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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 19, 2014, 05:34:57 AM »
I think this has been said already, but from my perspective I use FF to get a better use of my lenses. The shallow DoF and less noise on higher ISOs makes me able to use my f4 zooms and not upgrade to f2.8.

Then when I want super shallow DoF I use primes, and same story here, I don't need the 50/1.2 L or the 85/1.2 L but I can make due with the /1.4 versions. That saves a lot of money and make my kit lighter so crop does not have to be cheaper and lighter, I'd say.

The larger viewfinder is also key. Large and bright, perfect. And important when shooting long hours.

When I bought my 5D the lenses available to crop did not fit my style, there were no good 15-85, the 70-200 was awkvard - too long on the wide side.

Sometimes though I get too short DoF for some agricultural landscapes, crop could have helped there. I don't often carry the tripod when I do agriculture so I have a hard time with really long DoF. Also, when shooting with speedlites and modifyers and wanting a lot of the model/models in focus, crop could be usable since there is a limit to how much light the speedlites can give, and that is as you know controlled by aperture. Of course I can bump the ISO but anyway. To me, those are the two main downsides to FF.

I don't see any way for me to go back to apsc. It does not fit me.



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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Variable Diffusion Focusing Screen
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:36:58 PM »
I like it!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 10:06:08 AM »
Clearly it has to say "pro" in the name of the camera.
So... canon pro-1 must be the only canon pro camera, right?
Canon Pro-1! Whoa! (Rhymes with Pro...) Now there's a killer of a camera. This is embarrassing, but I had the misfortune to know someone whose neighbors brother-in-law actually had one of the ten or so of these cameras that were sold in this country.


You know.... the pro-1 has a sensor made by... sony!!!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 05:15:00 AM »
Clearly it has to say "pro" in the name of the camera.

So... canon pro-1 must be the only canon pro camera, right?


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I starten out with the AE1. Film, that is. No autofokus. No "professional mode" ;) . Crappy exposure measurement. Just single shot.

with AF I would have had more shots in focus. With beter exposure metering I would have had more correctly exposed shots. But I was learning and now My understanding of the gear is deeper than it would have been otherwise. And now I feel spoiled by my cameras, both the 5d mk II and the mk III. They are so great and make my photography so much Better.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma APO 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
« on: October 05, 2014, 02:14:46 PM »
I have the 120-300 EX OS HSM and I really like it.
On the plus side,
- cheap compared to other 300/2.8 (plus it zooms!)
- sharp (considering how cheap it is)
- takes 1.4 extender nicely if stopped down to about f/5.6 or f/8.

On the down side
- heavy
- not as contrasty as for instance the 135 /2 or the 70-200 /4 L IS (I can only compare to other lenses I own, I bet the 70-200 /2.8 L IS II is better aswell). It kind of lack "magic" but produces good photos.
- not so sharp in corners wide open
- not so sharp in corners @300 mm

But considering the fact that you get a unique lens... I´d say it is totally worth it, even the non sport one (that I own).

Ehm, photos.... well I mostly use it to shoot agriculture so
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marten_svensson/15235254360/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marten_svensson/15235186729/in/photostream/

Anyways... I like it. As always, use it where it shines and you will get great results.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 02, 2014, 04:00:34 PM »
This will sound like a typical fanboi/kenrockwellfan but..

I like canon gear, it works for me and sure other brands have their points but frankly all my gear is payed for and so the money I make from my photography can be used for more important things than buying (almost) the same gear with a nikon logo instead. I like that.

And nowadays I´m too busy to be obsessed by gear, I´d rather plan a shoot, find new clients or just grab my gear and take a ride to find tractors or modells to shoot ;)

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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:40:59 PM »
17-40 /4 L and 70-200 /4 L IS. I bought them at the same time in 2007 as a student. Still use them. They were also my first Lenses in the EOS - system.

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Lenses / Re: More Wide Angle Lens Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 07, 2014, 04:28:15 AM »
I'd love to replace my samyang 14/2.8 with something like 10-20 give or take 4mm on each side. F/4 seems fine, I would not mind f/5.6 either. But please make it a screw on filter on the front lens, I find that I stick my vurrent 14mm lens really close to dusty mashines and cows that actually lick it out of curiosity.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d mark ii (should I keep it )
« on: March 06, 2014, 05:48:27 AM »
I kept mine and don´t regret it, but the main reason I got the 5DIII was to get a total of two bodies when things got more serious and the 30D did not hold up as a backup/second body.

Qualitywise I usually just grab the body with the most suitable lens on or the body closest to me, unless there are some special demands lite very high ISO, high demand on AF or silent mode.

In the end, it´s up to you. I have no idea of what you are shooting or how. So it is impossible to give advice :)

Good luck!

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:23:47 AM »
f/2.2
1/400 s
Window light

Love/hate this lens. It is a great piece of glass when it nails focus. And in this case it did.
Can´t wait for the Sigma 50 /1.4 Art and see how it compares to the 50 /1.2 L.

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Portrait / Re: Girl and Horse
« on: December 22, 2013, 11:46:56 AM »
Rename the shot, it should be called horse and girl ;)
The horse is main subject to me, it looks sooo satisfied with life. The girl is a suppoting subject. The story may be a bit carelessly told since the horse is darker than the girl and also not in focus, but in terms of expression the horse is telling a great story. As for the examplephotos from harv, They do not work for me. The horse is not connecting. The girl is ok in the first shot but is facing the harsh light in the secind so she has to close her eyes.

My advice to Hammar, use a larget dof . Its a two subject portrait and both should be sharp in this case. Advice to harv, start with finding good light and then try to get expressions from your subjects. And if I stepped on toes now, I did not mean to insult anyone. Keep on shooting horse-hunan portraits. And merry christmas :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Sigma 16-20 f/2 DG Art [CR1]
« on: December 19, 2013, 11:01:07 AM »
Oh please make it 14-20 /2.8 instead!


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Lenses / Re: good budget lenses for 5d
« on: October 21, 2013, 03:01:27 AM »
"landscape and street shooting"

Depends if you want zooms or not.
I´d say go for 24/ 2.8 IS + 50 /1.4 and 100/2.

Perhaps you need something wider than the 24 but let that wait.
These lenses are supergreat and not too expensive and will make you work for your shots - that is a very good thing. Small primes are less noticeable when doing street photography compared to bigger zooms. You got wide, normal and tele covered. Perfect, and even if you would later get such lenses as 24-70 II and 70-200 II I would say that the kit you start out with would still be valid.

Good luck.

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Software & Accessories / Re: How big do you print?
« on: September 27, 2013, 02:04:09 AM »
Printing big is addictive!
If you haven´t, do it!

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