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Lenses / Re: New lenses ($6800 budget)
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:39:23 PM »
too many choices eh?
save some of that to travel, or better yet, rent a few combos before the plunge.
What kind of photography you want to do? that's the most important question to yourself.
Travel set - FF body like the 6D plus 24-70 mk2, 70-200 mk1 is, and maybe the rokinon 14mm
Take a Trip to Iceland, and enjoy the new toys :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: January 03, 2014, 11:23:38 AM »
I'd travel and shoot with whatever working camera I had.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L [CR2]
« on: December 18, 2013, 09:48:45 AM »
"My aplogies to come off the thread for a minute:

- How and/or where can I get that profile? I mean, can I find one made one already to use as a guidance?
is that to load to the camear or just to LR/PS?


No, not off the shelf. The best way is to get an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport, or any standard 24 patch card, and Adobes free DNG Profile Editor. Take a little time and make a good solid dual illuminant colour profile and apply that to your files on import to Lightroom and you should be happy.

It doesn't go in the camera, it is for Lightroom and PS to read.


NWPhil, basic pointers to creating your own profiles can be found here


Hope this helps.

thanks JR

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L [CR2]
« on: December 17, 2013, 04:05:37 PM »

Tried the 16-35 mk2 from, and was not please with color rendition.

Did you create a profile for it before dismissing it? It takes ten minutes and is done.

My aplogies to come off the thread for a minute:

- How and/or where can I get that profile? I mean, can I find one made one already to use as a guidance?
is that to load to the camear or just to LR/PS?

No, I did not(?) - I let the 5Dmk2 UI take over and same in LR.
Similar opinion I got with the ef 8-15mm when compared with old ef 15mm

If you had you couldn't have been unhappy with colours and contrast, corner sharpness is another thing all together though, no profile is going to sort that out!

I can't ever see me letting my 15 fisheye go, it is so small, cheap and sharp, and an f2,8, what in the world comes close?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L [CR2]
« on: December 17, 2013, 03:54:34 PM »

Tried the 16-35 mk2 from, and was not please with color rendition.

Did you create a profile for it before dismissing it? It takes ten minutes and is done.

No, I did not(?) - I let the 5Dmk2 UI take over and same in LR.
Similar opinion I got with the ef 8-15mm when compared with old ef 15mm

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L [CR2]
« on: December 17, 2013, 03:06:17 PM »
well, I am done waiting for the Canon 14-24mm....

I like UWA lenses, and have a nice set of primes on that range.
The 17-40 is not keeping me happy anymore, but indeed was/is a very nice multi tasking lens for travelling and hiking on the light.
Tried the 16-35 mk2, and was not please with color rendition.
Tried the nikon 14-24mm with an adapter, and the the f value guessing work is really a pain - don't mind the MF focus, and compose all open, but often had to re-take the picture due to overexposing; only with live view the reading was coming correct ( maybe I can blame the cheap adapter?)
The 24-70 mk2 is very sharp and has a nice IQ but not an UWA, and old R leica lenses do not offer anything of interest as UWA zooms.
So, I decided to go after the Sigma 14-24 mk2 - yes, a compromise of many sorts, but I need it now for use - not whenever if ever Canon decides to release it.
Paired with my 24-105, I have all I need for hiking and travelling light.

Thanks for nothing Canon  :P

Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma for night sky
« on: November 19, 2013, 06:05:56 PM »
Not sure if the new canon 24-70 2.8 mk2 has a lesser "comma" issue....but I would assume not, and would go instead with the Rokinon 14mm - as suggested already, along with the Zeiss 21mm.  There are a few options with older Contax and Leica zoom lenses whithin the 24-80mm range , allowing a bit more flexibility and still affordable - you should do a search in some  other nightscape forums.
No need for AF in nightscapes, and the hard stop at infinity is really usefull, along with live view - sure, low noise iso helps a lot too.

In sum:
Rokinon 14mm for sure
- assuming that your budget it's around +/- 2k, then you will have to compromise between night and day, zoom or prime combination for a second lens

Lenses / Re: Trying to decide on a prime for landscape photography
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:44:55 PM »
Eldar is spot on, but if you are considering using a UWA for nightscapes, then the Zeiss 21mm might be a better option - does not display the 'comma" effect and it's a 2.8

I would consider too the Rokinon 14mm - buy new so you can test it first - it has some QC issues;
The Zeiss 21mm is easy to find used in good shape. Combined, they would be less expensive than eiher TSE bought brand new.

All these lenses, and others you mention are good; but all have shortcomings - rent the one's you like the most and find out by yourself.
Currently you have a 17-40, so you might want to be more on the wider side of the range, and then only the 14 or the 17 will do.

ps: neither the rokinon or the tse 17 accept filters as the others -with the first you can squeeze a 82mm, very carefully in the shade threads; the tse has now an expensive aftermarket filter holder

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 13, 2013, 01:15:16 PM »
everyone has a wish list  ::), so has Canon...
taking clues from what has received rebates,due to an update, rumours,showing in wish lists, etc...

