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Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: Today at 06:04:51 AM »
This thread has the best comments I have ever read on this forum. Brilliant!!

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Inspirational

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Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:59:37 PM »
Friends.
I have 3 Zeiss lenses: 15mm. 35mm 1.4 and 135mm f2.
I am thinking of selling the 15 and 35 because:
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Anyone has any advice for me?


Well since you don't see any value in keeping them and you don't want them, I think you should just give them to me :-) Selling them will come with all kinds of unwanted stress and you don't need that either. I can promise I won't make you feel bad about it by gloating about how I can take amazing pics using them ;)

Done. Please send me your address to courier. You prefer it with gift wrapping or normal? :)

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Lenses / Re: Help me to decide: 35 vs 50mm
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:49:24 AM »
Neuro: Brilliant!! :)

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I would feel violated if this happened to me.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:15:35 AM »
Why does everyone respond to dilbert's nonsense? Can't we just ignore his posts and hope he goes away? It would make this forum much more enjoyable.

It is bit extreme to stop anyone from posting their viewpoints.

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Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 27, 2014, 09:56:31 AM »
Sanj, I have found this to be the case with my Zeiss 21mm f/2.8, an incredible lens, which I bought for its true superiority over the Canon, 16-35mm f/2.8L II,  in both sharpness and contrast.  ...BUT after selling my Canon zoom and purchasing the new  Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS, I have the same dilemma as you...the image quality from the new Canon zoom is so close to my Zeiss that I (horror of horrors! LOL), am considering selling the Zeiss.  Same deal as you...the f/2.8 aperture just isn't enough that I find myself using it, and the IS and the AF on the Canon are making it my lens of choice.
There is that other reason not to sell the Zeiss, though....I get such real enjoyment out of just holding it and lustily coveting it.
The Canon pales in comparison there!   :o
Sanj...I also notice...eh hem....that you are holding on to your Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 which (according to Dustin Abbott's timely review), blows away the Canon counterpart for sharpness and micro contrast.  Very wise of you...as that Zeiss still has practical AND coveting qualities that are second to none!  8)
So...with that in mind it should be easier for you to pry your little fingers off of your 15mm and 35mm Zeiss's and let someone else have a little coveting time, at a discount...c'mon...you can do it...just close you eyes and hold you 135mm...that's a boy....... :'(

I know that feeling. That is why the 135 stays. :)

Funkboy: Yes absolutely the Zeiss is much better for video. But I do not find myself doing much video anymore. And if I did shoot video I would use my 24 TS and the Zeiss 135 which I am resisting selling.

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Lenses / Re: Help me to decide: 35 vs 50mm
« on: July 27, 2014, 06:39:08 AM »
Carefully reconsider buying Zeiss lenses. I have had them and with the new Canon lenses I do not think the Zeiss I worth it. My opinion.

Hey Sanj,

Thanks for the reply, but the thing is, I really want to use a manual focus lens (I know, it's all in the mind) so that I am forced to slow down and think more about what I am about to shoot.
So please ignore the brand mentioned and try to help me choose between a 35mm or a 50mm focal length  :D

35mm.

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Lenses / Re: Help me to decide: 35 vs 50mm
« on: July 26, 2014, 11:48:30 PM »
Carefully reconsider buying Zeiss lenses. I have had them and with the new Canon lenses I do not think the Zeiss I worth it. My opinion.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 26, 2014, 11:46:18 PM »
Does this mean a Mark II might be imminent?  Why did nobody tell us?

Sorry, it slipped my mind. :)

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Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 26, 2014, 11:22:42 PM »
Canon... has very similar qualities and has autofocus, is lighter and cheaper.

That is exactly how I feel about Zeiss lenses I've had in the past.  They are sturdy and cool-looking, but they don't do anything Canon lenses can't do (and Sigma it turns out), and they are heavy, expensive, and lack auto-focus  :-\

Yes. I am 90% convinced that the Zeiss do not have any real advantage.

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Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 26, 2014, 11:21:41 PM »
Seems pretty straight-forward - if you won't use them replace them.  You're dealing with two of the finest lens
designs for 35mm, but the best lens in the world is useless if you don't use it.  If you need to sell them to finance
the next lens, do it.  Just don't feel bad when you later remember how good it was and wished you'd kept them.

That is the fear and that is why I am considering my decision.

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Lenses / Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:35:42 PM »
Friends.
I have 3 Zeiss lenses: 15mm. 35mm 1.4 and 135mm f2.
I am thinking of selling the 15 and 35 because:

15mm: IQ of Canon 16-35 f4 is very close to the Zeiss at all f stops. Zeiss has better distortion and f2.8 but the IS on the Canon more than makes up for all this. Besides Canon has auto focus, is lighter, has zoom advantage and is cheaper.

35mm: When I bought it (and actually still) this lens had the best sharpness on 35mm. But now the 35mm f2 IS has very similar qualities and has autofocus, is lighter and cheaper. I bought the Zeiss for one very specific kind of photos - the late dusk photos when the sun has almost gone and stars start to appear and I thought the 1.4 opening would be great. Modern cameras and the 35 f2 will give me very similar IQ.

Will I miss the f1.4 of the Zeiss? I am not sure as practically speaking the OOF back ground of f1.4 vs f2 is not so noticeable and it was very tough to get perfect focus with the Zeiss at f1.4.

Anyone has any advice for me?

Sanjay

Oh, the 135. I think I will keep it for now, it feels so nice in my hands and is great for tripod portraits.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:39:52 PM »
It's a sure sign that the 7D will soon be replaced with a mirrorless APS-H 1D-style camera called the 3Dx.

Right on!

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Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:44:21 AM »
Hi Jim.

Not saying bad things do not happen but I have travelled for last 15 years to many places: including Europe and other far more edgy places than any part of Europe.  I empty my cards at night to my laptop and back that folder on a portable HD.
I keep the HD in a different bag than the laptop and also at times in the hotel locker. 

On return, after transferring the data on to my Drobo system I delete the laptop and HD for further work.

God has been kind and I have not had a single problem. Of course I buy the best HD to back up the photos.

You could just send back a 1 TB portable HD back home via courier when (if) it gets full and get another 1 TB portable to finish the trip.

Good luck with your trip. I would not be so worried.

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