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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:14:10 AM »
As this is a variable aperture lens, does anybody know at what focal lengths the aperture changes happen?

I do, and I will be sharing that exact information in my upcoming review (which will be allowed to go live next week).

you going to be buying one for yourself? i have seen enough to know it's great for the money and ordered one from b&h, availability is posted as 1-17, hope that's true and they are in stock and shipping soon.

I don't think I'm breaking any confidentiality to say, yes, I do plan to add it to my kit, and yes, the lens should start shipping by the beginning of next week.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:07:04 PM »
As this is a variable aperture lens, does anybody know at what focal lengths the aperture changes happen?

I do, and I will be sharing that exact information in my upcoming review (which will be allowed to go live next week).

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Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:06:19 PM »
Congrats on your excellent price and getting the lenses.  Enjoy!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:07:00 AM »
Automation of the AF adjustment

Magic Lantern dot_tune module does this, cost: zero, availability: now ... there may be concerns over precisions and whatnow, but I'm positive it's quick & worth a shot, esp. over manual attempts. Works for me.

Let's hope this isn't the last of the Magic Lantern advances that makes it into official Canon firmware.  Canon should be thankful for the ML team, as they give not only some great advances/flexibility to Canon cameras, they also give the "tuning/customizing" crowd something real and tangible to do to tweak their cameras in a non-destructive way.

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Lenses / Re: New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:41:01 PM »
I've got the new 35mm f/2 IS and haven't noticed this issue with either of my 6D bodies or M (through adapter).

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Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:12:00 AM »
Just wanted to share another travel pic - from Rome:


Bless Me Father by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:40:44 PM »
This is actually a (potentially) very exciting development.  This could be a very real benefit, and I'm excited about it even though I invested in FoCal pro.  Canon takes a lot of heat around here for a (perceived) lack of innovation, but this development along with DualPixel AF are actually probably some of the most innovative new features in recent years.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
« on: January 12, 2014, 08:47:10 AM »
Dustin
I love your photos, their composition and lighting.
You have the 6D / EF 35/2 and the EF-M 22/2.  How do you find the two compare in terms of facilitating creativity?  How often would you just take the EF-M out?  Is the combo suitable for reasonably large prints?
I'm looking at getting at EF 35/2 IS as a walk-around lens that is smaller than my 24-105 - also when I go hiking.  But this thread has got me thinking...


Hey man - thanks a lot for the nice feedback.  I will actually do a direct comparison as a part of the review I am currently doing/writing for the 35mm f/2.

The EOS M/22mm combo produces for its size the best images that I have seen from a compact/small mirrorless.  It is a great compliment to a larger option.  I've been testing a "secret" big lens, and I'll throw that combo in a pocket in my jacket to give me a wider angle of view at times.  If you want compact - it is a great option!

The 35mm f/2 IS is a different beast.  The angle of view is the same, but the DOF is much, much thinner wide open because of the FF vs. crop factor.  I am quickly falling in love with the lens, but I don't really see it as a competitor to the 22mm because I use it in different ways.  The 22mm is a such a value that I will be holding onto it for a long time.  That combo allows options in portability (combined with stellar images quality) that is pretty unique.

Here's another shot taken with that combination - outside of the entrance to the Catacombs under San Castillo in Rome:


Path to the Catacombs by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:08:46 PM »
I'm still trying to figure out which one of these AF chips to buy on eBay.  They all appear to be the same thing, but prices range from $4.15 to $38.99.  Descriptions and prices include:

  • New Optix V6 AF Confirm PCB Chip for Canon EOS ( Can Store 3 Lens Config) $38.99
  • New Optix V5+ AF Confirm PCB Chip for Canon EOS $28.99
  • AF Chip "Dandelion" for Canon EOS. Origin EMF chip made by Victor Lushnikov $23.98
  • *EURO* ETTL AF Confirm EMF Program Chip for Canon EOS 5D Mark3 MkIII 6D 600D 50D $22.77
  • EMF AF Confirm chip for Canon EOS EF camera $10.93
  • New generation easy install AF Confirm chip for canon + EXIF EDIT with installer $7.15
  • AF confirm chip chipset for Canon EOS EF lens adapter $4.15

???

