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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 07, 2013, 10:54:26 AM »
Said it before when this rumor first came out, and will say it again...I don't like this new trend of lets slow down all the non L primes but add IS.  I guess it makes sense from a pure marketing perspective - with the 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8, and especially when you consider how many people buy the 1.4 instead of the 1.2, removing the 1.4 option will force many into the 1.2.  Sorry, if your going prime in this range you want bokeh, and if you are a still shooter, and you shoot people, there really isn't much need to shoot below 1/30th because IS won't stop motion blur on your subject, for that you need higher SS and in many lighting conditions, that's where you want a fast lens.  this rumor really only makes me glad I have a 1.4...now come on canon, lets have at a new 50mm 1.2!!!!!  (or will sigma beat ya to the punch?) 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: October 02, 2013, 11:51:54 AM »

It wasn't sarcasm, it was a proper double facepalm moment. one for each of you.

I'm still struggling to find logical reasons that the flappy mirror box is so necessary.

I understand that for someone lugging around multiple bags full of gear the size of the camera isn't a big deal, but if it's unnecessary, and even inferior, why do you still want it?

the thing of it is --- EVF tech is still inferior to OVF.  EVF is great for live view nighttime shooting.  But for regular purposes...no way is it ready for full time professional work.  Lots of kinks and bugs to work out

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 01, 2013, 02:24:06 AM »
in honor of the night shots ---

This was in Vermont, unfortunately there was a full moon that evening - either way, Central Vermont with full moon gets you more stars than you'd get in buffalo!

shot with the 24mm 1.4LvII - a lens i was very sad to send back to lensrentals today.

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Lenses / Re: Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:09:48 AM »
This is funny, because i am having a prime addiction issue.   LOL...i have a 50, an 85 ad a 100 macro...and i have just spent close to 2 weeks renting a 24mm 1.4.  I love that lensand plan to buy it once a few deposits make it through this week.  My 24-70 has become less and less used over the years, and i love the look of the 1.4....

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM
« on: September 26, 2013, 04:01:34 PM »
So, wow, this lens is freaking awesome.  I had a wedding in vermont, and of course, i was going to be in vermont and i have been thinking of this lens for a while but just couldn't see adding it to the bag because i had the 16-35 and the 24-70 (v1) - so i rented the 24.  Upon getting home from Vermont I considered the senior shoot I was doing that evening and decided to keep the 24 for an extra day.  And with a wedding this weekend, I decided to call and ask for an extension till monday.

I know many have told me I should just upgrade my 24-70, but, there is something just ohhh so nice about this lens, the colors, the FOV, the fact that it's wide with relatively low distortion.  And yeah, the fact that it can go to 1.4, yeah, that kicks at a wedding reception.  This lens will be mine, it's just a matter of how, can I swing picking it up without selling the 24-70????  I'd like to keep that lens like on the shelf because it was my first piece of L glass (and yeah, as a backup just in case anything goes wrong).  financially, I may need to just sell it though...we shall see, either way, I am sold, the 24mm kicks major ass!!!!!
I haven't tried the Zeiss 21mm or the TSE, but I think from f/2.8 or f/3.5, they are all equally sharp and all have their own unique look. The 24mm f/1.4 MkII tends to get a hit in reviews, because it isn't as sharp until you stop down to at least f/2, but then the others don't go that wide, which reviewers don't seem to take into consideration.

As i am primarily a wedding and portrait shooter...the TSE would be pretty impractical, though it is an amazing lens.  and the Zeiss, though it also kicks butt, it lacks AF, and for weddings, low light work I'd prefer AF...I've read the reviews, and same reviews come in for other L primes --- the 50 L most notibly...It's soft at 1.2 and the other lens can beat it at f5.6...lol...the images i have seen from the 24 are outstanding though, and from the 8 days i have had the rental, I am loving it!!!!!  Got another senior session tonight and I am pretty damn sure I will be using it alot!!!

