ISO 12800 on a 5D2. It isn’t my best exposure, but the moment is still in tact, no? That’s all that matters.
How is the 5dmk2? Is the lowlight focusing problem that everyone complains about really that bad of a turn-off?
The 5D Mark II is a god of a camera. Really. It is magnificent. People do complain about the focusing, but I find it good enough most of the time - also, I shoot fast paced weddings and low light receptions, events, children and live gigs (in terrible lighting). It’s really all about knowing how to focus. A lot of people expect the camera to just focus on anything you point it at.
The camera is able to focus on things through latching onto contrasting/rigid lines. If you know that, focusing becomes a lot easier. For instance, if you’re shooting a live gig and the musician in front of you is a black blob silhouetted by magnificently powerful lighting, you can’t expect the camera to try and focus on “nothing” by focusing on the center of that blob. You need to actually find the contrast line of their face to focus on.
I really think that around 70% of people who complain about the 5D Mark II’s focusing problems are people who have bad technique when using spot-focusing.
That being said, the 5D Mark II is certainly a tad bit worse at focusing in low light than the D700 is, as well as the 50D or 7D (from my experience). The 5D Mark III is quite incredible at low light focusing, apparently, but I can’t be sure until I’ve had one in my hands.
I still believe that you can mitigate most focusing “issues” with the 5D Mark II by having better technique, and becoming very good at anticipating events.
Busy calibrating my lenses with my #lensalign. It’s good to know that I can trust the focus of my f/1.4 line up, especially on the #5DmII. Thought I would pop into the picture for a self-portrait while I had it all set up and the window light was nice.
All set for my shoot later now. :)
This is Amanda. She was with me when I got my new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 in Vancouver yesterday… of course I couldn’t resist taking a few photos. If you’re wondering why I didn’t post anything yesterday, it’s because we were having too much fun in Vancouver trolling about for lenses and clothes and what not. Yesterday was a pretty spectacular day :). Now that I’m back, and I have a new lens… you can expect some new pictures, with a new perspective. Maybe a review or something. I’m so stoked on this lens I can’t not spread my love of it to the world. This lens is absolutely ridiculous, and by far, the sharpest lens at f/1.4 I have ever shot with.
what body do you shoot with? and lens?
5D Mark II. I shoot mainly primes.. particularly with a 35mm f/1.4L. I’m a major fan of the 50mm f/1.4 and the Sigma 85mm f/1.4… All three of those have different aesthetics regarding natural vignetting, distortion, visual compression and the way they react when I freelens with them (which I do a lot), so it really depends what type of shot I’m going for when choosing a lens. The 35mm f/1.4L is my go to lens for everything, though. I also have a 50D which I use when I need the reach because of the 1.6x crop factor.
Shot my first video footage with my 5D mark II in the last two days after my friend asked me to be the cinematographer for a short he was directing. It was a really good time. One of the locations was a beach. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this family.
I put gel in my hair so that it doesn’t look like this at the end of the day. Today I ran out of gel.
Bokeh panorama from a wedding I shot a few days ago, stitched together from 44 images.
Me at #Rifflandia. Gotta love 8mm’s on a full-frame. Will be bringing you hundreds of Riff photos soon.