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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:56:49 AM »
It is a good lens with IS and at a decent price, but nothing more than that.

It delivers consistently but it has absolutely nothing special about it.
Sigma 35 1.4 has something special ?

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 10, 2014, 02:07:49 AM »
100% agree about 35IS. I am a hobbyist and I bought it in early october 2013 and since then it's glued on my 5D2. It's close-up capability made my 100L macro to collect dust (I'm not a true macro shooter). Beautiful colours, contrast, sharpness, weight, versatility.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best Nikon DF Review! By Fstoppers.
« on: January 25, 2014, 05:50:38 AM »
If you want a good laugh.
Indeed, thank you for sharing,

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Lenses / Re: 24 f2.8 IS or 28 f2.8 IS ???
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:14:58 AM »
I had almost the same dilemma but finally: I got the 35 f2 IS for street, I sold the 40 (the colours are not excellent IMO, "only" 2.8 and no IS), I put first on my buying list the 24 IS and I am waiting for a new 50 in Canon's line.

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Lenses / Re: When to use a 35mm and 50mm on full frame...
« on: November 01, 2013, 06:05:44 AM »
When you bring the 35, you often end up with "s..., I should have brought the 85". With the 50, you often end up with "s..., I should have brought the 24" or "s..., I should have brought the 100". That is 1 s... for the 35 and 2 s... for the 50. So if I only carry one prime, I use the 35  ;)
+1

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Technical Support / Re: 35mm f/2 IS USM AF noise
« on: October 24, 2013, 11:42:50 AM »
Because of your problem I compared the sound of all the lenses in my kit and definitely the 35 f2 IS has the loudest sound ... but IMO this is not a dangerous one, just a strong sliding.
I think the best solution is to go to nearest shop, try their copy and compare the sound.

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Technical Support / Re: 35mm f/2 IS USM AF noise
« on: October 24, 2013, 03:11:49 AM »
I can hear too some audible internal sliding when focusing with AF but not so loud to make me worried about it.

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Lenses / Re: 40mm f2.8 STM - Lens Hood?
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:33:57 PM »

Putting a hood on 40mm pancake?

You guys are taking the beauty out of this baby :-\
+1

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Lenses / Re: AFMA - Is is really necessary?
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:25:19 PM »
I used Dot-Tune (fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1187247/0) with excellent results. It's easy to set and it's free.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/4L IS vs 24-105L
« on: June 13, 2013, 01:51:58 AM »
However, for 24-70/4 money you could buy a 24-105 and a 100 (non L) macro.
+1

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Video & Movie / Re: Underwater Macro Video - Canon 5d Mark II
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:30:37 PM »
Amazing colourful world. Excellent work. Some superb hunting scenes. I really liked it.

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Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 07:32:00 AM »
24-105 + 100macro (L or not) + 70-200 IS (f2.8 II best or f4 excellent)

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Have there been firmware updates for Canon lenses that are loaded through the camera?


yes, for 40mm pancake

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SO, hey hey gearheads, I can't think of a better place to ask this question.  As most of you know, I shoot mostly weddings and portraits.  One of the little things I'd like to improve on are ring shots.  It's not that I don't like the shots that I am getting, but, I'd love to get in a little closer and the only lens I have that allows for really close focusing is the 16-35, which while it can get close, even at 35mm it's not as tight and DOF with that is not to my liking.  I enjoy using the 50, 85 and 70-200 for that, but with the minimum focusing distance it requires a big crop to get the desired shot.

SO that leads to options.  And I am not sure which way to go, and given the very limited use I'm seeking to fill, not sure I want to spend a ton of $$$. 

Lenses:

100 2.8
100L 2.8
180L 3.5

or, I could go with an extension tube ---what are your thoughts on extension tubes?  They are a fairly cheap fix which would get me in a bit closer, and I'd be able to use those on all my longer lenses. 

Another option is the http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/87494-REG/Canon_2822A001_58mm_500D_Close_up_Lens.html

That one in particular is would fit my 85 1.8 --- its the cheapest option by far, but, again I have to wonder if that's enough.  Do I need the versatility of the extension tube?  Or, should I bag all of those ideas and snag one of the above mentioned lenses (I see the 180 macro used all the time on B&H...and I have heard that the 100L is also good for portraits...but, with a 85 1.8 and the 70-200, would I really use a 100 macro for portraits???????)

Again, it's not like I plan on diving into the insect world (yeah, of course once I can I probably will, but thats not the main idea here).  Pretty much just wanting a way to get tighter shots of wedding rings, and looking to do so without  spending an arm and a leg (I'd much rather snag a 135L than a macro lens..)

On the other end of things...I am considering a 2x teleconverter too.  I have heard much more about those though...


Here is my macro experience:

2 years ago I wanted 100 non L macro but in that moment here wasn't available so I bought 100L.  I used 100L for about 8 month and after that I sold it because I thought (and I think) the L is too expensive for my needs and the IS is useless for me - in macro I always use flash. I bought and tried close-up filters (not 500D or 250D but kenko AC +3), 25mm extension tube and all combinations of extube-kenko-teleconverter 1.4x mounted on 70-200. The best results was from extube + 40 pancake + kenko or only extube+40 pancake.
2 month ago I bought 100 non L and I think this is the best and the final solution for my macro needs and all the money I spend on extube and filters are lost.

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Lenses / Re: 40mm f/2.8 Wow what a lens
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:41:04 PM »
I believe it's a nice lens as well, for the price, however, I think it's a bit lacking in contrast on my 5d m3.
agreed, usually set contrast +1 or +2 and color sat +1 in DPP.

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