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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 04, 2014, 01:03:55 PM »
1Dx Otus 55f/1.4 @ f/2 & 1/125th ISO800

Bali Nusa Dua
I haven't been on in a while but been shooting a lot which is good :) here is a shot of Metja :-)


+ 1,

(Lens must be quite good too  ;). )

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 04, 2014, 05:41:24 AM »
Last of the sunlight for a day over Givendale in the North of England

5D + 35 f2

Nice shot, is that the 'old' 35mm f/2?

Many thanks Click & MRS. It was shot on the original version. I sold it when I got the 40 pancake which I really like.

Lenses / Re: 135L v 85 1.8
« on: May 04, 2014, 05:17:02 AM »
Thanks guys

I am coming to the same conclusion. I purposely took out my 85 1.8 and 70-200 f4 and shot some portraits in the woods today with off camera flash , started off with the 85 at 1.8 / 2 ranges and focus was just eratic it got better at around f2.5 where i was at least able to get the focus where i wanted it , when i tried to calibrate this lens took it out to -20 ! just to get it sharp then took it out today and needed to wind it back in again. Once again the PF was horrific in some of the backgrounds to the shots.

A lot of information and choices and your help is appreciated !!

Many thanks for your comments on the Building Panoramics pictures, much appreciated.

Seeing as you said you had been in the woods with your 85/1.8 I thought I'd post a picture of what I found in the woods when I was in there with the 85/1.8.

I don't often use it fully open but this is at f1.8. The time when I do like to shoot wide open is when the subject is further away, but of course this then emphasises resolution weakness. This was shot hand held at 1/100 so there is a little shake in it.

I found the same as yourself when trying to AFMA my second 85/1.8. I'd had the first one on a 5D when I moved to Canon in 2005, sold it when I got a 135L, realised my mistake and got another one when I was using a 5DII. Had all sorts if frustration with AFMA until I found it was best just left on 0. 

It is obvious, for anyone who like real, natural, virtually-analog capture , we need a high resolution DR camera

Therefore it is obvius for anyone who wants rugged data that doesn't depend on luck of alignment of pixels and subject transients, and survives geometrical processing like CA, distortion, and perspective correction, rotation, and arbitrary resampling in practically lossless manner.

For someone who doesn't care about imaging quality, I guess it can be sufficient and they can use low resolution cameras with inferior DR.

Halla ! Biggie

Lenses / Re: 135L v 85 1.8
« on: May 03, 2014, 12:37:13 PM »
I have Canon 100mm F2 and like it very much. See the comparison below, which shows the superiority of 100mm F2.


Be careful of drawing conclusions of 'superiority' from resolution tests such as these. If your criteria is maximum sharpness and lack of PF then you are correct.

However the 85/1.8 is not as corrected for chromatic aberrations as the 100/2, leaving it less sharp, more PF but smoother bokeh ( in many situations).

If you want bokeh get the 85/1.8 - the better portrait or 'art' lens.
If you want sharpness get the 100/2 - the better sports lens.

Of course Canon give no indication or advice on this, we have to find out for ourselves  ::)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: May 03, 2014, 12:18:28 PM »
Here's another 40 Pancake shot, this time a panoramic of North Landing, a cove just North of Flamborough Head, famous for it's chalk cliffs and nesting sea birds.

5DII + 40mm @ 1/200, f9, ISO 160. Hand held five frame pano.

It was a very misty morning, but the sun broke through for about one minute, then everything was covered in a blanket of fog again. No time for a tripod.
That's awesome, too bad weather was not perfect for the cliffs in the background ... still a very beautiful handheld landscape image.

Thanks Rienz ! Very kind of you. I was pleased with this one, especially as I wasn't going to be bothered with calling in - the weather looked too bad.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 03, 2014, 11:12:13 AM »
Last of the sunlight for a day over Givendale in the North of England

5D + 35 f2

Well, those 2 lenses are targeted at different markets.

The 24-70 f/4 is targeted at the lower end of the market where IS (shooting at slow shutter speeds or have shaky hands) and wants closeup/short 'macro' operation with fairly good image quality, but not top end.

You may be interested to know that I have a friend and colleague who must be one of the most financially successful photographers in recent times - we're talking $400,000 yachts here, all genuinely from photography - and he now uses a 24-70 f4 IS.

It's inaccurate to say it's not aimed at 'top end'.

I'm tempted to say the 24-70 f2.8 II is aimed as much at very wealthy hobbyists as much as professionals who want the best possible IQ straight off the camera but I don't have any hard evidence for this, so I'd better not  ;)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 03, 2014, 03:22:48 AM »
There is no fun shooting @ f2 Eldar :P
But for a lot of the others, I think many of them would benefit from a slightly deeper DOF.

+1, my thoughts exactly.

@Eldar; you have a very beautiful, elegant daughter !

(presumably she got her looks from her mother  ;). )

I think pixel peeping is a good way to waste a good thing.

Like it  !
I've started checking my images at 50% and find it's a better reference for checking real resolution.

I still maintain that 22 mp on FF is 'high mp'. If I want more than this I want a larger format.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: May 02, 2014, 11:29:39 AM »
Strolling alongside the River Ouse in Northern England opposite the new wind farm which is sited in front of Drax Power Station, the largest one in Europe.

5DII + 24-105L @ 105 mil f8, ISO 100.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: May 01, 2014, 04:29:50 PM »
Good to see that the 24-105L thread is still alive. The 24-70 f4 IS is definitely better than the 24-105L in the 24-70 range, but the 24-105 is much better at 71-105.

This was shot at 105.

Lenses / Re: 135L v 85 1.8
« on: May 01, 2014, 05:53:10 AM »
+1 on the 85 focal length. For myself, over the years, I have found the 85 mil to be highly versatile. There are many reasons why it has been so popular on 35 format. On the other hand the 135 length is a bit of a half way house between 85 & 200.

Canon have decided to offer the excellent value 85/1.8 or the uber expensive 85/1.2 with nothing in between on price. Maybe this is because the 85/1.8 is difficult to improve on in terms of price/quality.

Yes you get PF in high contrast wide open but that's the penalty of the excellent bokeh, indistinguishable from the 135L IMO. The manual focus is pretty poor but do you really need that now ? Yes the 135L is a little sharper/contrasty wide open but can you really tell the difference after a touch of UM ?

I'm an 85/1.8 fan. I sold my 135L and kept the 200/2.8L and the 85/1.8.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo shows 1.4/50mm lens for EF
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:46:48 PM »
Interesting: this looks like it is the EF 50/1.4

I wonder if this means Canon has a new 50 that is about to be launched, and the old 50/1.4 is going to be discontinued - at least by Canon.

Lenses / Re: Canon hood options for the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:30:54 PM »
The EW 65 II hood is for the old 35/f2, and it is a snap on like the 85/f1.8.

It won't fit the IS lens because the barrel of that one is a larger diameter.

As the EW 72 is a petal type hood it can't be snap on due to the problems rotation would cause.

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