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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Mail-in & Instant Rebates
« on: October 02, 2013, 10:40:37 AM »
Wow - I think the $549 price on the new 35mm f/2 IS may just be the trigger point for me.  That is a very strong lens for that price.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:03:53 AM »
Hey there. New to register but have been lurking the site for some time now. Thought this'd be a good a reason as any for first post.  Both shots were taken with a 6D that I picked up in May and a 70-200 f/2.8 IS II that I just picked up last week. Officially broke now but no regrets on either one. Not a pro or anything. Just an amateur that's found something that he really likes doing, so go easy on em .... lol

Wasn't much done to the football one in post, and the other was just a bit of the Portraiture plugin in LR.

Both nice shots.  Congrats on your new toys - you will enjoy them!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 02, 2013, 08:02:52 AM »

Reaching by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


Love this, I've even tried it myself in a Bamboo Forest in Japan, Image sucked, but this is how it's done, another Beautiful Image Dustin, I do enjoy your Images, I have this need to improve my Landscape skills, so I enjoy work from People like yourself that clearly have those Skills.


This kind of shot does present a processing challenge.  The sheer volume of leaves and other details tend to make the images just look busy.  It's also not uncommon to fight harsh lighting.  Part of the reason I went with monochrome on this one is to be able to reduce contrast and overall busyness.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 02, 2013, 07:55:59 AM »
Nice review Dustin (yet again)

Also I have the 8mm samyang which i use on my eos m, for the $200 or so it cost its an amazing lens
I put the dandelion chip on mine and programmed it using a 5D so it reports correct EXIF and has AF confirm and displays the wide open aperture rather than 00
I highly recommend putting one on they are about $20 off ebay just make sure you get the proper one from europe not the chinese copies

Thank you.  How does the size compare between the two lenses?  The 14mm is still a pretty compelling option on the M, but is a bit bulky.  Once I get my own copy I will be putting the chip on the 14mm.  Thanks for the tip regarding the source - that is a valuable bit of information.
the 8mm is quite small its about the size of the 50mm f1.8 with the bulbous bit stuck on top if you can imagine that

its a nice lens and i had ML alpha running with the focus peaking is awesome on the M since there is no VF, but for around 200 bucks on a crop body i don't think the 8mm can be beaten by anything

obviously with the EF adapter on it gets longer, I am hoping samyang release an EF-M mount version which would be flat out awesome for this camera i wouldn't think they would need to do too much optically

I would love to see other manufacturers buy into the EOS M system, but I'm afraid that at the least CANON is going to have demonstrate that they have bought into the M system!  Thanks for the info, by the way.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 01, 2013, 09:06:56 PM »
Nice review Dustin (yet again)

Also I have the 8mm samyang which i use on my eos m, for the $200 or so it cost its an amazing lens
I put the dandelion chip on mine and programmed it using a 5D so it reports correct EXIF and has AF confirm and displays the wide open aperture rather than 00
I highly recommend putting one on they are about $20 off ebay just make sure you get the proper one from europe not the chinese copies

Thank you.  How does the size compare between the two lenses?  The 14mm is still a pretty compelling option on the M, but is a bit bulky.  Once I get my own copy I will be putting the chip on the 14mm.  Thanks for the tip regarding the source - that is a valuable bit of information.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 01, 2013, 09:04:29 PM »
Great review, thanks.  This lens is on my wishlist.

Thank you.  I think it is a great option considering that it probably fills a small niche for most people and the price is in line with that.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 01, 2013, 03:54:12 PM »


Thank you for this "real life" observation.  This is the kind of thing that most reviewers (like myself) wouldn't know unless something similar happened.  We judge a lens by feel and the apparent quality of the moving parts, but don't necessarily know the internal construction or how it would react to a bit of "violence".

The fact that you replaced it with a second copy also says something significant!

I just need to not trip over my tripod leg again!  BTW, loved your pics, as well.