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: September 26, 2013, 12:41:20 PM »
here's one from this weekend

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM
« on: September 26, 2013, 10:54:47 AM »
So, wow, this lens is freaking awesome.  I had a wedding in vermont, and of course, i was going to be in vermont and i have been thinking of this lens for a while but just couldn't see adding it to the bag because i had the 16-35 and the 24-70 (v1) - so i rented the 24.  Upon getting home from Vermont I considered the senior shoot I was doing that evening and decided to keep the 24 for an extra day.  And with a wedding this weekend, I decided to call and ask for an extension till monday.

I know many have told me I should just upgrade my 24-70, but, there is something just ohhh so nice about this lens, the colors, the FOV, the fact that it's wide with relatively low distortion.  And yeah, the fact that it can go to 1.4, yeah, that kicks at a wedding reception.  This lens will be mine, it's just a matter of how, can I swing picking it up without selling the 24-70????  I'd like to keep that lens like on the shelf because it was my first piece of L glass (and yeah, as a backup just in case anything goes wrong).  financially, I may need to just sell it though...we shall see, either way, I am sold, the 24mm kicks major ass!!!!!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 26, 2013, 10:27:05 AM »
here's another from the vermont trip

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 25, 2013, 03:50:09 PM »
snagged this one on a vermont trip this weekend!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 18, 2013, 08:50:53 PM »
My 100mm macro is about a week old now!  (to me at least, got it used)...

I find that I am way more prone to use it on my 6d, because I have the grip on the mk3 and that really limits how low to the ground/table/whatever surface i am shooting I can get.  which is fine by me, my 6d has a new best friend!

Nice shot, but the highlight near the center kind of overpowers the ring in my opinion.  Still the bokeh mostly looks nice.  Quite a large ring...must be expensive!

I just ordered a grip for my 6D, and another lens.

I would have rather shot this during the daytime, with window light as my keylight (it's a better approximation of what I'd do on a wedding day)

I may want to consider a video light or 2 for this kind of work, i like my LED's in a pinch, but wish i could dim them (i tried using a kleenex to diffuse it, but wasn't to my liking)...

bokeh...i read about and saw the comparisons...the 100L definitely has a better bokeh - but so far I don't mind the slightly less circular bokeh

The 100L has a better bokeh than what?

What sort of diffusion do you like on your flashguns, like for on-camera flash at events?  I've tried sto-fen in the past...would like to get a small softbox or one of those diffusor hood-reflector things...Seems like the user reviews all vary and read the same with them all...that they're nice but cheaply made...and the larger they are, the more you look like an idiot while using them.

Regarding the image, I would have tried toning down that highlight with the adjustment brush, but it might not make enough difference until its toned down a lot...in which case that might look worse because it's less natural looking.  It's hard to say.  I've been doing that a lot lately...toning down rooftops and concrete driveways...

I have the non L 100 macro... bokeh on the L version is much better than the non L (which is as it should be)..

Flash diffusion - i have tried the stofens, I like them for off camera flash work to soften the light a tad...but for on the go shots - I either use the built in bounce card, or just bounce the light off ceiling or walls (for weddings I will also do that with off camera flash, or, depending on the venue, my alien bees...

I am thinking i want to go another route with light mods though for certain things...The idea of a snoot for shooting on camera for slow dances intrigues me...

Interesting.  Several user reviews also said the flash's inboard card was as good as some of the bounce cards, etc.

Hell, I know people that in a pinch use a tissue for diffusion.  It really depends though on what I want to do with the light, which is a lot of trial and error - by no means do i really understand the physics of it yet. If i want to fill the room for a big wide shot, or even close ups - if the ceilings aren't too tall I'll bounce it straight up...or, reverse it so it bounces off the wall and ceiling behind me...but if its a big room with tall ceilings, the light isn't as good so i'll go with the bounce card...if the walls are a really warm color too...i use the card cause the wall will act like a gel.  If i am going with on and off cam...i generally don't diffuse and sett he power fairly low just to fill...that's why i want to try the snoot...snoot on cam and 2 off cam set low as to keep the ambient light...

