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Lenses / Re: Ditching the Primes - Advice/Opinions Needed
« on: Today at 03:43:12 AM »
anybody see anything wrong with this approach? any other suggested paths?

thanks.

Careful you don't end up posting in nine months time to complain you're sick of large, heavy gear.

If I only had two lenses ( on FF ) I can't think of two worse ones to have than the two you currently use. They are both excellent lenses in there own right, but not when have have to either use an 85 or a 24 in any and every circumstance.

You need to have a 50 or a 40 in there.

In fact anyone who uses full frame but doesn't have access to 40-50 range is nuts  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MK I Still Relevant?
« on: July 24, 2014, 05:39:23 PM »
Been a lot of these 5D mki threads lately. I used one for best part of seven years. I would say that if you are shooting between 100 and 400 ISO in raw and have plenty of time to transfer the images, then yes, especially given the price they have come down to.

If you decide to get one go for a serial number beginning with 2 or 3. These later cameras had the modified mirror and improved LCD screen.

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Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 24, 2014, 05:31:47 PM »
I imagine focal lengths 85mm+ helps compress facial features which any client would see as a positive ☺️

Bearing in mind you say you are moving to FF, I would point out that when shooting tight head shots the 135 focal length will be more flattering than the 85 as you will be further away. However, other than this I find the 85 to be a much more versatile focal length.

Must agree with the poster who said try your current lenses with the 6D. The excellent 100L @ 2.8 may give you just what you want. In truth not many want less than f2.8 dof with 100 mil when close and shooting a tight crop.

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Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:59:31 PM »
Cool shots, especially this last one.  I really like the lighting.  Using a 17mm for portraiture is quite challenging to say the least, but you kept the camera nice & level, so they turned out really well.  You must have been quite close to the actress!
He he, I got a few strange looks, when I came crawling across the floor. But the fun was to use the T&S on something as active as this and not just tripod mounted, live view architecture and interior shots. Phenomenal lens!

Interesting lighting. In this impromptu session how were you getting fill light back into the model ? It doesn't look as if there was window light from the other side of the room. Good tones and colour, would have never guessed it was 17mm.

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Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:13:25 PM »
I've heard good reports of the 400 DO in practical use - as opposed to the reviews......

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Landscape / Re: Moonlit Landscapes
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:32:49 PM »
Here's one of my few successful moonscapes:
 Moonrise over Holme Moor, England

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Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:59:10 AM »
I'll have a stab at PBD's challenge seeing as no one else will, but only two. I think the picture of the girl has a Sigma signature, and the picture of the dog is a blurry mess so I presume it is meant to look as if it was shot at f1.2. In truth I cannot tell the difference between the EF 50 1.2 and the 1.4 unless you shot the same subject at f1.4 - 1.6 and then compared the central image sharpness.

Hey there Sporgon, thanks for trying. Both wrong.

 ;D

Not surprised !

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Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:53:48 PM »
Long time lurker and first time poster, i registered just to chime in 2 cents-

I understand PDB's stance (a objective stance on things)- but there comes a point when 1+1 no longer equals 2; where having all the settings exactly right doesn't guarantee you an awesome shot.  A sharp, perfectly exposed one, yes. but breathtakingly beautify, no.  The more I shoot, the more I realize i'm good enough to bump up against the technical limits of my ability (and gear)- but unable to transcend my "technical" style.  Whenever I do happen to take a jaw-droppingly great shot, though, more often than not it's with the 50L.

for what it's worth, I saw Standard's photographs and immediately pegged the first one (the tabby) as a 50L shot.  Not all photographs are distinctive enough to distinguish lenses, but IMO that one is.  The last pic of the siamese cat has the same 'feel', but still noticeably different.

Not convinced. I agree with you about pulling some of our best images with the 50mm, but is it the L or is it the focal length and double gauze construction ?

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Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:15:35 PM »
I'll have a stab at PBD's challenge seeing as no one else will, but only two. I think the picture of the girl has a Sigma signature, and the picture of the dog is a blurry mess so I presume it is meant to look as if it was shot at f1.2. In truth I cannot tell the difference between the EF 50 1.2 and the 1.4 unless you shot the same subject at f1.4 - 1.6 and then compared the central image sharpness.

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That is odd because if the second curtain was delayed in following the first down you'd expect the whole image to be over exposed, as the 'slit' left by the two curtains would be too big.

So the second curtain must be hanging before falling to its correct position in relation to the first one. Looks like a faulty shutter  :(

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Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 21, 2014, 03:00:04 PM »
This was my basis for starting this thread:

Few months ago i rented 50 1.2 L.

Recently, I have invested lens average lens, 35mm f2 IS, 40mm and 85mm 1.8,
I also have tried 24-105, 16-35 f2.8 and 24-70 2.8. I used to have 28 1.8.


looking at the pictures taken from these lenses. I always go back to the pictures taken by 50 1.2 L. Even at smaller apertures, the 50 1.2 L produces the wow effect (not all pictures, but most of them).

To be honest, i have not personally tried ef 50 1.4. only look at pictures on line.

Thus I post this thread and see how people like the 50 1.2 L.

I think here lies part of the problem. The 50 1.4 can produce that glassy, liquid, smooth feeling to the image without any post processing, given the right condition. Certainly when compared with the other lenses you mention.

But then I've shot images that I swore were taken on the 50/1.4 only to find they were actually taken on the 24-105.

I've often shot shallow dof stuff with the 50/1.4 and thought "that looks just like it was shot on a 50/1.2"  ;)

Regarding the 135L vs 100L, I still have the 100L but sold the 135 a while ago through lack of use ( I find the 85 much more versatile and 200 more useful ). I wouldn't like to try to distinguish between them.


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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS disappointing?
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:39:20 AM »
Hi all
Have I got a poor copy? 
Thanks for any thoughts.

Yes.

If you read the Lens rental review Roger states that there are an alarming amount of adjustable elements in the construction.

I'm guessing that many of the early production ones were not set up correctly - hence the initial unfavourable reviews from a number of sources.

It's actually a very fine lens; whether the improved 24mm and overall borders over the 24-105 is worth losing the 75-105 range is up to you.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 18, 2014, 04:30:38 PM »
5DII + 50/1.4

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:59:35 PM »
A recent picture of Richmond Castle in the Yorkshire Dales, Northern England.

5DII + 28/1.8 @ about f5.6


Beautiful shot. I really like your picture. Well done.

Click and niteclicks; many thanks for your kind comments.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:57:51 PM »

Gulf Islands sunset from ferry to Vancouver Island


Beautiful tonal quality to this picture

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