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I checked out a 135 f/2 from around 1998. It was visually in mint condition and a couple of hundred dollars less than a new  lens. But it felt a bit stiff, probably through lack of use. Given the choice of a new lens for another $200 or so vs a 14 year old lens, I walked away. But it did sell. I'll be getting a new 135 f/2 with warranty and CPS qualifying credentials.

The car analogy someone made is probably a good one. A 15 year old car with VERY low mileage will still have its issues that relate directly to age. Seals, bushes, hoses etc keep deteriorating over time.

I guess it depends on why you want a particular lens. If your livelihood depends on 100% reliable performance, most second hand purchases must be very carefully considered. But an enthusiast with a modest budget definitely should be looking at pre-owned glass. And then there are collectors like my friend Rob who pounces on Leica mount lenses that are as old as my grandfather.

Personally, I like 'em new.

PW

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Lenses / Re: New Tilt-Shifts in 2013? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2012, 10:11:42 PM »
A new 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM would be nice. I saw on this professional-looking rumour site: http://www.canon.com.au/Professional/Pro-Lenses/EF24-70mmf2-8L-II-USM that they might actually be releasing one!

Nah! That's definitely a fake. A EF24-70mmf2-8L-II? In our lifetimes?
But seriously....bring it on!

PW

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Lenses / Re: New Tilt-Shifts in 2013? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2012, 10:08:10 PM »
The current 90mm TS-E would be very difficult to improve on. For products it is brilliant. No changes required thank you.

The 45 TS-E is a more likely candidate for the L treatment and $1000 price hike. The current lens is also an absolute cracker with little room for improvement. Apart from having the extra rotation between the tilt and shift elements as on the new 17 and 24 TS lenses it's damn near perfect. And the hack to modify the the 45 & 90 is a totally viable option.

The original 24 TS-E did need the upgrade and it was very very welcome. And the 17 opened up a whole new creative scope for architectural, landscape & industrial photographers.

PW

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Portrait / Re: Portraits of my GF, Would like feedback!!
« on: July 29, 2012, 06:15:23 PM »
Nice shots, and that's the main thing. As others have said, your PP has done you no favors.
Your "before" shots look a lot better than the "afters".

But stay with it and keep posting shots. Available light is great so long as it's nice available light. Use of reflectors can lift a "muddy" location to a completely viable one. Always look closely at the light on the face & particularly the eyes. They're the window to the soul...

PW

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Lenses / Re: Lenses - All Change!
« on: July 29, 2012, 01:00:51 AM »
@Cosk It's a focusing issue - within a few metres it's not too bad (especially now that I've micro adjusted on the 7D), but anything with a bit of distance, say 6+ metres and its open to guessing what it will do - in/out focus. I cant trust it. Maybe I've got a bad copy.

Was it always this way for you? There is a chance your micro-adjustment may be incorrect. Make a note of your settings and reset to zero. See what happens. If it's still bad, don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. Get it checked out. It's often a very simple matter.

Regarding CA, Lightroom can be setup to automatically fix that on Import. (see Lens Corrections)

PW

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Lenses / Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« on: July 29, 2012, 12:51:48 AM »
This is far and away my most used lens. I trust it all the way from f/2.8-f/11 (and occasionally beyond) to deliver first class commercial quality files/images for the most fussy clients. The two lenses in my bag which consistently knock my socks off are the 70-200 f/2.8isII and the 300 f/2.8is.

If any images shot with the 70-200 are throw-aways, then it's user error, not any fault of the lens. For the quality it delivers, I forgive its considerable size and weight. Have you ever heard of anyone regretting getting this lens?

PW


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Lighting / Re: Beginer.. Need Speedlite help
« on: July 29, 2012, 12:42:48 AM »
Yep, just like the previous poster said. For a low cost alternative to genuine Canon, the Yongnuo YN-565 EX has an awful lot of supporters and completely satisfied users.

PW

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Lighting / Re: Help me shop for a studio light + accessories
« on: July 23, 2012, 06:26:44 AM »
Before you drop the Visa card on something else, do yourself a favor and visit here:
http://www.paulcbuff.com/index.php
The PCB Einstein lights are selling their socks off, and the modifiers are amazingly priced...
I looked at them but the prices are a bit silly over here in oz which made going with Elinchroms a much more solid option. Still a good recommendation
Really? An Einstein head from PCB Australia only costs $150 more than a 600ex-RT Speedlight! And the modifiers? $139 for an 86 inch Parabolic? $139 for a 22 inch beauty dish?  Yes the Australian prices are higher than the US, but still represent awesome value. And this stuff is proven to hack the daily grind. Elincrom is great value too. But I see little need to spend up on Profoto or Broncolor any more...great rock 'n roll build quality and undeniable street-cred, but I couldn't be happier to have completely transitioned out of Profoto.

