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Lenses / Re: Beginner lens
« on: July 12, 2013, 05:46:16 PM »
The 40 is a STM which is great for video. Italia has great IQ for stills!

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:50:23 PM »

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 11, 2013, 04:48:27 PM »
Very Nice

Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:32:58 PM »
Wow! That's really really good to hear about canon refurb!! Thanks!!

Quick question... Is it worth getting the 135L even for crop sensor? Lol thanks! I might "just" get one.

To my great annoyance my wife very often steals my 135 for her 600D. Don't understand why she can't use the 18-55 IS II that came with it? ;)

It produces outstanding pictures on a crop as well!

Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:15:27 PM »
I scored a 135L for $859 the other day. I have this trust issue with used things, especially high quality technology, but I pulled the trigger anyways. The lens arrived in immaculate condition, basically brand new. These following shots are LITERALLY the first two shots I took out front of my house. Wow, the countless comments I read on this forum really do live up to the hype. Easily my favorite lens yet.

Congrats! My favorite lens :)

Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:14:47 PM »
I was debating purchasing a 135L - actually placed an order for a refurb at a great deal with Canon but later changed my mind and canceled it... reason being that i already own the 100/2.8L and 85/1.8. Reading owners comments on both 135/2L and 100/2.8L it seems like the two are pretty close in terms of image quality but 100/2.8L is more verstile with macro focus ability (135 min focus distance is 3 ft) as well as IS.

Anyone who has owned both could comment on both these? DO you agree the two lenses are pretty similar but with 100 being more verstile?

Two different lenses. A lot of fun with the 100, but the 135 for killer portraits :)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:00:30 AM »
I bought the new 24-70 two times....the first time i used it and said to myself....hell this lens is boring. So i sold it. Than i bought it a second time to give it another try. What should i was still boring. I mean...this Lens is sharp like a knife...but for me it has a boring look. So i sold it again. I rarly use Zoom-lenses and the 24-70 has not enough i bought the 24-105. this Lens is also boring  ;) but has a better Zoom range.

I actually understand your statement. At 2.8 it a workhorse with outstanding IQ, but limiting on creative stuff. I have the same relation to my 24-105, and have more fun lurking around with my 135/2 or 50/1.4 or my 35/1.4.

Lenses / Re: Lens Resolution fact or fiction?
« on: July 08, 2013, 06:27:48 PM »
Resolution is a feature that can be measured, and it makes a huge difference, otherwise why not use a coke bottle?
What a lot of people don't realize that the resolution of point and shoot lenses is not only very high, but is higher than a typical DSLR lens.  It has to be higher because of the tiny sensor.  Since the lenses are small, they can be made to high resolutions more easily and cheaply.  They have pretty much reached the practical limit, so there is no magic formula to keep improving them by any large amounts.
That doesn't mean that the resolution of the final images is higher, but, if you were to measure the mtf of the lens, it will usually be higher. 
Panavision used to have a supurb presentation about the subject, but have since taken it down.  It still lives on the internet in places like this.  I'd strongly recommend this for all photographers, since it explains the significance of MTF and what resolution as we think of it really is.

Thank you for the link, looking forward to watch and get further educated.


Lenses / Re: EF 200mm f2 , how much do you use it and for what?
« on: July 07, 2013, 05:16:00 PM »
I would not look to much  after a  200/2.0. The 70-200/2.8 ISmk2 is so good at 200mm  that 200/2.0 feels  very expensive in comparison and the  result  I get from the zoom  and prime  is very similar at 2,8 with a 5dmk2.
The 200/2.0 from Canon is not in my eyes good as the  300/2.8IS , and when I compared  Canon 200/2,0 and  the Nikon 200/2.0  the Nikon lens was better.

I use the 200/2 for portraits only. It is incredible, but as you mention the 300/2.8L II blows you away. I just used it this holiday and it is a droolworthy lens I will never afford :) It is even very fast with the 2xIII (this was on a 1DX, so the additional battery power might have contributed to the speed).

Hey everyone.
Back for another install of the flash tutorials I have been doing. This time, i cover 1st and 2nd curtain shutter sync and where / when you would use each. I have also included some sample pics this time aswell :)
Hope you all enjoy :)
Much luv goes out to everyone on the CR forums

Nice videos, and just liked your page on FB. Looking forward to more.


Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 12, 2013, 05:58:52 PM »
Storm clouds building up over the Sierra Nevada. 5D mk3, 24 - 70 f4 IS ( yes, that one  ;)

It looks surreal, but it is, in fact, real !

Stunning image!

Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:16:53 PM »
I agree with some of the others.  I think it's most tasteful when done with a minimalist approach... :)

Here I think I could have gone just a tad more with the red on the roof but I didn't want to lose the old, nostalgic feeling I was trying to achieve.  The flag I think I'm okay with, maybe a tad more there too...

I like this picture alot! I think this technique is a bit either or... I agree on the old feel, but a bit stronger so people are not guessing.

Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:14:33 PM »

In addition to being an awsome picture in itself, I think this really works here. I did use this technique for a webillustration I (something like; where is your place? to the students).
++1 on the chairs!


Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:13:40 PM »
The first image was made at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and the second in a sunflower field near my house.

Several cool shots popping up here!

I like the sunflower, but you have not been precise enough ;) you see color on the side and other placea in the image :)

Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 05, 2013, 12:09:55 PM »
I saw this topic after looking through all the galleries.  This is a hard area, but it can work in some circumstances.  Here is my favorite from all my selective color shots.

I like this! Great shot overall

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