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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Occasional beeping AF during AI SERVO?
« on: November 19, 2013, 04:02:31 AM »
Recently picked up some new 600 ex rt's and a ste3rt. Fabulous system. But for some reason I've noticed on occasion that when shooting in AI SERVO (and back button focus), I'm getting an occasional red lit AF confirmation. Seems to be more common with the flash set up but I recall very infrequently it happening prior. Body is a 5d3.

Doesn't seem to be a big issue but wondering if anyone else has noticed same?

Canon General / Digital Rev!
« on: February 18, 2013, 06:47:06 AM »

Lenses / Considering the Zeiss 21
« on: February 10, 2013, 06:05:49 AM »
I'd welcome the opinion of those who have these lenses. I currently have the 17-40L which I find has good IQ and the 24-70II which has discernably superior IQ. Very sharp, contrasty - the whole shebang. I have had the Zeiss 21 Distagon on my radar for awhile now and am wondering about (generally) replacing the 17-40L with the Zeiss for landscape work. I find the zoom very handy for landscape and will still use it but am wondering just how special the Zeiss really is. Is it similar in IQ to the 24-70II? Or is it 'better'? The new 24-70 has spoiled me somewhat, and am keen to maintain that degree of awesomeness into something a little wider.

Thoughts welcome.

(Before you say it, I will likely pick up a 24 TS at some point in the next 12 months as well). Perhaps this is generally cramming the focal range?

Lenses / Canon 24-70 ii - another superlative
« on: January 16, 2013, 07:59:45 AM »
Yet another ringing endorsement on the new Canon zoom. I upgraded with a touch of uncertainty after selling off my old version simply on account of not using it much - but since that time, I was finding myself increasingly zooming to 40 whilst using my 17-40 as a street walk-around/night lens and so the new 24-70 seemed a good fit.

After a night of shooting tonight in the city, I am astounded at the sharpness, clarity and sense of dimensionality inherent in the images. The starbursts are so punchy and spikey - they resemble F11 or higher (I shoot usually at F8) and are clean and virtually flare free.

People may complain about the price but I tend to see why now - with a slightly heavy heart I agree this lens is worth every $$ - and as a tripod or day walkaround architectural lens, it's superb. I'm still not convinced about it as a people/portrait lens - for that I prefer the primes - but for everything else, it's fantastic.

Third Party Manufacturers / The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« on: December 19, 2012, 06:27:39 PM »
I have the 35L and I love it. Despite its age it seems to deliver the goods and is sharp wide open.

By all accounts the Sigma betters it in most regards, including on price. I have no immediate plans to replace my 35L with the Sigma as in reality there is always going to be a 'better' lens out there somewhere. The idea of selling of L to get Sigma does seem slightly skew to me too.

Am I alone in this thinking or is this an opportunity to maybe pocket $1-200 on the side and land a 'superior' product, at least until the 35L ii arrives (which will likely be still much more expensive).


Lenses / 24 1.4 II- wow
« on: November 07, 2012, 05:59:49 AM »
Being a wide angle shooter with an occasional penchant for portraits, this lens seemed to fit the bill for me and despite it's hefty price, I'm convinced of it's excellence. I simply cannot believe how razor sharp it is at 1.4 let alone 2.8. Despite comments I've read to the contrary, this has the sharpness/clarity edge on the 35 1.4 (and I rate that lens very highly). The shallow DOF at that focal length has a particularly 'journalistic' effect which is truly wonderful.

Just thought I'd put it out there at how chuffed I am.


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