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I just watched a video by the fro knows just the other day... and then I pick him out of the picture without even reading the last about playing where's waldo.

That's funny.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: Today at 01:12:58 PM »
I had the 1.8 and I now have the 1.2.  1.2 is other worldly I liked the 1.8 and didn't notice the people and greens, but if you pixel peeped, it was there at the high contrast areas. 

Do any of y'all shoot the 85 L in a studio setting with a solid color background.  Other than the blurring of the nose and face, it seems like it would be a waste.

I never shoot in studio so I love this lens because with the subject isolation it can turn any environment into a "studio."  Obviously shooting in a real studio with a solid backdrop you don't have cool/interesting bokeh to look at so you probably don't need that much subject isolation.  It is an expensive lens but I still wouldn't say it is a waste to use it for studio.  The thing is pretty ridiculously sharp (although I've hear really good things about the 1.8 versions as well, especially at smaller aperatures).  I really like the way this lens renders colors and tones as well.  Definitely expensive, but worth it in my opinion.  I've also heard the 85 1.8 has some pretty bad purple fringing.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: Today at 12:46:47 PM »
Do any of y'all shoot the 85 L in a studio setting with a solid color background.  Other than the blurring of the nose and face, it seems like it would be a waste. 

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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: Today at 10:59:09 AM »
I finally got an 85L mkii after about five deals that went bad and a year of pining.  So my gas should be satiated for a few months.  Having said that... I think I may wind up looking at the 200f2 or the 300 f2.8 sometime here in the not too distant future... It is quite troubling.

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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:26:24 PM »
I don't recall how much the 300 mkii was with the cpw group buy... but I would guess used is the way to go.  I haven't used either... but I kinda want it every now and then. 

I flirt with Sigma, but inevitably I come back to Canon.  It just feel right. 

Ever mull over the 200mm f/2L and the 1.4 tc?  It's not quite 300... it's not quite as sharp, though you also wind up with that extra stop of light if you are shooting indoors. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Video Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:52:25 PM »
Review or infomercial?

It did feel like that, and some of the shots, I was surprised they weren't sharper... so maybe he was going with a slower shutter speed because he wanted to accentuate the motion,but it just looked dull... and I think he was using an 8-15 fisheye... so maybe that was it... but I think you kick up the iso... UNLESS THE HIGHER ISO PERFORMANCE IS BLAH!


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Photography Technique / Re: Timelapse
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:00:04 AM »
So I have mocha for after effects, but not after effects... so I can't smooth out my video... Seems like I missed out on an opportunity there. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Timelapse
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:20:59 PM »
I got my monopod today and I took a crack at it... it didn't go well. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBvHdK8KJrY&feature=youtu.be

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: And people say Canon is behind??
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:27:23 PM »
We are talking about marketing... where a camera phone can take a photo equal to a 5d mkii and an 85mm f1.2 mkii...

Where burgers look like works if art, and not the work of some guy named Art.


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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2014, 10:14:54 AM »
DXO can score this however they want, but when they say things like this: "The new Otus 85mm is without question the most desirable and best performing 85mm portrait lens available" I have no desire to continue reading what they are selling.

What are they smoking?  I still haven't figured out what use case there is for this lens.  You can't hand hold this lens for closer portraits wide open.  You can't.  Not while focusing manually. 

What am I missing?  Why is this the Most Desirable and Best performing 85mm?
We did shoot f1.4 portraits back in the old days, where no AF was available. I had the first 50mm f1.2L lens and have lots of good shots with it, wide open.

A major part of being a photographer then was to practice your manual focusing skills. People were also shooting all kinds of sports and wildlife at the time. Very few (if any) shot f1.4 though, but you still had to handle the movement issues. So adding a precision focusing screen to your camera (I use Ec-S on my 1DX), you can clearly shoot portraits handheld with this lens. But you have to practice quite a bit to master it. If you pick up these manual lenses only once every now and then, I agree, you will not make it. I have lots of close portraits taken with the Otus 55mm at f1.4 (and the Zeiss 135mm at f2.0), where focus is exactly where I want it, so I imagine I will be able to do it with the 85mm also.

So are you saying that a well practiced manual focusing photographer could use this lens as an effective portrait lens in close quarters wide open?  What do you think the keeper rate would be hand held?  What percentage of those keepers would use to the fullest extent this very expensive glass?  I think it would be disappointingly low.
One of the first posts here had a link to some real world examples, I even went to the flickr site referenced.  Guess what? No portraits.  Some beautiful photos, but no portraits.

In the past photographers practiced their manual focusing.  Nowdays it is the videographers out trying to perfect this skill.

I agree that this lens could have a place, but my real gripe was with DXO, who doesn't seem to understand the lens other than by its stats.

Shooting portraits wide open manually is not quite as hard as you think, particularly since Zeiss lenses do have focus confirm (which is pretty accurate).  It takes some practice, yes, but better a manual focus lens than one with erratic AF.

I manually focus when I have a stationary target, shoot stopped down (f8), or are using a tripod and live view.  Outside of that... give me a good consistent auto focus.


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Then go to Auction sniper.

And that is what sucks about Ebay these days.

I don't even bid any more.  If it has a buy it now price and the price is reasonable to me, I buy it outright.

It used to be fun and effective to bid on Ebay, but these programs killed that.

It all depends on what you are willing to pay.  People used to hang out in front of their computers doing the same thing.... So it isn't that divergent, though people are willing to pay for the convenience.

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I've been looking for around two or there weeks and comparable ones sold for thirty-ish more.  So I didn't get a great deal, but I got a good deal. 



So I've been losing every auction... que sera sera... but there are very few Sunsui (or whatever) available... so I will probably wind up with a Manfrotto... so I guess that's a plus.  I could have used it tonight... night shooting @ an amusement park, some long exposures... and an f/2.8 lens.  bleh.

Check the values that they actually sell for by looking at completed auctions.  Use that to set your bid price.

Then go to Auction sniper.  It will place your bid about 5 seconds before the auction ends.  This eliminates bidding wars and the urge to beat the other guy, which only runs up the price.  either you win, or you don't, but no one else even knows you exist to place a bid, it just happens a few seconds before a auction closes.

I've done this for years, and when I set a reasonable bid price, I win a fair percentage and only lose when there is a bidding war going on.

You can set Auction sniper to bid on multiple auctions and stop when you win one.

I don't sell it, but I use it.  They do charge a very small amount, but only if you win.

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Photography Technique / Re: Timelapse
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:34:28 PM »
I watched one on YouTube the other day.  It was by the dig rev tv guys and it was pretty darn interesting.

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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:33:03 PM »
Indifferent because I wasn't going to get one anyway.

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I like to finish my stories I start....

I took a suggestion from one of y'all and bought one off of ebay.  I got a Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 Monopod.

It has a fluid head, the fluid base and the feet and the flip locks... I paid a whopping 240 for it, but I had a video head for basically 90 bucks... So I'm feeling pretty good about it. 


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