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Lenses / Re: Suggestions for making my gear uglier
« on: May 09, 2012, 09:59:42 PM »
My gear was stolen once. They took a Rebel with a 75-300mm f/5.6.  You know the one. I doubt they even knew the difference. What's more, I was able to replace it with a 70-200mm f/4 L.  Good trade.

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Lenses / Re: Just out of curiosity
« on: May 09, 2012, 04:02:03 PM »
When a thief finds a camera, does he/she really look closely to see if it has a red ring?

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Lenses / Re: BATTLE OF THE PRIMES: F1.8 Vs F1.4
« on: May 07, 2012, 01:05:59 AM »
Generally speaking, the f/1.4 is the better lens in all aspects, price:performance included. Yes, it has another half stop available, but I don't shoot mine wide open. There are some sharpness issues when it's wide open (and from what I understand, on the f/1.8 as well).  The 50mm f/1.4 really shines after about f/2.0 in terms of sharpness and clarity. I would spend the extra $250 and get it.

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This is awesome.  :D

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depends what you shot, how you shoot, and what you expect out of your equipment.  Wedding photographers, for example flocked to the 21MP 5d2 but then were bitterly disappointed by the AF, slow shooting, camera lag, etc...  It was a good camera but many things kept it from being a great camera or even exceptional camera.  The situation got even worse with the intro of the 7d with features the 5d2 crowd was drooling over but had to downgrade sensors to get.  The 5d3 added everything the 5d2 was lacking.  Now the 5d3 camera is what everyone wanted the 5d series to be... a great all around camera that can do what you want when you want it without any compromises.  For a landscape shooter, you may not find it as appropriate as others, but to others that have been struggling and limping along with the 5d2 for the last few years, this is a dream come true.

+1 And I'm mostly a landscape photog. I can see how the primitive AF points would be frustrating for wedding and portraits. So in a sense, you support my observation: The 5DmkIII has features from the 7D that many photogs have been wanting.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Is 5DmkIII actually a 7DmkII in disguise?
« on: May 02, 2012, 10:25:13 AM »
Other than sporting a FF sensor, and now double the price, the 5DmkIII seems to have more in common with a 7D than a 5DmkII.  By that, I mean increased shooting speed, improved AF sensors, etc... It just seems to appeal more to the 7D crowd than it does the 5DmkII crowd. I look at my 5DmkII as fitting in perfectly with my shooting style, more slow and deliberate than fast and from the hip. Thoughts?

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Lenses / Re: L lens vs Full Frame
« on: May 02, 2012, 10:12:46 AM »
Yeah, but it is inexpensive and is missing that red ring, so it gets bashed a lot, thus it is worth defending.  For every photographer that is actually using the improved capabilities of the f1.2, there are probably at least a dozen who buy it more for social or image reasons.

+1

Or, who like to talk about how great their gear is, instead of just getting out and shooting.

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Lenses / Re: Am I equipped to rip?
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:28:11 PM »
You're not going to get better video performance from a 50/1.2 over a 50/1.4, unless you HAVE to shoot at the wider apertures, of course. After about f/2.8, though the 50/1.4 is actually sharper than the 50/1.2. 

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF70-200mm f/4L USM
« on: April 30, 2012, 04:29:49 PM »

Untitled by Rick.Scheibner, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: L lens vs Full Frame
« on: April 30, 2012, 04:24:31 PM »
And if you don't make your living shooting wide open, but you still need/want that creamy bokeh, then it makes more sense to go with the Sigma 50/1.4. I tried comparing some images from the 7D+Sigma50/1.4 (that I used to have) and 5D2+85/1.8 and I can't decide which combo produces cremier background blur ... probably Sigma, but 85/1.8 is sharper :).

I guess I'd need to see the difference between the Sigma 50/1.4 and the Canon 40/1.4 to make that call. I seem to spend a lot of time defending the 50/1.4. It's a great lens!

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Lenses / Re: L lens vs Full Frame
« on: April 30, 2012, 01:51:59 PM »
But, I wouldn't call it an incremental upgrade, either - in the case of the 50L, it's just that the 'upgrade' you're getting isn't something that is readily measured in a test and plotted on a graph, you're paying for the smooth, creamy bokeh that the 50/1.4 just cannot deliver.

I suppose if you make your living shooting wide open, and you need that creamy bokeh, then it probably makes sense to go with the 50mm f/1.2 at 3x the price of the 50mm f/1.4. But for the rest of us, that extra money could be better used elsewhere.  By all accounts, the 50mm f/1.4 is actually the sharper lens after about f/2.8. If that's where you shoot, and don't go for the wide open apertures, well it's your money.

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Lenses / Re: L lens vs Full Frame
« on: April 29, 2012, 11:59:42 PM »
The "L" lenses are overkill for a 50D, but a FF body with just a 50mm f/1.4 is going to be disappointing.  Save up until you can buy a camera with lenses.

Disagree on both accounts. An L lens is just going to make any of the Canon bodies that much better, clear on down to the Rebels. And if I could only have one lens for my 5DmkII, it'd have to be my 50mm f/1.4.  The benefits of that lens are well documented on here.

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: April 29, 2012, 03:49:18 PM »

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Lenses / Re: L lens vs Full Frame
« on: April 29, 2012, 03:38:53 PM »
Yeah, normally, I'd say upgrade your glass first, then worry about your camera body. However, a 50mm on a 5DmkII is a beautiful thing. You'll never go back to a cropped sensor. Honestly, though, this is a tough decision.

One more thought: Going from a 50mm f/1.4 to a 50mm f/1.2 is a marginal upgrade, at best, in terms of IQ.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Please advice on my next camera
« on: April 27, 2012, 12:15:37 PM »
Option 3. And you can thank me in the morning.

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