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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:41:52 PM »
Depending on what you want to do.. if you want to explore countryside on bicycle then taking a guide maybe worth as not many may speak english, but then it could be fun too.


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Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:37:07 PM »
Even if you take a boat from Guilin to Yangshou, Do the bamboo  boat rafting in Yulong river. Bamboo boats are available in Li river too but not worth it in my opinion as too many motorized boats run through it but Yulong river has something special.. baby waterfalls kind of thing (many of them) and your bamboo boat falls in it.. it is fun and very safe. I was sitting on it with my 5DII and 24-105

Yangshou also has  one night show and it is performed on Li river as a stage during night (they focus lights on nearby mountains making it really beautiful). show was directed by the same person who did it for Olympics in Beijing is what I heard. You may have to book this one in advance.

Don't forget to take a bicycle ride in countryside of Yangshou... if you are not in shape then book/hire a car if your budget permits.

I forgot the name of the hill but there is one hiking place (can be done in an hour) and view from there in the morning or evening is wonderful.

Guilin has one cave (reed flute or something like that)...small but worth going, it is really colorful and they have a lighting in there to make those colorful rocks look really nice.

There is also a place called longi rice fields.. we visited that during our return journey from Yanshou to Guilin.

Guilin is commercialized but you will meet great country people in Yangshou.

I am an expat living in HK and been to many places in China. Guilin/Yangshou was one of my favorite, I may visit that place again. I think I stayed in Li River Retreat and they were wonderful.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8
« on: June 16, 2013, 11:41:57 PM »
View from my apt. bought this lens recently and so far could not use much due to busy days. I am liking this lens a lot for the price I paid.

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Lenses / Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« on: June 10, 2013, 09:48:39 AM »
and yes, I bought it for slightly less than 300 USD. I will see if this focal length grows on me or not. I am pretty sure with correct composition and technique, this lens can give me lot of memorable images (it is really sharp and I, somehow, find it at-par if not better than my 17-40).

I know I am muddying the water but I thought of sharing my experience as I was also thinking about same few weeks ago.

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Lenses / Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« on: June 10, 2013, 09:36:46 AM »

I was also thinking about buying 14L or 17 TSE. After playing with friends 14L for 2 days, I realized learning curve with these lenses will be huge for me. getting a good composition with such a wide lens is not always easy. past weekend I stumbled upon Samyang 14 2.8 in one shady shop in a shady market area. I ended up buying it.

I am planning to spend my weekend with the lens but, so far, sample shots from the lens is really impressing me (esp for the price I paid for the lens). It feels solid and gut feeling says that my 17-40 is already jealous with it.

Two sample shots direct from the camera with no processing (I am yet to learn on how to process images from this lens).  one is outside the shop I bought it from and other one near my apt.

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Street & City / Re: San Francisco Long Exposure Cityscapes!
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:56:21 AM »

Anyone could have taken those photographs as there is nothing special about them.


I just looked up your profile for more inspirational photos and found this one

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=5334.msg103060#msg103060

I guess difficult for anyone to take this?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:52:15 AM »
I know it is pointless thing I have written... but then people started all that pointless discussion.

In forums like this... I feel there are far too many repeaters and very few transmitters... otherwise we should see lot of examples of how canon is limiting their creativity and how often they run into those scenarios...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:41:53 AM »

I dont understand what this DR gossip/bragging is all about.. Anyways, I got convinced and went to sell all my canon gears to buy nikon 6D.. shop owner was offering sensor cleaning kit for free (dont know why).... but when I asked for some speciality lenses.. he returned my money and got angry....

Later on he was mumbling something like this...

Actually the sensor in mine is from Sony.
Notice how Canon owners don't know their stuff.

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Lenses / Re: What next?
« on: March 20, 2013, 07:53:25 AM »
Events: get close. Or your photograph isn't good enough according to Robert Capa ;-) Therefore: 16-35. I'll be being one too these coming days...Can't wait.
well... he died after stepping onto landmine.. guess that was too close ;-)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 04, 2013, 06:59:15 AM »
Just because you cannot afford it or not willing to buy it at that price now does not mean it is "crazy" ... many of us bought 5DMK III at $3499 ... now the price has dropped, but we bought the camera when we wanted/needed it, so those who bought it at that price are not crazy ... 24-70 f/4 IS too will have many takers who need such a lens now ... generally people who wait for several months or years for the price to drop are the ones who do not really need that product.

I think he is just trying to express himself so no point criticizing him and I feel camera body price drops are not comparable to lens price drop...

I, myself, have bought many products just after release but I think that generally people who wait for whatever reasons (except some constraints due to which they cannot buy)
1. may have more patience than me
2. they are better placed than me to buy product with wide reviews/real-life-feedback
3. they may even get other options to select from
4. price drop is always welcome

btw, there are many who have a product but don't really need it.



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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 04, 2013, 12:08:53 AM »
those who say canon L glass holds value better... I dont think that is true for new lenses.

when 24-70 II was launched, it was going for around 19K HKD (here in hong kong)
Now, it is around 16K HKD
Difference is around 390 USD

Difference between launched price and current price of tamron 24-70 is less than 1000 HKD (one third)

Someone who bought new tamron and is not happy and want to switch to canon version now or few months down the road... is better off compared to those who bought new canon after launch.

I wonder how much this one will drop in price and how soon...



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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 31, 2012, 08:27:21 PM »
difficult to find the best one... but some of recent favorites..

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 28, 2012, 12:53:04 PM »
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NOW...show me the sharpness of your Tamron under lower light with ISO around 1600.


Actually I was browsing through flickr group for tamron 24-70 and, if you do so, it will give you an idea what that lens is capable of.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/tamron-24-70-f-2-8/


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