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Lenses / Re: What is the deal with Canon 135mm f/2.8 soft focus?
« on: August 16, 2013, 01:14:07 PM »
Although Canon website shows this lens to be "current" in production, neither Adorama nor BH photo seems to have it listed!!!

Lenore please do not kill Kirk.

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Lenses / Re: What is the deal with Canon 135mm f/2.8 soft focus?
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:41:37 AM »
I have not used this lens, but it seems like this is a case where there is no down side to adding the soft focus in post processing. In the film days this lens created a unique look. Now, its just easier and probably better to do add the effect later.

That may surely be the scenario....

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Lenses / Re: What is the deal with Canon 135mm f/2.8 soft focus?
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:14:14 AM »
Hey @jdramirez, am correct in seeing that you sold off your 100mm macro L for 85mm 1.8? That is something I thought I shall never see someone doing. Interesting.

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Lenses / What is the deal with Canon 135mm f/2.8 soft focus?
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:57:55 AM »
I was wondering what is the the deal with this lens? There has been no update of this lens (as far as I know) from its version 1. No one here on CR talks about it or asks of it or mentions it!! There is not even a lens gallery for this lens on here! So no one uses/has this lens here? Just idly wondering.

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Lenses / Re: Macro photography: lens+flash+diffuser?
« on: August 15, 2013, 05:37:00 PM »
The canon 100mm is fantastic. But if I was buying I would buy the Sigma 150. And then create a rig like the one that you can see at my flickr page  :)

If you already have flashes like 600 ex-rt or 580 ex ii then you can have much more control on your flashes with my ghettor rig. The entire rig would cost you around 70 dollars (US$) save the flashes......

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Lenses / Re: Should I get a clear filter for my lens?
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:53:14 AM »
The OP has created two similar threads on the topic of filters. I am writing my opinion to both the threads here.

Well many people will say many things about the end result of cheap filters - but the ultimate point is whether you think that is so or not. So go ahead and buy some filters (clear, ND, variable ND), whatever you think you want and of course can buy. Put on your lens. Take photos of the same things/scenarios with and without the filters. Then come home and look at the photos. If you see you cannot distinguish between the photos qualitatively then well and good. You have achieved your goals of protecting you lenses' front element/desired photo effect and affordable price. Otherwise, dump the cheap filters and buy a little bit costlier ones and carry out the entire above exercise again.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Those of you clamouring for GPS info
« on: August 13, 2013, 01:30:18 PM »
Good to know and scary.... thanks for sharing.

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After trying for fifteen minutes....

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Site Information / Re: Modifying my signature
« on: August 11, 2013, 09:06:10 PM »
Thank you Mr. Neuro. Thank you very much.

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Site Information / Modifying my signature
« on: August 11, 2013, 06:55:53 PM »
Some of you have a link to your Flickr (sometimes other websites) photo pages in your signature. I too have that. But some of you have just "Flickr" written instead of an URL like mine and clicking on takes us to your Flickr page. If it is not too much trouble could any of you please share how to create such a link.

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Portrait / Re: Vacation photo -I am frustrated
« on: August 11, 2013, 06:36:13 PM »
I would reduce my expectations first. Any lay person without much understanding of photography (read composition) will always put the subject in dead center of the photograph. And exposure compensation will change (I mean the base exposure will change and hence the effect of the compensation will as well) depending on how you have set up your camera to meter the scene and where your "photographer" is aiming the lens. So manual mode will be your best bet.

If I have no one with me and I want my photograph with the setting sun etc. then I simply suppress that desire. If I have a companion and I want mine and my companion's photograph with the setting sun at the background then I do the following
1. ask my companion to stand where I want him/her to be in the photograph (making sure that there is enough space on all three sides of him/her so that some cropping can be done later).
2. I take a photograph myself to get the correct exposure and then input those exposure values into the camera (after turning it into manual mode).
3. I Make sure that the correct focus box/point of the camera is selected (side ones) in manual mode (manual focus point selection, but sometimes turning the lens into manual focusing does the trick as well).
4. make a mark on the exact spot where I am standing.
5. then wait for someone whom I can ask to do the honors.
6. I request the "photographer" to stand where I am standing, and take a photo of my companion (this is the teaching part).
7. I tell the "photographer" to make sure that the "red box" is either on me or on my companion next time (generally on chest with the lens stopped down to 5.6 ot 6.3).
8. And Pray.

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Street & City / Re: Reprimanded for a photograph
« on: August 10, 2013, 01:01:51 AM »
Good practical and philosophical discussion here. The multitude of opinions expressed here has also solved one of my perennial questions. Now I know that when I am photographing on the beaches I can photograph beautiful women (without their faces of course, so no identity recognition possible) in bikini (walking/sunbathing/lounging) without any ado with my telephoto lens. Whether I can/should and whether I cannot/shouldn't photograph those occasions always bugged me - but now I know. Great.

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And yes, others could have a problem with it when you hand over the camera, because they want to take a picture of you.....

Assigning a My Menu setting for this can be useful.....

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Technical Support / Canon AF videos
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:10:13 AM »
Found a series of videos on youtube regarding Canon AF system. Many of you might already have seen these (and these are bit dated) but others may not have. I found these very useful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAx86nblZ2g

After looking at the part 1 (above) you can easily find part 2 and 3 on youtube.

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Found these three videos on youtube.... I found these very informative... some of you who are learning the AF like me may also find these useful....

Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAx86nblZ2g

Then you can easily find the Part 2 and Part 3 on youtube.....

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