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Lenses / Re: 85L mkii soft at longer distances?
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:53:01 AM »
AFMA values are known to change for the subject distance - though the values should start to normalize at the latter end. Have you tried doing AFMA at more than 50x?

I would also agree with mackguyver that it is difficult to get critical focus at f/1.2 at longer subject distance. You would not know what part of the contrast is the AF point locking on to. The AF points are larger than what they appear on the viewfinder so don't be surprised if the AF locks on to the eyebrow instead of the eye resulting in soft photos.

Hope this helps ... J.R.

Lenses / Re: Should I go for the 85mm F1.2L II USM ?
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:46:38 AM »

At last I managed somehow to save up some $$$ to purchase and upgrade my equipment especially my lenses. So one of THE lenses I was aiming for is the king of Bokeh .. THE 85mm F1.2L II USM, well it's Expensive alright but from what I see it's really worth the cash, but what confused me is that I've heard some complaints about it's performance in low light and how it keeps hunting for focus though it's a USM name holder, I'm about the fact that I might not be comfortable with it since focusing speed is an issue for me personally and might be for others as well, so should I go for it or wait if there's an upcoming upgrade ..

And thanks in advance ^^

No, this lens doesn't hunt in low light. Avoid focus from infinity to close up - AF is slow when you in this situation.

Agreed that there is no hunting at all. For focusing from infinity to close up or vice versa, simply use the manual override and let the AF take it from there to speed up matters.

Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:40:14 AM »
Zeiss is releasing two more Otus lenses, 85/1.4 in 2014, followed by a "wide angel"/1.4. Having seen the exceptional performance from the 55/1.4, these may be very difficult to resist ...  ::)

LOL ... we are really waiting for that ... made by Zeiss!  ;D ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:38:17 AM »

Thanks a lot guys!

This one here is the Green Barbet!

Is that wild, do you live where you can get shots of these guys in the wild?
I'm not jealous, I'm not jealous, OK, I'm jealous.....


I live in India, at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains to be more precise. The birds I click are all out in the wild as I am lucky to have ready access to nearby forest areas which witness a lot of migration activity.

In any event, ever since I started shooting birds, I was surprised as to how many of them are there out in the wild - even parks and wastelands - It's a classic case of - the more I see, the more I see.

Cheers ... J.R.

Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 07, 2014, 12:00:14 PM »
i've compared 85L and 135L, and for me i'd say 85L is THE lens; for portraiture..it's true that 135L a nice lens but she lack the ability to shot in dimmer ambient light. i shot city crowd at the evening and nothing's more pleasing than the 85L result.it was so damn bright and everything is visible, u get what you see(in term of luminance). i'm also agree with u that 85mm is more versatile in portraiture department since 85mm has the natural and classic type of FOV.
i think you have a good combination there with your 24-85-300mm eventhough for me  i would like 35-85-200L in my lineup  :D
I loved the 135, too, but it was always a bit tight for indoor portraits, even on FF.  The big thing that made me rethink the lens was reading a blog by wedding photographer Jeff Ascough who was talking about how the combination of high ISO bodies and the 70-200 2.8 IS II was allowing him to get shots he'd never dreamed of with the 135.  Obviously that doesn't overcome slow shutter speeds in extremely low light, but even then the 1 stop difference isn't huge.

I like the 135L a lot...but I use my 85IIL a lot more. I like the look I get from it and it's amazingly bright. It almost creates light. I use a 70-200 f2.8 II L a lot too, it's a fantastic lens and offers a great set of benefits; focal range, fast AF, bright f2.8, weather sealing and that great 4 stop IS unit....and it's great with teleconverters. But the 135L and 85IIL do offer a slightly better look in my opinion.
There's a lot to like about all three lenses!

+1 same here.  I share the sentiment

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:07:55 AM »
Great Tit ... a relative of the Chikadees, not as friendly though

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:06:03 AM »
Coppersmith Barbet

Beautiful colored bird. Great shot.
Fantastic shot J.R.

+1...absolutely gorgeous! well done. :)

Thanks a lot guys!

This one here is the Green Barbet!

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: January 05, 2014, 08:34:12 AM »
Mid day mist trapped in woodland, South East England.

5DII + 24-105 @84 mil, 1/100 f6.3 ISO 100

Nice shot Sporgon ... what do you use for PP?

Lenses / Why no 400mm f/4L IS exists?
« on: January 05, 2014, 08:05:43 AM »
The most obvious reason would be that Canon doesn't make it  :P

but could this just be a marketing thing? Or maybe such a lens would sit close to the 300 f/2.8 II in price which if combined with a 1.4x TC makes an excellent 420mm f/4?

Thoughts ...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 05, 2014, 08:00:36 AM »
same bird ... another shot!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 05, 2014, 07:52:54 AM »
Coppersmith Blue Throated Barbet

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D clearance sale
« on: January 03, 2014, 11:14:43 PM »
The Henry's camera chain in Canada is having a clearance sale and the 6D is listed......

Strangely enough, neither the 60D or the 7D are listed as clearance items...

Gentlemen, start the rumour-mongering :)

I saw 5D III is on sale for $2545 through BVI :o :o :o :o :o 5D 4 must be right around corner ;D

Yes, Yes ... G.A.S. worsens!  ;D ;D

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: January 03, 2014, 11:11:42 PM »
My contribution to this thread which contains great images taken from this lens ...

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: January 03, 2014, 11:02:41 PM »
Another shot taken earlier this morning ...

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: January 03, 2014, 10:59:59 PM »
Just one question about this lens guys ... mounting this lens on the body gives me the heebie-jeebies given that the rear lens element is right on the mount. Do you find this to give you problems in the field?

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