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Lenses / Re: UV filter on the new 16-35 f/4?
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:11:25 AM »
This is entertaining. It all started with a student who genuinely was seeking advice. Then there were clowns, professors, associate professors, fake professors, kids who hate professors. We all know in the end the true knowledge prevails.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Sub $1000 27" monitor for photo editing
« on: July 13, 2014, 08:58:19 AM »
Thank you all. It appears that NEC, Eizo, and Dell are the top brands for this price range. The pricing for Eizo CX271 is not yet available. Will wait a little and see.

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Lenses / Re: UV filter on the new 16-35 f/4?
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:54:23 AM »
I found that I've had a polarizer on this lens 90% of the time for landscaping since I got it three weeks ago. So I essentially am using the polarizer as the protective filter and only use a UV filter during low light shooting.

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Software & Accessories / Sub $1000 27" monitor for photo editing
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:24:13 PM »
Any recommendations? I just bought a Spyder4Pro calibration kit. I used to use a Sony XBR6 52" TV for some casual shot editing, but wanted to do more serious editing for landscape. Thanks!

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Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 09, 2014, 06:26:29 AM »
I checked the focal lengths I shot at the most using 70-200 and found that I had either shot near the long end or below 90 and that 's when I decided to get an 85. I like to be closer to my Subject.

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Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 09, 2014, 12:33:00 AM »
The upcoming Sigma 85 1.4 A could become a serious contender to Canon's king of portrait.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:06:38 PM »
Can we just call it a really good lens? Good enough to take amazing photos. And you can get bad shots too if you take a bad photo.
I have compared it to my 24-70 II, 24L, TS-E 17, and TS-E 24 II and it's every bit as sharp as those lenses, with the exception of the TS-E 24 and the 24-70II @ 35mm.  At f/11 they are all pretty close, though I'd give the 16-35 f/4 IS & 24-70II the edge in color and contrast.  Really.  The corners are MUCH sharper than the 16-35 f/2.8 II that I sold in part because CA is almost non-existent.  Distortion isn't great at 16mm, but I'm sure DxO & Adobe will take care of that soon.  The IS is very odd because you can't see the effect like you do with an unwieldy telephoto, but I think it will be a great travel/walkaround lens.

I'll put together the photos in the coming days (both brick wall & real-world shots) for everyone to take a look at.

Really looking forward to your photos. I'm particularly interested in your comparison between the 16-35 4L and the 24 TS-E as I was seriously considering the latter before the former was announced. Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: July 02, 2014, 11:02:07 AM »
Some quick casual shots for testing while taking the kids for a walk yesterday evening. All handheld. I am very happy with the corner and edge sharpness this lens produces. IS worked very nicely for the last shot (1/8 sec).

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:42:21 AM »

Another issue with an image stabiliser is that it takes a few seconds to settle. If you just point and snap, there a possibility that the gyros and elements haven't settled and you get soft images.

If you had tried the IS on this lens and 70-200 II, you probably would not have made this statement. The IS is almost instantaneous on the 16-35 4L.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:25:42 AM »
In the end, I think we all agree to disagreements. We choose the lens that suits our shooting needs the most. But objectively, the new 16-35 4L IS is a sharper lens, has IS, and sells for lower price. To me it is a true winner. See Bryan’s comparison here. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Comparisons/Canon-EF-16-35mm-f-4-L-IS-USM-Lens.aspx

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 30, 2014, 12:07:19 AM »
To me, IS is a great feature that a larger aperture cannot provide. Imagine shooting a moving train in a metro station like the one in Washington DC. You want the train to be blurry while keeping the unique architecture sharp. F2.8 is not gonna help. You need that fantastic IS. I had a 16-35 I, and seldom shot at 2.8. For low light shooting 2.8 is just not fast enough.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 29, 2014, 10:08:36 PM »
Nice work Mark. Alex Nail has some comparison of center and corner sharpness between this lens and 16-35II, 17-40, and 17TSE. The sharpness of the 16-35 IS is on par with 17TSE. Good to know.
http://www.alexnail.com/blog/reviews/review-canon-16-35-f4l-is-vs-16-35-f2-8l-ii/

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 26, 2014, 10:49:44 AM »
Bryan at The-digital-picture.com has just published the image quality testing results. I've seen the same for my own test. This will be a great travel landscape lens.

This lens is a little soft wide open at 35mm. I've noticed that in my real world shooting. Pretty sharp across the frame at shorter (wider) focal lengths.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 25, 2014, 07:38:56 AM »
Got mine today from B&H. What a beautiful lens!

Ran through FoCal 1.9.7 tonight:
AFMA: +1 at 16mm; 0 at 35mm
AF Consistency (on 5DIII): 99.7%
Aperture Sharpness: Relatively flat from f4 to f6.3 at 16mm; sharpest at f4.5 at 35mm
Quality of Focus values are lower at 35mm (max around 1,920) than at 16mm (max around 1,970).
Testing condition: 2x 150W bulbs; EV 10.6; tested at both 25x and 50x distance.

Real world shooting experience: super fast AF; IS operation is extremely fast.

I love this lens. Will take it to a trip in Oregon in August.

If you are testing with tunsten bulbs and not natural daylight, you are limiting your testing to a shallow portion of the light spectrum. As the colour of light moved to the red end of the scale, there can be a focus shift and more inaccuracys. All you are testing there is the camera / lens focus ability under those lighting conditions.
I'm often correcting photographers who are calibrating their lenses at night (becuase that's when they have the spare time) when they should be calibrating them out doors in good light during the daytime.

It might be true. In my personal experience, however, all my lenses were calibrated at night and I have not noticed any focus shifting during daylight shooting conditions. To me consistent lighting is more critical while using software for calibration.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 24, 2014, 11:16:27 PM »
Got mine today from B&H. What a beautiful lens!

Ran through FoCal 1.9.7 tonight:
AFMA: +1 at 16mm; 0 at 35mm
AF Consistency (on 5DIII): 99.7%
Aperture Sharpness: Relatively flat from f4 to f6.3 at 16mm; sharpest at f4.5 at 35mm
Quality of Focus values are lower at 35mm (max around 1,920) than at 16mm (max around 1,970).
Testing condition: 2x 150W bulbs; EV 10.6; tested at both 25x and 50x distance.

Real world shooting experience: super fast AF; IS operation is extremely fast.

I love this lens. Will take it to a trip in Oregon in August.

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