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Landscape / Re: The Antelope Navajo Under ground cave, ARIZONA, usa.
« on: August 04, 2014, 01:17:06 PM »
The color tone seems to vary quite a bit in the photos I've seen for this place. I've never been there so I don't know what it looks like in real world. Is it because of the time when the photos were taken or due to post processing techniques?

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 01:48:01 PM »
100 2.8L Macro and EOS-M (and associated lenses and accessories)

I only use the 100 for macro although I bought it for portrait. It is just not as good as the 70-200 II for portrait.

I never liked the M. The combination of M and 100 for macro is pretty good. I just used it yesterday to shoot a footage when a beekeeper came over to remove a huge honeybee hive.

Lenses / Canon Wide-Angle Zoom Comparison by Roger Cicala
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:56:38 PM »
I've been waiting for Roger's testing for a few weeks. It's finally here.


Quote: "I set a high bar for new Canon lenses. I expect them to be excellent and generally their recent releases have been. Since this was a wide-angle zoom, though, my expectations were lowered a bit. Canon has always struggled with wide-angle zooms. The 17-40 is a good, not great lens. The 16-35 f/2.8 II is better than the Mk I replaced, but I’d consider it, at best, adequate considering its price.

The 16-35 f/4 IS changes that. It’s a superb optic — as good as anything else available. Of course, a lot of people want an f/2.8 zoom. But for many, like me, f/4 with IS is just fine for wide-angle shooting."

Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 27, 2014, 09:59:20 AM »
I'd sell the 35 and 135 and keep the 15. For wide angle landscape, I don't see the need of AF. Plus it is wider than the 16-35 IS.

I don't see much use of 35 1.4 under manual focus mode unless you are using it for astrophotography. If you use 135 mostly for tripod portraits, AF may not matter but I don't see how practical it is while hand holding shooting people who may move (such as kids).

Video is totally different story. I'd keep them all for video.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 50 1.4 Art NOT bokehlicious?
« on: July 26, 2014, 08:16:57 AM »
Kai at digitalrev published his hands-on review video. Lack of beautiful bokeh at 1.4 seems to be a weak point of this lens, based on Kai. I was wondering what other users think of it.

I have been having good experience selling on CL. As long as your asking price is reasonable (I typically ask for 85%-90% of the new item price depending on how long I have had the item for), it is usually sold within a week to fellow enthusiasts or professional photographers. I also often lower the price by another 10-20 bucks when the buyer is serious. To me, selling it quickly and starting enjoying the new lens is more fun than posting the item around. Good luck.

Lenses / Re: Flex Lens Shade
« on: July 15, 2014, 09:19:06 PM »
Looks flimsy to me.  I have some rogue flash benders for my flashes (similar idea) and they are a pain to use. Why you would want this functionality in a hood is beyond me

It does look flimsy. Never meant to be a protective tool of course. I do see the value of cutting off the flare.

Lenses / Flex Lens Shade
« on: July 15, 2014, 06:16:38 PM »
I upgraded my polarizer and ND filters to 82mm when I purchased the 24-70 II two years ago, expecting to use them on a 24 TS-E or Zeiss 21. Now that I have the fantastic 16-35 4L IS for landscape, I'm not sure if I will ever buy either of the two lenses. 82mm filters on the 16-35 IS are great because I can stack them without having any vignetting issue even at 16mm, but I can't use the lens hood any more.

I searched on line and found this: http://www.flexlensshade.com/. I was wondering if any one has used this and what your experience is. Any other suggestions are very welcome too.

Software & Accessories / Re: Rain protection for 5D3 and lens
« on: July 14, 2014, 09:24:13 PM »
I bought this rubber mask for some degree of protection but mainly  to avoid scratching. It seals some of the buttons so I assume that it will help to keep some moisture/water out.
Looks nice. I guess one just needs to make sure to drain the water in case it gets in. Trapped water may do more damage.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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