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Landscape / Re: my steam locomotive/railroad/trains photography
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:38:08 PM »
Only had the opportunity for a quick look, but I shall be back for more.
Very, very nice!

Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:36:08 PM »
OP is using a crop body
My recomendation for a crop body is the 50 ART

I don't know- to me, the 50mm perspective is a little odd except a full body portrait. The fact that an APS-C sensor crops it doesn't alter the perspective for the lens.

BTW, wicked, I used a 85mm Sigma quite a bit to test as I was interested in an 85/1.4, as I mentioned above. But the AF isn't always accurate. Could be the copy I had, but I have heard this elsewhere too. OTOH, the 85/1.2 might have slower AF (not as slow as people say), but it is very accurate.

Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:30:58 PM »
85L II.  I have both that and the 135L, the 85 gets more use.  For use outdoors, consider a 3-stop ND – even 1/8000 s often isn't fast enough in bright light.

I am sure you mean for "wide open use outdoors".

The 85L is versatile indeed, and not as "slow" as some people will like to claim. I tried it first hand at B&H recently, and it is fine for moving subjects. Having said that, I would really love an 85/1.4 that costs a bit less and focuses immediately.
IMO, 85mm provides the perfect perspective for a half to quarter-body portrait.

BTW, I thought "bokeh monster" referred to the 200/2 IS- a giant among non supertele lenses, and a giant in its ability to produce blur.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:09:45 PM »
Here is how I make them:

1 bag of cat litter (must contain silica)*
1 roll of thick paper towels (not the cheap stuff, you don't want it to tear and spill cat litter everywhere)
1 roll of gaffers tape (duct tape will work too)

I would imagine that cat urine is actually worse for your gear than humidity.  Not to mention the smell...

Agree about the smell. I had to use cat urine for some of my experiments...  :o


That doesn't make sense. Do you not have an upload/sell account set up (subscription required).

Of course.  You can't post items for sale without one.  But even then, it did not let me PM with a 'you have less than 25 posts' error message. 

Non-issue in this instance, though.  Lens just sold for a good price and is on its way.  Thanks for everyone's advice!

- A

Must be some bug in the site. FYI, I have posted several PMs when I had less than 25 posts.
If this happens again, you can contact the moderator.
Anyway, congrats on the sale.

Hey gang,

I've already gotten two private message inquiries on my lens, but as I lack 25 posts at FM, I cannot respond to them privately!

Is there some way I can contact these folks directly, or must I reply to my own advert with a public answer to a private question?

- A

That doesn't make sense. Do you not have an upload/sell account set up (subscription required).
I had no problem sending PMs before I had 25 posts.

In the early 2000's I used to use Ebay...a lot.  I gave up on Ebay around 2007 as the fees for listing/selling were too high and shipping is a pain in the butt.  Since then I have used Craigslist exclusively.  I usually get what I want for my gear and have sold numerous cameras this way including: Leica M8, Canon 1DSII, 7D, G12, 20D and numerous lenses.  In addition to selling, I have bought countless gear on Craigslist too which is a nice way to meet other photographers, not to mention try the gear before you hand over your money.

The thing on Craigslist is to sort out the flakes from the people who are serious...also, for Craigslist to be viable you need to live in a populated area (Vancouver, BC is where I am).  No matter what, do not ship to anyone on CL....cash deals only, in person, usually at a coffee shop.

I actually did much better on CL in a somewhat less populated area. Buyers were apt to pay a lot more. In a very large market the buyers seem to be very much wanting to find mega-bargains or else just buy new.

I found it easier to sell in a college town with 171,000 people than in a city with 2.5 million people.

Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:56:01 PM »
But a scalpel is no good if you are cutting bread, and most of us cut bread a lot more often than we perform operations, to most of us a scalpel is dead weight and of no practical use, however a good surgeon can perform most operations with a bread knife.

Agree with the rest, but I don't believe a good surgeon (even the greatest surgeon) can perform even the most basic of operations with a bread knife, or even with a dull scalpel for that matter (I have to do surgeries for a living ;) ). There is something about the right tool for the job.

Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:33:25 AM »
I'll take a shot at that 50mm challenge but it sure has a lot like pickin' fly-specs out of a pepper pile.

My best guesses using very limited clues in the images:

Canon 50/1.4 shots:  girl in hallway, dog, doll with book, girl bottom left
Canon 50/1.2 L shots:  leaf in centre, B&W whisk, blonde girl in dry grass, girl bottom right

unspecified shots, like the closeups in the upper and middle R side or top left could be 50/1.2 L or anything really.

score me, PBD. :D

both the girls look the same, and neither look like 50L
the leaf is clearly photoshopped
IMO the whisk and the girl in the bottom with the blowing blossoms are 50L, and maybe the bottom right as well
but having never owned a 50L, even if I am right that is just by excluding those which don't seem likely

I am in a major city, but I get the heeby jeebies that they'll know (a) I own other decent gear and (b) where I live, so it becomes a 'meet me at Panera Bread' highly public transaction.  Not a fan.  They could ask to hook it onto their body for test shots -- a totally fair request -- and then just walk away.

