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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 17, 2014, 02:12:34 PM »
A few shots from the recording studio.

I like the mixing console image the best...

I agree with Carl.  I haven't used the 24mm f/2.8 IS, but I have the 35mm f/2 IS and it is awesome.  These new little primes haven't got a lot of fanfare, but they are really exceptional lenses.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:02:32 AM »
I've been following her work on 500px for some time.  She has an incredible gift!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:49:59 AM »
Trevi Fountain in Rome.  Beautiful spot!


Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50 f/1.2L
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:07:56 AM »
the first picture i post on this forum, i just registered, i own a 50L, true it is expensive, true it s not the sharpness but models don t like sharpness . it s good to have a lens not that sharp than the others to create differents pictures.


lina par telemaq76, sur Flickr

Your point is valid, although I would personally rather have the latitude of reducing sharpness rather than trying to add it.  The 50L clear has beautiful "drawing" that gives images a very pleasing (and professional) look.  Add to that the great delineation (separation of your subject) from the image that gives a fabulous 3 dimensional effect and that equals a very special image.  It is the latter that makes images from the 135L so special.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: January 16, 2014, 02:33:32 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).

Why are you holding back such a small snippet of information - it will hardly spoil your review?
maybe it's because he is under nda ?

Dustin
Are you under a non-disclosure agreement or are you just holding back information?

That would be the former.

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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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