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Canon General / Re: Should we tell them?
« on: June 26, 2014, 01:17:54 AM »
As long as their useless flash isn't appearing on my pictures, I leave the ignorant be. Otherwise it's 70-200 2.8 IS clubbing time.

Lenses / Re: Why do fast primes not have IS?
« on: June 25, 2014, 03:49:29 AM »
By the way, there are *some* fast primes with IS - e.g. Sony makes some 1.8 APS-C e-mount primes that have it (35mm & 50mm; maybe others).

1.8 ASP-C is not really fast glass...

Canon General / Re: Let's confess our disgusting perversions
« on: June 10, 2014, 03:11:53 AM »
TLR & lingerie.

Canon General / Re: Best Backup Strategy?
« on: May 16, 2014, 02:13:14 AM »
NASs, NASs everywhere! (more specifically at home and in office)

Lenses / Re: Canon Patent For 70-400 f/4.5-5.6 Lens
« on: May 15, 2014, 04:00:24 AM »
70-200 2.8 IS with x2 extender is my favorite gym.

voted 16-35 III but i'm biaised toward photojournalisme more than landscapes.

The dreadful pain of time between announcement and reviews.

The new 16-35L is an interesting option for me. I'm in the market for a UWA but I don't use tripods enough to justify a 17 TSE. 14L is a no go.

If performance follows I might be in for a trip to the shop. Getting used back to f4 as max aperture will be awkward tho...

Waiting on reviews.

PS: extra points for the non extending design. it's kinda OCD but this is a real turn off for me. The only thing I'd change in the 24-70.

There is no photographer.  A real photographer sorts through his photos, tosses the duds, and only processes the best shots....

Film era at the rescue.
Cartier Bresson wasn't developping himself BUT working closely to have his view respected (the no crop millimeter)
Gary Winogarnd died with 2500 rolls undevelopped. Never sorted any.

For the rest the widlife trigger parabol does the trick.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:01:31 PM »
I'm lost in South west China but thanks for the proposal.
As someone from China, I can tell you that HK is the place to go if you want more options and much cheaper prices.

From what I saw in my previous trips, HK is not really that much cheaper for vintage gear. For new stuff sure. But there is for sure more choice. Which is kind of not relevant as the exact model I wished pop'd up (minty 2.8F Planar with meter).
I'll hit the shop on Saturday for more details and start the nego. 14K CNY as first asking price to a laowai tells me I can go down to 12k without difficulty (and that's even before chatting accessories and suchs...I want the damn original box! Was theremanual in chinese? :P). If all the mechanical tests are right, anything 12k and under is a decent price even for the US or EUR. (specially since CNY is "tanking" versus EUR recently :D)

Actually one thing that would make me not pull the trigger is the announcement of a full frame Fuji X100s :D
From one extreme to the other............ ::)

Hehe true but outside of politics, I like the extremes :) But outside of the prevention of spray and pray by the Rollei, some points are valid (ligthweight, force to be creative thru single lens, discreet). Rollei also adds the ice breaker element, the collector/resale factor and the film (that will partialy be a chore, I know)
Actually I'm not even sure it would prevent me to buy both as the lightweight combo might be awesome with Fuji for fast action and Rollei for quiet "meditative" shooting. Now that is bad GAS :P

But one way I tend to think about cost when I'm thinking about buying something is on per use basis. So if it's something that I'm going to use all the time, I tend to be willing to spend more money --often a lot more money – than if it something I'll use rarely or only on occasion.
Thanks for the very zen input. I did cut your quote as this part is the central difference. I think in term of costs but not upfront, more long term. Picking up such a camera (with good appraisal of the quality) is like picking up a 200 2.0L for 3K in mint condition. Even if you never use it, as long as you don't break it, you can resell it for the same amout or more...The only cost is actual use (specially with film) and the "lost interests" of the bank account. If I ever need some cash back, it'll go back on the market. With the same idea, that's was I was more reluctant to shell out for body than for glass.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50L - Love or Hate?
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:15:45 PM »
1. The poll is missing "not caring" option, as in "35+85 only". Even though 50 is dominant, I still think I'm not alone around here :P

2. I'm very curious after reading those 50L/Sigma topics. Many of you are putting the 85L in the same bag as the 50L. But my 85 is very sharp and the various reviews also point out at quite some difference between the two...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Give me reasons to by the 200 f/2
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:10:15 PM »
That's on the short list of lens I want to try...but not buy as, an amateur, I could never justify the 6k.

Others will speak about the comparison with teleconverter but I want to point out that, as a professionnal, you can make the expense worth it, especially if your average clientiele is able to see/understand, not only in the pictures but also during the shooting, that you use top class gear.

Short version: if you are already in the upper or upper middle market, the cost will be absorbed partly as public relation (or cred) bonus.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:30:35 AM »
They're really quite nice and have the advantage of interchangeable lenses.

Nice attempt but I'm a fixed lens weirdo for that kind of 100% leisure shooting stuff.

Actually one thing that would make me not pull the trigger is the announcement of a full frame Fuji X100s :D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:46:25 AM »
Thanks all for the advices. I'm manage to refrain myself for now but I'll probably hit the store soon for more details and start negociation.

I can send pictures if you are interested. Where are you based?
I'm lost in South west China but thanks for the proposal. Actually the place also matters in the price. I'm sure I could shave a couple hundred easily on the price if I was in the US or EUR. But I don't want to buy online (test + risks of shipping) so there is a probablepremium of buying in such a remote place. I might make a trip to HK soon too.

People here are more into practical photography and 2300$ could buy some nice new and shiny lens with a red ring around it. And they will be as right as you'll be if you buy the Flex. The question is what will bring YOU more joy??? Only you can answer it.
I'm pretty much set on my kit as I don't do birds. Outside of photo, only travel could rival as an expense but I'm on the cheap side for that. But as I said that one of the "cons"

PS.: As a side question: except of the obvious advantage of the Medium Format resolution (is it really equivalent to 60 Mega pixel picture?) is there any advantage to the film (35mm or other) over a full frame DSLR (which I can't compare to)?

Maybe it's propaganda but from what I saw DR is waaaaaayyy better than anything digtal when you shoot B+W. Even on a lubitel.

Why don't you have a look for a Yashicamat 124G instead of the Rolleiflex? Pretty much the same sort of spec and quality, but a whole lot cheaper. If you don't need a TLR, have a look for a decent folder - Agfa Isolette, Franka Solida, Baldix, or like the one I got last week, a Kershaw 450, which only cost me £40 :)
TLR is Superior due to no Mirror clapping. First because of non existant IS but also for noise issues.
I'll think about the Yashicat. But I'm in the "resell value" approach so it might be less advantageous.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:46:11 PM »
I suppose it is time for me to drop out of this conversation... I just bought an 85L mkii... so... I guess the 50mm sigma wasn't meant to be.

Grats on the awesomest piece of loot from the Canon cave. But if you really want a sigma you can always join the 35/85 club ;)

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