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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
« on: December 05, 2014, 02:07:38 PM »
Terrific shots dpc and Foxdude!

I've had this lens for three weeks now, but haven't really had time to use it yet beyond a few test shots due to some excessive business travel (with DSLR kit a home).  Seeing your work here is really making me look forward to some time off and getting out into the field with my 6D and 16-35/4.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 18-35 1.8 or EF 16-35 2.8 for 70D
« on: December 05, 2014, 07:35:30 AM »
It looks like you're not planning on full frame. I'm not sure why people say to buy full frame lenses as a better investment if you're not planning on it any time soon. The EFS lenses are so much cheaper. I would avoid the 16-35. You are way overpaying for something you won't benefit from. Get EFS lenses. Cheaper, smaller, lighter but can be great quality.

+1 on getting EF-S lenses if you plan to stay with crop cameras.  No reason to pay extra for more expensive EF lenses that are not better for your 70D than some excellent EF-S options.  For landscape, I would recommend the EF-S 15-85 or EF-S 10-22 if you want UWA (the new 10-18 is also a great UWA option).  I owned both when I was shooting crop and used them extensively for landscape work. 

The EF-S 17-55 2.8 is probably a better general purpose and portrait lens.  I also owned one of these, but found that 17mm was often not wide enough for most landscapes.  The same comment is true about the Sigma 18-35mm and Canon EF-S 18-135 STM lenses.  Very good lenses, but I was never happy with 17 or 18mm at the wide end.

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Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 05, 2014, 07:11:03 AM »
Tough call.  Since I only have one DSLR, the body part of the question is easy, but my favorite lens changes over time and depending on the type of shooting I prefer at that time.  Right now I'd say my 6D with 135/2 since I'm shooting a lot of portraits and shallow DOF nature shots.  At other times my favorite has been my 100L Macro, 35 f/2 IS and 70-200 2.8II. 

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I'd keep the 24-70/2.8, and add the 16-35/4 IS.  I think that would be a great combination!  Personally, I have the former, and sold my 16-35/2.8 II intending to get the F/4 version of the UWA.  Insead, I decided that TS-E 17/4 would meets my current needs better, so I bought that (although I still may end up with the 16-35/4 at some point in the future).

+1

I contemplated selling my 24-70/2.8 II and replacing it with a 24-70/4 IS and using the additional funds toward a 400/5.6, but decided not to.  The 24-70/2.8 II is an incredible lens and I don't like the idea of giving up some IQ as well as aperture to go with the f/4 lens.  I often shoot my 24-70 wide open.

I primarily use UWA's for landscape, so f/4 is fine and the improved sharpness of the new lens in the corners makes the 16-35/4 IS a better option for my needs.



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MKII -- Love the low noise!
« on: December 01, 2014, 01:10:33 PM »
Yes the noise is quite better than the 7D and what noise creeps in at higher ISO's seems to be more random and smaller.  It's still not as good as the full frame 5d3 or 1dx but for a camera that is less than 2K there is no match when you compare it to other brands as a system and not just on noise.

Full frame 6D's are going for $1,249 today! 

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Incredible deal!  I paid nearly $2100 for my 6D two years ago when they first went on sale.  I knew I was paying an early buyers premium, but it was worth it.  I have a friend who has been thinking about moving to FF from his Rebel T2i (550D) for some time and I passed along a link to this deal.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 26, 2014, 05:59:46 PM »
We are visiting a zoo this weekend.  This will be my first zoo visit since I graduated from point and shoot cameras.  I will take my 6D and either 70-200 2.8 II or 135L along with my 35mm f/2 IS for wider shots.  Its a mid sized zoo and most of the animals are reasonably close, mostly within 50 yards/meters.

The 135/2 is my zoo go-to lens.
Easy to carry, fast as heck!

Noticed you choose your 135/2 over your 70-200.  Do  you find the 135 has enough reach?

