour of work.

The problem about this... CPS Netherlands don't want align this lens because it's out of production and rare. Thumbs down CPS!  :'( It's a real shame!

I did the adjustment by myself with great succes!

Here some examples:

Or my Flickr stream for newer f/1.0's coming...  ;)



EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: aa, or not to aa (5ds vs. 5dsr) ?
« on: February 01, 2015, 08:32:57 PM »
That's exactly I thought... I don't read his work, but there's a reason for that.

5Ds and 5Ds-R ... given the choice and let's think both models have the same price tag: Which one would you buy?

Background: For years we enthusiasts have been bashing Nikon for their trollish removal of the aa filter on the d800e, conning innocent users out of their money for moiré-ridden stills and videos. And now Canon follows suit!  If you've missed the discussion, here's a link with some information on the effects of the low pass filter by an expert:

Hmmm, you used the word "expert" in the same sentence as you had "Ken Rockwell"... ;) Are you serious or just as drunk as I am?

Lenses / Re: Image comparison for fisheye lens options?
« on: February 01, 2015, 12:19:20 AM »
I should specify - I mean for full frame sensors like the 6D.

The Rokinon/Samyang 8mm is designed for crop sensors - I have one for my Pentax and I see that theyve recently made a 12mm to suit full frame sensors.

The sigma 8-16 is a great lens but its rectilinear so not a fisheye (as well as being for the APS-C sensors)

I guess you are going to learn something new today.  Rokinon 8mm works just fine and attaches just fine to full frame cameras.  But it isn't 8... it is more like 8.5, so the complete circle image isn't, rather it is semi-circular on the body.  I prefered how it looked on my crop sensor 60D, but it does work on a full frame.

As for the sigma 8-16... turns out you are right.  I just started... and I could have sworn someone I had a conversation with raved about their sigma fisheye... maybe it was a prime they were talking about.

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