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EOS Bodies / Re: Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 25, 2015, 12:52:09 PM »
it's a bit like the idea of having the smartphone GPS app replacing a true GPS for hiking (yes, paper maps still better, but not the point here)
the phone works well in some situations and actually if you have net connection, can do better.
 
I think the compact camera it's tosted, unless it'a specialzed type and even those....
the mirrorless will remain a good option because all the cheaper legacy glass available and portability
the phone will take(already took and kwill keep on taking) away a lot of P&S users, but will bring a few into a a more advanced and rich featured cameras, as users get frustrated with it's(phone) limitations and/or want to explore further their creativity and photo-taking control.
Actually these days, having a dslr and a smart phone it's a good combo as the phone can work as an extended tool

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Lenses / Re: supply of 16-35 f4 is and decision on WA for travel
« on: February 24, 2015, 03:39:56 PM »
if you can wait, then why not buy a lens in Arizona or New Mexico, depending which one you visit first?
You would have to inquire with a local store and put a hold on the lens, but then would be just waiting for you to pick up....

never been to either location, but I have a strong bias towards UWA lens and have the 16-35 f4; so unless you have other uwa or are planning to do a lot of nightscapes, I would say the the zoom

even if buying locally once i get there to save on shipping and duty, there will still be a big hit on the currency exchange.  Canadian and American prices are about the same right now, but the CAD is only worth 80 cents USD.

sure I understand that - it's a trade off for the "want/need-it-now".
like someone said, check with B&H or pre-order locally - as a last resort, buy it in the states

edit: what about renting it from a store w/ option to buy?
a few stores here in the states allow that and rental spending goes towards purchase price

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Lenses / Re: supply of 16-35 f4 is and decision on WA for travel
« on: February 24, 2015, 01:03:54 PM »
if you can wait, then why not buy a lens in Arizona or New Mexico, depending which one you visit first?
You would have to inquire with a local store and put a hold on the lens, but then would be just waiting for you to pick up....

never been to either location, but I have a strong bias towards UWA lens and have the 16-35 f4; so unless you have other uwa or are planning to do a lot of nightscapes, I would say the the zoom

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: Are Zeiss lens users more likely to get a 5dS/R?
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:16:05 PM »
It will be interesting to hear from users as to how good of a manual focus they can achieve thru the viewfinder.  I'd suspect that getting better manual focus to match the resolution of the sensor is going to take some pretty careful work.  Just the vibration from having your hand on the focus ring might make it difficult to get the very finest focus. 

I used 5 different Zeiss / Hasselblad lenses adapted to my 5D MK II, and got a low percentage of sharply focused images using a sturdy tripod and live view.  I struggle with my vision, so I am probably a poor example. 

When I mounted the combination to a strong tripod head that was literally bolted to a heavy and sturdy light table, and viewed the image at 5X tethered to my 24 inch monitor, I could manually focus to near perfection.  I loved the smooth long throw focus, and wished I could do better.  I even bought a split prism focus screen for my 1D MK III, and tried that, but it was not accurate enough to get the sharpest focus.

Most Zeiss users already know this, so they certainly will not get results that are poorer than what they get now, and will almost certainly notice the improvement, its just a question of how close they can get to perfect focus on a regular basis.

not an expert of any kind, but for me the foucsing problem arises only if shooting wide open, as I might be in a very shallow DOF situation, and if not using a tripod, just breathing is enough to position the target off focus ( that or too much cooffe)
My 1Dsmk3 has the canon Ec-L screen mounted now (http://learn.usa.canon.com/app/pdfs/quickguides/CDLC_FocusingScreens_QuickGuide.pdf)
When using a lens slower than 2.8, it's a bit darker, but still not a huge issue
If shooting  at longer distances, then it's the AF confirm box who is unreliable, because sometimes encloses more than one focusing edge inside

ps: so far I am the only vote on option #2
ps2: yeah, not convinced with either new canon dslr releases - looking forward to see Sony A9 or A7Rmk2 released

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One from yesterday - off hwy 26 sort of +/- 20 miles SE from Mt. Hood )

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Lenses / Re: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ==> what filters?
« on: February 12, 2015, 05:29:49 PM »
ok, found a review from Bryan Carnathan:
he mentions 3 good filters ( 2 that actually don't vignette)

