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Lenses / Re: Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:40:09 AM »
Honestly, with the wording you've used, the way it's interpreted for me is that you're assuming poor technique before thinking about the limitations of the lens. Instead of opening up with the question, you start with a statement like "This may have more to do with the way you shoot and focus.." And then you said "I rarely have hunting issues with any of my lenses.., especially with the 24L II or 50L.".
That's like someone saying my Toyota Corolla can't reach speeds of xxx, and then you come in and say well it must be your bad driving because my Ferrari can do that fine.

Also note the OP stated that the focus hunting is only a problem with the 50 1.8, his 24-70 snaps on focus almost instantly, so clearly, not a problem of poor technique.

Alright. My bad. It was never my intention to mean anything negative, especially to killswitch. Apology to you if you thought I meant differently. Should have worded my thought better. Guess I'll shut up and get back to focusing on my own work...

It's all good. I tried both 50 1.8 and the 24-70L on the same subject, same lighting conditions, focal length for 24-70 was 50mm, made sure the minimum focus distance was met for both the lens, shot in manual mode, used center focus point to lock and in slightly tricky situation (where contrast is a bit low, dim light). The 24-70L fared better in locking on to the subject (no surprise) than the 50 mil.

Lenses / Re: Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 17, 2013, 11:45:51 AM »
In rough order of price and less emphasis on exact focal lengths, I consider these to be the "wide guys."

~$500 Canon 28mm/1.8
~$900 Sigma 35mm/1.4 - hard to argue with the reviews and price
~$1300 Canon 35mm/1.4L
~$1400 Canon 16-35mm/2.8L - not as "fast" as the primes, but versatile and fairly light
~$1500 Canon 24mm/1.4L - my favorite wide prime

(I don't keep track of lens revision numbers; just look at the latest versions.)

You can look at the newer lenses I call the "slow primes" like the 24mm/2.8 IS, but I'm skeptical about their usefulness. Being able to hand-hold the shot isn't always the most important thing - sometimes you need wider aperture and faster shutter speeds in low light to prevent subject motion blur. I'm guessing those slower stabilized lenses are better suited for video.

Looking for a fast lens, mainly for indoor(with low light) use. It will be used in family events, indoor parties at night and its usage will range from single to group portraits.

My favorite is definitely the 24mm/1.4L, but I don't think it's the best focal length for portraits, except for large groups. 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm works better for individuals. Given your intended usage, I have to agree with the recommendations for the new Sigma 35mm/1.4. It's fast, sharp, affordable, wide on the 5D3, and normal on the 60D.

And definitely sell your thrifty fifty and get its USM brother. Nothing wrong with the 50mm/1.8 but when you start reaching its limits, it's time to upgrade.

Really helpful JerryKnight, thanks. Hmm, hearing a lot of good things about the new Sigma 35mil. Gonna have to check out some reviews, the only thing that bugged me was the onion bokeh property. I might have confused it with some other lens. Please correct me if I am wrong about the onion bokeh part.

Lenses / Re: Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 17, 2013, 11:31:25 AM »
You should look at the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake and the 35mm f/1.4L and either of the other 35mm f/2.
Just depends on your budget.  Also consider whether you like the 35mm or 24mm for indoors shooting or even more towards 50mm.
What do you not like about your current 50?

I really like the 50mm 1.8 minus the hunting issue it seems to exhibit, as it goes back and forth quite a bit before locking on, it's noisy but that's expected as it does not have USM. But for the price it still is a great lens imho, but I am looking at other options. At times it's hard to squeeze in 4 people in the shot when space limitation is a factor. Would love to see some portraits taken with a 35mil. ^_^

Lenses / Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 17, 2013, 08:42:27 AM »
Looking for a fast lens, mainly for indoor(with low light) use. It will be used in family events, indoor parties at night and its usage will range from single to group portraits. Most of the time I will have external flash attached. Right now I take my 24-70 f2.8L in such events but I am looking for something lightweight and fast. It will be paired with a 5d3 and at times 60d. Oh, I use the 50mm 1.8 II at times and it often hunts for focus in dim lighting conditions where the 24-70 snaps on to the target almost instantly. I am on the verge of selling the 50mm 1.8 II.

Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Re: Oops, did it again !
« on: January 04, 2013, 01:44:32 PM »
I buy online and order what I planned to order when the price is right.

I usually buy in the shop my lenses. But, I got a good deal online, so first time order online. A bit of a gamble not being able to check the lens as you can do that when buying in the shop.

So today my 16-35 f/2.8 MK II arrived  :D

I also got a B+W slim filter for it. Weird experience with this slim filter (is a first too) The lenscap cannot be attached to protect the filter  ???
That's a first too. With my other regular B+W UV filters on other lenses this is not a problem.
Is this something common with slim filters?

The B+W XS Pro series are slim, plus it supports the lens cap. All my filters are XS Pro and the caps fit quite well for a ultra slim profile, never had any problems with it. You may want to get them for your UWA lens :)

Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:45:14 PM »
I was exactly in the same dilemma just 2 days ago. I ended up buying a used 70-200 f2.8L off ebay last night. I was going back and forth between this lens and the 135. I use 60D and 5D3, often missed the reach (especially in 5D), as I only had Canon's 24-70, 50, and Tokina's 11-16, and figured 135-200 ish reach would compliment my style. So I am planning to use this for a while and if I don't like it I know I will sell it off somewhere down the line  and add cash to get the IS or 135.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L Non-IS to Be Discontinued in 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:43:19 PM »
Do you think the used market price for this lens will drop a bit more sooner than later or will the price remain the same for some time? I was just about to pull the trigger on one 70-200 f2.8L and the used market seems to be hovering around the 930-1050 ish price point right now.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:22:43 PM »

Dear Santa,
Please make this CR2 comes true ::)

+1 Lol!

Lenses / Re: Canon 80-200 f2.8L Image Quality
« on: December 10, 2012, 02:59:23 PM »
I had that lens "magic drain pipe" for some years.  It takes great pictures and has a wonderful bokeh.  There are no spare parts to be had anymore, so I sold it cheap when the rubber focusing ring disintegrated and things were going downhill.

How was the AF speed and accuracy?

Lenses / Canon 80-200 f2.8L Image Quality
« on: December 10, 2012, 02:58:21 AM »
Remember this lens? I was wondering how it fares against the current 70-200 f2.8L. Just curious about the image quality of this lens. Anyone had experience with this lens please chime in. I wish Canon made their teles black >_<

Canon General / Re: Remote Shutter Release for Canon 5D3
« on: December 09, 2012, 10:53:06 PM »
Awesome inputs as always. Looks like there are quite a few options. So far I am looking at these options

1) hähnel Giga T Pro II
2) Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release
3) Yongnuo RC603C

I like the idea of being able to auto focus wireless-ly. For some timed interval shots the Giga seems to be the way to go. Correct me if I am wrong.

Canon General / Remote Shutter Release for Canon 5D3
« on: December 09, 2012, 04:44:44 PM »
Looking for a good wireless shutter release remote that works with 5D3 and if possible with other EOS Bodies as well. Any advice is appreciated.

Lenses / Re: 17-40mm F/4 L or 16/35mm F/2.8 L I
« on: December 09, 2012, 02:50:06 AM »
I'm in a similar predicament.  coming from the 10-22 on a crop, I really liked 10mm.  My main concern isn't the extra stop of light as I will probably be shooting at f/5.6 to f/8 anyway.  I've read that in UWA lenses, 1 mm makes a big difference.  Is the difference between 16mm and 17mm significant?

Canon has a decent lens comparison tool so you can see the difference in focal lengths.  Give it a try, hope it helps.

I just recently went through the same decision process as well.  Bought a 5d3 about a week ago and was trying to decide on what UWA to get to replace my 10-22.  Decided on the 16-35 f2.8 II.  So far I couldn't be happier with my choice.

OMG, this is awesome. I am facing the same dilemma as AudioGlenn, this comparison tool is what I have had been looking for to confirm the 1mm difference between 17-40 and the 16-35!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:57:10 PM »
5D3 + 24-70mm f2.8L @43mm 1/1600 ƒ/2.8 ISO 100

...from the ashes of the old by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr

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