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here a quick and dirty shot from my DTM 2012 – Hockenheim set.
I really had fun playing from distance with my Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L and the Tokina 100 f/2.8 macro.
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Here we are, I show you a bit of my work, and a bit of myself.
These two self portraits were taken with the Canon EF-50mm f/1.8 and two strobes, my Canon 580 EXII and 430EXII.
Well well well!!
I left you talking about the 24-70L that I rented …
I told you I would post a few samples …
I didn’t have the time to post them and definitely I didn’t have a chance to test the lens shooting outside (damn shitty rainy Sunday).
But the tests I made shooting pictures of my guitars and a few shots made on Saturday right before the storm really left me astonished.
I won’t be technical, and I’ll do it on purpose, so I won’t speak of MTF charts and 100% crops at the borders and blah blah blah…because in the end, when you shoot a photo, do you really need to pixel-peep it all the time?!
What I can tell you is that the results seemed to really stand out of my screen.
Colours, detail, bokeh, all beautiful!
I was skeptical I must admit, I tested the 24-105L few weeks before and didn’t really felt it a Luxury lens, it was ok, shooting in the park on a sunny day, versatile focal length and a couple of good shots, nothing more than this.
But compared to the 24-70L…WOW.
The pictures stand out of the screen, really, I just had to fix a bit of front focus using a calibration target and the micro-adjustments available from the camera menu, and bang. Superb image quality.
So today when I went for returning the lens to the shop I couldn’t resist and … I bought it.
The guys were even so cute to give me a brand new model, not the one I tested and discount the rental cost from the final price.
In the end I think I did the right thing…let’s wait and see what my wife thinks about it 😉
See you soon…with the photos…of course!
We left last week with the BIG question: which way to go?!
Well in the meantime I had the chance to go out and shoot with my EF 50mm f/1.8, to have an “on the field” feeling about shooting with primes.
I must admit that this lens, although quite crunchy and ‘plasticky’, performs quite well, if you have the right amount of light and still subjects to shoot at.
I don’t like its autofocus, is slow, noisy, and sometimes totally wrong, but its a 100€ lens in the end.
So for this week-end I rented an EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L, a gorgeous lens!
I’m about to take some indoor shots because the weather is nasty, cold, windy and raining…damn German summer!
Maybe by tonight I’ll be able to go out and shoot on the street, would the rain give us a break.
The first impressions are really good, the lens is first of all, huge, compared to my previous Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and with my Canon EF 50 f/1.8. It’s heavy but not that much in my hands, the camera with battery grip and the lens feels stable and comfortably handled.
Nothing to share with the wobbly feeling of the same set-up but with the 1.4Kg Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 mounted.
I’ll come back later today with some more impressions and maybe some test shots.
Here we are, I sold my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 few days ago.
My 7D just returned from Sigma (I had to give it to them to “fine tune” my 70-200 focus..more on this on another post).
Now I need to choose which way to go: prime or zoom?
I have a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (that plastic thing … right)
I have nothing from 0 to 50mm and from 50 to 70mm…
I shoot street.
I shoot postcards from the places I visit (wide angle, oh, wide angle!! where are you wide angle?)
Few choices available at the moment:
20mm (32mm equivalent)
35mm (56mm equivalent, a real useless lens on cropped sensors, I’d say)
50mm (80mm equivalent, good for portraits, maybe street)
60mm (96mm equivalent, good for macro, maybe portraits)
EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS (well the king for APS-C, but what if I one day go FF??)
EF 24-70 f/2.8L (well the king for FF, but a bit too long for APS-C isn’t it?)
EF 16-35 f/2.8 L (a good wide-angle lens on FF, what about the APS-C then?)
EF 17-40 f/4 L (the advantage here is that is the cheapest L lens on the market, but it’s f/4…one full stop less of light…)
EF 24-105 f/4 L (very good range but, still, f/4…)
No matter what I think now, tomorrow I’ll change my mind again and again and again…
Dam shit, what is the right way to go?!
Japan earthquakes strike again.
Not only the thousands of victims and the nuclear crisis but even export is extremely suffering after the first and today’s earthquake.
Poor Japan! Hey guys down there, keep your spirit up, we all care about you here.
Now to the topic, have you tried to go and ask your preferred dealer about prices for a new lens or camera body?
Not yet? Well simply don’t do it!
Prices are raising day after day. In my photo equipment shop I’ve been discouraged to buy new Canon equipment because of the temporary lack of deliveries. They told me to wait a few month that the situation normalizes.
I found it understandable and honest although a bit surprisingly against their own interest, isn’t it?
Thumbs up for them.
I think they will see me again as soon as “the situation go back to normal”.
How many times have you heard that the 7D is an extremely exigent camera for what concerns lens(es) quality?
If you answer never or not so many, well, you are very lucky and I really envy you from the deepest of my heart.
I am personally one of those 7D enthusiastic owners who dived into this lovely 18Mp ocean of dense quality without the right boat (read…the lens).
Yes because since from the very first moment I switched on my 7D having plugged my trusted Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (not VC) I felt some subtle sense of misunderstood expectations.
The sound of my crunchy Tamron autofocus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHxhJCY31FY) started being more a noise than a sound. The so widely decanted sharpness of my Tammy started fading out into a number of missed focus shots.
And I started googling to find a reason: was my lens suddenly broken? Was my camera having problem? Was it me starting to go blind (well that’s what autofocus is for isn’t it) ?
I tested many different autofocus calibration techniques, the three batteries test, the newspaper test, the focus target test…all of which failed miserably.
Yes, because you can start calibrating your lens focus with the camera provided menu but you are supposed to find consistent results out of it! Well that didn’t happen with my Tammy, it was alternating super sharp focusing to extremely front or back focus shots. Whenever I thought I reached THE calibration point the very next shot was totally missed.
Then I decided to abandon the calibration and live with my Tammy’s limitations.
The problem is very much evident when shooting at f/2.8 at speeds lower than 1/200s but who needs this?
(Sarcastic mode off)
Well I do!! Since I’m shooting most of the times indoor or in not the sunniest weather conditions.
To be continued…
how many websites and blogs have you ever visited?
Many, most likely even thousands, well how many out there have ever started a new one?
This is my first time starting a thematic blog, not just “hey there this is me talking abut my life”, so, where to start from?
Well, I thought that a blog dedicated to a digital SLR camera should start with…camera reviews…isn’t it?
So, let’s get started
And some very cool video reviews: