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Lenses / Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« on: August 07, 2013, 07:39:04 PM »
One thing for sure that 50 f1.4 can't do is shoot at f1.2

The 50L will shine if you shoot at wide open. I like mine @ f1.2 to f1.6ish. As an owner of 50 f1.4 & 50L, the L has much better contrast, color and bokeh.

Sharpness is excellent @ f1.6ish - my copy of course.

Funny... I was thinking of you when I said that SOME PEOPLE say it is really good.  :D

My rule is quite simple. I don't give comment or advice on camera lenses or bodies that I haven't touch. How often do you see that happen here on CR. Below are couple shots I took with 50L at f1.6(straight out from camera) at Pretend City, in Irvine, CA. For those been there would know the light condition is not that great.

Off topic: I think you should get 85L II for new born.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 07, 2013, 07:14:37 PM »
So, to sum up, do you intend to get:

2 x 5D3 bodies
14mm 2.8L II
24-70 2.8L II
70-200 2.8L IS II

I think it is a very good combination.

Just some thoughts/suggestions:

I would swap the 14 II with TS-E 17 L if I knew that I would be able to shoot interesting buildings.
Also, I would get a 70-200 4L IS instead of 2.8 to lower the weight. But then I do have both lenses so I can chose.
(So the last one is more a though rather than suggestion).

Thanks tron.

I hate spending money on renting lenses.

I'll rent either 14mm II or 16-35 II as UWA lens. My co-workers and I plan to see a light show in the evening. Therefore, my 24-70 II + 70-200 f2.8 IS II will become handy. I as a prev owner of 16-35 II, I know this lens doesn't perform well at f2.8. It more likely be used at f11 to f16 during the day.

I went through some review sites, some claimed 14mm f2.8 II is sharp at f2.8. I was hoping to get more feedbacks from CR members about 14mm II. I guess not many of us shooting with 14mm II :-\

For now, I'm more leaning to 16-35 II - since still have BW CPL filter.

First body: 5D III + 16-35 II - for all landscape shots
Second body: 5D III + 70-200 f2.8 IS II - people, close-up shots

For night time. I'll swap the 16-35 II to 24-70 II.

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Lenses / Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« on: August 07, 2013, 06:54:35 PM »
One thing for sure that 50 f1.4 can't do is shoot at f1.2

The 50L will shine if you shoot at wide open. I like mine @ f1.2 to f1.6ish. As an owner of 50 f1.4 & 50L, the L has much better contrast, color and bokeh.

Sharpness is excellent @ f1.6ish - my copy of course.


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Lenses / Re: lens vs. body
« on: August 07, 2013, 12:29:04 PM »
Body will loose value fast. In your case, I think 5D III will be HUGE dif - better of course.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 07, 2013, 10:13:41 AM »
Dylan,

Since you have a few weeks, I'd suggest renting the 14mm now, if possible, to see if 'works' for you.  If you don't have a large subject, it can make things look very small.  Holding it level, things look fairly normal; tilt it to get some interesting effects.

A couple of shots I did right after buying the original 14L.




Like using a fisheye, remember to watch your feet.  Oh, and don't go walking around with it while looking through the viewfinder or you will bump into things!  (Yes, voice of experience.  :-[)

Good luck and happy shooting!

-- Dan


Thanks Dan.

I might take your advices, rent it for couple days. I did have a chance to play with Nikon 14-24 + D800 through a friend. I love the effects of UWA lens, esp @ 14mm. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D what do you think?
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:59:32 AM »
If landscape is your thing, 6D or 5D II might be a better choice. I'm sure 6D or 5D II will have MUCH better IQ.

Video shooter will enjoy 70D more.......


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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II cracked focusing ring. *DIY FIXED* *Pictures*
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:17:55 AM »
Got the focusing ring in the mail today, it was backordered for sometime. I guess they didn't expect them to break already, lol. The rep told my the warranty will NOT be void if I change it myself, so I had a go at it. Ps, they also sent me the zoom-rubber ring in the same package, nice to have a backup. Anyway, it took about 2 minutes, including pictures.












Congrats ;D...you're now Canon's Certified Tech.

Thanks for the info

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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 07, 2013, 12:27:46 AM »
I used to hire English major master student from a local university when my chinese was even worse than it's now. Even if you add a private car, it won't be super expensive and the experience will be much better. Unrushed, non standard but good facts, tips on real local joints.

My tip would be either that or no guide. Group tour in china are aweful.

I been travel from US to China last 10yrs. I still can't pickup the chinese language. All I know is "Ni-hao" = hello and "sei-sie" = thank you.

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Lenses / Re: What should I upgrade? I can't be done, can I?
« on: August 07, 2013, 12:19:04 AM »
Your signature STILL show bunch of crap :P

If I'm you:
XS -> 60D -> 5d Mkiii : 18-55 -> 24-105L : 75-300mm -> 55-250mm -> 70-300mm -> 70-200mm f4L USM -> 70-200mm f/2.8L USM -> 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Mkii : 50mm f/1.8 -> 50mm f/1.4 -> 100mm f/2.8L macro -> 85mm f/1.8 USM & 8mm fisheye for kicks.

Your new setup:
24-70 II - 70-200 f2.8 IS II - 85L II - 50 f1.4 - x2 III


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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 06, 2013, 09:15:33 PM »
Dylan,
My wife says it is a one day tour, once a week.  I think the tour departs by boat on HK side.  I found a bit more listing here: http://www.geopark.gov.hk/en_s4f5.htm .  I hope you have sometime to visit.
-r


It looks like ferry(boat) is the only way to get there. I'll keep that in mind. Thanks again.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 06, 2013, 06:30:58 PM »
Thanks CaiLeDao

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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:58:50 PM »
We are going back to HK to visit family this November, our annual visit, and one of our destination will be :
 http://www.globalgeopark.org/aboutggn/list/china/6616.htm, lower right photo shows what I'm interest at.
Hope you can see that too, sometime.
-r


Thanks for the link. What's the best trans method to get there Lion Rock? I'm guessing Ferry.  How far from Tsuen Wang?

Our office located in Tsuen Wang, HK. 5mins away from L hotel: http://www.lhotelcausewaybayhv.com/contact.php

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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:11:49 PM »
Thanks minim2

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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:10:34 PM »
Angles of view for 16mm is 108 degree and for 14mm is 114 degree.  If you are going to rent 14mm, I will suggest you leave your 16-35mm at home.  24-70mm + 14mm will be used probably 95% of the time.

Yeap...either or ;)

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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:09:32 PM »
thanks lion rock,

I travel to HK & DongGuang, China 3-4 times a year. We have contract manufactures there. I know HK quite well. I can travel around HK by myself without any problem. China is little dif :-\

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