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Lenses / Re: Lens filters or not?
« on: February 04, 2014, 12:59:43 AM »
I use them on almost all of my lenses and i am glad i do (do not have enough for all my lenses at the same time).

I was once shooting and a stone got kicked up by a passing car and hit my lens head on, cracking my filter but leaving my lens untouched. I don't know what would have happened if i had not had the filter on, but since then, i have one on! If i want to mount a CPL filter on, i just switch them (or stack them if not too wide). Also, some L lenses need them to complete their weather sealing.

I have some HOYA HDs and B+W MRCs. I have tested with and without and see no difference in the image quality from my eyes, which is what i use and is therefore fine for me! :)

All my L lenses are 77mm thread. When i need an 82, i will buy a filter accordingly. People who say they see a difference in sharpness (flair is a different matter and can be resolved by removing the filter temporally if so desired) are either using poor quality filters (stupid) or pixel peep to an unhealthy extent (just my opinion).

At the least, i have 1 filter with me at all times that i can put on my lens if conditions warrant it.

Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 03, 2014, 08:14:22 AM »
The polarization in this topic to me clearly shows that there is a big difference in people's personal preference when it comes to subjective lens qualities that determine the way a lens 'draws'. Sometimes a lens that is technically imperfect makes better pictures, something that is personal and difficult to quantify. Maybe the 24-70 II is too perfect, too clinical?

Rent both and see which one suits you best? crappy advice i know, but I find it helps to see what you think of the lenses IN YOUR OWN HANDS! :) Rent both for a weekend, and do your own impressions.

Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 03, 2014, 01:42:59 AM »
Neither...  I kept my 24-105, and bought a 24 f/1.4.  I am keeping my zoom for travel/ease, and getting primes for quality! :)  Though I can see that once i get all my primes (just a couple more) I will be facing the same dilemma! :)

Regional Boards / Re: Anyone from India?
« on: February 03, 2014, 01:40:40 AM »
I am British, but live and work in Bangalore, India (for the last couple of years) and will be for another 3.


Sell the EF-S lens, you'll get a good price for it! lenses hold their value! Pick up the 6D and enjoy the joys of FF! :)

Put the cash from the EF-S to the 6D or even better yet, some new FF glass! But be warned...  getting a FF DSLR is a gateway to some expensive glass! ;)

Lenses / More EF pancakes?
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:48:39 AM »
Do you think there are going to be more pancake lenses (EF mount)? The shorty-forty appeared to be a great success...  I'm hoping it will spur canon to make others... ~20mm would be nice, especially attached to the 100D!

I know Voigtlander has there Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 II, but a nice AF version would be great!

Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 17, 2014, 05:49:07 AM »
My advice, wait for this new Sig 50mm 1.4 art lens.

+1 great idea!

To be honest...  I think I have...  I have all the gear I need. I am not, at the moment limited by my equipment, but by my own imagination!

I do not, however, have all the gear I want, nor the finances required to get it! ;)

Lenses / Re: 17-40/4 L DxO Tested
« on: January 15, 2014, 04:08:09 AM »
I just picked up the 17-40 in Singapore on a whim...  I like it, don't love it, but like it. I chose it over the 16-35 because I don't need the f/2.8, and I am anticipating a new UWA in the next year or so. DxO results do not convince me, nor direct my decision making process. I disagree with a lot of their "conclusions" and not others... 

We should just start a pinned discussion entitled "DxO and all associated rants/complaints".

Lenses / Re: EF 400mm f/5.6L IS on the Way?
« on: January 01, 2014, 04:23:49 PM »
I would be more interested in a new 300L f/4 IS II! But any new affordable telephoto prime would be most welcome in my opinion!

Software & Accessories / Black-rapid failure!
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:37:03 AM »
Hi all,

I was snowboarding in the alps the other day, the weather was fantastic so i decided to take my 5Diii with me on my BR sport under my coat. I am a good boarder who rarely falls (unless trying something stupid), so was not concerned with having my camera tucked under my coat. I had the camera locked into the system, but at one point, when opening my coat, the camera somehow got detached and jumped out, bouncing on my board and rolling down the slope for a while before i could catch up! The camera and lens are all fine, thankfully, but my trust in BR is now gone! I have no idea how it got out of the locked loop.

Has anyone else had a problem like this? If not, be careful, it might happen to you, and you might not be as lucky as me (imagine concrete and steps instead of nice soft snow)!

Anyway, happy christmas to you all! And i hope you are having a great day!  :)

Lenses / Re: Weekend in Singapore
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:15:47 AM »
Singapore Zoo Night Safari, National Orchid Garden, Gardens by the Bay (Flower Dome), Jurong Bird Park, Little India, Robertson Quay ... walk the shopping streets and the underground shopping malls. Eat some chicken rice (no kidding). Bring a WA but also some sort of macro for the incredible flowers. Be prepared for extremely high humidity - sort of dulls the shadows. No need for a flash - just max out your ISO for best effect. Super safe place and everyone is friendly and speaks English. Kind of expensive all around. No bargains here. Water is safe; eat anything you want.

JumboShrip - Top advice thanks! :)

Lenses / Weekend in Singapore
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:07:01 PM »
Off to singapore for a work conference tonight and will tag on the last weekend for some sight-seeing!

I was thinking of taking 24mm and 40mm. Go wide! Suitable?

Also any advice on places to go/see would be appreciated! :)


I was not convinced by the whole CC shenanigans having already got a LR license...  but in india it is 6 euro/month and even just for PS (which i don't own) I thought it was worth it...  so i jumped in and I can honestly say, i think it is a great service (so far). No regrets! It is the way it is going, you might as well embrace it!

Software & Accessories / Re: Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mth
« on: November 28, 2013, 11:03:26 PM »
I have LR4 and no PS. In India the subscription is about 6 euro/month....  this deal is a no brainer to me...  I can have LR4 on my other computer, CC LR5 and Photoshop on my main computer! It costs me less than the LR5 upgrade!?!?! 

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