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Lenses / Re: Impressions from the EF 16-35mm f4 L IS USM
« on: December 22, 2014, 02:29:57 PM »
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 is a full manual lens that you have to stop down to figure out the exposure.
Which again dims the viewfinder and you cannot really tell what is in focus and what is not.
The distortion is quite shocking as well. It is cheap, OK. I have it and I am still climbing the learning curve. I am not sure if I 'll keep it.

Rokinon is easy. Dial in F8, focus at 1m (3ft) and you're set. (Hyperfocal is <1 meter) No need to be able to tell if something is in focus or not, because everything will be.

For distortion, there's LR profile you can use. It doesn't make it great, but it helps. For the price, it's amazing lens.

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It seems that the new 16-35 f/4 IS is optically superior to the f/2.8 lens. The IS gives you two apertures that can help you get your shot –unless the subject is moving, of course.  Do you actually buy lenses because they are 'cool' or was that a joke?

Anyone who considers himself (/herself) a photographer, should only buy 2.8 or faster. You can easily spot the amateurs carrying the F4s around.

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Lenses / Re: Impressions from the EF 16-35mm f4 L IS USM
« on: December 22, 2014, 03:11:05 AM »
Everyone can shoot as they please, but I don't understand how someone can say there's no need for IS on lenses.

Yes, there's lot of shoots when there's absolutely no need for IS. But aside from some rumors, I've never seen evidence that IS degrades photo, save for that split second when it spins up. So I don't understand why you'd leave it off, since it might save the shot you took.

Plus I can think of lot of places when you want to use it. If someone don't, then their photo-style doesn't include such scenes.

But from 16-35/2.8 vs. F4IS, I'd probably take the 2.8 just because everyone thinks 2.8 is cool. For most shoots, the F4IS would probably be better.

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Canon General / Re: Thanks Adorama and Helen Oster !
« on: December 21, 2014, 06:04:38 PM »
99% of the time, I have no problems. Day or two delay occasionally. During the holiday season, I understand some delays are normal. Season probably adds some 5x amount of packages, so they can't scale up their capacity to take 5x since rest of the year they need only 10% of that. If they did scale up, it'd cost us (=customer) more.

I'm sure they do some amount, like hiring some temp drivers, adding extra hours etc. But it's still impossible task. Yes, if I was waiting for the 1DX+200-400F4L, I'd be dying for each delayed day.

No reason to blame there, they'll do their best.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm L Macro
« on: December 20, 2014, 11:24:21 PM »
Here's one from today:

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Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm L Macro
« on: December 20, 2014, 11:20:28 PM »
I usually shoot with 70-200 II, today I borrowed 100L from my friend. It's interesting lens. 67mm filter is strange, but you get interesting shoots anyway.

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Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:01:24 PM »
Darn you guys, I have this creeping feeling that I need to get one of these again...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 11, 2014, 02:48:01 AM »
Congrats JR

1dx will give you a much better handling with your big lenses: 85L II, 70-200, and of course future 200mm f2 IS  ;)

Keep in mind....it might take you sometime to get use to 18MP(larger pixel). Once you passed that state, I doubt you would pickup your 5D III.

Thanks Dylan - I watch out for the larger pixels. The big whites are on my shopping list too - the first one being the 300 II.


I'm tempted to order one too, but I'll wait for the Mk2. After that maybe 200/2 or 300/2.8. New kidneys grow back in few years, right, so I can keep selling them?

I considered waiting for the Mk2 as well but felt that photo opportunities can't wait. That said, if the Mk2 did come around sometime next year, I'd probably sell the 5D3 and get a Mk2.

I've had the 5D3 for almost 2 years now, and can't complain on anything much. Biggest one is the noise when pushing exposure up.

For 1Dx2, my about realistic hope is:
-about 1.5-2 stop better high ISO noise than 5D3
-at least 10fps
-between 20-35 MP

Also I'd love, although not so important:
-dual CF slots with individual bus on each one so it'd dump the buffer at twice the speed if you use 2 CF cards.

