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A big thumbs up...and a very well deserved honor.  This is the best place I have found for photographers to hang out, and I think you have a tremendous amount of influence.  Keep up the good work!

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm & 70-300mm Coming Soon? [CR2]
« on: February 03, 2015, 05:48:47 PM »
After reviewing basically all of the modern 50mm options (I should have the Yongnuo in the next day or so to add to that list), I'm still most interested in a 50mm version of the 35IS.  If Canon can do that in a similar form factor (and I think they can), they will get my money.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: January 31, 2015, 06:53:43 PM »
5DII with 50L @ f1.2

That top photo is a treasure!

Here's one I took a couple of days ago with the new 100-400L II

Fresh Powder by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 31, 2015, 06:49:28 PM »
Raw Power by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


That's a very nice photo Dustin.
He doesn't seem to like you taking his photo....

Some people are just like that... ;D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 31, 2015, 10:21:21 AM »

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Helios 44-2 - if I could own only one of my vintage glass collection, it would be this one.

Those Puppy Eyes by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:14:00 AM »
Here's an image I made a while back with the Zeiss 15 of the Conrad Hotel in Miami. While it's used mostly for interiors, the lens offers a cool perspective for architectural exteriors as well.

This is a very cool shot!

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Reviews / Re: Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:13:38 AM »
Great review Dustin. As an owner of one of these beauties, they can also make for interesting portraits.
5D3 @ 1/25 f3.5 and real close :)



I like this - quirky and fun.  WA distortion is fun to play with in creative ways - you just have to have subjects that don't take themselves too seriously.  Knowing the lens as I do I would say that you were VERY close for this picture!

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Reviews / Re: Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:10:16 AM »
"The Zeiss resolves strongly throughout the frame, and that resolution is further boosted by a quality that I rarely see equalled by non-Zeiss lenses, and that is microcontrast. When I use that term I refer not only to the global contrast of any particular image but also to the unique quality of strong contrast in the fine details. It aids the appearance of resolution because images do not have any of the “haze” that makes them appear softer. This really helps images from Zeiss lenses like this one have a nice three dimensional quality.  Head to head comparisons consistently show that Zeiss lenses have better contrast than just about any of their competitors (including the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8), which simply means that details resolve more crisply."

Can we see some of these head to head comparisons?

I've heard many people throw around the term "micro contrast", but I've never seen anyone back it up with actual examples.

Matt Granger does just that with the Zeiss 15 vs. the Nikon 14-24mm here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toqo-_q2WPg&spfreload=10

I compare the microcontrast with the Zeiss Sonnar T* 2/135mm vs. the Canon 135L (the results are amazing, by the way.):  http://dustinabbott.net/2014/07/zeiss-apo-sonnar-t-2135mm-ze-review-2/

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Reviews / Re: Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm
« on: January 27, 2015, 01:50:44 PM »
Would you rather  ().  I know two very different lenses, but Dustin has recent reviews of both. With a limited budget, would you prefer either the $3K Zeiss 15mm or the 4K Otus 85mm lens to be in your kit?

If you want my opinion, I would go Otus every time.  The 15mm is amazing, but I can produce reasonably similar images with something like the Rokinon/Samyang 14mm (now the build and handling are a whole other story!), but I haven't used any lens (other than maybe that Zeiss Sonnar T* 2/135) that comes close to the amazing resolution, contrast, and general usefulness of the Otus 85.  I would be willing to release a number of other lenses in my kit to get it.

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Reviews / Re: Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm
« on: January 27, 2015, 10:20:34 AM »
I'd hesitate to drop this kind of coin on this focal length - I find the 15mm is often not wide enough. At a similar price point, the rumored 11-24/4 I could justify.

Ok that's my only excuse, in reality, I'm drooling over this lens.

That's interesting, because I have a 14mm lens and I can't imagine wanting a wider focal length than that.  I have a 12mm crop sensor lens (about 19mm equiv), and it is actually a very nice landscape focal length.  Composition would become really difficult at 11mm, and you would literally have to watch out for your feet getting into all your photos.

