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Lenses / Re: Help with a potriat lens
« on: August 17, 2013, 12:14:24 AM »
The combination of the 85mm 1.8 and the 135 2.0 is very hard to beat for people photography.  I also have the 100mm F/2.0 and it doesn't get used much any more.  I made an effort to find a job for it recently and found one... taking pix of classic hood ornaments at an antique car show!

The Sigma 85 F/1.4 is interesting.  I've been reading consumer reviews and there seems to be a high percentage of bad lens reports out there.  You would definitely want to buy it from a place with a liberal return policy and be prepared to test it extensively on receipt.

Here is a shot with the 85 1.8 at F/2.0 on my 5D3

Here is a shot with the 100 2.0 at F/2.8

And here is one with the 135L at F/2.8

Basically, any of the lenses will allow you to easily separate your subject from the background with shallow DOF.  It just depends on how big your subject is and how far away you want stand.

Would not a crop sensor body give more depth of field than a FF body, all else being equal? 

You are going to be stopped down a lot, so autofocus accuracy is not a big issue.

I think the OP mentioned HDR, which kinda moots the noise argument.

The more I think about it, any body that lends itself to tethered work would be usable.  I'd spend more on the lens.

Lenses / Re: What is the deal with Canon 135mm f/2.8 soft focus?
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:23:53 PM »
Neuro has a good point.  If the manual focus lends itself to video techniques, it could be a very nice option for soft focus video.

I've seen this lens listed many times and wondered what on earth anyone would use it for today.

I was just thinking about sharpness yesterday when I was processing some studio portrait shots of a woman in her 40's taken with the 5D3.  LR has default sharpening set to 25 and I was thinking that I needed to do some retouching on this lady.  Then I just moved the sharpness slider to zero and she looked fine! 

Sometimes I miss my old 5D classic for portrait work.  Sure, the autofocus was all over the place, but it did made skin look great.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strange Image Artifact on my new 5D III
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:24:05 PM »
I would also vote for a memory card problem.  I haven't had one for many years, but I remember it well!

Lenses / Re: Canon primes
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:06:17 AM »
If I were in your shoes, I'd buy the intermediate grade primes and shoot with them for a year or so to see how much I used them.  If you use them a lot and feel you need slightly better image quality (and substantially more mass) you can easily sell them to help fund your L glass.

I do love the 85mm F/1.8, such a sweet lens.  Light, sharp and fast focusing

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
« on: July 30, 2013, 09:17:17 PM »
Great Sigma 50 pix folks!  I especially like the self portrait.

It looks like this thread could use an update.  Here is one I took in the Portland train station with the Sigma 50 at F/2.0, 1/160, ISO 400, 5D3.  Minimal crop, minimal post.

Let's see some more Sigma 50 images!

Software & Accessories / Re: Importing images method...???
« on: July 29, 2013, 10:02:03 PM »
I've used a card reader ever since I first went digital many years ago.  I've gone through a lot of them.  I hate waiting so I always get the fastest card reader I can find and try to use fast cards as well.  Never had any problems with bent pins, but I do try to be careful when inserting CF cards.

The SATA card readers were my favorite until USB 3.0 came out.  That was around the same time that I upgraded my computer case and could no longer use the SATA reader that fit into a floppy drive slot.  Most new cases don't make any provision for floppy drives and all the drives that fit in 5.25 inch optical drive slots were still USB 2.0 the last time I checked.

I am now using this Kingston USB 3.0 reader.  I haven't done any speed tests, but it seems pretty fast and I haven't had any problems.

I tried a couple of USB 3.0 readers from SYBA that ran really slow.  Some sort of defect I guess.  Sent the first one back and the replacement was no better. 

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:43:00 PM »
Here is a recent shot with the 85mm F/1.8.  I stopped down a little to maintain some detail in the background as context for the photo.

Data:  F/3.5, 1/250, ISO 100, Canon 5D3, minimal crop.

Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 29, 2013, 01:02:53 AM »
I love the 135L!  Here's a shot from today using a 5D3.  1/640 hand held at F/2.8, ISO 100 on a cloudy day.  I wanted to leave some background detail so I did not use F/2, that pretty much obliterates the background.  This lens benefits from a tripod, but I did not need that much sharpness on this shoot.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My dead 5D Mark III Story
« on: July 28, 2013, 09:26:37 AM »
Thanks for posting the photo!  I'm going to be more careful with my Mark 3 from now on.

It does look like the frame of your Mark 3 has significant corrosion.  Maybe that's where the water got in?  Perhaps that joint between the back panel and the frame might be a good place to try to add some sort of sealant if you were forced to use your camera in damp conditions.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My dead 5D Mark III Story
« on: July 28, 2013, 12:09:44 AM »
One thing, though, is if you bring the camera quickly from a hot/humid area to a cold (e.g. aircon'ed) area. That would make the humidy condense quickly, and possibly creating shorts.

this sounds like a much more likely scenario. it is quite common for this to happen on weddings moving from hot exterior conditions to air conditioned interiors.

Hmmm... isn't that backwards?  Water usually condenses on my gear when I bring it into a warm building after being outside in very cold weather.  Did you happen to take the camera on a ski trip last winter?

Sorry to hear about your problem!

Lenses / Re: Does it make sense to keep my EF 100mm f2.0?
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:32:28 PM »
My 100 2.0 has been sitting unused for a long time, since I have the 85 1.8 and the 135L.  But last weekend I found a great use for it:

(this was at F/2.8 and 1/160, hand held, 5D3)

It's a great lens for shooting hood ornaments at a classic car show!  LOL

There are a few more shots from the Concours d'Elegance on my blog if anyone is interested:

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Announces
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:16:20 PM »
The prices on the lenses that I am familiar with are not that great compared to what you can find on Ebay or Craigslist, but you get a real warranty and return privileges.  Plus the Lens Rentals crew apparently tests the optics on each lens, so I'd say overall it looks like fair prices.

I do wonder why they sell off these lenses that are in apparently "rentable" condition.  Do they expect them to start malfunctioning after a certain amount of time in use?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fantasy Dayhiking Kit
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:01:44 AM »
My Canon S90 is now my hiking camera.  But I'm old and can't climb mountains like I used to.   Frankly, the shots I got back in the day with a film SLR were never that compelling.  Most ended up being snapshots of my fellow backpackers/climbers and that did not need a nice camera. 

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