Plus of course all the other stuff like stellar AF with gazillion AF points etc. Not sure on the DPAF, first I want to know it works good.

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:10:22 AM »
I use cheap ass Canon pixma, ip4700 if I remember correctly. Prints up to 11.5x8.5 or something like that. Much better quality than I'd assume for $40 printer. And I get ink from China, ~$10 for the set and it does somewhere around 100pcs of 4x6s, so about 10 cents a print. Photo paper is next to free if you wait for the good deals. Just got more during BF, 1000x 4x6 + 200x 11.5x8.5, I think it was about $36 after tax. Few cents per photo.

For bigger prints I use e.g. Nation photo lab.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:07:11 AM »
Thanks for the replies guys. I've put the 1dx on order, should get it next week.

Cheers ... J.R.

Congrats JR

1dx will give you a much better handling with your big lenses: 85L II, 70-200, and of course future 200mm f2 IS  ;)

Keep in mind....it might take you sometime to get use to 18MP(larger pixel). Once you passed that state, I doubt you would pickup your 5D III.

I'm tempted to order one too, but I'll wait for the Mk2. After that maybe 200/2 or 300/2.8. New kidneys grow back in few years, right, so I can keep selling them?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 10:49:14 PM »
My friend dumped $100k on a car.

Good for him.

Are you jealous or why such negative post?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 09, 2014, 03:26:04 AM »
Not even in the slightness. I hope that when the 1Dx mark II comes in, that they should keep it at 18 and work even more on the Dynamic Range and ISO performance...   ;D  What you guys think?

That's good point.

If you can choose either 36MP and current ISO/DR, or 18MP with 1 stop improvement on ISO and DR, I think I go with 18MP.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 08, 2014, 01:32:39 AM »
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Often when I am using my 600 f4 on my Wimbley I will remove the grip so I have more verticle reach.

You're right on the gimbal thing: I have a 7D2 on a gimbal and its lightness helps. I can't imagine putting a 1-body on that thing for extended shooting.

Not sure I get it.  I guess it's because of the Wimberley II design?  I use a RRS PG-02 LLR side-mount gimbal, as long as I position the 600's barrel over a tripod leg, the body is between the other two legs when going vertically, and I don't think removing a removable grip would matter.

As for the weight of the body, when the load is properly balanced on the gimbal, the whole rig can be easily moved with a fingertip, whether I have my 1D X or my EOS M behind the 600 II.

For a moment I was wondering who shoots tennis matches with 600mm fixed...

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Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: December 08, 2014, 01:27:24 AM »
My biggest question is since the lens is quite old, if there's even better one coming soon, either Mark II or Sigma ART around that focal length. Give me Sigma ART 135mm F2.0 OS for $999, pretty please :)

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Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: December 07, 2014, 04:52:24 PM »
I was just about to start new thread with exactly same question.

I used to have 135L when I had crop body, and it was awesome. I took so many awesome shots. I had to sell it after one drunken night I accidentally ordered 70-200 IS II, so it was either sell the 135L or sleep on couch.

Now I have FF body, and I'm really thinking I should get the 135L again. Quite often I shoot indoor sports with the 70-200 (typical settings: 1/500, 2.8, ISO6400), so I could come down one stop on ISO if I get the 135L, although I'd lose the zoom-capability.

Especially if I find good copy used, I could use it for couple months to see how I feel and if I don't like, I'm sure I'd lose less than $100 selling it again. So better option than renting IMHO. And if I like, I can keep it.

At some point I probably want also the 100L macro, but I'm not sure if I like that so 135L is first on the list.

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But for megapixels...I wouldn't apply the term stops to that. It doesn't really work there.


Relax :) I know it's not official, but it's handy.

Stops is perfect word in camera world to describe any units, e.g. if I take 2 stops more picture tomorrow, that'll mean 4x.

In my day job I talk in dBs and dBms all the time, and I usually mix those to anything else too. E.g. if I want a raise, I tell my boss I'm happy for only 3dB raise. Or some night I should have drunk -3dB less beer.

I know they don't make sense if you take them literally, but they work perfectly in these cases and everyone knows what they really mean.

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