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Lenses / Canon Wide-Angle Zoom Comparison by Roger Cicala
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:56:38 PM »
I've been waiting for Roger's testing for a few weeks. It's finally here.

Quote: "I set a high bar for new Canon lenses. I expect them to be excellent and generally their recent releases have been. Since this was a wide-angle zoom, though, my expectations were lowered a bit. Canon has always struggled with wide-angle zooms. The 17-40 is a good, not great lens. The 16-35 f/2.8 II is better than the Mk I replaced, but I’d consider it, at best, adequate considering its price.

The 16-35 f/4 IS changes that. It’s a superb optic — as good as anything else available. Of course, a lot of people want an f/2.8 zoom. But for many, like me, f/4 with IS is just fine for wide-angle shooting."

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 50 1.4 Art NOT bokehlicious?
« on: July 26, 2014, 08:16:57 AM »
Kai at digitalrev published his hands-on review video. Lack of beautiful bokeh at 1.4 seems to be a weak point of this lens, based on Kai. I was wondering what other users think of it.

Lenses / Flex Lens Shade
« on: July 15, 2014, 06:16:38 PM »
I upgraded my polarizer and ND filters to 82mm when I purchased the 24-70 II two years ago, expecting to use them on a 24 TS-E or Zeiss 21. Now that I have the fantastic 16-35 4L IS for landscape, I'm not sure if I will ever buy either of the two lenses. 82mm filters on the 16-35 IS are great because I can stack them without having any vignetting issue even at 16mm, but I can't use the lens hood any more.

I searched on line and found this: I was wondering if any one has used this and what your experience is. Any other suggestions are very welcome too.

Software & Accessories / Sub $1000 27" monitor for photo editing
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:24:13 PM »
Any recommendations? I just bought a Spyder4Pro calibration kit. I used to use a Sony XBR6 52" TV for some casual shot editing, but wanted to do more serious editing for landscape. Thanks!

Lenses / 24-70 II Onion Ring Bokeh
« on: December 20, 2013, 10:33:02 PM »
Merry Christmas Everyone.

I've been using my 24-70 II since April. Love it to pieces. Never really paid much attention to the bokeh until I took some photos of the Christmas light. Very very prominent onion ring bokeh. First I thought it might be the filter, but the same thing happened when I took off the filter.

Any thoughts? Is it inherent with this lens design or something is wrong with my specific copy?


Lenses / Canon 24-70 Mk II variation (by
« on: November 04, 2012, 04:40:04 PM »
Roger has done a nice analysis.

Don't be surprised if your copy is not sharper than your beloved 70-200 II.

Lenses / ND filter
« on: August 16, 2012, 05:51:21 PM »
Hello, all. Looking for an ND filter. I heard that for using fast primes (faster than f1.4) in sunlight, a 3-stop ND is ideal, but for waterfalls and moving clouds, a 9- to 10-stop is better. Any advice on which one to get? Thanks.

I found this very amusing. Last time I checked the shutter button is on the right hand side. So a left-handed photographer uses his left hand to grab the camera either upside down or with the lens pointing to himself, then hands it over to his right hand for taking photos? Any left-handed photographer here to help explain the rationale behind this product?

Software & Accessories / Small bag for 5D3 + 40 pancake
« on: July 01, 2012, 07:26:00 PM »
Hello, all.

Looking for a smallest possible bag for 5d3+40 that I can put in a hiking pack, regular backpack, my wife's hand bags, and my daughter's diaper bag. I'd like to be able to take the combo everywhere practical. I looked at the Lencoat pouch pro online but not sure it would provide adequate protection. Any suggestion would be highly appreciated.

Lenses / Excellent review of the 40mm pancake
« on: June 24, 2012, 10:34:11 PM »
Excellent review by Dan Carr

Can't wait to receive mine tomorrow and try it on 5D3.

One of the major complaints about the fantastic BR strap is that you need to unscrew the FastenR3 in order to attached the plate to the camera body. Since the plate from both RRS and Kirk comes with a strap slot, why can’t we attach the BR strap to the plate via a short quick release buckle (similar to those used in UPStrap but much shorter)? One end is attached to the camera plate and the other to the strap. Actually, the core design concept of BR strap is to use only one attaching point to the camera so that you can pull up your gear quickly. Why does the strap have to be attached to the tripod socket, not to one of the two eyelets which are already securely attached to the camera? Did I miss something important?

BR is an innovative design, but other followers including Sun Sniper, Carry Speed, C-loop, Luma Loop, etc., just copied the tripod socket attachment concept. 

Any thoughts?

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