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Lenses / Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:57:06 PM »
I'm being gifted a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, the original model that was introduced in 1987.  I'm being told it's in excellent shape, but I'll find out for sure tomorrow.  I was very surprised that this is selling for well above even the MSRP of the current 50mm f/1.8 mkII in production.  Sold items on eBay are listing for ~$150USD, give or take. Is this just because of the metal mount, or is it optically superior to the mkII?  How will it compare to my 50mm f/1.4 (that I truly love, despite it's flaws). 

Technical Support / Weird ghosting on film
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:34:30 PM »
Here's a question for anybody with some film experience. What's going on here? There's some weird ghosting on top that I can't quite explain. It was shot in a mirror, and a few other similar frames taken in the mirror have that same artifact on the same roll. Why would it show up on here, but not in the viewfinder? It's not a film/scanning problem, is it?  Thanks in advance for whatever feedback you've got. 

Ilford hp5+ by Rick.Scheibner, on Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Shipping film
« on: August 28, 2013, 06:36:10 PM »
I don't see a 'film' section on here, so I'll post this here for now. My question is about shipping film for processing in the mail. Where I live, it's fairly hot right now (low to mid 90's F).  In case you haven't seen the news Ilford just opened up a processing lab in San Clemente, CA, a thousand miles or so from me.  If I send them film for processing, it's going to be 3-4 days (at least) in that kind of heat, which I understand is no bueno for film. Even if I overnight it (and doubling the expense of processing), it's going to be sitting on a hot tarmac for at least a short while. I just put my rolls ready for processing in the freezer and wait for cooler temps?  I've probably just answered my own question. I was just wondering what others do who send out their film.  Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Conversation with pro re: 50L vs. 50 f/1.4
« on: August 18, 2013, 04:43:52 PM »
I attended a wedding over the weekend. While everybody was oohing and ahing over the bride, I of course was oohing and ahing over the fine photographic equipment in use. The photographer duo used 3 5D3's and a 5D2, some Alien Bee's and a bunch of L's.  I counted a 70-200 f/2.8, a 24-70, as well as some other red rings. These guys also moved around like this wasn't their first rodeo.  It looked to me like they knew what they were doing.

So, I was surprised when one of the guys was using a 50 f/1.4 instead of an L.  Later on in the day, I struck up a (brief) conversation with him. He seemed happy to oblige (I'm assuming that staying the heck out of their way had something to do with it). I mentioned the 50, and he said that while he loves the 50L, they couldn't justify it over the 50 f/1.4 simply because there was a negligible image quality gained for what it cost to own one.   

I know that there are several opinions and the subject has been beat to death here on CR, but it was interesting to get the view of a pro who boiled it down to a business decision.

Lenses / Canon primes
« on: July 30, 2013, 02:23:53 PM »
Note: This post is part rant, part food for thought. Comment as you see fit, but I have no questions to be answered or advice to be given at this time.

I currently shoot with mostly L's, including the 70-200 f/4 L, 17-40 f/4 L, and the 135 f/2 L.  I also have a 50 f/1.4 in the stable.  I'm considering rounding out my prime collection with a 35, 85, and possibly a wide at some point in the future. The 85L and 35L produce some impressive images, many seen right here in the CRF.  Then, I look at images produced with their non-L counterparts, the 85 f/1.8, and the 35 f/2.  Many stunning images to be had there as well. So with a 2-3x difference in price, what's the difference? Build quality, for one, as well as that extra stop or two of light. Better glass. Better sharpness when shot wide open, not to mention better bokeh quality. There is indeed a difference, and I'm not going to pretend there isn't.

But that's not to say that the non-L 85 and 35 primes are poor lenses. They can help meet your photographic needs without sacrificing image quality on a noticeable scale. If I can't put an 85mm f/1.8 on my 5DmkII and get a really good's not the equipment's fault. And if I can't get good images with that lens, moving up to the L isn't going to help me out, either. 

I've scrimped, saved, and made deals along the way to get the setup that I've got right now. I like to joke that I drive an Old Lady's car so that I can shoot with a Big Boy's camera. And there's some truth to it. 

So, I could scrimp, save, and make deals so that I can get an 85L and 35L in that bag in the future. It might take me a few years. And in the end, I would have some incredibly awesome glass.  Or, I could eat beans and rice tonight, and then rice and beans tomorrow night, and afford the non-L lenses in a matter of a few months. That's that much more time I could spend shooting with those lenses. Time I could be getting great images and putting them to work for me. That's worth something.

I know that there are opinions on both sides of the issue. Those are just the things I'm wrestling with right now.

Get out there and shoot something meaningful today.

Lighting / Guess what?
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:18:31 AM »
If you're shooting with a 135mm prime lens (non-IS), and your camera max shutter sync speed is only 1/200...that's not a lot of wiggle room.

