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Lenses / last call for vacation lenses
« on: September 21, 2012, 10:46:09 PM »
I got tons of good answers before, but meanwhile I added the sayang 14mm to the pack. Now, is no question it has to come along, along with the 80-200 2.8L.
That leaves a big gap in between, and I have no choice to carry a third lens for my vacation in Nepal.
So in sum:
CONFIRMED
- Samyang 14mm 2.8
- Canon 80-200mm  2.8L

OPTIONS for a third lens:
- Canon TSE 24mm 3.5LII
- Canon 35mm 1.4L
- Canon 17-40mm 4L

I will be shooting mostly landscape,  people, maybe some night shots, and few days in city environment.
Weight is not an issue.
What would be your choice and why?
Thanks
Phil

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Lenses / Re: New Tilt-Shifts in 2013? [CR1]
« on: August 03, 2012, 03:36:31 PM »
Suprised a moderator did not put a stop to what become borderline cyber-bullying. ::)

Now about the new tilt-shifts:
- any hints about pricing?
seems that they might fall in the $1500-$1800 range or so (accounting for tse24II)
It's a big plus having the new controls in version 2 and the 17mm. I have the 90mm, did the conversion, but still wish I could shift and tilt independently...
Also now that Samyang is about to release a new TS lens, how will Canon respond to that?
Not going to exchange my 90mm, but I might take a look at the new45mm, to use it instead  of the regular EF50mm
Tilt-shift zoom? is that possible?

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L [CR2]
« on: June 20, 2012, 03:25:53 PM »
somewhere along the way this thread content changed.... ???


So what about this 14-24 2.8L? Can Canon turn-around and produce this in a year or so?
Wish even they had gone all way to 12mm even, it that meant a F\4 instead

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L [CR2]
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:04:34 AM »
How long will it take to be available in stores? - that's all I care  :'(

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Lenses / Re: Bokeh...is the look getting dated?
« on: May 30, 2012, 02:23:13 PM »
Cool thought... It is important as photographers to stay ahead of the game... but his point is valad... how many people use iphone cameras with the vintage camera aps. the filters that are added to these "photos" (snapshots) are just "problems" with vintage film. and what they looked like as the film/prints would age.

I dont know that I'd expect deep DOF to be what will be desired in the future but the thought of creating an image that looks great at deep DOF could be a practice that could improve your photography and earn you clients.

This is a place that I am at in my photography. I am not used to WA lenses and have recently challenged myself to start shooting on my 16-35 (crop body). I feel "limited" by this lens but it is making me think more about every photo rather than snaping of a bunch of shots and hoping for the best...

Does anyone else have any "practices" they do to keep themselves on their toes?

- using a manual focus lens - not just switching off the AF button
- leaving the zoom lenses at home
- taking "only" two lenses while out-and-about

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Lenses / Re: Bokeh...is the look feeling dated?
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:20:05 AM »
Interestingly, I've been getting an increasing, though still very occasional request in a job brief for total depth of field...

Let us know when brides start requesting you to shoot with a Lytro plenoptic camera...  :P

had to look at that on the web - pretty cool concept.

I envision that one day, the digital cameras will take pictures in some sort of 3D vectorizing plane, allowing to choose the DOF in PP, just like it's possible to do with exposure, adjusting it thru lighting and curves parameters

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Lenses / Re: Pano question for 24TSE
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:02:18 AM »
You can always do it manually, mounting the camera on a rail. Not as accurate as neuro's suggestion obviously, but good enough for a lot of situations.

Indeed - I still have to try this one, but did read about it on the web.
The setup consisted of an X and Y rails, along with a rotating head. Then one have to locate the lens nodal point, and attach a string aroung with a small weigth in the leftover string - it should almost reach the ground.
Once established the center point of the whole panno, the guy was using the corresponding ground point to position the camera and lens, while keeping that string vertical with the ground reference point.
I am not describing the whole setup, but just giving an idea of from the pictures and notes - the webpage did a way better job ::)
So, it's possible to do it without spending over 600 bucks....butyou have to work a bit more

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Lenses / Re: Canon 80-200 f/2.8L
« on: May 16, 2012, 04:29:43 PM »
I just picked up a 9/10 copy of "the drainpipe". I was told a while back by a couple of well seasoned photographers that still use them that if I ever came across one that I should scoop it up. Anybody have experience with this lens?? I know it's been discontinued for 17 yrs. but according to reviews and personal recommendations to me it's a great lens. Any input??

