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Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 27, 2014, 05:49:35 AM »
Among other awesome glass, I've got a Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon.

It's the old Contax/Yashica mount version.  It says "Made in West Germany" on it & is built like the proverbial brick latrine.  Since it's an "obsolete film camera lens" I picked it up for chump change.  I've got about 1/3 as much invested in the EOS adapter on it as I put towards the lens.

I keep it at hyperfocal at f/4 or f/5.6 most of the time, except in low-light scenarios.  I admit that other than the first year or so after I got it it mostly lived in the "storage" camera bag as it's pretty heavy compared to most of my Canon primes.

Then I got a 6D, and started using it to shoot short video clips.  The "look" this thing gives combined with the short DoF & really long focus throw makes it completely awesome for video.  The old-school straight aperture blades make for starry highlights too, which may be spiffy or a hinderance depending on the situation & personal preference.

May I suggest that you want to part with these things because you feel you have a ton of cash invested in them without a corresponding return?  Personally my mantra with lenses is "if you've got a good lens & like it, then keep it unless you get something else that totally obsoletes it.  & if you've got an emotional attachment to it (for the images you've made with it, not because it's a nice object), then keep it anyway as you'll regret selling it" (my profile icon is a long-lost friend the T90).  If you can afford to do that of course; if you're out of work & the rent is due then you've got some tough choices to make, so start with the ones you use the least.

I can't speak for the 15mm or 135, but the c/y mount 35mm f/1.4 Distagon really inspires me when I use it, especially for video.  If you get similar pleasure out of your 35 then keep it.

Personally my experience after having owned a bunch of manual focus glass is that the wide-angles are easy to use & get used a lot, and the telephotos are frustrating for anything except controlled situations like portrature where you have the time to review & go back & do it over again & again until you get what you want.  Speaking as a long-time owner of the Canon 135L, if the AF is adjusted to where it really hits right I get as much joy & satisfaction out of using the Canon 135L as the Zeiss 35.  Those are probably the two stand-out lenses in my bag that I really try to use as much as I can (whenever the situation calls for it).  I also really love the Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM as it's sort of the little brother of the 135L, and the 40mm pancake "lives" on the camera as it's a really appropriate length for a lot of situations & it makes the 6D small & light enough that I can comfortably carry it in a coat pocket or messenger bag (much to the chagrin of my Fuji X10 which has seen basically no use since I got the 6D/40mm).  The 20mm Voigtländer also fits into this category.

The 85mm USM and 20 & 40mm pancakes all fit into one Canon lens bag which I can take pretty much anywhere if I need to.  In fact ever since my 24-105L developed an electrical short that prevents it from zooming beyond 24mm, that's 20/40/85 combo in the lens bag is pretty much my go-to travel kit.  The 135L and 1.4x TC go into the shoulder bag as well when I think I'll need anything longer than the 85.

Anyway, with that little tangent over, IMHO:  sell the ones that inspire you the least, and do check out the Canon 135L as it's more versatile than the Zeiss & you might even make money on the replacement.  With a little luck Canon may even release an IS version now that there's some healthy competition in the "fast 135" space...

Awesome news for Andy & the Gura crew!

"brand & assets" sounds like they get to cherry-pick the interesting bits that they want to keep & throw out most of the fat that probably led to the bankruptcy...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 05, 2014, 08:07:33 PM »
But Only thing that I do not like = My slow brain and Low ARTISTIC ability that can produce the Masterpiece of Photos. Sorry, My  dear Mom and my dear Dad have been pass a way for 15 years, and I do not have a chance to learn  from them any more.
By the way, Please do not worry about Money, I just get the FAX. from  my dear Nigerian friend, The President of the Nigerian Bank, who will Wire  45 Millions US Dollars direct to your account with in 7 days, No -this is the Truth, No Your Bank account require, Just Send Your Beautiful Wife's Photo, Her Address, Her private Cellular Phone Number, And My dear Nigerian Friend will contact her the details of Money Transfer.  The Good new that my Dear Nigerian friend already have 86 Wifes, And the 86 Numbers in Nigeria is the Unlucky number. He just want NUMBER 87 wife to control the Trouble of previous 86 ladies in his big family.

Surapon, we love you :-)

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: June 03, 2014, 04:24:15 AM »
i wish they would do a 20mm f2.8 IS in a similar vain I prefer 20mm to 24 for wide angle currently i use the voigtlander f3.5 which is MF only still a nice lens

I love my Voigt 20mm f3.5 pancake as well; makes a great lens for interiors & wide street scenes.  The current Canon 20mm f/2.8 is pretty big & heavy compared to the new IS wide primes; not sure how much smaller they could make an IS version.

The current "ultrawide prime" for my 6D is actually the "crop" Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 that I used as a wide zoom on my 40D.  It's a normal EF mount, & just leaving it at 16mm keeps the vignetting under control (this is one of the reasons I bought it in the first place; I tested it out on my EOS 1n as soon as I got it & it worked just fine @16mm).  The extreme corners can be a little soft & vignetted by a stop or two, but at $450 for a pretty decent 16mm f/2.8 FF AF prime no one is complaining.  Also the GF can still use it as an ultrawide zoom on her crop camera :-).

Lenses / Re: What is the perfect lens for street photography?
« on: April 24, 2014, 06:01:08 AM »
I like to use my 35mm f/1.4 c/y mount Zeiss Distagon ("Made in West Germany") on my 6D.

Set it to hyperfocal between f/4 and f/11 depending on the lighting conditions, camera in auto ISO mode with minimum shutter speed set to 1/60th.

No focusing needed, just make sure you're far enough away (even at f/4 hyperfocal is a little over 2 meters).  Take a couple of test snaps to check for infinity, then point & shoot to your heart's content <grin>.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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: 

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.


Indeed.  There is, just so much that happened in WW2, so many air battles, so much 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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