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Bodies come and go. Canon glass is great.

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PowerShot / Re: Can't wait for D20
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:46:26 AM »
@pdirestajr - great shots!  My "deadline" for the D20 is well passed and I went with the S100 instead, but after seeing these shots I still may want to pick up a D20.  Thanks for sharing!

Thanks! I think I'm the only person that bought this camera. I don't use point & shoots often, so the D20 with it's added benefits made sense for me.

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There is also the benefit that the APS-C sensor shoots the "sweet spot" of the lens. So you can use old lenses like the 35mm f/2.0 and get a super sharp image across the frame! On a FF, it may get a bit ugly in the corners.

That's true, but it's really a strange argument if you think about it. You probably could built an older ef lens cheaper as ef-s without the non-used non-"sweet spot" glass around the center. It might not make such a difference and it depends on the zoom range, but with ef lenses on aps-c you're carrying dead weight.

I think Canon should take a leaf out of Nikon's book and allow EF-S lenses to fit full frame cameras, using a discrete part of the sensor - the APS-C part.

However, it seems Nikon users don't really use that option much, they seem to use fx glass on a fx sensor. For this and marketing reasons, I guess there's no way Canon will follow this path, though it would be handy if engineered with no additional cost.

I agree. Wasn't using it as an argument. I shoot crop & FF and they both have their advantages. I just like being able to use my EF lenses on my EOS-3, 5Dii & 7D with different benefits on all.

IF I shot my 35mm f/2 on my 5D, I'd probably want to crop it more often to eliminate issues- losing tons of pixies. On my 7D, it's cropped without the loss. Benefit.

I don't buy APS-C lenses cause I use more FF cameras- & I like the flexibility of bringing out 2 bodies, and interchanging lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm f/2 vs Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 vs Canon f/2.8
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:28:54 AM »
I have another question: I intend to sell my Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 to buy Canon 35mm f/2 for portrait shoots (separation of subject from background is important to me). However, I don't know if f/2 of the 35mm can create shallow DoF like (or better than) the 55-250mm with long focal length or not?

I use crop sensor and don't want to move to far from subject so the 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 or longer focal length are not suitable for me.

Any advice for me on that? Thank you very much!


Are you talking about shallow DOF, or the bokeh quality and compression of the blurred background?

The telephoto Zoom at it's longest @ f/5.6 will be more blurred that the 35mm @ f/2.

But there are a lot of factors involved:
- camera Distance from subject
- aperture used
- focal length
- background distance to subject

Here are 2 shots since I had the 55-250 a long time ago, and still use & love my 35mm f/2.0.

This shot is the EF-S 55-250mm @ 232mm f/5.6:

green army man by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

And this shot is the 35mm f/2 wide open:

Lex 39 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

In the bottom photo, the background is across the street (pretty far), but still a TON of detail. Since I wanted this shot to still show the city, it worked for me.

The top photo was just a walk around street shot.

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Lenses / Calumet tax free!
« on: May 24, 2012, 11:13:13 AM »
Just got an email that Calumet is offering tax free discounts on all Canon lenses & Speedlights in addition to the current instant rebates. Oh, and free shipping.

Pretty good offer till June 2nd. Just thought I'd pass it on to anyone who might have missed it.

I'm in the US, not sure what the deal is worldwide as it was a Memorial Day email.

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There is also the benefit that the APS-C sensor shoots the "sweet spot" of the lens. So you can use old lenses like the 35mm f/2.0 and get a super sharp image across the frame! On a FF, it may get a bit ugly in the corners.

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PowerShot / Re: Which Canon Point and shoot??
« on: May 23, 2012, 09:29:38 AM »
I'd go with a Canon S95. Bought one for my wife for X-Mas and she loves it. She doesn't know much about photography, but she did notice that the S95 can actually take indoor photos of our daughter that weren't blurry! Her camera phone and older Point-and-shoot couldn't do that.

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... and how "basic" the 5Dii was. Of course the 5Dii's sensor is beautiful and beats the 7D's.

I totally don't understand how anyone can say the 5DIII was a "small" upgrade! It has upgraded basically EVERYTHING.

for sure thats why i've got a bright screen for my 5dmk2 and it's getting used with my manual focus lenses now
its a pretty sweet combo
the mk3 is just so much better handling than the mk ii

That's exactly why I bought a 5Dii too! First thing I did was buy the better focusing screen and slapped my manual lenses on it. Great combo. Beautiful images.

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PowerShot / Re: Can't wait for D20
« on: May 23, 2012, 01:00:59 AM »
The D20 is my new summer toy. Just broke it in on a trip to Turks & Caicos. It passes in my book.

Bring it in the pool:

Pool View by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Or the ocean:

Violet Sky by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Blue by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Macro is decent:

Lizard by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

It even handles shooting into the sun.

Sunset Pier by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Pier Walk by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Sunset Girls by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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PowerShot / Re: D20 Dead in the water?
« on: May 23, 2012, 12:48:34 AM »
Recently picked up the D20 for a vacation. I was seriously impressed. It's a great simple camera that is perfect for it's intended purpose. Yes a few quirks, but nothing that is a deal breaker for this type of camera.

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The DOF programmable button has been around for a long time (on 7D).

I've been shooting on the 7D for years, and just recently picked up a 5Dii... I quickly realized what an incredibly AMAZING camera the 7D was/ is, and how "basic" the 5Dii was. Of course the 5Dii's sensor is beautiful and beats the 7D's.

I totally don't understand how anyone can say the 5DIII was a "small" upgrade! It has upgraded basically EVERYTHING.

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I'd suggest reading a photography as an art form book first- Like Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure".

It's a great read and the information is timeless. The foundation explained in the book will help you understand how to see & think about light and exposure in a more organic way.

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Wait, don't you just turn the dial to the green box and point and shoot?

My only problem is that sometimes I forget to take the lens cap off and then my photos aren't exposed properly. The back of my lens cap photos are also pretty "soft" and focus seems off. I think I got a lemon.

I'm switching to Nikon. They don't have any problems ever!

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How about a camera under water photographing a land creature? Shot with the new D20!


Pool View by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T4i
« on: May 22, 2012, 03:06:37 PM »
Or they will push big instant rebates/ sales for the T3i to clear inventory for father's day/ summer sales.

Hey! What fathers get cameras on father's day?! I don't get that...

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