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Lenses / Re: What's your favorite Canon lens and why?
« on: February 26, 2012, 05:59:27 PM »
Ooh tough call.  I would say overall, the 16-35MK II.  It works flawlessly, silently, instantly, and is extremely sharp wide open.  The wide end for landscapes and fun portraits and the long end (35mm) for normalish shots.    It just has a ton of uses.

I agree about the versatility of the 16-35, but you may have a freak copy if it's "extremely sharp wide open."  Mine is pretty sharp at f/4-f/8, but at f/2.8 it definitely softens up a bit.  It could just be that I've gotten used to the outstanding sharpness of the 14L II and maybe that's diminished my perceived quality of the 16-35.  And I'm sure the fact that all my other lenses are primes doesn't help. 

My 50L/85L are probably my favorites, but I love them all.

Mine might be a freak too, it's probably only a year or so old, perhaps they made some stealth mods in later models that mean they are better similar to the 24-70 where later models are sharper?

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* The Next 5D on March 2, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 26, 2012, 05:53:19 PM »

ROFL that pic made my morning, its a bit like our governement at the moment too :(
+1 Karma for a good laugh :)

I hope so, they both should use the same sensor (I would hope). I don’t mind the rumored 22mp but the 5DX has to have great DR/ISO performance.

I really hope so too, while I really like the 5D2 image quality you can never have too much DR and iso capability :)
oh and I really hope there ia a no AA filter option

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon chop the 5D Mark II price?
« on: February 26, 2012, 04:08:38 AM »
I dont see a reason for canon to stop making and selling 5Dmk2 they occupy a price point alone and are the entry level full frame camera. perhaps they will repirce it to $1999 or something once the mk3 or x be it whatever they are called hit the shelves. with a $1000 difference there is still an active market for selling new 5Dmk2 cameras

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 25, 2012, 10:31:37 PM »
People are speculating that $3500 is with kit lens. Users from other forums seem to have evidence.

I'm not sure I've seen any posts about a kit lens, and not sure what lens they would throw in that has enough value to raise to a $3500 price tag.  You're not going to put a junk lens in with what has the potential to be a new standard body for many photographers.. That's like the old "putting $29 speakers on a $2000 receiver" analogy.  There may be some combo deals out there, or if the price tag with a kit kens is $3500 and its a decent lens, maybe the body is back down in the more reasonable range.

Jay S.

The rumor I saw was $3800 Canadian with kit lens. I don't have the link. Some of the forums have no msg body search and I don't want to spend an hour tracking it down. I spent 5 minutes and couldn't find it again quickly.
Poster Palseb on page 27 of this very thread: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,3549.msg75606.html#msg75606
Canadian Canon Vendors had a meeting today (Feb 23).  The new 5D will be available in stores at the end of March 2012  in Canada at $3,800 with a lense (do not know which one).

This then lends credibility to the possibility that the body only could be between $2200 and $2500 mark (AUD) if its bundled with the "kit" 24-105mm f4.

That sounds much more reasonable

Oh how i wish you were right but based on the history of canon price gouging of us poor aussies I dont think we will see such nice prices :(  :'(

Landscape / Re: Post your best HDR Photographs
« on: February 25, 2012, 10:29:00 PM »
On a slightly different note, what software do you guys use for processing your shots? Also what type of processing do you prefer "Tone Mapping" or "Exposure Fusion"?
I used photomatix and tried both tone mapping and fusion, I dont like the results now but i've posted around a few times before i found this guy
he uses luminosity masks to blend his brackets together, kind of a manual tonemapping so he is able to get much more smooth clean natual looking HDR, have a look at his tutorials. Not  quick as processing in a cookie cutter program but I think the results are significantly nicer
I'm still playing around with his techniques.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Outdoor Fashion Shoot
« on: February 25, 2012, 08:44:45 PM »
get yourself a Nikkor 50mm f1.4G lens for that camera it will blow you mind how good it is
Build is rock solid and its very snappy on the AF. Awesome value for money lens


on the nikon crop its 75mm equivalent and makes for a stunning portrait lens indor or outdoor

now if only canon would give it some competition

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Looking for tripod advice...
« on: February 25, 2012, 08:43:36 PM »
Yep the benro is a great tripod although i use a custom novoflex ball head setup instead but the carbon legs are very good quality the benro ball head is good though i gave that away since i use diferent one. I also have the benro gimal and it is really nice with the big lens

