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Photography Technique / shooting reverse mounted lenses for macro
« on: January 07, 2014, 11:20:56 PM »
Hey everybody,
     I have read about people reverse mounting their lenses for macro work.  I am interested in getting into some macro stuff but don't really want to spend the money to get a "proper" macro lens so I was wondering if any of you guys had experience with this.  If so what do you recommend as far as reverse lens mounts and what lenses are you using?  Any tips on technique (I realize there is obviously no autofocus or metering when the lens is mounted this way).  I have read that a lot of people will use cheaper kit lenses (18-55) and get pretty good results with that.  I'd feel much more comfortable using a kit lens as the rear element would just be totally exposed when shooting this way.  Thanks.

Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: December 26, 2013, 05:47:20 PM »
Okay, I crumbled.  I LOVED my 50 f/1.2 and missed it terribly so I just bought another one.  The good news is that with the rebate, it becomes a net/net purchase vs. my eBay sale :)

In other news, I strongly predict that the 50 f/1.2 II will be announced tomorrow :o

Ha ha... that's hilarious that the thread you started saying that you were done with lenses, ends with you buying a new lens.  I know the feeling.  Once my lens collection was where i wanted it to be, I got the "I should get a Fuji x100s" itch because it looks so cool ha ha.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Grab a Pancake! $129 at B&H Photo
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:01:58 AM »
This lens is so awesome.  It's really great when you want to have a smaller set up.  I sold my old 35 f2 (not the IS version) and got this lens instead and I am so happy that I did.  I don't know if I just have a good copy or what, but even wide open this thing is really sharp with good contrast and saturation.  If you have any desire to get it, then at $129 you totally should.  Go look at the 40mm gallery in the forum here... some pretty awesome pics.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D3: is shutter dying?
« on: December 20, 2013, 10:52:18 AM »
Thanks for posting this question.  I've seen the same thing when taking some indoor photos and it's good to know the reason.

Software & Accessories / Re: LCD screen protector for Mark5dIII?
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:28:22 PM »
No.  I'm not necessarily super rough with my equipment, but I don't baby it either.  I've never had a problem with scratches on the lcd screens on any of the dslrs cameras that I've owned.  That being said, I have seen pictures of other people with scratched lcds.  Honestly though I hate lcd sceen protectors, they annoy me so maybe I am biased. 

Lenses / Re: Should I choose the 70-200 2.8 II?
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:01:46 PM »
This lens is freaking awesome.  Everybody likes to talk about the weight and it is pretty heavy, but honestly it balances out the 5dIII really well.  Just keep using it and your arms will get strong and then you can work your way up to a 600mm and it'll be nothin'

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS Rebel SL1 w/18-55 IS STM $460
« on: December 14, 2013, 09:13:19 PM »
When I click on the link, I'm not seeing the price listed here

Lenses / Re: Dropped 16-35L II
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:16:47 PM »
This post hurts my heart. 

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 11, 2013, 01:27:34 PM »
My first digital camera was a Sony DSC S75 point and shoot.  The front of the camera had threads on it so you could add attachments.  I was so excited and bought a "fish eye attachement" and a "2X telephoto" attachment.  The photos actually looked pretty good on the 1 inch lcd on the back of the camera, but not so much on my computer screen.  When I downloaded them to my computer the image quality was so negatively affected that it looked like I had smeared a thin layer of vaseline on the lens. 

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:49:38 PM »
I know most people don't think of this lens as a "portrait" lens, but you can get some interesting environmental portraits.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:46:14 PM »
Good portrait lens on a crop body (shot with 50D)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:21:55 PM »
This lens makes brick walls melt ha ha

Lenses / Re: What chopped off my (Bokeh) balls?
« on: December 10, 2013, 03:11:05 PM »
Here is an interesting article I found regarding this.

Lenses / Re: What chopped off my (Bokeh) balls?
« on: December 10, 2013, 09:51:58 AM »
Thanks for the responses everybody.  Good to hear that this is normal for the lens.  I do use a filter on it, but it sounds like that should not be what's causing this.  When I use this lens I usually use it wide open because I'm going for that "special 1.2 look."  Also I feel like since I paid so much more for this compared to the 85 1.8, I feel obligated to shoot wider than 1.8 ha ha ha.  Yeah, I hadn't really noticed this "feature" on the lens until recently (probably because of all the christmas lights up around my house) and now that my eye knows to look for it I can't help but see it.  It doesn't really bother me, it's just one of those things you can't unsee once you know it's there.

Lenses / Re: What chopped off my (Bokeh) balls?
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:07:30 PM »
Here is another example that is hopefully more clear (please excuse all the christmas tree shots).  You can see the lights at the top of the christmas tree appear to have the bottom of the "cat eye" shape cut off and then the lights lower down appear have the tops of them cut off.   

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