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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:11:33 AM »
Oh and someone was suggesting 85 ii for kids...maybe if they are sedated.  85 1.2 plus some Benadryl and you can get great pictures

My 1 year old loves to crawl into my 3ft minimum focusing distance.  Considering I have to get on my butt to get down to her level, I wind up scooching back... only to rinse and repeat.

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I'd send it in to Canon.  It's nice that they paid for you to get a new one... but I'm not sure I would elect to sell it... shame that it isn't tack sharp... even when you manually focus on a stationary object?

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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:22:43 PM »

Ever mull over the 200mm f/2L and the 1.4 tc?  It's not quite 300... it's not quite as sharp, though you also wind up with that extra stop of light if you are shooting indoors.

I played with it last couple days. Just like many mentioned, the compression of 200mm and f2 are insane.

My GAS status is now up-north. This could be the last purchase for 2014  :)

There is no such thing as "lens compression" it is perspective, that is all.

It's time for bed... I read that as
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there is no such thing as lens comparison...

I was about to lose my mind...

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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:25:32 PM »

Good compliments on her NEW hand bags & shoes will earn a lot of credit  ;)

I like your thinking about selling the 70-200 when 200mm f2 is in consideration. I'm few steps away from that 200mm f2 IS. I'm working on a deal package right now, including 35mm f1.4, 16-35 f4 IS and 200mm f2 IS. The store manager is playing hard-to-get right now(he thinks I want those lenses). I'm trying to keep my cool during negotation(I'm drooling from the inside though ;D).

I'm starting to lean towards primes in my "old" age... Sure the 24-105 has been a solid option along with the 70-200, but good... just not good enough.  I like indisputably great... and I find the primes get me there... I'll probably pick up another 70-200, maybe the f4 is because of its small size and solid performance, but I did like the 70-200 f/2.8L usm... oh geesh... I might as well just keep the 70-200 f/2.8 L is mkii and suck it and up and have some redundancy.  Damn you photography!!!

I will say that my camera gear has kept its value a hell of a lot more than my baseball cards from the early 90's.

as for the negotiation... I find that having an alternative vendor really helps to push the deal.  Maybe contact Canon Price Watch and see what the "street" price for that package would be... Maybe they will come close or beat the asking price... and then explain that you want to buy from them, and it's not all about the money, but it's something you can get and do now... and lord knows that this isn't the end of the line... and if they want to keep your business, they do have to EARN your business.

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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:17:51 PM »
I finally got an 85L mkii after about five deals that went bad and a year of pining.  So my gas should be satiated for a few months.  Having said that... I think I may wind up looking at the 200f2 or the 300 f2.8 sometime here in the not too distant future... It is quite troubling.

Congrats JD
I think 85L II and 200mm f2 will be great for kids. Want to race to 200mm f2 finish line with me?  ;D

With your wife, I think you have an insurmountable head start.  Does she know that we are all green with envy with her level of understanding?

Having said that... I have 2 grand in my camera fund, and I would probably sell my 70-200mkii for 1900ish, so I'm only a few grand away...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:18:56 PM »
I just watched a video by the fro knows just the other day... and then I pick him out of the picture without even reading the last about playing where's waldo.

That's funny.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: September 17, 2014, 01:12:58 PM »
I had the 1.8 and I now have the 1.2.  1.2 is other worldly I liked the 1.8 and didn't notice the people and greens, but if you pixel peeped, it was there at the high contrast areas. 

Do any of y'all shoot the 85 L in a studio setting with a solid color background.  Other than the blurring of the nose and face, it seems like it would be a waste.

I never shoot in studio so I love this lens because with the subject isolation it can turn any environment into a "studio."  Obviously shooting in a real studio with a solid backdrop you don't have cool/interesting bokeh to look at so you probably don't need that much subject isolation.  It is an expensive lens but I still wouldn't say it is a waste to use it for studio.  The thing is pretty ridiculously sharp (although I've hear really good things about the 1.8 versions as well, especially at smaller aperatures).  I really like the way this lens renders colors and tones as well.  Definitely expensive, but worth it in my opinion.  I've also heard the 85 1.8 has some pretty bad purple fringing.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:46:47 PM »
Do any of y'all shoot the 85 L in a studio setting with a solid color background.  Other than the blurring of the nose and face, it seems like it would be a waste. 

