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EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon Cameras Up For Certification
« Last post by Mt Spokane Photography on September 22, 2017, 09:09:09 PM »
the two cameras without bluetooth don't make much sense considering canon's been placing that in everything.

5D Mark IV doesn't have bluetooth and any camera based on that body, that is 5DS Mark II (?), won't have bluetooth, too.

Canon does seem to be only putting bluetooth in entry level models and Powershots.  My SL2 has it, my 5D MK IV does not.
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Software & Accessories / Re: Suggestions/recommendations for Gradient filters Please
« Last post by Valvebounce on September 22, 2017, 09:01:10 PM »
Hi Scott.
I can't really advise on the filters you might need, I've not been to those locations or anything like them.

I don't know if you will be near the Phoenix area or even if wildlife is in your area of interest, but I can recommend Out of Africa, a really great place to visit, at least when we were there some years ago. Of particular interest was the Tiger Splash show.
If you are near Phoenix, Papago park Hole in the Rock can provide a great sunset with options to get artistic with the light through the hole if you are that way inclined, also close by are The Desert Botanical Garden (lots of cacti) and Phoenix Zoo, both great when we were there.
I also very much enjoyed a visit to the Commemorative Airforce Museum when Angela was not well one day.

I don't know if any of this will help you, but just throwing it in to the mix to see.

Cheers, Graham.
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Lenses / Re: How do you focus at off-center targets when shooting at f/1.2?
« Last post by ahsanford on September 22, 2017, 08:41:25 PM »
Have you had poor luck with your fast primes wide-open?  Because, really, it's straightforward.  Unless I've had too much coffee or not enough sleep.

I've only shot a few, to be fair.  All on my 5D3:

  • 50 f/1.4 generally is okay, but I only really use it f/2 and narrower to due to the 'cloudy'/iffy output I see when I shoot wider than that.

  • 50 f/1.2L has been a nemesis over two rentals (with ample time to AFMA, shoot for a week, etc.), and even stopping down to f/1.8 of f/2 the inconsistency of the AF remains, even with fairly ruthless (handheld) technique.  It wasn't a disaster so much as a constant threat of missing a moment (generally with family, kids, etc.) so I was so leery of an AF whiff I always snapped 2-3 to be safe.

  • Sigma 35 Art was a disaster hit-rate wise for me, but that's well catalogued.

But I've not shot the 135 f/2, either of the 85 primes, etc.   I understand the 135L's AF in particular is money -- true?

- A

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Deals on Gear / Re: What Does Canon Refurbished Mean?
« Last post by smithcon on September 22, 2017, 08:10:56 PM »
I bought my Canon 6D from Canon US refurb site over 3 years ago on sale for around $1100.  It came in a plain brown box marked "Vixia" but the box was kitted up inside and looked just like a new camera box with all of the packaging and interior fitments that made it a perfect fit for the 6D and accessories that came with it. 

And since I ordered it from my home in Oregon, no sales tax!

The camera and everything inside the box, and the box itself, were completely new looking. That camera has served me reliably since the day I got it, with the sxception that the circular disk that labels the top of the mode dial came off about 8 months ago.  Probably because I almost always have my camera with me or in my trunk, and that trunk can get pretty hot.

I found the disk in my camera bag and placed in safely an old 35mm film container in my camera drawer.   I'm afraid to reattach it and have it fall off and be lost forever.  In it's absense, I have become adept at switching between T, A, M, and B modes without it (I just look at the LCD to see which mode I'm in and I know which direction I need to turn the mode dial in to get to the mode I want, although normally I do everything in A or M mode).
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Deals on Gear / Re: Stock Notice: Kirk L Bracket for Canon 6D Mark II at B&H Photo
« Last post by smithcon on September 22, 2017, 07:35:24 PM »
Although I'm no longer planning to buy the 6D Mark II, this plate looks like it solves the problem with the fulll tilt/flip screen, and is the L-Plate I would buy if I were upgrading to the Mark II.

