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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: February 02, 2015, 07:49:51 PM »

I've been contemplating the 50A for a while now and am also a Canon 50 1.4 owner. I think I can finally put the GAS to rest about this and will keep the Canon version.

Yeah. It took me 3 copies of the 35A to finally get a good one. But even if I was willing to go through that again with the 50A (I'm not; I'd rather spend my limited time taking pictures.) I don't think I would because of the size/weight.

Why is this lens so big and heavy, by the way? Pentax and other lens manufacturers have shown it's possible to make compact lenses with very good IQ. I don't know anything about lens design, so forgive my ignorance.

If you are referring to Pentax's limited lenses, you have to look a little deeper at them to understand the trade offs. Ie: they have no built in AF motors (body driven- loud and clunky), and some of their apertures aren't as big.

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At the end when everyone was on the field, I saw a Canon shooter holding his camera over his head UPSIDE DOWN with an UWA on it! I guess that way he can hit the shutter button easier?! Was odd.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Bundles from Adorama
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:38:26 AM »
Adorama is one of the "Big 2" Photography stores in the US (B&H being the other). Not sure where you have read some "negative reviews". They are highly respected and not some Super-Camera-Value-Inc-Ebay-store!

Canon Price Watch has been posting these types of rebate bundles for months. And that is their whole business: WATCHING CANON PRICES. So I trust they know what the deal is.

http://www.canonpricewatch.com/

I haven't done any of these super bundles but I expect they are legit.

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Lenses / Re: Purple fringing of 85 1.2ii
« on: January 20, 2015, 05:13:24 PM »
I've already said it:  the 85L is a specialist lens.  It was never designed with the intent to shoot action at night.  It is a low-contrast, low light portraiture lens.  If you can use it for other things, that's great.  If camera bodies have become more sophisticated so as to facilitate using the 85L in other situations, that's great.  But it doesn't change the original design intent of this lens, which is so plainly obvious to anyone who has ever used one--from the focus-by-wire AF system, the very heavy, dense, fat, nearly unit-focusing optical design, and the spherochromatism and axial chromatic aberration when shot wide open.

I find it absurd that people somehow expect lenses to do everything they personally believe (for whatever reason) it "should be able" to do, and if it doesn't, well, that simply "must" mean that an update is imminent or else Great Canon will lose a "loyal customer" forever!!!111one!!!  Cue the dramatic drumroll!

Please.  Get over yourself.  Just because a lens is not designed to do everything you imagine it to do doesn't mean it's the designers' failing.  It means that the photographer doesn't understand how to select the right tool for the job.

This.

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Well on the plus side there is gonna be a ton of sub 2k D750 refurbs in the near future.

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Isn't it just some random tech company sourcing cheap crap from China and slapping the Kodak license on it? I doubt "Kodak" is doing much of anything.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm F2 IS
« on: January 07, 2015, 10:52:48 AM »
New baby shot with new lens.
New Life by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Kiss by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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I haven't read the linked article, but in my opinion the decline in DSLR sales has to definitely do with the amazing quality they ALL can achieve. I shoot on a 5D mkII and a 7D, and can still pull great results from them. I choose to invest my money in other areas. I'll upgrade a body when needed.

I'm sure there are plenty of people still happy shooting with their t2i and 18-55 kit lens. Why would they upgrade?

I think this is a good thing as these devices can last so long.

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Canon General / Re: What Canon stuff did you get for Christmas
« on: December 26, 2014, 11:32:26 AM »
Just photos and memories using my existing Canon gear ;)

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Portrait / Re: Low Key Portraits- share your low key photos here
« on: December 18, 2014, 04:02:14 PM »
Twins?
 
Great photos, I'm guessing you are both pleased.

Thanks! Nope, just one boy :)

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Portrait / Low Key Portraits- share your low key photos here
« on: December 18, 2014, 03:02:34 PM »
I love the simplicity of one light / low-key portrait photography. Here are few shots I took of my wife last weekend.  One light, no backdrop (my walls are grey). I think the style works nicely with maternity shots as it brings focus to the belly, and helps the self conscious wife feel good to be "covered" in shadows.

All images were shot on a 5D mkII + 85mm 1.2II or 50mm 1.8II, and a Bowens Gemini Monolight (not sure of model) shot through a Bowens Luminair Octobank 120.

85mm | f/5.6 | 1/160sec | 100iso
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

85mm | f/5.6 | 1/160sec | 100iso
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

And then some shots of her goofing off...

50mm | f/4.5 | 1/160sec | 100iso
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

50mm | f/4.5 | 1/160sec | 100iso
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

50mm | f/4.5 | 1/160sec | 100iso
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I'm getting impatient for the new 5D 4.
« on: December 17, 2014, 03:05:57 PM »
Wait, there is a MASSIVE difference in image quality between the 5DII and 5DII?! Since when??

Yes the 5DIII has improvements across all features (mostly the focusing system), but I don't know if image quality is really one that is massively changed. Used right, the 5DII has fantastic image quality.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:53:00 PM »
When does diffraction kick in on a 50mp 35mm sensor?! How would this be good for landscapes or studio shots where you stop down? Wouldn't scaling up a lower mp shot probably look the same?

Diffraction is always present.  So I don't know what "kicks in" means.

These would be about 4 micron pixels.  Here's a chart for how diffraction affects MTF.



I meant "kick-in" like when does diffraction softening become so much that we hit the point of diminishing returns? There has to be a point where just cramming more pixels on a sensor is not going to help right?

I would love a higher res 35mm digital camera from Canon as I shoot small products (like makeup), and need to blow them up to poster sizes, so I'm all for it.

I'm not a tech guy, so I'm truly asking.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 08:43:44 AM »
When does diffraction kick in on a 50mp 35mm sensor?! How would this be good for landscapes or studio shots where you stop down? Wouldn't scaling up a lower mp shot probably look the same?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:06:38 AM »
Some maternity shots of my wife goofing around...
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

And dancing...
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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