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I rented the the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/14 for the Thanksgiving holiday and I was shooting these Grand Vista compositions at f1.4 and there was no need to stop down in order to get sharp corners.

Any examples for us? I'd love to see grand vistas with the Otus.

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Your comment may be tongue in cheek but I'll forge ahead in a serious manner.

I haven't processed that trip yet. I am still working on my October Zion NP trip.

However, in the meantime, there are many, many Grand Vista-type examples on the web including many from review sites who reviewed the Otus 55mm as 'across the frame' sharpness @ f1.4 is one of the lens' most notable features. I am surprised anyone is surprised about this. It was pretty big news.

I most likely will not buy the lens for reasons including the fact that 55mm is sort of awkward for me and the lens wasn't focus-friendly for me.


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Of course -- if there's nothing in the background and you are tackling a far off vista, you choose the sharpest aperture.  I'm trying to get out of tourist / vista shooting (which can be marvelous, I certainly won't knock it) as it often mutes the sense of scale. 

This is about as ignorant as it gets.

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Also I would like to see tests at F8, F11 and F16.

Tests at these apertures introduce diffraction. Bad for pixel peeping.

I'm pretty sure that was a landscaper question. :P   They don't always have the luxury to shoot at the sharpest aperture.

I'm assuming that not many people are cherry-picking the absolutely sharpest aperture and focus-stacking with their landscapes.  Like HDR work, some folks lack the patience, tripod, or windless day to attempt compositing a multiple exposure landscape, so F/8 - F/11 are still very useful apertures for those folks.

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I am a landscape shooter too. What you say is true but it depends on the composition, of course, and the focal length, but many landscape compositions simulate flat wall test targets in the form of infinity across the frame. Many of my shots are like this, shooting from a ledge, at a Grand Vista. With a 24-70 II, I have found no need to stop down past f5.6 for these kinds of compositions and get plenty sharp corners and edges. Lots of landscape photogs can't even picture what I am describing because they always put a close foreground object in the composition that requires stopping down. :)

I rented the the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/14 for the Thanksgiving holiday and I was shooting these Grand Vista compositions at f1.4 and there was no need to stop down in order to get sharp corners.

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Also I would like to see tests at F8, F11 and F16.

Tests at these apertures introduce diffraction. Bad for pixel peeping.

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I probably would not have bothered with the 16-35/2.8 II. I would have tested the 16-35/4 IS in its place. I own the 14-24G and it was once the best UWA zoom on the planet, but times change, it needs an update to stay current.

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Lenses / Re: An EF-M f/1.2 Lens?
« on: February 08, 2015, 06:56:22 AM »
I ordered too late when Canon was dumping their EOS-M stock for some ridiculously low price. The next time I checked, the M & M2 were being sold on eBay in kits only. I am only interested in the M system and the 11-22 lens and adapter (which can I buy anywhere). Where will you USA folks order this new camera from? Do you have a Japanese dealer you've dealt with before?

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm & 70-300mm Coming Soon? [CR2]
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:43:30 PM »
Hopefully, the 50 will be better optimized for wide open shooting.


That's certainly not what I want. The current lens is superb across the frame from about f/3.5 onwards; the new one had better be the same. I expect a small improvement in faster IQ, maybe achievable by not making it so fast in the first place, ie an f/1.8 or 2. How about an f/1.7 just for marketing purposes ?

The 50 1.2L is optimised for shooting open, and you are welcome to it.

None of this makes a lick of sense.

You advocate making 50/1.4 lens slower and/or ignoring its one weakness - wide open IQ? You do realize that optimizing the lens' wide open characteristics does not mean making things worse stopped down.

As for the 50/1.2, it is not optimized for wide open shooting, at least not for any modern sense i.e. sharp center plus sharp across the frame.

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm & 70-300mm Coming Soon? [CR2]
« on: February 03, 2015, 10:09:18 AM »
Hopefully, the 50 will be better optimized for wide open shooting.

I can't imagine a need for a retooled non-L 70-300 that isn't implemented in the L version.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 01, 2015, 12:51:59 PM »
Looks like the rumours of a Sony-Canon 50MP sensor are true, even SAR states that one of his 'trusted sources' confirms this and SAR is a bit of a mouthpiece for Sony's marketing department to build hype.

If true then it looks like the Japanese camera manufacturers are in deep retreat in the face of falling DSLR sales. It looks like the Canon don't want to invest in a new fab line at this time, so they're outsourcing to Sony, at least for production. They are both scared -sales are falling and everything they try seems to fail to change this...

both the first global shutter rumor (i gave me the name KAI) and then the sony canon partnership was send in by me.  :)

both websites where happy to report this pure fantasy..

i still roll on the floor laughing....

Wow, you're pretty cool!

Or just a tool.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Exposure compensation
« on: January 18, 2015, 11:55:54 AM »
Hi There, has anyone encountered this problem on a 5Diii and knows of a 'fix', please? When I use AV or TV I cannot apply any exposure compensation using the rear quick control wheel. I can apply Excomp via the Quick control panel but I don't want to be constantly looking at the back of the camera.
This standard feature of applying Excomp works fine on my other 5Ds but not this >:(

What is the position of the Lock Switch? (Just below your quick control wheel).

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Lenses / L series EF-S
« on: January 16, 2015, 06:09:09 AM »
Would make more sense if this lens were the first in a line of EF-S L series lenses.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 11:54:28 AM »
I browse this website quite often since 2012. I have never seen so many negative comments about Canon these days in comparison with before.
Does Canon really not satisfying its customers lately or is it that there are new members in the forum who like to put down Canon in comparison with other companies?

Yes, yes and don't forget trolls who do not even own Canon equipment.

I may be the only guy posting here under his real name, but for all I know, this could be two dudes in their underwear and their 55 sock puppets each deployed to do battle against each other and one of them started the war with this post.

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EOS Bodies / If the sensor is Medium Format - maybe.
« on: October 28, 2014, 01:49:22 PM »
$5k is my max limit for any 35mm format camera body.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:43:30 PM »
I'm impressed too by the results, at 3200 iso images look really clean ! and at 6400 it doesn't look bad too, i can't wait to have it...

ISO 3200 was very good - almost felt like I was viewing an ISO 200 photo, but 1/3 stop later, there's lots of noise IMO.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:34:43 AM »
Just release the 24 mm f1.4A. You know you want too.

Yes please.

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