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On topic ... I sold my EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens because it backfocused. This was apparently within specifications and I was told to upgrade my cameras to AFMA-enabled models to solve the problem.

Sounds like you've been unlucky; most people seem to report very little MA needed on the 40 pancakes. The AFMA enabled models have completely changed my attitude and needs in lenses. Before, the quality of the manual focus mechanism on a lens was very important to me. Now with AFMA and BBF I basically don't use manual focus anymore, and so I'm using cheaper versions of lenses than I once would have done. Even when zone focusing I use AF. The only exception would be when focusing for a specific distance that is covered by the lens's distance scale.

I've had non AFMA cameras such as the 5D that have been fine until the body has suffered a good heavy knock or drop. Then the critical focus on a fast lens is out.

The irony of it is that these DSLR bodies are highly resilient to physical abuse, but an impact can shift the position of the AF module enough to cause problems.

Lenses / Re: a 50mm dilemma.
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:42:23 AM »
I'm waiting to see what Canon has to offer in the new prime IS line. The current three offerings are really excellent, though as has been pointed out by various people on CR because they are the same f stop as the old ones they are regarded as uninteresting 'refreshes': far from the truth.

If a future IS 50mm is in the same vein, that is stellar wide open at say 1.8 or even an f2 lens ( I think it will be 1.8 or 1.7 for marketing purposes), then it could be very interesting after the initial EAP has finished.

Technical Support / Re: Canon Rebel T3 Feature guide not turning off
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:06:47 PM »
I've just purchased the Canon Rebel T3 and am learning to use it. However I can't seem to get the feature guide to turn off though I've set it in the menu. Unless I'm misunderstanding what that is.

Here is a photo of the screen that appears to still show the guide though I have it turned off... am I mistaken as to what this is?

Thank you!

From your picture I think you have the camera mode dial set on 'no flash', first icon anticlockwise from green box.

When learning just use M, Av or Tv and learn how to control aperture and shutter speed according to what you require. Also you have to manually set the ISO in these modes. P mode can be used as a modified Av mode.

The t3 is a great little camera, not appreciated by gearophiles, but highly capable non the less.

Lenses / Re: Which lens to go with
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:36:42 PM »
Sounds like a monopod would be of benefit.

Where these equestrian photographers are shooting cross country events and have to be based at one fence, some of them do use monopods or even tripods. However when shooting show jumping events the photographer inside the ring moves around to get the competitors over more than one fence. The whole round only lasts about 60 seconds. I have never seen a monopod used by anyone under these circumstances.

You can see the sort of thing on his website: www.jumpforit.co.uk

You might even see me  ;)

Technical Support / Re: Err 30 (stuck shutter) once - get it serviced?
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:09:04 AM »
I think if it were mine I would leave it as is unless it happens again.If it happens again under a different set of circumstances I would be concerned.

Lenses / Re: Which lens to go with
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:39:05 PM »
Regarding lens size and weight there is no substitute to testing this yourself.

I wouldn't consider any of the 70-200mm zooms too heavy for extended use. If for example someone can safely carry a baby, why wouldn't the same person be able to carry a 70-200mm f2.8 Mark II zoom on a gripped 5D?

I have a pal who is an equestrian photographer and he'd shoot at events, selling the pictures to the competitors, so it is a case of shooting every rider for the duration of the event. ( something that would drive me nuts). He used a 1D + 70-200 2.8 and did eventually suffer from strained hand. The last time but one time I saw him he had it strapped up; the last time he was using a 7D + 70-200/4.

So size and weight can matter, it's a question of the individuals priorities and circumstances.

Lenses / Re: 85mm questions
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:42:24 PM »
I'll put my cards on the table; I'm a fan of the 85/1.8. It's great value and a thoroughly good performer despite the purple fringing that can occur when used wide open in very high contrast. In this situation you may have to stop down a little and correct in post.

There's not much on the radar for a revised version from either Sigma or Canon so you could be waiting a while.

