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Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2012, 11:43:03 PM »
Hi!

The poor AF function on the 5D mark II is enough reason for me to wait for the new 5D mark III. With the rumored 18mp and possible 1Dx sensor, I'm sure Canon will take care of the shocking AF system on the 5D mark II.

So I guess I'm waiting!

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« Reply #31 on: January 11, 2012, 03:02:38 AM »
Hi!

The poor AF function on the 5D mark II is enough reason for me to wait for the new 5D mark III. With the rumored 18mp and possible 1Dx sensor, I'm sure Canon will take care of the shocking AF system on the 5D mark II.

So I guess I'm waiting!

And so the 5DII AF myth continues ......

Yes I know the 7D AF is better - but shocking is rather over dramatising an AF that is accurate and still the (current) best in low light. It may have its limitations - but shocking - NO

I take a lot of pictures of animals which dont stay still for me or even pose with good backgrounds. So I just stick it on Servo, use the joystick for AF point control and away I go - relying of the blurred backgrond to improve things. Shooting wide open on a moving subject means the AF has to be good as the DOF is very shallow, also I have to get a high percentage of keepers as the animals dont respond well to 'just another one please'  ;D ;D

So here is a light hearted one that I took recently. I take pictures for a goat sanctuary that need pictures of goats for rehoming - so getting the aw factor is more important than the quality of the photo.
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« Reply #32 on: January 11, 2012, 05:40:49 AM »
Did anyone else spot the spelling mistake on the photo that Ron posted?  ;D

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« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2012, 08:07:59 AM »
And so the 5DII AF myth continues ......

Yes I know the 7D AF is better - but shocking is rather over dramatizing an AF that is accurate and still the (current) best in low light. It may have its limitations - but shocking - NO

I take a lot of pictures of animals which don't stay still for me or even pose with good backgrounds. So I just stick it on Servo, use the joystick for AF point control and away I go - relying of the blurred background to improve things. Shooting wide open on a moving subject means the AF has to be good as the DOF is very shallow, also I have to get a high percentage of keepers as the animals don't respond well to 'just another one please'  ;D ;D

Aha! Well there's your issue, you're obviously just not large and scary and/or charming enough to make everything from animals, to children, to adults just freeze when you take a picture of them  ;D

Seriously though, I, too, have seen tons of one-off posts going on about AF that don't reflect either actual usage or basic scientific comparison and am growing a bit tired of them.  I've not had much chance to use my 5DmkII and I find myself looking for something wrong in the AF compared to the 60D and know that deep down it's just because I've read it over and over again.  Until I shoot with one body on each shoulder and alternate, I don't think that I should be making an even anecdotal comparison . . .

In the end, it comes back to who's using it and how they're using it.  It can be (over) simplified to 'better" AF just improves your "luck" when it comes to catching a shot.  If you know what you're doing (briansquibb's explanation above is one example) then you've reduced the necessity 'luck' part of the equation.

Just my opinion (except the scary/charming part, that's all fact ;) ) -- worth no more than the price paid :)
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« Reply #34 on: January 11, 2012, 08:23:29 AM »
And so the 5DII AF myth continues ......

Yes I know the 7D AF is better - but shocking is rather over dramatizing an AF that is accurate and still the (current) best in low light. It may have its limitations - but shocking - NO

I take a lot of pictures of animals which don't stay still for me or even pose with good backgrounds. So I just stick it on Servo, use the joystick for AF point control and away I go - relying of the blurred background to improve things. Shooting wide open on a moving subject means the AF has to be good as the DOF is very shallow, also I have to get a high percentage of keepers as the animals don't respond well to 'just another one please'  ;D ;D

Aha! Well there's your issue, you're obviously just not large and scary and/or charming enough to make everything from animals, to children, to adults just freeze when you take a picture of them  ;D


You are right, scary is not one of my features, although being large people are wary if I get angry  ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #35 on: January 11, 2012, 09:46:43 AM »
hi, i just jump from nikon crop sensor d3000 to canon 5d markii when it just 2000 USD. when it equip with my 24-70mm L. the first few image i was like "wow". i also have the EF 50mm f1.4. any other suggestion lens ? as i was new to canon product. i mostly do landscape and some outdoor portrait..
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« Reply #36 on: January 11, 2012, 09:57:38 AM »
For landscape the 17-40f/4 is very good when used at f/8 - f/11

Others include the 14mm, TSE-17, 8-14 (fish eye)

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« Reply #37 on: January 11, 2012, 10:13:51 AM »
Did anyone else spot the spelling mistake on the photo that Ron posted?  ;D
Ahhhh, damn watermark.  I did that on the fly with lightroom processing from Raw to JPEG.  Ha, Ha..... Thanks for the catch Adam :)  You know, I'll keep it up there for giggles
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« Reply #38 on: January 11, 2012, 10:16:46 AM »
hi, i just jump from nikon crop sensor d3000 to canon 5d markii when it just 2000 USD. when it equip with my 24-70mm L. the first few image i was like "wow". i also have the EF 50mm f1.4. any other suggestion lens ? as i was new to canon product. i mostly do landscape and some outdoor portrait..
Seems like you have money to spend  ;) Look for a 70-200 f2.8 and try that.  Great lens very sharp pics.
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« Reply #39 on: January 11, 2012, 10:37:37 AM »
hi, will u recommend the version IS or IS ii ?
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« Reply #40 on: January 11, 2012, 10:50:53 AM »
Go for the IS II - much much better - really good on the 5DII.

Maybe a bit long for most landscapes? although good for urban images

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« Reply #41 on: January 11, 2012, 11:14:22 AM »


And so the 5DII AF myth continues ......

Yes I know the 7D AF is better - but shocking is rather over dramatising an AF that is accurate and still the (current) best in low light. It may have its limitations - but shocking - NO

I take a lot of pictures of animals which dont stay still for me or even pose with good backgrounds. So I just stick it on Servo, use the joystick for AF point control and away I go - relying of the blurred backgrond to improve things. Shooting wide open on a moving subject means the AF has to be good as the DOF is very shallow, also I have to get a high percentage of keepers as the animals dont respond well to 'just another one please'  ;D ;D

So here is a light hearted one that I took recently. I take pictures for a goat sanctuary that need pictures of goats for rehoming - so getting the aw factor is more important than the quality of the photo.

Dude, That 135mm/f2 you used on this picture really is amazingly sharp! Wow.

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« Reply #42 on: January 11, 2012, 11:15:59 AM »
Did anyone else spot the spelling mistake on the photo that Ron posted?  ;D
Haha Indeed Indeed

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« Reply #43 on: January 11, 2012, 11:53:55 AM »
Go for the IS II - much much better - really good on the 5DII.

Maybe a bit long for most landscapes? although good for urban images

+1 on the IS II.  Great lens and great investment.  It is still on rebate until Feb 4th so it is a good time to pick it up.  I also like the combo of the 70-200 2.8L IS II together with the 135L.  This way when I need something a bit smaller and easier to carry I bring the 135L.  If not the 70-200 is amazing!
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« Reply #44 on: January 11, 2012, 03:38:52 PM »
hi, i just jump from nikon crop sensor d3000 to canon 5d markii when it just 2000 USD. when it equip with my 24-70mm L. the first few image i was like "wow". i also have the EF 50mm f1.4. any other suggestion lens ? as i was new to canon product. i mostly do landscape and some outdoor portrait..

The 85mm 1.8 is amazing on this body, but not really that much of an outdoor portrait.

People rave about the 135mm 2.0L -- more of a 'portrait at a distance' lens.
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« Reply #44 on: January 11, 2012, 03:38:52 PM »