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Lenses / Re: 16-35 2.8L II - Is it really THAT bad ?
« on: November 17, 2013, 08:59:44 PM »
Having used both, the 17-35L has some of the most horrendous flare I've seen for a while, the 16-35 mark ii is a long shot better. The 16-35 mark ii is a good lens, maybe no wow factor but a very decent choice. Very usable set of focal lengths, hence why it's popular.

I can also vouch for its durability. Having dropped it and my camera accidentally on concrete. Both are fine. Which is a good thing.

Lenses / Re: Same ole, same ole' Filters vs no filters...
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:06:43 AM »
I have always left high quality filters on my glass. Filters & energy absorbing hoods have done more than their designed purpose for me over the years. Together they have saved me plenty of money absorbing the bumps and biffs that are all part of a day's work. A filter makes me feel OK about cleaning down a lens with my shirt when under pressure. They eventually pick up a myriad of barely visible scratches and are routinely changed every few years. Better the filter than the front element!

I don't want to feel like I'm walking on eggshells every time I pull a camera out of the bag. The path to unhindered creativity is not always easy on the gear, so in my view, a pragmatic approach to the use of filter and hood is an everyday must.


+1 on that, possibly +1000.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:17:25 AM »
#1 here too.

However, canon can't really make one. That look out dates eos cameras, it's not happening. They won't make an ae-1 digital or any fd digitals. Very unlikely.

Well, I confess to being one of the idiots, paying obscene amounts of money for a manual focus lens. I just ordered one and I am really looking forward to get my hands on it  ;D

For those of you who don't want it and don't understand how anyone else would want it, go and do something else than irritate yourselves on this thread. And for the record, I do use AF on most of my other lenses ...

Holy cow, grats! Can't wait to see some images produced from it..
I just sold my 50L and bought a Zeiss 50 f2 Makro and LOVE LOVE LOVE it to bits. I've never used manual focus prior, but after seeing the images from my Zeiss, I couldn't care less about no auto focus, plus it allows me to slow down a tad and channel my creativity rather than run and gun photos. And if I were shooting photos of fast moving subjects, such as kids, I'd just use my 24-70 ii or 70-200 is ii as I'd need more DOF anyway.

I'm another who adores zeiss glass. No I wouldn't want autofocus on it either. Manual focus isn't that hard to me at all, I shoot journalism and all manner of things on my 2/35 distagon. Manual focus has never gotten in my way and the results speak for themselves which it would on this new Otis lens, definitely. I can completely understand those who wouldn't like the manual focus idea, but trust me, there's a market for them.

Lenses / Re: Best 35mm wide open????
« on: September 26, 2013, 01:42:53 AM »
I shoot my zeiss distagon 2/35 wide open all the time, one great lens and certainly not lacking. Cheaper than the f1.4 version by about $1000. And I find f2 enough considering how much more I'd pay. The 2 zeiss distagon 35mm options are different though. One is not simply faster than the other, they are different.

Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:57:26 PM »
I'd suggest taking your pick of only 2 lenses and make the most of having the trip with the choices you have.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is going to add mid format
« on: August 12, 2013, 03:46:15 PM »
Keep in mind that this may be a purely financial move on Canon's part.  It's possible (probable, even) that if they buy an established medium format brand, they won't rebrand the line as Canon, but rather keep the current brand intact, but streamline marketing and distribution channels to save costs and increase profit.

Agreed. That thought crossed my mind after I posted too.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is going to add mid format
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:55:33 AM »
I find this news interesting. Could be great news depending where it leads.

However if its hasselblad, that may not be so easy. Hasselblad is in partnership with Carl Zeiss. I'm willing to suggest without them, it will be a partnership with death. Schneider Kreuznach will no doubt not touch them, this leaves what logical option? I can think of one, but it's unlikely.

Medium format being possibly affordable? No, I wouldn't be betting that regardless.

I could be wrong, but this sounds like a big hypothetical rumour. That's it.

Admiration for a number of photographers, doesn't mean to me influence though.

Steve mcurry is an admiration, but so is miss aniela to a degree too, I like some of her work.

Influence by the likes of josef koudelka, partially people like Michael David Adams and other less known.

Software & Accessories / Re: UV filter advice
« on: July 14, 2013, 08:23:21 PM »
B&W make really good ones. The higher up range in Hoya are also good.

What you get with more cost is the coatings. B&W for instance are easier to clean by miles than say marumi filters. Also the coatings will decrease the chance of lens flares.

That's my suggestion anyway, from experience. I wouldn't cheap out on them too much either.

On the Zeiss T* ones, only buy them if your using zeiss glass. The filters are made specifically because the metal hoods are so tight, a b&w for instance will have to be put on after placing the hood! - I know that, I own a zeiss lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why a high MP camera?
« on: July 06, 2013, 11:31:12 AM »
I would hope for starters that those who think they want a high mp dslr are planning on printing big.

Lets define big for a second. 16x20 no ... 60x40 upwards yes. The level of clarity at large format print size will do it justice. Just for clarification I mean inches. Upwards of 60x40 usually mean the use of larger format cameras. Bigger megapixel dslr cameras in 135 format (that's 35mm in lay terms) might mean some users may not need to spend quite large to huge sums of money on medium format digital.

However, the larger sensor in those cameras give you more than just ability to print large. Hence why they won't wipe out the likes of phase one or hasselblad. They also give more colour clarity, contrast and things hard to describe unless I write an essay here.

I'm sure some will get my point.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. DPP
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:52:45 AM »
Adobe products are an industry standard for good reason.

Thought I'd point that out. If you take the time to learn, you'll never use DPP. I haven't even used DPP at all ever. With my work I know what I'm missing... Nothing.

Download a trial and invest a little time. It's seriously not as anywhere near as complex as photoshop. But used with photoshop, it's wonderful. Capture one is also wonderful.

EOS Bodies / Re: Comparing AF-tracking 7D, 60D and 70D
« on: June 28, 2013, 10:00:48 PM »
Sorry, I should have given more info.

That persons 60d was his backup to a 5d2 which he's keeping by the way. The 7d has been tested side by side to those 2. This fellow is a pro by the way, been shooting a long time, so have I. The 7d actually stacks very very adequately to the 5d2 in iq if you we're wondering.

For birding or anything that moves the 7d kills both the above. And in iq also kicks the 60d in the guts to a severe undeniable degree. This fellow hasn't yet replaced the 60d he really did immediately sell yet but very very soon will with the 7d or 7d2 if its released this century.

I tried the 60d too. Trust me, it's not comparable. If you want comparable directly you'll have to look at the Nikon d300s or something.

EOS Bodies / Re: Comparing AF-tracking 7D, 60D and 70D
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:53:23 AM »
The 60d can't hold a candle tracking birds next to the 7d.

Someone I know sold their 60d immediately after testing my 7d. The 70d? Well who knows yet.

Lenses / Re: If You Could Have One 1 Lens...
« on: June 24, 2013, 04:25:39 AM »
The lens is an easier choice. Zeiss distagon 2/35 ZE.

Body: 1ds mark iii I think.

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