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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 09, 2013, 01:20:50 PM »
I have the Samyang version.  I decided on this vs. a Canon uwa because I don't think I will be using it all that often, but then again, I want excellent iq.  My version doesn't disappoint.  However, one needs to practice on the focus, as things are really small at this focal length (dof preview helps, along with live view).  If on the other hand, I needed the lens as a workhorse and planned to use it all the time, I would consider a Canon branded lens with AF and ability to communicate with the camera.


Looks really impressive and thinking of pulling the trigger. But with so many different names its hard to figure out which is which. Here in the UK its branded under Rokinon but in other samyang etc. Read a few other reviews which claim the lens isn't really much of a performer.

But on thedigitalpicture the lens comparison to the 16-35mm is that it is a tad softer.

I know were talking huge price difference but you also get autofocus and the the fact the canon is also a zoom. For the amount I would use a wide angle I think I would rather spend the extra and get the canon branded zoom… Any thoughts?

I was out the other night and only having 24mm is very limiting and vertical panoramas the only answer.

Not bad for the 24-105mm tho.

Hallin Fell, Ullswater Cumbria, starscape by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Been itching for a FF wide angle for ages after selling my 10-22mm but just can't decide. Always wanted the 16-35mm but have been put off by internet claims. A cheap lens with good IQ is a no brainer but I think I would use an AF lens more and the zoom is more versatile.

Black & White / Re: vertigo
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:55:48 PM »
an Escher print?


Lenses / Re: The 24-105 and/or the 24-70 II ...
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:52:46 PM »
I like the 24-70 II better for the below reasons.  However, if you have a second body, and you don't need the money, it is nice to have the extra reach.  Both are very nice walk around lenses.  On the other hand, if you don't have a second body, and you can zoom with your feet, the 24-70 II will soon make you forget the 24-105.  So tough to have to choose between two great lenses.


I've had the 24-105 for about a year and a half now. It came as the kit lens for my 5D Mk III. My copy is a very good one, tack sharp and quite fast, as far as I seem to notice. 3 months ago I bought the 24-70 II. It is an outstanding lens, as far as AF response and sharpness are concerned. I think it's better than the 24-105. That being said, is it possible that the 24-105 can still be useful? If I keep it, and don't sell it, to what uses, if any, can the 24-105 be put? Is there anything that I can do with the 24-105 that I can't do with the 24-70 II?!

Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:48:34 PM »
Very nice Surapon!

Is that an opium producing poppy?

Did you use a tripod?

Dear Friends.
Yes, These Photos are By EF 100 MM L IS  MACRO, and EF 180 MM. F/ 3.5 L Macro.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Please let me introduce myself...
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:44:50 PM »

I know what you mean about trolls.

Look forward to your contributions.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dynamic range Nikon/Sony vs Canon
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:37:41 AM »
Very well put.

The other site called him a troll.  May be.  He seems to be OCD with a need to pursue his mission and the world to see him as the expert.  But then what?  Everyone sell our gear and get what he recommends?  Something very wrong with him.  Who would bother to get kicked off a site twice, and then carry the rant on at another site, where they are tiring of him?  Very maladaptive behavior.


Many of these trolls unfortunately suffer from Aspergers.

"Asperger Syndrome is a developmental disorder. People with AS don’t have cognitive or language deficits. (If they do, they’re diagnosed with autism.) But they do have a difficult time interacting, communicating and connecting with others. They’re unable to pick up on social cues."

I have come across another forum baiter with similar characteristics: the constant need to push his opinion; obsessiveness; goad others; and sign himself as belonging to some official organization that he thinks somehow adds credence to him.

Lenses / Large lens carriage experiences
« on: November 07, 2013, 09:14:00 PM »
Many of the CR posters have large, heavy, lenses (and several full sized bodies too!), and take them on distant trips.  I have a number of lenses and cameras, with the heaviest being my 70-200 2.8 II.  I am going to acquire a 300 2.8 in a few months.

This got me to thinking about carting this gear around, as I go on several long distance trips a year, and always take my gear.  So, to all of you with large lenses, etc., I was hoping that you would share your travel stories about traveling with these beasts?  Any nagging issues or insights to share?  Any tips or pointers?  Any funny or tragic stories to share?  For those of us about to join the very long heavy expensive lens club, what the heck are we about to get in to?  How will this hamper our travel?  Thank you all in advance for your sage advice and experiences.


