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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm F/2
« on: August 19, 2013, 09:14:30 PM »
Thanks everyone, I'm going to rent it have it here by Friday.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm F/2
« on: August 18, 2013, 08:19:46 PM »
Only you can decide if the price difference is worth it. But the 85 on crop is like 135/2.8 on FF (in terms of DOF, noise and FOV) with much worse sharpness/CA/PF wide open:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=108&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=2&LensComp=106&CameraComp=736&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Those crops do not say it all: the 135L has excellent bokeh.

Wow!!! The results from the link above tells it all.  Thank you.


On the other hand, the 85 should perform quite well on your 6D. Some find 135mm a bit too long.

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Lenses / Canon 135mm F/2
« on: August 18, 2013, 06:11:51 PM »
Question about the Canon 135mm f/2.0/L. I have a T3i as well as a 6D, my favorite lens today is the Canon 85mm f/1.8. Would I gain any thing buying the Canon 135mm for my 6D, vs using my 85mm on my T3i or would it be a waste of money?

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Lenses / Need Help with a 24-70 lens
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:42:39 PM »
I'm thinking of selling my Canon 24-105 f/4 with IS lens.  The two lenses I'm thinking of replacing it with are the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 Mark I or the Tamron f/2.8 24-70 with VC. Has anyone used and/or compared both of these lenses?  I would like to hear of your experience if you have as well as your thoughts, inputs and recommendations. I would use this lens as my walk around lens, indoor functions, sunrises and sunsets on beach and video. As much as I'd like to have the Canon 24-70 MK II, it's a bit out of my budget.  For portraits I'm truly enjoying my 85mm f/1.8.

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Lenses / Re: Help with a potriat lens
« on: August 10, 2013, 11:22:52 PM »
I currently have a 6D and 24-105mm lens.  I want a portrait lens to take photos of my grand children.  I'm thinking of these 2 lenses.  Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS vs Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS.  The reviews I've read point that both are great lenses, but the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS is slightly better, but the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS is more versatile.  I don't have the cash for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS. 
I have a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS coming this week that I rented, so I'll have a chance to try it out. I just wanted your opinion on the better portrait lens.

I've attached a couple of pictures shoot with the 24-105.

As much as I like the picture on my original post, it was about 3pm on bright sunny day. This photo I shot with the 85mm @ 1.8 on a cloudy day with flash is nothing at all to brag about.  It's just a sharper photo, even though the composition is poor.

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Lenses / Re: Help with a potriat lens
« on: August 10, 2013, 10:56:20 PM »
If you also want to shoot macro, the 100L makes sense. For around the cost of the 70-200/4L IS, you could get the 85mm f/1.8 and the 135mm f/2L.  That's like a portrait 1-2 punch.  An f/4 lens on FF is ok if you've got plenty of physical separation between subject and background, or in a studio with strobes and a backdrop (where I use f/9 or so).  But for 'candid' portraits, a faster aperture is preferable.

I wanted to report back and thank you for your suggestion.  I bought the 85mm and rented the f4 70-200. Since I ordered the 85mm f/1.8 from Amazon I knew I could send it back if the f/4 70-200 rocked my world for portraits.  It was cloudy here today in the Florida Panhandle after showers from 2-6pm.  But I had to chance to use both the 85mm and the 70-200.  Your advice "for me"  was spot on, thank you.

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Lenses / Re: Help with a potriat lens
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:59:48 PM »
If you also want to shoot macro, the 100L makes sense. For around the cost of the 70-200/4L IS, you could get the 85mm f/1.8 and the 135mm f/2L.  That's like a portrait 1-2 punch.  An f/4 lens on FF is ok if you've got plenty of physical separation between subject and background, or in a studio with strobes and a backdrop (where I use f/9 or so).  But for 'candid' portraits, a faster aperture is preferable.

Thank everyone, I took Mr. Neuroanatomist advice.  I bought the 85mm 1.8 today and probably will buy the 135mm f/2L next.  My plan is this, using the 85mm on my 6D and if I need more range I can put the 85mm on my T3i for now.

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Lenses / Help with a potriat lens
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:43:26 PM »
I currently have a 6D and 24-105mm lens.  I want a portrait lens to take photos of my grand children.  I'm thinking of these 2 lenses.  Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS vs Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS.  The reviews I've read point that both are great lenses, but the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS is slightly better, but the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS is more versatile.  I don't have the cash for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS. 
I have a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS coming this week that I rented, so I'll have a chance to try it out. I just wanted your opinion on the better portrait lens.

