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Likewise, some do HDR for the express purpose of a slightly surreal, dramatic effect.


I believe this is known as the HDR hole.

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Lenses / Re: How many years before we see a 50L II
« on: Today at 12:22:42 AM »
  It is indeed a dark time golden age for lovers of 50mm primes.

Fixed your typo.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mark III Misaligned Transmissive LCD
« on: July 22, 2014, 05:21:38 PM »
Are you certain the misalignment isn't just from parallax shift due to the way you're photographing the focus screen?

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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 15, 2014, 09:30:03 PM »
85mm 1.2L IS w/ internal focusing, weather sealing and RING USM.

The current 85 1.2L has a ring-type USM.

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I've seen several topics here previously about insuring your gear against theft or damage and I'm sorry I can't find that thread for reference.

I went to a State Farm agent and requested a quote to cover my inventory that totals about $45K. They sent a proposal for $850/annually which is much more than I recall hearing from other shooters here.

Who are others using for insurance?

Thanks again for your help. This is better than Dear Abby.... ::)

Was this coverage for personal or business use?

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I noticed that the F4 version focused quicker.... but not by a big amount. You really had to try side by side to notice a difference, and both are fast and did not show a tendency to hunt.

I find this strange.  I had both at the same time for a brief period and while the AF on the F/4 is no slouch, I always felt it was noticeably slower than the 2.8ii.
Could be the body.... I compared on a 60D. Are you shooting with a 1DX? Some lenses are noticeably faster with it...

1Ds3 but that was true for both lenses.  I did have some issues with the AF slipping on the F/4 IS when tilted upright so maybe that was slowing down the AF.

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I noticed that the F4 version focused quicker.... but not by a big amount. You really had to try side by side to notice a difference, and both are fast and did not show a tendency to hunt.

I find this strange.  I had both at the same time for a brief period and while the AF on the F/4 is no slouch, I always felt it was noticeably slower than the 2.8ii.

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Lenses / Re: Photozone Review of the 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: July 05, 2014, 09:50:55 AM »
I thought I had a good copy of the Tokina 16-28 but Photozone's results show their copy as being significantly superior to both the 17 TS-E and 16-35 IS at the wide end in terms of corner resolution.  This was definitely not my experience.

According to Photozone, @ 16 to 17 mm and f/4, Tokina 16-28, 17 TSE and 16-35 IS all have similar corner sharpness. By f/8, the 16-35 IS lags slightly behind Tokina 16-28 and 17 TSE in corner sharpness.

I do not know if you are looking at the correct numbers.

I had meant mid-frame rather than corner resolution.  But still, even looking at the corners I see my 16-35 being significantly better than the shots from my Tokina.  This might suggest that even though I tried 4 copies of the Tokina and picked the best one, maybe all of them were decentered.

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Lenses / Re: Photozone Review of the 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:49:12 PM »
I thought I had a good copy of the Tokina 16-28 but Photozone's results show their copy as being significantly superior to both the 17 TS-E and 16-35 IS at the wide end in terms of corner resolution.  This was definitely not my experience.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV To Feature 4K Video?
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:02:21 AM »
Why do they bother making video cameras if video is such a big deal on SLRs? I hate the fact I had to spend so much extra for a feature I've used once on my 5D3.


Why can't they just split the lines properly and sell each one at a reasonable price?

How much extra do you think you're paying for video?  Or do you hate live view as well?

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Canon General / Re: Gear Sale/Separation Anxiety?
« on: June 27, 2014, 06:00:56 PM »
I read posts by people expressing regret or in some cases re-buying lenses they've sold. I don't get it.  I've sold a fair bit of gear, and had no regrets...

I experienced something like this when I sold my first 135L to get a 70-200ii.  I've since bought another 135 but probably have taken a grand total of <50 shots with it.

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I would not have expected to see a Lytro Illum in the kit bag.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Shipping This Week
« on: June 23, 2014, 10:47:38 PM »
Specifically, if you use the 16-35 f/2.8L II to do event photography, such as crowded dancefloor shots at dim receptions or indoor sports - all of which will likely require at minimum 1/100 shutter speed - the 16-35 f/4L IS will be virtually unusable in this situation compared to the 16-35 f/2.8L II.

I don't understand this line of thinking.  Were these events virtually undoable during the 5D2 era and completely untenable when the 5Dc was in its heyday?  Between the high ISO capabilities of modern bodies and noise reduction algorithms like DxO prime, nobody really needs f/2.8 outside of depth of field concerns, some indoor sports, and maybe the astro people.  Heck, I've shot indoor table tennis tournaments where I felt comfortable stopping down to f/5.6 on a 70-200ii for the extra dof while still being able to maintain good enough shutter speeds to stop action without the noise getting out of control.

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Lenses / Re: 17-40 f/4L vs 16-35 F/4L
« on: June 21, 2014, 09:42:24 PM »
You'd be crazy to get anything other than the 10-18.  By the time you upgrade to FF, you'll probably be able to get a refurb copy of the 16-35 f/4L.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:12:00 PM »
Love the sharpness up close with the 50 Art. If I had done this shot with the 50 L you couldn't tell where I had focused and the cat would pretty much be purple, lol.


What's causing the halo effect around the ears of the kitty?

Probably the ear fuzz.

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