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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 09, 2014, 01:28:20 PM »
Hi folks,

I'm gonne buy this lens as soon as possible but before pulling the trigger i think i remember about two versions of this lens. Am i wrong ? Two versions, one was a crappy one and the second is the one you're all talking about.

Anyone about this ?

As far as I know, an early version was supposedly not too great, but anything you buy new now, should be OK. Not sure how to distinguish between the two...

BTW: I positively love this lens!!!

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Just curious. Why would someone pick a 50mm f/1.8 with IS over a 50mm f/1.4 (no IS)? Or vice versa.

1.4 for shallower DOF, 1.8 IS for low light handheld photography and smaller size + weight.

In both cases, the lenses need to be perfectly usable at their maximum aperture. The current 1.4 (at least my copy) wasn't.

The current SIGMA 1.4 at f/1.4, 1/60sec, iso 1600, handheld  ::).

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:18:36 AM »
I'm 'done' - I have all the lenses cameras I 'need'. Now I want a 70-300L for travel  ::) ::) ::)


nice…and it's only 1-8-2014

Do you>

Yes, there's still time to sell a few things and save up some money before my next trip :P
Do you ?  ::)

I copy your signature: 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 7D (to be sold?), Sony NEX-6 and a nice range of lenses.

There is a 5D Mark II wishing to be upgraded to 5D Mark III too...  ;D

Hahaha, well not really, the Mk II has a little bit different application for me. It has a precision matte focusing screen so is ideal for use with shallow DOF. I bought the Mk III to replace the 7D.

So stuff that needs to be sold is the 7D and the Tamron 70-300 VC USD. Considering the amount of pictures I take when traveling vs days of use, the lens purchase can probably be justified. Still, it's always good not to rush things  ;)

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Just curious. Why would someone pick a 50mm f/1.8 with IS over a 50mm f/1.4 (no IS)? Or vice versa.

1.4 for shallower DOF, 1.8 IS for low light handheld photography and smaller size + weight.

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 04:58:48 PM »
I'm 'done' - I have all the lenses cameras I 'need'. Now I want a 70-300L for travel  ::) ::) ::)


nice…and it's only 1-8-2014


Yes, there's still time to sell a few things and save up some money before my next trip :P

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And lest anyone consider this off-topic, in my opinion, an upgraded focusing screen is pretty much a requirement if you plan on doing manual focusing with the fast 50's being discussed :)
I can confirm that. My manual focus experience since I got the 5D (back in the dark ages) was almost exclusively limited to tripod mounted tilt&shift with live view (and some macro), until I got the Otus 55. With my eyesight, which is not great anymore, but far from blind, it is absolutely paramount to have a better focusing screen to get sharp shots at f1.4. It would really be a shame if I only used this lens at f4 and upwards, because I was not able to focus.

So Canon; Please listen; Make us happy and give us the proper focusing screens for the 1DX and all its unborn relatives.
+1 this is exactly why I hold onto my 5DII with super precision matte focusing screen.  This despite LiveView and AF...I like to SEE that my lens is in focus, especially with the f/1.2 lenses :)

+1, I'm holding onto my 5DII with super precision matte focusing screen as well :)

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 04:38:37 PM »
Of course I'm trying to justify this, I mean normally I don't really need such a lens as I also have the 70-200L IS f/2.8II, 1.4x II and a 100-400L.  Yes- it's GAS I know.
I figure its compact size and promise of good image quality means it will go into my camera bag more often, even when I'm not traveling. Is that enough justification? 
Only you can answer that question, but one thing I've asked myself is - what else could I use $1,000+ for?  That could pay for a great trip to use the gear I have, or maybe a studio rental, or savings account for the 14-24 or other future product.  The other question is, how much will I use the lens (etc.).  If it's less than 10 days a year, I'm probably better off renting it.

