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Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.4 AF problem?
« on: March 20, 2012, 09:25:13 PM »
The 50 f/1.4 is a pretty crappy lens. The USM motor and focusing ring aren't made very well. Invest in some L lenses and don't look back.

No. I'm guessing you made this comment to see what kind of reaction you would get. Yes, the motor and focusing ring aren't what I would consider top-notch, but that lens can hardly be considered 'crappy'.  The images it produces--by far the most important consideration of a lens--is virtually indistinguishable from the 50mm f/1.2 L, which costs about 3x more.

EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T4i/650D Information [CR1]
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:25:09 AM »
It's amazing how the specs of a Rebel have gone up over the last few iterations. No one should be ashamed to shoot with one, especially if you put some decent glass in front of it. Yes, it has the "consumer" label attached to it, but it won't hold you back from producing good images.  Within the upper ISO limits, of course.

I wouldn't be surprised if this is announced before the next xxD/7D replacement. More people seem to be jumping into the world of DSLR photography than ever before, and this a Rebel is the logical place to start.

Lenses / Re: "Walkaround" prime for FF?
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:49:05 AM »
I recommend the Canon 50mm f1.2L.

If you've got the bucks, sure. But for my money, the difference in IQ is negligible.

Lenses / Re: Focusing problem while using 50mm 1.4 on 7D
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:47:00 AM »
The AF on the 50mm f/1.4 is notoriously unreliable. I owned mine for two years before I figured it out. If your 7D has microadjusting, try using that, but understand that you will still have some stray focus issues from time to time. Depending on what you're shooting, the Live View mode is probably your best bet. I recently discovered that on my 5DmkII and am glad I did. I call this lens the Mae West of camera lenses. When it's good, it's really really good. But when it's bad...

With all of that said, I love using my 50mm f/1.4.

Lenses / Zeiss lens wipes
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:05:07 PM »
I was at our local drugstore not long ago and I came across a display of some Zeiss lens wipes, which are pre-moistened little towelettes designed to clean your glasses and, according to the box, your camera lens as well. Does anybody have any experience with these? They work fine on my glasses; they've never been cleaner, in fact. The name "Zeiss" leads me to believe they'd work ok for my camera lenses, but I thought I would poll the unwashed masses just to be sure. Thanks in advance for your input.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm f1.2 lens - Your opinions???
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:00:15 PM »
I would pick it for the better build quality, and most importantly, the better bokeh which is the hallmark of that lens.

Really? I haven't shot with the f/1.2 before, but all of the comparison images I've seen on the internet show hardly any difference in bokeh quality over the f/1.4.  Please feel free to prove me wrong, though.

Lenses / Re: Replacement suggestions for 17-40mm f/4 L
« on: March 04, 2012, 12:21:43 AM »
So is it shooting wide open that is the problem?

Not at all. Doing mostly landscapes, I rarely shoot at f/4. Usually f/7.1, or anywhere in the f/11-f/16 range.

Lenses / Re: 16-35mm II 2.8
« on: March 03, 2012, 03:19:48 PM »
From what your describing, it sounds like what my 50mm f/1.4 does when it can't find something with enough contrast to autofocus. Is the autofocus going back and forth hunting for something to lock in on?

Lenses / Replacement suggestions for 17-40mm f/4 L
« on: March 03, 2012, 03:15:17 PM »
You're familiar with the shortcomings of the 17-40mm f/4 L, so I won't go into those here. Suffice it say when I compare  sharpness and clarity to that of my 50mm f/1.4 and 70-200mm f/4 L, it comes up a little short.

Here's my question to you: If I were to replace it, what's your recommendation, keeping in mind a similar focal range to complement the two other lenses I mentioned? I'd like something under $1,000 USD, without regards to what I could get for my 17-40.  I'm willing to consider an off-brand lens, if it meets all of those guidelines and still outperforms the Canon I already have.  Oh, and I shoot with a 5DmkII, so I'll need to stay away from anything EF-S.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Lenses / Re: How to get / test a good copy of a L lens?
« on: February 29, 2012, 06:19:55 PM »
I know of a couple of landscape pros who 'only' have the 70-200mm f/4 L, non-IS.  I shoot with it, and it's one of my favorite lenses.  My experience on an XSi is that if you're shooting indoor sports or something similar, you'll have a tough time raising the ISO enough to get a decently sharp image. On a tripod, though, that's a whole different story. Some of my best shots have come from this lens, and I'm always amazed at the amount of detail I get with it. If you get it, you won't be sorry.  And you don't have to apologize for having it instead of the f/2.8 IS.  Just sayin'.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark II Price Drops March 4, 2012
« on: February 26, 2012, 11:11:52 AM »
Still not sorry I got mine at <$2kUS over the holidays.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII Kit Price Hike
« on: February 18, 2012, 12:27:03 AM »
What does it mean? Who knows.....

What does it mean? It means I picked up my 5DmkII just in the nick of time. ~cough~<$2kUS~cough~

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Soon [CR3]
« on: February 18, 2012, 12:24:13 AM »
Looks like I got my 5DmkII just at the right time!    ;D

Lenses / Re: Recommendation: Tele lens for 60D
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:45:14 AM »
I'd suggest you consider a 70-200mm f/4L if you are going to carry the lens / camera around with you, or at least rent one and try it.  It is large!

I have that one, and in many situations you have to shoot at a high ISO in order to handhold.  It's a great lens, and an excellent value, but it's not fast.

Lenses / Re: Yet another "what lens?" question
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:42:49 AM »
50mm prime, either in the f/1.4 or f/1.8, which ever you can fit into your budget.

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