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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss 135mm f2 Apo Sonnar Preview
« on: April 30, 2013, 12:43:03 PM »

It also has a unique 2100$ price tag too but hey! I'm not saying it isn't the best performing 135mm made just like the zeiss 15mm 2.8 is the best UW lens made. I'm simply saying that sharpness and CA were never an issue with years of me using the 135L but IS was, and a bit more speed would be nice.

Well, the price is in line with other top glass. Canon 85L and the new 24-70 are in the same club.

When you consider it in this perspective it's not so expensive after all.

Not really. The 85L is unique because its f/1.2 and the 24-70 is a zoom, can't really compare. Now if this 135mm were f/1.8, then I could hold it in the same category but f/2? No practical reason to consider upgrading.

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No practical reason for you. Fair enough. But I wasn't talking about you, I was comparing the price of this lens with other lenses in the same quality league. It doesn't seem to me that its price is way off the standard for the best glass club.

Sure, Because my opinions are exactly what they are. My own thoughts on a subject and my opinion's are always about practical use of equipment. Which on this particular lens, isn't very high on my list of practicality.

If others find my opinion of value, great. If not, great but doesn't sway me one bit.

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Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt vs PocketWizard Flex TT5 Setup
« on: April 30, 2013, 11:07:05 AM »
The 600RT system is slick, easy to use and very reliable from some rental's I've used. I really really like the 600-rt's if your willing to sacrifice $$$$ and Second Curtain sync off camera.

I never liked PW's TTL setups. Complex arrangements, Issues with 580II's, and Generally I shoot manual 90% of the time. That's why I still use El cheapo Cowboy triggers until I just replace all my speed-lites with 600's, but that has to wait until I sell off my ancient strobes for einsteins.

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Lighting / Re: Knockoff Speedlights
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:59:34 AM »
Sure why not? Just don't expect alot of fluff with this speedlite.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Back to the Future Parts 1/2/3 Canon Strategy
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:09:11 AM »
Lets be clear on one thing.

When canon inc filled out the Forms to make a corporation their is two boxes to choose from.

For profit or for non-profit

I believe canon chose wisely.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss 135mm f2 Apo Sonnar Preview
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:01:43 AM »

It also has a unique 2100$ price tag too but hey! I'm not saying it isn't the best performing 135mm made just like the zeiss 15mm 2.8 is the best UW lens made. I'm simply saying that sharpness and CA were never an issue with years of me using the 135L but IS was, and a bit more speed would be nice.

Well, the price is in line with other top glass. Canon 85L and the new 24-70 are in the same club.

When you consider it in this perspective it's not so expensive after all.

Not really. The 85L is unique because its f/1.2 and the 24-70 is a zoom, can't really compare. Now if this 135mm were f/1.8, then I could hold it in the same category but f/2? No practical reason to consider upgrading.

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It's been dodged and burned in PS. A technique as old as photography itself.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What makes a Polarizer worth it's price?
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:20:13 AM »
I use kaesamann B&W filters because I want to get years of use out of them. Plus, I've noticed less cast with them than other tiffen and Hoya filters.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bye Canon?
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:16:06 AM »
They use MF because they destroy anything 35mm can offer for what they do. Period.

Sync speeds, leaf shutters, massive sensor size, exceptional glass, and a sense of seriousness for client PR.

I find it amusing when some compared high MP 35mm to MF, its no comparison at all.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss 135mm f2 Apo Sonnar Preview
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:00:56 AM »
No IS + F/1.8 = No replacement for 135L.

So the IQ of a lens would be great if it had IS and 1.8? I am sure that someone like you knows that there is much more to a lens: Corner sharpness, build quality, hard stops, Bokah, fall off, sharpness at f2 etc etc. Besides 1.8 or 2 does not make much difference in real life photography. :)

Not saying that. Just saying you get to a point where comparing razors to razors like the 135L and the zeiss that its pretty much irrelevant. For me, The issues I run into is the lack of IS and I could use a bit more speed.

Another sharp 135mm f/2 is nice but I see IS and 1.8 to be much more useful.

We're talking about what seems to be a true apochromatic design = almost ZERO CA and RSA even wideopen.

In Nikonland people say that focus confirmation works flawlessly on D4 and D800. I would assume it's going to be the same for the ZE version.

I agree that AF and IS will probably increase your keeper rate. But this lens is not meant for people who want more keepers; it's meant for people who want the Zeiss look with best optics and the best build out there. For these people all the rest is secondary. There's no reason to compare this lens to others: it's unique.

It also has a unique 2100$ price tag too but hey! I'm not saying it isn't the best performing 135mm made just like the zeiss 15mm 2.8 is the best UW lens made. I'm simply saying that sharpness and CA were never an issue with years of me using the 135L but IS was, and a bit more speed would be nice.

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Lenses / Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:49:32 PM »
Primes just aren't as useful as a zoom in groups and events.  There will be plenty of times when you are in-between focal distances.  Sure you can crop at the high end but then you lose some picture quality.  Three camera's?  Um, no.  I may use two for a 50mm and a zoom...

I'm simply saying that the IQ wasn't up to par on the 28-135mm. It's IQ wasn't enough that I never used it much over cheaper primes. Then again, I've shoot pretty much prime exclusive since my minolta maxxum AF. I really don't like the 28-135 but I like my 24-105L.

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Lenses / Re: How about a new 28-135mm?
« on: April 29, 2013, 05:16:23 PM »
I prefer 24mm over 28mm to sacrifice the 135mm length. The 28-135mm is a pretty duff lens and never liked mine enough to use it over my primes. To upgrade it would make it much more expensive than the budget lens it is.

Personally, a F/2.8 24-105L IS would be preferred in my uses.

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Just in time to throw some more fat on this fire:
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/04/zeiss-ze-135mm-f2-vs-canon-135mm-f2l

Pretty much agree, Razors to Razors but I wouldn't spend 1000$ more for the Zeiss. Both of these lenses need IS and/or f/1.8 for me to drop my current 135L.


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Is the difference is price worth the risk to warranty, etc. I have never had a camera sent in for warranty repair, but that does not mean it does not happen.

Will you kick yourself if you get caught up in warranty wars?

Not really. At that price, I could stab the sensor and still get a CPS repair cheaper than buying "officially". Plus I'm sure I could get canon to back their product over the phone, as I've done before.

I love canon services, they're second to none.

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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Release Date [CR1]
« on: April 28, 2013, 10:27:54 AM »
The worst kept secret product ever.

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Canon General / Re: How much would you pay?
« on: April 28, 2013, 09:53:52 AM »
I would pay exactly .23 cents.

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