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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
« on: September 10, 2013, 08:48:14 AM »
These reviews are always interesting as is the wide variety of comments and experiences.
I had a choice between this and the 16-35 l and I went for 17-40 for reasons of price.
I wouldn't say the lens is the greatest ever but I think it's pretty good.
You can take very fine photographs with it. It's so a wide field of view that lack of sharpness in the corner isn't the end of the world. You can take a pretty sharp looking photograph with it.
Alot of photos nowadays are seen on an iPhone from Flickr and Facebook and you definately won't show up flaws then. It takes filters and this is very important for me for landscape photography. The fact it's 77mm is handy in terms of adapters (and lost lens caps).
Maybe my version is better than others (or more compatible with the tolerances in my camera (5D MIII).
I would have to say I am fairly happy with it.
I have a 24 TSE II and I can use that to combine 3 shots for a fairly wide angle view with shift but it's much more convenient to do it with a 17-40mm straight off. The 17-40mm may not be as sharp as the 24 TSE II but for me it's sharp enough and with Live view I can ensure what I definately want in focus is in focus.

I have the Sigma 10-20mm for an APS-C camera. I loved this when I got it first. I just loved Wide Angle at the time. I think I'm not so wide angly any more. The 17-40 was an attempt to replicate this.
I also have the Samyang 14mm which I've used very successfully for Wide Field Astrophotography. It's great for this. It gives me Super Wide Angle if needs be. It's pretty sharp. I have the Samyang 8mm Fisheye. I thought that was great fun on a APS-C camera.
I think now I'm more taking landscapes at 24mm. It's less distorted and I have to think harder about composition rather than fitting it all in.
Anyway a thumbs up from for the 17-40mm. Don't use it too often but it works for me when I do.
If you want to see what I do with this gear here is my Flickr Page.
I wouldn't claim to be the world's greatest photographer or anywhere near that.
I do enjoy it alot and I find Canon Rumors very interesting.
The technical knowledge here is remarkable.
www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan

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Lenses / Re: Lens selection for trip to Ireland
« on: September 08, 2013, 03:16:24 PM »
I live here. I use a 17-40 and a 24 tse quite a lot. My big recommendation would be to bring filters to get the best out of the sky. PM me if you want some location advice. It depends on what you like shooting. Weather I'd the biggest hazard bring a camera cover or a plastic bag

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Lenses / Re: I just ordered my new 70-200 f2.8 MkII today!
« on: September 07, 2013, 07:08:32 AM »
You won't regret it. It's a fantastic lens. Brilliant for portraits and sport. Takes the 1.4 extender really well. I haven't used a better Canon lens. I think it's the best of all (I haven't tried the 135mm but maybe someday )

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Lenses / Re: W/A zoom for 5D MkIII
« on: September 07, 2013, 07:04:33 AM »
You have the 17-40 L and the more expensive 16-35mm. The 17-40 is pretty good if not outstanding. A lens I like is the Samyang / Rokinon 14mm . I thinks it's great . It's manual but I think that makes you a better photographer. It's super for wide field astrophotography combined with the 5D. I understand what you are going through. I liked my Sigma too.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm or High-End Compact?
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:07:14 AM »
I had this issue when thinking about the Sigma 35mm 1.4 or a compact.
In the end I went for a Fuji X100s. Second hand.

It's a great camera fixed 35mm. It means I have a great compact. I've no regrets.
I have the 40mm lens amnd it's great but I don't use it much.
I happen to like the 50mm 1.4 .
It's maybe not as sharp but I like the image and the possibilities at 1.4
You won't go to far wrong either way.

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Lenses / Re: Very Stuck Filter
« on: May 31, 2013, 01:31:57 PM »
Thanks for all the kind replies. I'm in Ireland sending back to Canon isn't a straight forward option.
The lens is working perfectly (thank god). I might wait until the filter gets further  damaged and hack saw it off when there is no choice.
I found a reply from a similar query written by Mt Spokane . He used a thing that pushed back the dent ( I can't remember the actual name. It was like a filter repair tool. It was on the Microtools site. It was unavailable in Europe and out of stock in the US.

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Lenses / Very Stuck Filter
« on: May 31, 2013, 05:50:34 AM »
Hi All,
I dropped a 70-200MM F2.8 II a pretty heavy lens head first onto a wooden floor.
There wasn't much damage, the lens itself seems to be functioning pretty well.
The UV filter however is dented and rigidly stuck in place.
I've tried all the normal methods of filter removal.
ie: Rubber Band, A Lens Filter Wrench (which I especially bought to remove it - These weren't great. They don't grip that much, with the filter there isn't that much to grip anyway), by hand, shoving it into a rubber mat and twisting etc.
I even put it in a freezer to see if that made any difference.
I had settled on just leaving it there stuck, the glass in the filter is fine.
My problem is I can't attach my 10 stop filter to it - and I'd like to be able to do that.


