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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:10:12 AM »
I think this Lens has to be my next buy! extremeinstability what body are you using?

Thanks.  Well it was on the rebels I've had(95% of my stuff has been via rebels).  Recently switched back to 5D II and just sold it/the 10-22.  Had two so far and both were great. 

fwiw it's good enough for nat geo.   http://press.nationalgeographic.com/2012/08/15/ngm-september-2012/  That was shot with the 10-22 on a T2i.  For some reason I always thought maybe some would find that interesting, perhaps more for the rebel aspect(even if it's silly since just the sensor is the most important part for such stuff).    Not sure why if Time is taking Iphone shots I guess.  Course then there have been some other bigger uses from an original 6mp rebel and its really really really bad kit lens.  When looking back at some stuff I feel pretty stupid fretting too much over small lens issues, yet here I am still always doing it anyway. 

Lenses / Re: Advice 5d3, wide angle
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:21:12 PM »
Zeiss 21 F2.8 could be another thought.  I went that route then snatched up a 14mm Samyang for the times I need even wider. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:01:16 PM »
My samyang 14 isn't chipped.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Moonbow!
« on: October 31, 2012, 10:52:01 AM »
This on spaceweather.com today...  http://www.spaceweather.com/images2012/31oct12/hathaway.jpg

Given the same clouds/ice crystals one could have all that with the moon, a shot I'm kinda dying to get lol. 

If you get some ground fog at night with a low moon look for these too...  http://www.extremeinstability.com/stockx/optics/o-f8475.jpg  Lunar fogbow. 

I think a Lunar or Moonbow is more of just a rainbow from moonlight, which I've still not gotten and is really hard in some regions.  Martin McKenna has gotten a lot of them now.  http://www.nightskyhunter.com/Rainbow%20&%20Moonbow%20Gallery.html

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: October 31, 2012, 10:42:14 AM »

Can you please get a picture of the night sky with the lens fully open and see how the stars show at the corners? If the lens has coma (which even Canon L lenses have fully open) they will look like ... seagulls!

I can but I have to be motivated enough to drag it out after dark lol.  I should have tested it for that before when I was testing all the other lenses.  I think I can chalk that up to not counting on this to be much of a night sky lens due to all the light fall off/vignetting.  I suspect there's enough vignetting at f2.8 with this lens that it will be hard to get bad coma issues with stars.  But now I am curious what the distortion would do to a star trail lol.  Anyway, I just kinda doubt the issue will be coma on a night sky with it F2.8 and as much vignetting as there is there(it's more than the 14L II...which also has winged stars/coma I guess).  I have to send my 5D II in to fix the mount to sensor plane issue, which might happen today, so it'd likely be after that returns. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Sell T4i for 5d ii?
« on: October 26, 2012, 06:24:21 PM »
The T4i sensor isn't much newer than the 5D II if that makes it easier.  T2i, T3i, T4i, 7D, 60D all have the same sensor as far as I know.  I just made the switch from T2i(again, had 5D II in the past).  The noise is just so much kinder on some low detail scenes. 

Lenses / Re: Your technique for switching lenses in the field?
« on: October 26, 2012, 06:20:19 PM »
Body facing up with lens on it set down on something.  First push button and losen that lens without pulling it off yet.  Hold other lens next to it facing up, remove end cap from bottom.  Then fast swap and hold the one you took off the same way it came off with the open end down.  Then put that end cap on that one.  If you always do it that way and fast enough it's hard to get anything in there. 

Lenses / Re: 50 mm Can't make up my mind!
« on: October 25, 2012, 05:25:40 PM »
I got the canon 50 F1.4 recently for a 5D II.  The corner softness and lack of contrast was rather huge towards the more wide open end.  I upgraded to the sigma 50 F1.4.  It blew the doors off the Canon more wide open.  Upon stopping down though the Canon passes it in sharpness.  In the end I'm not sure that difference more wide open was worth it.  I'd been happy with the 50 F1.8 if it had a real focus ring on it, sigh.  I never use auto-focus in that range so clueless there. 


Look at the 3 image comparison down a bit.  I didn't believe that till I went through both lenses.  The Canon 1.4 I had was at least that much worse than the Sigma I now have in that more wide open range.  Some white pvc tubes for venting on top of the house show white "shadows" about the same width as them...the contrast open is so bad. But again, stop down F4 they are probably even and by F5.6 the canon is passing the Sigma in sharpness.  So depend on what you want it for.

