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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Carl Zeiss ZE 35 f/2
« on: June 11, 2012, 11:08:14 PM »
I dunno but the even though wide open the zeiss looks sharper in these comparisons
Looking back towards where I had come from, I liked the line of the path and the two trees:

You call those things trees?   ;D  Your little valley is wonderful.  What a great place to hike. 

Thanks Wickidwombat for the link to the Zeiss lens.  That is appreciated and will be helpful for decisions. 

Hmmm....... can't believe this thread is still going but hey what the heck.  There is good information here and while I am enjoying the 5d3 as it is, I'm getting interested in trying the grip.  I have large hands and it would be interesting to have more to latch on to.  I'd like to get another lens for my video work but the grip would be nice for the straight photography aspect.  Decisions, decisions. 

I got the Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro tripod and the Manfrotto 701HDV Pro Fluid head and had great success with both.  I don't have any comparative experience with others.  The tripod is heavy. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Carl Zeiss ZE 35 f/2
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:59:31 PM »

They absolutely are, after a year of shooting with L glass I used some Zeiss glass on the last shoot I did and I don't think I can go back to Canon for video now.  I got the 21, 50, and 100 but am going to pick up the 25 f/2, 35 f/2, and 85 1.4 once I sell my Canon glass. 

This is the kind of information I'm looking for. I've seen all kinds of websites touting this Zeiss lens or that but I don't want to drop that kind of money without some "consumer" feedback on them. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Carl Zeiss ZE 35 f/2
« on: June 08, 2012, 08:49:27 PM »
I saw this review in dpreview and have been looking for a zeiss lens for video, hence my interest:

For the growing number of photographers and videographers using DSLR’s for movie making, the Distagon T* 2/35 ZE is one of four prime lenses making a core set, joining the Distagon T* 2/28 ZE, Planar T* 1.4/50 ZE and Planar T* 1.4/85 ZE. These lenses are well suited for HD video applications due not only to their exceptional image quality, but for the smooth focus and long focus rotations.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Carl Zeiss ZE 35 f/2
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:06:06 PM »
Have you had an opportunity to try any video with it yet?  Looks very tempting.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Carl Zeiss ZE 35 f/2
« on: June 08, 2012, 04:45:45 PM »
For some reason, I'm hungry and what time is lunch?

I think it's going too far to say that the 5D has "bad ergonomics".  I find it immensely comfortable to use, with the only 'why did they do that' button placement being the playback zoom buttons.  Yes, perhaps the 1Ds have better ergonomics - and I certainly prefer the integrated grip look rather than the 'bolt-on' type - but mostly it seems like you have particular preferences that are determined by the size of your hands or simply habit.

I agree with Smithy.  You've been using the ID for how many years and you say it's better than a camera that you've used for how long?  Oh, that's right "playing with it for a while" and you decided to share your wisdom.  My apologies for my sarcasm.

Yosemite here I come.  Assuming I can get in, assuming I can afford the gas to get there (I bought a 5dIII), assuming I can get a place to stay, assuming the bears already ate that couple from Minnesota.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video & Audio
« on: June 05, 2012, 06:15:10 PM »
I'm learning a lot from this discussion.  Keep it going.

Lenses / Re: Used Lenses
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:34:57 AM »
I've bought two lens from ebay sellers and was pleased with both.  I only consider buyers who have more than 500 sales and they must have 100% satisfaction.  No grays and no reds.  Those people have something to lose if they mess with you.  I read the last 50 transactions too just to see if there are any comments worth considering, like slow shipping. 

A little off your thread question but something worth considering. 

IQ is almost identical at 400mm. I basically use my 100-400L at 400mm like most. I kept the 100-400 mostly for the following reasons:
It is much shorter and stores in the same length as the 70-200L.  You will not like trying to store the long 400mm f/5.6 L
IS comes in handy, don't underestimate it, I've used it at 1/20 sec handheld.
Close focus.  When you want to actually fill the frame with a small bird or object, you can get close enough to do it, the 400 5.6L does not focus closely.
Ocassionally, the zoom comes in handy.
If it matters, resale value is a little better as well.
For your purpose, the 400mm f/5.6 L will be fine, but the other advantages of the 100-400L make it a lot more versatile and easy to use.  Thats why you see it recommended so often.


Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 released
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:42:42 AM »
Thanks for the tip.  I've been using the beta raw for my 5dIII and love it.

This may be "ignorance is bliss" but I enjoy and use LR 4 for my personal and professional work.  I have not used the previous versions of LR so I can't compare with the current version but I am mystified by all the ruckus. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Dogs playing around
« on: May 29, 2012, 01:28:18 PM »
Playing wolves and buffalo.......... and the buffalo don't like it........

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