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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: May 04, 2014, 03:24:29 AM »
Bali Nusa Dua, last week.

1Dx & Otus 55 f/1.4 @ f/2.8 & 1/125th ISO800

It's an interesting lens, re jrista's comment, I have yet to shoot really close, but the previous Image of the water Lilly I was laying on some stones 3" above the pool & the water lilies were less than a meter distance (people walking by gave me a wide berth, something most Photographers are used to).

Karl pointed to the mfd (which I wasn't aware of) and 20" sounds about right without extension tube.

The more I use this Lens the more I like it, I used to love my 50 f/1.2 L but focus was so slow it was best used Manual Focus anyway.

The background blur is just amazingly smooth & the vignetting produced depending on the subject just adds to the mood of the Image.

This image was taken in shade very close to sunset, hence the ISO, no Flash.

My Model drank 2 Glasses of Wine before I was happy with this Image.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 04, 2014, 03:14:52 AM »
1Dx Otus 55f/1.4 @ f/2 & 1/125th ISO800

Bali Nusa Dua

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:01:21 PM »
Excellent Edward! Keep practicing and keep posting!

Thanks Eldar, and also Qusi, appreciated.

This Lens was a bit of a learning Curve, I have the Zeiss 15 & 21, both are much easier to nail focus on than the 55, I imagine due to the WA of the 15 & 21, the 55 I just wasn't able to rely on my eyes pulling focus through the viewfinder, I don't think I actually nailed focus a single time this way.

Once I switched to using zoomed focus in Live view it was pretty well 100% on the focus.

Unfortunately for me, this relegates the Otus to a Lens I'll use for Portraits, Fixed Point Images, to try using this on moving subjects I think (for me) would be an exercise in futility, my eyesight just isn't good enough, even with an eye piece adaptor, to shoot using the viewfinder, this becomes worse on the 5DMK III which doesn't have as bright a viewfinder as the 1Dx. I do now have the "Ec" focusing screen for the 1Dx so I'll set up one of my 1Dx bodies with this & see if it's of any assistance.

There can be no question regards the Bokeh, Image quality though of this Lens, at f/2 through to f/5.6 this Lens is simply superb, I find that wide open you have a hairline of focus so how you use this is very subject dependant, can work exceptionally well, or be horribly wrong.

It will be very interesting to see how well in real life the Sigma Art 50f/1.4 compares alongside the Otus 55.

But to leave this Lens home at any time in the future will be difficult, after using it for a few weeks it's almost as "have to go in the bag" as my 300f/2.8 II (need a bigger bag).

EOS Bodies / Re: When Does the Year of the Lens Start?
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:46:45 PM »
One thing they have to do to win me over is to deliver the lenses I listed (or something similar), deliver consistent quality And add weather sealing. It is unthinkable for me to sell my L-glass for anything without weather sealing. The current Sigma lenses I have now are bought more from curiosity than need.

I have to agree with Eldar on this particular point, I have the 35 Art, like it, use it, but, without weather sealing, for my type of Imaging (Dust/Rain/Snow), no weather sealing handicaps the Lens so I tend to bring it out in optimal weather conditions.

But, the Sigma 35 Art is other than the lack of weather sealing, a very good Lens, in most areas better then my Canon 35L, I look forward to getting the Sigma 50 Art, I suspect it may well perform better then my Canon 50f/1.2 L but not as well as my Otus 55, but it will have a reasonably reliable (hopefully) AF feature.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:21:34 PM »
glad to see you and  Edward back been keeping  the fire going wonderful work I miss seeing  my friend's photography !!

Appreciated Gary, I've been travelling quite a bit last 6 months, will be for the next 6 as well, had time to check CR, not a lot for posting Images. My youngest Lad is taking a Gap Year so we are taking advantage of the time & travelling as much as possible.

Have enjoyed your Family Portraits very much, you've got that Strobe lighting down pat (something I'de like to emulate), now you just need to get those Kids to grow wings & feathers.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: May 03, 2014, 07:22:55 AM »
My first attempts at posting Images on this thread.

Used the Otus on both the 1Dx & 5DMK III recently while in Bali, found it almost impossible to get the focus spot on using the viewfinder, but once I got the hang of using Live view, zoomed to fix focus, then it starts to come together.

1Dx + Otus 55f/1.4 shot @ f/1.4 & 1/1250th ISO200

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 03, 2014, 07:19:24 AM »
Just spent a week in Bali with the Family.

Tried the Otus, this is one difficult Lens to focus, but when you get it done it's pretty good.

1Dx & Otus 55 f1.4. Shot at f/1.4 & 1/1250th ISO200

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 03, 2014, 07:16:43 AM »
I haven't been on in a while but been shooting a lot which is good :) here is a shot of Metja :-)

Lovely Lovely Image Bornshooter, missed your Ladies.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Troubles (not funny)
« on: April 24, 2014, 07:35:19 PM »
You missed the biggest problem - the camera didn't come with a lens.

