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Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 21, 2014, 03:07:50 PM »
I am going on vacation soon - which will consist of 2 one-week of backpacking trips plus some day tours, and pretty much struggling with same issue.
It's vacation but want to take pictures, and I know the locations are stuning. However, I will be carrying over 35 pounds of gear and food, so anything above a P&S is really a luxury...and additional back pain  :'(

I decided to carry my G1XmkII covering the 24-105 range for everyday/time use and bring the 5DmkII with the 16-40mm f4 for the landscapes shots. Been debating with getting the 70-300mmL or carry a WWA prime along with another fast prime (maybe macro) instead of the 16-35. I considered the sigma 12-24 too, but got turned dow due to not allowing for a CPL mounting.
Too many choices and combos, but the 16-35 ended as the best compromise among other WA zooms or primes, and the P&S will allow me to be snap-happy while hiking.

If this was a photo shooting trip, then would be a whole different story.
Keep it simple  -  I am trying hard, but it's a fight  8)

In your case, I would bring just the 16-35 along with the 70-300mm.
The 50mm 1.4 would be a bit too much, but at this point why not a pocktable P&S to cover the gap in between the two lenses, or when you want/need to go extra light?

I am still debating with getting the 70-300L or not, but that's another 2.5/3 pounds...

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: October 07, 2014, 01:12:21 PM »
Who's Nikon?

Nik is Can's distante relative  - they share same last name - ON

Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:24:23 AM »
Don't buy one "to get it all in" the frame as they saying goes.  Wide angles are tricky to use (esp. below 20mm), but once you get them, they result in really dramatic shots.  A quick Google search pulled up a lot of links - I took a look through them and here are the better ones that you might find helpful:

Great sources MG - they should be set is a 'sticky' for everyone

Lenses / Re: EF11-24mm F4L listed on a Japanese site
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:46:50 PM »
Looks like fake. Front element from 14-24 Nikkor and the rest from 17-40.
Canon will never put a red ring on a hood, it will be on a body, even with integrated hood.

Great catch!

Indeed, a very good point
F4 is ...very pausible, but that front element looks like the one from the Ts-e 17mm
Yeah, the body shell looks sort of outdated, if one compares it with recent WA zoom releases

Lenses / Re: Samyang 12mm F2.8 Full Frame Fish Eye
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:18:39 PM »
it might be a very interesting lens for astrophotography/nightscapes - hope that it will be coma-free, or at least minimized

Lenses / Re: Lens price drops around the world
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:47:21 PM »
It would be nice if other brands would follow suit....
They might be forced too, which could make these low prices to remain as they are.

The used market that has to catch up too....

will upload more later....

darn, looks like a parasail of some kind.
why so big? Wonderpana system looks way more efficient and small - I have been looking at it, as it would fit both R/S/B 14mm and the Ts-e 17mm

Thanks for taking the time reviewing and posting it

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15mm f2.8
« on: August 04, 2014, 05:39:03 PM »
a recent one

Cool shots, Phil - thanks for adding the photos!
Thanks - loving this lens, and accepting well the shortcomings of a UWA and less than perfect lens

one more, from this last weekend trip

Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:05:10 PM »
Don't have the Zeiss 35mm f1.4 neither the new canon 16-35 F/4,  but I was not happy with the 16-35 f2.8, and I am keeping my canon 35mm f1.4, because the AF is a big plus for me at this focal range.

So, from the 3 lenses you have, I would only sell the 35mm - no way I will sell either my 15 and 135 copies. Maybe in 10 years or longer, canon will make a better 15mm (or 14) and 135mm but, I bet the Z's will still focus and work fine then... and there is a good chance the canon usm motors burned out already :)

If you not using either one so much, then maybe it's time to try new a new focal length, or if indeed you switch often between the 15 and 35, a zoom as good as others claim - the 16-35 f4 - will be more usefull for you.

In sum, check back on which focals you are using the most in your shots; that will tell you the need to keep the lens or not
- a lot of valid points already given to you, and if you don't see the IQ difference, then by all means sell them all

Lenses / Re: another...would you?
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:10:19 AM »
Thanks for all your replies

I am going to wait for the Tamron to become available as a rental - seems that will be in October.
Then I will test it along with the 400 5.6
Getting the 70-200mk2 with a 2x extender might be an option to consider IF I can get one during a Canon's refurbished event

Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:56:37 AM »
If indeed you getting a FF body, then I would suggest taking a look at other "bokeh monsters" out there:

look at these guys work:

Aside the MOG trioplan 100 2.8, there is also the Orestor 135mm and the Helios 442-2 85mm
search for pics on flickR and other sites - they will deliver quite an unique bokeh and overall look
worth to give them a try because they are cheap in fair condition, but are all manual, and you will need an adapter with a focus-confirm chip

a few samples

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