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Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:14:11 PM »
It will melt 85mm f1.8 and 135L in second


Your next best is 200mm f2 IS

I hope that's not the wife... :/

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Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:13:12 PM »
Looks like such a terrific lens and it has a renowned reputation. I love the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II for portraits it feels perfect for me.

Obviously f/1.2 is a different world... but is it really a $2,100 world of difference? Obviously a subjective question but since you're captivated by your recent touch with the lens, I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

I own the 85L mkii and the 70-200L mkii, and I LOVE the 85L... sure I still use the 70-200mm when appropriate but I try and shoehorn the 85L into everything I shoot.  And not just at f/1.2, but at f/8 and place in between.  I might pick up a 135L for indoor sports... and maybe a 200L f/2 for shits and gigs... but I'm a very happy boy with my 85L.

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Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:09:11 PM »
Even if the Sigma produces an Art version of 85 it will still be a f1.4.

f1.2 is f1.2, now you tried it and you know you want it. Another saying, don't touch it if you don't plan to own it.

It's funny that 1-2 weeks before I bought mine, I was in my dream playing with it too! I remember clearly the feel of the focus ring IN MY DREAM  ;D ;D ;D

Before I had my mkiii, I had a dream that I got one... and I was so happy... and when I woke up... I felt sad... It was one of the worst feelings I have ever had as a photographer. 

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 16, 2014, 04:23:35 PM »
I owned both...

When I got my 70-200, I sold my 100L.  I replaced it with an 85 f 1.8. And I really liked the lens

I didn't like the minimum focusing distance of 3 ft... Do I eventually wound up selling the f1.8 and buying the 100 L again.  Then I got the 85L mkii and right now it is my favorite lens for all things.  3 ft mfd, don't care.  It is such a beautiful lens that I'm perfectly content working around its flaws... And when I miss the focus while shooting at f1.2, I accept the blame...

Both have chromatic aberrations-_-but they are readily enough resolved in post.

Smooth beautiful bokeh... It is really worth it.  To me at least. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:56:28 AM »
Great pictures everyone!!

I shoot a lot of hockey, mainly tournaments.  We shoot with a 300mm 2.8 II and we have the advance of shooting from the bench, so we don't have to shoot through the glass.

The guy in the 2nd shot looks like Mitt Romney.

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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:51:43 AM »
I calibrated my monitor and it is too damn bright for me.   But i need to do some prints and see if I'm under or overexposing based on its current settings. 

But I'm glad to hear that the setup is working well for you.

Can't believe I'm saying this...I'm printing x-mas photo cards for family members. Loving it  ;D

I took the pro-100 downstairs... So that's step 1... then unboxing... then installing the software... So I'm thinking by June I should by fully operational.  Just in time for Christmas in July.

Speaking of Christmas... this is the photo I went with.  I'm happy with it... but I didn't want to go any shallower than f/2.8/85mm because then one of the girls would be in focus and the other not...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: December 15, 2014, 03:21:28 PM »
Good angle on the goalie shot.  At my arena, it is curved and it just is blurry and bends the light in an awful way... Out at least that's my perception of what is going on. 

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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 14, 2014, 06:17:55 PM »
I calibrated my monitor and it is too damn bright for me.   But i need to do some prints and see if I'm under or overexposing based on its current settings. 

But I'm glad to hear that the setup is working well for you.

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I've never had the issue, but some do.  There are issues with people using software to flag competitors posts too.
 
I've had people meet me and pay for expensive gear, and I've laid out up to $4,400 for purchases, and many over $2,000.
 
Spokane is a smaller city, and its pretty easy to spot scams.
Sometimes I screw with the scammers.... sure I'll mail you my stuff...

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I frequent our local Craigslist for camera gear... And if I see something flag worthy, I'll send an email to the person... then they get pissed... & I respond... It is probably going to be flagged and I would prefer to know a reason rather than just guess.

More often than not the people say thanks.

I don't flag much, but if someone is trying to sell an xti for$800, that's just stupid... or if they try to sell naked photos of themselves... go nuts, but do it in the home decor section or art... not in the gear.

I have been called a scammer... I tell them I have a receipt...

But... It is basically free... And over a long period of time I've had a good experience. 

The rule that initially tripped me up was listing gear on separate pages... that ruffled some feathers.


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Canon General / Re: RTFM. Do you?
« on: December 10, 2014, 10:56:31 AM »
I don't dislike manuals, but there are diminishing returns.  The stuff I already know doesn't help me... Then there are features I don't understand and reading the manual is like reading Greek.  So I'm really in the butter zone of knowing enough, but not nearly enough.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 11:10:58 PM »
Which car?  I don't begrudge people for having enough disposable income to buy anything, and there are plenty of times that I'm flabbergasted by how much my gear costs... And that's just a camera.

My friend dumped $100k on a car.

Good for him.

Are you jealous or why such negative post?

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I never shot at targets... but I would suspect the lens should be on par.  Have you manually focused using live view and then used a shutter release.  I wouldn't use auto focus because it might need micro adjusted... might...

My understanding is that live view bypasses the auto focus issues.  It uses contrast based auto focus via data from the actual image sensor, so the usual auto focus system - the one responsible for auto focus problems - is not in play at all.  In other words, the autofocus light path and image light path are identical with live view, which should avoid the split light paths that is at the heart of the kinds of autofocus issues resolved via micro adjustment.

Btw - since coming back a second time it does need micro adjustment (it's back focusing a tiny bit).  However, I can avoid that in live view.

What I'm saying is that if you manually focus using live view... you can digitally zoom into the image either 5x or 10x... and then you can make sure the target is in focus.  Switch off live view... or leave it on, I don't think it would matter, and then hit the shutter, either with a 2 or 10 second delay, or use a shutter release. 

So auto focus, as a variable is eliminated.

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:13:47 PM »
If you don't mind rebates, you can get a pretty decent deal. Then use your rebate money to by paper.

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I never shot at targets... but I would suspect the lens should be on par.  Have you manually focused using live view and then used a shutter release.  I wouldn't use auto focus because it might need micro adjusted... might...

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