- TSE 45mm
- TSE 90mm
- 35mm 1.4
- 50mm with IS (maybe 1.4)
- 100-400mm
- 14-24mm (one can only wish)
... cine lens, EF-s lens, M or/and pancake lens, and a long telephoto

darn, I am already above 8  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:42:40 PM »
The new EOS-1 body is amazing and a big step over the 1D X. I like it.

Absolutely agree. Me too.

 ??? ???based on what?

Canon General / Canon USA website & product reviews - Canon S-120
« on: October 23, 2013, 03:51:31 PM »
So much for allowing fair and honest reviews of their products...
Yes, it's a rant   :o

I got a new Canon S120 for my wife, and after a few outings with it, I summarized my impressions along with her feedback about it.
Well, it did not pleased Canon very much, as they refused my comments, saying that did follow their reviewing guidelines...
I wonder if it was because I call them cheap (sort of) by not printing a user guide anymore (btw, their pdf is locked and can't print it to a better sizing and layout), forcing one to download ALL software from the web, and not even providing any media cables.
The not so great battery performance is a known issue; the shady Wi-Fi usefulness too, and even the touch-and-shot failed mode is already documented
Aside that, it's a great TRUE pocketable camera, with advanced shooting modes - no, does not replace a DSLR, nor par with some 4/3 or mirrorless, but for the size and performance there is no equal - the rx100 1 &2 are not true pocket cameras, and lack of an easy MF switch to mode.

so don't waste your time posting there like I did....

Lenses / Re: Zeiss ZE 135/f2 -- Anyone use one / own one?
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:29:55 PM »

Hi NWPhil,
Thanks for your thoughts.  Do you mean to say that the DOF is narrow enough to miss your shots because focus confirm doesn't work or is inaccurate?

My experience with the 85 1.2 is that so long as you are steady, the AF of the 5D3 and the 85 1.2 will nail focus perfectly providing your technique is good.  If you are shooting unsupported at 1.2, the DOF is so narrow that any body sway / fore-aft movement on my part is enough to ruin the shot.  I often stopped down the 85 to 1.8-2.2 and my keeper rate shooting handheld unsupported increased substantially even on moving targets in servo.

No, not at all a lens issue, or even from the camera - yes, that obviously places me as the problem LOL - but my excuse relies on the subjects and time of the day I was shooting - street and around sunset.
AF an tracking would have worked better, no questions that's why your keeper rate got better - not saying that you don't have good technique, but  I think is safe to assume the without the servo mode and AF itself, your rate might have been lower.
The shots I took at still subjects were fine - anything that was moving or I had to take the shot with short prep time...was not
I find the Zeiss 135 f/2 to be a wonderful lens, but not for street photography - so my fault, not the lens
Yes, I would still buy if I did not have a 80-200 2.8L which for me works better in street photography.

Lenses / Re: Why are Zeiss lenses manual?
« on: September 17, 2013, 11:03:20 AM »
Before the days of accurate camera AF, AFMA, and precise AF mechanisms in lenses there was a niche for good manual focus lenses. Those days weren't so long ago either: about five years ago. But now with all those things the real need for manual focus lenses has all but evaporated.

It wouldn't surprise me if we did start to see some AF Zeiss for Canon in the near future.

There will always be those few who want a proper manual focus for the pleasure of using it, but they are few and far between.

I sort of agree with that statement for BIF and any shooting requiring tracking for instance, but for macro (read 1: 1 and above), landscaping and even portraits, MF works fine, if not better, as the focus can be fine tuned, and then left alone.
(not sure about the precise AF mechanisms - so many complains and issues and not all related to the bodies)
Yes, there are work-arounds with AF, but it's not the same.
Besides, makes you slow dow, taking the time to set the shot, and enjoy the moment  8)

Sony does that - or should I say, Zeiss makes a line just for Sony
Probably they would need to move away from full-metal jacket, to make it easier on the motor; don't care for the weight reduction and better yet, degrade on construction quality; so Zeiss EF is not in my wish list.

Lenses / Re: Zeiss ZE 135/f2 -- Anyone use one / own one?
« on: September 17, 2013, 10:14:22 AM »
I have a 1Dsmk3 and 5Dmk2 - no issues focusing with the Zeiss 21mm. I use it mostly for landscapes, so often trust on the hyperfocal range anyway.

Now, the new 135 f2 it's different story. Got it as a rental last week, and has a smooth barrel movement, but indeed is not a lens for street, or anything requiring fast action (as in snap the shot quickly).

It's great for landscapes, close-ups, portraits and sure you can use in other creative ways, but if you use it wide open, the DOF is narrow enough to ending missing the shot.

Beautifull crafted lens, heavy, with a solid feel and really smooth barrel movement. But at this range, I rather have the 100 MP or maybe the ef 135L - still have to try this one.

Depends on the intended use you have for it - the bokeh is beautiful, and produces nice sun stars too

Lenses / Re: Landscape Lens advice
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:16:37 PM »
- nothing wrong with the zeiss 21mm; really a great lens, but...

what's your prefered focal? look at your past pictures and get an idea of most used with the 17-40
It might be that 17 is the most used - then you might find yourself unhappy with just 21...you get the point

zoom or prime?
MF or AF?
to use on the FF body?
can you rent/borrow it?

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