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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod head advice
« on: October 11, 2013, 10:25:53 AM »
I'd suggest you don't get a manfrotto head. It is better to get an Arca-Swiss plate compatible head.

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Lenses / Re: Longer and faster, better?
« on: October 11, 2013, 09:33:33 AM »
I have made sure I have more lenses than she can control, so if I get one more she will not notice ;)

I guess I need to take this route!

I sold my fav. 24-70 II & 70-200 f2.8 IS II and replaced that with 135L and 300 f2.8 II IS. Zzzyyy....thanks goodness that was just a dream ;D

Even I dream up such stupid stuff about my lenses. Good to know I'm not the only one  :D

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I try to use anything that makes my images look better, whether it is cropping, using layers, LR adjustments ... you name it ... that's in my opinion, is the whole point of going digital.

I don't care whether anyone thinks PP or cropping is bad or that I am breaking some rule which was made in the days of film. 

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Lenses / Re: Longer and faster, better?
« on: October 11, 2013, 07:56:33 AM »
I have made sure I have more lenses than she can control, so if I get one more she will not notice ;)

I guess I need to take this route!

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Lenses / Re: Longer and faster, better?
« on: October 11, 2013, 04:30:48 AM »
I guess i will start saving....  by the time i have enough tucked away for the version II, i might have managed to persuade my wife it is necessary! :)

Good decision.

I too am saving up for the 300 f/2.8 II. The purchase will be funded in part by the sale of the 100-400. Not too sure though that I'll try to persuade my wife though ... I risk getting whacked over the head with one of the white lenses if I'm not careful ... this is one hell of a hobby!

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Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: October 07, 2013, 10:15:30 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.

+1....I wasn't happy from f2.8 to 5.6.

I rented 14mm, it's quite awesome if you shoot @ wide end.

I also tried the 14mm but it was waaay too wide for my purposes. I had tough time composing because it was difficult keeping things out with the extremely wide FOV

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Canon General / Irritating photography advice
« on: October 07, 2013, 10:13:24 AM »
I get irritated when I am told that -

1. f/4 lenses are all you need - f/2.8 or faster is just a waste of money;
2. hobbyists don't need two camera bodies - one is all that you require;
3. you no longer need a tripod - the high ISO performance takes care of everything;
4. you no longer need graduated filters;
5. anyone with too much gear is a collector and not a photographer;
6. you don't need to spend $$$ on good quality filters - any cheap filter will do the same job, equally good;
7. you can shoot a wedding with an iPhone;
8. a camera is all about the sensor;
9. more MP = better photos;
10. anyone shooting in TV/AV mode doesn't understand how to expose correctly;
11. Auto-ISO is for noobs

I got three from the above list earlier today ... grrr!

Anything that I have missed?

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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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