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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark IV - the crippled generalist
« Last post by Old Sarge on Today at 07:20:28 AM »
I want many things – a high MP 1-series body, a 600/4 DO, an 11-24 and TS-E 17 that take drop-in filters, bodies with built-in RT flash control, etc.  I'm disappointed that Canon doesn't offer a small-as-possible full-featured FF mirrorless with a set of pancake primes with IS. 

But I also understand the business realities that are part of the reason Canon isn't making those products that I want.  That seems to be too big a leap for some forum members, and so instead, people who see and understand reality are called simple-minded fanboys.

I think that is called "living in the real world."  Not always a pleasant place to live....but in the final analysis, much less frustrating than living in fantasy.
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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark IV - the crippled generalist
« Last post by neuroanatomist on Today at 07:16:05 AM »
as i said in my post you quote on top, i'm done with the emotional argument with you. you seem not to be....

Did you say that?

I said "I'm gone". Google 'Alzheimer' or 'reading comprehension'...

Now I am done.

If you think you implied it, you failed.  It's that metacognition thing, again...seems to be a significant problem for you.  Regardless, you're clearly not done tossing out inane one-liners unsupported by facts.
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Even more weird that the third party lenses are not even existing.

I agree it does seem weird but maybe their absence suggests there being no market for it.
Anyone wanting a 400prime will value the f4/f2.8 models and maybe 400mm is getting to specialised that at f5.6 the zoom more versatile for their use.
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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark IV - the crippled generalist
« Last post by neuroanatomist on Today at 06:50:45 AM »
"I just wish I could focus entirely on my struggle with the elements when photographing rather than worrying about the shortcomings of my tools. I am not enjoying this!"

This statement says it all.  What craftsman worries about the shortcomings of quality tools!  It's not the tools that are the problem if there is one.  As others have said if you can't get first rate photos with what's out there it might be time to find some other hobby or occupation.

If the nail doesn't go in straight, it's usually the hammer's fault.   ::)
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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« Last post by Redline on Today at 06:37:39 AM »
Miss my 6D.  Better/more AF, dual card slot and definitely the articulating screen would be a bonus doing astro when manually focusing with the live view.  60D was great for that (minus the noise...).
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I like the possibility to go to 4L because most birds hide in shades and it gives me lower ISO with my 7Dmark2.  :D
The converter build in would also be fun.

So I see that im not the only one interessted in such a lens type.
There is definitely a market for those!
But weird though that canon does not update theirs.
Even more weird that the third party lenses are not even existing.
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Post Processing / Re: Companies that process RAW files
« Last post by LDS on Today at 06:32:03 AM »
Did you automate your post-processing workflow enough, or do you spend time to process each image separately? LR allows for storing/copying settings/edits and apply them quickly on many images at a time, even during import - and this is one of the advantages over tools that allow only to process one image at a time.

Some images may need ad-hoc post processing, but many should allow to be processed in a batch, when well shoot under the same conditions.

Anyway, a lot depends on what is your style, how many edits you apply on average to each photo (and which), and what your customers expect.

Relying on an outsourced service means you have to properly instruct them to ensure they match your requirements, and ensure their work quality is constant.
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Definitely a 400mm 5.6L IS with todays stabilizer and USM autofocus.  I'd cough up another $500 if it was f/5.  I will not have the 100-400 II for all the usual reasons.

John

....'usual reasons'?

Heavier, less good weather sealing, AF Speed, AF Accuracy...
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Lenses / Re: Is there a "Best" Portrait Lens for Crop-Sensor Canons?
« Last post by axtstern on Today at 06:21:45 AM »
Let me sum up the advice of roughly 30 years:

If you want to be a professional and have the skills required almost any lens will be sufficient.
But if you want to either ease your live or gain that specific advantage to distinguish yourself from others through the hardware you use than you will need dinstinctive lenses.

Let me run through what I used or have stopped using...

The Canon 2.8 soft focus lens.... obsolete in the age of Photoshop and Portrait Pro

The Ef 85 1.8 (you have it)
This is the lens I always tell myself that it is the best compromise but which I somehow always carry around and seldom use. Almost nothing to complain and so much easier to use than the 1.2 Grapefruit

The EF 85 1.2
Heavy, slow, unforgiving as with 1.2 the usual aim for the eyes than compose workflow will result only in almost sharp pictures. However this lens has a unique picture style and can save you from having to repair the background afterwards thanks to the shallow field of depth. I have long stopped carying this lens arround so it is studio only for me.

The EF 200L 2.0
Rented once, loved it for everything it is, can't afford to buy it, and you will shout yourself hoarse using it on a crop as the distance to your model is simply to long. So one more to forget about.

The EF 180L 1.8
Bought it for 1300 Euro, unbelievbale nice portrait lens which you never will use as it requires your private Askari to carry it and each time you use it something in the backside of your brain says: No more spareparts for this one... do not break anything further than it already is.

Any Canon EF TSE lens you like
now here is my private hot tip.
Use an TSE for some of your portratits. align the optical axis though tilt and shift with the cheekbones or dependening on your model with other protuding bodyparts. You now have the DoF going almost diagonal through your picture. For example left side of the face sharp from Eye to Ear, right side facing the full effect of shallow DoF and Bokkeh.. Can be photoshopped but with this lenses you have it out of the camera.

Canons and Sigmas line up of 50s
Have bought the EF 50 1.8, 1.4 ,1.2 and the Sigma 1.4... have sold the  EF 50 1.8, 1.4 ,1.2 and the Sigma 1.4
It all blurs in my mind but to heavy, strange bokeh, bad focus, slow focus ahh non I liked on a crop.. but still looking for the perfect one.

Sigma 18-35 and the 50-100 1.8
To be honest I do not know what can beat this duo.
Both together with an 80D make for a heave load in your bag, but since I use this combo I have tretired:
Canon Ef 85 1.8
Canon EFS 17-55 2.8
Sigma 24 1.4
Sigma 50-150 2.8

Oh and last but not least:
The dinosaur of all lenses:
Tamron 35-105 2.8
can be shot at the bay for small coins.
Not sharp...but eh you can achieve your own Billitis style without any post production
AF speed and sound is close to a cheap accu drill
and touch and feel is more retro than any of Nikons latest camera attempts but 35-105 on a crop at 2.8 is very handy if you have to shot candid portraits especialy when paired with the Sigma 18-35
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Post Processing / Re: Companies that process RAW files
« Last post by LDS on Today at 06:21:34 AM »
First I don't use Lightroom, so I'm not sure I understand this correctly but don't you need the raws to process them, surely if you only send smart previews then if they make adjustments you will still need the computer time at your end to process the changes in to jpegs or whatever you export?

LR allows for working on smart previews and then apply the changes made to the original images. Because LR doesn't alter the original images but keeps a record of changes made, how it works is almost simple. Smart previews are "good enough" previews to work on, and which allows applying changes to the originals.

Once the changes are applied, exporting in the final format is quite trivial.

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