I guess when I was testing things I did do a couple autofocus tries that at least one of which was way off on the Sigma in bright daylight. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:01:18 AM »
Number 2 first, I found one I believe in here:  http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/extend.displayTab2.html#resources  In the profile downloader area.  There was just one for the lens.  In the profile list I think it was listed as canon and not samyang/rokinon/etc.  Works great to remove the crazy distortion.   There so much resolution everything is still highly sharp after the correction. 

I haven't tried the Milky Way yet as the real good parts aren't high up now.  I wonder how well it will work as there is a lot of vignetting and light loss at F2.8.  May not matter given the brighter parts of the Milky Way get put in the middle.  It just has a way of not feeling like F2.8 I guess. 

Edge to edge is pretty sharp at F2.8 infinity.  It doesn't seem you even gain much more sharpness by stopping down than from where it starts at.  But I haven't used this lens all that much yet.  And my new/used 5D II also has a flange to sensor plane difference that needs fixed, but even on that it's good to go. 

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Tripod - Help
« on: October 24, 2012, 06:47:29 PM »
When I was looking into a new tripod, there was a tripod thread on a storm chaser forum I'd visit.  I noted a lot in there were recommending those same Slik legs.  FWIW.  I should have went that route. 

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Tripod - Help
« on: October 24, 2012, 06:10:22 PM »
Have you asked them to fix or replace it?  There are often secret warranties that are not advertised.  It could have been a bad batch or run.  I do not use Gittos, but many have been happy.

No, I'm generally pretty lazy on things I guess.  Found the two halves of the inside clip thing, got it back together and since I had electrical tape in my car I just taped the hell out of it.  Every once in awhile I'll find myself cussing at the missing height now.  Always gotten by on the real cheap $50 deals and found it humorous this was happening after spending 6x as much.  Thinking, well least the legs always stayed together on all those real cheap ones. 

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Tripod - Help
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:14:13 PM »
All I know is I won't be buying Giottos again.  Not just one leg but two have come out in my hand when extending them.  Because they used a cheap plastic inner lock deal that evidently easily snaps.  I put it back together then used electrical tape on those joints, never to be used again.  The ones that haven't failed, well even after tightening the joint screws to the point of almost breaking when clamping down...they still don't stay out and often slide down/in.  Not real thrilled with the ballhead I got for it either.  Horizontal spin axis knob is all or nothing and damn hard to get tight so it stays.  The whole legs coming apart in my hand twice now over a dumb piece of plastic has really turned me off.  You look at this piece and how it goes together and what it has to do/support and it's just a real head scratcher they have this plastic inner piece like it is.  It was just a bit over $300 for the legs and head so not an expensive route exactly but certainly not the cheapest $50 free with camera tripod deal either.  It should take some work to have the tripod legs come apart/out in your hand, not casually extending them down on two different occasions.

Sorry can't say what to get, but figured I'd say what I'm not getting next time around. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkIII image "Dust" after impact
« on: October 22, 2012, 05:18:26 PM »

For when the blower bottle doesn't get it out.  I often won't even put any solution on the swab.  Man the companies making those have to make some money lol.  A stick with a fabric on the end, $35. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkIII image "Dust" after impact
« on: October 22, 2012, 05:10:38 PM »
I would never send it in and pay anyone to clean a sensor.  It's really simple to just do it yourself and actually pretty hard to screw things up.  You're simply cleaning off a clear piece of plastic over the sensor.  The in-cam dust remover is a joke and if it does anything is more of a dust-mover-arounder.  Blower bottle works 90% of the time.  I just bought a thing from the grocery store for babies.  Snot sucker or something.  Then it's worth buying some sensor cleaning wads and the right solution.  Screw paying overpriced fees for someone else to do that.  Especially give if you use your gear much you'll be needing to do it frequently anyway. 

Not sure if you've seen this site or not, but good review here:  http://www.lenstip.com/297.1-Lens_review-Samyang_35_mm_f_1.4_AS_UMC_.html

Quick glance it beats the Canon in vignetting and coma.  Resolution looks great stopped down just a bit, which ain't asking much coming from F1.4.  That might actually be my next lens.  Though I know I'll get all these primes built up, only to turn around and sell them all to buy the 24-70L II to simplify life. 

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