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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikons and Canon's equivalent
« on: December 27, 2012, 11:38:02 AM »
Recently I managed to borrow a Nikon D700 from a friend's friend together with a few other lenses including the AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 and the AF-D 50mm f1.4. Full frame quality is really a huge step up from what I am used to with the 1000D and 85mm f1.8 USM. Going back to the 1000D may now be a problem. :P My experience with the D700 + 50mm f1.4 was really good. Fast and accurate focusing even with outer non-cross type AF points.

As such, I want to know what is the Canon "equivalent" of the Nikon D700. I know that there will definitely be problems in comparison. I know that the 5D2 doesn't really match up to the D700 in terms of specifications like AF points, FPS, etc.

Also, is the EF 50mm f1.4 as good as the AF-D 50mm f1.4 in terms of accurate focusing (I know this varies with different lenses), speed of focus, colour rendition etc? Individual lens reviews can only say so much so I hope to know if they are comparable.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Crop factor impact on maximum magnification?
« on: August 17, 2012, 07:54:44 AM »
Not sure where this should belong but...

Does crop factor have an impact on the maximum magnification (MM) of a subject? I heard before that if you use a 2.0x teleconverter to increase the effective focal length of a lens the minimum focusing distance (MFD) stays the same and you effectively increase the maximum magnification.

So does shooting 1:1 with true macro lenses actually give you more than 1:1 magnification on APS-C crop bodies?

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Lenses / 50mm 1.4 or 40mm 2.8?
« on: July 10, 2012, 11:05:43 AM »
I'm a amateur student photographer using a 1000D (which I bought a few years back). I currently have the kit lens 18-55, Canon 85/1.8 and a Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 VC. I love shooting anything from sports to school events. I really love the 85mm lens a lot but sometimes I feel that the focal length is too narrow on a crop body like mine.
Also, the minimum focusing distance of the 85 really annoys me sometimes.

I do not think I would buy both lenses since they have very similar focal lengths.
As the title suggests, I'm torn between choosing the 50/1.4 and the newly released 40/2.8. What should I do?  :-[

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