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Lenses / Re: Canon 24 mm Tilt/Shift - and very still LIFE
« on: October 11, 2013, 06:37:17 PM »
Excellent shot!  I really want one of these lenses, its either #1 or #2 on my "next" lens list.

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Lenses / Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« on: October 10, 2013, 04:21:22 AM »
Although the 24-105 is a great lens on a crop camera, its not wide enough in many situations.  I prefer my 15-85 for general use.

+1

The EF-S 15-85mm is a terrific walk around lens for travel.  Maybe add a fast prime like a 35/2 IS or 35/1.4 for low light situations.

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Lenses / Re: Gateway lens
« on: October 09, 2013, 11:10:08 AM »
I started with a T2i (550D), 18-55 kit lens and 55-250 zoom.  I was happy with this set-up for maybe 18 months.  The EF-S 15-85mm lens was my next purchase and probably my gateway on to better glass and bodies.  After that purchase, better bodies and L glass quickly followed.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 04, 2013, 05:01:54 PM »
I've owned the both the Canon 1.2 L II and the Sigma. I sold the Canon and kept the Sigma.

Sigma pros:
vastly faster AF
actual manual AF
vastly better dust protection (with a filter on, the lens is effectively sealed)
around half the cost

Canon cons:
SLOW AF
drive by wire manual AF
large gap between body and the barrel that moves in and out while focusing (dust entry point)
high price

Canon pros:
half stop faster

tie:
IQ

Did you experience any AF accuracy issues with the Sigma?

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Lenses / Re: 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 03, 2013, 07:18:12 AM »
If you're not afraid of MF and wants something different (you've got the 135 already), then why not try this lens:

Helios 40 85mm f/1.5

You might like it.   :)  It's the swirling bokeh that sets it apart.

http://famecherry.com/shop-with-us-2/essential-studio-equipment/lens/helios-85mm-f1-5/

Very interesting lens and unusual bokeh!  I think I'll stick with the more traditional "creamy" bokeh however.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 03, 2013, 07:12:10 AM »
With the lenses you have and still wanting a 85 prime, I'd say it's pure lens lust.


Guilty as charged  ::)

Personally, I wouldn't use an ultra thin DOF optic which has questionable AF characteristics and questionable build. The Canon 85IIL is extremely well built and will last a life time of use....the sigma? Well good luck with that.

Good point!  OOF pictures are worthless.

Personally I don't have the patience to work with ultra shallow DOF, I need a high percentage of keepers... Photographers with superior AF technique to me can nail focus often enough, and hats-off to you if you can do it.
I upgraded to the mark iii just for that purpose and now I can finally have pleasing compositions and peoples faces (eyes) in focus. Shooting at f1.2 will be frustrating on a canon 6d. Unless you like to crop a lot or don't mind having your subject dead centre every time.

I will need to work on my shallow DOF technique!  Since the outer AF points on the 6D are limited, I will probably need to use the center point when shooting at 1.2/1.4 and crop.

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Lenses / 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 02, 2013, 09:59:18 PM »
I have been looking at different 85mm primes to use for portrait photography and some event work.  I have a 6D and my full kit is listed below. 

I'm considering the Canon 85 1.2 II, Canon 85mm 1.8 and Sigma 85mm 1.4 EX DG HSM.  I ruled out the Zeiss and Samyang 85's due to lack of AF.  Obviously, there is a huge price difference here.  I can afford the Canon 1.8 or Sigma now, but would have to save up a while for the Canon 1.2 II.

The Sigma looks to be optically as good as the Canon 85 1.2 II, at less than half the price.  But, the AF accuracy issues reported by TDP are concerning.  With a shallow DOF lens like this, poor AF accuracy means a poor keeper rate.  I have the 70-200 2.8 II and 135L, so already have some top tier portrait lenses, but I really love shallow DOF photography and 85mm is often a better focal length than 135mm indoors when space is limited.

Any suggestions and hands on experience from CR members?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D: LCD protector w/o air bubbles?
« on: October 01, 2013, 06:02:37 AM »
The GGS protector is on both LCDs on my 6D with no bubbles. <$9.00 shipped:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B30N7AQ/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'm using this on my 6D and it's great.  No bubbles, easy to install.

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Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for T3i please!
« on: September 28, 2013, 02:33:37 PM »
24mm on a crop body camera is equilant to 38mm on a full format camera.  A nice focal length, but not very wide.  If you plan to stick with APS-C for awhile, I recommend the EF-S 15-85 or 17-55 2.8.  Both are L quality optically and will be wide enough for landscapes and group shots.

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EOS-M / Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« on: September 27, 2013, 06:44:51 PM »
I've been considering this lens for my M as well.  I bought mine with the 22/2 prime and love it.  I've used my M quite a bit with EF lenses and the Canon adapter, but the size of most of the EF lenses defeats the main purpose of the M system (size).

At some point, I'll probably add the 18-55 and 11-22 to my M kit.

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Lenses / Re: 40mm Pancake or 35mm 1.4L For walking street
« on: September 23, 2013, 11:34:33 AM »
As others have pointed out, the 40 2.8 is very sharp, a terrific lens - 64mm FF equivalent.  The 35 2.0 IS is also a great lens and at 56mm equivalent, closer to your 50mm on the 5D3, but its 3x more expensive.

Personally, I'd probably go with the 40 for its size.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M is built like a tank
« on: September 22, 2013, 03:48:45 PM »
EOS-M have good build quality - I have already dropped mine from a bench on the pavement. The result was just a scratch on the battery cap angle.

I had a similar accident with mine.  Dropped it on a brick street from roughly chest level and no issues.  A very small scratch on a corner was the only damage.

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I'm planning to get a Samsung Note for my next smartphone upgrade, but it's not cheap!  Maybe you can pick up the original (v1) Note pretty cheap these days? 

I currently use a Samsung Galaxy Nexus which works fine as a remote with the EOS Utility, but I'd prefer a larger screen, so think the Note will be the way to go for me.

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Landscape / Re: Hoover Dam help
« on: September 21, 2013, 08:13:33 PM »
We visited Hoover Dam last summer and took pictures from the dam and bridge.  We were there in late afternoon, just before the gorge fell into shadow.  I took a number of shots with my 7D and EF-S 15-85mm lens at 15mm (24mm FF equivalent) from the bridge looking north toward the dam and could only get about 1/2 the gorge and dam in frame, so took a number of shots with the same manual settings so I could later create a panorama in Photoshop.

The walking area of the bridge is wide enough for maybe 3 people to walk side-by-side.  The day we were there, the dam was very crowded, but only maybe 10 other people were on the bridge.  Its extremely windy on the bridge, so if you wear a hat, make sure its well secured!  The dam is an impressive sight, well worth the visit.

Others will have to comment on the best time of day for photography, since we just made the single visit.

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Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 21, 2013, 07:29:17 AM »
...people may be waiting for a VERY long time for the IS version of this lens.

Personally, I couldn't be happier with my EF24-70 f2.8 II.

+1  I'm extremely happy with my EF 24-70 2.8 II.  Would I like for it to have IS?  Sure, but I'm taking lots of great pictures without IS now.

If the IS lens would be as large as Radiating suggested, I'm not sure I would want one.

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