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Lenses / Re: What are Canon's sharpest lenses?
« on: February 21, 2013, 12:02:05 PM »
According to traumflieger.de (a very well known german page for anything gear) the sharpest lenses are in that order:

180mm Macro
200mm 2.0L
400mm 2.8L
Sigma 105mm Macro
Canon 300mm 2.8L

Tokina 100mm Macro, Canon 100mm Macro and 70-200 2.8 are not far beyond. So mainly the longer focal lengths are the sharpest with the two exception 8-15mm Fisheye and 24-70 II.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:19:26 PM »
Fancy, fancy lens that is.

Fritzi VII von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Fritzi VIII von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Portrait / Re: My 5D Mark III portraits
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:17:10 PM »
Going on. 135L on these.

Fritzi VIII von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Fritzi VII von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Fritzi VI von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Float Like A Butterfly von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: February 17, 2013, 01:16:25 PM »

Wonderful photo!
I love the 135mm

Thanks, well it sure is a great lens.

Fritzi VI von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Lenses / Re: List of rumored lenses
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:47:59 PM »
They better give me a 50 IS soon. Can put my Tamron to rest then.

Lenses / Re: Canon 135L f/2
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:47:29 PM »
My new revised weather isolation technique which shall be named "Breakfast Bag" finally reached its ultimate form. You can only hardly distinguish it from a non-isolated 135L.

Spiffy idea.  But be sure not to store your lens like that.  The plastic will prevent any humidity & condensation trapped in there from drying out, which could lead to rust, fungus, etc. over time.  Especially if you go from cold winter outdoors to a hot humid place like a crowded restaurant, it'll probably be kinda soggy inside if you don't leave the camera in the bag & let it warm up gradually over time.

Of course I ripped that off right afterwards.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: February 16, 2013, 11:05:08 AM »
THE mid range portrait lens. Period.

Float Like A Butterfly von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Technical Support / Re: How do you store and archive your images?
« on: February 16, 2013, 04:03:35 AM »
On my hard drive and backed up on an external drive. Maybe I should also sync them with my laptop for a third instance just in case everything goes south.

Technical Support / Re: at what shutter speed you turn IS off?
« on: February 16, 2013, 02:29:20 AM »
I actually never cared too much about IS, really only turning it off when on a tripod.

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angle Lens Ideas, please!
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:01:15 PM »
How does the Canon 17-40mm compare to the Samyang??? I have been debating a 17-40 for traveling, but I am worried that after getting used to the IQ of the Samyang, I will be left wanting more out of the 17-40mm.

Are getting it tomorrow, well it sure is about 20% less viewpoint on 17mm... but the possibility to have a zoom till 40 could make it a nice lens when on a walkaround. At least more versatile than my 24-70. Don't know if 14mm should be compared to 17mm though, it is quite of a difference.

By the way, I really enjoy the pictures you have taken with the 14mm!


Do not remember if I read it here in CR forum or not, but someone was talking about a focus confirmation chip added to his 14mm Samyang or some other lens. I could be wrong, but if that it's possible then awesome.

Well, that probably was me too. I attached an Optix V5+ to the Samyang 14mm. I chose an Optix V5+ because EMF chips (the cheapest ones) don't work with a 5D Mark III, didn't bother about Dandelion then, read that Optix work and just ordered one. For my new Takumar 50mm 1.4 M42 lens I also got a M42 adapter with built in Optix chip.

You can get dandelion chips to mount on most any manual lens but I don't just how accurate they are for focus.

Very accurate actually when speaking for my Optix chip. Until today I absolutely do not know where the chip gets its information if the focal point is sharp but it works just fine. When using the lens more regularly you also learn to approximately guess the distance to your object which makes it quite easy to focus, especially at such a low focal length. Well but when behind 3 metres it's infinity anyway, so for landscape you can't really do anything wrong.

I would love to snag one of those Samyang 14mm but just don't have patience for manual focus.

It is really no big deal. Anything beyond 3 metres is infinity so for a shot like that you just pop it there, all you need to do then is manually set the aperture on the lens. Don't be afraid of manual lenses as long as you don't want to try out a Samyang 85mm 1.4 for example... totally hardcore to get that focus right wide open.

About Sigma 12-24.  Note that there is a mk1 version and a mk2 version.  The latter has improved optics.

Well I actually have heard the contrary, on amazon.de for example it is often read that the II performs worse than version I. Opinions differed so much I decided against that lens and went with the 17-40 of which flaws I am perfectly aware of.

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angle Lens Ideas, please!
« on: February 14, 2013, 04:05:46 PM »
The Samyang truly is a powerful thing if you don't mind its manuality. For landscape not really a problem, just pop it to infinity. These are some of the shots I did with it:

The Verge von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Light Emission von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Venice von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Waterside von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Trouble with the curve von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

What is left at the end of the day. (EXPLORED) von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Well I sold it though because I loved wide angle so much I decided to get a 17-40 4.0L for it has got autofocus and is affordable. Maybe upgrading to 16-35 later or lets see how much a 14-24 will as soon as it comes.

Lenses / Re: Starting Lens Recommendation
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:50:48 PM »
Y no Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC? Alright, it's a bit above your limit, but probably of the best affordable standard zoom.

Lenses / Re: Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:43:43 PM »
They all have similar values. I am at Poepping's.

Lenses / Re: List of rumored lenses
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:28:15 PM »
Oh you mean like the 35 1.4 which is a big ass dream contrary to the older 50 1.4 and 85 1.4 which just fuck up on every full frame?

Not on every full frame. My Sigma 85 works like a dream. AF is fine.

Not in my experience. The Sigma 50mm has a horrendous in-consistency getting focus.

Same for me. I got it once to play around with, sharpness is really nice but it not only focused wrong, it even focused wrong differently when focusing near or far so you couldn't even correct it with in-camera focus correction. Some people apparently have sent in their cameras and the lens to let it adjust at Sigma but boy I won't send them my 5D3 so that they can play around and adapt their lens to my body. This seems to happen mainly on full frame cameras and also with the 85mm.

Lenses / Re: Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:22:46 PM »
I didn't think much about insurance until I got my 5D3. Shorty before I dropped my 500D by accident with a Tamron 17-50 attached, the latter suffered a 200€ damage which is almost like it totaled.

When I got the 5D3 the first thing was to insure everything, well not everything, body, lenses and flash are insured. Small things like sd cards, batteries and so on are automatically included. I also carry around a rough 7000€ in my camera bag and doing that without insurance is not only stupid but downright irresponsible. Getting nicked is one thing and that can happen to anyone out on a photo trip alone if you cross the wrong peoples way but I also wanted it insured just for the case I accidentally drop it again. That 2.5% of the gear value I pay per year is worth it the second you drop it or someone threatens you.

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