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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:29:11 AM »
The 85L is a legendary level lens. Everyone shooting SLRs on any platform want or envy this lens or atleast know about it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a use for one in my bag yet. The 135L is just as good for me.

That's exactly how I felt about it. Really nice, if not tricky, lens to use. I got some great shots.

Buuuuut... actually using a lens is really important, otherwise it's just a couple grand sitting like a rock.

Mine has not seen major use, though I will have to more after this review.

It will hold its value, but it really is a specialized lens ...portraits and still life ...yes....action or moving kids or events with adults...only way to get enough keepers is to just take a lot of shots...which is fundamentally different from the way I work and is less satisfying creatively...and sometimes you will miss the moment regardless.

Can be frustrating...but when it hits...it is splendid.

Lenses / Re: 70-400/ f4.0-5.6 Zoom ... Canon, where are you?
« on: March 04, 2013, 07:16:38 PM »
Canon will need to respond soon with Nikon announcing their new 80-400 on Thursday and releasing it in Japan the following week.

We have covered this in the forum many times....Canon, especially being the top dog, will not feel obligated to match "focal length for focal length" what Nikon offers given the market structure. People capable of buying mid to higher end lenses or zooms will not ditch their whole canon systems because nikon introduces this or that lens or an excellent zoom...

Such tit for tat happens at the entry level product lines even in the canon world where the consumer is not yet committed to a system and can be swayed to chose one over the other.

Lenses / Re: Lens purchase strategy
« on: March 04, 2013, 05:26:35 PM »
No one is a profesional wildlife landscape wedding fashion sports event macro architecture photographer.

lol, true....but some of us out there do try to diversify.

currently i am mostly shooting weddings/events, portraiture, and real estate/architecture. that alone has me looking at a pretty hefty lineup of lenses. i am also very interested in getting into product photography and food photography...add a few more lenses to the lineup.

for me, basic needs are covered by the 24-70mm F2.8 and the 70-200mm F2.8. you can cover alot of jobs with just those two lenses.

getting into architecture made the 24mm TS a necessity and i have found that i will greatly be helped by adding the 17mm TS soon. the 45mm and 90mm may not be too far off if i can expand my shot offerings to larger scale buildings that would require a bit of distance and elevation to capture properly. there, i have quickly justified the whole TS lineup.

as far as the event and weddings go...sure i'm covered with the 24-70mm and 70-200mm but going into my 5th year of doing weddings i'm pining to add a bit more flair to my shots. enter the 35mm F1.4. instant love affair with that lens and i still find the 24-70mm quite useful despite that. i then picked up the 85mm 1.8 to test the usefulness of that focal length at a fast aperture (jury is still out) as a precurser to purchasing the 85mm 1.2. eventually i will replace the piece of junk 50mm 1.8 with the 1.2 version but that is pretty far down the priority list atm. throw in the 15mm Fisheye for the obligatory fun shots.

thinking ahead towards my entry into product, i see the 100mm 2.8 macro as something that will likely be necessary. i also see the 90mm TS pulling double duty here as well. 

so considering that i currently do weddings, events, portraiture, and architecture and i am intent on entering the world of product my ideal lens lineup would look like this:

16-35mm F2.8L
24-70mm F2.8L
70-200mm F2.8L

15mm F2.8 Fish
35mm F1.4L
50mm F1.2L
85mm F1.2L
100mm F2.8L Macro IS

17mm F4.0L TS
24mm F3.5L TS
45mm F2.8
90mm F2.8

that lineup would suffice my philosophy of "the right tool for the job".

I think you left out two or three that Canon made still...just plan on getting the complete set. ;)
Whenever I see these long lists, I am always tempted to say, "are you planning on opening a camera shop?" :P

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 04:36:41 PM »
Lots of expensive answers here...   :-[

Don't let these put you off... my first answer used rather simple combo and by no means they have to be L's! Any general purpose zoom plus one standard lens is a good deal for me. The second post with a listing was simply a joke to follow up on "analogies" post someone started.

The best lens is the one you have mounted and ready to go...not some pie-in-the-sky object that you have to fork out big bucks for.

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 03:16:55 PM »

I love the analogies.

Personally, it's very hard for me to pick just ONE lens.  It depends on the situation. 

A day at Disneyland, I want my young and skinny 40mm. 

Studio portraits, and wedding candids, I want the 70-200 2.8 IS II all day (my "big, busty, and beautiful").

Casual shooting: the 24-70 II, plain but effective

Night time events, low light w/o flash, the 35 L (my late night mistress)

I am absolutely NOT advocating getting these, just wanted to continue the analogies post above :D

35L is the older prim capable secretary... time-tested, totally dependable, trustworthy, a bit long in the tooth...she's been with the firm for nearly 10 years.

135L is the reasonably priced call girl, technically perfect, does a lot of stuff the wife doesn't do (get your mind out off the gutter guys! I am talking optics here).

