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Lenses / Re: Shooting people with a 16-35... Any good ?
« on: May 06, 2012, 09:44:45 PM »

Yep. This thread wouldn't be complete without mentioning Platon http://www.platonphoto.com/, a portrait photographer who makes creative use of perspective distortion.

Anyone know what lenses Platon uses? I'm especially curious about what he used for his UN world leader portraits.

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Lenses / Re: Shooting people with a 16-35... Any good ?
« on: May 06, 2012, 09:32:44 PM »
A few strategies...

1. Shoot toward the long end.
2. Keep subjects away from corners and edges as much as possible.
3. Crop! On a 5D3 you could probably crop out half the image and be fine.
4. Experiment with lens correction in post (admitedly, I often find this unsatisfactory).
5. Try unusual angles and poses. This is where a wide angle can shine in portraits because sometimes the distortion can give the shot a more dynamic/energetic feel.

Here's an example...


birthday party by Eric Nord, on Flickr

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FANTASTIC SHOTS!!

I agree... this is a legendary post in the making.

Big up to everyone posting shots on this thread. There's just too many great shots to even both picking specific ones.

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Lenses / What is the most EXOTIC Canon lens?
« on: April 11, 2012, 04:38:10 AM »
By "exotic", I mean extreme or unusual. It could be specs, rarity, price, quality, etc. Whatever you think constitutes extreme or unusual... post it.

Let's include both current AND discontinued lenses.

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Lenses / Which Canon lenses DON'T need an update?
« on: April 10, 2012, 02:37:23 AM »
Is there any Canon lens that DOESN'T need an update. Or at least, for which it is unlikely that an update will make significant improvements.

1. IQ and sharpness
2. Great AF
3. Reasonable weight
4. IS, if appropriate

From what I hear, it sounds like the following lenses are pretty damn close to perfect (given current technology)...

TS-E 24mm f/ 3.5 L II
24mm f/1.4 L II
100mm f/2.8 L macro
200mm f/2 L
300mm f/2.8 L II
400 f/2.8 L II

And maybe the new 24-70 f/2.8 L II will be added to this list??

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If a laser can do that kind of damage to a sensor, I wonder what it could do to an eyeball!

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EOS Bodies / Re: is the 40D still a good one for 400$
« on: April 04, 2012, 08:07:05 PM »
If you are the type of shooter who gets the perfect crop every time, then I guess a crop camera won't hold you back.

But speaking for myself, and most photographers...  the ability to make dramatic crops and not lose quality is a huge asset.

There's also the issue of focal length and primes. For example, what if you are shooting a wedding with a 35mm prime?... the ability to crop can be a huge asset. What if you are shooting a stage show with a 135mm prime?... cropping in post might give you an extra 60-100mm in focal length.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup body for dangerous areas
« on: April 02, 2012, 02:02:27 PM »
This is one of those "If you have to ask..." questions.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What is 5D3 maximum optimal ISO ??
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:30:09 AM »
Thanks for all the detailed replies!

Wow. This is very exciting. It sounds like I'll be able to push the ISO up into 4000+ terriroty, no problem. Amazing!

I asked this question because I want to know if my 24-105mm will have new potential for indoor, medium-lit people shots. I know the 24-70mm is the best zoom for this kinda thing. But I can't stand the thought of buying anything but a prime lens.

For the price of a 24-70mm II, I could get a very exciting prime lense.

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EOS Bodies / Re: is the 40D still a good one for 400$
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:18:36 AM »
When I owned the 40D it felt like I could only crop about 10-20% into the shot before it would become grainy/soft.

But on the 5D3, usually I can crop a shot IN HALF and still have it be usable.

Well, that's my empirical take anyway.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / What is 5D3 maximum optimal ISO ??
« on: April 01, 2012, 05:20:00 PM »
When does the ISO noise start to get noticeable on the 5D3 ?

I'm also curious from the standpoint of using fill light and recovery in post.


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EOS Bodies / Re: is the 40D still a good one for 400$
« on: March 31, 2012, 07:20:40 PM »
I use it when I want extra reach from my lens kit and for some daytime shots (sort of like a reverse vampire, it only gets out when the sun is up).

Correct me if I'm wrong, but a 40D doesn't give "extra reach" compared with a 5D2. With the same lens, a cropped 5D shot will get the same (or better) effective resolution). In fact, doesn't the 5D2 have a greater "reach" than the 40D because it has twice the sensor resolution?

Please correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks.


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EOS Bodies / Re: is the 40D still a good one for 400$
« on: March 31, 2012, 02:49:13 AM »
The 40D was my first "real" camera. It's a great bargain for the right photographer. In optimal conditions, it is a fantastic camera with great IQ. But for me, it's major drawback is the relatively poor ISO performance. After ISO600-800 or so the noise gets dirty, especially in color (B&W conversion can help sometimes). This camera needs fast glass to work in low light without a tripod. If you need low light performance, a fast prime is necessary.

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Lenses / Re: Patent: A new 16-35 f/2.8 or Faster Concept?
« on: March 30, 2012, 01:34:29 AM »
Am I the only one who is more turned off by distortion of the 16-35mm than anything else? I know... you say I can "correct" it in post. BUT correcting it in post means a 16mm shot is effectively an 18-20mm shot after cropping. And some shots are kinda hard to correct in post.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III focus accuracy with fast primes wide open
« on: March 27, 2012, 03:42:07 AM »
I think you posted the same shot twice.

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