Things happen in the field.  I had some light stands go over because of wind in a portrait shoot earlier this week.  My wireless trigger's battery door on one of the flashes popped off and I was digging through the leaves and detritus in the forest trying to find both the battery door and the batteries (fortunately found both).  I escaped with not more than a new scuff on my 580EXII and some bent supports in my umbrellas - still, it drove me crazy.  I am very protective of my gear.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 01, 2013, 03:10:53 PM »
Congrats on a really nice review.  I really like this lens (I have the Pro-Optic variety) and you cannot beat it for the price.

I would like to comment on one thing you mentioned, the build quality.  Having dropped and broken and tried to repair one of these, they are not as "robust" as they feel.  Some of the parts that move the diaphragm a relatively flimsy and easily bent.  And the ring holding these parts in place are "spot glued" and made out of plastic.  The result is that if they ever come apart, you will not get them to function properly again.  Struggling with glue and shims can get it back together, but the diaphragm function will never be right once the flimsy plastic breaks or the metal parts get bent.  At the price of the lens, it is not worth a "professional" repair.

However, my solution was simple.  I could not wait to get another one and replaced this with a duplicate Pro-Optic version of the Samyang.  I just tell myself never to drop it again!

 ;)

Bottom line is that I would recommend this lens to anyone looking for a 14mm that does not break the bank, and in fact, can exceed the IQ found in some much more expensive wide angles out there.

Thank you for this "real life" observation.  This is the kind of thing that most reviewers (like myself) wouldn't know unless something similar happened.  We judge a lens by feel and the apparent quality of the moving parts, but don't necessarily know the internal construction or how it would react to a bit of "violence".

The fact that you replaced it with a second copy also says something significant!

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 01, 2013, 02:16:28 PM »
Right before I published I went trolling and read quite a few of other reviews on the net.  I was really surprised to find a mixed bag out there.  I was primarily surprised to hear some people claiming that it wasn't very sharp at all.  That sounded really weird to me, as some of the most reputable sources (and my own experience) told a very different story.  It left me asking if either there was that much sample variation (which I haven't really heard) or, perhaps, user error?

There was an earlier version with similar specs but different optically that apparently wasn't as sharp.

That's interesting, and certainly explains the huge discrepancy in reports.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 01, 2013, 02:15:30 PM »
You might want to look into a LensCoat Hoodie to replace the lens cap.  It's made of neoprene, so it'll fold/compress on itself in your pocket.  It is a bit of a pain to put back on the lens (two hands needed), but it works better for me than the original lenhood.  I have an extra small one (fits lenses with diameters of 2.75-3.25 in) that fits over my UWA lens (not the Rokinon 14mm, but the idea is the same).

That is a good suggestion.  I'll take a look at it, because I certainly don't always carry a bag into the field.  I will often use either a Cotton Carrier type harness or a Black Rapid.

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I love the vertigo inducing effect of these uwa lenses!

Why b/w though? I prefer color in most cases...


Just like to keep some variety in my work.  Different looks appeal to different people, and I've got followers who are big fans of monochrome work.  I don't like being tied down to any certain type of photography or even a certain look - I want to be able to be creative!

Here's a link to the review that I published today on the Rokinon.  Many more color pictures there  ;)

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/10/rokinon-14mm-f2-8-wide-angle-review/

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 01, 2013, 12:24:45 PM »
Nice review. Makes me want one as well.

BTW, I loved Roger's (lensrentals) take on this lens as well -

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I should mention I’m a bit of a Rokinon fan. I own their 14mm because at $379 I think it’s an insane bargain for a very sharp lens. For that price, compared to $2,300 for a Canon 14mm, I’m more than willing to give up autofocus, accept some barrel distortion, and consider it disposable. If it breaks getting a new one won’t be much more expensive than the standard repair cost for a Canon 14mm and less than the repair cost of a Nikon 14-24.

That's a pretty good point.  Right before I published I went trolling and read quite a few of other reviews on the net.  I was really surprised to find a mixed bag out there.  I was primarily surprised to hear some people claiming that it wasn't very sharp at all.  That sounded really weird to me, as some of the most reputable sources (and my own experience) told a very different story.  It left me asking if either there was that much sample variation (which I haven't really heard) or, perhaps, user error?

All I know is that some people I trust (including Roger, Photozone, even DXo) and also my own experience says that this lens is fantastically sharp.

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