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Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 27, 2012, 08:34:08 AM »
I've heard about storing your mechanical cameras with their shutters cocked -vs- uncocked, but never a thought of storing a lens on it's side -vs- standing on it's end. With my 3 little boys i would never stand something on it's end unless it was in my case, or i wanted it to break. I'll have to gather my gear a bit for a shot.

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Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 26, 2012, 10:56:12 PM »
In my best Martin Lawrence voice- Damn Jena!

i know i'll probably get a spanking for this, but why do you guys have so much stuff? i mean, holy crap! i probably sound like some of your spouses with that question... in fact, forget i asked it.

my modest amount of gear is usually 1/2 in a pelican case with the lid open, and 1/2 on a shelving unit.

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Canon General / Re: Selling question...
« on: November 26, 2012, 10:40:27 PM »
You should expect to be at the low end of the price range. Certainly you can ask whatever you like, but most people are going to run from that shutter count. Sure the shutter could go another 250k, or die tomorrow, you just never know. I know i'd have to figure in the price of a new shutter with whatever your asking, then look at the alternatives. good luck. 

 reminds me, i had a 1dmk2 that i didn't know the shutter count of. when i went to sell it everyone asked and i couldn't find out. All the usual programs wouldn't touch it. then a guy pointed me to a site where you upload a photo taken with the suspect camera and bam. it figured out the shutter count and then calculated the expected remaining life. neat.
     btw- far short of 251k. just saying.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MARK III with 50 mm f/1.2 performence
« on: November 26, 2012, 11:11:16 AM »
Well, sure you buy an ultra fast lens to use it at ultra fast speeds, but sometimes you just want more DOF, and it would be nice if the 50L was as sharp as the 50mm 1.8(a $100 plastic lens) at more mundane fstops. but perhaps choices in lens design have to be made and you can't have both. If it was the equal or close to the 1.8 at these smaller fstops i would have bought one years ago. every now and again i still think about it though. sharpness isn't the end all for me anyway. this most recent time the thought of buying the 50L was in my mind i bought a sigma 35 1.4, so who knows? maybe i won't like it, and i'll be back to thoughts of the 50L. (i'd like to see the 35L v2, but i'm afraid of the expected price)
 
also, i know what you mean about a camera bringing a lens to life. before i got my 5dmk3 i rarely used my 300mm f2.8. it was OOF so often and just never really did it for me. sure when it hit it was great but i just couldn't count on it. as a part time wedding photog i need to know my gear will work. that's job #1. now, with the mk3, i can use it like it was meant to be used. it's just amazing.

BTW- i've seen some very good low light AF tracking photos on the net from the 5dmk3 and 50L so it might just be up to the task. Personally, unless you think you can figure out in a day or 2 whether or not the 50 is right for you i'd buy in it instead of renting. the resale is high enough that you could probably save money just using it for a month, or a year and selling it if it's not for you.  my 2 cents and my wife will tell you that's about how much it's revalue is :-[

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Pricewatch Deals / lensrental's 7.5/10 used zeiss 21mm, $1,314
« on: November 25, 2012, 08:58:22 PM »
I know it's not exactly a black friday super deal, but i think this is a very good deal for the guy who isn't concerned about hairline coating marks.

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Lenses / Re: Focal Distance: furthest possible maintaining blurred BG
« on: November 25, 2012, 08:13:39 PM »
When i started reading the thread i wasn't understanding the OP. I figured it perhaps just over my head, but the terminology seemed a bit funny. Then i got a better understanding of what he was asking and promptly agreed with neuroanatomist and his side. This might be a hard thing for some to get their head around.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: November 24, 2012, 03:56:19 PM »
I noticed the somewhat funny looking bokeh in most of the shots posted on the net, but really for my style anyway, it isn't an issue at all. YOU guys who see creamy goodness in hte 35mm samples need your eyes checked, and i just bought one of these. People who are into bokeh, and blowing things OOF really shouldn't be fooling with 35mm lenses in the first place. usually it's a guy with a 1/2 frame camera using a 35mm for OOF effects. I would simply say, get a man's camera. And don't tell me you can't afford one, 35m film cams are super cheap and the 5dc isn't terribly expensive either.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:14:15 PM »
Aj, thanks for that link. the shots that were done against the sun are very informative to me. Nothing got washed out, as i've had happen in the past with a few of the sigma lenses i had. Some were so damn bad i had replace them just due to that issue. nice 18pt sunstars, and at least at these sizes, very sharp and colorful. but with it being autumn they should have a problem being colorful.

 i ordered one. also, note B&H have extended their return period until jan 18th  !!!  If i can't find a deal breaker by then, i probably never will.  fingers crossed.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: November 22, 2012, 09:34:05 AM »
the camera will not know what fstop you are using, nor will it stop down the lens during exposure. you can either use it in M mode and use the force(as i do with my film cams) or set your aperture value on the lens itself, then while in a mode set it to the same, and use your camera's meter.   
 while i like to use the force, i'd probably go the "a" mode route.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: November 22, 2012, 09:29:47 AM »
After having a horrible time with sigma repair a few years ago, and not being to impressed with their IQ or build, i swore off sigma forever. Looking at their new 35mm, and reading what Roger has said about the apparent sigma company turnaround, and very kind words for this lens, i'm very strongly reconsidering.   

in fact, i'd said i'm 90% sure i'll buy this lens in the next week or two. maybe later today. ?

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Lenses / Re: Is the EF 800 f/5.6L IS Due for Replacement? [CR2]
« on: November 19, 2012, 07:25:25 PM »
so not only has the lens hood for the relatively newly replaced 400 2.8 IS no longer available, the hood(same hood model) for the still in production 800mm is no longer going to be made? 

 man, with service like that, i might have to reconsider third party gear. It's things like this that keep me anyway from third party gear, but when canon's no better AND living at a much higher price point....

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don't even think of bouncing off a gym ceiling with a shoe mounted flash. that's just not going to do anything but drain your batteries. and,,.. i gotta go my 3yr old needs me, i'll check back in a bit to see if you got any good advise...

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Lenses / Re: Portrait: 85mm 1.8 or 100mm 2.0
« on: November 17, 2012, 05:08:30 PM »
i had a 100 f2, and now own a 85 1.8. the 100f2 was a terrific lens. The 100 has metal filter threads,while the 85's are plastic. they both focus very quickly, and are both very sharp. the 85 seems to have more CA than i remember the 100 having, while the 85 seems to have a bit better bokeh. they both are really great lenses, and i don't think you can go wrong with either. really the main differences are the focal length and speed, and even then there isn't much in it. The only reason i'm now running the 85 instead of the 100 is for that extra 1/3rd stop in speed. i already own 2.8 zooms, so i just wanted something more removed from them.

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i'm not sure some of the people here have ever been out of their mother's basement.

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Lenses / Re: lowlight lens Af action resource?
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:47:18 PM »
well, just the other day i noticed that someone somewhere on here said something about how they loved their 135f2, but the focus was not so great. now, i know that's bull cause i've used one for an indoor soccer tourney, but this is the sort of stuff you can find all over the net. So no one has made an even somewhat scientific test minded test? with all these sites out there, nothing?
   
just stupid stuff, like the site i read the other day where the guy was recommending a 24TS for sports, and a 50mm1.2, and 75-300 IS L as good beginner's lenses.  I forget what the recommended the 90mm TS for, but it was retarded. actually, I don't even have a clue what a 90mm TS might be really good for, but i bet it has a use. 

 it must... right? 
     

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