- Heliopan  95mmSH-PMC Slim Circular Polarizer Filter
- Marumi 95mm Super DHG Circular Filter
and B+W does not have a slim option yet, but I know that Zeiss has


http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Zeiss-15mm-f-2.8-ZE-Distagon-Lens-Review.aspx

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 on sale
« on: February 12, 2015, 05:16:07 PM »
...and they are gone - or the seller ended the auction, not sure
Popflash is selling 5 floor/display models for just a bit more

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Lenses / Re: Advice on Canon PRIMES
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:46:07 AM »
Lanscapes and architecture...
two people already mentioned it - TS-E lenses, more specifically the 24mkii or even the 17mm

There is always room to upgrade :), but seem that you are doing fime with current setup (pleased with results and using them a lot)

Sure, there is macro and nightscapes photography to consider, among other fields, but if your focus is more around travelling photography, I would rather consider trade the current 16-35 for the f4 or better yet get the new 11-24  ;D

I think you should look into more creative and/or specialized lenses after thinking about it for a bit longer - your lens coverage is pretty good for travelling - time to broad you options into different fields

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Lenses / Re: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ==> what filters?
« on: February 10, 2015, 06:13:33 PM »
Mackguyer - thanks for the links. I think I posted them before somewhere, but lost track.
Lenstip review seems a bit old, although most filters are current if not all, but obviously is missing quite a few.
In your opinion, how valid still are these test results? I have little doubts Zeiss filters are top notch, but there are literally no independent (and at lenstip level) reviews on them.

Yes, I have other Heliopans and indeed they are great. On the 15mm, is more of front element smudge protection, as it's easier to wipe droplets off the filter than the front element.

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Lenses / Re: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ==> what filters?
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:21:06 PM »
For harsher conditions, like some rian and or a lot of wind, I have the Zeiss 95mm - no issues with vignetting.
As far as CPL, I went with a Marumi Super DHG MC Slim Thin.
A while ago, I was able to find a testing report regarding filters.
This Marumi CPL was place on the top 5 ( I believe third), and quite a surprise to see some B+W placed quite low.
Made with Schott glass is what you should be looking for - Zeiss uses it, so does Heliopan and a few others with top of the line models. So you can't just think that a brand only produces nothing but top-notch - not true, with a few exceptions

I am happy with the Marumi 95mm, and actually bought another as a second 77mm filter, and might become the choice as 86mm too (once I find some specific reviews about it)
>$500 is a bit too much, but no point going cheap with very expensive glass either.
Heliopan and the B+W MRC are a good choice IMO, but look for the thin models

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Lenses / Re: Broke my 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:52:45 AM »
if the repair is too expensive - more than 50% value or unrepairable, look into your homeowner or renter(hopefully you have it) insurance policy.

and by the way, gear insurance is about +/- 10% of insured value per year (adjustable), depending on terms and carrier ofcourse

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very interesting indeed
I have the trioplan 100mm 2.8 and orestor 135mm 2.8, both with chipd adapters for canon, and bothe produce a very unique bokeh wide open. Not too bad at closing down either.

Aside of looks, and integrated interface for other cameras, hopefully they will keep the number of blades.
Now about the price....

I'm hoping for "affordable" as the price! :D

probably around 600-700 Euros, looking at the other available lenses
The 85 ...is almost tempting, but that bokeh looks very similar to the helios 44
At that price range, there are better choices IMO
Will keep an eye on their website for sure

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one more recently @12mm f4.5 on a 1DsmkIII
Interesting shot and beautiful engine.  I bet there's going to be a lot more interest in this lens once the 11-24 hits the streets.
Thanks Mack
in interior settings and avoiding bright conditions outside, this lens shines without flare (pun intended)
The new canon will have to be an outstanding corner and flare performer along with low coma, to justify me purchasing it - I am tempted, very tempted, but will behave and wir till all the dust settles as I am very well served with my UWA arsenal...

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a few more

Really nice.  Those colors are exquisite.
Thanks Dustin
there is some PP in lightroom, but color got untouched - I credit the beautifull restoration and wax job doen to this cars, but indeed there is a zeiss color/rendition that other makers can't get

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
« on: February 09, 2015, 11:55:29 AM »
It was a warm (70F) and nearly windless day yesterday here in Florida, so I broke out my 180L and found one of my favorite subjects (Spring snowflake flowers) in bloom:




very nice - I always forget how great this lens is

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