Nooooo not the voice of reason!!!! :o :o :o ;D ;)

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 03:57:10 PM »
Of course I'm trying to justify this, I mean normally I don't really need such a lens as I also have the 70-200L IS f/2.8II, 1.4x II and a 100-400L.  Yes- it's GAS I know.
It's definitely hard to restrain yourself, even with the overlap.  Then again, certain focal lengths call to us - if you like at my gear, you'll see that I have slight affinity for 24mm (4 lenses!):
TS-E 24mm - sharpest 24mm, plus T/S for architecture & landscapes
24 1.4 II - fastest 24mm - killer environmental portrait, event, & travel lens + great landscape lens
24-70 II - starts at 24mm - my go to landscape lens when landscape is not my primary reason for shooting, plus my bread & butter event/commercial shoot lens
16-35 II - not great at 24mm, but covers it as needed.

Wide angle is good! I've been progressing towards wide angle, too because I like the dramatic effect. And the 17-40 gets a lot of camera-time when I travel ;)

As for the 70-300, it's the versatility and usefulness of the focal length range of this lens that gets my attention although I don't particularly like the design (zoom ring at the front) or the way it looks (white and fat with a slim zoom barrel). It's a different beast than my other long zooms. I figure its compact size and promise of good image quality means it will go into my camera bag more often, even when I'm not traveling. Is that enough justification?  My Tamron 70-300 sits in my travel bag permanently so I get very little use out of it... ::)

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What didn't you like, specifically? I'm actually having even more fun with this lens on the MkIII than on the MkII although it's harder to check critical sharpness on the Mk III at wide apertures (my Mk II has a precision matte focusing screen). On the Mk II I use manual override to tweak the sharpness at wide apertures, on the Mk III I've set AFMA +8 for this lens.


FYI, I got a matte focusing screen for my MKIII from this site and it works great:
http://www.focusingscreen.com/product_info.php?cPath=21_134&products_id=1193


Thanks for the link! I've bookmarked it for reference if I decide to go that direction. How does your 5D Mk III meter with this screen?


I haven't noticed any metering abnormalities.  I usually shoot in Av with evaluative metering and occasionally bump to +1/3 EV to expose to the right, which is pretty much what I was doing before on a 5Dc with Canon's matte EE-S screen.


Thank you ;)

And lest anyone consider this off-topic, in my opinion, an upgraded focusing screen is pretty much a requirement if you plan on doing manual focusing with the fast 50's being discussed :)


+1!!!

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Lenses / Re: Why can't there be IS/OS in all lenses?
« on: January 08, 2014, 03:32:45 PM »
(also worth noting that Sigma's new 50/1.4 apparently does have a different design that the typical double-Gauss, although it lacks OS).

I think it has more of a retro-focus design like their 35 mm, hence the increase in length over the old model.

First, the 1/FL 'rule' is a legacy from film days.  The resolution of current digital sensors exceeds the practical resolution of film (plus, you can view pixels at 100% on a large monitor, but you can't normally view film grains at 100%).  The higher resolution means the effect (blur) of a given amount of angular motion is more easily visible (similar to how your hand shake is much more visible when pointing a laser pointer at the wall compared to a broad beam flashlight).  That is part of the reason why 40D owners who upgraded to the 7D initially complained of soft images – their shutter speeds weren't high enough; the same was true for Nikon D700 users who moved to the D800.  With current high pixel density sensors, shutter speeds of 1/ 2xFL, 1/ 3xFL, or even faster are often required (before adjusting for the crop factor).

Interesting, to me this sheds new light on why Canon put IS in the 24, 28, 35 primes.

