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Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom for landscape?
« on: January 25, 2015, 10:09:57 AM »
I primarily use zooms for landscape but would certainly be happy with primes if i had them.  I've invested most of my photography budget in high quality zooms (16-35/4 IS, 24-70/2.8 II and 70-200/2.8 II), the primes I own (35/2 IS, 100L, 135/2) have all been used occasionally for landscape work, but I often use 16-28mm for landscape and just don't currently have any primes in that range.

Lenses / Re: Upgrading lenses for college student
« on: January 25, 2015, 07:03:08 AM »
I also suggest a hard look at a 18-55 IS or STM these are terrific lenses that you can pick up really cheap used.  The fairly new 18-135 STM is a somewhat more expensive option with a nice zoom range.  The STM is a big improvement over the IS version - I owned both.

Canon has really upgraded their 18-xx(x)  EF-S lenses from previous versions.  They are optimized for crop bodies and often outperform much more expensive EF lenses on a crop.  Unless you plan to buy a full format body in the near future, I strongly recommend sticking with EF-S lenses.  If you are interested in UWA, the 10-18 is awesome.

For a fast prime, you might look at the new Youngno 50 1.8 which is cheaper than the Canon nifty 50 and reportedly better optically.

This lens should do well assuming its optically superior to Canons 16-35/2.8 II and I think it will be.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:34:18 AM »
I had this lens before and thought it was a little better than the Canon version. Its price, I think, was not helping sales because a lot of white box versions of the Canon 24-105 were available at a lower price, and to the casual consumer, they will pick a "big brand" with lots of ads over a name that perhaps only the more advanced users know. Or maybe they just remember Sigma from the old days, before the Art series, and figured it to be a poor brand.


When Sigma introduced this lens I figured it would need to be optically excellent to differentiate itself from the very good and inexpensive Canon L options (24-70/4 and older 24-105/4).  According to the reviews, it was only slightly better then the 24-105L and similar optically to the 24-70/4L.  Given the low price of the Canon lenses, there was just no reason to buy a brand with a poor reputation historically (prior to the Art series) over a better known and respected brand like Canon. 

This appears to be poor market research by Sigma.  Their 35 and 50 Art lenses filled a niche in the market that Canon has neglected for awhile.  The Canon 35mm and 50mm offerings (other than the excellent 35/2 IS) are showing their age, so the 35 and 50 Art provided photographers with lenses that were significantly better than the Canon L's at a better price point.  With the 24-105 they didn't differentiate either in quality or price.

Even if the Samyang lens is close to the Canon 135/2 optically, I prefer to have autofocus for a lens like this which I'm usually using for shallow DOF shots.

Lenses / Re: My New "L"
« on: January 16, 2015, 06:19:56 PM »
Congratulations on the new addition!

My first "L" was somewhat underwhelming, nothing like yours.  I bought a 100-400L used and it was a poor copy, not very sharp and required AFMA of -19 on the wide end and +11 on the other.  I sold it and purchased a new 70-200 2.8 II followed shortly by a 35L.  I've done some buying and selling of other L's along the way, but the 70-200 has a permanent home in my kit.

Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 15, 2015, 02:55:09 AM »
I would buy a new Canon 50 f/1.8 IS in a heartbeat!  I've owned a 50/1.4 and sold it. I've rented a Sigma 50/1.4 Art that was terrific.  I loved the IQ and AF was decent on the copy I rented. I probably will not buy a Sigma Art due to size and weight and concerns I would get a copy with AF problems..  I really want primes that are small and light.

Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 13, 2015, 02:25:38 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

Regarding Apple vs. Windows PC, I am open to looking at a Mac, just don't have any experience with them.  Would I need to purchase new copies of my software (MS Office, LR5, PSE13)?

I'm less inclined to purchase a desktop, even though I know you can get more computer for the money.  I travel often for business and don't spend much time at home. 

Software & Accessories / Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 13, 2015, 08:57:00 AM »
The laptop computer I use for most of my photo editing is nearing the end of its useful life.  It's over 5-years old now and starting to act erratically.  I recently reformatted the hard drive and re installed everything and its working better, but I am planning to replace it this year.

I'm looking for recommendations, my budget is roughly $3K.  I only have experience with Windows PC's, so I will probably be looking in that direction instead of a Mac.

Lenses / Re: Samyang 135mm f/2.0 Announced?
« on: January 12, 2015, 05:52:41 PM »

The image quality looks excellent from this first review.

Does its IQ compare favorably to the Canon 135L?  If not, there is no advantage other than price and some big disadvantages (no AF and build quality).

