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Lenses / Re: 50/50 for 50?
« on: August 25, 2013, 01:27:39 PM »
The 1.4 supposedly has better build quality but breaks more often and is not as sharp. 

At the middle aperture values, maybe. At f/2 or wider, though, the f/1.4 is far superior in both sharpness and bokeh quality. 

Canon General / Re: Canon Press Event on August 21, 2013
« on: August 20, 2013, 02:19:29 PM »
My hope is that Canon will speed up the 135 and add IS to it.

It's a good thing I've already got mine. Any additions like this will add another grand to the price tag. I really don't know what they could do that would improve upon this lens.

Lenses / Re: Conversation with pro re: 50L vs. 50 f/1.4
« on: August 18, 2013, 10:38:08 PM »
Besides, most wedding shooters would carry 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8 anyways.

And they had all of the above. I guess the point I was trying to make (that got lost somehow) was that they had the usual lineup of good L glass on different bodies, but one guy was sporting the 50 f/1.4 instead of the 50L. 

Lenses / Re: What is the deal with Canon 135mm f/2.8 soft focus?
« on: August 18, 2013, 09:08:38 PM »
You sell your organs cheap. An average kidney should be able to yield you more that $1000!

It's all relative.

Lenses / Re: Conversation with pro re: 50L vs. 50 f/1.4
« on: August 18, 2013, 09:07:47 PM »
Why do we want f1ish prime? For me, be able to shoot at wide open or near wide open. Photo below was shot with 50L + 5D III - jpeg, straight out from camera. only resized to post here.

If 50 f1.4 able to bring contrast, color and bokeh as 50L then I guess we wouldn't have this conversation today.

For a lot of shots, yeah. I find that I prefer the sharpness/bokeh quality on my f/1.4 after about f/2.  And a lot of times, I'll keep it at f/2.8.  At those aperture settings, there is virtually no difference in IQ between the two lenses.  And I think that's the point the guy was trying to make. 

Lenses / Re: What is the deal with Canon 135mm f/2.8 soft focus?
« on: August 18, 2013, 04:45:49 PM »
I sold a kidney earlier this summer to get a 135mm f/2 L.  I've seen images shot with the 'soft focus' 135mm, and just haven't been impressed. Now excuse me, I need to get to my dialysis appointment.

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 / Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« on: August 09, 2013, 05:40:45 PM »
For IQ, there is very little difference between the two after about f/2.  Wide open, though is where the 50L really outshines the f/1.4  Build quality is also another consideration. The f/1.4 tends to be fragile and finicky.

Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 05, 2013, 10:27:33 AM »
Since your post is likely to open up a floodgate of logo=good/logo=bad flame throwing, I'm hoping that the naysayers can skip over this one and let others answer your most important question here. "What makes a good logo?" 

I'm not a design guy, but a good logo would be simple and uniquely you. If people have to think about it, it hasn't done it's job. When it's on a photo, it's noticeable but unobtrusive. I've seen several excellent photographers pull this off nicely.

That said, my logo is simply my website name in a certain font.

Lenses / Re: Lens flare.... I want it! :)
« on: July 31, 2013, 09:22:00 PM »
Follow around JJ Abrams. Do what he does.

Technical Support / Re: Not Windows
« on: July 30, 2013, 06:42:30 PM »
So, my question is: for Linux, has anyone found a really good alternative to Lightroom OR are any of you running a high-end hackintosh?

The only thing keeping me from switching to Linux full time is Lightroom. There is nothing in the repositories that come close to it's ability to simplify and streamline your workflow. You can get the job done in UFRAW+GIMP, and I've even taken a look at DarkTable (a play on the "Lightroom" name), but no, there's nothing out there. Believe me, I've looked.

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 / Re: Guess what?
« on: July 28, 2013, 03:26:19 PM »
Use a leaf shutter, problem solved.

I've heard of those, but that's not really an option in a 5DmkII.

Lighting / Re: Guess what?
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:38:55 PM »

Yongnuo are pretty well praised, I have a Sigma with HSS, and it works great (other than the firmware being glitchy)  I can shoot @ f 1.8 in the snow and still use fill-flash, although the 61 meter range is cut about in half.

A secondhand 550EX is better value and will always have 100% functionality with any EOS camera now and in the future.

I've got 2 YN-560's, and I wouldn't have a problem buying a HSS version. That company is still trying to shake the QC reputation of some of their first production runs.  I just haven't had a problem with mine after two years.

Lighting / Re: Guess what?
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:43:39 PM »
This isn't really a problem, just an a-ha moment that I had. I have the Canon 135mm f/2 L, which is non-IS. I also shoot with a Canon 5DmkII, max shutter speed sync of 1/200 sec.  I also have a non-HSS flash.  When I was combining all three the other day (combining flash with ambient), I realized that I need to keep my shutter speed at least ~1/160 but under 1/200.  That's not a lot of wiggle room. 

Not a complaint, just an observation. I won't be able to get the HSS for awhile, but you can bet its next on my wish list. 

We now return you to your regularly scheduled forum.

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