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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: February 24, 2013, 07:11:25 PM »
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o

That whole workflow was all within Lightroom (4), so no Photoshop there.  I have invested in some presets for LR that I further customize.  The basic look is from a preset collection (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/) Preset 9.  By the way, these preset collections often go on sale for 50% off.  I then further tweaked the tone curve to bring a little of the low end back, used a preset brush to paint in a little sharpness and contrast to the forelock.  I probably tweaked the sliders a hair, but I doubt that I have any more than about 4 minutes in processing this particular image.  Another collection I use a lot in my workflow is the "Instagram style" presets.  I usually customize the sliders somewhat after processing, as I am pretty familiar with the way that LR works at this point.  I typically spend as much or more time in adding metadata, descriptions, and keywords as I do processing.  I am careful about all of those things because a fair bit of my work moves commercially in one way or another.

Whoa, thanks for sharing your workflow Dustin. Appreciate it. Will go through the link you posted. :)

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: February 24, 2013, 10:05:09 AM »
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o

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Software & Accessories / Re: AFMA advice sought
« on: February 23, 2013, 09:15:02 PM »
This is great stuff from ML. Thanks for sharing.

In regards to Focal's AFMA, at what aperture should you perform Focal's AFMA test? I think i had it wide open during the test, is that ok or are we supposed to stop it down to something smaller like 5.6 or 8?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Transition from Nikon to Canon
« on: February 22, 2013, 09:54:40 AM »
I used to use the 60D before I switched to full frame. On top of what everyone said already I will add this, if possible then try and handhold both the bodies. See what feels comfortable in your hand. I still prefer the 60D's grip and its ergonomics as it fits my hand better than the 600/650D. Also, 60D and 6D's body, button layout and ergonomic is nearly identical and if you plan to step up to the full frame 6D in the future you will find it famliar.

Skip the 18-55 kit lens, and get the 40 EF lens. Remember any "EF" lens will work on both Canon's crop bodies (like the 60D, 650D) and full frame bodies (6D, 5D2, 5D3, etc). The" EF-S" lens (eg. 18-55 you mentioned) however will only work on your crop bodies.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:10:10 PM »
Anyone know what Canon camera is in this below linked picture?  Never seen one with the red piece by the hotshoe.   

http://500px.com/photo/26318243

Update:Even more suspicious is the Canon logo has been removed, this has a pop-up flash and looks to be in new condition.  Can't place the lens either the more I look at this - size wise looks like the 85mm 1.2 but the bulge appears different by the camera mount from the current 85,1.2???

Dont know but that red piece somehow makes the body look bad@$$/Evil. Could that red panel indicate pro-line series/bodies like the rings are for their L series lenses? Or it could very well be modified by the user who knows :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:06:44 PM »
The 3D will have eye-controlled focus and a blink-activated shutter. You heard it here first.   :P

Hahaha+++ =P

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8
« on: February 17, 2013, 02:52:34 AM »
Beautiful shots!  :o

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: February 16, 2013, 07:47:50 PM »
Was looking for shots taken using this glass but could not find any in this forum. Thought I'd start a thread with photos taken with this great little lens.

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Lenses / Filter holder/adapter for Samyang 14mm f2.8
« on: February 16, 2013, 07:08:49 PM »
Considering buying the Samyang 14mm f2.8 for landscape photography. I was wondering if anyone out there knows if I can attach a filter holder/adapter with this lens. I found this site offering the holder and the adapter for the Samyang but I am not sure about the quality of this product. Anyone used this product from Lucroit (Hitech Filter Systems) or know any other brands that make filter holders/adapters for this lens? Also, was wondering if system will take Lee's square ND/GND filters?

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angle Lens Ideas, please!
« on: February 14, 2013, 04:23:47 PM »
Well I sold it though because I loved wide angle so much I decided to get a 17-40 4.0L for it has got autofocus and is affordable. Maybe upgrading to 16-35 later or lets see how much a 14-24 will as soon as it comes.

How does the Canon 17-40mm compare to the Samyang??? I have been debating a 17-40 for traveling, but I am worried that after getting used to the IQ of the Samyang, I will be left wanting more out of the 17-40mm.

By the way, I really enjoy the pictures you have taken with the 14mm!

Do not remember if I read it here in CR forum or not, but someone was talking about a focus confirmation chip added to his 14mm Samyang or some other lens. I could be wrong, but if that it's possible then awesome.

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angle Lens Ideas, please!
« on: February 14, 2013, 04:17:13 PM »
The Samyang truly is a powerful thing if you don't mind its manuality. For landscape not really a problem, just pop it to infinity.

Well I sold it though because I loved wide angle so much I decided to get a 17-40 4.0L for it has got autofocus and is affordable. Maybe upgrading to 16-35 later or lets see how much a 14-24 will as soon as it comes.

Beautiful shots florianbieler! Any idea if there are ways I can mount a ND/GND filters on this 14mm Samyang lens? Are there filter adapters made for this lens? Like the ones from Lee Filters for Nikon's 14-24, etc.

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Lenses / Re: Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:50:20 AM »
Great suggestions folks. Thanks a lot. So a 35 1.4 seems to be the pick. I think I will also give a 50 1.4 a try. Perhaps rent them out over the weekend.

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Lenses / Re: Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:40:09 AM »
Quote
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.

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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.

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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. ^_^

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