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Lenses / Re: 24mm 1.4L II versus 35mm 1.4L - help!
« on: October 11, 2011, 09:57:11 PM »
Its all good as I am so passionate about my passion for photography and my equipment, that for better or for worst, I am already sold to Canon L lens...only a matter of time better I get a whole bunch more.   ;)

Lenses / Re: 24mm 1.4L II versus 35mm 1.4L - help!
« on: October 11, 2011, 09:02:50 PM »
I have a 5d mark II so FF it is.  You guys are all making valid points.  On a full frame, my 50 and 85 both produce very natural picture.  So I am stating to lean back toward the 35mm for the look I am looking for.  I know I would love the 24 from time to time, but I probably can get away in the majority of my situations with a 35 from all the comments. 

For the few occasions I might need wider then 35, then instead I should likely consider either one of the L zoom (I really got addicted to prime lens though) - maybe we will see a new version of the 24-70 with a new body!

Lenses / Re: 24mm 1.4L II versus 35mm 1.4L - help!
« on: October 11, 2011, 08:01:44 PM »
I guess if I could I should get both!  One thing I did noticed which I really liked about the 24mm 1.4L was for video.  It is much easier to keep everything in focus given the depth of field of a 24mm compared to a 50 or 35mm.  I was able to shoot very decent video without touching the focus inside using f5.6 and over...  I could never do this with my 50mm.

Maybe with time I would learn to shoot with the 24 with some practice.  I have only been serious about photography for the past 18 months and I remember when I started, I did try the 35 and found it very close to the 50mm indeed.  I have the 24 right now, I just need to decide if I return it or keep at it!  If I did not have the 50, I would have gone for the 35 without hesitation.  I guess it is all about compromise at this point ...

Lenses / Re: 24mm 1.4L II versus 35mm 1.4L - help!
« on: October 11, 2011, 07:10:10 PM »
Thanks this is really helpful.  Do you still find use for yourself to have a 24mm prime given you cover this focal lenght in your zoom?  Also, do you think it is the right time to buy the 35mm 1.4L or should I wait to see what lens are announced (if any!) with the new EOS bodies hopefully being announced in the new few months?

Thanks again for your response!  Much appreciated.

Lenses / 24mm 1.4L II versus 35mm 1.4L - help!
« on: October 11, 2011, 07:26:07 AM »
I need some help to pick a wide lens mostly for inside portrait shots (family, child picture inside).  I currently shoot a lot with a 50mm and 85mm for my portrait.  However at 50mm i find I often run out of space to capture my daughter with other activity in the room.  So I need something wider.

I know logically the 35mm 1.4L is a natural portrait lens but given it was so close in focal lenght to my 50mm, I tried the 24 1.4L II instead.  I quickly realized it can be tricky to shoot at 24mm because it is so wide that composing the shot is hard, and if you shoot at a vertical angle to your subject, it can deform the shot quit a bit.

Has anyone experienced both the 35mm 1.4L and 24 mm 1.4L II?  Given I already have a 50mm and a 85mm, which one should I lean towards?  I also tried the 24mm for landscape but I dont do a lot of it...  Would the 35mm still be the best choice to give me more room for inside portrait shot and should I keep practicing and learn how to do it with a 24mm?

I noticed I ended up croping almost all my 24mm shots taken over the week-end (at golf for landscape and inside portrait)! 

I really appreciate any suggestions/helps guys.


Canon General / Re: November 3 Announcement Info [CR1]
« on: October 03, 2011, 04:14:35 PM »
Like Chito (posted above) I would like to know if these new lenses will be EF and even "L" labelled so we can use them on our EOS bodies.  This way at least we dont get a new body but a few lens to play with in the mean time.

I for one I am in the market for L lens but am afraid to buy now as I suspect a few new ones are coming...wishful thinking I guess...

Any thoughts Canon Rumor guy?

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: October 03, 2011, 07:07:14 AM »
I noticed the same softness with the 24-105 that I just bought and ultimately I decided to return it and only use prime lens for now until a new zoom update comes out maybe like the 24-70 2.8 II (hopefully with IS)!

Canon General / Re: The age old lens question...50mm vs 85mm
« on: October 02, 2011, 12:40:33 PM »
I own both lens myself (50mm 1.2L and 85mm 1.2L II ) and they are both fantastic!  I highly recommend both lens and would buy them again if I had too!  As was said earlier, the 85mm 1.2L II is simply amazing and unmatched for portrait.  It is a bot slower to focus compared to the 50mm 1.2L however.  I get very sharp picture with both of them on my 5D Mark II.

Last week-end I swap my 50 1.2L on my camera for my old 50 1.4 and too a few shots outside.  I had forgotten how much better the 50 1.2L is compared to the 1.4.  You should get both but if budget is an issue (like it always is...) then really either one would make a great addition to your equipment.  It really depends on your use.  You said you can move closer which mean the 50mm might work, but can you move backward if you use the 85 and you want to take a larger scene?  If yes I would suggest you get the 85mm 1.2L first.  While the 50mm 1.2L is almost always on my camera, if I could only have one L lens it would be the 85.

Hope this helps.

Canon General / Re: Post a cool B/W!
« on: September 29, 2011, 08:14:58 AM »
Here are 2 pictures of my favorite subject!

Lenses / Re: Hey Rumor Guy: What about any LENS rumors?
« on: September 26, 2011, 07:38:10 PM »
Hey guys, what about the 24-105L f4 IS zoom lens?  Any thoughts if it might be updated with the release of upcoming new bodies or do you think the focus will be on updating the 24-70L f2.8 instead?  Sorry I know thoses were not on the original list of this post but was wondering because i plan to buy the 24-105 (already have lots of prime lens), but would wait if a new version is coming in the coming months...???

Canon General / Re: Best lens for video
« on: September 22, 2011, 04:21:05 PM »
I have two main use for video. The first is family video - I have a 18 month old baby girl and she moves a lot!  Even if I take them inside, she moves so much that using only a tripod solution might be challenging. Hence why I was considering the IS lens.  My second use will be for travelling.  When I travel I also bring a monopod (lighter than a tripod). 

Canon General / Re: Best lens for video
« on: September 22, 2011, 03:06:46 PM »
Yeah makes sense on the audio microphone jvirta.  Norman you are right that stick do make a huge difference as well.  I just tried my monopod (not even a tripod) with my 50mm 1.2 L and it made a huge improvements!  I can only imagine a tripod with a video head doing even better.  And then IS would be the cherry on the cake!

Canon General / Re: Best lens for video
« on: September 22, 2011, 01:32:08 PM »
Thanks for the input.  The video in your link was actually VERY convincing!  I think my first step is simple:  I will buy the 24-105L IS which I can even use with or without my monopod and that should be sufficient for my use for now.  Thanks again!

Canon General / Best lens for video
« on: September 22, 2011, 11:49:22 AM »
Hey guys, I have a 5D mk II and while I love it for pictures, I am struggling to get good video out of it.  I currently only have a 50 1.2 L and a 85 1.2 mk II L lens.  All my video show too much movement.  Without getting into a full blown prof. setup, should I buy the 24-105 L IS lens instead for video?  Does the IS really help to get more stable video?  I was also considering getting the 24 II 1.4 L ...

Option 1:
-Get a monopod - done
-Buy the 24-105 L IS lens

Option 2:
- Buy a tripod with a video head - this is less flexible in terms of taking video on the spot...

Option 3:
- Invest in a redrock type rig (though I still think I would need a new IS lens for this one)...

The more practical option I see is option 1, but would it yeild better video?  Should I just use the monopod with my existing lens?

Thanks in advance for all the response.


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