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Photography Technique / Re: Monument Valley
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:34:01 PM »
I thought you might be referencing the android/ios game... which is a favorite in my household.  To answer your question, no clue.

Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 24, 2015, 11:48:02 AM »
I try it... I normally fail miserably.

Lenses / Re: Used Gear stories....
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:58:50 PM »
All of my present lenses were purchased used on Amazon... And my flashes... And I've been more than happy with the items so far.

I sell stuff on Craigslist and Amazon and I try to be as detailed as possible with photos.

I'm considering a Lens from eBay, but only because I can't find a comparable price elsewhere. 

I've bought lenses from Craigslist, but mostly for resale, But always tested and in good condition.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buying second hand, avoid low shutter count.
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:46:15 PM »
Here to fore I've sold my two prior bodies after two or so years... But I think I'll keep the mkiii for a good long while.  I haven't even come close to wearing my shutter, but when I do, I'll get it fixed for less than the cost of a mediocre point and shoot.

I had a shutter literally explode during a shoot with my 5dC. It failed at 186,000 actuations.

The cost of replacing a canon shutter is cheap. Mine was replaced for around 200.00 by canon. That's peanuts relative to the added years of use I got out of it. For that reason, I no longer care about shutter counts. If it fails I'll have it repaired quickly and cheaply. No big deal.

Much ado about nothing.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buying second hand, avoid low shutter count.
« on: January 22, 2015, 04:04:37 PM »
I forgive the sample size, because it isn't his study... Though obviously more data points are welcome when drawing a conclusion. 

Once I tried to lock up the motor of my 60d and the next day I tried shooting and big surprise, the motor was locked up... So I thought I had something wrong with the camera.... until I remembered and all was well.

So it is possible someone,a newb, didn't actually have their shutter broken...  if this was a detailed report from Canon, I think the conclusion would be very interesting.

Because of the size, weight and IQ.

IQ was superb

I'm surprised the sigma doesn't trounce the 40.

Lenses / Re: photo test of canon 85mm f1.2
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:52:42 PM »
How about taking a picture of a white balance card using flash which is white light...

Then we can tell. 

I had the 40mm, sold it the other week to get the Sigma 35.

Really, REALLY miss the 40mm (even though the 35 is great!).
I presume because of the size?

Is it possible that a new 135L hasn't come out because it wouldn't be THAT much better than the current version in regards to image quality?  If it is only slightly better with IS... and maybe f/1.8.... would we be willing to spend $1500 on it when we can get the old one used for $800 and it is almost as good?

I picked up a 135L the other day... I'll use it for indoor sports... until I can trade up and get something better for that duty.

EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: January 21, 2015, 07:08:18 PM »
What I suspect I'll buy this year is as follows:

135mm f/2L
200mm f/2L
8-15mm fisheye
2x teleconvertor mkiii

So we can mark off the 135L from the list.  I found a good deal... so we will see what else gets knocked off the list as well. 

Reviews / Re: 85mm 1.8 vs other 85mm Primes for portraits
« on: January 20, 2015, 11:23:17 PM »
I had a 100L as my go to favorite lens... then I got a 70-200mm f/2.8 and the 100L was redundant in my naivate'... so I sold the 100L and I picked up and 85 f/1.8.  My biggest complaint with the f/1.8 was the minimum focusing distance of 3 ft... I was photographing my newborn and it was an effort to find the right positioning...

I missed my 100L and the 1 ft mfd, so I sold the 85 and bought the 100L again... and I was more than adequately happy... fast forward several months, and I bought the 85L mkii and while I have all the respect in the world for the 100L, I was truly in love with the 85L.  So I sold the 100L. 

I had a 135L for a week, but never ran it through it's paces... but I picked up another today, so we will see if I can find a place in my bag for the lens... though I probably think indoor sports is where I will use it most.  I tried to shoe horn the 85L into activities it REALLY isn't equipped to handle... and I got the results one would expect... so...

So did I lose my point... should I have taken a left at albequeque... probably...

Also, beware of the purple fringing that occurs when you shoot wide open.  I noticed it at high contrast areas when I shot (white right next to black), but lightroom does a more than adequate job of getting rid of the purple.

Reviews / Re: 85mm 1.8 vs other 85mm Primes for portraits
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:21:44 PM »
I shoot at 5.6, and use studio lighting. 

@ 5.6... get the 85 f/1.8.  The bokeh in studio is a bit of a non factor... with controlled lighting you don't have to worry about the extra light you get with the 85L, and in the grand scheme of things... they are about as sharp when compared side by side. 

Don't get the L if you are going to tie 1 hand behind its back...

As for the Sigma... I was surprised to find (just yesterday as a matter of fact) how much it sells for new.  I thought it was more than the sigma 50 (old one) but less than the art lenses... but it is pretty close to the art lenses... I never used the sigma 85... I might have upgraded to 1 from the f/1.8... but I won't downgrade from the f/1.2... so I have on opinion other than it appears that Sigma doesn't want to charge more than $1000 for any of its art lenses... regardless of their quality, so if an f/1.4 art is in the pipeline... I would hate to spend $700+ on the sigma 85 to find out that if I only waited a year, I could have had an art for only $250 more... with the presumption that the new art is ridiculously amazing. 

Reviews / Re: 85mm 1.8 vs other 85mm Primes for portraits
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:32:42 PM »
Shooting at f/1.8 is about 100x easier than shooting at f/1.2.  Auto focus actually works at f/1.8... AF @ f/1.2 works... but with a bit of luck. 

Also... for the money the f/1.8 is really good... but the f/1.2 is incredible and surprisingly... worth the money. 

But the f/1.2 is really only adequate on objects that don't move... or move very slowly... when shooting wide open.  It is a challenging lens... but when it hits... it hits.

That's so funny, I was just comparing the two lenses today. 

I wouldn't shoot the 50mm wide open.  Both are solid @ f/8... both are really good at f/2.8.  I personally think i would perfer the 40mm.  I have the 40mm & never use it, but that is because of my other lenses i own. 

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