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Lenses / Re: 200mm f/1.8L not for portraits
« Last post by Pookie on Today at 06:59:57 PM »
With the price difference i cant see whats wrong with the 70-200 f2.8? the 200mm f1.8 cant be that much better?

It's what everybody thinks until they try the 200's ::)

I'd borrow or buy a 200 f/2L in a second if I could.

Unfortunately, I don't have the money to buy right now and don't know any elite professionals with discerning clients to borrow from. I mostly know the "soccer mom" types. You know, idiots with pop-up flashes on their Rebels. Don't tell anybody though. I'm ashamed to hang around them.  They aren't cut from the same cloth as I am. I'm silk. They're just plain old weekend warrior cotton. ;) ;) ;) :-[ :-[ :-[

However, if you ask nicely I'll send you a link to my Smugmug page. ;) ;) ;)

Emphasis on smug.

Owning the 200 f/2 and 70-200 II... If you say there is a huge difference in images from both you're lying to yourself. Honestly the 200 f/2 is a great lens but is it worth the cost over the 70-200...nope. The 70-200 is way more useful and produces images of equal quality. I find most that own this lens own it for the "oooo and ahh" factor rather than utility. I can say I have it because I wanted it not because I needed it... in reality the 70-200 come out to play 90% of the time and the 200 stays in the case at home.

And Charles, I'll probably be selling most of my Canon gear over the next year or so... including my like new 200 f/2. Call me anytime you might want to take a big white for yourself...

Oh, and shoot me your smugmug link... I'd like to see it. www.davidkm.com

If you can't see the difference in those two lenses why even own it? It's a BIG difference in bokeh, color, distortion, sharpness and microcontrast, all of which add up to that pop I'm always looking for. I did a comparison with the 70-200 f2.8 and 135 L and 200 f2  to see the actual difference in pop and that stop REALLY makes a difference. And 70-200 II is very limited in terms of which backgrounds can look great, while the f2 makes everything look superb.

To most people the price difference isn't worth it, I don't care about that, but say the difference isn't there is just not true. I have shot the same places and subjects with all my lenses and the one I like second best after the 200 is the Zeiss 100 which share a lot of the qualities I want with the f2.

We all have different wants, I don't lug around the f2 because people think it looks cool, I use it despite being noticed a lot.

A HUGE difference... master of observation that you are missed that point. Not a huge difference. And you are lying to yourself when you call it a BIG difference. I could put up load of shots between it and a 135L and a 70-200 and I'd bet you can't pick just the 200 f/2 out of the bunch. Just do a image search and see for yourself.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great lens but is it THE portrait lens you say it is... nope, just another in the list. And as far as you getting anymore out of it than say the 70-200, nope. Let see your images with it !!! Let's see you show something that a 70-200 can't do... I'd love to see it as you say you're an owner with stellar results. I am an owner and have shown 200 f/2 images here and I'm saying no, not a huge difference between the two lenses. Show me some and I'll show you a handful of images with 200 f/2's mixed in and your "bokeh, color, distortion, sharpness and microcontrast" is total farce.

Let's see it...
Canon General / Re: Canon Continues Marketshare Dominance in Japan
« Last post by SpartanII on Today at 06:55:43 PM »
Looking at the mirrorless marketshare data, I immediately thought of neuro and begin chuckling. Am sure the OP will be screen captured for future reference.

I wouldn't be surprised - it does make for quite impressive reading

In all fairness and a few have people mentioned this already, this is a reflection of Japan's market. Am wondering if Japan gets a little something extra in the box (50mm stm) that export markets don't. ( I kid)
EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Are 5D3 owners going to buy a 6D2?
« Last post by sunnyVan on Today at 06:51:01 PM »
You will not have to use joystick. You can change focus point using touchscreen.


After using a 5D with the joystick, its hard to go back to the mushy pad for selecting AF points. Sounds silly I'm sure.

I also can't afford the newest body every couple years, and would rather spend my money on more lenses at the moment. Regardless of what some people think, the 5D3 is just as capable now as it was when it was first released.
Lenses / Re: Going beyond 600mm
« Last post by johnf3f on Today at 06:43:03 PM »
The longest I have used is my 800 F5.6 L IS + 2 x Mk3 and 7D2, gives 1600mm with a field of view of 2560. Hated the manual focus/live view focus but it was quite a bright day so I didn't have to use IS. The "Concrete" tripod was a Gitzo 3530LS - hardly a biggie!

