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Lenses / Re: Post your 24-70 II Experiences Here
« on: September 11, 2012, 02:07:02 PM »
The resolution numbers from Lensrental are impressive

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/09/canon-24-70-f2-8-ii-resolution-tests

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Lenses / Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:20:56 PM »
You have the mid-range nicely covered with the 17-40, 35 and 50, but you don't have a good telephoto for weddings.  I recommend replacing your 70-300 with either the 70-200 f/4 IS (my preference) or the 70-200 f/2.8 IS (bigger and costlier, but better for low light).

I would also recommend the inexpensive but extremely good 85 f/1.8, in addition to a 70-200.  That would cover the telephoto range very well.
I agree with this. The 70-200 will cover your tele needs and be good for 90% of its uses...and a tele prime would be good for closer up portraits.

The prime route would be to get the 100mm macro (L or non-L), the 135L, and maybe the 85mm f/1.8. That set-up could work nicely if you've scouted your locations well in advance, and you know that you'll need certain focal lengths. You'd have them all covered up through 135, which is more than enough.

But, since you are starting out, the 70-200 is gonna cause a lot less panic than switching lenses a lot

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Lenses / Re: Wide Angle for Crop and FF?
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:49:15 AM »
Are you sure the resell value of 10-22mm is good?  I had posted my 6 months 10-22mm on CL for two weeks and asking for 650 in bay area.  No one offered more than 600 for it.  In the last, I had to compromise the price 600 USD.  6 month lens for only about 75% resell value.
Well, there are multiple mistakes here. One, using Craigslist and being surprised that people low-balled you. If you're selling expensive photo equipment, go to a photography forum to sell it. You'd have probably gotten $650 pretty quickly from FredMiranda or POTN. This also makes the point, buy the 10-22 used from someone in mint condition, you'll save some money (say 10% off retail), and when you resell it, you'll have not lost that initial retail price.

Every lens, no matter what, is gonna lose 5-10% when its no longer brand new in the box. Only if the demand gets really high (24-70 for example) will a used lens sell higher than new. But, if the trade off of spending the extra $100 in this case is that you get a useful focal length for 2 years before upgrading, it's well worth the money

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: The Three Best Lenses for Filmmaking?
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:06:26 PM »
I did mean "play", rather than "throw". I've heard that the smoothness and tension of a focus ring can make a difference when shifting a shallow depth of field.
True, but, what you want there is a long throw. A lens that gives you a 270deg throw is gonna allow for minute adjustments in your DOF. One that has a 60deg throw is gonna be impossible to work with. Having a focus ring that is consistent is important, but the throw is even better. The smoothest ring doesn't matter if shifting it 1/2" means you throw focus 10ft

And I agree with the decision to go with Samyang lenses. You can also go with a variety of legacy lenses (Nikon AI, Contax-Zeiss, etc) that are cheap for what they offer, as you are relying on manual focus anyway. In reality, video gives you a WIDE variety of options, and the 50mm should have the most options. Might even be worth avoiding the Canon options and trying to find something more video specific

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: First Canon EOS C100 Short Hits the Web
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:02:55 PM »
Seems cool, but what exactly can't his do that a DSLR can't? Andiryou could afford that, you probably could afford the 1DC, which does 4K
Well, pretty much everything audio-wise, as it is a video camera, not a DSLR. Not to mention built in ND, and dynamic range. Those shots on the beach would be blown out on most DSLR's, though some can be recovered in grading.

And the 1DC is double the price of this...so, it's like saying "if you can afford a 5dIII, you might as well get a 1DX". Plus, when you actually get into the logistics of using 4k, well, you'll see how insane it gets. Hope you have lots and lots of TB of storage

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Lenses / Re: Wide Angle for Crop and FF?
« on: September 10, 2012, 04:14:09 PM »
Shooting on a 60d now but anticipating upgrading in the next few years.  I am aware of the 16-35L but it's out of my price range.  Any other options out there?
The Sigma 12-24 would be your only real option, as anything else sacrifices far too much on the wide end (16mm+) to be considered ultra-wide on crop. The difference between 10/11mm and 16mm is very big, and I don't think its worth the trade off for thousands of pictures on the hope you might move to full-frame in a few years

I have a Tokina 11-16, but the 10-22 and 8-16 mentioned would be equally good. And they all hold their value well (being well regarded), so you can probably trade them straight up for a 17-40 when/if you move to full-frame. Or, Canon may have an even better wide angle by then.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Announced
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:44:16 AM »
Does anyone have good experience with Samyang lenses?  Are any of decent optical quality?
Generally speaking, they are highly reviewed for their optical and mechanical quality (well built, sharp, etc). But every lens they make is manual focus, so many don't use them. The general consensus is that they give you 90% of what an L lens would, but at maybe 1/3 the price. They also make de-clicked versions for video, and they are especially well regarded in that world

