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Lenses / Re: Buying used lens
« on: December 26, 2012, 08:15:52 AM »
I've bought a 135mm L, a 10-22mm and a 1.4x II secondhand from my local dealer, all with a 12 month warranty and I've been overjoyed with both lenses, not used the 1.4x much, but it's useful as a keeper.

Personally, I've always been suspicious of eBay and the like, I can drive down to my local shop, handle the lens, compare with a new one, compare with alternatives, they would even take a purchase back if I changed my mind after a few days.  I pay about halfway between new and a good low eBay price, but I'm confident of my purchase.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHOP !!!!  Before online retailers remove the option of handling and trying in person.  Both can coexist in the market, there might be a premium initially, but many local shops have price matches and offer that little bit extra that many online retailers can't

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon 250D & 500D Lenses
« on: December 23, 2012, 12:07:47 PM »
I'll go and have a play with the options in the local shop after Xmas ;-)

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon 250D & 500D Lenses
« on: December 23, 2012, 06:56:37 AM »
Cheers for that, presumably the 70-200 @ 100mm vs the 100mm macro ?  Or are you talking specifically about the image quality in general ?

Software & Accessories / Canon 250D & 500D Lenses
« on: December 22, 2012, 07:21:55 PM »
I've had a interest in plant and flower photography over the last few years, which has kinda led me into getting a 50mm f1.4 plus looking forward to some striking images with my Xmas gift, a lensbaby.  But I've also been playing with the idea of close up / macro photography - the idea of a macro lens is nice, but I'm wanting to get a feel for the close up lenses made by canon, in particular with my current lens kit.

I'm pondering a 58mm 250D or 500D to use on my 50 f1.4 and 70-300 IS or a 72mm 500D for use on my 135mm f2 L and wanted to get a feel for the handling - are these kinda lenses easier to use on a prime or zoom, I'm aware that image quality may suffer, but I've not got a high end camera...   I mostly use my 50 & 135 for flowers and plant life photos and most shots are taken in shade illumination.

Thoughts ?

Portrait / Re: Food pics - help required
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:14:17 AM »
Re the DOF problem, rather than a costly tilt-shift lens, you might want to explore the cheaper options for tilt shift, either through second hand 70's relics with a EF convertor or via a Lensbaby solution - go read up and see if that fits your problems

Not convinced yet - BF on the Japanese page is listed at 28mm, so it's just as likely to be a standard EF lens too

Given the current thinking, I'm imagining a 50mm f2.0 IS in a similar style to the 24/28/35mm lenses, no more, no less....  Except perhaps a 50mm f2.0 EF-M

As for the 50mm f1.8 - that will carry on regardless with crappy build, great in low light and a very low price.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.4 IS in 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:48:36 PM »
Very sceptical on current form - I'm thinking more like a 50mm f1.8 IS is more likely, sharp at f1.8, priced at about £600 retail, with an 85mm f2.0 IS at a similar price in the new style lens package seen on the 24/28/35mm lenses and a trio "cheapo" 35mm, 50mm & 85mm f2.8 non IS for £200 retail each in a build package not too dissimilar to a 18-55mm kit lens.

Third Party Manufacturers / Lensbaby - any users out there ?
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:02:03 PM »
My wife was lost for a gift to for me this Christmas, after a discussion over lunch, we went and ordered a Lensbaby Composer for me...   

Any users out there, any tips for a beginner ?

Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8L vs 135mm 2.0L
« on: December 10, 2012, 11:30:27 AM »
Thanks for the reply, some real world comments on macro would be good too....

Looks like I'm getting a lensbaby composer for Xmas from my wife, that opens some additional macro possibilities too ;-)

Lenses / 100mm 2.8L vs 135mm 2.0L
« on: December 09, 2012, 05:35:01 PM »
I'd like to start doing macro photography, I'm not into faffing with flash, tripods and such, I like to handhold and shoot...  I have a 135mm 2.0L and was pondering if I got a 100mm 2.8L macro, would I still use the 135mm ?  It's currently one of the three lenses I use most.  I'm aware of focal length change, but what about the look of the images ?  The colour and soft focus areas, Is there a difference to the look when used as a normal telephoto at similar lengths to the 135mm ?

Lenses / Re: Recommendations for three weeks in the Middle East
« on: December 09, 2012, 07:05:33 AM »
Given your current kit I'd be tempted with a f1.4 24/35mm prime for inside places with poor light (churches) and perhaps the 8-15mm for really tight spots in the streets of historic towns

Software & Accessories / Re: 5diii and IPAD 4th Generation
« on: December 08, 2012, 06:14:25 AM »
Just to add, my original iPad imports Canon Raw files

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D hands-on reviews by many websites..
« on: December 08, 2012, 05:17:18 AM »
Good to see all the people slating the 6D and saying the 5D2 was best have now gone back under their rocks - the 6D was always going to excel over a camera that was 5 yrs older !

Lenses / Re: New EF-S Lenses Are Coming [CR2]
« on: November 21, 2012, 03:26:26 PM »
A Pro APS-C camera ???  Not really thought about Neuros concept of a 1D style body, but I'm thinking a step up in AF (45 points ?) pixel count (30mpx) and low light performance in a 7DII sized body, with a lower priced clipped version, a 8D perhaps (20mpx) ? To mirror the 5D/6D duo !  That way, they could realistically drop the 60D and look at a revised line up below, moving up the 650D replacement into a 60D price with the mirrorless range filling in below - a 1000 series as mirrorless EF-S perhaps ?

A Pro APS-C would hopefully also to me a range of "L" EF-S lenses -
- Fisheye 6mm - Fixed f4.0
- Ultrawide 8-20mm f4.0
- Standard 15-45mm f2.0 < been talk of f2.0 standard for a while
- Standard 15-85mm f4.0
- Tele 45-135mm f2.8 < a 70-200mm for crop, in white perhaps ;-)
- Tele 45-135mm f4.0

Lenses / Re: Will canon make an 85f2 IS?
« on: November 11, 2012, 07:08:04 AM »
The trend is clearly to introduce a larger gap in light gathering ability between the non L and L primes...

We currently have the 24/28 f2.8 with IS, the 35 f2 IS is also out soon, with the older lenses being phased out - The new IS lens are expensive now at about £600-670 but I'm confident that this will ease back to the £400 mark in 12 months, once the initial demand has been serviced.

As for what's coming, a 50, 85 & 100 are pretty obvious contenders, the current trend though will likely serve up a 50 f1.8 IS and f2 versions of the 85/100 - why ?  Because DSLR's have much better low light ISO performance than ever before and whilst the really picky people on here will insist that lower f numbers are essential, the majority of us couldn't really be able to tell the difference in 0.2-0.4 of an f-stop and would actually benefit from a new lens with sharper optics, image stabilisation and better handling than an unnoticeable outside of the lab improvement of bokah !

I'd like to think we will also see a 20 & 14mm IS non L option soon too...  but again based on recent trends expect these to be f3.5 - not that different to the Zeiss prime lenses that get so much praise. 

What about a non L - 200-400 IS ?  For about £800 and compatable with extenders !   Come on Canon ;-)

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