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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:47:23 PM »
My brain.  :o
ROFL!
 ;D ;D ;D

For me it is the intervelometer. 0 uses in a year and now ML has that built into the firmware.
Other than that, it is the 40 shorty... Somehow the 24-105 seems to be the lens of preference for me.


A little humor is necessary. My second least used piece of gear is my G.A.S. Plug!!!!  (please refer back to my 1st least used piece of equipment!).  :P

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:32:14 PM »
Still Life in a Silk Mill.

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Lenses / Re: Breaking GAS
« on: August 04, 2014, 09:15:59 AM »
I want to buy the Zeiss 135mm f/2 ZE that Dustin just reviewed so glowingly...but I have promised myself that I will not buy it until I have sold my Zeiss 21mm that I put up on eBay for sale over the weekend. So far..so good...but I plan on staying away from open-flame sources until the other lens sells!  :o

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15mm f2.8
« on: August 03, 2014, 01:38:41 PM »
I was sooo torn whether to buy the Zeiss 15mm.   I have the 21mm 2.8 and know that the 15mm would be just as incredible...but after much internal argument...I bought the Canon 17mm TSE f/4 II.  I did this for three reasons.
1. Control of the imaging with the T&S mechanisms
2. Conversion to 24mm TSE with 1.4X III  (very good quality)  I already owned the extender.
3. Cost (which was the lowest of my concerns, but we all like to keep a little money in our pockets).

If I could have both lenses I would....  The Zeiss is more of a "hand-portable lens" and has f/2.8..(but that is not so much a concern for me with a wide angle).
Both are incredible tools. 
And things are evolving even further for me toward Canon, I am surprised to say...because I do always think out of the box.  I own the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE which I have currently posted to sell on Ebay. One of the main reasons that I had that lens was because of the weak performance of my Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II.   The images from the Canon did not compare to the quality from the Zeiss....but I have recently sold my Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II and purchased the new Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS.  This lens is so sharp that I have decided to sell my Zeiss 21mm as I have great IQ, AF, versatility (in focal lengths) and portability with the new Canon UWA zoom.
This new zoom give me this great IQ, AF and portability whilst my 17mm TSE gives me more control and precision when I need it.  With the Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS, the 17mm f/4 TSE and the 1.4 III I feel I have a lot of UAW lens power in my wide angle focal lengths. I also have a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art to round it out when I really want AF and lower DOF for environmental portraiture...
but.... I am not leaving the incredible Zeiss glass out of my quiver....LOL!!!...I plan on buying the Zeiss 135mm f/2 ZE as soon as I sell my Zeiss 21mm.   Dustin's review just blew me away, so I just have to have that piece of glass in my cache at the longer end for low DOF when I am not using my zooms.
The Zeiss 15mm is a droolfest, though...no doubt!!!!! ::)  Can't go wrong with that choice.

I attached an image that I shot with my 5DIII and the 17mm TSE in almost total darkness..I needed a flashlight to set up the T&S. LOL.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 02, 2014, 07:13:53 PM »
My brain.  :o

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Lenses / Re: canon 16-35 2.8 II vs. WHAT?
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:59:27 AM »
I wish I had some ultrawide angle lens, say 16-35, but I don't have enough money because I recently bought 35mm 1.4L which makes me incredibly happy.

So the question is whether there is something really close to 16-35L. Don't say 17-40, this lens sucks because of its apperture, I need something faster, wider, lighter and sharper.
Do you need an autofocus zoom or would a manual focus prime do? If so, consider Samyang 14mm f/2.8. It is faster, wider, lighter and sharper than the 17-40/4L, and indeed wider, lighter and sharper although not faster than the 16-35/2.8.

...and much less expensive!  :D

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Lenses / Re: canon 16-35 2.8 II vs. WHAT?
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:16:16 AM »
I have to agree with random orbits...The best native-mount ultraWA AF lens for a Canon FF is the new Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS.
I sold my Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II to buy one. The Tokina comes completely unglued in comparison  in any other focal lengths and it's 2.8 performance is worse than the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II. Dave Douglas' "quick" comparison is EXTREMELY misleading. He makes one wonder if he perhaps works for Tokina??? Use The Digital Pictures' comparison tool and seek out other reviews about the Tokina and you will find that you are getting what you pay for there.
I am not opposed to 3rd-party lenses, though as I chose the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art over the Canon equivalent..but right now, Canon's  new wide-angle zoom is the top of the heap if we are looking for the best sharpness and contrast....I don't miss the f2.8 at all...others may feel differently.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:44:36 PM »
." I think you have convinced me that I must own this lens!"
 
So darn true

This review compelled me to order one overnight and I tried it briefly yesterday. I hate MF lenses with my bad eyesight but this will definitely be a keeper.

PS: I am not going to read any more reviews of Zeiss glasses.

Bad timing.  Zeiss just contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing the upcoming Otus 85mm f/1.4.  I'm sure it will be a piece of junk  ;)

So I am ordering the current Zeiss 135mm (BECAUSE OF YOUR REVIEW!!!DAMN IT! LOL!). I can get it from Hong Kong for $1849 new...shipped.
The Otus 85mm can't be much better (although the 2 lenses are not an exact comparison.)How do you get any better than perfect, unless you add autofocus....Plus The Otus will cost $5000!!!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:38:01 PM »
." I think you have convinced me that I must own this lens!"
 
So darn true

This review compelled me to order one overnight and I tried it briefly yesterday. I hate MF lenses with my bad eyesight but this will definitely be a keeper.

PS: I am not going to read any more reviews of Zeiss glasses.

Ok..so I am selling  my Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 to finance the Zeiss 135mm. Since I bought it (Incredible lens!), I have acquired a 17mm TSE II and the new 16 -35mm f/4L IS. (Sold my 16-35f/2.8L to finance the new IS ...no regrets there!)....so I am not using the Zeiss 21mm...almost never...so, painfully I will let it go...
Now ...if I buy the Zeiss 135mm from Hong Kong I can get it for $1845 .00 shipped...so it will not cost me much cash outlay...sounds like a plan. ::) ;D ::)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:21:55 PM »
 :o. I think you have convinced me that I must own this lens!

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PowerShot / Re: Canon Announces the PowerShot SX520 HS & SX400 HS
« on: July 29, 2014, 04:06:22 PM »
 ;D ;D ;D    WOW!!!! THIS JUST MADE MY WHOLE MONTH OF JULY  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
These product releases are REALLY getting incredible!!!!!!

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF16-35mm F4 IS test
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:39:04 PM »
I see these two lenses to be complementary to one another. For me, neither can replace the other.
I have the new 16-35mm IS....love it...and I also have the (better companion IMHO because is has similar sharpness and contrast) Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II.
Rounding it all off with a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II.
Yes..the first two lenses overlap...but I would generally grab one for much different shooting than the other...
Two different applications in my world.

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Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:35:01 AM »
Oh..I must have made a mistake...I thought that I logged on to Canon Rumors...but somehow I ended up at Dear Abbey???  :o

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Lenses / Re: Lenses in the 20mm range
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:01:52 AM »
The following are used on a 5DIII.
I own the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8, the new 16-35 mm f/4L IS  and the 17mm f/4 TSE II.
I would choose in this order for interiors:
1. 17mm f/4 TSE II (Canon Extender EF 1.4X III turns it into a very descent 24mm TSE)
2. 16-35 mm f/4L IS Zoom
3. 21mm Zeiss f/2.8

Like someone mentioned above...if you plan on using the lens for other things, buy the  new Zoom and be done with it!

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Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:43:16 PM »
Ahhhhh...ain't love grand!   :o

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