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Canon General / Re: T3 to 7D.....the right thing?
« Last post by Tinky on Today at 11:23:29 AM »
The 7D is a great buy just now. 

Although the T3 is newer on paper, it's image sensor is from the older 450D.  Same Digic Generation although the 7D has two of them, plus a dedicated AF processor.

It's a leap on in terms of AF, but not BETTER as such for everybody.  If you are prepared to spend some time with the manual and tweak a bit it can be a very very rewarding camera to use, things like AiServo customisation and Micro Focus Adjust are only worth having if you are going to use them.

For many people the 7D was a backwards step right out of the box, it only really shines if you take the time to set it up properly, and then it really really shines.

Great frame rate, great images up to around 3200, great af, especially with better lenses.

If you shoot sports or action it's a worthwhile upgrade.  The 70D might be a gentler step (all of the good bits of the 7D, better sensor, better processor, less complicated custom settings - I hope this doesn't sound patronising, apologies if it does, just want to hammer the point that the 7D is an enthusiasts camera, not a magic bullet solution to automatically better pics) though not as quite a great deal just now.

The logic of better lenses holds true somewhat.  Brighter glass gets the best out of any AF system, things like USM motors, ring type motors, really speed things up, as does focus limiting etc.   

Outdoors in good light, the kit f3.5-5.6 aperture lenses do really well.  If you start getting a bit more demanding they falter.

I can't say favour lenses or camera until I know a bit more about your circumstances..

I can say the 7D is great camera to use, and once you are in harmony with it, it has the potential to vastly up your keeper rate.
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Lenses / Re: We Have Received Our EF 11-24mm f/4L [CR3]
« Last post by privatebydesign on Today at 11:21:51 AM »
Having shot thousands and thousands of shots this wide and wider, I'll be interested to see if someone comes up with some rational framing for a lens this wide in rectilinear projection.  My experience is that rectilinear projection is just too weird and too stretched in the corners wider than about 14mm equivalent or so.

My advice to owners is to watch your rotataion carefully and to keep the center focus point on the horizon even if the horizon is not visible in the shot.

Agree, but someone will figure it out eventually.  Mountainous coastlines with strong foreground elements could work.  But everything in the frame must be amorphous, somewhat unfamiliar, and organic.  That way any weird wide FOV stretching won't look as alien as it would on faces, trees, houses, etc.

- A

People can shoot whatever they want with it, it is theirs after all. So what if you two don't find them pleasing aesthetically or compositionally, it is none of your business and offering unsolicited "advice" when you don't have the context of their shooting is extremely condescending.

Even the most modest skateboarders, free runners, bmx'ers etc are going to look very cool with this lens.
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Lenses / Re: We Have Received Our EF 11-24mm f/4L [CR3]
« Last post by ahsanford on Today at 11:14:23 AM »
Having shot thousands and thousands of shots this wide and wider, I'll be interested to see if someone comes up with some rational framing for a lens this wide in rectilinear projection.  My experience is that rectilinear projection is just too weird and too stretched in the corners wider than about 14mm equivalent or so.

My advice to owners is to watch your rotataion carefully and to keep the center focus point on the horizon even if the horizon is not visible in the shot.

Agree, but someone will figure it out eventually.  Mountainous coastlines with strong foreground elements could work.  But everything in the frame must be amorphous, somewhat unfamiliar, and organic.  That way any weird wide FOV stretching won't look as alien as it would on faces, trees, houses, etc.

- A
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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« Last post by Pookie on Today at 11:09:59 AM »
5D3 + 85mm f/1.2 II...


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Lenses / Re: We Have Received Our EF 11-24mm f/4L [CR3]
« Last post by ahsanford on Today at 11:09:56 AM »
I just don't get the excitement over this as a landscape lens. Interiors, sure. Teeny tiny mountains in a flat wide vista, nope.

1) 11mm rectilinear is new for FF users.  Once people get over the silly fun of shooting a city block from a street corner (brace for it, those shots are a certainty), folks will likely figure out how to best use such a madly wide FL in a strong composition.

2) This was timed with the 50 MP bodies, so folks are hoping for a Nikon 14-24 killer resolution-wise.  There is a holy grail angle to this thing as a result.  (No idea if the MTF charts back that up.)

3) To a lesser degree than #1 and #2, people who like looking at their hardware are losing their minds over this lens.  It's impressive looking.  I realize how petty that is, but I still think there is a gear lust angle to this product.

I'm sure it will be a great lens, but great for landscapes comes with a big asterisk, I think.  If you have lovely even exposure, it could be a stellar landscape lens.  But if you need a CPL to turn down water reflections or (much more likely) an ND grad to manage a bright sky, this lens will punish your patience (if you handhold the filter) or your wallet (once Lee or Wonderpana retrofits their oversize outriggers for this lens). 

I'll keep my 16-35 F/4L IS and the massive upside of front filterability and keep snapping away.  I will sleep like a baby at leaving the 11-15mm FF focal length on the table in that decision.  But I know that a lot of folks are pumped about this monster, and they should be excited if it covers one of their needs.

- A
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All Lee adaptor rings are made of aluminium. The W/A is the best option ring for this zoom.
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Lenses / Re: Canon - Give us 400/5.6L IS NOW!!
« Last post by NancyP on Today at 11:00:49 AM »
The people who shoot 300 f/2.8L IS and 400 f/4D DO IS are shooting at f/2.8 or f/4, that's why they pay the big bucks.
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I'm going to give my order a bit more time.  I'm mainly a wildlife photographer so my 7D2 is my go to camera.  The 6D I picked up (because of the price) to use for nightscapes and the occasional portrait stuff (I volunteer my time taking pictures of rescue dogs as well).  So I don't "need" it right now but that doesn't change how annoyed I am.  I certainly will not be purchasing anything in the future from this particular seller.

I can't shake the feeling they did not have these in stock here in the states and they are on a boat somewhere!  I've not seen many 6D feedback's left either so ....

I bought from them a couple of times before. Never took this long to ship. I agree with you that they probably don't have our orders in stock and they are waiting for their shipment to arrive. I don't need my camera immediately so I won't cancel yet. If they get a few hundred if not thousands of negative feedbacks this month, I gotta say they brought it upon themselves for keeping customers in the dark.
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Lenses / Re: We Have Received Our EF 11-24mm f/4L [CR3]
« Last post by NancyP on Today at 10:58:06 AM »
Someone mentioned crop sensors. Obviously, someone who shoots crop only isn't going to buy this lens. The perfectly serviceable Sigma 8-16mm f/variable is the focal length equivalent (more or less), there's plenty of distortion and image quality is ok, not Art level, but for small prints, it will do just fine. Flare prone, due to all that bulging glass.
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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« Last post by ecka on Today at 10:52:14 AM »
If you can get it focused, the new Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 has as good a bokeh drawing as any 50mm lens I've ever used before (about 18-20 of them).

Brand New - Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Nice!
I wonder why they didn't make an AE version of this lens, for the price ...
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