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I wonder what "faster" lens he is using on his Canon instead of the two he has. Also wondering why he bought another ???

Lenses / From Good to Great!
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:38:44 AM »
Ever see those posts about people complaining that they "have a bad copy" of a lens? Or have you bought a lens that everyone raves about but you are not quite as excited about your "copy"?

AFMA! I'm a believer! Adjust your body to your lens. You might be pleasantly surprised  :) I knew that adjustment was available on my camera but adjusting it seemed more complicated than my mind could wrap around. A few days ago, I took the plunge and purchased Reikan's Focal and was shocked to find out my nifty fifty, which I am learning to love, was off by +16 on my 6D! All my lenses needed some adjustment (the 50mm needed the most).

You Pros already know this, but if you are anything like me, go through the AFMA exercise. I think Focal does an amazing job, it is fully automated, easy to use, but certainly not free. The good news is that there are several free options out there that are probably just as effective but maybe not as easy. Pick one, and do it. You might find a lens in your collection that you were happy with but are now happier with :D

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:59:27 PM »
Some of the recent portraits I've taken with this lens.  I've been using this lens for almost just every type of photography and it never failed me.  Just one word of advice... SHARP.  Sometimes this is just too sharp for its own good for portraits.  Some clients don't want their facial imperfections to show.  Luckily, it's easy enough to blur it through pp.

Thanks for the portraits. I tend to soften faces in PP anyways. I'm sure I won't be disappointed with this lens :-)

Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:24:39 AM »
I have also come past this guys videos and he did one a while back on understanding depth of field which might help give you a better understanding:

Thanks, great video.

Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 09:08:46 AM »
My key learning here? There are DOF calculators for smart phones!

Just checked, I found 44 on iOS. Awesome! I am not one of those people that can do the math in my head and I sometimes panic or worry when taking group shots as to what to set the aperture to.

Thanks guys!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Sony junk....
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:00:31 AM »
I agree with you that Sony today is not a healthy company, I wouldn't invest a cent in Sony Stocks, but I'm just fine buying an a7r, a PS4, a Sony TV.

Sounds like if eml58 is agreeing with Moody's in this case but suggesting Moody's has been wrong in the past...I think  ???

No one is running out and buying Sony stock at this moment but that A7r certainly has my attention along with the PS4. Unfortunately for a monster like Sony, a couple of good products or even divisions might not be enough to put them in good graces.   

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:55:15 PM »
Well, I think this is comparing apples to oranges. Reasons...

5D MK III is about two years old.
The A7R with it's 36MP sensor is 2x the size anything Canon offers.What it should be compared to is MF or the D800
Just about every other specification makes it geared for the MF/D800 crowd. It has no business doing anything that requires speed. Landscape/fashion-portrait: okay

I think it's an awesome camera and the price rocks! If you have the money to spend, cool. It's a Leica M9 competitor and for what it offers, especially the price, I'd take it!

Unfortunately Canon is only offering two year old oranges now :-(
I feel like I just bought a Mercedes, and my neighbor rolled up in a Bentley.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:25:00 AM »
Thanks guys, for my daughter's indoor basketball, I am currently using the 70-200 f/4 on a 6D. As good as the high ISO is on the 6D, I don't like having to crank it up so high to be able to use a shutter speed of 1/400-1/500. Sports will not be my primary use of this lens, it would just be a pleasant side effect if it can be used  :D

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:56:46 AM »
Curious, has anyone attempted to use this lens for sports?
Care to share your attempts?

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: January 26, 2014, 08:51:24 PM »
I think I'm sold on this lens!

Macro / Re: Extreme Macro shots with stacked lenses
« on: January 26, 2014, 05:05:47 PM »
If you like snowflakes take a look at the flickr page of this guy from Moscow

It’s even more impressive if you see how he gets these results with an old  Canon PowerShot A650 and an even older  reversed Helios 44M-5 lens.


Macro / Re: Cicada, Big Insect by EF 100 mm F/ 2.8 L IS USM
« on: January 26, 2014, 05:01:25 PM »
Thank you, Surapon! I got my 100L macro yesterday, so very interested in the pictures this lens can take ;)

Congratulations on the new lens. Would you be so kind as to post some head shots? I am very interested in this lens as a portrait lens.

Lenses / Re: 135L or 100 Macro IS?
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:04:58 PM »
In a similar dilemma. Have decided that as soon as there are extra funds, to go with the 100mm IS as of all my current equipment, I don't have a macro lens. Will also serve as a great portrait lens.

How awesome is this?! Downloaded but haven't played with it yet. It doesn't matter how good or bad this is, IT IS FREE!

Thanks for the link  ;D

I'm happy to say I picked up the 6D on Thursday evening & got the 24-105mm F4 L IS USM. Have to say it's a sick camera. ISO & its highest is still good.


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