Lenses / Re: Samyang 135mm f/2.0 Announced?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:23:45 PM »
Looks like $550 USD at B&H...

Hmm, that'll have to come down to more like $400 to succeed. The 135L is at a street price of $7-800 used, and the refurb is right around $800. Cant see many (non-video) people saving $2-300 and losing one of the best AF lenses Canon has.
Also means the cine version would be like $700ish on release. Which is pricy as well.

I couldn't see paying $550 for an manual focus, non-Zeiss, lens - why not pay a few hundred more for a lens with excellent AF and L build quality - the Canon 135L?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Photo Nows Carries Yongnuo Products
« on: January 11, 2015, 05:25:30 PM »
Just out of curiosity:  why is everyone calling the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 a clone? 
Has a different optical formula.
Has a different aperture iris (more blades and more rounded blades)
Focus motor sounds different in operation.
Has a slightly different form factor (slightly larger and lighter)

Good point!  Many people assumed Yongnuo was cloning the Canon 50/1.8 when this lens was announced / discussed.  But its now known that it is a new design only sharing the focal length and maximum aperture.  I would say those still calling it a clone have not taken the time to review the data available.

Seems like a very good lens for the money.  I recommended it to a friend who was looking for an inexpensive prime for their 550D.

Canon General / Re: New Gear Resolutions for 2015
« on: January 10, 2015, 01:42:51 PM »
I will buy 1 new lens in 2015.  At this point I'm not sure what that will be, maybe the new 100-400 II, maybe  a 50mm (Sigma Art or new Canon IS if it comes out) or 85mm prime - maybe the 85 1.2 II, but would like something with better autofocus, fingers crossed that Canon will introduce a new 85 IS.

I will probably be looking at a camera body upgrade in 2016, but will wait and see what new products Canon has available then and prices.  I'm very satisfied with my 6D currently.

EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:34:57 AM »
4. Camera for my wife- she has a good eye for composition, but not the patience to focus and recompose or change focal points. When using the M, she can easily tap to focus and shoot away. Also, for someone who thinks 6D weighs a ton, the M is at least an acceptable burden to bear.

I've tried to get my wife to use the M instead of the 8-year old Canon S3IS point and shoot she is very happy with.  She has a excellent photographers eye and takes some terrific shots, but they are in 5 megapixal Jpeg, so PP options are very limited - I would love to have these in RAW.  She doesn't like the form factor of the M or the touch screen controls.  I'm thinking I can eventually get her a SL1, but she is super thrifty and wants to continue to use the old S3 until it stops working.

EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:28:37 AM »
Same set up, 5DIII is my primary camera and I bought the EOS-M a couple years ago.

I use it when I want a small and light camera, when I want a "second body" (say, when shooting birds, have it for the occasional wide-angle shot), or when I do not want to stand out as "a photographer." ...

I've been impressed by the IQ.  It could be better and I honestly hope that Canon releases a very good M3.

But, I do use my 5DIII >95% of the time.

+1 Overall, I'm happy with mine.  Like most of you I use it as a 2nd camera to my DSLR to use when a DSLR rig either isn't allowed or would be too large/conspicuous to take with me.  I used to own a P&S S100 for these purposes and the EOS-M is a much better camera.

We took the kids to a theme park last fall and I took my 6D + 70-200 2.8 II on a black rapid strap as my primary camera and decided on the M with the 22/2 lens mounted for posed wider angle shots and for video.  Worked great!  I didn't have to mess with changing lenses and the M is smaller and lighter than my 24-70 2.8 lens (I didn't own the 35/2 IS lens at that time).

3. Always a camera with me- It is compact and inexpensive enough for me to always keep it in my car- this allows me to have a camera around if some unexpected photo opportunity comes up; for example, I ran into a dragon boat race in a place I had gone to attend a management course.

The M also serves the "always with me role" for me.  I keep it in the backpack I take to/from work every day, so its there if I see an interesting situation during my commute or for a few quick pictures at work.  I also take it with me on business trips in case I run into something interesting.  Most of my business trips don't include much if any free time, so its typically less than 10 shots per trip, including some out airplane windows.

I also use it as my backup camera with the M adapter.  Thus far, I've never had to use it in this role since my 6D has never failed, but its nice to know I have another camera option on vacations or outings just in case.

Overall, I'm pleased with it.  I would not be happy with it as a primary camera.  We have a toddler and there is no way the focus can keep up with him unless he is asleep.  My entire investment in the M system (body, 22/2 lens, 18-55 lens, M adapter) is under $420, so I feel its a bargain for what I use it for.

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