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Canon General / Firmware update 1.1.3 for Canon 6D Released.
« on: April 09, 2013, 01:07:14 AM »

Gosh, any hint of 5D3 firmware update releasing sooner than later would be nice too. >_>

Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:12:29 AM »
Impressive Dustin. VC/IS really makes a lot of sense for general purpose lens like the 24-70 especially when you are travelling, and especially when with family.

Based on your budget and need, i would say get a used 5D2. Even if 70D is out tomorrow, I doubt it's ISO performance will be significantly better than 60D or 5D2 for that matter. If you feel adding and using a flash is not always going to be possible in most of your situations then a used 5D2 looks to me a better choice overall. If you feel flash is your thing then pair it with your 60D or 70D (whenever it comes out). To me, a FF gives me the flexibility to push my ISO in dark conditions and its not always possible to carry a flash around. If possible pair your body with a fast prime.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:05:33 AM »
Just saw a post in CanonPriceWatch Facebook page where Best Buy accidentally uploaded links to so called rumored 18mp body that is supposed to be announced in a few days time. Don't know how accurate this is but CPW has a screenshot of the page and the name of the body is Canon "EOS-b"!  :o Typo?

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 2.8L (old boy)
« on: March 11, 2013, 01:34:59 AM »
Love the lens. Still need to AFMA though.

Sakura no hana by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr

Song by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Advice on a telephoto lens for street photography
« on: March 06, 2013, 12:12:43 PM »
I'd go either 135L or 200 2.8 I'd probably debate back and forth the merits of both but I guess realistically since neither has IS I'd probably lean towards the 135 not only is it faster but presumably I can handhold it at 2/3 stop slower shutter speed letting in more light. Plus the 135 is one of those ubiquitous canon lenses you'll use for everything. Total side note, checked out your Flickr, apparently we're Flickr contacts.

Hey, yeah, haha...did not know we are contacts till now! ^_^

Lenses / Re: Advice on a telephoto lens for street photography
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:36:17 PM »
I've been full circle almost using almost every option for extensive periods of time, zooms to primes, fisheyes to 400mm f/2.8 II. Right now at the moment I am starting to fall in love again with the 200mm f/2.8L II lens for just the purpose you mention. Nothing is as comfortable, as stealthy, or as effective.

I have the 70-200mm II, and I practically hate that lens as a working tool. Carry one around 14 hours and you'll hate your life. Carry the 200mm f/2.8L II lens around for the same length of time, and you'll be smiling at the end of the day and probably have way better pictures as well.

If you're doing night street photography, the 135mm would make sense as well, but the 200mm focal length just has that perfect framing for candid photos and continues to have nice backgrounds wide open at longer distances than the 135mm.

I know right? To think the 200mm f2.8L II costs only $550-600 used. Which is a steal I think.

Lenses / Re: Advice on a telephoto lens for street photography
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:32:54 PM »
What body are you using it on?  And can you tell us what kind of street photography you like to do?  Give as much detail as you can please. :)

Thanks. =) I have put in the details as suggested.

Lenses / Advice on a telephoto lens for street photography
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:14:09 PM »
If you were to use a telephoto lens (zoom/prime) that's not white in color for both day/night street photography which one would you go for and why?

I usually use the 24-70 for street photography now, but looking for a longer glass. These lenses come to mind, and I would love to hear your thought/opinion/suggestion.

1) 100mm f2.8L IS
2) 135mm f2L
3) 200mm f2.8L II

Edit: Will be used on the 5D3. And mainly for street/outdoor portrait, candid shots of people, street activities like parades, festivals, etc. I like to shoot wide open in most cases to get the background to melt away. Also, like to shoot at night as well.

Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm T3.1 for still photography?
« on: March 05, 2013, 08:31:10 AM »
You know you can fix that yourself, right?

Do tell. Thanks.

Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm T3.1 for still photography?
« on: March 02, 2013, 02:01:23 AM »

I just tried the 25mm T1,5 cine version, and i was really satisfied with that one. The build the price, the picture it can make.
Yes it has no eletronics in it, and the focus ring is designed for movie-like slow but steady moves, so its a bit harder (but fluent!) to turn, than a regular photo lens.

In a fast/random changing situations i would miss the lack of autofocus, since its hard to keep in focus, especially for someone with no experience, but other cases i wouldnt think its a problem.

One more thing: of course the camerabody (5dmkIII too) couldnt communicate with the non-existing aperture motor, it asked for verifying if there is any lens attached every time i turned it on again. Not a big issue eithet.

Thanks Kankalin. When you change the aperture value on the lens using the aperture ring, does it show the changed value in camera's viewfinder, quick menu? Also did you have to do any AFMA or was I sharp out of the box.

Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm T3.1 for still photography?
« on: March 01, 2013, 05:07:57 PM »
Thanks, just wanted to make sure. It's kinda hard to find any reviews of this cine lens. It has been out for a couple of months no?

Lenses / Samyang 14mm T3.1 for still photography?
« on: March 01, 2013, 10:45:54 AM »
Can you use the Samyang 14mm T.3.1 Cine lens for still photography? I understand this is designed for video and it's aperture ring is declicked for smoother transition of aperture size. Not sure if that should be a problem when taking photographs though. Anyone used this particular lens to for still photography (if that is even possible with this lens) ? If it works, how does it compare to its younger brother cousin Samyang 14mm f2.8.? I am using a 5D3. Thanks.

Lenses / Re: Lens purchase strategy
« on: February 25, 2013, 10:20:39 AM »
I am fairly new in photograpy, and still learning and exploring various avenues. Initially I had 15-85 and 60D. I realized I liked shooting at the wide end or the tele end in almost 90% of my shots. I like shooting landscapes, and also lust for shots that yields creamy background. I sold the 15-85, and bought 24-70L to cover general shooting, portraits, and wanted a constant aperture. About 90% of the time I found myself shooting at 70mm wide open.

When I moved to FF, I felt I was missing out on the reach and wanted a 70-200 or 70-300. I could not afford the 70-200 f2.8 IS MKII so bought a used 70-200 f.8L only to see if I like the weight, and the shots it can help me get. Then later sell this and add money to get the MKII ultimately. Sort of like a stepping stone for me.

So for the next 10 months I am hoping to get the 14mm Samyang for wide landscape shots, and then upgrade to MKII. Who knows, all these might change depending on my shooting habits down the road. Something tells me I will love primes more once I get my hands on some.

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