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Thanks for the tip. As you said, it makes sense after learning about it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:24:22 AM »
And this thread went the predictable route quickly enough...

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:50:34 AM »
Nice Yokaew! All of your shots. Hoping for more.

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Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:49:31 AM »
You won't regret the 6D, but don't jump into lenses immediately unless you've got the cash to splash out. If you're after bokeh full-frame is the way to go, it will breathe new life into your 100L IS macro, which is already an excellent lens.

Obviously as others would no doubt have mentioned, the 85L is the bokeh king. Like the 35L however, it doesn't have weather sealing. I guess Canon considers it to be a fashion/studio (i.e. indoor) usage lens. Anyway, to put bokeh monsters into perspective, when you consider that the 200 f/2 and 300mm f/2.8 are three times as much, then I guess the 85mm L could be considered a bargain.

Your 100L vs 135L:
The advantage of the 100L over 135L is that you can get closer to your subject or move them closer to you (i.e.  further from the background) which can give you additional blur which nullifies the f-stop difference. Also being a shorter focal length the 100L allows you to use it in smaller venues so it becomes much more versatile on full frame. The 9-blade circular aperture in your 100L is also better than the aperture of the 135L, which is not circular and starts showing it octagonal shape by f/2.8 and become very obvious by f/4. The 100L is also weather sealed. The 100L also has IS which is of benefit which can also help with decreasing your shutter speed if you need more light. Basically, while the 135L is a cracking lens wide open, it's not very versatile and if you already have the 100L I don't see the 135L adding much value to your camera bag.

For full-length (full body) portraits 50mm-55mm would be the focal length to look at. Canon's 50mm f/1.2 (which is about R3k overpriced in ZA) is not sharp corner-to-corner when shooting wide open but has nice bokeh. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art (The new kid on the block) is said to have autofocus issues so if you are happy to manually focus then it is an option.

Personally I'd wait till Photokina to see what developments are in the pipeline. Simga 85mm Art is intriguing and who really knows what Canon is brewing.



Depends on your definition of versatile, and entirely depends on the needs of the user.

In my case, for example- the 135L produces beautiful head and head and shoulder shots, and a great portrait lens if not as good as the 85, if you have space, and is great for kids especially if running around; it acts as a nice short tele when I am traveling, great for distant landscapes, zoos; it is a great lens for indoor sports where you need the FL and the f/2; it is also great for events. I just shot an acapela concert and a show, both in piss-poor light, with fantastic results even when cropped heavily.

It takes 1.4x extender with no noticeable loss of IQ to give a great 190/2.8, and takes 2x in a pinch to provide a perfectly acceptable 270/4.

So, for those need the wider FL or the macro capability, the 135L is more versatile. In fact, now that I have the 135L, I am considering picking up the 100 non-L for any occasional macro work I might want to do. I tried the 100L and I didn't like the bokeh- so I wouldn't pick it as a portrait lens.







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Ebay is good. I've bought and Sold lots of equipment through them. I'm selling alot of my kit right now at the moment and I know someone somewhere will buy it.


What are you selling?


http://www.ebay.com/usr/elzaz444


Your pic shows the c-pol with the 50mm but description says uv filter.
FYI.

I grabbed the wrong Box. :p


Guessed as much. Thought I'd caution you in case some buyer claims you were supposed to include a c-pol.

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Ebay is good. I've bought and Sold lots of equipment through them. I'm selling alot of my kit right now at the moment and I know someone somewhere will buy it.


What are you selling?


http://www.ebay.com/usr/elzaz444


Your pic shows the c-pol with the 50mm but description says uv filter.
FYI.

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Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:32:28 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.


That's not true. Perspective is determined solely by distance. On an APS-C camera with a 50mm you would stand at the same spot as when using an 80mm on full frame, so the perspective with 50mm on crop is the same as an 80mm on full frame.

You're right, my mistake. I was thinking about using a different focal length on the same sensor, which will alter the subject distance and therefore the perspective. Don't know why I was thinking that. Of course, perspective depends solely on subject distance.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

+1.
I found it easier to sell in a college town with 171,000 people than in a city with 2.5 million people.

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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.

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