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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 10, 2014, 05:05:44 PM »
Here is one from the Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm f/2 that I am currently reviewing:

Beautiful Dead Plant by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

A very nice picture, Dustin! Excellent work with post processing. It just goes to show that one can turn almost any subject, even the apparently least promising, into great pictures.  :)

Absolutely.  It's actually one of my favorite aspects of photography, as it doesn't take a huge amount of skill to capture a scene that is already gorgeous!

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 10, 2014, 05:04:52 PM »
Here is one from the Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm f/2 that I am currently reviewing:

Beautiful Dead Plant by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

This is a great picture.  I love the tones and colors.  Do you mind if I ask how this image was processed?

Sure.  I most used a few of my own overlays - think of textures that are blurred so they mostly just enhance certain ranges of color.  I mask the areas that I want affected.  I then added the flare in a similar fashion.  It was probably about 6 minutes worth of work  ;) (but with some time investment building my texture layers in advance, of course)

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:07:43 AM »
Here is one from the Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm f/2 that I am currently reviewing:

Beautiful Dead Plant by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:07:12 AM »
1Dx and the 35L @ 1.4


Brookfield Zoo - Holiday Magic
by SauceyJack, on Flickr

Nice.  Christmas lights are God's gift to wide aperture lenses :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF-M 70-400 f/4.5-7.2 STM
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:03:20 AM »
I can speak from experience of testing lenses (native mount) on the telephoto end on the EOS M that this is all pointless unless they come up with a revised viewfinder system.  The combination of glare in daylight (and the narrow aperture of this lens makes daylight shooting pretty much a must) and the disconcerting situation of trying to deal with screen refresh on the LCD makes shooting telephoto of anything moving a nightmare on the current M.

I like the overall concept, but for such a lens to become reality an improved body would first have to come.  Someone mentioned that this lens would probably end up coming to market as f/6.3 (marketed maximum aperture) and I agree.  Manufacturers tend to fudge these numbers a bit, and truthfully, most of us don't really know the difference when it comes to actually shooting.

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Reviews / Text and Video Review of the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*
« on: December 05, 2014, 01:00:15 PM »
I just finished a review of the Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 as kind of a counterpoint to the Sigma 50 review.  The Zeiss is a few years older (2010) and a very different kind of lens.  It isn't nearly as sharp as the Sigma at wide apertures, but does have better bokeh and very nice "drawing.  If nothing else, it makes for yet another option in the 50mm market.

Written Review:  http://bit.ly/1Al8ouQ
Image Gallery: http://bit.ly/1Al9SoY
YouTube:  http://bit.ly/1BgTx7V
         
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* Review by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 01, 2014, 07:46:21 PM »
From the Otus 85mm f/1.4:

The Otus Bokeh Monster by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
I'm getting lens envy.
That bokeh is nothing short of magnificent, Dustin!

Sadly, I had to send it back to Zeiss today.  My review period is over... :'(

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 01, 2014, 01:00:21 PM »
From the Otus 85mm f/1.4:

The Otus Bokeh Monster by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART for Canon
« on: November 26, 2014, 01:38:45 PM »
Thanks, everyone, for the nice feedback.  P.S. My comments regarding the USB dock were not intended to suggest that no one would like using it (I say otherwise), but rather that some users might find this "extra step" in lens ownership somewhat overwhelming.

Oh...and Dustin...THANKS sooo much for including the link for the "Show Focus Points" plug-in for Lightroom!
That is just a valuable tool to have as the only other place I could check up on myself and my camera AF at time of capture was in-camera or with the Canon image software which I rarely use, if ever. That is just so cool to have loaded in LR where I do a lot of my post processing.

My pleasure.  I have found it to be a great tool to have for evaluating images...and obviously very handy for my review purposes.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART for Canon
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:50:41 AM »
Thanks, everyone, for the nice feedback.  P.S. My comments regarding the USB dock were not intended to suggest that no one would like using it (I say otherwise), but rather that some users might find this "extra step" in lens ownership somewhat overwhelming.

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f/2.8 - detail is amazingly resolved throughout the scene in the original.  This lens leaves everything other than the Otus 55 in the dirt at wide apertures.

Driving Mr. Otus by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Exclusive Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens Savings
« on: November 21, 2014, 07:02:10 PM »
Wow, that's fabulous to get a discount on this lens so soon after release.  My written review is just getting the finishing touches (it will go live next week), but my video review just went live for those of you debating whether or not to buy.

The video review can be seen on YouTube here:  http://bit.ly/1xXyVhf

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