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Lenses / Re: EF 35 f/1.4L II & EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on January 3, 2012? [CR2]
« on: December 12, 2011, 11:34:51 AM »
I'm still not sure - buying the current 24-70 now is safe in terms of good/money or stupid idea?

The fact that it's on sale for around $1100 right now doesnt hurt, and considering it's been $1399 in the last few years I would say you're fine.  Id say youd still be able to get $1k out of it in a year

Lenses / Re: EF 35 f/1.4L II & EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on January 3, 2012? [CR2]
« on: December 12, 2011, 11:33:30 AM »
I liked the 24-70, just not enough to keep it.  Had a few different copies, one of them stood out more than the others.

As for the new one, I could care less about IS, but I'll say this: One of the sharpest zooms I've ever used was the 17-55 f/2.8 IS (28-80 FF equivalent I think..) and I think alot of it had to do with the IS.  So I can see its potential benefit on an L lens with a similar range, but its not a dealbreaker for me.  I know the cost will be higher with IS so I'll give the VII a try either way.

Lenses / Re: Canon vintage primes
« on: December 12, 2011, 11:15:51 AM »
Hi, I currently have a 7D body mostly with zoom lenses but trying to find
some alternative prime lens, and the L lenses are a bit out of my budget
and would like to get some opinion on other alternative primes with very narrow DOF
and preferably wide angle, anything below 50mm i guess

current lenses i have:
EF-S 10-22mm // EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS II // EF-S15-85mm // EF 50mm 1.8 II

Thanks in advance!

You would love the 16-35 on the 7D, it's not super wide, but it's like a 27-55 FF equivalent, which is a pretty useful range.  Also, the bokeh is so circular it looks amazing on an aps-c sensor.  It's a great lens (only zoom I kept out of 24-70, 70-200 2.8IS), definitely worth playing around with.

Now I personally love the Tokina too, very solid build quality, great price, and super wide on an aps-c sensor.  I honestly think you would have more fun with this lens since you have an APS-C sensor.  Either way, I've used both (on FF and APSC) and I think you would enjoy either of them, try renting them to play around with. 

United States / Re: $100,000 - How would you spend it?
« on: December 11, 2011, 11:53:12 AM »
Sony PMW-F3: $13,960.00
Sony CBK-RGB01 S-Log Gamma Option: $3,680.00
Sony SBP 32GB SxS Pro Memory Card: $929.95
Sony BP-U60 Lithium-Ion Battery(2): $539.90
Sony BC-U1 Battery Charger: $179.95
Sony SBAC-US10 SxS Memory Card USB Reader: $265.00

Sennheiser MKH-416 Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic: $999.95
Rycote Standard Hole Softie Windscreen: $110.00
Pearstone 3-Pin XLR Coiled Audio Cable 3-18": $34.95

Convergent Design Gemini Video Recorder: $5,995.00
Convergent Design 1.8" SSD 512GB(2): $1,349.00
Pearstone VBBC-303 BNC Video Cable: $11.95
Convergent Design D-Tap Power Adapter Cable 18": $70.00
Anton Bauer Gold Mount Kit 2: $1,567.50

Marshall Electronics OR-841-HDSDI Orchid 8.4" Field Monitor: $2,758.85
Bescor PSA-124 12V Power Supply: $134.95
Canare BNC to BNC(SDI) Cable 25ft: $32.99
Marshall Electronics OR-8HO Sunhood: $159.85
Marshall Electronics Battery Plate SB: $22.94
Sony BP-U60 Lithium-Ion Battery(2): $539.90
Sony BC-U1 Battery Charger: $179.95

Redrock Micro Sony F3 Studio Bundle: $1,900.00
Redrock Micro microCage Builder's Kit: $695.00
Redrock Micro microLensGears Kit 4 Gears: $178.00

Manfrotto 526, 545GBK Professional Video Tripod w/526 Head: $1,546.99
Manfrotto 114MV Cine/Video Deluxe Dolly: $314.29
Kessler Shuttle Pod Starter Rail Kit: $599.95
Kessler Shuttle Pod 4ft Extension Rail Kit: $299.95
Kessler Shuttle Pod End Clamps: $149.95
Kessler Shuttle Pod Belt Upgrade 12ft: $84.00
Kessler Shuttle Pod Keeper/Grabber Wheel Kit: $549.95
Kessler Shuttle Pod w/Cheese Plate & 100mm Bowl Mount: $748.95
Kessler CineSlider 5ft w/ Soft Case & Giottos MH621 Quick Release: $1,744.90
Kessler K-Pod Complete Dolly Deluxe w/Hercules 2.0 Head: $1,705.90