This won't take money away from my 300 mm 2.8 II fund, that is for sure!


EOS Bodies / Re: Get the 1DX or wait for the 7D Mark II?!
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:30:11 AM »
Since money is no object, buy the 1DX now, and when the 7DII comes out, buy that and sell off the original 7D.  Start enjoying the best of all worlds now.


Video & Movie / Re: Yosemite - 5D mkIII w/ Magic Lanter Raw
« on: November 06, 2013, 09:41:21 AM »
Great job!

Impressive composition of music too- very talented.  Even with the fire damage, the beauty of it makes me want to go- a must fotr 2014- any specific site recommendations?

Also, off topic a bit, I looked at ml for my 5D III but found the documentation spartan and hard to understand.  Any trouble with it, and what did it do for you outside of the video ( I also saw that it really cleans up low light noise).

Thanks in advance, and keep up the great creative work.


I haven't posted any videos here for a while so I thought I'd share my latest.

I shot the entire video in ML Raw except for the areal footage which was shot on a GoPro 3 Black. I made the music as well. Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think! (I know there is some jiggle in parts of the areal footage, my props were not balanced at the time of shooting)

Software & Accessories / Re: The 10 Essentials for Your Camera Bag
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:15:47 PM »
Condoms and camera gear?

You are prepared for some wildlife shooting.


While my needs vary by shoot, sometimes taking a flash, rain cover, snake bite kit, GPS, or other things, there are a handful of items I always take with me.  In the outdoor world, you frequently hear about the 10 Essentials - here's my list of 10 Camera Bag Essentials in no particular order:

  • Canon RC-1 wireless remote control - I use this all the time for just about any shot taken on a tripod
  • Giotto Rocket - I use it a couple of time a year, mainly shooting at the beach
  • LensPen DSLR Kit - hardly ever use it, but feel like I need to have it along just in case
  • B+W 82mm Polarizer & stepdown rings - used pretty frequently
  • Spare battery - used when needed, but not often as I have battery grips
  • Spare memory cards - only used when I forget to bring a card in the camera :o
  • Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray - a necessity of living in Florida.  It's not as good as DEET, but in Florida, you have bugs year round and even architectural shoots and such can be buggy, so I always carry a little bottle of this with me.  I use it and Deep Woods Off! Sportsman's Formula a lot
  • Filter wrenches - fortunately I haven't had to use them too often
  • Zeiss lens wipes -  have used them mainly to keep blood off my gear from minor cuts
  • Garbage compactor bag - bought after reading about it in a Ralph Clevenger book.  They are tough as nails and great for macro groundwork, covering gear in the rain, etc.  I've carried one for at least 4 years now, but have only used it once...

What are your 10 Camera Bag Essentials you carry to every shoot (well at least when you take a camera bag)?

I don't carry any of this stuff.  Just my camera and some condoms.   ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: The 10 Essentials for Your Camera Bag
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:11:03 PM »
You might want to consider toilet paper.   Not photography related, but some comforts of home can't be beaten!


But for all the reasons you mentioned, this is a very versatile, remarkable lens that is easy to take along with several other lenses and another body.


Someone needs to come out with a current high quality 400mm f5.6 prime.  I would switch systems for a high quality handheld bird lens.
I think that there are a lot of people interested in a new version of the 400F5.6.... I would get it....

I love my 400mm f/5.6L... Is there anything this "lot" of people need from it that it doesn't have/do?! Weather sealing, sure, but asides from that I love it's relatively light weight and small size without IS/zoom/wider aperture - coupled with the 5D3 sensor's ISO handling this thing's even incredible when losing daylight!
I guess closer focusing would be nice but that'd maybe ruin the magical optical formula! ;)

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:22:15 PM »
Awesome pics!

I have both lenses and am favoring the F4.


Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 II vs Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:41:39 PM »
Both are awesome lenses, and I have both.  The 70-200 is big and heavy to take along for trips, but this is not a concern ( I know, not compared to the big boy teles, but just saying).  The IS may or may not be an issue if you are shooting on a tripod.  Perhaps it is my copy, but the 24-70 is sharper, but then, this is not a friend to mature women in portraits.

Tough choice, as they are both so good.  How big is your studio?


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