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Lenses / Re: 5DIII+35mm or 50mm?
« on: March 15, 2013, 07:01:58 PM »
35mm. It's more versatile. The 50mm is such an overrated lens not to mention not a good portrait lens.People's heads will get distorted when shot with the 50mm (unless you're going for the distorted head look).

I agree with Peteroc. Keep the 35mm and get either the 85mm or 135mm.


Either you've never used one or you're... Im going to just go with you've never used one. I own and use all the primes below 135mm. They all work well for portraits, especially the 50mmL, 85mmL and 135L. They are tools, when you know how/when to use them they work fine.

Since moving onto the 5D3... the 50L is my go to lens for most shooting environments. The 35L was my fave lens until my first 5D3. The 35L is a great-walk around lens but now I gravitate to the 50L. 50mm is a great PJ focal length, and has been for many years. It also excels with portraits but… again, put it in the hands of a monkey and YMMV. Sure you can buy the 1.4 but it has a notorious habit of taking a crap when you need it... shabby build is why it's such a deal. If you don't mind that, then go for a 1.4. If your looking for a workhorse tank 50mm, the 50L is your lens.

50mm f/1.2 on a 5D3...

Nikkei Matsuri, San Jose 2012... by David KM, on Flickr

Robinson... by David KM, on Flickr

Lovers at the park... by David KM, on Flickr


I've used to own one and sold it. I notice you stand quite a distance away from your subjects. Get in closer and shoot just their heads and watch their heads get distorted and how unflattering they become.


The 50mm is not a close up headshot lens, knowing the limitations of the lens can still lead to great portraiture.
That's like saying I hate my 135mm for portaits because I need to step back too far to include the surroundings.
The 50mm is a great environmental portrait lens, great for including surroundings and giving more of the story, not all portraiture are just headshots, as you can see by those great examples!

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RX100, so small and compact, I carry it everywhere.

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Lenses / Re: I'd love a little adivce...
« on: March 11, 2013, 05:43:56 PM »
80mm is 'standard' only on a MF body, and will be a short tele on the 5d.
80mm is 80mm, it doesn't matter what the body is..

I think he meant equivalent fov? 80mm on medium format is about the equivalent fov to 48mm on 35mm format, which is considered a 'standard' focal length, but on 35mm format 80mm is a short tele.

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Very nice! Good job mate!

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Canon General / Re: crap portraits of me
« on: March 09, 2013, 08:17:49 PM »
Set one of the custom mode dials to Av, set aperture to what you want, set min shutter speed to 1/250 or 1/125 and auto iso, zone focus, lock focus priority, and you're all set.
Pretty much full auto mode, with controllable dof that you can preset the aperture to accordingly.

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Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« on: March 09, 2013, 12:11:50 AM »
Spent another 5 minutes to make another version, sunrise you say? :)

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Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« on: March 08, 2013, 11:11:38 PM »
Here's my take; tried to keep it as natural as possible with slight tint of my interpretation of sunrise colours and not an overdone sky, keeping the interest on the amazing rock formations.



I didnt realize ducks could live in that part of the country. What species is it? The rubberitis duckyitis? It reminds me of an old b movie with overgrown creatures.

It's a rare species named Brobdingnagian Geolu Anatidae, super rare, sort've like the Loch Ness and Big Foot.

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Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« on: March 08, 2013, 05:32:02 PM »
I'd edit it to look like I remembered it.

Exactly.  To me, photography is about capturing what I see - not what I can imagine.  If I wanted to make something fake and use my imagination, I'd pick up a paint brush - not a camera.

You missed the point of the thread, OP did not say here's a photo, recreate what I saw, but instead here's a photo, show me different techniques of interpretation through post processing.
And imo photography isn't all about capturing what you see either, example, if you think about people who use speedlights doing portraits, the lighting is manipulated to create an effect they envision.
But that's what forums are for, different opinions, :)

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Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« on: March 08, 2013, 06:16:07 AM »
Here's my take; tried to keep it as natural as possible with slight tint of my interpretation of sunrise colours and not an overdone sky, keeping the interest on the amazing rock formations.

Haha! Love this one!!!!

Why thank you, ;)

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Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« on: March 07, 2013, 06:21:17 PM »
Here's my take; tried to keep it as natural as possible with slight tint of my interpretation of sunrise colours and not an overdone sky, keeping the interest on the amazing rock formations.

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Lenses / Re: Full Frame Lens Choice to Match 7D and 17-55 2.8 IS.
« on: March 06, 2013, 05:25:00 PM »
But are your BIF non keepers due to motion blur or just completely out of focus?
The 5d mkiii + 24-105 f4l will be better than your 7d + 17-55 f2.8 in almost every way for your nightclub work, you could jack up the ISO by 2 stops and still have cleaner images.
You could have the same shutter speed, and lets say on your 7d you'd have to use iso6400 at f2.8, with the 5d mkiii, and same shutter speed, you'd use iso12800 and f4, but the image will still be cleaner than your 7d.
If not just get the tamron 24-70 vc f2.8 and get the best of both worlds in regards to aperture and IS, doesn't cost that much more..

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Software & Accessories / Re: Good GND filter to go with new Lee system
« on: February 28, 2013, 10:11:00 AM »
If it was me, I'd get the resin set. I think you'd be hard pressed to find any difference in real world shooting, especially since LEE produce great quality filters, unless maybe you stack a whole heap of them together in a controlled test environment. But if you went with the glass one and you're out shooting and you find you need a darker gnd, what are you going to do?
I have two sets of the LEE resin gnds (hard & soft), never had a problem with them.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Good GND filter to go with new Lee system
« on: February 27, 2013, 09:27:41 PM »
Wow for that price you can get a whole set of LEE grads.
Have you checked how much the LEE ones are? Their big stopper is expensive but the grads aren't too bad, for the quality you get.

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Canon General / Re: What am I doing wrong???
« on: February 26, 2013, 04:48:57 PM »
- I never let camera choose focus points. I mostly use one point, central point most of the time. I use servo when kids are on the move, or if I don't need to recompose at all. MY DOF button is configured to switch mode while being pressed, so I liberally move btw. one shot and servo.

And try get out of the habit of focus & recompose, just move the selected AF point via the joysticky thing, takes same amount of time as focus & recompose and you'll be able to keep it on Servo mode.
Also set it on continuous shooting and fire off multiple shots to increase your hit rate.

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Canon General / Re: What am I doing wrong???
« on: February 25, 2013, 02:43:59 AM »
You using AI Servo?

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