Lenses / Breaking a rule here
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:35:43 PM »
I'm not normally one to talk about my gear. I just like to show my photos. However, yesterday I scored a really nice used Canon 135mm f/2 L.  I rented this lens last December, and putting it back in the box to send it back was very, very difficult to do. It didn't come off my camera that entire week.

Lenses / Purchasing a used 135mm f/2
« on: May 19, 2013, 03:06:54 PM »
I've decided to get the EF 135mm f/2 L, and I'd like to get a good one on the used market. I've checked out a couple of the rental places (Lens Rentals, Borrow Lenses), and they don't have any in stock at the moment. I'm not in a great place geographically to be able to look at one locally on Craig's List.

Other than those venues, where are some other places to procure this lens?  I've always had good luck with third party vendors on Amazon, although I've never purchased a used lens that way. I know that Amazon has a warranty program, even for third party vendors, but luckily I've never had to use it, so I don't know how good it is. Whatever thoughts you have on purchasing a used quality lens online would be greatly appreciated. My timeline is such that I can wait for a little while, but I'd like to make a purchase within the next 30-45 days. Thanks in advance for your advice.

Software & Accessories / Scanners
« on: April 29, 2013, 04:42:59 PM »
So having shot digital for the last six years or so, I've decided to take a leap into the world of film photography. I know that many of you got your start in that medium. I picked up a Canon Elan 7 and loaded it with a roll of Ilford FP4. I sent the film out for developing/scanning, which ran me about $25 for everything (not including the roll of film to begin with.)  I can see that if I do this every 36 frames, I'm going to go broke in a hurry. I'd like to start developing my own film and then scanning to digital. I see a lot of different scanners on the market, so I'm looking for some recommendations/advice on getting a film negative scanner:  Brands, off-brands, resolution, etc...

Thanks in advance for your helpful input. I'll post a scan or two when I get this first roll back in a few days.

Software & Accessories / Websites
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:11:44 AM »
This question is a bit OT, so apologies if it doesn't belong. I need to create a small, 2-3 page website for a small photography business. I have my own domain/webhosting. I'm familiar with Wordpress inside and out (I've been using it for 8 years now), but it just seems a bit overkill to use for a project like this. Even Drupal/Joomla installations seem to be too much software for what I'm trying to do. 

For those of you with your own websites, what backend software are you using? I'd like to avoid the 3rd party services like Zenfolio. I'd like to be able to modify my own installations.  I'm just curious as to what options out there would be recommended. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / White balance for moonlight
« on: April 09, 2013, 01:36:22 PM »
What would be a good white balance level for direct moonlight? Assuming no other light sources, of course.

Software & Accessories / CF card health
« on: March 28, 2013, 11:14:20 AM »
I just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast, along with about 450 photos. There were two on my 16G SanDisk (90MB/s) CF card that seemed to be corrupted. They were right next to each other, and they were the only two taken at that particular time. Is this a sign that my CF card is failing, or just a glitch of some kind in that particular session? Is there a way to test these things? I understand these things can fail at any time (this one has had about 11k shots on it). Also, I format my card after every time that I download to the computer, rather than just deleting my files. Any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated.

Lenses / Best lens for this purpose
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:18:06 PM »
I've been asked to video/photograph an HO model train set with my 5DmkII.  I'm going to need to rent a lens to get it done, though, as I don't think my 50mm f/1.4 is up for the job. I'm guessing some kind of tiltshift lens with a fairly short focusing distance, if there is such a thing, but I have no idea in what focal length would be best. Thoughts?

Lenses / Bridge not sharp - why?
« on: March 10, 2013, 11:40:47 PM »
I have a Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L and a 5DmkII. I've used this setup regularly for awhile now, and I've come across something I can't quite explain. I recently shot this bridge in Oregon. I used a sturdy tripod (Manfrotto ballhead/tripod combo), so stability isn't an issue. Still, several of these images came out much less sharp than I've been used to seeing from this lens. It looks like motion blur to me, but like I said, I was using a sturdy tripod. I shot at f/8, and even one of the images at f/11 had this same issue. Shutter speed was 1/20 and ISO was 125, and autofocus was directly on the front of the bridge itself.  I can't imagine this lens is suddenly misfocusing so badly.

I'm at a loss. I ~thought~ I had all three legs on steady ground, but of course anything is possible, and it's possible one of them may have been in some soft ground, slowly sinking during that shutter time. I just don't think that's the case, though. I don't have any other explanations than this. Like I said, I'm used to getting much sharper photos with this lens.  I thought I would throw this question out to the many qualified photogs on here. I'm not a beginner, I'm just not sure what happened. Thanks in advance for your helpful comments and suggestions.  I'm posting an unedited, straight-from-lightroom- image.  You can pixel peep at the full version size here. (2.4MB file)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Question about BH used dept
« on: February 24, 2013, 10:54:31 PM »
Apologies if this post is in the wrong forum. I'm getting ready to get a used film slr from the BH used department, and I was just wondering if that y'all's experience was with that venue. Is that protection plan worth adding? Thanks in advance for whatever advice you have.

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