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Lenses / Glass is the most important?
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:40:16 AM »
I am a geek. I have a PhD in biophysics, and built my first computer at 13 in the early 90's (yes yes i'm 'young' too). I love gear and i love the technical aspect of photography. i like charts, graphs and statistical significant repetitions. I am a gear junkie and i am going to go cold turkey!

There are many MANY lenses i want. There are many lenses I can mental justify that i need. There are maybe a couple of lenses i genuinely need (ok, i'm good at convincing myself)! But in 2014 I am aiming to have a kit free year. Baring disaster, I am not going to buy any new kit, lenses, bodies, anything (well maybe film if it should arise).

I have just up-graded my laptop and updated my LR catalogue to include all my old photos... I obviously perused my old shots, sauntering down memory lane and i realised that there are some really good ones. Granted not the ones i thought were good at the time, but still. These were taken with a basic DSLR kit.

I am a gear-head and i believe glass is more important than the body. But I also believe the picture is most important of all!

So, I am putting my efforts into creating new photographic importunities over new gear.

A pint to the person who can correctly guess what week of the year i fold!

Now where did i put my drink....

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EOS Bodies - For Video / On the spot flexible recording settings
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:51:39 AM »
Hi,

I do b-roll and interviews for a videographer, and i'm fine shooting when i have time to set-up etc...  but i find when i am doing some wildlife photography i sometimes want to film and in the spur of the moment i have missed a lot of what could have been great footage.

I am putting my C3 setting on my 5d iii to a dedicated 'emergency filimg' mode. Any advice would be welcome, but at the moment it is:
Manual mode
Auto ISO (100-12800)
1/50
f/8
1920 25p, ALL I
Neutral picture (everything on 0)

considering i will be shooting with telephoto, i can not expect the sound anyway.

does anyone else have a similar mode? thoughts, comments, improvements, suggestions?

thanks, i'm off shooting tigers again this weekend, and would like to actually get some footage as well as photos! :)

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Lenses / Re: Tele-lens on a budget
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:46:06 AM »
I think the Tamron is the best deal/value at the moment...  See the other threads on this! :) It costs significantly more to get better IQ!

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Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: March 03, 2014, 09:42:50 AM »
I find in times of severe GAS, I end up planning trips...  though at the moment, i am planning wildlife trips around India...  the Rhinos of Assam, the lions of Gir, the Leopards and whales of Sri Lanka....  Hmm i really should get a longer lens for those trips...  NNOooooooooooooo! Oh, well...  if you can't fight it! ;)

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Lenses / Re: Speculation: Year of the Lens
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:38:01 AM »
It took a ton of consideration when I bought the 70-200 is mkii... and that was two grand.  I can't see a future where I pay 4 grand for a lens.

Would I consider paying a premium for a lens that is in the top of its class, but I think two grand is where that willingness starts to  die out.

I was in the same boat...  but now i'm considering a 300 f/2.8...  situations and priorities change.  I am fortunate to be in a good financial situation, so it is plausible...  several years a go when i finished my PhD and didn't have to pennies to rub together, buying the 55-250 was a monumental decision! Never say never!  I am also looking at it as an investment. I can always sell it if i come into hard times.

Saying that, i've still got to save up for it and then pluck up the courage to buy a lens instead of a used car (or 3 new Royal Enfield motorbikes)...  :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:12:27 AM »
Wild Elephants in Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka, India

5D Mark III, 70-200 + 2xTCIII

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Lenses / Re: 16-35 or 17-40?
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:04:38 AM »
I went for the 17-40 mainly because it is smaller lighter and I don't need the speed. For me the 17-40 is better, but if you are shooting low light a alot...  get the 16-35! :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: "First" Sigma 50/1.4 Art Test
« on: February 28, 2014, 04:55:15 AM »
Good find...

Given the lenses it is being compared to, it looks like it will be priced around 1000$...  which i don't think is unreasonable given it's apparent performance!

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And at 400mm the Tamron looks sharper across-the-board compared to the Canon 70-200 II with a 2x TC.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=929&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=3&API=0&LensComp=687&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=7&APIComp=2

So if you already have a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II (& you wanted to go longer) for about the same cost of both Canon Extenders, you can get the extra 400-600mm range and better sharpness by going with the Tamron?

If I'm understanding all this correctly, for someone like me who typically photographs "static" landscapes, this is a no-brainer right? At least until the Canon 100-400mm II becomes available...  ::)

Indeed...  I think if this lens was released a couple of years back when i first wanted length, i would have gone for it over adding extenders to my 70-200...  that resolution is inspiring. Lets see how Canon will counter it...  If the putative 100-400 II does not add a significant IQ, the tamron is a clear winner, and lets face it, the next 100-400 will cost a damn sight more than the tammy!


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Good recap AlanF!

Tamron have certainly produced a stella lens! Kudos! :)

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in the last 18 months SHE has bought and surprised me with a 5DIII kit, 70-200 IS II, a 24L II, and a 17-40L.
You are a lucky man 8)

I know it! ;)

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Do wives get more agreeable over time?  Or is it that you don't realize, that it is you who have adjusted your desires to be more in agreement with her wishes as the years go by?  I'm not married, but from what I know of them...well, I better hold my tongue on this!

Carl...  I'm fairly new at the whole marriage thing (less than 2 years), but I have already 'figured out' (small sample size) a couple of important points. The main one being my priorities and her will not always align... the key is to get them to align! 6k on a lens is obscene to someone who is not into photography, i need to illustrate the advantages more...  even if an advantage is to get me to stop moaning about it!

in all fairness, i blame my wife for my current lens desires...  in the last 18 months SHE has bought and surprised me with a 5DIII kit, 70-200 IS II, a 24L II, and a 17-40L. She got me hooked on the good stuff! But even if it is no-go...  i'm still significantly better off :D 

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 26, 2014, 09:38:25 PM »
If it was EF, i would be extremely excited, as it is EF-s i am only moderately...  a small 24mm pancake/scone on my wifes 100D would be excellent! :) Lets see what turns up!

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Lenses / Re: Good lens for hiking
« on: February 26, 2014, 11:45:10 AM »
I think i would just take the 24-105.... 

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