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Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: August 28, 2012, 12:11:02 AM »
I did this dusk shot in June of a passing coal train with the coal dust blowing across the field.  This was with the 1.4 on a 5D Mark III.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 10d to 60d or 7d
« on: August 27, 2012, 11:55:31 PM »
I think either the 60D or 7D would be fine for an upgrade.  Either camera is a huge upgrade from a 10D.  For price, the 50D used is also a huge upgrade.

Lenses / Re: 50mm lens. I Need advice!!
« on: August 27, 2012, 11:36:38 PM »
I found another 50mm f/1.4 that I'm very interested with. Has anybody have experience with the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens?

Do you recommend it? How the image quality?

Is the Manual focus only Lens really make a big difference?

Just curious if it's worth the extra cost over the sigma or canon.

I think the Canon 1.4 is going to be the best bet.  The Zeiss isn't better enough than the Canon, so why pay more than $350ish or so?  I'd say given the performance of the Canon lens, it couldn't be worth the extra cost.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: World's most expensive lens
« on: August 27, 2012, 11:29:36 PM »
If I had that lens I could stay between the football stadium and soccer field and shoot both games from the same location :) :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Any 5d vs 1dx low iso comparisons?
« on: August 27, 2012, 11:27:58 PM »
And we'll try again tomorrow morning.

EOS Bodies / Re: Any 5d vs 1dx low iso comparisons?
« on: August 27, 2012, 11:07:56 PM »
OF COURSE it rained all day today..........

Lenses / Re: Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 27, 2012, 09:13:29 PM »
Obviously the Leica 1600mm lens described by pwp is the clear winner for an air show :)

EOS Bodies / Re: I love Primes.
« on: August 27, 2012, 12:45:49 PM »
Yes, shoot at 1/2000 and believe me, hand shake isn't much an issue.  I don't use IS on my 300 f/2.8L I IS lens when mounted on a monopod.  No point.

Body prices have never gone up upon being replaced.  It will go down.  Everytime a model goes out, the price drops dramatically sometimes.  Just look at the 1Ds2, 1Ds3 models.  Now the interesting one is the 1D4, didn't drop much, but it still dropped.

I see your point.  It is clear.  I guess I just wasn't thinking that way when I read the original question.  I was thinking about working with a landscape or architecture photographer and me telling him I'm going to shoot at f/2 because that's the sharpest aperture for the lens, and then him taking my camera and lens away from me.  I can agree that at a fixed focal length, and consistent, fixed focal plane, a lens can be sharper at f/2 vs. f/8, or what have you.  I also interpreted as, ok, what aperture will make most of my scene sharpest?  I guess there are several ways to think about and measure sharpness.    I suppose if you picked a finite point in the landscape scene, let's say your focal point you chose, and shot at f/4 and then f/11, sure the whole scene would be in focus at f/11, but perhaps that point you focused on is sharper at f/4, than f/11.

Aye, the artistic needs should certainly outweigh achieving maximum sharpness. When it comes to landscapes, I'd pick f/11 on any normal lens, or I'd use a tilt/shift lens and use tilt to maximize focus to infinity at a more ideal aperture like f/4 or f/5.6. For architecture, its roughly the same deal...not much in the way of very fine detail in architecture, and you could probably stop down to your hearts content if you wanted to. For portraiture, if you need to get your full subject within DOF, f/8 is certainly going to do a better job making your entire subject sharp vs. f/4. Even if it limits the amount of fine detail that can be resolved, using a wider aperture would be antithetical to your primary goals.

Thank you!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mk III dilemma
« on: August 27, 2012, 09:33:47 AM »
There are actually some stores in the UK that ARE selling it as a kit :)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: What size Softbox
« on: August 26, 2012, 11:20:04 PM »
If money isn't an issue I think speedlights are the hands down winner.  You can always put a couple of them together and use them as one light.  This way get the portability of the speedlight, ettl, maunal control, all from the camera, and the power of the studio lights.  But this type of set up might mean your kids aren't going to college.

True.  I use speedlights quite a bit.  However, I NEVER fire the flash directly at my subject indoors; I always bounce.  Studio lights, however, are slightly different and obviously can shine at your subject.  This is just my personal preference of doing things; the very little that I do these things :)

Like this??   8) ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: Any 5d vs 1dx low iso comparisons?
« on: August 26, 2012, 10:35:06 PM »
I'll do it tomorrow.

As this problem is solved I have another riddle: how to avoid such phenomenons?

Warsaw by marekjoz, on Flickr

Shot @F4, 24mm, ISO 3200, 1/30s.
Hint: it's guessable by looking at the picture :)

Don't shoot through a windshield.
LOL! +1, totally a windshield.

Are we in the US in this photo??? Why can I not see a McDonald's in the distance?

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