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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:59:09 AM »
I finally got an 85L mkii after about five deals that went bad and a year of pining.  So my gas should be satiated for a few months.  Having said that... I think I may wind up looking at the 200f2 or the 300 f2.8 sometime here in the not too distant future... It is quite troubling.

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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:26:24 PM »
I don't recall how much the 300 mkii was with the cpw group buy... but I would guess used is the way to go.  I haven't used either... but I kinda want it every now and then. 

I flirt with Sigma, but inevitably I come back to Canon.  It just feel right. 

Ever mull over the 200mm f/2L and the 1.4 tc?  It's not quite 300... it's not quite as sharp, though you also wind up with that extra stop of light if you are shooting indoors. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Video Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:52:25 PM »
Review or infomercial?

It did feel like that, and some of the shots, I was surprised they weren't sharper... so maybe he was going with a slower shutter speed because he wanted to accentuate the motion,but it just looked dull... and I think he was using an 8-15 fisheye... so maybe that was it... but I think you kick up the iso... UNLESS THE HIGHER ISO PERFORMANCE IS BLAH!


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Photography Technique / Re: Timelapse
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:00:04 AM »
So I have mocha for after effects, but not after effects... so I can't smooth out my video... Seems like I missed out on an opportunity there. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Timelapse
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:20:59 PM »
I got my monopod today and I took a crack at it... it didn't go well. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBvHdK8KJrY&feature=youtu.be

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: And people say Canon is behind??
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:27:23 PM »
We are talking about marketing... where a camera phone can take a photo equal to a 5d mkii and an 85mm f1.2 mkii...

Where burgers look like works if art, and not the work of some guy named Art.


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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2014, 10:14:54 AM »
DXO can score this however they want, but when they say things like this: "The new Otus 85mm is without question the most desirable and best performing 85mm portrait lens available" I have no desire to continue reading what they are selling.

What are they smoking?  I still haven't figured out what use case there is for this lens.  You can't hand hold this lens for closer portraits wide open.  You can't.  Not while focusing manually. 

What am I missing?  Why is this the Most Desirable and Best performing 85mm?
We did shoot f1.4 portraits back in the old days, where no AF was available. I had the first 50mm f1.2L lens and have lots of good shots with it, wide open.

A major part of being a photographer then was to practice your manual focusing skills. People were also shooting all kinds of sports and wildlife at the time. Very few (if any) shot f1.4 though, but you still had to handle the movement issues. So adding a precision focusing screen to your camera (I use Ec-S on my 1DX), you can clearly shoot portraits handheld with this lens. But you have to practice quite a bit to master it. If you pick up these manual lenses only once every now and then, I agree, you will not make it. I have lots of close portraits taken with the Otus 55mm at f1.4 (and the Zeiss 135mm at f2.0), where focus is exactly where I want it, so I imagine I will be able to do it with the 85mm also.

So are you saying that a well practiced manual focusing photographer could use this lens as an effective portrait lens in close quarters wide open?  What do you think the keeper rate would be hand held?  What percentage of those keepers would use to the fullest extent this very expensive glass?  I think it would be disappointingly low.
One of the first posts here had a link to some real world examples, I even went to the flickr site referenced.  Guess what? No portraits.  Some beautiful photos, but no portraits.

In the past photographers practiced their manual focusing.  Nowdays it is the videographers out trying to perfect this skill.

I agree that this lens could have a place, but my real gripe was with DXO, who doesn't seem to understand the lens other than by its stats.

Shooting portraits wide open manually is not quite as hard as you think, particularly since Zeiss lenses do have focus confirm (which is pretty accurate).  It takes some practice, yes, but better a manual focus lens than one with erratic AF.

I manually focus when I have a stationary target, shoot stopped down (f8), or are using a tripod and live view.  Outside of that... give me a good consistent auto focus.


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