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I can recommend keeping the 40mm.  It works well as compact body cap that still has your camera in a ready-condition.  Additionally, you may always find situations where you don't want to risk your nice 35mm to the elements you're shooting in.  It's a cheap investment that you've already made.

Agree completely.  The 40mm f/2.8 pancake "lives" on my 6D.  Small, light, & minimum risk.

Another really fantastic little lens that I use a lot is the Voigtländer 20mm f/3.5 pancake.  A little "kit" I often carry instead of my 24-105L (which has the "shorted ribbon cable" problem, awaiting repair) consists of the 20mm Voigt, 40mm pancake, and the 85mm f/1.8 USM.  The 20/40/85 lengths complement eachother well.  Any two of them will fit comfortably into a grey Canon "LP1219" lens bag.  I have another lens bag that I use for accessories (handy to be able to take the two of them out quickly at security checkpoints too).  I just chuck the two of them & the 6D in a neoprene case (usually with the 40mm mounted) into whatever bag or backpack I'm carrying at the time & go. 

BTW the diminutive 270EX II also fits into the category of small/light/cheap; I consider it a must-have if you've got a camera with no flash like my 6D.  I keep it loaded with lithium batteries as they last forever & don't fade.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:28:15 PM »
BTW other than compatibility with more cameras, does anyone have any idea why 220 film is so scarce?

B&H has ~60 120 film options, but only Kodak Portra in 220 (& @ $75 for a 5-pack it's not exactly affordable).

If someone comes up with a functional digital back adapter for these TLRs then their resale value would skyrocket...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:22:23 PM »
I won't dissuade you because the Rolleiflex is a brilliant camera.
The Mamiya TLRs are also great and are more flexible.
However the purity of the fixed lens is, to my mind, more in keeping with the pleasure of having a great walking around camera as opposed to the superhuman problem-solving capabilities of a more complex "pro" system.

That's an interesting perspective.  The Rollei is certainly a lot more portable than the Mamiya, & possibly more "inspiring" to use (I can't really comment on either; I've handled TLRs before a little bit but never really done any work with one).  The C330s is certainly pretty heavy.

My perspective is that the most advanced C-series camera can be had in excellent condition from a good shop for $200, which is 10x less than the Rolleiflex the O.P. was looking at.  For something that I would only trot out occasionally at best or use for some special situations, I'd have a hard time spending much more than that on it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:29:38 AM »
You might also have a good long look at a Mamiya C-series TLR.  They're really quite nice and have the advantage of interchangeable lenses.



Adorama has a C330 Pro-S in excellent condition for $US 200.

I almost bought one several years ago back when I was still shooting film occasionally but decided that it would just sit on the shelf & gather dust next to the EOS 1n most of the time...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:37:59 AM »
this past winter i refurbed a polaroid 180 so that i can shoot with it for fun. for me, polaroid pack film captures the "magical" experience of film photography without the hassles of roll film.

The Impossible Project has once again pulled off a minor miracle & designed & built a new Polaroid instant camera this year (thanks in part to Kickstarter).

The Impossible Instant Lab converts iPhone images to Polaroids.  There's a shop close to me where I've seen it at work, & it's the real deal.  I sincerely hope that this thing will enable them to scale up to where they can sell their film for less than two bucks a shot.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:24:56 AM »
Perhaps, but I still love steam locomotives !  ;)

Then you'll love this:



Norfolk & Western J 611 is a J-class locomotive built in 1950 in the town where my family has lived for 4 generations.  She is the ultimate development of the steam locomotive, having a cruising speed of 110mph with 15 passenger cars.  She is also breathtakingly beautiful, the streamlining being part of the key to her speed.

She'd been sitting the in the VA transportation museum since 1995, but a group of concerned citizens have pulled together the money to have her restored to operating condition, starting this month.  If all goes according to plan she'll be making the rounds around the eastern USA as part of N&W's 21st century steam program sometime in 2015.

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 12, 2014, 06:42:04 PM »
I'm glad things are resolved and sometimes it's hard to express tone on the internet because of its inherent negativity and lack of cues that you have in speech and from body language.

This cartoon is 10 years old & still sums it up nicely:



Wow, there's actually a Wiki article on it...

I think this one's fairly accurate as well: 

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:39:28 AM »
My €0.02:

 - I don't have the 35mm f/2 IS (yet), but I do have an old "made in West Germany" C/Y mount Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon.  I love it to pieces & the IQ is the best of any wide-angle I own, but it's pretty heavy & completely manual so I don't use it that much.  I should probably get a decent AF-confirm adapter for it so that I'll use it more.

