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Lenses / Re: A New EF 50 f/1.8 IS? [CR1]
« on: July 09, 2012, 02:50:26 PM »
LENS SPEED >>> IMAGE STABILIZATION  in 50mms anyway. 8)
You need to stop down the lens  to get the depth of field for the interior shots. So speed is useless even for 50mm

If your stopping down, Why are you using primes again? ???

Lenses / Re: What would you do if you were me?
« on: July 09, 2012, 12:00:52 PM »
Lately, I have been thinking about how fragmented my gear really is. I currently have two different system of lenses, one being EF and the other EF-S. I have the 5D Mark II and the 550D with the 24-70L, 50mm f1.8, 18-55, and 55-250. Since these are like two different mounts, I think that I may be hampered without the compatibility to fit my lenses on all of my body. At the same time, I am thinking of revamping my kit and upgrading to something better. I usually do event photography for school, some occasional street photography, still life, and portraitures. If you had a budget of below $1500, what will you do?

Sell the 550D and the 18-55 and 55-250. = 700-800$

800$ + 1500$ =2300$

1. 135mm F/2L
2. 35mm F1.4L or 24mm 1.4L II


The nikon 85mm 1.8G DOES NOT surpass the 100mm F/2 canon. NOT ONE BIT, and its a very old design. Why fix what ain't broke? Did you even look at the crops? Nikon barely caught up but still has tons of CA's.

As a owner and user of the EF 100/2.0 I must say, that CA are really BAD on that lens. Not only wide open but quite visible all the way up to f/5.6. Especially purple fringing (loCAs). Of course, that will not show an black and white portraits of dogs. ;-)  The bokeh is not bad, but suffers from cornered bokeh highlights due to non-rounded aperture blades.   

So, yes - the 100/2.0 is a very decent 1980's lens and I like it qquite a bit. I use it frequently for concerts, because it is very sharp, has very fast Ring-USM AF and is 1 stop faster and way more compact than the 70-200 2.8.  But, it certainly is due for a Mark II makeover! Give it 9 nicely rounded aperture blades and super spectra (sub wvaelength) coating on front lens and rear lens and an IS ... but keep the price reasonable and it would be fit for the next 30 years!

While I have not tried the Nikon 85/1.8 myself, looking at the specs and at sample pics from one of my Nikon pals ... it is superior to the 100/2.0.

I never said the 85mm 1.8G was a bad lens. All I said is that Nikon barely caught up and to claim that is vastly superior to either the Canon 85mm 1.8 or 100mm f/2 is non-sense. Especially as the canon alternatives are 100$ cheaper and they provide equal performance to the ALL NEW NIKON 85mm 1.8G! :o :o :o Fancy!

As for black & white portraits not showing CA's, I had a beer and took a photo. I don't see any CA's at f/2.8, so I don't see this remark of CA's at F/5.6 being solid. If your shooting tree branches all day into the afternoon sun, show me a lens that doesn't show CA's. :P

D30 - 100mm F/2 @ 2.8

For those seeing no difference between crop and ff:
- difference exists, and it's huge: in DoF and DR/IQ.

If you want to start shooting fashion, you must have gear according to the fashion level you want to shot. If it's some school stuff, then it's Kiss camera. Going to pro means going to (at least) FF.

I would suggest kiss+85mm as starter level and 5dm2 or 3 + 100mm IS/70-200 f4 is as semi-pro/pro.

Nobody said there is "no difference between crop and FF". The question was advice on a logical step up from a p&s on a budget. Sure for super quality on a full pro level the sky is the limit. For a person making their first step in the DSLR word, the t2i is a very good option.
BTW, that's what I'm talking about: amateur photographer for amateur fashion shots - rebel is the choice.

Rebel Crop sensor with 18mp or A equally priced 5Dc with 12mp for fashion? I'd prefer the full frame option.

Full frame sensors will resolve more detail per MP than a crop frame. It makes terrible lenses look better and coupled with the 100mm F/2, would be a supreme setup.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: July 09, 2012, 09:52:12 AM »
Correct me if I'm wrong here. Look at DPreviews stop wedge here.

Without any additional ADL or any extra processing in camera and nothing on. The d800 gets the same DR as the 5D3? Its showing this, so does that mean all the nikon is doing is pulling more from the blacks and pulling more recovery by a software curve at the cost of noise? Its seems like fake DR to me.

If yes, This means that the nikon sensor is not doing anything better than the canon. Just adding a curve which I could do to the canon in post and get the same result right? This also confirms my suspicion that Bayer sensor have hit there peak already and new sensor design like the Fuji S5pro are needed to gain True DR.

If not, Is this test valid?

Just seems like a false 14-stop DR from nikon by this test.

This test is JPG.

But it mentioned that it could be applied in post. Does that mean the RAW without any extra processing is the same DR, but must be processed to achieve the 14 Stop DR?

