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Lenses / Re: FL 55mm 1.2 or FD 50mm 1.2L?
« on: May 15, 2012, 01:48:25 PM »
Quickly, hit buy it now. The kit is a week away from ready, I have a working prototype in my hand.

Wait wait :-), the price at the moment is only at 215 USD! I would love to pay not more than that...Why pay the double, when I can (or can't) have it for the half? I know it's still cheap for 480 USD....isn't it?

EDIT: Hmmm...I need some more convincing words to push the button :D Anyone, please?

Lenses / Re: FL 55mm 1.2 or FD 50mm 1.2L?
« on: May 15, 2012, 11:35:10 AM »
Thanks for all the thread contributors! I've learned some things..

Now I found a Canon FD 55mm f/1.2 SSC Aspherical lens, for 480 USD, and I am curious if it is a good price for this very lens? Anyone knows the usual street price?

And I just saw it in the thread: ontarian you mentioned this lens, wrote it is "expensive though" (how expensive? ;)), and also that a conversion kit will be ready within a month.

Buy or not? Thanks.

EDIT: I checked Ebay, and it goes for over 1000 USD, if this is the usual price I should immediately push the "buy now" button, but as it is an auction I am tempted to wait, maybe I'll get it for even less (or not at all)....

The trouble with Auto ISO in Av mode now is that the camera chooses changing ISO before changing shutter speed and I hate that. Shutter speed doesn't affect image quality much after it reaches a minimum threshold for getting the shot, but ISO does.

If I could tell the camera to ONLY change ISO to keep the shutter speed from dipping below, say 1/1000, otherwise change shutter speed, that would solve my problem of constantly having to make small adjustments. As it stands now, I'm constantly making adjustments to minimize ISO and still get the shot.

That would be very powerful and be extremely helpful to sports togs who deal with rapidly changing lighting conditions.

That is the only thing that I am missing as well, on my Canon 60D! (besides microfocus adjustment) 8)

AND, I am guessing LetTheRightLensIn would be satisfied as well with this feature on the 5DIII, because that would let you forget about the missing EC in M mode, right?!

See here:
2. So then you are like well they added min. shutter speed to Auto ISO now so at least we might be able to often get away with using Av mode instead. BUT, they make the maximum allowed min speed only 1/250th??? They limit it from 1 second to 1/250th?! What!? What does 1/250th do you for action?? And if you are using 1 second long exposures and stuff you surely have enough time to adjust the ISO as needed manually anyway.
Wow. It is so beyond absurd. Why on earth do they limit it? It makes no sense.

Lenses / Re: FL 55mm 1.2 or FD 50mm 1.2L?
« on: April 19, 2012, 03:56:10 PM »
Oh no, I've overlooked the fact that there is no EdMika for the FD 50 1.2L! Hmm, well I could get it for 600$, but I've got no clue if this is a good price? Could anyone help me out here?

If the price is justifiable, I might get this lens, and look for probably a AE-1 to pair it with, as I know no other Canon SLR with FD mount. I was way too young when I shot the last time film ;-) (It was a Olympus, no SLR..), so it would be a real nice experience to start shooting film with this lens!

Lenses / FL 55mm 1.2 or FD 50mm 1.2L?
« on: April 18, 2012, 03:32:29 PM »
I am looking forward to get an EdMika Adapter, but first I'll have to get one of these old lenses.

Unfortunately I can't decide if I should seek for the FL 55mm 1.2 or the FD 50mm 1.2L (latter I actually received an offer for..).

Any comments about the IQ (differences) of these two lenses? Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Re: 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS vs 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS
« on: April 18, 2012, 03:30:18 PM »
Why not get the Canon Extender 1.4x II or 2x III?  8)

Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 29, 2012, 05:32:10 AM »
I suggest joining a critique site.  Personally, I used to be quite active on photosig.  I learned quite a bit there.  I think people also exchange critiques on photo.net
I didn't know such a site exists, although I stumbled over it one time. I may try this out, thanks!
Can you give me an example for what you learned there?

Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 12:13:10 PM »
never particularly understood the fascination with the 50mm focal length as a walk-around shooting lens length.  it may be because I started off shooting architecture, but the 50-85 range to me is always, as someone else mentioned, either too-tight or not-tight-enough when I walk around with it.  I'd far rather have a 28mm or 35mm prime to use to general purpose photography (focal length on a FF sensor) ...

as far as the OP's gear goes, it's a fine start ... but really any lens and camera at all is fine as long as you learn how to use it properly.  if all you had was a 60D and the 200mm f/2.8 prime, people on the forums would all observe that it was a bizarre focal length to start with and go buy other stuff ... but if you have some smashing images shot with a 60D and the 200mm f/2.8 ... who are they to tell you anything?

it's cool to be a generalist photographer, most people who aren't doing it for the money enjoy the freedom to be a generalist (and many working professionals secretly harbor the desire to be a carefree generalist).  learn the craft, learn your equipment, and just shoot shoot shoot.  people say quantity doesn't count, just quality, but in reality, unless you're freakishly gifted and visionary, quantity counts as well.  shoot until the shutter mechanism on the camera breaks, and I guarantee you will see improvement in your work.
8) I feel quite comfortable as a "generalist", true! But for the future I may leave this status, also because I consider making money with photography (and will have to get these so called zoom lenses).

For the most walk around, I am using, as I stated somewhere above, the 28mm lens as a 44mm equivalent on my 60D crop, and it's just on the edge to be too tight. I agree with you that 50-85mm may be too tight/not too tight. That's also the reason I love it to use my 15mm fisheye on my crop camera, so I got a ultra wide (24mm equivalent), so it compares to the set up with a full frame and a 24mm/35mm!

