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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: September 21, 2011, 09:29:27 AM »
Truly loving this lens!

Kev

+1  :D

All shot with the 5D Mark II.

(With extension tubes)

     


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Canon General / Re: A Canon Hollywood Event on November 3, 2011
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:42:00 PM »
“Canon is making an historical global announcement”

Psst, moderator.  It's "historic" (something important), not "historical" (anything from the past, not necessarily important).   ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 'Rep' tells BBC that "fewer megapixels are better"
« on: September 12, 2011, 07:00:35 PM »
I'm awaiting the release of a 400 mp camera so I can sell off all my telephoto lenses.

400MP on a APS-C or even full frame 35mm would be so overkill it isn't even funny.

It would be so "noisy" that you'd need to wear earplugs!  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: New body spotted at IAAF Daegu?
« on: September 12, 2011, 01:02:12 AM »
The highlights and shadows by the prism are playing tricks on us.  It's definitely the 5D Mark II.

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Lenses / Re: TS-E 17 mm f.4,0L or ef 14mm 2,8 L mk II
« on: September 10, 2011, 04:33:46 PM »
If, as your post states, you're planning on shooting landscapes, then I would say neither of these lenses.

The TS-E is great for architecture, since you can use it to eliminate the "keystone" effect.  If you're not shooting buildings, then why pay more for the Tilt/Shift and manual focus?   And, as others have mentioned, you do need to use a tripod.

The 14mm is rectilinear (I have the original version), which makes it great for exaggerating/distorting perspective.  The best use for this lens is to get up close to something, not for landscapes.  The angle is so wide, things in the distance end up being very small.

Also, since both have a convex front lens, neither will take screw-on filters, which can come in very handy when shooting landscapes (especially ND and polarizers).

Therefore, IMO, the best choice for shooting landscapes would be the 16-35mm f/2.8L II.  Check out other sites (fredmiranda, flickr, etc.) to see examples by other photographers.  You could also rent (or at least try it out in the store) before buying.


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Lenses / Re: Good yet affordable telephoto lens?
« on: September 08, 2011, 01:21:13 PM »
I have the 300mm f/4L IS & 1.4x TC II combo and like it very much.  The short minimum focusing distance (1.5m) is helpful, as is the sliding, built-in hood.  Being a prime, it's sharper than the 100-400mm, which I considered before getting the 300mm.  This site has a tool you can use to compare the output of lenses:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=111&Camera=453&Go.x=3&Go.y=6&Go=Go&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=113&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Here are some cropped samples with the 1.4x TC:




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EOS Bodies / Re: Advice on purchasing a new APS-C body
« on: September 08, 2011, 01:13:25 AM »
The current 5D and 1Ds bodies are about 3 and 4 years old, respectively, so they are the most likely ones to get updated in the next year.  The 7D is "only" 2 years old, so if you're dead set on that body, I wouldn't bother waiting.

I also agree with AG:  if you both like the 60D, then getting a 2nd one is another good option.  Remember, good photography is less about the hardware and more about what you do with it!  :D

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Canon General / Re: Canon 5dmii quirk or software issue?
« on: September 07, 2011, 03:35:12 PM »
Have you tried using Canon's EOS Utility to download the photos?  That would help to determine if it's a problem with the app or the camera.

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Canon General / Re: Canon pricing
« on: September 05, 2011, 10:15:46 PM »
The 1Ds MK3 is listed as low as $6599 in Canada but no stock. If Canon is to come out with a new model typically whats the trend in terms of pricing. Would the new MK4 (if that's what it's called) generally be priced well over the past model and take several months to drop? Curious if anyone knows how the higher end digital cameras were priced with Canon.

When the 1Ds Mark III was originally released, it was $7,999 (US).  Here's a link to a press release from 2007.  The original price is listed about a page down, right above the section titled "History."

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/E1DSMK3/E1DSMK3A.HTM

Judging by the increased cost of the new "L" lenses (70-200mm f/2.8L II, 300mm f/2.8L II and 400mm f/2.8L II), the replacement will be more than $8,000.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Never mind the new stuff I need a Mark IV!!!
« on: September 05, 2011, 09:45:53 PM »
What's the story? Is the Mark IV dc'd or will there be more coming down the pipeline? I need another body and none are even available on the used market!!!!

