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Messages - jdramirez

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Both are great for portraits, the 85mm focal length is more versatile, IMO.  135mm is good for individual headshots.  Your signature indicates you have the 70-200 II, f/2 is close, f/1.2 isn't so close.

While I agree the 85mm FL is more versatile, would you say the 85L as a lens is more versatile than the 135L?
On the other hand, the OP does say the main focus is portraiture- so the 85L is a better lens on an FF camera (from the perspective point of view, pun unintended, in strictly my opinion).
JD, my suggestion to buy the 135L is purely based on the assumption you will get the 85L later. I was merely responding to your original post before you changed it, where you wanted to know which was a better deal.

I understood what you were saying.  And when I give advice... it is with the presumption that if someone is getting a cheaper of the two options... that opens up money for more gear... not for car payments, mortgages, and tuition...

And part of the reason I was asking is because I did have the 135L at $635 and change and now buying the 85L mkii at $1440, it doesn't seem like as much of a bargain... and that is what I have having a tough time wrapping my head around. 

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Both are great for portraits, the 85mm focal length is more versatile, IMO.  135mm is good for individual headshots.  Your signature indicates you have the 70-200 II, f/2 is close, f/1.2 isn't so close.

That's a good point about f/2 v. f/2.8.  I did want a really good low light prime and I was going to settle for the sigma 50 art which we all know is f/1.4... but I was getting a case of cold feet. 

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85L II.

Thanks.  $635 seems so much cheaper than $1440... and I do realize because it is...

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I always have heard good things about the Tokina.  People love the Canon too, but if I were to decide between the two... I'd lean towards the Tokina.  I should qualify my opinion to say that I have no experience with either lens, I don't like wide angle photography, and I historically prefer Canon gear because it doesn't depreciate very quickly. 

So all of my normal 3 suggestions are antithetical to my suggestion... So yeah...

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Lenses / What's a better value? 135L for $635ish or 85L mkii for $1440
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:58:59 PM »
I had a completely different set of paragraphs... and I sounded like a prick... So let's not go down that path. 

Let's go hypothetical... if you have the chance to buy either of the two lenses in used-like new condition, which would you choose.  Your main focus is portraiture and you don't want to use that money to buy other things.

Discuss.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: the canon 100d/sl1
« on: April 19, 2014, 09:44:12 PM »
I bought my daughter an Xti.  It was ok... but it didn't do a few things that I thought she would take advantage of, like live view focusing, better iso functionality, etc.  So I upgraded her to a sl1. 

My thought on it are as follows.  It's good enough.  I like the size of it for a 10 year old and I probably won't upgrade it unless it is a wash (sell it for $400 and buy an upgraded body for $400).

I had the 60D before my mkiii... and it the sensor is fine... but damn it is grainy in comparison.  I edit some of her images and I have to push the grain reduction beyond where I normally like to. 

It is excellent in good lighting... it is adequate in low light.  No surprise there.  I'm not fond of the touchscreen because I rarely use it, but it is fine.  My daughter likes it and it is really light to carry. 

We were at the zoo today and my 5d mkiii plus 70-200 mkii were a pain in the ass to carry when I wasn't taking photos.  When I was taking photos... I could have cared less.  I longed for the sl1 and a 70-200 f/4 combo...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Calumet Store Closing Sale
« on: April 18, 2014, 05:21:19 PM »
I can confirm that the Calumet store in Cambridge, MA is officially open for (going out of) business.
Were there decent prices on gear or was it like the early days of circuit city going out of business and everything is 8% off today, 9 percent off tomorrow and so forth and so on.

Discounts were 20% or higher on most stuff, the issue was selection.  They had few Canon lenses and bodies, lots of Tamrac bags but only three Think Tank and one Kata.  If you want 3rd party batteries, Promaster UV filters, and off-brand lens caps, you're in luck.  Lots of PocketWizard stuff, too. 

I picked up a couple of Honl snoots/gobos and a roll of white seamless paper.  There was a 300/2.8 II in the Rentals window, I inquired about it and was told $3600 (!!!), I pulled out a debit card immediately, but the guy needed to check with the manager if that was a MkI or MkII price, and the manager said none of the rental stuff was for sale.
The guy is losing his job anyway... the least he could do is throw you a bone.

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Canon General / Re: Helen Oster
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:20:06 AM »
Kudos on surviving the world around us for one more year.

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Are you allowed to take that into an airport... they might think you are smuggling a bazooka.

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You gonna need 2-3 people to lift this lens on the tripod: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/lenses/supertelephoto/sigma-200-500mm-f2.8-ex-dg-apo-for-canon
It's "only" 35 pounds, lighter than my Speedotron packs, and I frequently carry two of those into many jobs.
Besides, if you can spend $15,000 on this lens, you certainly can afford an assistant.


or a gym membership...

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Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:06:22 AM »
Our local dealer says his Markup for Canon runs 7%.  There may be a rebate for meeting sales targets, but a small dealer can't sell millions of dollars worth a month.
 
The salesmen are all photographers and give good advice.  I buy from them frequently, and from Adorama / B&H for something they can't easily get due to manufacturers requiring large purchases.
 
I've found that they can get cameras and lenses from Canon even when the big stores are out, so Canon does take care of small dealers.
In my dalliance in retail, the cost was pretty close to the sale price.  If we sold a package for $1000, there was maybe 50 bucks in profit, so we would get $15 for the sale.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Calumet Store Closing Sale
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:02:47 AM »
I can confirm that the Calumet store in Cambridge, MA is officially open for (going out of) business.
Were there decent prices on gear or was it like the early days of circuit city going out of business and everything is 8% off today, 9 percent off tomorrow and so forth and so on.

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I didn't even know this thing existed let alone how expensive it is.  I'm curious... how's the image quality?

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I'm surprised that so far nobody has said DxO's results are meaningless because they don't represent bokeh in their tests results anywhere! But at least the first post on this thread doesn't disappoint with the expected putting down of DxO.

I'm waiting to be dismissive of the Ken Rockwell review.  Till then I'll save up my indignance.

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At least we have more gas to put on the fire... it will keep us busy until the damn lens is released... and then we get to be excited or disappointed based on our own experiences. 

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