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Lenses / Re: Whats a good walk around lens to put on a new 5d Mk iii
« on: April 04, 2012, 03:32:53 AM »
Most likely you will find this suggestion useless but I would suggest a Voigtlander ULTRON 40mm f/2.

It's really small and light. No autofocus but I can live with that. The flare is lovely if you try really hard to make it flare.

Bottom line is it's compact and simple.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: March 31, 2012, 09:26:49 AM »

A little added bonus for me was finding out this week that my Tokina 11-16/2.8 works pretty darn good at 15.5-16mm even if it is a crop lens at 2.8!  It's a bit soft around the edges, but so am I!
This is terrific news sir.

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Lenses / Re: How about Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HS
« on: March 31, 2012, 09:23:59 AM »
I couldn't even afford a Canon version, so I opted for a Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4.

To my surprise it was really good. Unless you really need AF, I think MF lenses are worth trying. The Super Takumar is just half  the price of the Canon one.

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Canon General / Re: Starting lens upgrade.
« on: March 30, 2012, 07:35:43 PM »
get rid of the 18-135 and buy the 70-200. If you want to play with macro keep the 18-135 and get the macro. 70-200 and macro are crazy good after canon AF calibration (my recent 100L macro had to go back as it was very much out of focus). The 70-200 is heavy so be aware of that.
The lighter f/4 variant will do well if weight is an issue.

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EOS Bodies / Re: MkIII for Manual Focus Primes?
« on: March 26, 2012, 02:26:43 PM »
I'm in a similar situation with you, where I use MF pancake lenses as walkaround lens.

My experience with a 7D is that these extra focus points can tell me when I am at a certain focus, which part of the frame is on focus, which is helpful and is "eye control focus" to me. I look at the object I want on focus and start focusing until AF assist beep is heard.

In fact the AF is the sole reason why I have been waiting for the 5D3. xD

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And most successful street photography isn't done with an SLR. Tbh I would recommend the iPhone 4S. With enough practice people will think you are texting instead of taking pictures.
I can't even tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but either way you have a pretty valid point there. :D

However, if I were to give an advice, I... honestly have no idea. I use MF lenses too. While they are pretty compact and fun to use, I like doing snapshots with my Tokina 11-16. The thing I like about it is I am used to composing without even looking at the viewfinder. I put the camera at my waist and let the shutter button do the magic.

So if you're aiming for more blur to emphasize on the subject, the Rokinon will serve you better, especially if you one day will step into the world of FF. Otherwise, the Tamron should give you more confidence on "blind shooting".

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Probably shoving all my Tokina crop lens to see if they work, then my Takumar 50mm f/1.4.

Then the 100L Mac, as some mentioned.

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Lenses / Re: Macro Lense-If money were no object.
« on: March 20, 2012, 09:05:42 AM »
100L, or the non-L variant works too.

Reverse mounted lenses are fun to use too, but is it weird that I REALLY like using the Tokina fisheye zoom as a non-dedicated macro?

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Site Information / Re: Karma is gone?
« on: March 17, 2012, 09:58:44 AM »
I think it's after that 00Q person deleted his account and made a thread about how the karma system led him to ditch his account.

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Let's be happy we have both applaud and smite, the people over facebook have been desperately trying to get a dislike button while we already have one.

Stay positive mates. Being smited online has nothing to do with Canon gear and terrific photos. Which is why I never give smites. (:

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone else wish Canon would ditch the 3x2 format?
« on: March 13, 2012, 10:10:43 AM »
Obviously the best solution would be to have a circular sensor with the circumference touching the image circle.  No more turning the camera 90 degrees for portrait, and you could set the dimension percentages for anything you like!
By that logic, a rounded sensor would be ideal. xD

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Tokina 11-16mm user here!

It's a great lens with great quality (or maybe just a great copy), the fact that it has a low maximum magnification limits the creativity value of this lens, but the constant f/2.8 is not rivalled by Sigma or Canon.

In case you're going to shoot videos too, the Tokina is parfocal, unlike  other alternatives.

Question though, I am going full frame soon. Can someone share their experiences of 3rd party crop UWA on FF?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm f/2 vs Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 vs Canon f/2.8
« on: March 09, 2012, 10:39:46 AM »
If you have no intentions of stepping into full frame, you might want to consider the Sigma 30mm f/1.4.

I have no experiences with this lens, but judging by your case I suppose this is something you'd be interest in.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-30mm-f-1.4-EX-DC-HSM-Lens-Review.aspx

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The way I see this, most people are surprised by the fact that Nikon provided a counterpart with higher megapickles and a cheaper msrp than canon did.

Had Nikon not released the D800, I suppose there will be less unhappy talk.

5D2 was and still is a great camera. Canon decided to keep both is a wise decision. It is still better than reusing old technology and label it as a new camera, like the 1000D. If we see the 5D2 as a affordable entry DSLR everything would make a lot more sense. (:

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon: 22 megapixels is enough for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: March 06, 2012, 11:47:59 AM »
I'm no pro, but being a freshman this coming summer, 22 megapickles is definitely enough for me.

I have been saving up for a full frame for a while, and whilst 5D2 is a bargain, my experience with 7D's AF and made me pretty sure that 5D2's isn't enough. So basically my wishlist was a 5D with a better AF, which is answered with the 5D3.

Now, why is this enough (or even ideal) for me? I will be stepping up from a 500D, which has 15 megapickles. I have no problem with it, so I doubt I'll have problem with a few extra pickles. On the other hand, D800 has too much for me, my laptop and my hard drive to handle. Note that I will be a college student, which means I do not have access to powerful processing desktops. Not to mention it will be a big selling point, thus making the price tag even heftier.

I hope this makes sense at all. ;)

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