50L is the ex wife... was great one minute but shifted the next... PMS mood swings that ruined the marriage. We had to part.

85L is of course the trophy wife... doesn't cook or clean, pretty to look at, big chest that you paid for through the nose, turns heads, and great to show off at the corporate party.

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 10:00:40 AM »
As a GP kit for me, it'd be 24-105L + 50L.

The 24-105L  with either the 50 or 35 as a standard make a sensible practical combo. I use the latter and is my go to combo.

Lenses / Re: Lens purchase strategy
« on: March 03, 2013, 09:20:00 PM »
You're dangerously close to having that other holy trinity...

I think his wife would like for him to stop at the "divine duality".  ::)

Portrait / Re: Portraits taken in Saudi Arabia
« on: March 03, 2013, 07:05:17 PM »
Why is the gentleman reclining like Cleopatra? And where are the serving folk with the wine goblets, rich foods, and other accoutrements? :p

Wine? Beer? Where???!!! None available in public anyway, and I certainly did not see any. The only thing that approached a beer was an "alcohol free malt drink"!!! One of the things you need to be careful of, is not to show the soles of your feet to the other members of the group. That of course means you have to adopt a pose such as the one shown!

If I get round to it, I will post a couple of photographs of the food and drink!


*Chuckle* Reminds me of the "Yes, Minister" episode where they visit a Gulf country where alcohol is prohibited.
"Minister, you have to take a confidential telephone call in our communications room... it is from Mr. Walker... Mr. Johnnie Walker..."

Lenses / Re: 35mm lenses and people shots
« on: March 03, 2013, 06:43:31 PM »
Wow. Lot of years since I was on a commercial aircraft. Lots of memories -- mostly awful. Had to travel so much for "business" and hated it.

Should have told me you were coming to Philadelphia! The flower show is currently going on (all this week), and it's perhaps the best in the world. A little too pricey for me at $30. though.

I agree about the 35mm. Back in the early days of SLR, that was considered the "normal" lens. It's on all my rangefinders.

Yes, air travel has gotten to be more like bus travel nowadays. :)
And I didn't know you were in Philly...couldn't you guys elect a guy with a better name for Mayor?  ;D

Lenses / Re: 35mm lenses and people shots
« on: March 03, 2013, 05:34:54 PM »
I don't know how to get the size right for CR...these are meant to be smaller 800 pixel pictures but CR has upsized them? can someone educate me how I can get it to be the original size here? Tnx.

Lenses / 35mm lenses and people photography
« on: March 03, 2013, 05:32:01 PM »
35mm focal length is a quintessential "people" lens...its use straddles a wide range of people-photography genres...from out-right portraits, to street- and event photography, to traditional reportage. I will post a few from a recent trip ...

This is a focal length that helps tell a story so I wasn't keen on pixel peeping...
These are 35L shots but any 35mm is a 35mm, no? :)

Lenses / Re: Lens purchase strategy
« on: March 03, 2013, 05:06:12 PM »
While I do appreciate your thoughts and position, there is something inherent pragmatist in your reasoning. Did I really need the 8-15 or the Siggy 35 that I bought this Christmas??... Probably not, but I have to feed the dreamer within, and thus great pleasure in lying awake at night mentally constructing the great shot I hope to take. I not only have what I need, but what I might potentially need; if I was a better photographer than what I am! :)

Dreaming is key and I will not gainsay its importance in any creative endeavor. We will still be etching reliefs on the walls of caves if we didn't dream.

My comments were just directed at those who go after artificial marketing gimmicks that say "you need to have this cohesive grouping of UWA lenses" or this “trinity” of portrait lenses or this  be-all-end-all zoom for sports and everything else under the sun (yes, I am looking at you 70-200 f2.8 II fanboys ;)).

Lenses / Re: Lens purchase strategy
« on: March 03, 2013, 04:52:01 PM »
And why stop at a trinity? Why not a "penta-perfect?" or "super-six?". Or instead of the holy trinity...I'll make something up here...how about we stop at the "divine duality?" Say, 50L and 135L? ;)

So "completionism" makes us invent artificial grouping; like a hapless magpie, it goads us to collect things we do not need, use frequently, or employ to their fullest ability.

Haha...too funny.

You forgot the ultimate one lens kit... "the sacred singularity." (that would be the canon 28-300L of course).

I love that name you just coined! For me the singularity will be a simple 35mm of whatever kind :)

Portrait / Re: Portraits taken in Saudi Arabia
« on: March 02, 2013, 10:54:47 PM »
Why is the gentleman reclining like Cleopatra? And where are the serving folk with the wine goblets, rich foods, and other accoutrements? :p

EOS Bodies / Re: On the 5DM3 what is the difference
« on: March 02, 2013, 06:31:28 PM »
I was canon manuals were this clear.

I guess you are from a time after the Japanese company VCR manuals and the Millions of American households with blinking 12:00 LEDs. This is par for the course. ;)

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