In this case, manual focus is a non issue since there isn't an auto-focus tilt shift. If they can price this <$1000, it'll probably work out nicely for them. Cause I can settle for 90% of Canons TS-E 24mm II, especially at 1/3 the price

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D to 5D III upgrade..worth it?
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:36:14 AM »
I like to shoot landscapes, HDRs, and some people/portrait and macro work.
It will be better for all of those purposes. And even if you end up shooting some people in action, the 5dIII AF is better, and the burst rate is still plenty fast

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Technical Support / Re: Phantom Ranch Trip
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:31:04 PM »
I would advocate going with a single lens, maybe a 24-105
Yeah, if its a rough hike, I'd do the same. Its not worth the extra weight if you can crop in some and get the same effect.

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Technical Support / Re: Phantom Ranch Trip
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:29:41 PM »
On the other hand, if the 70-200 is in my backpack, what good is it going to do me?
There are two approaches for this

1. Leave the 70-200 on the camera, and only change it when you need the wider perspective of the 15-85. Your landscape shots aren't gonna disappear in a second like a critter at 200mm will. It was my strategy for Glacier (always leave the 100-400 on, have the 11-16 on my belt) and allowed me to get bear shots, etc.

2. Not sure of the hike and how much scrambling, but if you can clip it onto you at the belt or your pack allows you to have both lenses accessible at any point. I had a Capture clip on my pack, so that my camera was always accessible, and then I had a carrier on my backpack belt for the other lens. But, that was for more traditional hiking and it wouldn't work if you are scrambling up canyons

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Vanguard Equipment
« on: September 07, 2012, 04:12:16 PM »
I have the SBH-300 and the thing is built like a tank. I probably could have gone with the SBH-100 and been fine, but, I got it like new from Amazon Warehouse for the same price, and it'll be nice for video work.

I've been looking at the 263AT's for when I upgrade my tripod legs. The lifetime warranty is a nice perk

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Third Party Manufacturers / A potential Tamron 24-70 problem
« on: September 07, 2012, 04:09:33 PM »
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/?p=9153

As Roger says, they are harder on gear than most, but, just something to keep an eye out for.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Photokina Chatter [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 02:35:30 PM »
Nah, I think there are enough base users who would demand AFMA for primes on full-frames. They don't like risk, and its a little too risky to rely on a strategy that assumes their are enough schmoes who will drop $2k+ on something they have no idea about.


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EOS Bodies / Re: More Photokina Chatter [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:44:12 PM »
Losing my optimism for a FF pro body (7D/5D build, layout).   I sure hope touch screen doesn't mean flip screen too.
I actually would prefer the flip screen, as I'm pretty sure we aren't gonna see 7D level build quality or weather sealing, sadly. So, in that case, I'd rather get the more useful screen.

But the problem w/ touchscreen, a flip screen, a new 20mp sensor (I guess w/ video af like on the 650d) is that Canon will make sure to cripple the camera so much that enthusiasts or professionals are only left with the 5d3 to buy.
Actually, if you check the rumor again, he says that the sensor is most often cited as 22mp. I really can't imagine them doing the R&D for a whole new sensor for a cheaper camera. I can see them taking the 5dIII, crippling key features (weaker AF, slower frame rate, weaker build) and also tweaking the filters so that the video isn't as good. All of which I'm fine with, as they'd generally be upgrades over the 5DII, and they'd keep the price closer to $2k

The only thing I absolutely won't accept is them removing AFMA, I think that would kill the camera on release for most people

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Lenses / Re: new ziess 55mm, redefining?
« on: September 07, 2012, 09:23:47 AM »
Can someone give me a good reason why Zeiss has never adopted AF?  Always wondered.
Because when you try to make a lens design timeless, and you don't have the Canon AF contacts direct from them, its difficult to complete that mission. We've already seen issues with certain third-party lenses and extenders on the new Canon bodies, and some of those lenses are <10yrs old. The reason is you have to lie to the camera and tell it that its an L lens, not a Zeiss lens. Then when Canon rolls out a new feature (lens profile corrections, for example) it can cause major issues.

Besides, most 3rd party lenses are known for being slower to AF, or having tons of focus issues (focus shift, front/back focus), so why even bother going down that road if you don't have to

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