 - I own the 40mm f/2.8 pancake (which I got at the same time as my 6D), and it pretty much lives on the camera.  Previous to the 6D/40mm combo I'd carry around my Fuji X10 whenever I needed to just "grab a camera", shove it in a coat pocket or small bag & go, but now it's the 6D.  The IQ, movie mode, & handling are just that much better that I want to have it with me whenever I want a camera.  I had a 17-40L for a long time when I was still on APS-C, and I'll be the first to say that the 40mm focal length on a crop camera is kind of "meh"; a little too long for use the way I use a "standard" lens & not long enough to have telephoto compression or reach worth mentioning. My "standard" APS-C lens for a long time was an adapted 28mm f/2.8 Distagon.  Conclusion: if you're an APS-C person then the 40mm pancake may not float your boat, but considering the pricing ($160 refurb at the moment) it's a must-have on full-frame; if you can afford an FF camera then you can afford a panacke - just get one :-).

 - The 35mm f/2 IS has intrigued me since it came out.  Of the three new "IS" wide primes, the faster aperture sets it apart.  The size & weight are right, but the price isn't.  I might bite if I can find a refurb somewhere slightly north of $400.  It would be a nicer "standard" focal-length lens on an APS-C camera too.

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Indeed.  There is, just so much that happened in WW2, so many air battles, so much innovation...so much mystery...that not enough feature films have been made about it. 

(Sorry to vent and rage about movies here, if you don't care, don't read it.)

That's a very astute rant.  I'd attribute it to the decrease in importance & value of the quality written word (just like the decrease in value of the quality still image...).

People (especially younger people) often chalk up rants like these to "nostalgia", & they can have their opinions.  Personally I'm nostalgic for a time when people truly appreciated quality, in every aspect of their lives.  "Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" should be required reading for grammar students...

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The Me 262 must have scared the daylights out of allied pilots.  Remember that this was the first jet aircraft produced at any scale, & they had very little intelligence on it early on.  Imagine seeing a plane with no propeller for the first time!

One of the things that jet engines enabled this fighter platform to do was carry a lot more gun weight.  Four 30mm MK 108 cannons firing high-explosive rounds to be precise.  Apparently a single volley of four rounds could take down a B-17.

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Messerschmitt 109 & 262 at "Hahnweide"/Germany

Awesome awesome awesome!

There can't be too many airworthy ME262s left.  The Smithsonian has one in the Udvar-Hazy center at Dulles, but it's definitely not going anywhere any time soon...

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Cool story :-)

The A-10 is irreplaceable until we have another aircraft that can  do what Kim Campbell's did.  It's old, slow, ugly, and completely awesome.

I like your story about the F-15.  Something I always wanted to see is an F-15E go head-to-head with a MiG-31...

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Vacationing in Puerto Rico.  Canon EOS 7N 35mm camera with the plastic fantastic EF 50mm f/1.8 II.  First three images shot on Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 200 and the last one on Kodak Ektar 100.  Crappy scan by Walgreens.

You know why I love Superia?  Because we could saturate the hell out of the colors & people go "wow, that looks awesome". & it does :-)

A similar look replicated in lightroom draws "dude you blew out all the channels" from the crowd...

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A few shots from a visit to the hangars of the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis association.  They put on a classic airshow every June.  This is a lot more than a hobby for these guys, it's a lifestyle.  A lot of their wives are wingwalkers.

My brother is really into classic aircraft so I just gave him my 6D (with the 40mm pancake on it as usual) & let him go nuts with it (so the exposure & composition aren't really my "style").  It was pretty dark in there but he still got some cool snaps of rare warbirds.

Ju-52, Luftwaffe tri-motor transport:


Fi 156 "Storch", Luftwaffe STOL.  The guy that gave us the tour had flown this one a couple of times.  The Luftwaffe rescued Mussolini with a Storch in the Gran Sasso raid.  Modern replicas have takeoff rolls as short as 30 meters.


"Zhey don't make zhem like ziss anymore, do zhey". 

The detail on the engine cowling on this thing was amazing:


Detail of the canvas on the "Moustique":


The Pink Lady, the last airworthy B17 that saw active duty during WWII:


Freshly built wings awaiting canvas (biplanes need 4 wings, that's a lot of work!)


Renault inline 4 engine undergoing restoration:

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Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: March 29, 2014, 07:10:13 AM »
This was long long ago at the bottom of a ravine in rural Greece up to my armpits in a creek (and also before I had decent post-prod skills!):



EOS 10D and Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.8 (C/Y mount, Shell adapter). Shot wide-open at minimum focus distance & damn lucky with the razor-thin DoF.

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