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Lenses / Re: 14mm mk2 or 16-35 mk2?
« on: October 04, 2013, 02:03:59 AM »
Nightbreath- where may I see your pics?

As for pro looking output, look up Brooke Shaden who uses a 50 f1.8 almost exclusively, or Lou Freeman who uses a 70-300 for much of her work. There are countless people putting out superlative work with comparatively modest gear.
I'm a seasoned photographer. From my point of view images that don't have middle shadows (I have looked through their portfolio) do not conform the "semi-competent" workflow expected results  ;)

Lenses / Re: 14mm mk2 or 16-35 mk2?
« on: October 04, 2013, 01:55:42 AM »

Thank you.
I got mine today, and took a couple of test shots to be sure I didn't get a "lemon", given reports of quality control issues.  I can't wait to try it out this weekend.


Seems like a low risk proposition- not a lot of money if not used much.  Can you post some pics and tell me what you think are strong points and weak points please?

Two photos attached:
Strong points
- Sharpness (especially no coma (important for star shots) and little CA) - apparently best in class
- Silky focusing

Weak points:
- Manual everything (but you knew that)
- Not sure how robust it is, e.g. mount attached by just three screws.  My focusing ring partially seized on me during a trip to Europe, effectively making the lens unusuable other than at infinity.  I don'tknow what happened, i.e. I didn't drop it.  It was replaced under warranty.

- Distortion.  Quite a few gripes about distortion but I find that LR correction to be excellent with little loss of image area.

EOS Bodies / Re: German Canon Event
« on: October 02, 2013, 11:07:10 PM »
How do you take care of the chicken?

The surprise is their newest and best Image Stabilization system. See the demo:

And if the image stabilization fails, you end uppity egg on your face...

Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 09:58:19 AM »
I don't quite know what to make of your comment ,"It appears that you guys are "of an age"?".  I can't really tell of what your age is either by your pic.  Not sure if I should be offended, as my years pile up.  In any event, I have come to appreciate the wisdom that does tend to (but is not assuredly guaranteed to come) with age.  Wisdom such as not to be arrogant, impetuous, and to not have hubris, but that is a topic for people not as wise as us, to be sure.

My feeling on fb is that there is a lot of "I'm having eggs for breakfast" type of garbage, no doubt.  However, it does present with marketing opportunities if done properly, and aggressively.  I have a fb page for business, and I don't follow my own wisdom.  I treat it more like a hobby.  Why?  I don't care for it much, but then, if I don't pay some attention to it, or I don't have it, others will, and I need to stay relevant in the digital world of marketing.

It appears that you guys are "of an age"?

Perhaps, at least Old enough to know better than to misquote someone else when attempting to formulate an Argument.

Maybe concentrate on some Original viewpoint in your next Post on the Subject, if your stuck for a viewpoint, try misquoting one of those 665,000,000 users on FB that you feel are worth getting in touch with, I'm sure one of them will be Happy to help you out.

And No, your Wrong, FB have a section for Business where the Account is formed in the Business Name, see what happens when we use selective quoting ?? No ?? Not surprised.


I can't quite fathom your argument. My viewpoint is very much of the 'keep up with technology & trends or lose it to those who are willing to keep up with technology & trends'. Are you arguing against that?

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: September 29, 2013, 07:25:55 PM »
OK- Dumb question but..

How do you go about testing for when infinity comes on the lens focus ring vs. when it really comes?

I purchased the Cine version of the lens. Although I'm happy with many of the images that I've gotten with it for stills, I'm going to have to send it in for service because of a problem with the focus ring. Starting from close focus to far the focus marks seem to match actual focus, but when racking focus from infinity  to, for instance, an object that's 10 feet away I have to rack the focus ring to about the 2 foot mark. Really makes it impossible to repeat focus stops while filming with it. Hopefully the warranty repair will fix it.