As well I agree with the quantity shooting! In his amazing book The Passionate Photographer, Steve Simon quotes another guy (I can't recall his name at the moment) from the film age, telling that until you reach 100'000 shoots, you are not a (real) photographer. ;-)

Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:55:21 AM »
There is that big 1.6 crop factor that you are going to lose, its not trivial.  Your 200mm lens looked like 320mm on your 60D, and now it will be 200mm.  The 35mmL will replace your 28mm ok, but you may be missing 50mm,  85mm, and 135mm on the 5D MK II.

I use 85mm and 135mm is my most used focal length.

Why not get a 5D with the kit zoom, and use it to find out what focal lengths you will use.  You can always resell it for more than the kit price.

That's a good point. After I got full frame, I really have to know which focal lengths I do use, and which not. It's possible that I will replace the 28mm not with a 35mm, but with a 85 (and later a 135mm).

What about the 100mm on a full frame? Wouldn't you consider it? Well the 85mm is close to it, as well as the 135m, so if you got these two the 100mm may not be that necessary, except that it's a Macro and that's what I got it for, too!

What I am looking forward is the better ISO performance with a more expensive (full frame) camera, and of course I will be able to use my fisheye as fisheye lens, and not just as a ultra wide like now.

Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:43:02 AM »
The plan is to get a full frame and then replace the 28mm 1.8 with a 35mm 1.4.

Maybe replace 28/1.8 with 50/1.4 for similar framing? 50 mm may not have worked for you on crop, but you may like it on FF.

As for attitude - who cares what other people think.  Just go shoot and do what you like to do.
Yes, a 50mm should be a must with a full frame, that's what I wrote already somewhere above..

Yeah, I generally do not care about other people opinions, but for this time I wanted to know it! :-) So I don't hang around with other photographers, and now I was looking for some chit chat about my equipment? Some guy reading this and having the same preferences for primes may tell me some for me unknown secrets, haha.

Actually this is what I am missing, a mentor! You can self study photography but you learn slower as if someone is watching over your shoulder, or you over his/her.

Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:27:04 AM »
I'm using 50mm on 7D mostly for one-on-one documentary interviews. It gives you a good one-third fill on head n' shoulders from about 6 to 8 feet away, but main reason is the large aperture that's necessary even with 4 x 625 watt 5500K lights on umbrella stands either side, although I hate shooting video below 2.8.

I did an interview with a retailer recently standing at the entrance to their store with the rest of the shopping mall in the background and opened it right up to f1.4 and the bokeh from the neon lights & store signs in the backdrop as well as blurry shoppers looked great.
Sounds good :-) Where can I see this retailer guy picture? I am using the the 100mm for head portraits, but it's true, a 50mm does the job better, at least on a crop camera.

Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 09:24:54 AM »
surprised primes and spontaneous go together....
But why are you surprised? Until you zoom to the right length the spontaneous moment is gone, isn't it? ;o)

Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 08:05:07 AM »
Surprised you have not got a 50/1.4 which would be a good portrait or walk around lens on a 1.6x crop. I use my 50mm indoors on my 7D a lot. Also depends on whether you're into video or not. You seem to have 'wide' and 'long' but not much in between. Just an observation.
I had the 50/1.8 (with my 400D) and it was a good start, but I couldn't arrange with the focal length.
It was too close for me indoors, and even outdoors it was either too close or not close enough! That's the reason I bought a 28mm and right after that the 100mm, so I walk around with one of them :-). The 28mm gives me a nice to use 44mm full frame equivalent.
I'll probably will get a 50mm when I am going full frame, but as said the 80mm full frame equivalent didn't suit me, and now I am wondering for what you are using the 7D + 50mm indoors? :-)

Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:57:39 AM »
Nice kit!  I'd definitely recommend the 35L over the 28/1.8 for FF.

Else, on FF you might find 200mm too short for candid street shots. You could consider the 300/4 L IS, or you could add a 1.4x TC to the 200/2.8.
I really like the 200mm 'cause of its light weight, what you can't really say about the 300/4 L IS.
A 1.4x TC isn't a bad idea at all! I would prefer the TC over a big white lens ;-), also because I like to carry around my equipment all the time, and until now it's not to heavy at all (and it fits into my Kata DR-467i).

Lenses / Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:26:21 AM »
Hey! I've got a Canon 60D with the following lenses:

Canon EF 15mm 2.8 Fisheye
Canon EF 28mm 1.8
Canon EF 100mm 2.8 Macro
Canon EF 200mm 2.8 II
(and a 430EX II flash)

As you may have noticed I'm not a big fan of zoom lenses, it distracts me too much in relating to framing, so with my four primes I have to move around a lot and composition is for me easier than with a zoom, where you first have to choose the focal length and then start to think how your final frame should look like. This may sound stupid, I don't know. I also prefer the superior IQ of the primes, as my budget isn't unlimited.

In the not to near future I am planning to go full frame. It may also been a reason I chose these four specific lenses. The plan is to get a full frame and then replace the 28mm 1.8 with a 35mm 1.4.

I like to shoot a lot of subjects, and I prefer to make spontaneous pictures, that's what I do most. You can also call it street photography. I am looking forward to make some conceptional pictures, also because I want to build up a portfolio. I shot around 12'000 pictures with my 60D (and 9'000 with my sold 400D) and I've got plenty of splendid shots. The only thing is my best shots are very broad regarding theme and subjects, and I really don't know yet what I am best at shooting or what's my favorite subjects are. Well, actually I prefer to shoot people. Until now more without a set up, also because I haven't got the opportunity to have a model and a studio at hand. Or enough free time and a model with enough free time. Whatever.

Soo, what do you think about this? What way am I going? Thank you for every opinion and reply!

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