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Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 19, 2015, 08:01:02 PM »
On a crop body, I'd say 50 1.4. On a FF body, 85 1.2. I find 70-200 too heavy for a long session of shooting. The bokeh of 70-200 is also a little harsh compared to 85 1.2. If you shoot at small apertures most of the time, I’d pick a light lens.

Lenses / Re: POLL: The new 50mm will be...
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:18:51 AM »
I don't see why one would want to have both 35 f2 and 50 f2 in their kit. These two focal lengths are too close. The new 50 ought to have different aperture with or without IS.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: January 25, 2015, 09:43:12 PM »
I don't own it any more. Kind of miss it from time to time.

Leave the M at home. 6D and your other great lenses will get you more higher quality photos under more situations. If you want a portable tripod, try one of the Velbon, light weight, sturdy, inexpensive, great for travel photography.

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: January 06, 2015, 01:22:59 PM »
5D3 with 24-70 II attached plus a 600EX-RT, comfortably in a Crumpler 5 million.

When traveling with more than one lenses, I use an f-stop Kenki backbag which holds all my gear listed below.

Technical Support / Re: What are the best ND Grads? No circular!
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:26:12 PM »
I sold my Singh Ray and use exposure blending to achieve the same effect. Most of the time, I like the exposure blending results more. Save your money for a good solid ND filter.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Looking Into a New Mount System
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:16:22 AM »
Good step forward. The M system is a total flop.

Lenses / Re: Does it matter anymore who makes the sensors?
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:53:15 AM »
Competition makes everyone better and can only benefit consumers. There are always better ideas and our money helps move technology forward.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:58:37 AM »
I use a Crumpler Strap (INDUSTRY DISGRACE Pro Camera Strap) along with the OP/Tech USA's Uni-Loop system connectors, which look more durable than Peak Design's connectors.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:39:20 AM »
We Americans tend to pronounce the foreign words based on what we think sounds right without being too bothered by how they are pronounced in the native language. So we say it as in icon. It makes it sound more American English, which is smoother and more relaxing than any other English in the world. No offense to our UK or Aussie friends here. Totally personal opinion. ;)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:26:31 AM »
...and the last of the major reviews is in:


Adding stabilization in a lens like this is targeting videographers more than stills photographers, where the wide field of view and steadying effect can be put to good use, but it’s a welcome addition all the same. The imaging performance is good, very good in fact, but it’s not without some shortcomings, particularly at the longer end where field curvature provides some unexpected results. Once those are understood and either avoided or worked around, the lens can be a very satisfying performer and at $1,199 this new model doesn’t seem over priced.

But to DXO, we're still on the overall 'poor' end of the scale.  If the sensor only had more pixels, this lens would score higher...  Ridiculous.

Those same jokers gave the new 85mm Otus a score of 38 for Canon and a score of 49 for Nikon based solely on the D800/800E/810's higher resolving power.  Rubbish.

- A
+1. The tests by are more objective and representative than any other tests considering their larger sample size, and Roger uses some cool instruments that the DxO guys probably never heard of.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:32:07 PM »
They should have some built in variable ND Filter so that it can be used under bright daily light wide open. Any ND filter or any filter put on it won't have the same Carl Zeiss quality.

Ridiculously confusing model numbers. I guess most just tossed a coin and picked one up without reading the specs because they would not go wrong or right with any those xxxx models. They are not bad, but none is great. When a manufacturer does that, they are intentionally playing the customers. Nikon's most glorious days were the legendary F3 to F5 era. Long gone.

Lenses / Re: Is there a need for a 50mm?
« on: September 07, 2014, 01:25:40 PM »
I have a similar set of lenses. I had a 50 1.4 for about 10 years and sold it because I always took it with me but seldom really used it much. When Sigma released the 50 1.4 Art, I was sure I would get one immediately. But I am still wondering if it would be just another piece of glass sitting in my closet, especially considering it's weight.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 07, 2014, 01:01:36 PM »
People who buy 5D3 or D800 or D750 or whatever so-called close competitor model typically have invested in either system for a while. Some people like switching system because certain features of that system attract them, but most cannot afford to switch back and forth just because of some new features of the camera body. The completion in is segment is more about the high end lens not the body.

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