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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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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 06, 2013, 08:40:21 AM »
Here's another - a little more heavily processed because I really wanted to add canvas-like texture (Snap Art 3) along with a more dreamy effect:


Autumn Canvas 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 06, 2013, 08:38:56 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.

Dustin, thank you for taking the time to write up and post your review of the Rokinon 14mm ultra-wide lens. As a result of your review, I think this lens will be my next purchase. I've been thinking about getting an ultra-wide, but have been hesitant to do so given the price of Canon's ultra-wides, the known issues with those lenses, and how much I'll likely use the lens. The 14mm Rokinon, it would seem, solves this dilemma.

wickidwombat, could you please provide more information on the autofocus confirmation chip you mentioned? I tried to find the European version you mentioned on eBay, but could not do so. Also, do you know if the AF chip will work on a 6D? Not having an AF confirmation chip is certainly not a deal breaker, but it is something I'd consider getting if it would work on a 6D.

Thanks for the nice feedback.  The extremely low price of the lens certainly helps some of its liabilities to become much more palatable!  Here's yet another recent shot taken with the lens.  This has had a fair bit of processing because I was trying to achieve a certain mood/look, but it is also easy to see the underlying sharpness and color:


Autumn Canvas by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: October 05, 2013, 09:11:15 PM »
I finally have my thoughts to chime in.
I like this lens, though have to say I won't be using it for probably 70% of my work. Why?
I shoot lots of gigs. Often the light is bad at best,  but when I broke out my tamron 24-70 VC I found it could not focus in poor light. It was probably -1EV, but even with the AF assist lamp it was returning drastically OOF images, while acknowledging accurate focus.

The 50 1.4, 85 1.8, sigma 35 1.4 and the Canon 24-70 2.8 I&II all focused like champions in the same conditions even in servo with no assistance

So, in a bizzare turn of events, I find myself unable to use a standard lens designed for low light work in a low light environment. I guess I'll be using it for weddings, portrait shoots etc, but it'll be staying in the gear cupboard for gigs. Which is a shame, really....

If what you are saying is true, I would return/exchange the lens.  I have no such issue and after AFMA have consistent focus results on all of my bodies with the Tamron.  It shouldn't perform any differently in low light than the other lenses save perhaps the Canon 24-70II.  I get much more accurate and consistent results from the Tamron than I do from my own copy of the 85mm f/1.8 (which is actually my most inaccurate focusing lens even after careful/multiple AFMA).  It's not terrible, but I have very high sharpness/accuracy expectations for all of my kit.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 05, 2013, 07:03:23 PM »
Here is is:



Beautiful image, Dustin. I'd say it has all the qualities of a masterpiece. 8)


+1 Awesome. Well done Dustin.

Agreed. Very inspiring.

Thanks, all.  I really appreciate the kind words.

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