Made my early morning coffee, Thank You

And Mackguyver, you missed another doozy that will only come to you after carrying the 1Dx around (with a Lens attached) for a few days, one arm will begin to look like an English Long bowman's lopsided arrangement, you will then, as I have done, solve the issue not by going to the Gym, not by changing carrying hands, but by convincing your wife/girlfriend/other important money manager, to allow you to buy a second 1Dx Body so you can carry two at anytime thus ensuring your Physical stature returns to "normal", unfortunately it doesn't help with your "mental" situation, but it does solve any issues regards CF cards filling up too rapidly, now you have 4.

Really is nice to see most CR people have a healthy sense of humour, well, with the exception of "soulless Polack"   ::)  Probably caught him before his first coffee.

I think you guys are missing the big "A" on the side of these lenses... for ART! Perhaps the focus issues are for artistic effect!

Brilliant! Many believe that some Canon lenses are soft for artistic effect. I am so confused these days that I am adding Coke to my scotch. Milk into green tea.

Yes, well, your right, that's a situation that requires some redress, the Coke in the scotch I have no idea on, but I imagine it's similar to adding water to an excellent Red Wine, basically you need retraining, and lots of it would be my recommendation.

But the Milk in the Green Tea ?? Perhaps your too far gone Sanj, you may as well wallow happily in your confusion, especially when it comes to making sense out of some of these Posts, including I might add, this one.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 24, 2014, 04:26:47 AM »
could anybody confirm whether the 1dmk iv will be better than the 7d in terms of overall image quality.

Guys and girls a simple reply would be appreciated without going into the theorem of Pythagoras. I get lost with some of the technical stuff you all come up with.

Simple answer is, yes.

I think Sanj & Expatinasia are Photographers after my own heart.

I agree with both of them, 1DMK IV is a much better all round Camera (at a price) than the 7D (this is the 7D, not the theoretical 7D II that that so many seem to love to waffle about, and that doesn't exist, to my knowledge), so that's a simple Yes.

I base this statement on two very simple principles, I own/owned both, and I use/used both (to be totally honest, I was so disappointed in the IQ of the 7D I gave it to my Brother in Law after 3 months of use, I really don't like my Brother in Law).

The 1DMK IV is still in use.

Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 21, 2014, 06:25:30 AM »
Nice Jack, and a perfect example of what this Lens can do outside the ordinary, which I think is what the Op was looking for.

This Lens is just about perfect, it's in the Bag on almost any trip I do, it's sharp as a razor, works beautifully on it's own, with a 1.4x III and even a 2x III, the weight in Version II is completely hand holdable, I rarely use this Lens on a monopod or a Tripod.

Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 21, 2014, 06:14:10 AM »
This whole thread is a perfect example of why I shoot Wildlife, Landscape & Underwater Images, People are just too much of a PIA.

In the situation of the Op, I can empathise, my initial reaction would have to be this dickhead was insulting me, being lumped into the potential pedophile grouping would have me considering a Lobotomy on the Guy, and sounds like the Op is qualified in that area, but, there's always a but.

Sometimes we just need to chill, look around and appreciate the other person's perspective (even if he is a complete dickhead), we are living in a fishbowl that's not really improving, our Children's future & well being is without a doubt our most important objective in life, if the chap had children in the Park, he's a concerned Parent with poor communication skills and the "soft" approach is recommended, if he's an individual in the Park with no Kids and comments, he's just looking for trouble, the "soft" approach is also recommended.

I spent 16 Years in the Army, the "soft" approach is not my preferred option generally, but the world's changed, and Im 64 now with the last 30 years of experience that I think really count, at 34 I think I may have gone for the Tripod Lobotomy without anaesthesia.

Lenses / Re: Canon IS Primes for landscapes?
« on: April 20, 2014, 08:01:07 PM »
My own experience suggests the following Lenses, I can recommend them on the Basis I own them & use them.

Canon 17f/4 TSE II
Canon 24f/3.5 TSE II
Zeiss 21f/2.8 Distagon
Zeiss 15f/2.8 Distagon

All are Manual Focus, the TSE's give some latitude if you want to Photograph Architecture, if I'm heading off to do Landscape, these are the Lenses I throw in Bag.

Other Lenses I have & use for Landscape that are very good

Canon 24f/1.4 II (Very good for Landscape, not good for Night time star Imaging, quite bad Purple Fringing & Coma, I agree with CarlTN on this, I don't think the issue is relevant to my own Lens, it's an issue with the 24f1.4 II generally, but, not an issue if night time Imaging is not in your bag of tricks) The 24f/1.4 is also an excellent Underwater Lens (when used in a Housing of course  ::)  )

Canon 8-15f/4 @ 15 (also excellent underwater Lens, Housing rule applies)
Sigma 35f/1.4 Art
Canon 35f/1.4 (not quite as sharp as the Sigma Art 35 (in my experience), but slightly better Bokah)

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:53:14 PM »
These are all nearly 100%crops with the 2xIII and 1dx.

Ummmm, Bornshooter, these are real "Birds".

From you ?? Real Birds ??

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