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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: September 12, 2013, 09:38:34 PM »
I just sold my 35 L today, and no, I will not replace it with a siggy, I have something else in mind.  8)

Pray tell.  Zeiss 35 f/1.4 Distagon perhaps?

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 09:32:34 PM »
For things I shoot, f/2 is where the good stuff is.
Yup, and when wider than f/2 is needed at 50mm, 50 f/1.2 steps in.  I mostly use the 50L from f/1.4 to f/1.8, where its color, contrast, and bokeh really are class-leading.


Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
« on: September 12, 2013, 12:05:30 AM »

IMG_0469bw by drjlo1, on Flickr


Would the 85L be a little too long for small bars?

Since it is manual focus, I'd not have a problem with the 50L with any backfocus, right?

In addition to being too long for small bars, 85L has focus-by-wire which feels vague and requires way-long throws of focus ring to change focus.  It's also very heavy and without IS, simply not a good video lens. 

50L is better, with good focus ring, but if I were you, I'd check out Canon 35mm f/2 IS, which is wider for better environmental video with very useful IS for video hand-holding.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony's new little cameras
« on: September 10, 2013, 03:07:20 PM »
What people really want is to stick that 1" sensor (from Sony RX100) into a decently small phone that can be carried easily on a belt holster, etc.  Even the Nokia 1020 only has a 2/3" sensor. 

Or...Give us a Sony RX1r with smartphone built in.  It will be largish for a phone, but I for one would be willing to carry it around. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 10, 2013, 12:42:11 AM »
Here's hoping 50 f1.4 ART is sharp at f/1.4.

The Sigma 35mm 1.4 for example is light years ahead of Canon's offering. It's like night and day. The 85mm 1.4 is also light years ahead of Canon's offerings

"Light years" and "night and day?"  To me, light years is something like the difference between iPhone shooting in pitch darkness vs. full frame.  While I am very happy that Sigma (and Tamron) are coming up with competitive lenses, which hopefully drives Canon to more R&D and to lower their crazy prices, my concern about how these lenses will behave with FUTURE Canon bodies remains. 

For example, I did have the Sigma 70 Macro, which was one sharp lens, but it would not autofocus properly in live view with my new-then Canon body, and Sigma service could not fix it, either. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:25:37 AM »
Great job on these videos, which obviously must have taken tons of time. 
When CaNikon comparisons are done, it must not be just me wishing to stuff the Nikon sensor into Canon body  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: September 08, 2013, 11:44:40 PM »

EOSD4810 by drjlo1, on Flickr

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals: Canon Lens Price Drops
« on: September 06, 2013, 01:59:17 AM »
Kind of surprised Canon raised 50L's price, which many view as being replaced soon.  I hope this does not mean a new 50 is not forthcoming from Canon.

Lenses / Re: Portrait lens: Canon 100L 2.8 vs 85L 1.2
« on: August 31, 2013, 04:47:58 PM »
IME pretty much any good lens works fine in stopped-down studio situations with controlled backdrop and lighting.  I prefer the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II for its excellent IQ and IS.  100L works just fine, too.

For pretty much any other portrait needs, I far prefer the 85L which I like to shoot at f/1.6 to 1.8 range most of the time.  Below at f/1.6.

EOSD4569 by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: Mount EF, EF-S or L lens on EOS-M --- Your thought???
« on: August 28, 2013, 12:49:40 AM »

EOSD4651 by drjlo1, on Flickr

Finally got around to trying my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 on EOS-M, and as great as Tokina is, I must say the EF-M 18-55mm produces very nice results when comparing Tokina's 16 mm vs Canon's 18 mm.  Shot at say f/3.5, other than the mild difference in focal length, it would be difficult for me to tell the two apart as far as sharpness and IQ. 

A friend of mine just came back from a 15-day trip through national parks, carrying his D600.  Before the trip, he was so happy his new D600 did not have the oil spot problem.  He came back and said once he started clicking away, logging many shots, oil spots started to develop, now with the whole left upper quadrant showing many oil spots, which are present on all these beautiful photo's of national parks  :(

EOS-M / Re: Some EOS M Information [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2013, 12:22:34 PM »
I prefer the way live view works with the M's touch screen for tripod/MF shooting for landscape/backpacking photography. 

With the firmware update, the M's live view shooting is so much faster and convenient than any of the Canon rebels or my 5D III live view shooting.  M's touch-to-shoot mode is especially fast, faster than shooting via M's release button.  I wouldn't want to add a viewfinder to M at the cost of increased size/weight/cost. 

In a perfect world, I would have liked a little better sensor in it with a tad more DR and a tad better high ISO noise performance; I would trade away megapixels for that, maybe a 12-14 MP sensor or so.


+1 - then just borrow chairs from wherever you go, instant light stand.

Hmm, borrowing chairs is a good idea since pretty much any place has chairs  ;D

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