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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 09:45:55 AM »
I hope they bring back the f/1.0 - just sharper!

+1...without focus shift. Sharp from wide open to f2.8

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 30, 2014, 05:15:19 PM »
Silent Water

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 30, 2014, 05:14:47 PM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:33:41 PM »
Eating my veggies

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:31:22 PM »
Lonely me

Another landing...

Take off...


Lenses / Re: 300mm f/2.8 L IS II - what do you use it for?
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:46:04 AM »
Excellent for everything - from portrait to wildlife. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:40:14 AM »
Look forward to: 1D X II + 100-400

I'm looking forward to people selling off their 1dx for pennies on the dollar... so yeah, bring in the 1dx mkii

Don't expect dollar for pennies. It's 1d series.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:52:48 AM »
Look forward to: 1D X II + 100-400

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:33:55 AM »
I'm not posting much as my air conditioning has been out for 5 days and it was 100F here in Florida today.  Only 92F in the house at least >:(

On to the thread: All of us cheap out on some of our gear - whether it's memory cards, camera bodies, or other stuff. 

What do you cheap out on?

I'll start:

1, Tripod legs - my carbon fiber dreams have been shattered (2x) so I stick with my scratched & dented Manfrotto 055XPROB aluminum legs

2. Intervalometer - I had the Canon release (only) and it sucks, so I bought the Vello intervalometer and it works perfectly for $30

3. Travel tripod - I don't travel a ton, so I bought the aluminum MeFoto Roadtrip Travel Kit and love the little thing.

4. ND Filters - I bought the Tiffen 82mm ND set and so far, so good

Of course I'll follow this up with a what do splurge on thread...

Did you cheap out on your AC central?  :P

Our house is about 2500sq ft. Last May, we replaced our 20yrs old noisy AC unit with Trane XV20i. We removed all old ducting and replaced with new ones, much more efficient. From 80F down to 74F in less than 10mins. I highly recommend Trane XV20i if you looking for new AC unit. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:27:30 PM »
Received the Zeiss 55/1.8 about a week ago. Been running it through it's paces.

IQ is pretty darn good when it hits. AF is still slower than I would've hoped. Accuracy is good enough when it is fast enough to catch what I'm shooting. Still getting a decent amount of misses.

Re the size of the a7r + 55, I have found that it is not much of a size/weight advantage for me. Much like I thought prior to getting the combo, if you're going to go small/light, go all the way. The sony combo is somewhere in between. With the 55 mounted, the dimensions do not leave me thinking, "wow, this is so much easier to lug around than my 6D." I had an old nifty fifty around and I decided to do a side by side comparison of size. The Sony rig actually protrudes significantly further due to lens length. So going almost like for like with lenses, the A7r really doesn't provide a size advantage at all depending on what you're doing. It is lighter, but not to the point where I don't notice it. The only camera I have that accomplishes that is the x100s.

Also mounted some other lenses and found that performance was quite poor.
100L - exhibits some wacky behavior with regard to max aperture, AF is poo poo, overall poor user experience

Sigma 35 Art - AF is unuseable as expected, IQ is very good.

135L - Same experience as the Sigma and others

TSE 45 and 90 - Used both for slow shutter work over the weekend and got some odd flaring and artifacts. Will have to inspect the adapter and perhaps line the inside to reduce reflections. IQ is better than when they are mounted on my Canon bodies (as expected) minus the artifacts.

On another note, I am still finding that I have to shoot at much faster shutter speeds than I normally would with my other rigs in order to rid camera shake. I thought that maybe some of my initial shutter speed issues were due to having an adapter present which allowed for more slop/vibration. However, now mounting the FE 55/1.8, I am still finding that I have to shoot at 2:1 ratio for speed:focal length which is basically double what I'm normally capable of shooting at.

All in all, the keepers I'm getting are still great and I'm pretty sure it is good enough to stay in the bag......for now.

More to come.

Overall, I am still content with

I'll keep my Zeiss FE 55 and sell a7r next week. PP 36MP raw is not fun. I'll pick up the a7s when the price is right.

Canon General / Your Bucket List - photography travel destinations?
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:25:24 PM »
What are your top 3 photography travel destinations?

I'll go first...
1. South Africa Safari
2. TBD
3. TBD

Lenses / Re: Canon EF16-35mm F4 IS test
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:56:14 PM »
Interesting comparison  ???

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