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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 07, 2013, 08:38:00 AM »
If this new lens has 8 aperture blades and USM autofocus, I'll throw the 50mm f/1.4 straight into the fire and get this new lens.

Cheers ... J.R.

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Lenses / Re: any 100-400 mark 2 update?
« on: October 07, 2013, 07:08:23 AM »
for me the 100-400 II is the 70-200 + 2X TC.

A very good 140-400mm f/5.6 (similar to my 100-400) and at the same time an awesome 70-200 f/2.8.

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Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: October 07, 2013, 06:52:40 AM »
Well ... I returned the 16-35 yet again (didn't get third time lucky). This was the third copy I checked and didn't like it wide open - stopping down to f/8 or so was better but I can get the 17-40 if that was my main purpose.

Maybe I need to look elsewhere ... the 17mm TSE perhaps ... this just seems to go on forever.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 01, 2013, 12:16:47 PM »
Nice review. Makes me want one as well.

BTW, I loved Roger's (lensrentals) take on this lens as well -

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I should mention I’m a bit of a Rokinon fan. I own their 14mm because at $379 I think it’s an insane bargain for a very sharp lens. For that price, compared to $2,300 for a Canon 14mm, I’m more than willing to give up autofocus, accept some barrel distortion, and consider it disposable. If it breaks getting a new one won’t be much more expensive than the standard repair cost for a Canon 14mm and less than the repair cost of a Nikon 14-24.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 01, 2013, 12:04:18 PM »
in honor of the night shots ---

This was in Vermont, unfortunately there was a full moon that evening - either way, Central Vermont with full moon gets you more stars than you'd get in buffalo!

shot with the 24mm 1.4LvII - a lens i was very sad to send back to lensrentals today.

I know the sinking feeling. I borrowed the 24 f/1.4 II from a friend and returned it a week later than promised. He was not complaining ... i guess he was glad that he got it back at least  ;)

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Lenses / Re: any 100-400 mark 2 update?
« on: October 01, 2013, 12:10:07 AM »
Get the 100-400 if you have need of one. It will give you a guaranteed opportunity of taking photos. You can't take photos with a rumored / anticipated lens.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:56:00 PM »
Northern Svalbard, From the Deck of the MS Stockholm, August 2013.

1Dx 600f/4 II + 1.4x, Shot @ 840mm F/8 & 1/500th ISO250

Awesome.  That is far from the "starving" versions you often see in the media. Love the slight blue of the ice!
+1

It does look cool!

Quite right ... it does look cool, literally as well as figuratively  ;)

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Lenses / Re: EF 135 L USM or EF 100 L Macro IS USM - which one is sharper?
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:50:48 PM »
Just a quick question guys ... if you were to see images taken with both the 100L and the 135L, would you be able to tell which image was taken with which lens?

Also, if you would be able to identify the lens used solely on the basis of sharpness?

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Lenses / Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:47:08 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

I'm a hobby shooter and most of my shooting for the past one and a half year was with the 24-105 f/4, 70-200 f/4 and the 100-400 at f/5.6. Personally, I found these lenses wide open (at f/4 and f/5.6) to give me all the DOF I needed and probably more which got me into getting the faster lenses.

The 24-70 II was purchased earlier this year and it has been used between f/2.8 to f/5.6 but more often than not, wide open.

The 50mm f/1.4 prime is used mostly indoors in low light where I need the lens faster than f/2.8 - so again wide open or f/2.2.

The 135L is used when I'm taking pictures of my kids / in low light and/or while shooting random sports - so mostly at f/2 to give me great bokeh and fast shutter speed.

The only lens I use mostly stopped down is the 100mm macro which I found I use mostly at f/11 or smaller.

The 16-35 II and the 70-200 II were acquired just this past week so things may change yet  :)

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Lenses / Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« on: September 30, 2013, 01:55:36 PM »
I just read a comment by PBD as to how the 50mm f/1.4 was extremely sharp at f/8. I checked out my photos and found (to my dismay) that I couldn't confirm this because over 90% of my shots were at wide open or at f/1.8 or f/2.

Then I proceeded to check my other lenses. I was surprised to find that most of my shots (again approximately 80-90%) were at wide open.

How do you guys shoot? Do you tend to shoot at max aperture most of the times?

Cheers ... J.R.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: September 30, 2013, 01:41:30 PM »
Northern Svalbard, From the Deck of the MS Stockholm, August 2013.

1Dx 600f/4 II + 1.4x, Shot @ 840mm F/8 & 1/500th ISO250

Excellent ... as always!

Cheers ... J.R.

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I'm fairly brusque in my manner but I intend to be helpful.


That, is obvious  ;)

Great and insightful post Paulie ... as always  :) I plan to do some skylines this weekend and am most pleased to read your post, again ... as always! Thanks!

Cheers ... J.R.

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Lenses / Re: EF 135 USM L or EF 100 Macro IS USM - which one is sharper?
« on: September 30, 2013, 07:31:13 AM »
The 135L is not weather sealed

For sharpness, you'll be splitting hairs comparing the 135L with the 100L. Sharpness with both lenses is outstanding.

Splitting hairs aka pixel peeping is my hobby!   8)

That exactly was my point.

Both lenses are very sharp and distinguishing between the two is extremely tough, even at pixel level detail

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Lenses / Re: EF 135 USM L or EF 100 Macro IS USM - which one is sharper?
« on: September 30, 2013, 06:58:25 AM »

 and of course , if you need weather sealing

Both are L lenses and so I thought both are weather sealed? Am I wrong?

The 135L is not weather sealed

For sharpness, you'll be splitting hairs comparing the 135L with the 100L. Sharpness with both lenses is outstanding.

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