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Lenses / Re: Cicala on Lens testing
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:54:24 PM »
Some good points already made here, but I agree completely with Roger's take about reading multiple reviews, although my understanding was far more incomplete that what was presented here.  I also like to take in a mixture of lab type results along with some field testing.  Finally, his ability to compare multiple copies of any given lens is gold to me, as it strongly suggests that a copy that might fall into my hands is definitely likely to be within the sample variation range that he has seen.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 10, 2013, 03:14:55 PM »
The Helios 44-2 you are all talking about is that 44-2 58mm 2.0 lens, right?

I that is directed at me, then the answer is yes.  It is my favorite vintage lens to use because it has such unique rendering.  It will hit on the mirror near infinity, so I switch to live view if using it that way.  Most of my work with it is within 15 feet, though.  Very unique portrait lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:48:40 AM »
Dustin, that Takumar 55 1.8 images make me curious. Tell me, do I also get mirror problems with that lens, so that the mirror hits the back of the lens?

No, Florien.  Part of the reason that I went with the 55mm f/1.8 instead of the 50mm f/1.4 is because the 55 works perfectly on a full frame body.  It has very few of the optical imperfections you associate with older lenses.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 10, 2013, 09:07:53 AM »
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That's a very interesting solution.  Where did you buy your Gel Sheets from?


A whole assortment here Dustin:
http://www.filmtools.com/leefilters.html


Thanks.  I will actually give that a try.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: October 10, 2013, 09:05:57 AM »
The 100L doubles as a great portrait lens.  In some settings I like it almost as well as my 135L.


A Photographer's Thanks - 600K views and Counting by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 09, 2013, 07:43:25 PM »
You actually could use gel filters placed in the rear element. I've made some myself using magnetic strips cut out to fit in the rear mount. Purchased the gel sheets – Lee Filters Gel Sheet 210 0.6 Neutral Density (2 Stops) and Gel Sheet 299 1.2 ND (4 Stops) – from filmtools.com and glued onto each circular magnets. But in my opinion, the 14mm doesn't need any filters at all as it's so sharp and captures light and color really well without it.

That's a very interesting solution.  Where did you buy your Gel Sheets from?

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 09, 2013, 06:03:54 PM »
P.S.  To do long exposure shots with the Rokinon you have to be a little more creative, as just slapping a heavy ND filter on the front doesn't work.  You have to pick the right lighting times and do things like stopping down and going to ISO 50.  At the right times of day this isn't a problem.

Can you explain more about your comment.  ND filter, low ISO, and smallest aperture for long exposure are common for me.  Is this lens different with others?

I have ND1000 (10 stop) and ND64 (6 stop) and ND8 (3 stop) ND filters that I would typically use in the field when doing long exposure shots, but that isn't an option here because there is no real way to use filters on this lens because of the front element.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 09, 2013, 09:12:13 AM »
P.S.  To do long exposure shots with the Rokinon you have to be a little more creative, as just slapping a heavy ND filter on the front doesn't work.  You have to pick the right lighting times and do things like stopping down and going to ISO 50.  At the right times of day this isn't a problem.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 09, 2013, 09:10:53 AM »
Here's a different kind of shot from the Rokinon:


Stop on Red by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: October 08, 2013, 05:36:27 PM »

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: October 08, 2013, 05:09:05 PM »
Sweet shot Neuro, really nice bw convertion.

Thanks, Viggo!  I was in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, took the opportunity to walk through the Eastern State Penitentiary - pretty cool place, and the photos just beg to be converted to B&W...

Has a nicely gritty feel that really compliments the subject.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 08, 2013, 08:11:38 AM »
Go-away-birds

Very nice shot!  Great color, comp, and defocus area.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 08, 2013, 08:07:20 AM »
So people say you can't use ISO 25600. Last night I shot this photo at that ISO and a shutter of 6 seconds just to test location before I dropped the ISO to 6400 for the real shots. When I checked the shot out on the computer, I really liked it and the noise wasn't so much that I couldn't clean it up a bit in LR. Granted night skies are a little easier to deal with and the photo isn't perfect, but this is about as much noise as I would get with my T2i at ISO 1600!


The 6D is really impressive with high ISO.  I have quite a few perfectly usable shots at ISO 25,600 and don't hesitate to use it.  I just sold a fine art print last week that I shot at 25,600.

Here's another from the 6D-vintage Helios 44-2 combo.


A Fungus Amongst Us by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 06, 2013, 08:43:35 AM »
I hope this rumor is a true.  If the optical trend of this line continues with great wide open performance along with excellent IS and they keep the price at, say $599, this and the 35 f/2 IS will probably end up in my bag. 

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