I have read others report some inaccuracy with the focus ring as related to the distance scale on the lens.  For many applications it is a non-issue (stills, as you said), because you typically have such a large depth of field that you quickly discover what works in most situations and don't hardly think about focus.  I can definitely see what you mean about racking focus for video purposes.  I'm assuming that you must be shooting wide open in the situation you described, as even stopped down 1-2 stops I'm not sure you could differentiate much between infinity and 10 feet.

I would say that infinity focus comes sooner on my copy that what the distance scale says, although I haven' checked it scientifically yet.

Canon General / Re: decisive moment
« on: September 27, 2013, 11:57:42 PM »
Take a hybrid approach.

Still be "at one" with the subject.  when you anticipate "the moment" fire it off.  If it is something fast, don't hesitate to use your fastest frame rate (you have one for a reason, and to not use it is illogical).

Remember, unless photographers are posting a problem pic, they will show only the good ones.  It is not cheating.

Landscape / Travel Photo Suggestions Please- For landscape and Wildlife
« on: September 26, 2013, 08:37:50 PM »
I will be going to Zion National Park and Canyon X  (http://www.overlandcanyontours.com/xphoto) over thanksgiving to photograph landscapes.  I have several days that opened up and a rental car.  Anyone who has suggestions for great shooting areas, I would greatly appreciate suggestions.  What is the best place to go in the Grand CAnyon?  Any other gems?

Thanks in advance.

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:49:30 PM »
Great job.

If your children are like my son was, you did the right thing.  Plus, put the savings into the L fund.

This is kind of funny. Recently I had a new bathroom installed at home, so I vowed to restrain myself purchasing new lenses until I had payed for it, but as soon as the bathroom was finished, I found myself going out and purchasing an 8-15mm fisheye zoom and a 135mm f2 in a hurry. I just couldn't hold myself back any longer  :o.

I recently completed modifying couple closets at home, myself.

1st photo - my kids play room(basic shelving)
2nd photo - my kids closet

I called around and asked for quotes from dif. local contractors. They wanted $200-$350 for kid playing room - basic shelving. $875 to $1200 for the kid closet.

To build kid playroom shelving, I paid $62 for woods and 2hrs of labor

To build kid closet, I paid $274 for all material and 5hrs of labor

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 24, 2013, 02:52:49 PM »
My name is Scott, and I'm and "L-aholic"

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixel Tidbits from the Week [CR1]
« on: September 24, 2013, 08:15:00 AM »
A bit of clarification please.  The gear part is the heaven part?

Basically Heaven without Death, 1Dx + Canon/Phase One 45MP, quickly followed by Divorce.

Street & City / Random Acts of kindnes: Pics & Prose
« on: September 24, 2013, 02:09:32 AM »
On Saturday, I came across a homeless boy and took some pics, and thought of the excellent advice, comments and awesome photos on the site.  I don't recall this ever been done before, but I thought it would be interesting to challenge everyone to post a street photo and the story that goes along with it.  What was it that drew you to the photo-op, etc?  I always love a good story, and I always look at the great pics and wonder what is going on when they were captured.

Here goes for my entry:

This past Saturday, I took an out of town guest to the popular Stockyards, located in Fort Worth, Texas.  The Stockyards is a well preserved section of town that looks as it did 100 years ago, replete with cowboys and long horn cattle drives at 11:30 and 4:30 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Between western wear shops and steak houses, I came across this obviously homeless boy and his pet Pit Bull Terrier.  The boy, who went by the name of Storm did not appear obviously psychotic, and the dog was amazingly sweet and affectionate, so armed with my 5DIII (which always goes with me when ever there is a potential photo-op), and my just repaired 24-70 2.8 II ( they don't bounce off the floor that well), I could not resist.  My sweetie and guest knew to go on without me, because it would likely be a long time.

To be honest, what attracted me to storm at first was his dog, as I am always a sucker for dogs (as you might infer from my avatar, Zeus, the Great Dane).  Secondly, he looked like he would be an attractive and approachable subject to photograph.  I found Storm delightfully easy to speak with.  After hearing much of Storm's story while shooting pics, I realized I was speaking with a boy who, were it not for the U.S. Navy, would be my boy right now!

