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Lenses / Re: Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens
« on: January 06, 2014, 05:45:25 PM »
Interesting.

If past form is anything to go by it means the Canon 50 f2 IS is just round the corner  ;)

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Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 06, 2014, 04:58:12 PM »
my plastic 6D

The 6D can hardly be described as 'plastic'. The top plate is plastic as I'm sure you are aware. The rest of it is pretty much the  same construction as the 5D mkii.

I mention it because your comment is misleading to anyone who may be thinking of getting a 6D.

What's interesting is that when you hold the two cameras together and tap the pentaprism housing it is impossible to tell any difference. However I've noticed that there are a couple of scratchy 'smears' on the top of the 6D now whereas the 5DII is still unmarked.

I agree with you the high quality polymers are suitable for these kinds of applications, and though I have no issues with the smaller L lenses being made from the stuff I'm a little twitchy about the top of the 6D being made from it. Maybe I feel the camera bodies take more knocks than the lenses.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 06, 2014, 07:02:04 AM »
I presume it's flying up side down because you had to let go of the controls to take the picture  ;)

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Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: January 06, 2014, 02:54:54 AM »
Now if all you shoot is pics of your cat then I guess that's a different story ...  :P

50 mil is the ultimate cat focal length ! This was shot at f3.2, ISO 800 and 1/20th. It's just luck that there's little shake, the others were all blurred. I'd really find a 50 f2/1.8 IS useful. Trouble is the cats keep dying of old age and by the time the IS version is released all ours may be dead.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Best Camera for New-bie
« on: January 05, 2014, 03:53:56 PM »
but she is now totally hooked and carries that camera everywhere but in the shower

Phew ! That's lucky. If she had you'd have had to recommend the Pentax K5 with 16/50.  ;)

Now those Guys know how to build a weather proof camera  ;D

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: January 05, 2014, 12:54:58 PM »
I agree. Sporgon's landscapes are superb!

That's very kind of you rpt ! Many thanks to click too.

Thanks for your comments on the swan pics on the River Stour rpt. Ive put the panoramic up that we did in that area of the river in 'Landscapes', shot on the 6D and new 24-70 f4L. :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D4 for $3500 w/o Box & Warranty
« on: January 04, 2014, 05:45:08 PM »
Ouch.  That camera is so hot that just responding to this post is burning my fingers.

Undoubtably.

After all, it's the only Nikon worth stealing  ;)

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:54:35 PM »
Taken long after the sun had gone down, the mist rising from the river and meadows was filling the Stour Valley. The river can just be seen in the left of the picture, and the steeple of Dedham church is just right of centre.

Shot with the 6D and 70-300L @125 mil, ISO 1600, f5.6, 1/50th. A six frame hand held panoramic.

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Reviews / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:38:34 PM »
Personally, I like the background to be smoothly blurred, but not wiped out entirely.  I'll offer some examples for your entertainment:

Here's a shot with the 85mm 1.8 at F/2, 1/1250, ISO 100



Let's zoom in on the hair.  Sharpness is at Lightroom's default, 25.




Here is one at F/2.2, 1/250, ISO 200, hand held in very soft light.




I agree with this point of view. In fact I sold my 135L because I find the 85/1.8 to be near as damn it good, and the 200/2.8 that I kept to be more versatile.

Clartephoto's pictures are excellent, but as usual in a great image the photographer has equalled or exceeded the lens. I've seen many head and shoulder shots with the 85/1.2 where the dof is just too thin. I've attached a picture that I took recently with the 85/1.8 @ 1.8, and in this situation where the subject is quite far away I can see that the 85/1.2 would have produced a different picture.

As for comments about reviewing an old lens, well why not ? It's a lens that many will look to buy as their first 'art' lens, and it is very good in its own right. The bad CAs wide open in high contrast are a result of the lens's design; to have a smooth brokeh.

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Lenses / Re: 24L or 35L
« on: January 04, 2014, 06:21:59 AM »
That said, portraits from the 24L can be amazing

Are you serious ? Would you post some examples ?

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Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: January 04, 2014, 04:16:51 AM »
Essential difference between the new full frame sensors is the pixel density. 18, 20, 22 mp.

Canon ff only have 21mp (5d2), 22mp (5d3) and 20mp (6d), the little difference is there to easily recognize which camera is "better" and more expensive :-)


Are you cocking a snoop at the 18 mp 1Dx ?

Agree with your analyses of the prosumer line. Difference is just for marketing, but maybe 6D users gained a benefit.

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Lenses / Re: Strange Lens Flare (Sigma 35mm + MRC filter)
« on: January 03, 2014, 06:13:26 PM »
How strange. I have never seen anything like that with my 5DII and mine is a very early one from 2009 _ serial member begins with 0.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: January 03, 2014, 04:43:36 PM »
I've posted this before in the Landscape thread but thought it might had to the 50/1.4 one as it fitted the bill perfectly when shooting straight into the lightA six frame panoramic taken with 5DII + 50/1.4 @f11 1/10th, ISO 100. Each frame is the same single exposure, no bracketing, just exposed to lose the very highest highlights, working to the strengths of the Canon chip. Even in this situation 11.5 stops of DR is plenty. Another 2 wouldn't have held the sun.

Nice work Sporgon ;)

I owned f1.4 for 2-3yrs. Nice lens.

Thanks Dylan. Regarding the 50/1.4 I didn't mention it was on manual focus.

Partly because I wanted it on about 8 metres to get maximum dof at f11,

But mainly because the AF has the common 50/1.4 failing : it's broken.

Really must get it sent in some time  ;D

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 03, 2014, 03:57:40 PM »

+1
I almost never have a level horizon. Usually always off about 1 degree (usually must rotate counterclockwise to correct). I have pondered this and some thoughts:
1) my head or eyes or brain is tilted
2) I rotate the camera slightly when I press the shutter
3) maybe the sensor is rotated slightly in relation to the viewfinder
4) you just can't consistently be perfect

It cannot possibly be number 4. And it therefore cannot be 1 or 2 either.

This means the reason must be number 3.  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Strange Lens Flare (Sigma 35mm + MRC filter)
« on: January 03, 2014, 03:07:22 PM »
Strange. You've now changed to a different lens but get the same result on the same body.

Long shot; you haven't done a wet clean on the 5DII sensor yourself and inadvertently left a fluid smear  ?

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