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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 11, 2014, 12:11:21 PM »
If you're thinking of buying either of these lenses to shoot wide open for a narrow DoF, the two really don't compare.

From purely a numbers point of view, the Sigma has a 36mm aperture, while the Canon has a 71mm aperture.

How does the diameter of the aperture make a difference?  (I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to technical matters like this.  I'm kind of curious to know  :) )

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle Lens - 16-28 F2.8 Tokina vs Canon 17-40 F4
« on: August 15, 2012, 04:25:27 PM »
I just acquired the Tokina AT-X 16-28, it's actually a pretty nice lens.  As others have said, it is somewhat heavier than other lenses, but as far as build quality, I have absolutely no complaints.  The first picture is a cell phone shot of the Tokina, with my 5DMKII.  The front is a bit bulbous so as others have said...no filters.  It does have a lens cap however that encompasses the entire front of the lens, so there are no worries about protecting the lens at all.  The second shot is a photo taken with the lens at Caesar's Palace in Vegas...along with a little tweaking courtesy of Photomatix.  I think I'm going to enjoy this new lens a lot.   ;)

G' Day All,

First time posting a new topic but wanted to get some advice if anyone wants to chime in. Ive been eyeing a couple WA's for months now. I had the 16-35 II in my shopping cart more then once now but decided against it as the extra cost savings in the following two lens will let me preorder the Mark III once available (Some budget concerns). Currently Im rocking my almost 4 year old XSi so I know the 10-22 would be better suited for it but like I said im making the full frame jump soon.

Im guessing a fair share of people on the forum have or have used the 17-40 but wondering if anyone has used the rather new Tokina and how they might compare. Prices are comparable new though the 17-40 has more of a used market currently. The Tokina doesnt accept filters which for me is a drawback but the extra stop makes it more appealing as I do anticipate the occasional handheld evening landscape shot.


Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: May 19, 2012, 11:07:56 PM »
This is from a walk that I took today with my old but still trustworthy Canon 20D, now converted to IR.  IR has really put a new spin on B&W for me, I'm loving it.

Canada / Re: Smugmug in Canada
« on: May 10, 2012, 10:14:54 PM »
I appreciate that very much.  Haven't heard of Zenfolio, but I will definitely check them out.  Thanks!

The problem with SmugMug (and pretty much any other site I have found) is that they do not have Canadian fulfillment partners so clients ordering prints are often stuck with extra charges at the border.  I chose to go with Zenfolio which at least has a self-fulfillment option so I can take the orders and get them printed in Canada (or wherever I choose).

Black & White / Re: B&W time exposure
« on: May 10, 2012, 10:07:34 PM »
Thanks for the comment!  It was a first attempt for me, I've never really done any time exposures since the days that I shot film so this was  a sort of first for me.  I did these in RAW format and did the final touches with Silver Efex Pro.  It was fun to see the results.

Both shots are truly well done.  Just curious if you are shooting RAW or JPG or both?  Reason is that I am interested to know if shot JPG within the camera as a B&W image or are you applying monochrome to a RAW image?  Your application for a B&W time exposure was well thought out also.

Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: May 10, 2012, 10:02:05 PM »
Nice...makes me want to visit the area.  Very cool.

Long Time Exposure with ND1000 Filter

Lower Manhattan - B&W von 1982Chris911 (Thank you 100.000 Times) auf Flickr

Black & White / Re: B&W time exposure
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:11:50 PM »
Nice.  The Bow river will freeze over?

It usually does.  It's nice to see all the ice going now that spring is here  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Used 50D, is it worth it?
« on: April 03, 2012, 11:36:30 PM »
What's a reasonable price to pay for a single owner 50d body with 18k on it, with canon grip, and original battery, charger, and all boxes? 

Is $549 too much?

To be honest, I don't know what a used 50D goes for.  I still own one, it was my primary camera before my 5DII.  It's a totally solid and excellent unit.  Perhaps there are better prices to be found?  I'm not sure.  But with the 5DIII out now, you can bet that the 50D isn't going to be in great demand so I would expect that the price should drop quite nicely.   I think (and this is only my opinion) that you should be able to do better.  Good luck!

Site Information / Re: How to update our profile
« on: March 31, 2012, 01:25:39 PM »
AH-HA!  I get it.  It is a rating.  Like you start out "Volkswagon" and you progress to "Rolls Royce" or something. 

Never mind.  Thanks.

Thanks, I was wondering about this too.  It's telling me that I have a powershot S100, and I've never owned one.....duh.  Ok, I understand now  ;)

Black & White / B&W time exposure
« on: March 31, 2012, 01:16:10 PM »
A while ago I saw a B&W time exposure shot that was done by a friend of mine, I thought it was a cool technique.  These are a couple of my first attempts, taken in Calgary.  Does anyone else use the technique?  I would be interested in seeing any of your examples.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: March 31, 2012, 12:55:29 PM »
Has anyone converted their camera to B&W only and realized any benefits from doing this?

I did have my old 20D converted to infrared (thankyou lifepixel!), and have been quite happy with it.  I shoot mostly B&W infrared with that camera now and am quite happy with it.  When I got my new 5D, I realized that the old 20D wouldn't have been worth much, so now it is getting a second life as a dedicated infrared unit. 

Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: March 31, 2012, 12:49:18 PM »
Skyline of Calgary, Alberta

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Black & White - Post Here.
« on: November 01, 2011, 05:34:59 PM »
From my Las Vegas Vacation

Canada / Smugmug in Canada
« on: November 01, 2011, 05:24:05 PM »
Does anyone in Canada use Smugmug?  Any issues or problems with this service, especially as it applies to Canadians?  I'm also wondering if there is a comparable Canadian service?  Thanks!

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