I had decided to pack it in and catch up with my party when movement caught my attention from the right.  What happened next was truly amazing, and even was at a loss for words.

Another apparent homeless man in a wheelchair came into the picture and gave Storm what appeared to be his last dollar.  Unfortunately, this took place very quickly, and I was squatting and couldn't move in time, so could only manage this one shot showing the money exchange.  What is NOT visible in the photo is the face of the man in the wheelchair.  His right eye is missing, and his nose & chin are deformed.  To me, it looked as if he was shot in the face and recovered.  He was not in good shape to say the least.  Perhaps, aesthetically, this was the best perspective for the shot.

Anyway, before wheelchair man gave Storm his dollar, I gave him a $20.  I met up with my party, and when we came back about a half hour later, they were gone.  I hope they both had a good meal.

And that is the story of that picture.  I wish the picture was as good as the story, but it is what it is.

Anyone else?


Lenses / Re: 14mm mk2 or 16-35 mk2?
« on: September 23, 2013, 05:14:51 PM »
Seems like a low risk proposition- not a lot of money if not used much.  Can you post some pics and tell me what you think are strong points and weak points please?



quote author=cayenne link=topic=17120.msg316920#msg316920 date=1379964235]
I was going to go for the 16-35mmL, but a GREAT deal on a used 17-40L presented itself and I got that.

I'd been looking for something wider and I read great reviews on and ended up getting an excellent deal (I think it was like $199 or so?) for a new Rokinon 14mm f/2.8.

I LOVE this little lens. Yes, it is fully manual, but when shooting with something this wide, I'm finding that I have no problems with focus, most of my shots seem to end up set to infinity.

I did a lot of video shooting with it too this past weekend it worked like a champ for that.  You might read up on this one and look into it as a very economical choice for WA.  This is pretty much my only non-L glass I have (aside from the Canon 85mm f/1.8)...and I've been VERY happy with it.

Here's a link to one of them at the Amazon site:


They can be found for under $300, I can't remember the deal I got...I think it was a special Groupon purchase, but I've really enjoyed this little lens.



Lenses / Re: Gear Upgrade Advice
« on: September 22, 2013, 02:00:33 PM »
My thought is that you consider investing more time and effort in getting familiar with your new camera first.  The lenses you have are excellent and are likely not holding you back.  The 70-200 is excellent even though not the newest, etc., plus great to carry.

How about a flash, a tripod, a pack. various filters, or a different lens for a different purpose? 



Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell on Lens Sharpness
« on: September 22, 2013, 01:54:13 PM »
When I read it, it seemed like he was giving tips for noobs on getting sharp photos, and for the most part, great.  I would agree that lenses are very good, especially compared to decades ago, too.  So far, nothing new.  I also agree that there are many other variables that must be addressed to get a great pic, again, nothing new.  To me, a sharp lens is one less variable that I have to worry about, so it IS important.  It is relative and contextual however.  I must want/need the lens, and it must be worth it to me.

Note that I did not criticize Ken Rockwell (I loved the lecture on where babies come from), but on the other hand, I am not selling my L glass either.

I felt obliged to post it.

"Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?"
Obi-Wan Kenobi

In Israel we had a minister who said on his prime minister (and the founder of Israel) Ben-Gurion:
"I follow him with my eyes closed, only once in a while I open my eyes to make sure he do not walk with his eyes closed"
What the fault with Rockwell's logic? So far I have read only insults.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: focus-- 5diii
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:55:40 PM »
I am not an expert on explaining this but will try.

When you recompose, especially with a very narrow DOF, the focus may be slightly off because the length from plane of the sensor to the point of focus has shifted when you recompose.

You may want to try to compose, and pick a focus point on the camera to hit right on the eye. You might also try One shot (if the subject is still, faster shutter speed) as well which may help.  A tripod is also helpful.  When you use more sensors, the camera will try to focus on the closest point, which is usually the nose on the face.

The 5DIII is a lot to master.


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