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Lenses / Recommended lenses for travel to Central America
« on: August 24, 2013, 07:04:09 PM »
My future wife and I will be taking our honeymoon in Central America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala).  We will be spending most of the time on a tour.

We will have backpacks for our gear, so can't travel too heavy.

Balancing considerations of weight and practicality, what lenses do you think I should take?

I currently have a 5D III which will be coming.

I am also thinking
  • 16-35L (yet to be purchased
  • 35L
  • 24-105L

I have the 24-70L II which I am considering taking in place of the 24-105L.  The image quality is just so much better. I don't think that I will miss the long end. As always, IS would be great but I find my photos from the 24-70L to be so much better than those from the 24-105L.

I have a 70-300L but don't think it will be needed. I'm not into birds at all, much more landscape, culture and people.

I also own a 24L, 85 f/1.8 and 135L but don't think that it's worth the weight to take these.

I have a 600D that I will probably take as a backup body in case I get robbed at any point.

Thoughts? Thanks :)
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Lenses / 24-70L II is fantastic
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:53:19 PM »
I own a wide variety of lenses, including the 24L II, 35L and the 24-105L.  The 24-105L is a very solid lens, and I get great results from it in bright light,and particularly at f/5.6 or better.

However I have not been fully happy with the performance of the 24-105L at f/4.0.  The image is not as sharp as I'd like.  Also, the extra creative possibilities of f/2.8 on the 24-70 II were pretty appealing.

I went ahead and made the decision, and after two days out shooting with it have no regrets.  The 24-70 II feels sharper at f/2.8 than the 24-105L does at f/4. 

But what I'm most impressed about is the rendering, particularly for the OOF areas.  The bokeh is loads better.... the 24-105L has quite ring-like bokeh, whereas the 24-70 II bokeh is fairly smooth across the blur disk (there is a small amount of onion-like structure if the blur area is under-exposed but not very noticeable).  I now see why people compare the lens to the 24L II - the colours and rendering are fantastic.

What a great lens!

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Technical Support / Is this dust or sensor damage?!
« on: April 11, 2013, 07:12:04 AM »
Attached is a highly cropped image from my 5D3. There is a black/purple spot about 5 pixels by 2 pixels. What is this? Dust? Sensor damage?! Help!

I should say this was taken at about f/2

Thanks

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Lenses / What would cause Canon to release the 35L II?
« on: March 26, 2013, 06:24:20 AM »
So the 35L II has been rumoured for a long time.  The widely held belief seems to be that Canon delayed it after seeing how good the Sigma 35 f/1.4 is.

What do you think will happen here? Do you think that Canon will go through the trouble of redesigning the 35L II and release it sooner? Or do you think that this lens is set to languish?

Is there anything that would force Canon's hand in this matter? The release of a high MP camera would seem to be such a trigger, as the 35L would perform poorly on such a camera.


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Lenses / Best lens from my set for nightclubs?
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:05:05 AM »
Hi all,

If I could take a single lens to do nightclub photography from the following, what you recommend? I have the 5D3. The intention is for some close-up shots of people, some of the DJ and some crowd shots. I may or may not take a flash.

  • 24mm f/1.4L II
  • 35mm f/1.4L
  • 24-105 f/4L

My feeling is that the 24-105 is far too slow, but the zoom gives me way more options. I use the 35 a lot, but it might not be wide enough for crowd shots, and it's also not weather sealed (I am paranoid about people spilling drinks on my camera); the 24 is weather sealed and so should hold up OK if someone accidentally spills a drink on me.

All of these considerations suggest the 24.

Thoughts welcome!

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