Ikan ID1000 3-Light Kit: $2,710.00
Ikan ID500 3-Light Kit: $1,439.90

Canon EOS 5dmkII: $2,249.00
Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3: $135.99
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card(4): $1,359.80
Canon LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery(3): $176.97

Canon C 300 Camera Package: $16,000.00
Canon BP-955 Lithium-Ion Battery(3): $524.85
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card(4): $1,359.80

Small HD DP6-SDI — 5.6" Field Monitor: $1,299.00
Small HD Sony NP-FV Battery Bracket for DP6: $49.00
Small HD DP6 Acrylic Screen Protector: $19.00
Sony NP-f970 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery(2): $199.98
Pearstone VBBC-303 BNC Video Cable: $11.95

Rode NTG-2 Condenser Shotgun Mic: $269.00
Rode Dead Cat Wind Muff: $33.15
Pearstone 3-Pin XLR Coiled Audio Cable 3-18": $34.95

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye: $1,449.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II: $2,001.00
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L: $2,114.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II: $1,481.00
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II: $1,859.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L: $1,255.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L: $1,358.00
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 Macro: $886.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II: $1,859.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro: $886.00
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L: $924.00
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS: $5,500.00

Redrock Micro Universal Studio Bundle: $2,528.00
Redrock Micro microLensGears Kit 4 Gears: $178.00

TOTAL: $96,190.75

that's about all i could piece together. I'd probably get some profoto stuff with the remainder for casual photo things here and there. I'd love some solid PL glass, but it's so expensive :( i'd end up spending all my budget on a set of cooke or ultraprimes haha

We have similar tastes, you went a lot more specific than I did though ; )  Although I have used those iKan kits and seen them malfunction a few too many times for me to trust them anymore....

Oh well in that case, let me get out my checkbook, $20,000 you say?  Ok, here ya go   ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Why is the c 300 sensor is not Full Frame (24 x 36 mm)?
« on: December 11, 2011, 11:45:05 AM »

Well, I suppose from Canon's development team for the C300, 'full frame' isn't exactly a movie look. On the 5D it looks better when you crop the image if you're going for the movie image. Naturally the advantage of the full frame is that you have more leeway to manipulate the footage in post, but if you're good at getting it in camera then it shouldn't matter. Who knows, 3-years from now they might develop a C300 mark 2 with a full frame sensor.

What exactly do you mean "not exactly a movie look?  I have a few 5DII's and I don't ever "crop the image going for a movie image?"  You mean adding a letterbox to the footage?  People just do that to mimic the look of anamorphic stuff.

And a full frame sensor doesn't give you anymore leeway to manipulate the footage in post, higher resolution does \.  I can crop into a 5D or 7D shot the same amount (about 112-114%), but since it's 1080p it's gonna look crappy/pixelated if I go any higher.  That's the whole point of 4K footage right now, you can create artificial movement in post without hurting the image quality too much.  Do a little research, it sounds like you just read things here and there on the internet and dont have much actual experience.

United States / Re: $100,000 - How would you spend it?
« on: December 11, 2011, 01:27:19 AM »
Little bit over, but whatever.  I had to try REALLY hard.

Software & Accessories / Re: Spyder3Pro vs. Spyder3Elite: Your thoughts
« on: December 06, 2011, 03:49:00 PM »
This would be for my 27" iMac.

I had my 27" iMac calibrated with the SpyderElite and it made a pretty big difference.  It may look fine without calibration, but when you toggle the before and after it's definitely noticeable.  It will most likely end up warming the color a little, in most cases I've seen the default profile was too cool. 

Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm 1.2LII vs Sigma 85mm 1.4
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:43:20 PM »
I personally like the way the focus ring feels on the 85L when I shoot video, it's alot easier to keep someone in focus with that as opposed to the 135L.

Lenses / Re: New Lens on December 6, 2011? [CR1]
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:37:15 PM »
OMG this is today....6 December
So where's my 24-70 f/2.8 MkII?

Wouldn't that be a welcome Christmas present?

Paul Wright

It's December 5th today............

I've used the following Zeiss Lenses:
21mm f/2.8
35mm f/1.4
50mm f/1.4
100mm Macro f/2

All of them are nothing short of spectacular, and this is coming from someone who has owned almost every L Prime under 200mm at some point.  I was really blown away by the 21mm, I think it may be my next purchase.  Not to mention the things are built like a brick, all metal construction and even some of the lens hoods were metal. 

Then again I am a video guy so I can live without MF, but I know that turns some people off.  The focus ring has much more resistance than Canon glass, and it doesn't keep spinning past infinity (no more worrying about ruining focus marks).

