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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:30:49 AM »
I was trying to manually focus with my 85L mkii the other day... it did not go well.  Sure it was f1.2 and I was shooting at a backlit object with heavy contrast... but no... not even freaking close. 

This was through the viewfinder and not live view... but it was a mess.  So much so that the camera adjusted the exposure. Time by three fold.

And I while I was doing it I was thinking.. this is a lot of twisting for a little bit of movement... so I'm not sure how it would compare to the Otis... but my confidence is shaken that I could use a full manual focus lens.

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Lenses / Re: Value of a 24-105
« on: September 24, 2014, 08:50:21 AM »
Is your name really Mitch Conner or is that a reference to South Park?

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Lenses / Re: Value of a 24-105
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:06:49 AM »
I sold 2 24-105's over the last 3 or 4 months... one for $700 and one for $600... via Craig's list... there are buyers out there... so you just have to be patient.

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Lenses / Re: used 300 f2.8 IS or new sigma 120-300 f2.8
« on: September 23, 2014, 08:42:45 PM »
Mind if I throw in a curve ball into the mix?  I've been thinking about a 200L f2.  Which is a 280 f2.8... and a 400 f4...with extenders. 

I too have thought about the 300mm, but the 200 seems more flexible with the added stop.  Thoughts?

Size, weight and cost are about same between the two. Which is more important for you JD - reach or 1stop extra. Although I haven't try 200mm f2 with x1.4 yet, but I have feeling it can't win the bare 300mm f2.8 IS II in term of IQ.

I can do some test shots and share with you on 200mm f2 + 1.4x TC III later this week ;)

You made the deal for all three lenses.  kudos. 

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Lenses / Re: used 300 f2.8 IS or new sigma 120-300 f2.8
« on: September 23, 2014, 04:14:53 PM »
Mind if I throw in a curve ball into the mix?  I've been thinking about a 200L f2.  Which is a 280 f2.8... and a 400 f4...with extenders. 

I too have thought about the 300mm, but the 200 seems more flexible with the added stop.  Thoughts?

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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:25:53 AM »
Real classy jd, real classy.

It is particularly funny because I have been an actual licensed Dudeism minister for years and have conducted legally recognised marriages, as well as being appointed the "Arch Bishop of the Virgin Islands and Caribbean", it is great for getting flight upgrades and entrance to government functions.

So my internet friends, lets see how well you can live by your opinions, what focal length compression are you seeing in these two shots?

The Dude abides...

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:54:07 AM »
One from me.

BTW, how do you guys attach a link, intead of the file, like TexPhoto did above?

Nicely done... what's your keeper rate on these types of panning shots... mine is low... very low.

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Lenses / Re: Value of a 24-105
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:21:59 AM »
I go to Amazon... look at the used lenses and look at the prices of comparable condition.

You can find like new lenses for around 600... which means that the person gets around 550 after Amazon takes their 8% cut... so that would be my suggestion.

Though if you are in the area and want to sell it to me for 400, I'll buy it... and then sell it for the above.

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Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:18:10 AM »
Anything I might sell, I keep the box for.  Lenses, tripod rings, wired shutter releases... just put it down in the basement... I don't have to look at it, but it's there.

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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:16:19 AM »
I thought of this last night, but I had reservations about posting it because it seems harsher than what is warranted....

But in the Big lebowski, Walker asks, Am I Wrong? And the dude responds,  You're not wrong, you're just an asshole.

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Street & City / Re: 85mm f/1.2 does street on a 6d.
« on: September 20, 2014, 10:48:03 PM »
Hope you have some 3stop ND on hand for outdoor.

Back when I thought I had a deal done for an 85L we had a discussion about shooting the 85L in daylight and how you need a 3 stop nd... and I had one in my cart... for about 6 months until I had the lens in hand.  Then I ordered it. 

I bought a step down ring a while back because I got it for free, so I picked up a B&W 77mm 3 stop nd... so I can use it on my other lenses if I decide to...

Today when it was sunny I was still getting 1/2500 of a second, so without the nd filter, it would have been 1/20000... which I'm pretty sure exceeds factory specs. 

Tomorrow I'm taking my daughter's softball team photos... so I'm hoping for clouds, but I don't think that is going to happen until the games start...

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Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 20, 2014, 08:07:14 PM »

I understand your points.

Besides me, there are few more of us out there call it as "compression".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGQuuhEKN-g (@ 6:03 to 6:05)

And that makes it correct? I don't see the smug satisfaction in refusing education and reveling in repeating inaccurate statements from self taught YouTube experts. But hey, have at it.........

This conversation is starting to piss me off...

When I was 19 I was "dating" this really hot dumb blonde girl... and I mentioned to her grandfather that we were off to play some billiards... and he indicated that billiards is specifically in reference to a table with no holes...

Per the dictionary, yes, the billiard table does not have any pockets... BUT the world's vernacular has morphed into billiards meaning what we call pool/8 ball etc. 

You may be technically right, but it doesn't mean that the world isn't leaving you behind. 

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:56:03 PM »
For profit... I buy cheap used and sell for some fat cash...

I tried wide... a few times and it just isn't for me, though I can appreciate others liking it.

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Street & City / Re: 85mm f/1.2 does street on a 6d.
« on: September 19, 2014, 02:27:17 PM »
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I've used the 85 for street/event. Overall, it probably has more drawbacks than most lenses in those situations, but it can produce wonderful results. You do have to get past the idea of shooting at f/1.2. This was f/4.0 at 1/500 on a 5D3...




Shooting at anything other than 1.2... might as well but the usm version and dance 1600 bucks... but I see your point.

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Street & City / Re: 85mm f/1.2 does street on a 6d.
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:00:03 PM »
Great series.
Do you just snap or ask permission? If so, what is there first reaction?

I don't do street because I don't like to ask for permission... It seems to ruin their natural state of being... suddenly they smile or look right at the camera... It isn't good...

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