For architecture 14mm often falls short. This image is with the 14mm 2.8 II, leaving out part of the house on left, glass railing and beach cabana plus environment on right. 11mm may be a bit extreme, but a rectilinear 12mm would have captured everything I wanted. It sounds like we're splitting hairs over a mm or two, but at those widths 1mm makes a difference between getting an architectural feature in the shot or cropping it out. Also, it's not always a case of having your back up against a wall, but using focal width to push features apart, opening ceiling/floor details etc.

Cheers.

Love the tones here, BTW.  Oh, I'm not saying there is no application for a ultrawide lens (and you are right, 1mm makes a big difference in angle of view at these focal lengths).  I think many users need 11mm about as much as they need 50+ MP  ;D

Many people don't even use a 14 or 15mm well, so going even wider is NOT going to improve their work!

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Reviews / Re: Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:17:07 AM »
I'd hesitate to drop this kind of coin on this focal length - I find the 15mm is often not wide enough. At a similar price point, the rumored 11-24/4 I could justify.

Ok that's my only excuse, in reality, I'm drooling over this lens.

That's interesting, because I have a 14mm lens and I can't imagine wanting a wider focal length than that.  I have a 12mm crop sensor lens (about 19mm equiv), and it is actually a very nice landscape focal length.  Composition would become really difficult at 11mm, and you would literally have to watch out for your feet getting into all your photos.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New 6D and M42 lenses capability.
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:03:39 PM »
Just to add more confusion: I have a copy of that same lens (SMC Takumar 3.5/28) and the mirror *does* hang on my 6D. Not only that, but it does hang quite a bit, or in other words, it does take a fairly significant amount of rotating away from infinity to free the mirror.

And while I'm at it, I might as well add more info about other m42 lenses I have.

I found the following lenses to cause the mirror to hang on my 6D at infinity:
- SMC Takumar 3.5/28mm
- Super Takumar 3.5/35mm
- Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2.8/50mm

On the other hand, the following cause no hanging whatsoever:
- Meyer Optik Oreston 1.8/50mm
- Super Takumar 1.8/55mm
- Helios 44-2 2/58mm
- Super Takumar 1.9/85mm
- Avanar DC 2.8/135mm
- Tokina RMC 2.8/135mm (that one with CY mount, not m42)

It's almost absurd how much variation there is.  I love my Helios 44-2, but it DOES hang at infinity for me with multiple adapters.  Ditto for Super Tak or SMC Tak 50mm f/1.4, but I also have no issues with the SMC Tak 55mm f/1.8.  Typically none of the 85mm+ focal lengths cause any issue.  The Super Tak 35 is really bad on full frame, but I loved it when I shot crop and still like it on my EOS M.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New 6D and M42 lenses capability.
« on: January 24, 2015, 09:10:57 AM »
Hello Everyone!
Can i use PENTAX 28MM F/3.5 SUPER TAKUMAR M42 SCREW MOUNT MANUAL FOCUS LENS in this link:https://www.keh.com/243685/pentax-28mm-f-3-5-super-takumar-m42-screw-mount-manual-focus-lens-49
on my canon 6D??I don't know mirror hang issue?

I have SMC Tak 28mm f/3.5 and it works fine on my Canon 6D.  No hang.  It does vignette fairly heavily wide open, however.  It's actually a very cool lens on the 6D.

What is different between smc takumar and super takumar.I had ordered super takumar,and some people warn me it will hang mirror.  :'( :'(
BTW,Thanks you because your reply

I don't know if there is any physical difference.  The SMC refers to the coating (Super Multi Coated), not necessarily a physical difference.  Just know that with many of these lenses the difference between hanging and not hanging is very slight.  Just the difference in the adapter could make all the difference.  All I can tell is that my copy does not hang at all.

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Videography Technique / Re: Good Wireless Lavalier Mics and Set Up
« on: January 24, 2015, 09:09:15 AM »
There is a brand new system from Rode that looks to be exactly what you are looking for.  It's also worth a look.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1115091-REG/rode_rodlnk_fm_rodelink_wireless_filmmaker_kit.html/BI/19614/KBID/12112/kw/RORODLNKFM/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xRORODLNKFM

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