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Lenses / Re: Which TS lens is better
« on: October 22, 2013, 04:33:58 PM »
As others stated, you should decide based on focal length only.  Personally, I picked the TS-E 24L II as my preferred focal length, after spending some time shooting my intended TS-E subjects with at both 17mm and 24mm (testing was actually done with the 7D + 10-22mm; I bought the 16-35L II and sold the 10-22mm about a month after getting the TS-E 24L II). 

I bought the 17mm TSE II (incredible) Lens first...based on the fact that (much to my surprise), I could use my Canon 1.4X III to increase the focal length of the 17mm to 24mm and get as-good (OR BETTER !), IQ as the 24mm TSE.
Better?  If you're referring to the original TS-E 24L, maybe - but the TS-E 24L II is sharper than the bare TS-E 17mm, and decidedly sharper than the 17 + 1.4x (very obvious in the TDP crop comparison).
I was talking mostly about functionality. You can crop a little but cannot always go backwards.

Lenses / Re: Which TS lens is better
« on: October 22, 2013, 05:16:36 AM »
I got first the TS-E 24 and then the TS-E 17. If I were to start all over I would start with the 17.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1699 at B&H Photo
« on: October 16, 2013, 07:42:30 PM »
This is a right price for me.  However, I will just wait for 24-70 f/2.8 IS @ 2.5K. :)

Gonna be a long wait (unless you believe M.ST, which would raise the number of believers to two, you plus himself).

Canon General / Re: Lose or Loose?
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:49:18 AM »
For me English is a fourth language

Wow, I'd have never guessed that ! Your written English is better than mine, and I'm as English as a Red London Bus, or Fox Hunting, depending upon how politically correct I choose to be  ;)

Agreed on your command of the English language, nice job for a fourth language!

I would have guessed you were a Texan, J.R. is a common name in Texas.

I only speak two languages....English and American...but I'm working on a third - Canadian(but not the French part) ::)
When you learn Australian you will speak four languages  ;D

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: October 15, 2013, 10:22:32 PM »
Don't mind the crop. It's the version the wife wanted.

Very cute.

My 85L II & 135L are my fav. lenses for portrait

TY. Agreed regarding the 85II and 135 (add in the 90tse for me). Although I have been fighting off the itch to pick up the 200/2 to find out if all the claims of its greatness are legit.

I haven't touch that lens yet and will try to stay away from it ;D

My itch is 300 f2.8 IS II...will see after Sony A7 + Zeiss 50mm f1.8.

Not that any of the lenses are equivalent to each other, but I'm very interested in comparing raw portrait files from the 85, 135, 200/2, and 300II to see the differences (mainly compression and detail variances). Of course, I would need to get my hands on the latter two first  :D. Or if someone fortunate enough to have them all could do the honors?
Err hmm compression can be checked without crazy open aperture  ::) but I understand your wishes  ;D

It's just that you are such a 24-70 f/2.8 L II fan that made me hard to believe that you are going to sell it. 50L I can understand though...

WOW....This is the moment I been waiting for ::) ::) ::)

My wish list:
1. A7 or A7R?
2. 55mm f1.8
3. 14,16 or 17mm
4. 85mm

Will sell some of my Canon gear to get the list above ??? :( ::) :) ;D ;D
Judging from the series of emoticons I guess you are joking  ;D

Otherwise I would like to read from you that you sold your f/2.8 L II zooms to fund the mentioned equipment  ;D  ;D  ;D

Canon General / Re: Irritating photography advice
« on: October 07, 2013, 01:18:12 PM »
I get irritated when I am told that -

1. f/4 lenses are all you need - f/2.8 or faster is just a waste of money;
2. hobbyists don't need two camera bodies - one is all that you require;
3. you no longer need a tripod - the high ISO performance takes care of everything;
4. you no longer need graduated filters;
5. anyone with too much gear is a collector and not a photographer;
6. you don't need to spend $$$ on good quality filters - any cheap filter will do the same job, equally good;
7. you can shoot a wedding with an iPhone;
8. a camera is all about the sensor;
9. more MP = better photos;
10. anyone shooting in TV/AV mode doesn't understand how to expose correctly;
11. Auto-ISO is for noobs

I got three from the above list earlier today ... grrr!

Anything that I have missed?
f/4 lenses are all you need ... except for a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, a 35mm 1.4L an 85mm 1.2L II and a 135mm f/2L and a TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.

So a 24-70 f/2.8 is indeed not 100% necessary   ;D

Plus I do have a 500mm f/4L IS II. I think I do not need a ... ... f/2.8 version!!!   8)

Canon General / Re: Irritating photography advice
« on: October 07, 2013, 01:13:47 PM »
I'm having hard shooting @ 1/30 and yes, I'm in the late 30.
Is that the 1/age rule ?   ;D

Now I have much faster more expensive CF cards and they failed back to back after already being used for weeks. Then yesterday another one fails
Since you refer to 5DMK3 and to newer faster cards at the same time you must admit that you changed 2 parameters at once. So there is no proof like it or not. Proof would be if the old CF cards that worked fine in 5DMkII were damaged in 5DMkIII. And vice versa if the newer faster CF cards had worked with no problem and with the same scenario in 5DMkII and NOT in 5DMkIII.

That being said, have you sent your 5DMkIII to Canon?

Lenses / Re: UV Filter damage limitation on 16-35II
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:07:04 PM »
A lens hood would help a lot in this specific case.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 100-400mmL + TC Versus 600mm Mirror lens
« on: October 01, 2013, 08:20:11 AM »
The Sigma is much more artistic :)
Yes! It has to be part of Sigma Art series  ;D

To tell the truth if I had none of the 3 I would be very confused...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 3000 mAh AA battery for Flash ?
« on: October 01, 2013, 08:09:42 AM »
The 801D charger lasted a few years. So no hard feelings. However, the first that stopped working was the slow charge!!!
So I had no other option that to use fast charge.

My only complaint was that the way it broke down was very dangerous.

I believe that your charger will serve you some years. Just keep an eye on it...

If you want to try another option, the Lacrosse Technology BC-1000 battery charger is also top of the line.  Not inexpensive, but so far very reliable.  Has an LCD for each battery so you can see what's happening to them.  Goes through cycles of slowly discharging them and recharging them to get the best charge, or also by faster charging them at your discretion.  Just does four at a time, AA or AAA, but not intended for Lithium.
I got the Maha/PowerEx 9000 model. So far so good. They only (slight) problem is that it refuses to charge some older NiMh batteries. But it is a nice combo with Eneloop batteries.

Lenses / Re: EF 135 USM L or EF 100 Macro IS USM - which one is sharper?
« on: October 01, 2013, 05:14:44 AM »
even better the Sigma 150,which is actually sharper than both the 100L and the 135mmL.
Very funny! Is this sharper (especially at full aperture as OP asked)?

Based on those charts, the Sigma is not as sharp... the 100L seems to beat out even the 135 F2 wide open. At F2.8 both are very close.
Exactly my point!

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