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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:43:08 AM »
I was in your situation over a year ago and got the 6D with the 24-105. I was really happy with it till I started playing with primes. I find there is a distinct improvement in image quality with the primes and I'm am finding more and more that I'm using the primes more than the 24-105. Having said that, I would describe the 24-105 as a very versatile and capable lens which will be used for occasions where flexibility is the priority vs. maximum image quality.

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:22:25 AM »

Been enjoying pretending this lens is a macro lens. Using live view and a tripod more than I ever have!

Sports / Re: Some Harleys for YOU
« on: May 25, 2014, 05:30:04 PM »
Another one from Harley Fest 2008 Milwaukee. That 20D really wasn't bad  :)

Sports / Re: Some Harleys for YOU
« on: May 25, 2014, 05:25:11 PM »
One of my favorites from Harley Fest in Milwaukee 2008

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: May 10, 2014, 07:27:19 AM »
Guess what came in the mail yesterday? Got my 35/2! Thanks for the advice Dustin.

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 09, 2014, 11:15:12 PM »
Guess what came in the mail today? 35mm f2 IS!!!

I would like to think this was and is a well thought out choice for me...Ask me next week  ;D

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 08, 2014, 12:07:25 AM »
I had the 100L... and I sold it when I got the 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii.  Then I bought the 85mm f/1.8 and I liked it... but I didn't like the 3 ft minimum focusing distance... so I bought the 100L again... and I sold the 85 f/1.8 because I wasn't using it at all... and I just bought an 85L f/1.2... so... I'm not sure I have a point... but the 100L is a lovely lens... and while I have a good deal of affection for the 85 f/1.8... you'll be quite happy with the sharpness, and the bokeh, and the the think depth of field...

Someone tell me this isn't an illness! I think it is particularly worse for those of us who don't make money at this. Its for the love of the game. Some of us also like taking pictures  ;) I blame my dad. I must have been in elementary when I inherited his old Nikon FG after he got the FA. Its been non stop since. BTW, my daughters will have nothing to do with my old 20D. Just not interested  :-[

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 06:42:31 PM »
OMG, still laughing!

In all honesty, my "significant other" (how that Mrsfotografie?  ;) ) can't really tell when or if I have a new lens on. I also don't think she really cares and I don't really have to sneak lenses in, but that is probably because she doesn't know how much some of the lenses cost :-) I actually don't have any crazy expensive lenses.

This has been fun. I'm still going to be bummed when I get the 100mm macro L and I have to give up on the 85mm 1.8 which I kind of like. I suppose I should be glad I diagnosed this issue before I got out of hand!

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 10:47:22 AM »
You guys are hilarious. For some of us non pros, having a strategy is not something we think about. I just ordered the Canon 35mm f/2IS. I think that is a good move for me. Prior to that, I recently purchased the Canon 85mm f1.8 which I think is a great lens (compared to my nifty 50 which keeps missing focus) but I really want and plan on getting the 100mm macro which will probably negate the use of the 85mm. I am now, thankfully able to avoid the hype over the new Sigma 50mm...for now.

Sounds obvious, look before you leap.

I should start a thread on how to purchase equipment and sneak it into the house without your wife knowing  ;)

Lenses / Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 03, 2014, 07:16:38 AM »

Before you buy you next prime lens, take a deep breath and watch this video. I've been lurking on this site for a while now and I must confess, I've been sucked into the lens acquiring vortex. I don't have a lot of lenses now, and I am not a pro, but I am at a point in my life where I can actually start to afford these toys. The discussion around here is generally geared towards and around specific lenses and their attributes but somehow or the other, I have managed to miss or avoid posts about a lens acquisition strategy. I stumbled across this video this morning and got some clarity. Please forgive me if it has been previously posted.


Photography Technique / Re: Thin dof posing/shooting advice
« on: April 30, 2014, 08:04:29 AM »
I'm also waiting for the pros to weigh in on this but I'm guessing your choice of lens, and your desire for compression might be working against you. Out of curiosity, were you also using a flash with these shots? On camera?

Photography Technique / Re: How do I get the whole picture sharp?
« on: April 30, 2014, 07:56:29 AM »
You guys are so deep!

My rookie self looked at that picture and wondered if the leaf was perfectly flat, and what the focus was on, the leaf or the water. A few posts later, he posts a picture of a flat sheet of paper that didn't look so bad.

You all are so smart, you crack me up. I did learn one thing here, what those charts that are assigned to lenses actually represent  :) Thanks.

Have a great day everybody!

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 26, 2014, 10:08:32 AM »
OK Dustin,
One more question as I'm probably going to pull the trigger on my next lens in the next few weeks. The Canon's price drop pushed you to seriously consider the 35/2. So my question is, if the Canon stayed at its original price or was the same price as the Sigma today, and you had to make the decision, all over, which would you choose? I understand there were many factors governing your choice and that price was only one them. Just curious how much of an impact price was.

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:47:08 AM »
Reading your review for the third time. Seriously considering this lens. On my third read, you are starting to sound like a pirate  ;)

"The Sigma is incredibly sharp, but to me eye it seems like there is an imbalance between sharpness and “creaminess” in the defocused region."

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:59:42 PM »

As always, thanks for an awesome, down to earth review. You always get me thinking.

I will say I was a bit disappointed in your YouTube review. Not in the content, but in your voice! In my mind's ear, I assumed you would sound like you were off the set of Strange Brew (you are from Canada, right?) so this Southern Illinois accent you are sporting threw me off  ;D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZCI39NWZ5g

Seriously, thanks for the incredible effort I'm sure it took you to pull this off.

Oh, I do have a question. As a fellow 6D shooter, I am curious to know if, with available light, you use the other focus points outside of the center one. Do you ever find yourself locking in focus with the center and recomposing? Personally, I am embarrassed to say that I am just starting to experiment with my other focus points.

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