Optically, they are stunning and seem to have much better edge sharpness than their Canon counterparts.  Now if I could only bring myself to get rid of some of my L glass I'd buy the whole set. 

I haven't owned an APS-C camera in quite some time, but I know the Tokina 11-16 is a great lens and a lot of fun on those bodies. 

United States / Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
« on: December 03, 2011, 01:27:10 AM »

No I haven't rented the 50L yet.  I've only read countless reviews about the lens and your comment about inconsistant focus has me a little gun shy about the lens.  I can rent both, the 50L and the Zeiss 50 1.4 which I am planning to do.  This happened to me when I was contemplating purchasing the 16-35 II.  Many reviews said that the lens was a little soft wide open.  I rented the lens for a weekend and my results were different than all the reviews I read.  I eventually bought the lens.

I know what you mean about the 85 II.  Mine is sharp (and then some) all the time.  I want the same results from the 50L which might be an issue.  Once I rent it for a weekend, I'll know better.

Ok cool that what I figured.  I really think you'll love the 50L, when you nail the shot it's absolutely beautiful.  I would say it is very much like a shorter version of the 85L, they are both top notch lenses and I wouldn't say they are pretty close in IQ.

 I played with the Zeiss 35 1.4, 21mm 2.8, and the 100 Macro, and damn those things are pretty awesome.  All of them are around $1850, which is pretty pricey considering they are manual focus only, but they are built like a brick.  I was blown away by the 21mm, incredibly sharp at the edges and the bokeh was beautiful on all of them.  Still not sure if I'll be able to part with my L glass for them though. 

United States / Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
« on: December 02, 2011, 12:59:27 PM »
I've debated about the 50L many times and looked closely at the 50 1.4 Planar.  I shot weddings for years with Hasselblad and Zeiss optics, so I'm very familiar with Zeiss.  I'm nervous about the 50L and just started looking at Zeiss.  I keep thinking that the 50L will be the 85L II in a different FL, but, regrettably, the 50L is not.  Guess it's time to rent the 50L and see what it does.  One other prime I will be purchasing when the 5D 3 appears is the 24 TS-E II. 

I'm a little confused, you said you thought that the 50L would be the 85L II at a different focal length, but the 50L is not (which would lead me to believe you tested it and were disappointed).  But then you said it's time to rent and see what it does, did you get the Zeiss and the 50L mixed up?

My 50L can get just as sharp as my 85L II, but I think the 85 is tack sharp more consistently, but I love both of them.  The Zeiss glass just seems to produce a different look, it's hard to say whether it's actually better than the L stuff.  I'm about to go to the camera shop and shoot some sample footage on the Zeiss primes. 

United States / Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
« on: December 02, 2011, 12:09:20 PM »
When I got back into photography after more than a 30 year break, I started with zooms.  The 16-35 II, 70-200 II and the 24-105.  I got an amazing deal on a 135L.  I was astounded by the sharpness of this lens.  I was hooked, time to add primes to the bag.  I got the 100L macro, 35L and recently the 85L II - the trinity was complete.  Things then got out of hand and because I'm an avid bird photographer, I added the 400 5.6 about six months ago and recently a 500 f4 IS.  My next prime addition will be the 24L II or the Zeiss 21 f2.8 - can't decide.

I've heard nothing but great things about ALL of the Zeiss stuff.  All I know is I LOVE my 50L, but I was super impressed when trying out the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 (which is less than 1/2 the price of my 50).  I'm debating switching most of my glass out (since Zeiss stuff is without question better for video).

I'm trying to remind myself that I can always buy the L lenses again if I end up not being happy with the switch, I never thought I could be so attached to gear...

United States / Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
« on: December 02, 2011, 10:57:21 AM »
When I bought my 5DII the first lenses I picked up were the 24-70 f/2.8 and the 16-35 f/2.8 II.  A few months later I found a great deal on a 35L and 50L and bought both.  The sharpness is far superior to the zooms, low light performance is ridiculously good, and the bokeh is beautiful.

After that I bought the 100mm L Macro, the 85L, and the 135L, all of which are awesome lenses.  I ended up selling the 100 Macro (which I kinda regret now).

I've also owned the 50mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.8, which were both amazing lenses for the money.  You can get either for around $350 and both perform as well as $1k+ zooms. 

Currently Own: 35L, 50L, 85L, 135L
Previously Owned: 50 1.4, 85 1.8, 100L Macro
Wishlist: 14L, 24L
Dream: 200 f/2L IS

With all of that being said, I think I'm going to swap out everything for Zeiss glass soon, as I shoot video mainly and dont have much need for autofocus.

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