I'm interested in the chip that will provide the most features and functionality.  I'd be happy to spend $39 instead of $4 if the more expensive chip had advantages that are worth $35 or more.  Any suggestions appreciated.

I purchased the "dandelion" chip myself.  It gives you quite a bit of functionality.  Programming it via the camera is a little awkward, but can be done.  The primary thing I wanted was not the focus assist aspect (I find the combination of prefocusing at more narrow apertures and then using live view x10 at wider aperture a more sure bet), but it was important to me to get some a reasonable EXIF data for cataloging, as I have other lenses that also don't report EXIF data and there are times that I want to sort my work by lens.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 10, 2014, 05:58:17 PM »
Here is a unique image that only has the color balance tweaked to enhance the winter mood.  I used the existing light in a parking lot that was highlight the falling and swirling snow.  I then lowered my shutter speed to drag a little (1/10th of a second) to allow movement in the falling snow.  It gives the finished product a very painterly, textured feeling.  I used the Canon 35mm f/2 IS lens (review coming soon!), handheld.


I love the effect. Nicely done.

Thanks.  It turned out more nicely than just out in the snow as the light gives the snow really defined edges.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:23:34 PM »
Here is a unique image that only has the color balance tweaked to enhance the winter mood.  I used the existing light in a parking lot that was highlight the falling and swirling snow.  I then lowered my shutter speed to drag a little (1/10th of a second) to allow movement in the falling snow.  It gives the finished product a very painterly, textured feeling.  I used the Canon 35mm f/2 IS lens (review coming soon!), handheld.


Natural Abstract by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


Great effect. The combination of the 6D's high ISO performance and fast IS lenses open up a whole new area of photography ! I'm looking forward to the 50 f2/1.8 IS


Me, too.  I'm not using any modern AF 50mm lens right now, but after using the 35mm f/2 IS I am actually (anxiously) awaiting a new 50mm in a similar vein.  The massive new Sigma 50 will only interest me if it is truly incredible.  There is still something to be said for reasonably sized lenses!!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 10, 2014, 09:10:35 AM »
Here is a unique image that only has the color balance tweaked to enhance the winter mood.  I used the existing light in a parking lot that was highlight the falling and swirling snow.  I then lowered my shutter speed to drag a little (1/10th of a second) to allow movement in the falling snow.  It gives the finished product a very painterly, textured feeling.  I used the Canon 35mm f/2 IS lens (review coming soon!), handheld.


Natural Abstract by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 10, 2014, 09:08:41 AM »


Beautiful series of images.  Nicely done, and welcome to CR!

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Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: January 10, 2014, 09:03:36 AM »
Do you think it's a worthwhile upgrade for those who have the 'old' non-VC version??

I definitely do, particularly since you get not only a slightly sharper macro lens, but also because you get a much more effective modern medium telephoto with a great stabilizer.  The new lens does a lot of things really well and doubles as a great general purpose lens.  I think its worth the upgrade, particularly if you can get a decent price on the used market for your old one.

Thanks, I may consider putting this lens in my upgrade path. I really like that the new version is non-extending. FWIW the image quality from the old macro is fabulous, not so much the looks of the thing...  ::) ;D

I haven't used the old version myself, but your report confirms what pretty much everyone has said.  I'm surprised the new lens hasn't had more buzz, but that may be because it was overpriced (particularly in Europe) on introduction.  It is a very worthy lens, though, and a great choice now that the price is reasonable.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 10, 2014, 07:53:15 AM »
Just finished chipping my 14mm with a Canon EMF AF chip :)

I had to make a spacer to get the chip's contacts to the correct height, but after that installation and configuration was very easy.

Works like a charm! Very handy to have aperture and focal length data in EXIF. AF confirm and AF adjust also works, but because the DOF is so large there is quite a lot of margin. Live-view x10 works better :)

I find the focus ring a but spongy, there seems to be a bit of a dead area before it catches and changes focus, is that normal?

I also made a spacer, much in the same way. No complaints about my focus ring, it operates smoothly not spongy.

I chipped mine also (it came with the spacer).  And my focus ring is not spongy at all.  Operates nicely.

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