Anyone got a good idea about what to try next?
I've seen a Youtube demonstration of scoring the glass tapping it and removing it and then hacksawing the filter to weaken it and then removing it. This seems fraught with danger to the lens.

I can't be the first person this happened too. I am hoping somebody has a winning suggestion.
The filter is a Hoya so I assume it's aluminum (but not sure).
I was told if it was brass I might have had some chance.

Your in hope
Fergal

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Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm vs 50mm f/1.4
« on: May 10, 2013, 01:11:44 PM »
I have both lens but rarely use the 40mm. That's because I love the 50mm 1.4. It often gets a bad wrap here but I just love the photos I get with it. Maybe I have a good copy (or good +\- tolerance matching with the camera). The 40mm is good but lacks a specialness. I like shallow depth of field. STM is not of much use without a body that can use it. My lens collection has grown but the 50mm always comes along.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85L II AF speed on 5D III???
« on: May 02, 2013, 05:48:31 PM »
Personally I love this lens. I suppose it's more of a specialised portrait lens. I love the shallow depth of field and te bokeh. Focusing is noticeably slow but to be honest I think it improves your photography when it takes a bit more effort. It's quite a stubby lens, short fat and a bit heavy. Could be easy to drop . The rear glass is quite flush to the back. Attaching it isn't difficult but not as easy as others. I'd recommend it. F1.2 is special
I have a few recent photos near the top of my Flickr page with it (two dogs)
www.flickr.com/FergalO'Callaghan

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Ring Flash for Macro Work
« on: April 20, 2013, 06:55:30 PM »
Hi All,
I was wondering if people had advice as to what Ring Flash I should by to help with Macro work.
I find it hard to find a comparative study of Ring Flashes .
I'm open to any brand.
Look forward to your knowledgeable input.
Kind Regards
Fergal

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Lenses / Jammed Filter
« on: April 13, 2013, 11:57:56 AM »
Hi all
I unfortunately dropped a lense or of my bag today onto the floor.
Unfortunately it was a bad choice.
It was a 70-200mm is II so it was a Big Bang. The lens looks intact but the UV filter is jammed and dented.
I've tried using a washing up glove to get grip and putting it in a freezer.
It didn't budge a millimetre .
Anyone got a suggest as to what to try next
Kind Regards
Fergal

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Lenses / Re: Focusing Advice on a Canon 24mm TS-E
« on: April 10, 2013, 06:54:53 PM »
Thanks for all the great advice. That e-book might be very useful.
I was checking focussing screens .
Am I correct there are no Canon focusing screens for the 5D Mark III.
Is it even necessary / helpful?

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Lenses / Re: Focusing Advice on a Canon 24mm TS-E
« on: April 09, 2013, 07:07:18 PM »
Some great advice there everyone. Very informative and food for thought.
Someone recommended changing the focusing screen.
Is that a good way to go as well.
Kind Regards
Fergal

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Lenses / Re: Focusing Advice on a Canon 24mm TS-E
« on: April 09, 2013, 01:01:29 PM »
Thanks Ahab, This is good information.
Anyone else with Tips/ Tricks or experience with something like a Hoodman Loupe

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Lenses / Focusing Advice on a Canon 24mm TS-E
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:15:25 AM »
Hi All,
I have a new Canon 24mm TS-E II and am still only getting used to it.
I have a few Samyang Manual Lens (8mm and 14mm) and you get away alot with manual focussing because of the wide angle. It tends to be hard to be too far out of focus.
If it looks in focus in the view finder it's pretty much in focus in reality.

With the Canon 24mm TS-E it's a little trickier.
I am using a Canon 5D Mark III
Unshifted/Untilted it's not so hard to focus and it's pretty sharp.
As you tilt you start getting out of focus and then it getting tricky to focus the parts you want to be in focus.
So generally I use live view but I'm not sure whether there is a better method or more precise way.
Specifically I've seen that people use a Hoodman Loupe sometimes to view the screen.
I am wondering would using one of these allow you to focus more accurately than using 10x on the screen.
If you used the Loupe with the screen at 10x is it all pixelated or the most accurate way to judge accuracy.

I'd also be interested if anyone had links to instructional videos or websites on using the Canon TS-E.
I am interested in finding out roughly the degree of tilt required for the  Scheimpflug principle.
From my experimenting it appears to be very little as it starts to blur very quickly as you tilt down (which I believe is the direction of tilt required for the Scheimpflug principle.
The other thing is to learn the degree of shift required to straighten up buildings. This is trickier than I thought it would be. Focusing keeps changing and blur is introduced as you adjust.

It's a very interesting and enjoyable lens I must say. You can do alot of the effects in CS6 pretty easily nowadays. It's nice to do it without that and it slows down your photography alot as there is alot to concentrate on. It helps improve composition and slows down the number of shots taken.

I have taken a few shots I'm happy with and have them up on Flickr. They are not amazing by any means but crafted only using the lens and little or no adjustment in Photoshop (which is a change for me)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fergalocallaghan/8632951200/#in/photostream/





Kind Regards
Fergal

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