I'd say that is a bit cynical. I live in Houston, not the safest of cities- but I have never yet had a person who seemed remotely shady meet me to purchase a lens. I have met many videographers and photographers, a couple of firefighters who shoot for pleasure, and befriended quite a few permanently.
Give CL a shot- you can always talk to the person on the phone and be able to judge. And meet inside a coffee shop. Don't let him touch the lens without paying if he doesn't seem totally reliable. My 2c.


And I think I'm a jerk if I dangle that I have a 24-70 F/2.8L I and do not let people have a look at it.

Attached advert from a guy who clearly has not sold much gear.  Reach out if interested with a message.

- A

Your ad contains too detailed information and niceties IMO for the eBay or Craigslist customer. My lengthy ads have fared much poorly than short ones.
You can, however, use this post in FredMiranda.com, and you definitely should. I have sold multiple items in that site and the transactions have always been very pleasant (and hey, I can put in a line vouching for the fact you are a regular poster in Canonrumors, FWIW). You can use Paypal which is very secure, and apart from the 3% Paypal fee there is nothing else.

P.S.: As Steve says, feedback on FredMiranda goes a long way, but everyone had to start somewhere, right? Some things that convince buyers are good English and feel of genuineness (I think your post has that), good pictures (put your username on a post-it and put it in the pictures), and prompt and clear responses if questions are asked.

Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:38:43 AM »
To answer the question more seriously: I've owned all 3 of the current Canon 50mm lenses. The f/1.8 was great for the price. I liked the f/1.4 quite a bit more than the nifty fifty. The f/1.2 produced the pictures I liked the best. So, that's the one I kept.

I sincerely hope that meets with everyone's approval... I'd hate to be judged harshly for spending my money in such a foolish manner.  ;)

I'd hate to be judged at all for spending my money ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where do you buy 5D Mark iii?
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:36:39 AM »
I got mine from eBay for $ 2445. It is an import model and came in the kit box. Interestingly, I bought the kit lens at the same time from the same seller, but the lens came separately, and was a US model with US warranty card. I have sold the lens since.
Mind you, some people have gotten US models of the 5DIII for the same price in the same deal (I wish I did, but I wish more that my camera doesn't need any servicing), so it might not hurt to ask if the seller has some to sell to you.

Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:12:02 PM »
I can understand that a lot of people falsely claim this superior look because they have purchased an expensive lens or due to confirmation bias, and I appreciate the effort to call them out. But I don't believe this is the most scientific way of doing it.
Ahh, the placebo effect.  That may be a possibility, though there are differences between the f/1.2 and f/1.4 such as the larger physical aperture, better coatings, and much better USM & build quality that make using this lens a pleasure.  For scientific side-by-side comparisons, at least the ones I've seen, the photos are very similar, but they don't represent real-world shooting where flare resistance and the ability to get reliable focus lock matter.

Note that I say "a lot of people falsely claim"- I don't think everyone who praises a 50L is capable of appreciating its unique features. You and some of the proponents on this forum might have appreciated it for its worth- but I bet there's a bunch who praise it without even having used the lens (as I said, confirmation bias). There is also a bunch who have used it, but not appreciated the difference first hand.

I agree with you about the 50/1.4 in my experience. I feel the images below f/2.8 are quite bland for my liking and need serious enhancement in PP. f/2.8 and above is equal or inferior to my 24-70II. Therefore, it is on Craigslist and FredMiranda at the moment. And this was my 3rd 50/1.4- the first was on APS-C where it was inferior to my 50/1.8 at any aperture above f/2. The second one has slight front-focusing which wasn't working for me as my 5D didn't have AFMA.
So I think it will take a better photographer than myself to get magical photos with the 50/1.4.

Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:52:26 PM »
EF-S prime in the range 20-24mm
EF-S 50-150 f2.8 IS
200mm f2.8 IS
100-300 f4 IS
A replacement to the 22-55mm would be nice, it is a very handy focal range. 20-50 f4 IS would be ideal and would make a killer holiday lens

Oh how I would love an EF-S 22mm 1.4. Or even 1.8. That would be awesome. I just can't justify the cost of the 24L, but if there were an EF-S version for $500 or $600 I'd be all over it.

I lusted after a fast lens in that range for APS-C for a long time, and the 24L was too expensive for what it offered. So I decided to go full frame. I have the 35/1.4, but even the 35/2 will give you better angle of view and depth of field than a 22/1.4.

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