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Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: July 09, 2013, 06:19:42 PM »
Great pictures Scott.  Looks like the kids had a blast!

Did the two lenses work out as expected or did you find yourself wishing you had other lens options?

I love my go to 50L which I am used to, so shooting at 35mm on FF was quite a bit different, therefore leaving the 50L at home gave me no choice but to get used to a wider focal length.  The bokeh on the 135 was stunning, and again took a bit of getting used to as I have only used the 70-200 2.8 II previously.

I love wide aperture, therefore love my primes.  I was happy with just taking these two lenses, but as mentioned my kids are quick on their feet, so had to be quicker on mine :)

Scott

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Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: July 09, 2013, 06:05:48 PM »
Cheers!!!

I love the bokeh on both lenses!


jb.jpg by scottfielding, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: July 09, 2013, 04:30:08 PM »
Apart from my daughter falling and requiring €440 worth of stitches in her lip on the first morning, we had a good holiday.

I took the Sigma 35 1.4 and the 135L.

Both were quite new lenses and was pleased with both.  The 35mm was so sharp and the 135mm is now my favourite lens!

A couple of shots...

35mm:


jb-2.jpg by scottfielding, on Flickr


jb.jpg by scottfielding, on Flickr


jb.jpg by scottfielding, on Flickr

135mm:


jb.jpg by scottfielding, on Flickr


jb.jpg by scottfielding, on Flickr


jb.jpg by scottfielding, on Flickr

Cheers for all the input!!

Scott

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Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: June 18, 2013, 03:50:14 PM »
Thanks again for the great advice!!!

I leave for vacation on Monday, and have decided to go for the Sigma 35 1.4 which I will take with my 135L.  If my Mrs finds out I have just bought another lens I will be in trouble!!

I always feel safe shooting with the 50L but would like something a bit wider for environmental portraits, so the holiday will give me time to get used to this lens. 

(I should have changed the thread subject to 'Two lenses for vacation' :D

Cheers,

Scott

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Lenses / Re: Disappointed with 50 f/1.2 sharpness @ f/1.2
« on: May 22, 2013, 04:05:34 PM »
I love my 50 1.2 and is great for portraits of my kids.  It is obviously nowhere near as sharp as my 135 f2 but love both these lenses.

I have just taken these shots at 30 degrees and 50cm away and 100% cropped.  They are in quite low light, but will hopefully put your mind further at ease, f2.8 and f1.2:





Cheers,

Scott

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Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: May 13, 2013, 04:50:22 PM »
As of now I will be taking my 50L and my soon to arrive 135L.  My main worry is that I bought the 50L to shoot at 1.2, and on sunny Spanish days I am going to struggle shooting with such a wide aperture at the lowest ISO available on my 5DIII.

I have no experience with ND filters and would appreciate advice on using them.  It helps that both lenses accept the same sized filters, but what would be recommended as a good quality brand??

Cheers again!!

Scott

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Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: May 11, 2013, 04:23:35 PM »
Thanks again for everyone who has given input on this thread, I appreciate your advice.

I love my 50L and want to invest in primes.  As such I ordered the 135 f2 last night, so should have a few weeks to play with the lens before our holiday.

If I could afford it I am so tempted to go for a 35mm too, and take that and the 135.  I would have nothing in between but it would make me get used to these two lenses.  If not I will take the 50L and the 135L.

I unfortunately live on a small island and we only had one camera shop (Jessops) which recently pulled out, therefore I can't get access to try out lenses before I buy.  I have a couple of friends into photography but have my own idea of lens choice.  I agree the 24-70 II would probably be a good choice but as mentioned want to stick mainly with primes if possible.

Cheers,

Scott

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: May 11, 2013, 04:14:58 PM »
This thread did it for me, I have been looking to purchase this lens since moving to Canon last year...finally ordered mine last night!

Amazing shots posted up by all!

Cheers,

Scott

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Very interesting read, thanks for sharing your experience, and great shots!

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Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: May 09, 2013, 05:19:13 PM »
If your kids are as fast as you say and if you're as old, fat and lazy as I am on a daily basis. I recommend bringing a 600 f4L IS USM so you can keep an eye on them. All kidding aside. 50 f1.2 or 35 1.4 are great general purpose lenses. 70-200 is ii for me would be hard to leave behind as an avid wildlife guy.

Ha ha!! I have contemplated cancelling the holiday in favour of using the funds for a 300 2.8 :)

I do like my prime lenses and borrowed a friends 85 1.2 last week, but don't have the $ to splash out on this lens at the moment.

I have decided to take the 50L which I am used to using, and buy the 135L which means a second lens but gives me a bit more of distance from the pool!!  This lens will also come in useful back home as I love my 70-200 f2.8, but sometimes it is too cumbersome with a kid in one hand and a beagle in the other!

Thanks to everyone for their advice!!

Cheers,

Scott

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Lenses / One lens for vacation
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:30:57 PM »
I am going on holiday with the family and ideally would like to take just one lens.  I am interested in what others would regard as a popular lens for a beach/pool holiday with young kids??

I have a 5D III and currently own a 50L and 70-200 f2.8 II.  I will have enough on my hands with one lens and am therefore considering taking the 50L as love using a wide aperture for capturing my kids.  I will not have a chance to take many scenery shots, so will be doing mostly candid/portraits.

I could justify purchasing a new lens before I go and have been considering the 135 f2 for a while now, but my friend recently captured some great shots with his 16-35 II. 

If I am purchasing a new lens I need to get it right as don't want it gathering dust when I get back.  I mainly use the 50L and nearly always try to have it at 1.2.  I have previously considered the 85L but with fast kids I need a quick focus lens, and feel the 135 f2 would suit better.

I live on a small Island and have no access to wide lenses, so don't want to jump into an expensive prime.

Would appreciate any advice as my only concern with the 50L is that I would have to be close to the water to capture the kids.  I am not looking to get any group shots.

Cheers,

Scott

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: November 24, 2012, 01:53:38 PM »
Bodhi last year...



And this year...


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Third Party Manufacturers / Monopod/head option
« on: November 18, 2012, 05:12:32 AM »
I am interested in a Gitzo GM5561 monopod for a 300 2.8 IS but wondered if anyone had any feedback on Really Right Stuff's MC-34 monopod.

Also was looking at the RRS heads and which preference of clamp people are going for between the quick release lever and  the screw knob clamp.

Cheers,

Scott

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Lenses / Re: Best Lens for photographing children
« on: November 17, 2012, 06:37:44 PM »
I mainly use my 50L indoors and the 70-200 2.8 II outdoors. 

The 135 f/2 is my next purchase which I am sure will be utilised too on the kids!

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 11:36:26 AM »
great news ;D Need to get mine ordered.

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