Software & Accessories / Re: does anyone here own lensbabies?
« on: February 25, 2012, 07:27:03 PM »
I've got a lot of Lensbaby stuff, and love it all (I've put some examples of mine in the thread that M_Max linked).
I started off with the Double Glass Muse, all the examples there I took with that. I've since got the 0.42x UWA adapter, then the single glass, plastic, and just recently the pinhole/zone plate (all off ebay, if you're patient you can get them for $5-10 each, don't pay $50 in a shop). I later got a Control Freak, 0.4x wide, 1.6x tele, +4 & +10 macro, and creative aperture kit off ebay, for about 3/4 the price of just the control freak in a shop.

The effect isn't for everybody, and isn't for every shot, just like Fisheye it can get old quickly. When I go to process some photos, after a while I get sick of looking at them and give up. But I do go back to them, and I like the fact that they're "not just another boring landscape" and "not just another boring portrait". They have character, personality, individuality. Maybe i'm a 'purist' in that I don't PP much (except colours/WB, and the occasional background-blurring of birds), but if you're handy in photoshop, by all means try doing it that way too.

And lensbaby is not a tilt-shift, they may give similar effects, but totally different images. Lensbaby blurs the image border, it draws your eye to the subject. Tilt can either blur the top/bottom, or left/right of the image, never all at once, because it changes the plane of focus. Tilt can also give you seemingly infinite focus if you line it all up properly. Both take a lot of practise to get right, it all depends how much time you're willing to put in.
(and to try out a cheap tilt lens, I've also got a Pentacon-Six to EF tilt adapter, $100 off ebay, and a lot of Pentacon Six lenses, the best widest-angle is the Zeiss Flektogon 50mm f/4.0, pay maybe $100 again, $200 is a lot cheaper than a TS-E 45mm)

I have the lensbaby composer pro with sweet 35 too and agree with all of this too you definately cant compare it to a tilt shift lens.
its a fun lens to use at the widest aperture of f2.5 it is quite soft, not too bad but not great, however the in focus area at this aperture is too small imo as well.
also the FEEL of the depth of field at f2.5 on this lens feels alot more narrow that 2.5 on a conventional lens
i would put it more like feeling like 1.4 or 1.2 DoF. Wide open all you really get is massive amount of blur and very little in focus. of course its also all releative to how close to you subject you are too.
So I prefer to stop it down to f4 or f5.6 and around here its sharp the oof blur is super smooth as it has 12 circular blade aperture even at f4 or 5.6 the oof blur goes to mush very quickly.
It takes some practice to use but is fun for creative stuff.
no AF confirm chip is annoying for the price they should have put this on
Build quality is good though on the sweet 35 and composer pro. perhaps it is a bit overpriced

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: February 25, 2012, 06:59:47 PM »
I got my parents a 600D for xmas and i think the upgrades over the 550 are worth the slight cost difference

well I looked on ebay

Theres the body  about $580

Canon 17-55 f2.8 including lens hood about $990

Canon 85mm f1.8 about $420

tripod about $220
I have the carbon version of these and these are excepionally goo tripods for the money

Well there you go thats a bit over $2200
you still have $300 for a decent bag and some other bits
look around for a second hand 430ex flash, maybe $150 and you can get a decent bag for maybe $100

I would seriously recommend against tamron at all due to very poor quality
steer clear of sigma unless you get a body with AF micro adjust

then save up for a white tele zoom down the track
look at the 70-300 which has a good rep or the non IS 70-200 f2.8 if you want fast aperture they are in a similar price range about $1300

if you are in the USA you can look at the canon refurb store and pic any or all those items up cheaper

so your budget you can get the lot just shop around and good luck

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 25, 2012, 06:37:20 PM »
Thanks, yeah I love how sharp this lens is wide open. Really the only issue is the CA which i am sure once i can get a profile sorted out for lightroom will be a complete non issue. There is something nice about the old simple manual focus only lenses too

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:19:45 PM »
these are just raws, cloudy white balance brought into LR and exported as JPG no post processing

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:02:59 PM »
and some kangaroos

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:59:09 PM »
and another

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:57:30 PM »
another one

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