In rooms with odd shaped ceilings (big rafters or other large obstructions) I through a honeycomb on the alien bee, set it to low and point it towards the dance floor...

I'm still learning all this, not anywhere near as good with it as i want to be...

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 18, 2013, 08:42:47 PM »
The 100L has a better bokeh than what?

Than a lot of lenses.

Which of these were shot with the legendary 85 f1.2 and the 100L macro?

i am agreeing with your guess...

Hard to say but I'm guessing the top and bottom were the 85 and in the middle, the 100...probably wrong.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 18, 2013, 08:20:23 PM »
My 100mm macro is about a week old now!  (to me at least, got it used)...

I find that I am way more prone to use it on my 6d, because I have the grip on the mk3 and that really limits how low to the ground/table/whatever surface i am shooting I can get.  which is fine by me, my 6d has a new best friend!

Nice shot, but the highlight near the center kind of overpowers the ring in my opinion.  Still the bokeh mostly looks nice.  Quite a large ring...must be expensive!

I just ordered a grip for my 6D, and another lens.

I would have rather shot this during the daytime, with window light as my keylight (it's a better approximation of what I'd do on a wedding day)

I may want to consider a video light or 2 for this kind of work, i like my LED's in a pinch, but wish i could dim them (i tried using a kleenex to diffuse it, but wasn't to my liking)...

bokeh...i read about and saw the comparisons...the 100L definitely has a better bokeh - but so far I don't mind the slightly less circular bokeh

The 100L has a better bokeh than what?

What sort of diffusion do you like on your flashguns, like for on-camera flash at events?  I've tried sto-fen in the past...would like to get a small softbox or one of those diffusor hood-reflector things...Seems like the user reviews all vary and read the same with them all...that they're nice but cheaply made...and the larger they are, the more you look like an idiot while using them.

Regarding the image, I would have tried toning down that highlight with the adjustment brush, but it might not make enough difference until its toned down a lot...in which case that might look worse because it's less natural looking.  It's hard to say.  I've been doing that a lot lately...toning down rooftops and concrete driveways...

I have the non L 100 macro... bokeh on the L version is much better than the non L (which is as it should be)..

Flash diffusion - i have tried the stofens, I like them for off camera flash work to soften the light a tad...but for on the go shots - I either use the built in bounce card, or just bounce the light off ceiling or walls (for weddings I will also do that with off camera flash, or, depending on the venue, my alien bees...

I am thinking i want to go another route with light mods though for certain things...The idea of a snoot for shooting on camera for slow dances intrigues me...

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 18, 2013, 03:22:56 PM »
My 100mm macro is about a week old now!  (to me at least, got it used)...

I find that I am way more prone to use it on my 6d, because I have the grip on the mk3 and that really limits how low to the ground/table/whatever surface i am shooting I can get.  which is fine by me, my 6d has a new best friend!

Nice shot, but the highlight near the center kind of overpowers the ring in my opinion.  Still the bokeh mostly looks nice.  Quite a large ring...must be expensive!

I just ordered a grip for my 6D, and another lens.

I would have rather shot this during the daytime, with window light as my keylight (it's a better approximation of what I'd do on a wedding day)

I may want to consider a video light or 2 for this kind of work, i like my LED's in a pinch, but wish i could dim them (i tried using a kleenex to diffuse it, but wasn't to my liking)...

bokeh...i read about and saw the comparisons...the 100L definitely has a better bokeh - but so far I don't mind the slightly less circular bokeh

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 18, 2013, 02:12:25 PM »
My 100mm macro is about a week old now!  (to me at least, got it used)...

I find that I am way more prone to use it on my 6d, because I have the grip on the mk3 and that really limits how low to the ground/table/whatever surface i am shooting I can get.  which is fine by me, my 6d has a new best friend!

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