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Lenses / Re: Landscape lens for backpacking
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:56:58 AM »
Please do think this out well and make your decision. The best landscape photos are make when the light is real low. In low light a FF camera is much better than a crop. Pick your camera for the toughest need, not for the bulk of the need.

All you need to do is sell your 40D, pick up a 6D.

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Lenses / Re: Landscape lens for backpacking
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:02:31 AM »
This is a once in a life time sort of thing with lots of photo options.
If I were you I would go with 6D. 15mm and the 24-70. A portable tripod. How do you intend to recharge battery?

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Lenses / Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:40:03 AM »
But but what about the people who want a good quality 50mm and are willing to pay appropriate money?

And don't you think lots of people will buy the Sigma?

Canon DOES have the 50/1.2 lens. You can't deny the quality of that lens, despite it's spherical aberration, which as it so happens to be, is a DESIRABLE trait in a portrait lens for many photographers. Not everyone screams for perfect corner to corner sharpness. Sometimes, having soft corners is beneficial to guiding your viewers eyes to the subject...which tends to be near the center of the frame.

I've always admired photos taken with the Canon 50/1.2 and 85/1.2 lenses. They have a specific aesthetic appeal that is just WONDERFUL for portraiture specifically, and for a variety of other types of photography as well (such as street.) I find it ironic how so many people write off the Canon 50/1.2 and 85/1.2 lenses as if they don't even qualify to be included in the lineup for comparison.

So, what about the people who want quality? Canon offers a VERY high quality 50/1.2 lens that offers STUNNING and very aesthetically appealing results. You should give it a try sometime. Oh, and you'll spend about half as much on that as you would on an Otus...you won't get razor sharp corners, but it's HALF as much as an Otus.

So. Am I to infer that if Canon comes out with 50/1.2 II that is sharper and has better corner to corner sharpness then you would not DESIRE to use it?

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 15, 2014, 12:15:49 PM »
Was filming a Heinekin commercial few days ago. A friend who does explosions on action movies dropped by. This was the result...

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Lenses / Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:48:31 AM »
But but what about the people who want a good quality 50mm and are willing to pay appropriate money?

And don't you think lots of people will buy the Sigma?

I think the Sigma 50/1.4 will be pretty popular. 

We've seen Canon recently bring out several new EF non-L primes with IS (24/28/35), and I expect we'll see an updated 50mm with IS soon.  The IQ of those new lenses is quite good (compare the 35/2 IS to the Sigma 35/1.4 Art, for example).

That would be super. And with Sigma setting new standards, Canon will have to beat it. Then we will all get a super duper lens.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:31:59 AM »
When I used the word appropriate, I was thinking Zeiss.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:08:23 AM »
But but what about the people who want a good quality 50mm and are willing to pay appropriate money?

And don't you think lots of people will buy the Sigma?

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Lenses / Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:55:52 AM »
:) :) Also comparing it with the Zeiss… I think from f2 onwards the Sigma corners look better!! And here is the comparison with the most expensive Canon 50mm…. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=941&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=403&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=1

Looks WORSE…
One other point: Why should Canon not update its lenses for >20 years while others are doing so without having the might of Canon? Does Canon not want its customers to have better? Am thinking…

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:49:19 AM »
I have been using mirror less and EVF now for 3 years. First with the Fhji X100 and now XE2. I just LOVE the EVF. Mirror or no mirror has no bearing to me. But I love the IQ, lightness and the benefits of EVF big big time.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:51:37 AM »
You know, I like the pictures, especially the two of the dunes, the one with predominantly sky (and what a beautiful sky!) and the silhouetted one that looks like it was taken in the late afternoon.  But have we become so sensitive to anything negative that someone simply expressing their opinion on the quality of one's work causes such a backlash that forces the poster to remove his comments?  Are we only supposed to post if we have something positive to say about the images?   While what sanj said may not have been that constructive, neither is "pretty images" or "beautiful shots".  In fact, I'd argue that what sanj said is more constructive than simple appreciation.  It allows one to think about what could be done better, if the composition was optimal, if the lighting was right, etc, moreso than any simple compliment.

If you are familiar with sanj and his work, you will understand the level of constructive input one can expect of him. I wouldn't have made the same comment towards anyone of lesser caliber. I am sure he might add something constructive if he has the time, and we all can benefit from it.

Also no one could forced him to remove his post. I admire and respect his voluntary gesture, and think it was very big of him.

No no nothing big. I was blunt and that is not good. I agree that just saying 'not great' without explanation is not that nice. I know Namibia so well and know what it has to offer.... I know CR guys are super photographers.... When I saw the post that they are in Namibia I was excited to see their pictures.

I am guessing that they are saving the best for later… CR talent and Namibia beauty combo is going to hit us hard!


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6D Sample Images / Re: Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:40:54 AM »
You know, I like the pictures, especially the two of the dunes, the one with predominantly sky (and what a beautiful sky!) and the silhouetted one that looks like it was taken in the late afternoon.  But have we become so sensitive to anything negative that someone simply expressing their opinion on the quality of one's work causes such a backlash that forces the poster to remove his comments?  Are we only supposed to post if we have something positive to say about the images?   While what sanj said may not have been that constructive, neither is "pretty images" or "beautiful shots".  In fact, I'd argue that what sanj said is more constructive than simple appreciation.  It allows one to think about what could be done better, if the composition was optimal, if the lighting was right, etc, moreso than any simple compliment.

Thanks…

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6D Sample Images / Re: Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:41:48 PM »
With all due respect I would expect better photos from you.

With all due respect I would expect more constructive criticism from you, with your experience in photography and cinematography, teaching workshops and shooting in Africa.

You right. Wrong of me. Removing my comment. Apologies.

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Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:23:44 AM »
TonyZ I am amazed by your patience and perseverance. These shots require a lot of work! Superb.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Not sure which Canon body to get
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:08:54 PM »
For the uses listed, the 6D is the better choice, budget permitting. 

6D

I was going to say +1, but 6D + 1 = 7D, and that's not what I mean.  ;)

:)

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