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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: March 02, 2014, 05:00:37 PM »
A visit to Nottingham University - more expense coming  :(

Took my point-and-shoot @ f2.8 ( 5D + 40 pancake).

If that's your daughter, congrats!

 ;D ;), yes she gets her looks from me.

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.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 02, 2014, 03:40:29 PM »
Here's my final version of North Landing, a sheltered cove North of Flamborough Head. I'm actually standing in front of the disused lifeboat house, and the boat used to be launched down the steep slope, guided by the monorail into the sea. You can just see the bottom of it is the right of the picture.

It must have been one hell of a sight to see the lifeboat flying down this slipway into a stormy sea.  The boat has now been moved to South Landing, probably because with a very low tide, like in this picture, it could not be launched.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sell 7D in favor of 6D or 5D2...?
« on: March 01, 2014, 03:27:21 PM »
A friend is borrowing my 7D and I have been using my 40D until I get it back. I have almost forgotten how much I loved my 40D. It has great ergonomics and the image quality is fantastic. Photos are sharp and the AF system, even though is dated a little is very fast and dead on the majority of the time, even in low light. The frame rate is good and isn't far from the 7D. I have always wanted another FF (ex got the 5D2 in the divorce) and I don't need (or afford) a 5D3.  What do you guys think? This would give me a nice crop body for when I need one and a good FF when I want one.


I'm confused. In your gear signature you say your wife shoots Nikon, yet in the divorce settlement she has insisted on taking the 5D II ? Ah, well thinking on it that's not really surprising, though divorcing your partner in order to get hold of his 5D seems a little extreme.

Between the 5DII and the 6D it really boils down to two things: the 6D has much better high ISO performance and the 5DII has the 'proper' ergonomics of a joystick, decent rear wheel and good solid click stops.

The AF of the 6D is more realiable in terms of consistency for want of a better description. If your going to be hypercritical it also has a very subtle improvement in tonal quality even at low ISOs.

The 6D is also a really good fit in your hand.

EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: March 01, 2014, 03:09:33 PM »

Millions of people dide not really want it ... but were not offered anything else at prices affordable to regular income earners with photography being one of their hobbies.

You're overlooking the fact that a very high percentage of camera buyers still like the concept of seeing through their camera's lens, optically. This trend may change in the future, but at the present time sales figures support this fact.

Canon General / Re: Why Image Quality isn't Everything
« on: February 28, 2014, 04:58:36 PM »
Am I the only one that thinks these pictures look faked ? Look at the animal's size in relation to the peoole in the different pictures; it keeps changing.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement in Q2 of 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:17:29 PM »
Seeing as the D4s is coming with a 'new' 16 mp sensor, I'm going to be brave and guess the 7DII will also be 16 mp, aps class leading low light performance, very fast and no pop up flash. See you in the second quarter. 

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: February 27, 2014, 04:14:51 PM »
A visit to Nottingham University - more expense coming  :(

Took my point-and-shoot @ f2.8 ( 5D + 40 pancake).

Lenses / Re: Do you top your pancake with a filter?
« on: February 27, 2014, 03:39:27 PM »
I don't use one on mine, but then I don't use a protective filter on any of my lenses unless I've got concerns about the environment they're going to be in. Having said that I have never put a filter on the pancake, but I do like to use a large hood ! I find the Hoya rubber vari hood to be a perfect synergy with the 40: when they are not in use the lens fits perfectly inside the hood, which stops the hood getting squashed out of shape ( a real problem with rubber ones).

And yes, there is a red ring  ;)

Seen here modelled on my daughter's 1100D. ( I know, it's just I have nothing else much to do this evening ).

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 27, 2014, 01:34:23 PM »
Won't it state on the lens where it is made ?

Ask Eldar or Edward or Winnie the Pooh to look
Good point. It says Made in Japan.

That probably means it's made by Cosina to Zeiss standards. Not that it makes any difference. I'm more than happy with the quality of items made in Japan.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:48:22 PM »
Won't it state on the lens where it is made ?

Ask Eldar or Edward or Winnie the Pooh to look

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:43:12 PM »
I knew I had seen this somewhere - here's the answer:

Where will the lenses be made?

The lenses will be manufactured in Japan. They will be developed in close consultation with our longstanding global production network of trusted partners in the optical industry to ensure that the lenses’ actual performance corresponds to their theoretical optical design performance.

Source: http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/?p=2860

That's interesting because I had a look at your link and it was dated 19th Sept 2012. I'm sure that in the interview Zeiss gave late in 2013 they stated the lens was being made in Germany / assumed by just a couple of people. Maybe someone can find the interview.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
« on: February 26, 2014, 04:39:18 PM »
Nice shots Sporgon!

Thanks ! :)

You're right, the price difference was too great but it's beginning to come in to line now.

Makes a great partner for the 6D

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 26, 2014, 05:20:48 AM »
I looked at the review - very impressive at 1.4. It is the contrast between sharpness of focus plane that sets off the bokeh - aka EF 85 1.2.

However in the comparisons I looked up TDP crops of the Nikkor 58 1.4G. What's going on there !? Have you seen the price of this lens ? Nikon is currently like a child's spinning top just as it loses it's momentum; it wobbles all over the place.

Lucky for us Canon users that Zeiss are pushing the boundaries   - 'cos Nikon certainly aren't.

Incidentally I believe the Otus is made in Germany; it's the other dslr 'Zeiss' lenses that are made by Cosina in Japan. 

Lenses / Re: Good lens for hiking
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:09:27 PM »
The interesting options are :
- Canon 40 f/2.8 STM: maybe not wide enough, but very compact, very lightweight (130g), and quite cheap. But I have seen reviews that criticized the autofocus and the overall image quality.

Between the Canon primes, what is the best lens in term of image quality ?

I suggest you ignore that review source. The reviewer clearly couldn't get his head round the price. They have probably measured a tiny fraction of increase CAs and found the STM is slower than USM. Big deal for the intended use of the lens. <sarcasm>. I find www.photozone.de to give reviews that match what I find in practice with all my lenses so far, despite the fact that they only test one copy of each.

If you are referring to the lenses you have listed in bold type I'd say they are all virtually identical. The 40 Pancake is a great little lens but, if you are intending to get the 35 IS I wouldn't get the pancake because although 40 is noticeably wider than 50 - especially close up, it is quite similar to 35mm.

The 40 goes well with a 28 or 24. Personally I am more of a 28 fan than 24. True, that focal length is certainly out of fashion, but I find it more versatile than 24. It's also cheaper, and i am the ultimate photographic cheapskate  ;)

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Finding a book publisher
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:15:14 PM »

 sell it on ebay and Amazon. 

I know a guy who produced ( a very good) book and sold it through the latter. They started off by taking 70% - and then increased their share to 95%. The guy pulled them out and now sells just by word of mouth.

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