not sure what kind of seasoning I have been using on myself lately, but I am sure my wife still finds me tasty  :P

Now back to the lens:
Yes, I have that one too.
Main drawback, aside weight - does not take Canon's EF extenders, but works with third party one's
Aside that, is has a bit slow motor for action shots, but is super sharp
I am not selling mine anytime soon
Enjoy your new lens, and good luck

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Save yourself some serious coin and get the original Canon TS lens and make it EF using my edmika TS/FD-EOS kit. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/170784162985?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_1049wt_1385

Its built much more solid and compact than the modern TS lenses as well. -Ed

The original TS lens looks very nice, but one feature of the current 17mm and 24mm II lenses that I really like is the ability to change the orientation between tilt and shift on the fly, which I assume the original cannot do (perhaps I'm wrong?).

you are right - only the version 2 of the 17 and 24mm can do that.
However, and I have done it because there is a step-by-step tutorial, the 90mm can be re-aligned to have the tilt and shift in the same axis - it's reversible btw

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(...)The 24 L MK II is slightly better than the TSE-24mm MK II (,,,)[/quote]

Not sure about that - the usual lens reviewers don't agree with you, and testing and charts results agree with the same IF the lens is kept without any tilt and/or shift

One can correct keystone in PP but the software distorts the pixels, and that's very visible
DOF manipulation - I have seen it with lensbaby and with software - none matches what T&S can do, as extending the DOF wide open. Yes, you can simulate the out-of-focus/ narrow DOF, but not bring a larger DOF in with PP
larger panoramics without nodal setup and straight forward stitching

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Lenses / Re: Just out of curiosity
« on: May 09, 2012, 06:22:16 PM »
When a thief finds a camera, does he/she really look closely to see if it has a red ring?

IMHO, 99% of people don't know what that "red ring" means...

+1

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Lenses / Re: Suggestions for making my gear uglier
« on: May 09, 2012, 05:55:09 PM »
AmbientLight:

lucky and smart you to never ever been in the wrong place at the right time - or vice -versa.
I had a few close calls in Boston, and while travelling, I do avoid night photography and wandering around if I am alone, or outside fairly busy/crowded areas

Truth is, most gear get stolen from inside cars or homes. Another percentage is sort of found and never returned, which is technically theft - I think it goes along the lines of any item/object valued more than $100 found, you have the obligation to try to return it to the rightfull owner, or an official entity that can do such.
Don't quote me on this, but I am not too far away from the truth.

Now, go find yourself at night, taking pictures alone in a city street, chances are that you are going to get robbed, if you insist flashing around your big camera. and lens...

Common sense will go a longer way than any lens and camera cammo

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Lenses / Re: Suggestions for making my gear uglier
« on: May 09, 2012, 12:16:53 PM »
gaffer's tape...
or Nikon stickers  :P

now seriously:
gaffer tape, will not leave residue behind.
That neprene sleve is a good idea too if, you have a white lens.
You can consider too a neoprene/rubber body armour thing
But last and not least, is all in  the common sense and being discreet. Don't go flashing you camera and lens alone at night, in dark alleys....when in doubt, walk out!
A messenger bag type for carrying the gear, in special if it is a black or dark color one, will help, oposite of the typical gear bag. And get rid of the brand name camera strap. Those neoprene straps do make a difference at day's end, and yes, no logos either.

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Hi, I noticed that you have only ONE rest day at Namcha. Most people need more then one day to acclimatise. Please be careful, altitude sickness is not a joke!!!
Gokyo is infamous for altitude sickness, many people need to be helicoptered out because they are at risk of dying.

Anyway, the trek you are going to do is fantastic, I have done it three times and the views (photos) are excellent.

Think about your health, so you can enjoy

Thanks
Actually Namcha might be day 4 and 5 from website pre-set itinerary. The mountains are going nowhere ..for a while. If either of us don't get aclimatized, even with medication, there is plenty to do at lower elevations.
Glad to know you had a good time.
Thanks

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I have a Voltaic solar charger, along with a Canon LPE6 adapter.  I've mostly just used the USB Battery it came with, which has been great to charge my phone.  I'm slightly hesitant to say it's great for charging camera batteries because I only recently bought the Canon adapter, and only used it once to partially charge a camera battery, but it did its job, no problems when I've used it.

http://www.voltaicsystems.com/solar-camera-charger.shtml

Nice setup - Thanks for the link

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