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Software & Accessories / Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:22:32 PM »
I've been using a Dolica ZX600B300 tripod for the last year and have gotten into doing a lot of panoramas.  While the ball head and legs are great for panos when shooting the camera horizontally, having the camera vertical with my 200mm 2.8 makes it feel like it could tip over.  I would like to change over and get an L bracket for my Canon 5d Mkii.  I've been trying to find out weather my clamp could take arca plates and it sounds like it can not and sense all L brackets are for arca plates, this causes a problem. 

I'm looking for a new clamp to put on top of my ball head and I'm wondering what ones will fit and work best.  I'm also wondering what would be a good L bracket for a non gripped 5d mkii.  The RRS ones look great but there prices are a bit high, I found this one on ebay from china that looks like it would do a good job, it can still use the cable release when shot in portrait.


Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Helios 44-2 58mm f/2.0 M42
« on: January 31, 2014, 11:51:32 PM »
I got a 44M-4 about a month ago along with a fotodiox adapter for my 5d mkii.  It does have mirror hang so I put a very thing rubber band in between the adapter and the lens.  The lens now doesn't focus to infinity but it does allow for a little bit closer focusing distance and stopped all the way down you can get everything in focus.  Love the lens so far but haven't gotten to use it to much yet, but I picked mine up for $10 with a body at a thrift shop, friend ended up wanting the body and gave me more then what I payed for the whole thing, so far I have made a profit on this lens without even selling a print!  Below are some fun shots with the cats eye bokeh.

Beautiful lens flare

So sharp you can see my reflection in her eye!

Close focus

Even more bokeh

Some shots with my Helios 44M-4 on a 5D MKII

Having a 1120mm F/2.8 sounds pretty awesome to me!

Such a lens would likely weigh over 100 lbs.  The 'crop factor' applies to aperture (in terms of DoF for equivalent framing) and ISO noise scales inversely with total light by approximately the same factor.  The only thing the smaller sensor buys you is more pixels on target (and that's only because smaller sensors usually have a higher pixel density, but for example the Nikon D800 puts more pixels on target than the Canon T3).

I understand that it would not have the equivalent DoF.  I was more thinking that it would allow for a faster shutter speed then say something like an SX50.

With all the talk about the Tamron 150-600mm, I've been looking for a cheaper way to get it super telephoto nature photography.  I'm moving to Montana in a matter of months and I will be living close to Yellowstone.  I've already gone out and photographed the landscape but I have no real way of getting the animals at a safe distance.  I have a 200mm F/2.8 II which is just not long enough.  In comes the idea of using a Pentax Q as a teleconverter.  I've been looking online at the prices of them and it looks like you can pick them up for about $150 or so and an adapter for $20.  I haven't taken the dive and gotten them yet in fear of poor image quality.  I can only think that having a 5.6 or a 4.7 times crop factor would bring all of the small imperfections of a lens out.   If anyone has tried using a Pentax Q with an adapter I would love to know how well it works.  Having a 1120mm F/2.8 sounds pretty awesome to me!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 15, 2014, 07:20:55 PM »
Just a Robin

Lenses / Re: Helios 44M-4 and 5D MKii
« on: January 12, 2014, 12:13:28 AM »
Lens does hit mirror, put a rubber band between the lens and adapter so it will no longer hit, lost infinity buy got a little bit closer of focusing which is most important because I will be using this lens for portraits.  Already got some cool shots with it.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 11, 2014, 08:00:04 PM »
Barn Owl in the snow, Canon 5d mkii, 200mm F/2.8L ii

Lenses / Re: Helios 44M-4 and 5D MKii
« on: January 09, 2014, 01:45:44 AM »
Not sure about the 5D series.  It doesn't hit on my 6D, at least in my limited testing, though the original 44M does.  Of course, the 5D has a slightly larger mirror than the 6D, so that isn't a guarantee.

If you want to be paranoid, just put it in live view mode if you're going to be shooting pictures at or near infinity.

Thanks, I plan on using it mainly in live view so a can get precise focus, my only fear is that my camera often goes out of live view if I don't adjust it for about a minute and I don't want the mirror to come crashing down on the lens and hurting itself.

Lenses / Helios 44M-4 and 5D MKii
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:26:22 AM »
Just got myself a Helios 44M-4 at a thrift shop, came with a Zenit 11 but I just bought the camera for the lens.  I know these lenses are supposed to have beautiful bokeh but I've also heard some will hit the mirror of full frame cameras.  I shoot with a 5D MKII and I just ordered a this adapter

I was wondering if anyone had any experience with a similar set up and weather it hit the mirror and if there are any modifications that can easily be done to the lens to avoid this. 

Here is an image of the lens itself

I'm so seriously excited about this!! If it matches the 35 A, I will buy it ASAP. Anyone want to buy a Zeiss f2?

I'll trade your Zeiss for a 50mm 1.8 and friendship for life  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Aftermarket upgrading of cameras?
« on: January 05, 2014, 01:58:53 AM »
Only thing I can think of is Hot Rod or someone will remove the AA filter to increase sharpness.  Would love to do it to my 5d mkii but I've only heard it's a bad idea.  Guess I'll wait for the 5d MkIVR or what ever they'll call it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Change from T3i to 70d, or invest in a new lens?
« on: December 24, 2013, 12:20:43 AM »
If your just shooting with kit lenses on a rebel, I would really recommend going for a Sony RX10.  If your traveling around a lot, it's perfect!  No need to change lenses and a constant F/2.8 lens. 

Lenses / Re: Should I choose the 70-200 2.8 II?
« on: December 18, 2013, 04:34:09 PM »
If you are just going to be shooting at the long end all the time, I would recommend going for the 200mm F/2.8 II.  I do a lot of landscapes and when I do want to go wide, I often find myself using this lens to create panoramas because it is so sharp and has very little distortion.  It is as sharp or sharper then the amazing 70-200mm 2.8 IS II.   The downside is no IS but being light weight, it is less of a problem.  Auto focus is incredibly fast and accurate on my mkii, something I can't say about any of my other lesses really.  The bokeh it produces looks incredible.  The lens is also not a big white, so you can go a little more unnoticed.   Here are some shots with the lens to show how sharp it is.

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:51:02 AM »
50mm 1.8 ii

Sigma 105mm Macro

Canon 200mm 2.8

great shots, I really like the ones produced by sigma!

It is such a great lens, it is the non OS version, I picked it up on ebay for $300, it is pretty much the sharpest lens I have ever used.  Has incredibly bad auto focus though! 

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