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Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:19:32 PM »
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some people seem to think "i use the 85mm f1.2 and the portrait will be great".

I agree with this assessment. While shallow DOF can be a great tool, it can also be a great crutch. One of the reasons f1.2 looks so "amazing" is because it's just not how we see the world, thereby making it rare and exciting. If all the photos in the world were taken at f1.2, nobody would even be talking about it. It will definitely enhance an already great picture, but sadly many amateurs equate shallow DOF with great image. And even sadder, a lot of customers buy into that philosophy.

A great secret sauce enhances an already terrific soup. It doesn't make a poisonous bowl of sludge suddenly edible and nutritious.

Hope the OP gets his dream lens soon!

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:13:20 PM »
Considering their current pricing: I estimate 4500-6000$.

The rumor puts it as under $4000, so we'll see.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 18, 2014, 06:40:09 PM »
All this skepticism on Canon only having only big MP and fast AF while Sony has better DR and low light. I agree that Canon deserves to be doubted after several hohum releases. But I'm ever the optimist and will hope that this 50MP sensor will not just be more pixels, but better DR and low light as well. As many have pointed out, Canon took a long time on this. If it were just a MP bump, this would have been available a year ago, so either Canon's R&D has gone down a bad path or this is really something worth looking forward to.

I stand by my assertion that other brands will have no choice but to follow if Canon markets a 50MP body first. Bragging rights aside, landscape/studio photogs with the best lenses will of course want a body that can deliver resolution. Just as Canon is now forced to catch up to Nikon in terms of DR, other brands will have to offer big MP bodies. Look at what the 5D2 did for video and everybody else followed suit despite all the "this is a gdamn photo camera I don't need it to take video" criticism. It's a constant leapfrogging in our industry that benefits us all.

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 17, 2014, 09:50:36 PM »
Might a 1DX/7D2 provide powerful enough focus for the 85/1.2II to be fast enough? Anybody have any experience in this?

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 09:47:45 PM »
Some people are excited, some are denouncing this. One thing is for certain: this is a huge buzz that will not just affect Canon shooters but shake up the market for other brands as well. Studio/landscape shooters will be flocking to this 50MP body if all goes well, and suddenly Nikon and Sony will have to have something like this.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 05:48:57 PM »
Oh sure, one week after I buy a new body this happens. Life is such a box of chocolates.

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 17, 2014, 12:48:06 AM »
Again, thx for all your enthusiastic and valuable opinions/suggestions. I've bought a 85/1.8 and am having a good time with it. I might look at the Sigma 85/1.4 Art when that comes out for a "potential" upgrade, given that I have had an excellent experience with other Sigma Art lenses. Cheers all!

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 12:44:51 AM »
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If you think they are no different, then you haven't bought a grey market item that was a piece of crap.  I have and learned my lesson.  Be glad you haven't.

Think of it this way: if I bought a U.S. Canon product in Japan, would that make it any more likely to break down? Of course not. I have used plenty of gray market items from bodies to lenses and absolutely the only difference is in the warranty. They function exactly the same, they look the same, they even come in the same boxes.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:45:59 PM »
I'm very disappointed with the article. It's a blatant insult to our intelligence. The domestic products are no different from gray market in any color, shape or form. The only difference is that Canon charges a fortune to service gray market items while domestic items are free under warranty. I've bought domestic and gray market and have never felt the "advantages" of "localized" products. What a bunch of bs.

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 06:12:11 PM »
Thanks Ryan85 and awinphoto for your awesome replies. Correct if I'm wrong, if I read your responses correctly, the f1.2 does not focus fast enough to keep up with even normal-speed actions, let alone fast dancing. That was my main concern. It would make a dreamy still portrait lens, though, when we pose the groom and bride after the guests have all gone.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 15, 2014, 06:06:54 PM »
If this were true, I think it's a good thing for us. Canon sensors have been lacking in innovation for a while while Sony sensors have made huge advancements in what's possible. I like it.

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Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:28:33 PM »
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I think early digital may have actually honed my timing.  At the time, the shutter delay could be measured in parts of a second (or more!) and the time between shots if you took TIFF photos was often many seconds.  Determining when to press the shutter and which 4-6 shots a minute you would be able to capture certainly made up for the lack of film!  We 2010-something DSLR shooters sure are a spoiled bunch in retrospect!

I hated that shutter delay. The late snap always told me "you probably missed the shot." It was not intuitive at all to have to jump the gun like that. I agree that it helps the shooter focus more, but I can't say the required timing skip was a bonus. Made me concentrate like hell, that's for sure.

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:25:23 PM »
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You didn't specify what you need the lens for.

Yeah, I now realize it. Sorry about that! :-[

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:23:38 PM »
Excellent all-around responses! Thanks all! It looks like one of my main concerns wasn't made clear the first time, so allow me to add this wrinkle to my question: is the focus fast enough at for me to shoot reliably at f1.2 during a wedding event? Not at the altar where everybody is basically stationary, but when the bride is coming down the aisle or when she's tossing the bouquet or everyone is dancing at the reception... you know the drill. I'm all for big aperture and sweet bokeh, but is my subject going to be in focus? An all-bokeh pic of the bride's face (exaggerated) isn't going to sell money.

Thanks again!

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Lenses / buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:11:07 AM »
Hi all, I'm here again with a buy question: lots of online reviews state that the 85mm f1.8 is nearly identical to the f1.2 II in terms of image quality when stopped down to f2. It even focuses faster than the L version. All that the f1.2 version has going for it seems to be that it is very sharp wide open, and has slightly better sharpness and contract than the f1.8 version. Again, money is not an issue here. Is the f1.2 II worth my money with nearly identical visuals and even slower focus, to be offset with f1.2 for low light conditions? Let me know your real-world thoughts! Thanks!

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