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EOS Bodies / Re: Debating on selling my 5D II and 35L/135L for a...
« on: May 26, 2014, 12:27:25 PM »
My recommendation is a small Pentax DSLR (K5 or K3) with a few of their jewel like and very small limited edition prime lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: May 22, 2014, 01:50:41 PM »
I own a SL1 it is a very small and capable DSLR.

One thing to pay attention to with this camera is that it lacks AF micro adjustment feature. It is not sharp with my 28mm 2.8 IS. The method I use to check focus accuracy is comparing phase focus with live view focus. On this particular combination SL1 with 28mm 2.8 IS, the files using phase focus will only match with live view focus in sharpness from F4.0 and onward. (Note this 28mm 2.8 IS when paired with my 5D3 needs a +6 AF micro adjustment).

Luckily it has no problem in AF with my 24mm 2.8 IS, which the combination is still very light, focus fast and spot on,   even when I use touch screen and live view focus and shot.

Other lens that I owned and used with SL1 without any AF issues are 15-85 3.5-5.6 IS and the very compact 35 F2.0(non IS).

One other camera that I found very useful on travelling is the small G1X. By setting C1 and C2 in 28mm and 35mm F8.0 with manual pan focus it enable me to switch around the 2 focal lengths and shoot very quick on the street. And the lens is quite sharp.

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Lenses / Re: Poll: Most Wanted New Lenses of 2013.
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:46:24 AM »
35mm 1.2 and 135mm 1.8 are nice.
I want a reasonable small, fast standard zoom, like a 28-50mm f2.0

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Street Photography Advice...
« on: April 30, 2013, 08:12:04 PM »
I'd like to share my experience on street photography in Asia.

I was in Shanghai in summer two years ago for a month, spending almost everyday doing street photography, mostly people shooting on the street.

I had with me a 5D original with 2 lenses only, a 50mm 1.8 (mark 1) and 17-40 4.0L.

The 50mm 1.8 was wonderful that it was able to let me left the background soft and out of focus in very busy and crowded streets, and the 17-40L was used on days when there were light rains because it is weather sealed.

One full charge on the 5D battery can easily last more than a days' shooting with plenty of review time on the LCD.
My 5D back AE button was set to focus, I shot with centre point focus and reframe, focus had been spot-on even using full opening 1.8 with the 50mm on the street. (With full opening 1.8, can't leave it to the camera to pick a focus point, at the same time manually selecting another focus point is often too slow when shooting on the street).

Among the roughly 3,000 files  I took during the time using these 2 lenses, the 50mm 1.8 represented 70-80 percent.

I didn't find myself wanting for more lens, and like the relative light total weight of the equipment.

Hope you have a wonderful time in Indo.

 

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Lenses / Re: What 3 lenses do you dream of and long to own?
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:33:50 AM »
My DREAMS:

EFS 35 1.2L (prime for my 7D)
EF   35-70 2.0L IS
EF   20-35 2.0L IS

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