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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 28, 2013, 10:04:02 PM »
Hey Dustin,
I always enjoy your photographs and your amazing artistry.  My highest compliments!
I basically traded my 10-22mm for the Rokinon 14mm as my kit now includes a 6D.  I have a strong interest now in doing nightscapes/Milky Way.  My initial testing with the Rokinon seems to show a sizable difference in sharpness between f2.8 and f4 so I'm not sure if I have a good copy of the lens or not.  :-\  Apart from that, what are your typical exposure settings for nightscapes? Do you usually shoot wide open at f2.8?  Focusing in the dark also presents a challenge with this lens, at least for me.   

I will often shoot at f/4 because of that extra bit of sharpness, particularly towards the edges.  Learn to prefocus your lens.  I will often have the focus set before I even go out to shoot at night, and usually pack a flashlight so that I can verify focus (on the distance scale).  Don't rely on visually trying to focus the lens at night or you will just be frustrated.  Also be aware that on many copies of the lens that infinity focus comes before the hard stop at the end.  Don't focus that far!

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 28, 2013, 10:01:25 PM »
im glad i read dustin's review on 6d.. 5 months with this camera improved my style, from 50d to 6d, is a lot of image quality improvement.. let your 6d speak for it self.. happy new year every one.. heres some picture i can share.. im no pro i just love taking pictures  :).. some pictures i took when i visited rome and pisa.. those where the days my camera is on break-in period..

That is a beautiful series of images.  Excellent work, and I'm glad that my advice worked out for you :)

Lenses / Re: Review: Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: December 28, 2013, 05:08:15 PM »
I have to add my voice to the chorus of approval for this lens. I've had it a few months, and it's been great. The price was so low (~£350 I think), that I felt able to take a gamble, and it paid off (I was heartened by the consistently good reviews I found online).

It is solid, and I dropped mine (don't ask!) a few feet onto a concrete floor, and it survived with no more than scuffs - the built-in hood does seem to protect the bulging front element. It has next to no fringing, as the reviewer said, and the sharpness is great.

A few gripes: when mounting/removing the lens, it's pretty much impossible not to twist the aperture ring, so it's hard to keep set (although easy to put back). On my copy at least, the distance scale seems wildly inaccurate - for astrophotography, I find 0.7m the right setting for stars - and anything closer to infinity is out of focus. Flare is often present, even from relatively minor light sources, but it's often unobtrusive. And of course, the inevitable lack of exif means you can easily forget precisely what aperture you were using.

But these are minor, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lens to anyone looking for an ultrawide, unless money was no object. I have a small Flickr set of images taken with this lens here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scyrene/sets/72157636579799955/, and I'll include a couple of images below to give an idea.

One last note, it is very challenging to get good composition with this lens, but that's down to the focal length. I'd never shot wider than 24mm on full frame, so it was a shock (even having seen lots of other images). It's very tough getting symmetry and a level horizon, and when you adjust for distortions, this can be a problem. But it can yield fantastic results when things go right.

A couple of great images.  That last one in particular is a stunner!

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 28, 2013, 12:09:03 PM »
Have any of you had any information about the new Samyang 10mm F2.8? The rumored price make me think they need to be much higher quality than 14mm to be more expensive, considering that serves only in APS-C.

I haven't really gone after much information yet.  I did let the supplier in Canada know that I would review it when it came available.  We'll see...

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:33:58 AM »

In the Stillness of Winter by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Two exposures.  One for the sky; one for the foreground.  Hand blended.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:33:15 AM »
Scarlet Macaw, Disney's Animal Kingdom
(6D, 24-105 @ 1/125, f8, ISO800,105,  about 1:1 crop)

The color is really exceptional.  Vivid without being oversaturated.  Nicely done.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:32:51 AM »
Boats moored on the River Alde, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England.

Shot with the 6D and 24-70 f4L IS @50mm. A four frame panoramic.

The IQ from the 6D is really first class and the high ISO capability is incredible. However I find the soft click stops of the two command wheels annoying. They are so soft that when working under pressure I can't feel them. I'm sure it has been done to differentiate between this camera and the 5DIII and 1Dx.

It's a lovely image.  You are absolutely right about some of the petty things done (deliberately) to cripple what would otherwise by a first class camera.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:31:52 AM »
Many thanks to you both!

And here's another Thanks to you Mr. Dustin Abbot!
I'd say that about 98% of what I've seen you post here has left me in awe, almost speechless. I think you have a very impressive body of work, I'm always pleased to see a fresh post of yours.
I did step up to a 6D late last summer, what a delightful piece of gear to own.
While I have a few issues with it's ergonomics, I have absolutely no issues at all with the image quality it produces.
Part of my purchase decision was influenced by your posts and your review.

That is a very kind compliment.  I'll try to work on the other 2%  ;D

In the Stillness of Winter by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

6D + Rokinon 14mm.  One exposure for sky, one for foreground.  Handblended.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 27, 2013, 04:14:00 PM »
It's beautiful !   Well done Dustin.

+1000...Magnificent! :)

Many thanks to you both!

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 27, 2013, 02:58:30 PM »
My first 6D image. Per Dustin suggestion, was waiting for 6D and finally pulled the trigger and got it for $1800 (6D + 24-105). Moving from Xti to 6D and looking at the quality of pics, I am super exited.

Good for you.  I'm really glad you are enjoying the camera and got such a good price.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:06:45 AM »
Thanks to the compact size of this lens, I can justify stuffing it in my shoulder bag for a short trip.  Good thing I did, too, my future father-in-law spotted this guy while walking the dog, and called me from down the block to come check it out:

Nice clarity on the shot!

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:51:19 AM »
Here's a Christmas themed nightscape (and yes, the Bethlehem Star was added in post):

One Silent Night by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:47:54 AM »
Here's a Christmas themed image, and another example of why the Rokinon is such a great choice for shooting at night.  (And yes, the "Bethlehem Star" was added in post, but the rest of the scene is a single exposure.

One Silent Night by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:35:03 PM »
Just a note for the OP regarding FoCal - be very careful to have the proper EV for running the tests.  Slightly dim lighting produces a different result (sometimes consistently) than the tests run with properly bright EV.  That may not have been your problem at all, but I wanted to throw that out as a possibility.

Good point, Dustin. The thought had actually crossed my mind as well but haven't had the chance to redo the testing in a more ideal scenario. I actually performed the tests at my office during my break and it is not the same lighting that I normally use for FoCal. Will definitely be redoing them when I get some time at home.

I actually just ordered an EG-S focusing screen as well. Hopefully I will also be able to better see through the vf whether the AF is doing it's job properly on my faster lenses. Completely forgot that I could easily swap out the screen on the 6D since I had been used to the thought of not doing it with the 5D3 based on it's restrictions.

Since I had two 6D's, I may do the same on one of mine as I do have quite a few manual focus lenses.  I would be particularly tempted if I picked up a Zeiss to add to the kit.

Lenses / Re: Review: Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: December 22, 2013, 03:34:12 PM »
When you guys talk about lens profiles, is that for the in-camera correction or some kind of preset for Photoshop?

Is there any available from 5D Mark III. This lens is definitely interesting, but the distortion is a tad bit off-putting.

This is referring to a Lightroom/Photoshop profile to correct distortion. The 5DII profile will work fine for your 5DIII.

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