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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Specs
« on: July 22, 2012, 07:52:51 PM »
I guess I'll jump into the waters in this thread. Is this camera for people who want--but can't afford--a pricey rangefinder, a la Leica?

Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 20, 2012, 02:26:43 PM »
isn't the canon 70-200 f/4 non IS like $500?

A little under $700USD, from what I can remember. I bought it a couple of years ago. Fantastic glass for the money, depending on what you need it for. I do mostly landscapes, so that IS or f/2.8 version of this same lens doesn't do me a lot of good. However, if you're shooting inside sporting events, or need to go wider than f/4 for some reason, it might not be the best choice.

Also regarding OP: Do NOT get that Canon 75-300, the one with the silver ring you'd mentioned in the first post. That lens will do more harm than good in terms of holding you back as a photographer. The IQ is quite poor.

EOS Bodies / Re: first pic of canon mirrorless?
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:48:58 AM »
I can't see there being an M9 beater in the pipeline for some reason....

Ha, you mean you don't think we'll see a monochrome-only version of this camera any time soon? :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: first pic of canon mirrorless?
« on: July 20, 2012, 10:44:58 AM »
This is the camera that the Canon community has been holding their breath for?

Lenses / Re: New Canon 50mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 17, 2012, 10:29:20 PM »
There's no need to pump up on opinions. There are tons of reviews on the EF 50's. Virtually everyone identifies focus shift and border softness in the 50 1.2L. Photozone is pretty reliable:

In fact the 50 1.2L is not as sharp as the $369 50 1.4 at any aperture, and the borders never really sharpen up at any aperture.

What you get for an extra $1130 is a slightly improved bokeh, twice the weight, a loss of resolution across the board, and a red ring. Not a very good deal.

I'm not fully aware of all of the optical pros and cons of the 50mm f/1.2L, but I will say this: Dollar for dollar, it doesn't compete with the 50mm f/1.4. And that's considering the noted flaws in THAT lens. I just don't seem images produced with it that would make me go out and drop that extra grand+.  However, I think we're both going to take a raft from the f/1.2L users on this forum...

Lenses / Re: 50mm f/1.8 vs. 50mm f/1.4
« on: July 17, 2012, 10:03:40 AM »
I own a 50mm f/1.4.  AF is accurate, but not always consistent. In other words, 6-7 times out of 10 it will be spot on. Those other 3-4 times will be a crapshoot, though. Just something to think about. It's a sharp lens and well worth the ~$400USD, though. You'll find a lot posters on here that hate on that lens, but it's quite good, especially for the money. I've heard others making the jump from the f/1.8 II to the f/1.4, and for the most part they've had good things to say about making the switch.

Lenses / Re: 40mm Pancake Killed the 50mm??
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:44:37 AM »
.... and also the far eye OOF as well  :o :o :o

If you're shooting in a situation where you need more DOF, then you can get there on an f/1.4 lens. If you're shooting solely with an f/2.8, you can't get any wider. This thread isn't about shooting technique, it's about the virtues of one lens over another.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Upgraders (to FF) - what is your experience
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:40:26 AM »
I went from a Rebel to a 5DmkII last winter. Here's my take: It's my personal opinion that we will never get a better deal on a better camera than the 5DmkII right now. I would consider getting a brand new one so you have it for the long haul. It sounds like Canon's next FF entry level will be a step below the current 5DmkII, so I wouldn't wait until that switch is made. Strike now while the iron is hot.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:36:26 AM »
Wow! This is a perfect opportunity to reiterate how glad I am that I bought my 5DmkII last December. <$2kUSD, and the vendor even threw in a 16G card and a decent Lowepro bag.

Lenses / Re: 40mm Pancake Killed the 50mm??
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:30:11 AM »
If you use flash indoors, then ditch the 50 f/1.4 because it gives you no advantage over other lenses.

Aperture controls more than just light, you know. It's more important function is to control depth of field. Even if you shoot at f/2, you gain a lot of background blur over f/2.8.

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.4 or 40mm 2.8?
« on: July 11, 2012, 01:04:00 PM »
More than focal length, how much aperture do you need? If you can't answer that question, you might want to get a little more experience as a photog before you plunk down money for glass that you may or may not be happy with. Just another perspective and something to think about.

Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 11, 2012, 01:01:07 PM »
Good and inexpensive don't go together in photography
its like saying.. cheap gas

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, <$500UDS. And now, apparently, the new Canon 40mm, at ~$200. Both are very good, and reasonably inexpensive.

Lenses / Re: Lensbaby
« on: July 11, 2012, 01:18:10 AM »
A Lensbaby Muse is my one and only impulse buy for photography. I get it out and mess around with it once in awhile, but I think I would like a Composer better.

Technical Support / Re: How much space to get to macro?
« on: July 03, 2012, 09:49:55 PM »

The ends must be parallel to within a few 1/10000 of a inch, which is not your ordinary hacksaw job, so you will need a lathe, or you might get a tilt effect.
As for distance, you typically get a set of three tubes, the length varies by manufacturer, 6, 12, 25mm or 9mm, 16mm, 28mm. etc.
The amount of magnification varies from lens to lens depending on the design.  primes are the easiest to use.  The tubes come in sets of three so you can vary the magnification.

Great info to have. Thanks for the response and the link.

Technical Support / Re: How much space to get to macro?
« on: July 03, 2012, 07:38:30 PM »
Aw, come on guys, where's your sense of fun? I have a seldom-used Lensbaby that I'm going to cannibalize to get the correct bayonet fitting, and some left over black PVC pipe from a home project that's just about the right diameter to get the job done. I'm just wondering how much space I'll need, but I'll figure it out.

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