Due to a recent Gitzo 50% off sale I now have a nice new 4542LS - bit heavier but what about a 3 x extender ;D
EOS Bodies / Re: Some Canon EOS 6D Mark II Talk [CR2]
« Last post by hbr on Today at 06:33:48 PM »
IF it is announced early enough and IF it's price is around or not much more than the 7d2 it is something i will seriously consider depending on two things. While i know it's AF system won't compete with a 7d2 it might still be worth it with an 80d style setup AF wise. And IF the dual sd slots rumour is true it could be very tempting.i would epect the same articulating screen as the enthusiast cameras as the 6d does not have the left hand side buttons to prevent this.don't care about 4k. Actually i would be happier without it as it would keep the price down. But either way. If it is not announced by april it won't matter for me and a 7d2 it will be.

Hi Aussie shooter,

I currently own both the 6D and the 7D II and I use each of them for totally different styles of photography. The 6D gives me incredible photos and are usually very sharp with little noise. Usually it is quite easy to clean up the noise unless the photo was taken when it was dark outside.

The 7D II is absolutely the most fun camera I have ever photographed with, but I have always been disappointed with the noise levels. When the light is good and I am using a lens of f/2.8 or better, the camera gives me pretty good photos, but with my 400mm f/5.6 lens attached, even in good light there is quite a bit of work to do to clean up the noise. Had I been able to afford one, I think I would have been happier with a 5D III.
5DS and 5DS R Sample Images / Re: Any thing Shot with a 5ds/r
« Last post by Ryananthony on Today at 06:19:24 PM »
Wow, Eldar. What a beautiful site that must have been to see in person. Great shot.
EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Are 5D3 owners going to buy a 6D2?
« Last post by H. Jones on Today at 06:02:08 PM »
As a 1DX2 owner with a secondary 5D3, the rumored specs and price of the 6D2 really did catch my eye. I primarily shoot news with my 1DX2 and 5D3, but I'm an avid fan of shooting landscapes in my downtime. I'd love to have a lightweight, high DR, 28 mp 6D2 to shoot landscapes with, which could serve as an additional back-up to the 5D3, if it was low enough in price.

Though, like was previously mentioned, I don't think I could go back to using the little touch-pad multicontroller while shooting news instead of a joystick. I previously shot with a 60D and couldn't stand that little thing, especially when it finally broke on me. For landscapes and portraits--totally fine, but for any of my serious work, it puts me off. Added onto that is the lower build quality and less weather sealing, but I'm still OK with that in regards to landscapes.

All that said, I'd probably benefit more in my serious work by moving the 5D3 to a 5D mark IV or getting a back-up 1DX.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« Last post by LordofTackle on Today at 06:01:01 PM »
Beautiful shot Eric and Dustin :)
Canon General / Re: Canon Continues Marketshare Dominance in Japan
« Last post by Woody on Today at 05:58:54 PM »
The only stats that are accurate are the overall camera sales manufacturers submit blindly to CIPA.

CIPA chart reflects global (not just Japan) shipping (not sales) numbers.

BCNRanking chart shows sales numbers in Japanese market only.

From CIPA chart and manufacturer quarterly report, one deduces the global marketshares. But bear in mind, it's based on shipping numbers, not sales.
Thanks everyone for your responses. Fluorescent tubes seem like the long-term solution, however, in the short-term the lighting setups my friend is loaning me has traditional Edison sockets - so I can either use CFLs or LED bulbs.  After looking more today, it seems like I can find some CRI 90+ CFLs, but the majority run 80/82.

Thanks for the advice about flicker!  I knew standard/older fluorescent tubes had flicker, but I never knew about LEDs.  I have some commercial LEDs claiming CRI 85 in fixtures around the house (I can find 90 from the same manufacturer), so I'm going to do some flicker testing.

Knowing that fixing low CRI in post-production is somewhere between problematic and impossible, I'll probably pick up a single higher end CFL and LED and run some tests.  Assuming there aren't glaring gaps, it sounds like I might be okay for now with 90+ as my setup isn't large or overly critical.  If this becomes a larger project those 98 CRI tubes sound like a great options.
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