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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: January 30, 2015, 03:57:26 PM »
Fun for portraits

Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 23, 2014, 04:08:58 PM »
Have we discussed buying it used?  New it is $2100ish, $1800ish if you go through Canon price watch, but used you can get it for around $1500 or $1600 which is a serious bargain.

That's my plan.  You're right - some killer deals out there for good used 85 1.2L II's

Good plan.  I got mine for about $1600 used and I felt like that was a pretty fair deal.  I love this lens.  I showed my mother in law some pictures from it and her reply was "I thought you had a nice camera, most of this picture is blurry" (she is not a photographer and is quick to criticize things ha ha) so I guess not everybody is in love with bokeh.

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:08:57 PM »

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:13:17 AM »
Here is one from the Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm f/2 that I am currently reviewing:

Beautiful Dead Plant by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

This is a great picture.  I love the tones and colors.  Do you mind if I ask how this image was processed?

Lenses / Re: 85 1.2 Clipped Bokeh
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:40:10 PM »
I had this exact same question when I first bought this lens.  Check out this link, it explains everything http://toothwalker.org/optics/bokeh.html  Basically the aperture for the 85 1.2 (aka the "Canon ball") is so freaking big that the light that it lets in gets partially blocked by the mirror box.  I think the effect is worse on a full frame cameras and stepping down decreases it as well.  You will see this effect mostly when shooting wide open.  It is not, as others have stated, due to the light being blocked by something before it enters the lens (i.e. part of the tree) but instead the light is being blocked after entering the lens itself.

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:51:57 AM »
Santa's little helper

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:29:31 PM »
Christmas time is a great time for Bokeh!

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:11:40 AM »
Just these "poor man's workhorses" do fine in the bokeh department, IMO ...

1) 100 2.8 MACRO non-IS @ f/4.0
2) 70-200 4.0 L non-IS @ 200mm, f/8.0, near MFD

That Bee shot is awesome!  Seems like a pretty hard shot to nail.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:36:16 PM »
Shot with the shorty 40

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:19:21 PM »
This may be an old lens, but still takes pretty great pics

Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:14:23 PM »
First world problems ha ha  :P

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:59:41 AM »
For the uses that you state I would go with the 70-200.  I have a three year old and a two year old and that zoom is very flexible and super fast AF with great images.  I think it is the quintessential "toddler/kid sports" lens.  Even indoor sports you can use the 70-200 as long as you bump the ISO up a little.  Overall the flexibility is a real plus and since the image quality is so similar to the primes I think it is a great choice.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:00:28 PM »
I thought it had to say "Leica" somewhere on it?

Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:09:36 AM »
Before I changed this menu setting, I had many moments where I was taking pics thinking I was getting great stuff, only to realize I didn't have a card in my camera.  Luckily I chimp way more than I should so I didn't get too far into the shoot before realizing.  Glad you can turn this feature off.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:57:03 PM »
Do any of y'all shoot the 85 L in a studio setting with a solid color background.  Other than the blurring of the nose and face, it seems like it would be a waste.

I never shoot in studio so I love this lens because with the subject isolation it can turn any environment into a "studio."  Obviously shooting in a real studio with a solid backdrop you don't have cool/interesting bokeh to look at so you probably don't need that much subject isolation.  It is an expensive lens but I still wouldn't say it is a waste to use it for studio.  The thing is pretty ridiculously sharp (although I've hear really good things about the 1.8 versions as well, especially at smaller aperatures).  I really like the way this lens renders colors and tones as well.  Definitely expensive, but worth it in my opinion.  I've also heard the 85 1.8 has some pretty bad purple fringing.

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