Lenses / Re: Advice for trip to Hawaii
« on: July 08, 2012, 05:33:54 PM »
5 lenses:  16-35L, 24-70L, 70-200L, 35L, 100L
4 lenses:  16-35L, 24-70L, 70-200L, 35L
3 lenses:  24-70L, 70-200L, 35L

plus flash, which I'd use at dawn/dusk/night.

The 35L is great for night/street photos, and the 70-200 is great for portraits if you have the space (which you should).   The 24-70 can be used for landscape and general walk-around lens.  If you plan on staying on Oahu only, I'd skip the tripod.  But if you were going to Haleakela for a sunrise, then a tripod is a must.  :D


I am going to San Diego and disneyland soon and want to carry my gear on my trip. I have the following:
Canon 5d3
24-105 with hood
50mm 1.4 hood
70-200 f4 is with hood (buying soon)
extra battery
430 ex ii
270 ex ii

I was used to the lowe pro sling shot 102AW but since going full frame now everything is bigger. I need to be able to stash the camera and grab it when a photo op comes up quickly so I would need to be able to stow the worst case scenario 5d3 with 70-200. The only ones I have found are the lowe pro 302aw which seems so big for a sling or the fastpack 350 but does not seem so well received. I have looked at the flipside but it seems so hard to spin the bag around just to take out the camera.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

I took just a 24mm & 50mm to our orlando trip with a 5D. Best decision ever, as I only had to think about framing for two FOV. Easy as pie. 8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Stupid missing feature on 5D2 (auto iso)
« on: July 08, 2012, 05:11:24 PM »
I wish Auto ISO worked that good in my 5Dc. >:( Oh well.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx a compromise?
« on: July 08, 2012, 05:09:42 PM »
The 1Dx is a stunning camera, and will be for the next 4 years. Wheres the compromise? 8)

This is a nice post. The only reason I'm not switching is nikons primes lack any uniqueness in their rendering.

Don't forget that nikon barely made their 85 1.8G while us canon prime users have had the just as good 85mm 1.8 and the even better performing 100mm F/2 since the 80's WITH USM! Check the tests here for yourself and heres a photo of the 100mm's superb creamy bokeh. The Nikon has terrible CA.

Canonites have had the USM in the 85 1.8 for a long time, BUT, Nikon's 85 1.8d is also very highly regarded and it's just as good as the canon 85 1.8(better in some ways worse in others depending on your preference)  The new Nikon 1.8G is much better than the Canon 85 1.8 or 100 f2.

The 50L has the best bokeh available in an 35mm SLR system from that focal length, Period. It's a lens that has character in which i've never seen in any of nikons 50mm's, which is the whole point. CHARACTER.

It's also a terrible waste of money since 99 out of 100 people couldn't tell the difference between a shot taken with the 1.4 and the way overpriced 1.2.

As for nikon blowing canons prime offerings out of the water, you are sadly mistaken.

I agree with this...but Nikon is close and has been rapidly closing over last several years. 

Nice shot of the sheperd

99% of people don't even know what f/stop is, let alone tell the difference. When I look at my photos, I tell the difference. Thats what matters.

The discerning photographer will choose his lenses carefully on a particular look he/she wants. Some are willing pay more, some aren't willing to do so, nothing new. Name some 50mm F/1.2 lenses or faster that are or we're cheap when released?

That's right, None, because these ultra-speed lenses develop character in there compromises in design to get such insane speeds.

The nikon 85mm 1.8G DOES NOT surpass the 100mm F/2 canon. NOT ONE BIT, and its a very old design. Why fix what ain't broke? Did you even look at the crops? Nikon barely caught up but still has tons of CA's.

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: July 08, 2012, 04:48:11 PM »
My new assistant. Saw good light and took the photo. 8)

Portrait / Re: First post - Sharing work
« on: July 08, 2012, 04:38:13 PM »
Good stuff. Keep shooting. 8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Any actual photographers out there?
« on: July 08, 2012, 04:32:27 PM »
Love this site and the various topics that seem to get people hot under the collar. But am amazed at the rather low level of knowledge out there on the subject of photography and the poor quality of work being showcased in these forums. Is it just me or do others agree?

Yes, There is alot of photography here that isn't very good but I dont judge. Art is in the eye of the beholder and I cannot say that one persons photos are better or worse than my own. All I can do is give my opinion on what my eye likes or doesn't like.

Then there is the person who orders the very best of equipment but cannot take a good photo. There is more to photography than equipment, and that is more important to the final product, PHOTOS.

There is plenty of honest helpful photographers on this forum. Its nothing like DPreview forums, which seems to be chalked full of flamers, trolls, and arm-chair elitists.

Good to see you've learned something new in photography. We're all always learning. 8)

Thanks alot! Im still using XP Pro 32bit baby! 8)

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