Since I do a lot of work from the tripod, I keep a good (RRS) L-plate attached to my 6D at all times, and I was wondering how to make that work without compromising my ability to flip the screen.  I have an FZ1000 as my light travel camera, and I bought a SunWayFoto L-Plate for it, but I eventually took it off because it interfered with the flipping of the monitor. The FZ1000 plate contains a slot to allow the monitor to be rotated and flipped at 90 degrees, effectively allowing you to position the monitor at 90 degrees up or down, so you can point the monitor straight down while holding the camera over your head, or vice/versa, but I found that too limiting.   

Looks like Kirk solved that problem for the 6D Mark II.  If the plate is solid enough (and Kirks are usually top tier along with RRS) with that hinge, 6D Mark II owners who want an L-plate are well served with this one.  Trust me, if you stick a conventional solid L-plate on it, or an L-plate you have to disassemble, you will curse when you realize how constricted your tilty/flippy screen is, and that screen flexibility is one of the the 6D Mark IIs strongest features IMO.   
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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Coming Mid October [CR3]
« Last post by privatebydesign on September 22, 2017, 07:12:50 PM »
Explain to me how a lens at f/7.6 lets in the same amount of light as at f/2.8.

That's easy.

Take an 8mm f2.8 lens = aperture opening of 8/2.8 = 3.6 mm aperture opening.
Take a 27mm lens set to f7.6 = aperture opening of 27/7.6 = 3.6 mm aperture opening.

They are the same sized hole so they let the same amount of light in.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon Cameras Up For Certification
« Last post by bhf3737 on September 22, 2017, 07:11:23 PM »
the two cameras without bluetooth don't make much sense considering canon's been placing that in everything.

5D Mark IV doesn't have bluetooth and any camera based on that body, that is 5DS Mark II (?), won't have bluetooth, too.
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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon 5D MKIV dual memory card question
« Last post by Valvebounce on September 22, 2017, 07:10:57 PM »
Hi Ian.
I seem to recall that Windows can assign dated folders the same as the EOS utility but I'm not 100% certain of that.
Did the 5DIII have the same issue, also did you have to update EOS Utilty for the 5DIV? Maybe it was that update that knackered things?

Cheers, Graham.

Is there a way of copying the files onto the computer without using the Canon EOS utility? I quite like the way that the EOS utility creates a new folder for each date as this allows me to go straight to the date I am interested in and work on the files for the event that took place on that day. Are there any other utilities that allow me to do something similar?
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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Coming Mid October [CR3]
« Last post by stevelee on September 22, 2017, 06:43:07 PM »
Explain to me how a lens at f/7.6 lets in the same amount of light as at f/2.8.
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Lenses / Re: How do you focus at off-center targets when shooting at f/1.2?
« Last post by YuengLinger on September 22, 2017, 06:41:54 PM »
And, NO, I don't have enough success nailing sharpest focus by using center-AF and recompose.  DoF just too shallow.

I feel like that one's a gimme (i.e. I expect nearly everyone will say that).

In theory, if you recompose in a robotically planar fashion, i.e. imagine if the camera body during reframing could only move on an imaginary plane parallel and equidistant to your previously set AF focal plane, focus and recompose at f/1.2 would work fine.  But as we are human beings, I'm guessing the angle/tilt/elevation of the lens itself will change during reframing and ruin the focus quite often.

...hence this poll.
 

I'm curious to see how people manage AF vs. composition when a thin DOF is involved:  Is it through careful and deliberate AF use?  Post-shot witchdoctory?  Abandoning the AF altogether?

- A

You seem to be insisting this is something tricky.  I think one reason that full time pros I know don't use the 50mm 1.2 is because its AF is not reliable enough.  But with my 85 1.2, 35 1.4, 50 1.4, and 135 f/2, I'm not having problems with the off-center AF points on my 5DIII or IV.

Have you had poor luck with your fast primes wide-open?  Because, really, it's straightforward.  Unless I've had too much coffee or not enough sleep.
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