Yes, as you said- in a mid-size zoo (Houston) the animals are pretty close, so the 135 works very well (although I take a standard lens on a second body).


I think I will take the 135/2 and 35/2 and see how it goes.  We will probably be there for most of the day and I'm not sure I like the idea of carrying the 70-200 that long.  The f/2 lenses should do well for the indoor exhibits also.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:19:22 AM »
We are visiting a zoo this weekend.  This will be my first zoo visit since I graduated from point and shoot cameras.  I will take my 6D and either 70-200 2.8 II or 135L along with my 35mm f/2 IS for wider shots.  Its a mid sized zoo and most of the animals are reasonably close, mostly within 50 yards/meters.

The 135/2 is my zoo go-to lens.
Easy to carry, fast as heck!

Noticed you choose your 135/2 over your 70-200.  Do  you find the 135 has enough reach?

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART for Canon
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:06:53 PM »
A terrific review as usual Dustin.  Very thorough and objective.  This lens interest me but the AF issues have kept me away, and will continue to after reading your review.

I also love my 35mm f/2 IS lens and am hoping Canon comes out with a 50mm f/1.8 IS with similar IQ and size.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DR of Nikon vs Canon Article
« on: November 23, 2014, 06:40:26 PM »

EDIT:  I just noticed that this site has only reviewed 3 Canon cameras, whereas it has reviewed 20 Nikon cameras.  Similarly, it's reviewed 37 Nikon lenses and not a single Canon lens.  That would seem to suggest a bit of bias I think.

Photography Life is a good website, primarily focused on Nikon gear as the review totals indicate.  I think they are trying to expand coverage to include Canon, Sony and other manufacturers as well.  They have some good general photography articles and tutorials.

I agree that most articles praising the greater DR of SoNikon sensors seem to focus on lifting shadows of badly underexposed pictures.  I'd like to see some examples using well exposed pictures with high DR to see how the Canon and SoNikon compare.

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EOS-M / Re: Tele lens for EOS M?
« on: November 22, 2014, 01:30:07 AM »
... I only mount my 8-15L, 100L and Tamron 150-600 these days (there really aren't EF-M alternatives for these).  Probably not a coincidence that the long lenses both have IS since I shoot handheld with them M.  I do mount the Tamron on a tripod/gimbal sometimes and the M goes along for the ride.

Last summer I rented a Tammy 150-600 for use on our vacation in Alaska.  I used it quite a bit with good luck on my 6D, but was unsuccessful using it with my EOS-M.  I tried it several times when I needed more reach, but could never get it to auto focus.  Both attempts with this combo were to shoot wildlife (once breaching whales and the other time a grizzly bear moving across a field) at a distance that were moving rapidly in marginal light.  Just wondering what you use the M/Tammy combo to shoot and if you have experienced AF issues.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 7D mkII?
« on: November 21, 2014, 07:28:48 PM »
I think the 6D is a good general purpose body as long as you don't shoot a bunch of action stuff.  For six months after buying my 6D I kept my 7D to use for action, but I found I hardly ever used the 7D after getting used to the IQ and high ISO performance of the 6D.  I also found the 6D's AF to be more accurate than the 7D's for non sports applications.  I find the non-center AF points to be useful for many situations.

The 7D2 is a great option if you really need a top notch AF system.  I plan to rent one next weekend and try it at our sons high school basketball game.

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Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 02:58:33 PM »
Tough call.  Probably 50mm, but I like and use every focal length from 16mm to 400mm.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8L Mk II and 2x tele Mk II
« on: November 18, 2014, 10:57:03 AM »
I've owned both the mkII and mkIII version and really prefer the newer one.  Sharper and AF is quicker.  I think it's worth the extra money IMHO.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 04:43:40 PM »
Hope this rumor is true!  I'd love to see Canon breath some life back into the M line.  I really hope the M3 has DPAF an optional EVF and the 7DII sensor.

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