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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:14:20 PM »
I have had mine almost since it was first introduced shooting film and now digital with it. Classic lens that has always made me happy.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:16:08 PM »











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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« on: December 29, 2013, 08:29:35 PM »
I really think Canon should have improved the 24-105 f4 L and left this one on the shelf. The only appeal of the range is if you have a 2.8. At this price I would rather invest in the Tamron 24-70 f2.8.

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I will keep CS6 on my machine, but this was too good a deal to ignore.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:28:43 PM »
I think the SONY a7/r cameras are a turning point for mirror-less. What it needed was a really serious camera. SONY has to deliver on lenses. I think this is what will move Canon and Nikon. Time will tell.

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Lenses / Re: Which lens to start with?
« on: November 19, 2013, 02:02:07 AM »
The f4 set for me is almost perfect. I do not shoot weddings or have a high need for a wider aperture. If I do then I have a couple Primes that do just fine for that. The only possible exception is a Tamron lens.

Basic lens
24-70 F4 IS L -- advantage is that it's a new lens then the classic, disadvantage is you lose some reach which limits it from being the perfect walk around lens.
24-105 F4 IS L -- this is my lens and the one I use the most
24-70 f2.8 VC -- Tamron delivers with a well priced lens that is tack sharp and gives you the extra aperture. I would take this over the 24-70 f4

Long lens
70-200 F4 IS L -- one of the sharpest lenses that Canon makes, it's compact, light and a breeze to use.

Wide lens
17-40 F4 L -- I love this lens and with Photoshops lens correction it gets rid of most of its only flaw, some distortion. I use this one all the time on my 5D and ever more as a standard lens on my IR converted body.

I own a bunch of primes of different types including the 50mm F1.8 mk I that I have had since 1989.
I also own a bunch of primes many with adapter mounts to use on Canon bodies.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Describe the 6D in one word...
« on: September 17, 2012, 11:10:53 AM »

 I am not switching to Nikon, not as long as I can't put a 70-200 F/4 IS on a Nikon mount...


The Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS HSM costs the same and it's as great. Plus, you have a fully usable f/2.8, if you can live with the extra weight. AF works better on Nikon cameras than it does on Canon, if that was your concern.

No, there is no Nikon, or other lens that compares to that lens. It is the sharpest medium to long zoom on the market. It is also very light. If you are a landscape shooter like me, you could care less about 2.8.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Describe the 6D in one word...
« on: September 17, 2012, 02:43:46 AM »
As usual the complaining starts because either it has something a more expensive camera does not have, or it does not spray unicorn poop and flowers.

This camera is not meant to replace the 5D2, that was the 5D3. The recent pricing of the 5D2 was done to sell off the stock that Canon had in channel and warehouses, as well as serve as a temporary place filler. For those of use who have a 5D (like me) this camera is an upgrade, for those who have any crop camer this is a bridge camera designed to get people into full frame. For the 1st time both Canon and Nikon have full frame cameras in the 2k range!!

For those who complain that the 6D isn't a D600, who gives a rats ass other than those who chew specs. I own 5 full frame lenses and have an IR converted 20D. This new camera becomes my standard color body and my 5D gets IR converted. Perhaps I will get two and IR convert one. The point is that my price point just got sweeter for full frame. 5D2 used bodies will drop to around 1500 so maybe I get two of those, either way I have more options.

Rejoice and stop bitching people.

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F4 and don't look back. It's lighter and it is also the sharpest zoom that Canon makes. The f2.8 is only needed if you do a lot of portrait/wedding work and then you need the IS version.

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Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 17, 2012, 03:51:56 PM »
Zenit 15mm Fisheye
Canon 17-40mm f4 L
Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS
Nikon 45mm f2.8 GN pancake (so freaking sharp)
Canon 50mm mk1 f1.8
Olympus 50mm f3.5 Macro
Nikon 50mm f1.4
Canon 70-200mm f4 L
Contax 135mm f2.8
Nikon 180mm f2.8
Lensbaby Composer

These are the lenses that I actually use. I also own a bunch of classic manual focus lenses from Nikon, Olympus, and Pentax. I have a collection of classic cameras including a meter-less Nikon F, Nikon Ftn, Nikomat, Nikkormat, Minolta, Pentax, Olympus, and Minox. One sweet thing about being a Canon shooter is that you can get adapters for almost any lens out there other than Minolta.

I got started with the best Christmas present ever when I was 14 and opened up a Minolta Srt 101. I got a 28mm and 135mm lenses later and have never looked back.

My advice -- gear just makes more things possible but it does not make, nor improve your ability to be a photographer. I have a set of images that I printed at 8x10 shot with a 1mp epson digital camera. The camera was a piece of crap, but people buy the photos.

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Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: August 14, 2012, 12:51:12 PM »
This is a great question that has a pretty simple answer for me:

16-35 L II   (I own the 17-40 L)
24-70 Tamron  (I own the 24-105 L)
70-200 F4 L which I already own

The reason I take the F$ is sharpness and weight. The Tamron because it has IS and is lighter. The biggest upgrade I want is to sell my IR converted 20D, convert my 5D to IR, and then get the new 6D that is rumored to be coming for higher resolution color.

IR has been an artistic dream for me and one I would suggest to anyone.

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So this last weekend I got to handle and take a few shots with this lens at a local store. I have to say that I am really impressed, to the point that I may sell my 24-105 and spend the extra cash to get one.

Size is at a sweet point, it did not seems all that heavy on my 5D mk1, but then I use it with the battery grip. The effect of the VC was obvious when I looked through the lens. The build feels solid. The real test will be images. I am not posting any of the few images I shot because frankly they sucked not because of the lens but because a setting error on my part. I plan on taking one out to test shoot.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Lensbaby
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:57:09 AM »
This is a fun lens that gets puled out when I feel the need to play. I do love the focus effects.


Cat in the plants by mjardeen, on Flickr


Parked Roadster by mjardeen, on Flickr

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:43:05 AM »
When I had my 20D converted to IR I sent in this lens to have the body calibrated to use it as a standard lens. It was a perfect choice.


Spruce Burl Trail - Kalaloch by mjardeen, on Flickr


Beach 2 Log by mjardeen, on Flickr


Tacoma Waterfront in Fall by mjardeen, on Flickr


Railroad Tracks and Rainier by mjardeen, on Flickr


Nisqually Threatening Clouds by mjardeen, on Flickr

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Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:27:25 AM »

Narrows Panorama by mjardeen, on Flickr


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