I saw one for sale on another site.  Just sent you a link to it via private message.

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Lenses / Re: Using EF-S lens on FF body???
« on: September 04, 2011, 02:54:37 PM »
EF-S on FF sounds cheap and not very smart  :o APS-H is a better reason for such discussion.
IMHO, Canon should have made 1D bodies compatible with EF-S lenses, because now they are selling a pro body that can't shoot UWA with OEM lenses. 14mm x1.3 ~ 18mm, 16mm x1.3 ~ 21mm.
Big mistake, Canon.

The 1D bodies weren't made for shooting UWA; they're for shooting action/wildlife at tele and super-telephoto focal lengths, hence the 1.3x crop and higher frame rates.  A pro or serious amateur who needs to shoot UWA, is going to use one of the full frame (1Ds or 5D) bodies.

That may be true from Canons perspective but after getting addicted to the 1D interface I don't want to go back to a small body and can't afford/justify a 1DS so we run a pair of 1D4s.  I'm an (arguably) serious amateur and sometimes I like to shoot wide and theres the rub.

Well, life is about making compromises.  :)  If you really want to shoot landscapes, then you can't go wrong with the 5D (either version).  A used 5D classic will run you about a grand.  Personally, I love the "Custom" modes on the 5D Mark II:  configure all the settings any way you want and save it.  Then, just turn the dial to that setting and you're ready to shoot!

Another option is the new EF 8-15mm f/4.0L fisheye.  You'd have to use software to "de-fish" it and you'd lose a bit of the frame in the process, but it would still be wider than any other EF lens.

Finally, you could use the original EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye and not "de-fish" it.  Here's a link to a guy I found on fredmiranda.com who uses fisheyes on all 3 formats:  full frame, 1.3x and 1.6x.  On the crop bodies, the 15mm isn't too "fishy" looking, so it might be a usable compromise.

http://www.pbase.com/dbehrens/15fe

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Landscape / Re: Water Reflections
« on: September 04, 2011, 02:36:05 PM »

I like this. Where is it?



Well, since the natural setting "requirement" has already been broken  ;), here's a shot I did about 8 years ago on film using my Canon Elan 7.



Thanks.  They are the "Morris Goodkind" (foreground;  NB Route 1) and "Donald Goodkind" (SB Route 1) bridges, which span the Raritan River in Central NJ.  The much older Morris Goodkind Bridge doesn't really serve foot traffic anymore, but the old pedestrian walkways are still there.  A number of years ago, I found a 1933 bridge token lying on the ground!  (There probably haven't been tolls on this bridge in decades.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_and_Morris_Goodkind_Bridges

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Lenses / Re: Using EF-S lens on FF body???
« on: September 04, 2011, 12:39:42 PM »
EF-S on FF sounds cheap and not very smart  :o APS-H is a better reason for such discussion.
IMHO, Canon should have made 1D bodies compatible with EF-S lenses, because now they are selling a pro body that can't shoot UWA with OEM lenses. 14mm x1.3 ~ 18mm, 16mm x1.3 ~ 21mm.
Big mistake, Canon.

The 1D bodies weren't made for shooting UWA; they're for shooting action/wildlife at tele and super-telephoto focal lengths, hence the 1.3x crop and higher frame rates.  A pro or serious amateur who needs to shoot UWA, is going to use one of the full frame (1Ds or 5D) bodies.

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Landscape / Re: Water Reflections
« on: September 04, 2011, 12:16:47 PM »
Well, since the natural setting "requirement" has already been broken  ;), here's a shot I did about 8 years ago on film using my Canon Elan 7.


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Canon General / Re: An article Canon should read.
« on: September 04, 2011, 11:50:02 AM »
But just as clearly, I'm guilty of feeding the troll.  Apologies to the members of this forum who maintain the ability to be civil and carry on intelligent discourse.

Quite right, neuroanatomist.  The best course of action for us all is to simply ignore this person.  Don't read his responses and certainly don't reply to them.

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