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Software & Accessories / Re: ND Grad filters question
« on: January 17, 2014, 01:04:52 PM »
3 stop soft grad gets the most use. The 2 stop is used only if I need to stack the filters to get 5 stops.

If it is only 2 stops, you can probably work around in PP.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera focusing
« on: January 16, 2014, 03:04:34 AM »
Operator error most likely. Not everyone is comfortable with the hand positioning in portrait orientation.

If things don't work out, try using a grip and see if it makes a difference (it should).

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Lenses / Re: New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:47:49 PM »
I've had this with my 40mm as well as on the 7D (now sold). Not an issue on the other bodies though. It probably depends on the lens/camera combo used.

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Site Information / Re: ad choices embedded in the forums
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:25:20 PM »
The ad choices are based on your recent surfing information gathered by the browsers. If you are seeing ads which you would not rather see, you will need to look into what websites were accessed from your computer recently.

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Lenses / Re: canon 70-200f2.8L is USM ii vs tamron 70-200 2.8 VR
« on: January 11, 2014, 04:00:17 AM »
My question is, is it worth an extra $1000?

Yes

The Tamron seems impressive for the price, but it the Canon that much better?

As far as i am concerned, It is substantially better

If it is, I will wait and save for for it. Thoughts?

Try both and see whether you can live with the difference in IQ.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:43:16 AM »
Blue tit, photographed in my garden in The Netherlands.

Beautiful

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:39:31 AM »
One of the plain ole Western Bluebird males that decided to perch in front of me this last Sunday.


Beautiful shot. Nicely done ERHP

+1 ... Lovely

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:38:06 AM »
I had convinced myself that I didn't need an Ultra-wide angle lens. I found myself rejecting three copies of the 16-35 II by seeking out softness in the corners. Well, the 16-35 II lens has been delivered to me earlier today.

Ughhh ... this seems to go on forever.

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 06:44:29 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

I've known a few wide angels, but I prefer the thin ones. More likely to be made in Budapest than by Zeiss  ;)

Eehhh ... That´s the thing about language, especially when it´s not your native tounge. There are always double meanings and room for interpretation ::)

Norway (and maybe also Sweden) had a Honda called Jazz. In all other countries they were called Honda Fitta. Which for most people is OK. But for us it translates to Honda The Cunt, so they renamed it Jazz ;)

Yes ... I understood that it was a typo - angel instead of angle. I'm a non-native English speaking person and face such issues plenty of times.

But just couldn't resist commenting on the wide-angel  ;)

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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.

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

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.

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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

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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!

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

Thanks!

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.

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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

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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

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