I've attached a couple of pictures shoot with the 24-105.

 

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If you mean the 2.8 IS II, get that. If you mean the MkI, get the f/4 IS and the 85/1.8 instead.

Thank you, I was referring to the 2.8 IS II, sorry for not being clear.

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I like to get some advice. I sold my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 non IS and I'm having a hard time on what to buy to fit my 6D. 

I currently have a Canon 24-105mm f/4,  I also have a 50mm that's attached to my T3i.

Option 1: Buy a Canon 70-200mm IS f/4 and a Canon 85mm f1.8  to capture those low light shoots.

Option 2: Buy a Canon 70-200mm IS f2.8. 

I like to shoot portraits, strobies and beach scenes.

Once I get whatever I choose, I'll probably sell the 24-105 for a Canon 24-70 or Tamron 24-70 with vc.

I would appreciate your suggestions.

Thank you

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I have the 622c and they work great for me.  What camera are you using, if it has an flash you could use that to trigger the other flash.  I bought 4 622c I use one on my 6D to trigger my 2 Yongnuo 580ex and 1 canon 430 ex ii.  If you have a onboard flash you could use that to trigger your off camera flash.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Light Meter & SpeedLites
« on: April 14, 2013, 08:38:18 PM »
That depends on how close the light is to the model and what type of diffuser, if any, you are using. In strong sunlight you can often go with bare flash, then zoom the flash head to cover whatever you want, if it is in a modifier then you should practice what zoom gets the best light output, this will be critical in things like a beauty dish. Do that by taking a picture of your modifier from the front with the flash firing, then you will see the spread efficiency, then take a picture with the modifier pointed to a plain wall, this will show you your coverage, not being even isn't necessarily a problem, just remeber how the light falls and use that to your advantage.

The flash zoom is a greatly under thought about modifier, it's real beauty is zoomed to long focal lengths to get spot lights with falloff.

In my Lastolite 28" box I normally have one diffusion panel and 50mm zoom on the flash head, if I want the light smaller with more drop off I will go narrower, one of the small but very worthwhile improvements of the 600EX-RT is the zoom to 200mm.

But remember, in power limited situations always go to max zoom, get the light in close and accept the fall off.

Well I gave it my best shot, learned a lot and had a good time.  Can't wait to go again. Here are a couple of photos. Yes I used LR to touch them up.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Light Meter & SpeedLites
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:59:45 PM »
prrivatebydesign,  I'm currently watching one of Sly's videos and I have a question.  You gave me the starting points today  with ambient light and how to adjust the power.  You really have no idea how much you are helping.....what should I set my zoom to ?

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Another vote for the Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro with a Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Light Meter & SpeedLites
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:29:56 PM »
Sweet, if I was you I'd start simple.

This is my advice:-
  • Send the ST-E2 back, they are very limited in functionality and reliability, especially how you are trying to use one, outside in full sun, inside modifiers and off axis, just about the worst situation for the ST-E2.
  • Buy a set of RF-603's, they are dirt cheap, very reliable, etc. They are just dumb triggers but all my previous images were shot with them.
  • Buy this book, http://www.amazon.com/Speedliters-Handbook-Learning-Craft-Speedlites/dp/032171105X
  • Don't buy anything else until you have read the book, seriously it should come free with every Canon Speedlite.

Now when you go to your shoot set your camera like this. Manual mode for both camera AND flash. Forget ETTL for this initially, I promise manual is the way to get your head around it, trust me.

Set camera to M, 100iso, 1/180 shutter, f8. Take a picture with the flash off. How bright is the picture? If you want the ambient darker then close your aperture, if you want it lighter lengthen your shutter speed, you do not need your model in the shot yet, we are just working out ambient exposure. Get your ambient exposure dialed in, if it is setting sun watch the light it lowers fast so you need to keep lengthening your shutter speed.

Now get your model in position, take a shot, is the ambient still right? If so turn the flash on at 1/2 power, use as little modification as possible, no double diffusers etc, and put the flash as close to the model as possible, even 6 inches can make a huge difference. Take the picture, if your model is too dark raise the flash power, if they are too light lower the flash power.

That is the basics, once you nail that then start playing with the two exposure triangles I mentioned earlier in the thread. For instance if both ambient and subject are too dark raise iso or open aperture.

But get that book!


Thank you so much, I'll follow your advice, I actually bought that book (kindle) version just 3 days ago.  Thank's again.

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