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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by Click on Today at 07:00:43 PM »
...Another very nice shot. Well done Dylan.
1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« Last post by Dylan777 on Today at 07:00:25 PM »
A few weeks ago I did buy my 1Dx. Only 2 days afterwards I had the opportunity to test this body with the 70-200 2.8 ii and the 300 2.8 ii during a teambuilding activity of my wife her department. All girls, except 1 guy is working there, and 1 referee is trying to keep the fairplay. It was special activity. They did play mud-football. The dimension of the playfield was only a quarter of a standard football field, and of course no grass but all mud. So please enjoy, and I might hope as much as all these players did:

Crappy combo ;D

Congrats ;)
Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
« Last post by dpc on Today at 07:00:23 PM »
Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« Last post by DominoDude on Today at 07:00:05 PM »
My least used items would be my...
  • Sigma 50/1.4 EX DG HSM (the one that came before the Art).
  • My first digital, the 50D.
  • Vanguard UP-Rise 43.
I would use that sling bag a lot more if only I could carry my 400mm in it at times. Instead I use an ordinary backpack to shove my gear into while I'm out on a hike.
The only thing worse than getting hooked on L glass is getting hooked on Z glass...

Isn't that the truth!
Thanks for the review Dustin. I had the 135L/2 and I was very happy with it. But unfortunately I dropped it and it was beyond repair (well actually CPS estimated the repair cost to equal a new lens). My plan was to buy a new L, but I decided to try the Zeiss and was blown away by the IQ. Everything you state in your review confirms my own findings.

A new 135/2L is about $1.800 here in Norway and I found a 3 month old, flawless and practically unused Zeiss copy for $1.850, so I got that instead. No regrets.

I have 4 Zeiss lenses at the moment. 15/2.8, 21/2.8, 55/1.4 and 135/2. I also have lots of L-glass, but my experience is that I am using the Zeiss glass more and more.

Yes, they are manual focus, but with some practice I find that I can nail focus very well with them and my keeper rates are high. This may have to do with the fact that I live in Norway and our summers are very bright. When winter comes and the days are getting shorter, the situation may change.

Looking forward to your Sigma 50 Art review. I am curious to see how you find the AF performance (I know you´ll like the optical performance). I am about to sell my 35 and 50 Art due to AF inconsistency.

Thank you for both the compliment and the great owner/user feedback.  It looks like I may have the Otus 55 in hand for review from Zeiss next week, and the Otus 85 sometimes shortly thereafter.  I look forward to spending more time with Zeiss glass.  I agree that using manual focus lenses becomes easier with practice, and I personally feel that whether or not people enjoy them will depend a lot on their shooting style.  Those that are more deliberate will probably have an easier time.

That is a great collection of fine glass you have!
Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« Last post by Click on Today at 06:57:43 PM »
This is my first post, it's not the higher image quality, but the subject is quite impressive.
White tail pygargue, Norway (Lofoten). Eos 70D Tamron 70 300 VC at 119mm (Cropped)

First post...Welcome to CR Claude  :)
Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out on?
« Last post by NancyP on Today at 06:57:26 PM »
Currently I am cheaping out on full frame prime lens coverage for the 6D. I have a bunch of old M42 and Nikkor F mount film-era manual lenses that I am trying, with adapters and with the "Eg-S" superfine matte screen. I am enjoying the Mamiya-Sekor 1:1 macro 60mm f/2.8 preset (two aperture rings, one clicked for preset, one unclicked for fast stop-down to preset aperture), Mamiya-Sekor 55mm f/1.4 (my first lens on my first SLR), AIS Nikkor 50mm f/1.2, AIS Nikkor 105mm f/2.5. Still up for trial: AIS Nikkor 135mm f/2.8, pre-AI Nikkor P-C 55mm f/3.5 macro, Mamiya-Sekor 200mm f/3.5, Yashinon 28mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/2.8 (M42 mount). I seem to be the final resting place for old film camera equipment in my family - I will give anything house room. I was M42 screw mount, Dad was Nikkor F mount, Mom was Canon FD mount. I also have some Canon FD lenses, but those can't be adapted to EF mount without adding elements or losing infinity focus.

Yes, I will get an autofocus prime in the 50mm range eventually. But for landscape shooting, the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 at f/4 to f/8 does a great job.
Reviews / Re: Pentax 645z Review
« Last post by Lawliet on Today at 06:56:37 PM »
Especially considering that the 645z is a medium format camera you can feel comfortable taking out in the dirty, dusty, damp world and not worry about it.

I wouldn't worry to much about the others either - had them at Iguazu and in the Negev&dead sea, never a problem.  OTOH the 1/125s sync would have been one.
1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« Last post by Menace on Today at 06:55:16 PM »
Saw this beauty parked next to my car in our staff car park - had to get a shot.

It was really dark and was worried someone might run me over as i was almost horizontal on the tarmac.

85mm, 1/160, f1.2, ISO2000.

Cool shot and car, but the license plate is hilarious - intentionally or not, I'm not sure, but in the U.S. My Little Pony was a animated TV show for little girls:

Ha,ha,ha...so the owner could be female - it does not always have to be the boy with his toy  ;D

Ha ha - the owner is female :)
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