For very tight head portraits the 135 field of view / distance is very worthwhile, but for more 'head 'n shoulder' composition consider more of an 85 fov / distance, so a fast 50 on aps would be good.

I think as the thread goes on and there is further analyses and explanations from the Op so the whole thing becomes less believable.

The pro was there to cover the wedding on a (presumably) professional supplier / customer basis and had kindly (strangely) allowed the OP to tag along, bringing his own camera.

When the bride was presented with the portfolio of shots it seems strange that she knew or assumed that this 'second' photographer who turned up with the hired pro, and 'ergo' was part of that 'togs team, did not have his pictures already included in that portfolio presented to her for perusal by the hired photographer. How was she made aware of the fact there was a completely different set of pictures that had not been included ?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:05:30 AM »

That is very kind of you.

There are some more at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/smclaren/sets/72157634895659081/
That is a really spectacular collection. Thanks for sharing!

+1, thanks for putting the link up on CR. I had a look at the slideshow and they are all superb. The general standard of images on the 1Dx thread  is remarkable.

Were these shot on the Spey ? I had no idea there was so much Osprey activity there - judging from the different angles of the pictures I presume they are multiple catches.

I'd like 2-3 more C# settings.

me too!

How would you remember what they are ? I have trouble remembering 3 !

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 06, 2014, 02:39:11 PM »
f/2 vs f/2.8 - They are very similiar wide open however the 35IS has more vignetting and softer corners
f/2.8 vs f/2.8 - The 35IS is sharper in the centre and mid-frame with the corners sharpness being similar. The vignetting also starts clearing up nicely by f/2.8.

Just out of curiosity from which source(s) of information did you draw these conclusions ?

One other thing I forgot to mention is that the 40 vignettes quite badly at 2.8 whereas at 2.8 on the 35 IS the vignette is much less.

Having followed this thread and contributed once or twice I think the whole scenario has stemmed from an amateur  photographer being excited and flattered about someone being prepared to pay for his work and so the moral standards have slipped a bit.

Reminds me of a saying in different circles - "There's nothing so reckless as a standing p**** "  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 06, 2014, 12:10:21 PM »
Personally I miss film like a hole in the head.

My sentiments exactly. I find that it's much easier to be nostalgic about an era if you didn't actually have to live through it.

Perhaps, but I still love steam locomotives !  ;)

(But actually I didn't really live through that era !)

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:20:23 AM »
question: how does the 35mm f/2 IS compare to the 40mm f/2.8?

I understand the max aperture small difference, the 300$ price tag gap, and the former being a tad wider, but what in terms of:
- sharpness (@ 2v2.8 and 2.8v2.8)
- distortion
- bokeh rendering
- Dustin's "WOW" effect

I don't have the 35 IS but have researched it and seriously considered it but I already have the 40.

Sharpness at 2.8 is very similar. If you're going to go test charts the 40 is slightly ahead, more so in the corners despite being fully open. So when both are fully open the 40 is ahead.

The 40 has virtually zero distortion (0.6 barrel), the 35 IS 1%, which is actually really good for the focal length and better than the old 35/2.

Personally I think the bokeh of the 40 at 2.8 is very pleasing. With my limited time on the 35IS I can't comment.

The WOW effect ? Again I think the 40 has it.

With the 35 IS you're getting IS, better manual focus ring, F2, distance scale and less money left in your pocket. You are not getting better 'IQ'; the 40 is exceptional value for money in that respect.

However if I hadn't already got the 40 I think I'd go for the 35IS now it's come down in price.

I upload my stuff to a zenfolio site that I link to at the left with the little globe.


But alas, no one ever clicks on it, sees them and then tells me what an amazing, kick-ass photographer I am.  :-[
Oh well, I guess I just gotta keep on trying!   ;)

LOL!  Seriously, I shoot everything as a hobby for schools, scouts, church, etc.  I stay behind all the time trying to keep up with, process and post all the myriad event images.  It's the hardest hobby I've ever loved!

I really like the picture of the little girl filled with flash in front of the ship. Good composition and impact.

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