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EOS-M / Re: Mount EF, EF-S or L lens on EOS-M --- Your thought???
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:36:20 AM »
Here's one I took a day ago with the 85mm f/1.8 mounted on the M.  I've found that a fairly intriguing combination.  I had forgotten, however, how BAD the CA is on the 85, particularly in higher contrast scenes like what winter provides.  The sharpness and DOF of the combo is nice, and the balance is still manageable.


Duck! by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:19:08 AM »
ISO 12,800:  this is one area of unquestioned strength on the 6D.  It's high ISO performance may be the best in Canon's lineup.


The Moose of Algonquin Park by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 09, 2013, 04:35:43 PM »
I'm sure there are a few other Canadians on here that have some good moose shots to share.
Cedar lake, northern end of Algonquin Park....

Cool.  What time of year? It looks like his coat is transitional - kind of patchy.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 09, 2013, 04:34:56 PM »
Here's another - I was about 15 feet away when taking this one.


The Moose of Algonquin Park by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Wow, that's close!  I like this one better, due to the composition...

A friend and I saw one up very close one time too.  He was driving, we were in Maine, USA and one stepped out into the road and we hit it!

He was very uptight about it, stepped over the front of the car and walked out into the woods, seemingly not hurt very much at all.  My friends car was no longer drive-able!   It was one of those old Volkswagen, Station Wagons from the 70's...  ???

I missed one by inches driving in New Brunswick (above/next to Maine) about five years ago.  They are scary big in that kind of situation.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 09, 2013, 02:15:22 PM »
ISO 12,800? That's a good performance, not too much noise. Nice shots Dustin.

There is definitely noise visible at a pixel level, but I find that the 6D sensor produces really low color noise.  There is noise, but it doesn't interfere with detail and the shadows stay clean.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:40:40 PM »
BTW - both of these shots are at ISO 12,800 - this generation of Canon FF cameras has great high ISO performance!!!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 09, 2013, 12:39:59 PM »
Here's another - I was about 15 feet away when taking this one.


The Moose of Algonquin Park by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 08, 2013, 01:51:38 PM »
Awesome explosion of color.  This lens has been in my bag the second longest of my current collection, and won't be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

Dustin, I'm definitely a fan of your work. I see you have the 85/1.8 and 135/2 as well. Do you still find yourself reaching for the 100L for non-macro work despite the similarity in length to those very good and exceptional lenses? Would you ever consider giving up one (or both) of those other lenses in favor of the versatility of the 100L?

I currently own the 50/1.4, 85/1.8, and 135/2 and would like to eventually add the 100L to that collection, but I'd like to limit my total number of lenses. Maybe the 85 becomes unnecessary in that scenario...

That's a good question (and one that I have kicked around mentally myself).  Of the three, I would probably let the 85mm go first.  But here's the thing:  I also have the EOS M, and I find the 85 a really compelling option on it, too.  Because it is reasonably inexpensive, I'll probably hang onto it.  I do grab the 100L for some portrait and event work over the 135L for several reasons.  One is focal length (sometimes 100mm is what you want).  The second is stabilization.  The third is weather sealing (neither the 85 or 135L have it).  One final reason I might grab it is for tight framing of faces where I want to get closer than what the 135L allows.

I do find focus on my 85mm f/1.8 perhaps the most inconsistent of all my lenses despite very careful AFMA.  It is one of the oldest lenses in my kit (in terms of design...and actual age) and I just don't think it is quite as good.  I am accustomed to a very, very high success rate of perfectly sharp images in my work, and I find that I am surprised by a slight ooF hit from my 85 most often.  It's not bad at all, but just slightly worse.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 08, 2013, 01:43:27 PM »
Another nightscape.  The sharpness and low coma of the lens allows for really sharp sky/star definition.

Another nice shot Dustin!  I'm looking forward to taking some night shots.

I received my lens on Monday, but haven't had any time to get out and shoot with it until lunch hour today.  Here are a couple of pedestrian shots in mid-day light.  I'm impressed with the sharpness and color rendition.  Manual focusing was easy after a little experimentation. 

I'm going to really enjoy this lens.  Hopefully, I can get out this weekend to capture some of the fall color before its gone in better light.

Both shots taken at f/11, ISO 160.

Glad you are enjoying it.  I'm actually surprised that the depth of field isn't deeper with these shooting at f/11.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 08, 2013, 12:48:20 PM »
Does this well also, very versatile Lens.

Shot Komodo National Park Indonesia

Awesome explosion of color.  This lens has been in my bag the second longest of my current collection, and won't be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

I've been considering this lens for years.  Or the non-L version.  From everything I've read, it seems there are a lot of folks that prefer the non-L because it is as sharp or sharper and the non-L supposedly focuses faster.  What are your thoughts Dustin?  I assume you are using this on the 6D.  I realize some bodies focus better/faster with some lens over others.  Do you find yourself waiting to focus this lens?  Does the IS make that big of a different during walk around?  (I realize IS is useless on a tripod when one would be doing actual macro work.)  I typically prefer L lenses over standard EF but the EF lenses I do have I love.  The 28 f/1.8 USM and the 15mm f/2.8 FishEye are prime (lol) examples of this.  Thanks!!

Wow, Rusty, I don't know if I have ever heard the non-L referred to as sharper.  The 100L is actually one of Canon's sharpest lenses.  I can't compare focus myself, as I have never used the non-L lens.  The 180L is the lens that has the biggest knock for slow focus amongst Canon's macro lenses.  The 100L does has have a focus limiter, which is important when using it as a telephoto rather than macro lens, because macro lenses have a much broader range of focus points than typical lenses.  When used properly, the 100L is instantly fast.  If you don't have the limiter set, you can get through a very broad range of focus if you happen to miss focus, and that is why some call the focus slow.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:54:52 AM »
I'm sure there are a few other Canadians on here that have some good moose shots to share.

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Animal Kingdom / The Moose of Algonquin Park
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:54:28 AM »
Here's a little travel/Photography Adventure article that I wrote on the many moose (and opportunities to photography them) in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. 

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/11/the-moose-of-algonquin-park/


Bull Moose Portrait by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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http://www.lemondedelaphoto.com/Tamron-150-600-mm-mise-sur-orbite,8662.html

can anyone here read French? All I know is that "printemps" means
"Spring" which would be tres bon.

I was just talking to my source here in Canada and got the impression that the release is definitely still several months out, so spring wouldn't surprise me.

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Fortunately for me, I'll probably get a chance to use and review it from Tamron before I have to make a decision.

Fortunate for us too! You're a good reviewer, Dustin.

I concur. I look forward to reading Dustin's review. I own the 200-500 Tamron.

No guarantees, but I was told today there is a possibility that I might get time with a pre-production model to review to coincide with the release.  That tells me that the release is going to be sooner rather than later.

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