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Lenses / What chopped off my (Bokeh) balls?
« on: December 09, 2013, 03:24:43 PM »
Hey everybody so I was looking at a bunch of shots I've taken recently with my 85 1.2 II on my 5dIII.  I've noticed that on a number of shots that are taken wide open, the bokeh balls seem to be "cutt off" on parts.  I've attached a picture to show what I am talking about.  If you look at the upper right hand part of the frame you can see some of the out of focus highlights appear as balls with parts that are "sliced off."  I've heard some people say something about the light gets cut off by the mirror box or something like that, but I was just curious what you guys thought.  I basically just want to verify that this is normal functioning for both the lens and the camera.   

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 05, 2013, 11:59:34 PM »
He looked like he was annoyed with me.

Portrait / Re: Youth
« on: December 01, 2013, 05:06:44 PM »
baby + barn

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 01, 2013, 04:17:33 PM »
last one

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 01, 2013, 04:16:42 PM »
more zoo

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 01, 2013, 04:14:35 PM »
Zoo trip

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: November 26, 2013, 11:00:20 PM »
85 1.2

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: November 26, 2013, 10:47:23 PM »
wide open

I was showing my mother in law (who doesn't know anything about photography) some pictures I had taken with my 85 1.2 wide open.  She pointed to the beautiful background bokeh and said "Why is it so blurry? I thought you had an expensive camera."  All I could think was "I spenT a lot of money on this lens to get it to look "so blurry" ha ha 

I'll have people see my pictures and say "wow, that's a cool picture but you must have edited it huh?" as if to say that it somehow "doesn't count" if I did post processing or that it only looks good because of the computer software.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: November 19, 2013, 04:13:09 PM »
A couple more

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: November 19, 2013, 03:52:29 PM »
A picture from my old 50D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100s + Canon Speedlites?
« on: November 18, 2013, 05:09:04 PM »
macro mode testing.

btw, daughter dropped my fuji today. no damage sustained....whew

Your daughter is just getting you back from when you hit her in the head with your old heavy camera gear ha ha

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100s + Canon Speedlites?
« on: November 14, 2013, 11:49:43 AM »
X200 previous rumors came true, just under another name. This one can too ("x100FF"?)

Should be fixed FF. X100S proved that there is a market for fixed lens but the price point will be very delicate.

I'll still control myself and wait, but it'll be a win anyway as, if i'm not into the x200, there will be a price drop in x100s to enjoy.

Other determinant points will be the lens of course but if the keep the end result (35mm f2) I'd be in.

As much as I enjoy current x100s, I do look forward for that rumor(FF x100s) with fixed 35mm. Current x100s body and button layout are perfect. Keep it thin as current x100s. Little bit wider to compensate for 35mm sensor is ok with me.

Dylan, you need to stop posting that beautiful picture of the x100s.  You're going to end up making me drop $1300 ha ha

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100s + Canon Speedlites?
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:22:49 PM »
Reading this thread makes me want to get one of these cameras so bad.  I happened to mention something about this camera the other day and my wife gave me the "are you kidding me" look since when I was making my last lens purchase (85mm II) I told her I probably wouldn't be making any camera purchases for the next 5 years... as soon as those words left my mouth I knew I shouldn't have said it ha ha ha.  I have good equipment already, but the appeal of a small camera I can just throw in my bag and still get awesome pictures is very appealing.  I did take my 5D mark III to Disneyland, but slapped on my 40mm pancake so it wasn't that bulky.  I need some good suggestions about how to convince the Mrs. that I "need" this camera despite all the gear I already have  :)

Ha! I personally swap things out usually. I'm at the point where my closet is so full that I can't really justify adding anything else without removing something first. So sell her with a swap. Not sure how your wife feels about it, but mine was often times bothered by my fussing around with my 5D3 and bag I brought everywhere. Having the X100s completely alleviates that. I carry mine with a joby sling that retracts/extends like a rifle sling so I keep it hugged tightly against my body when not in use. This allows me to interact with my kids freely without issue unlike my Canon rig (banged around a lot when picking up my daughter or running around).

One of the lines I used was something to the effect of

"Honey, this will allow me to worry less about my camera and more on being interactive with the kids. You don't want to deprive me of that do you?"

You can only imagine the look of disdain I got in return. Either way, I have a new X100s now and I love it. :)

Wife issues aside, I think any Canon user if actually motivated to learn and use the X100s could find true appreciation for what it brings to the table. Take it from me and others in the forum, this thing is a beast. If anything, go test one out at the store. Takes some adjusting if you've shot Canon SLRs all of your life. But once you figure out your way around the UI.......

I once slung a 5D3 with a 135 into the head of my niece while moving the kids around at the zoo  :-[

Yea, I think that's a good tact with the boss going with the minimalist debate. I know mine got tired of the "BAG" and all that went with it. I still sling my Canon's but with my family I rarely do that these days. Just a X100S and a small carry bag or it's tucked into a pocket with a few extra batteries.

About the RAF files John... I do find them easier to deal with. Something about them are fundamentally different from Canon's. You can push them more without them degrading. I also notice that skin tones are much better from the X100S and it's not just me. I have been using the Fuji's for weddings, mostly candid shots at the receptions... clients seem to pick them up quicker and always mention how much they like the way they look. That image at the boardwalk was processed with Nik and ColorEfx4... they have a film sim mod that has a great section of Fuji film. I use it often with Canon files and what started me looking into Fuji a while ago.

Last time we were at the zoo my gripped 5d with 70-200 smacked my daughter in the face when I was picking her up to look at the monkeys… maybe I'll try to remind my wife of that and see if I get the green light for the fuji ha ha

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