PW

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Lighting / Re: Help me shop for a studio light + accessories
« on: July 22, 2012, 11:44:51 PM »
Before you drop the Visa card on something else, do yourself a favor and visit here:
http://www.paulcbuff.com/index.php

The PCB Einstein lights are selling their socks off, and the modifiers are amazingly priced. About a year ago I switched from a comprehensive Profoto kit to six Einsteins and PCB modifiers. No regrets at all. They're light, powerful, configurable and have passed my 12 month tough test...all my work is on location so the kit gets carted around all over the place multiple times per week. PCB support is legendary. The prices are low because you buy direct from the manufacturer, thus eliminating the middle-man. This is good American hardware.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 21, 2012, 07:57:33 PM »
The two lenses in my bag which consistently knock my socks off are the 70-200 f/2.8isII and the 300 f/2.8is.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:26:33 PM »
How about $2865? With free shipping?
http://www.eglobaldigitalcameras.com.au/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-body-only-digital-slr-camera.html

Yes, it's gray, but that's a fairly compelling price. I have bought lesser items from this mob and had no issues. Fast delivery with tracking, items properly packaged etc.

I paid full price for my 5D3 to qualify for CPS benefits. Lucky for me! At under 10,000 shutter actuations I needed the shutter replaced. It took 3 days and I had a loan body during the repair period. It would have been a different story with a gray purchase.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Wide Canon L choice: 14L II 2.8 or 16-35 II 2.8
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:15:19 PM »
The thing is the 17-40 has the largest aperture in 4 as the same 24-105, case in which the sole gain in paying for another lens is the difference between 24 to wider 17mm. Correct?
Well, yes...but the difference between 24mm and 17mm is a big difference...

I own both the 17-40 f/4 & the 24-105 f/4IS. The 17-40 at f/4 is mushy and for emergency use only. It kicks in nicely at f/5.6 and from f/8-f/11 is a match for the 16-35 f/2.8II. However the 24-105 f/4 is very sharp, competent and trustworthy at f/4.

To the OP, I'd be choosing a zoom for it's brilliant versatility. If you're shooting landscapes at f/8-f/11 the 17-40 will deliver the goods. If you need wide open capability, then the 16-35 should be your choice. If your budget is strong, the killer landscape lenses are the very new super high IQ 17mm tilt/shift and 24mmII tilt/shift.

PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:47:54 AM »
-Two bodies & zooms
-16-35 f/2.8II
-24-70 f/2.8 or preferably 24-105 f/4IS
-70-300L IS
-Compact Carbon Fibre tripod & ball head & cable release
-Lots of storage and backup hardware

You're right, this is the trip of a lifetime, right there in Charles Darwin's footsteps.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2023: a look into Canon's flagship body
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:45:24 PM »
They'll continue with the current weight gain program and we'll have a Mega-Function SuperSize FF 1-Series in 2023.
 
Inspired by Samsungs "bigger is better" credo, plus non planet friendly influence from the car industry which makes each new model bigger, longer, wider... the 2023 1D-XXXX (for extra-large) will double as a portable gym, have a flip out keyboard, an optional refrigeration module, mega widescreen holo display and compact wings and thrusters for simpler aerial photography.

Power will be handled by a revolutionary ultra-compact nuclear fusion reactor. All 1-Series will ship with a wheelbarrow signed by the Minister of the Arts. And I did read in Canon Rumors (CR-8) that the Canon engineers will probably work out a way of integrating a camera module. Truly revolutionary stuff.

PW

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Lenses / Re: 40mm Pancake Killed the 50mm??
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:12:04 AM »
I like the reference to the 40 f/2.8 as being a functional bodycap. This week I took the family on a five day holiday down the coast, and used the non-work opportunity to run the 40 f/2.8 & Sigma 50 F/1.4 against each other. I find the focal length difference between 40 & 50 as perceptually similar to 24 & 28. Not much in it.

It's stimulating to go away with basically just one focal length. I enjoy the paradox that sometimes you need some kind of limitations in order to free your imagination and creativity. I've often traveled with just the 24-105 and loved the limitation. This time it was 40 & 50 on 5D3. As far as IQ goes, the 40 was a match for the 50 (which is a great copy) in the f/4.5-f/8 range. At f/2.8 the Sigma 50 was well ahead of the 40.

But it's not always about IQ. The 40 is fun in a weird intangible sort of way. People respond differently to the reduced mass. It's more compact and lighter on long walks and was easier for my young kids to handle. I like my kids to understand & appreciate quality. Overall, the 40 was neither better or worse, just different.

I do tend to shoot action moments with people, and on this holiday also a new breathtakingly active six month old Border Collie pup. The AF (AI Servo) was appreciably quicker with the Sigma and delivered more keepers in highly dynamic situations. In static situations the AF difference was imperceptible.

40 vs 50? I'll be keeping both lenses for now. But if one just HAD to go it would likely be the 40... f/1.4 vs f/2.8 is just no contest.

PW




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