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:46:07 PM »
I have tinkered with my travel kit over the years, but now it's usually:

1. 5DIII + 24 1.4 II and/or 50 1.2; or
2. 5DIII +  24-70 2.8II; or
3. EOS M + 22 and/or 18-55IS

I remove my 5DIII grip as well, and I find that my travels rarely if ever require anything beyond 50 or 70mm and I've wasted lots of room and comfort carrying around my 135 2 (since sold), 70-200 4 IS (also sold), or 70-200 2.8 IS II over the years.  I'll throw in my 85 1.2 II if I plan on taking lots of portraits (e.g. of family at Christmas), but that's the longest focal length I ever seem to need.  I guess I like to get lots of context in my travel photos and find that I use 24mm 90% of the time for general shots and 50mm for most other shots, including people.  I'm sure other destinations would really benefit from telephoto lengths, but this is what works for me.

I agree that for most travels, it's the shorter focal lengths that are most important, and a 2.8 zoom is the most versatile if you carry just one lens. I like being able to go extra wide or have more reach though.

In my vacation I often do a fast paced cross-country trip (ie fly-drive) and the flexibility of a zoom that includes a near-to-normal focal length is a must when there's no chance (or it would not be wise -dust/moisture) to change lenses. Hence there's some overlap in my zoom ranges. This is why I always carry the:

-17-40L for landscape/cityscape/sights. It goes wide and does the 'normal' 40 mm.
-24-105L for general purpose. I like the extended range - the 105 mm long end helps for subjects that are a little further away and I don't have much chance to get / or want to get too close to. And it's a 'normal' zoom.
-70-300 variable aperture lens for nature/tame wildlife, and of course for the compressed perspective. It does 70 mm too, which is quite usable as 'normal' (mildly tele) focal length. 
-35f/2 or 50f/1.8: All my travel zooms are relatively 'slow' at a maximum aperture of f/4. Most of my photography when I travel is in daylight anyway, and I don't mind having plenty of DOF in most of my photos when I travel. Still, to make sure I have something to go to if I need a large aperture, the little 35 or 50 mm lens is there if I need it. I decide which of the two to take before I head off.

I am trying to get my mind around the 70-300 though; last year when I traveled through Turkey I didn't use it once. Though this time around we're going to Japan and I almost certainly want to have a good quality zoom with sufficient reach (that fits in my bag). Hence the 'L'

Of course I'm trying to justify this, I mean normally I don't really need such a lens as I also have the 70-200L IS f/2.8II, 1.4x II and a 100-400L.  Yes- it's GAS I know.

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Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review
« on: January 08, 2014, 12:45:14 PM »
Well right now it is priced at $1,069.00. And all we have is a few prototype reviews to depend on. I will wait 6 months for actual reviews from photographers and may be slight price drop. It is not going to stay at that price forever. At the end of the day it is tamron and price will drop a lot sooner than any counter parts from canon. But even at $ $1,069.00 its not a bad deal at all.

Another lens to compare this tamron with would be the Sigma 150-500mm F/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM. Its also priced at $1069 at amazon however I don't see very good reviews there.

I had the Sigma 150-500mm, and up to about 400 mm it was not bad at all. However given the weight and overall performance I'm a lot more pleased with the 100-400 that I bought to replace the Sigma.

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I truly hope the price will be more in the 600 euro range rather than 800 to 900. The current 50mm of Sigma is around 440 euro. The 35mm Art went down to around 730 euro.

That would be good, but knowing myself I will sooner or later be tempted by this new offering, especially of the price drops below that of the 35 ;)

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 12:29:26 PM »
I'm 'done' - I have all the lenses cameras I 'need'. Now I want a 70-300L for travel  ::) ::) ::)

Congrats and I hear great things about the 70-300L.  Haven't used one but I bet it and the 24-70 f/4 IS would make a great travel pair.


Thanks, my revised travel kit will most likely consist of my 5D Mk III (without the grip), 17-40L, 24-105L, 35f/2 or 50f/1.8 MkI and the (to be purchased) 70-300L. I've been using this type of configuration with my 5D Mk II for a while when traveling, except the 70-300 which at the moment is a Tamron VC USD. This fits in the camera compartment of my Lowepro Fastpack 250 and leaves a little room for other stuff :)

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