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Old Posted Jan 27, 2013, 8:19 PM
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I picked up two new lenses for my upcoming trip to India. I was in dire need of a fast, mid range lens and the Canon 50 1.2 fit the bill. I picked up the Canon 40mm 2.8 as well, looking for a cheap, small, discrete, lightweight lens. Some test shots below. I was shooting in small jpeg mode so the quality isn't what it could be. Was more interested in focusing speed and DOF.



A shot from the 50mm. I think this was at 2.5. The depth of field at 1.2 is incredibly narrow. The 40 isn't much larger than the bottom lens and body caps when they are screwed together.



Two shots from the 40. For a such a small lens it packs a nice punch.



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Old Posted Jan 28, 2013, 4:39 PM
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Cool.. That 40mm is a funny looking thing, like those pancake lenses for the compact interchangeable lens cameras out now.
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Old Posted Feb 28, 2013, 11:51 PM
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Forgot to post this here. My most recent acquisition:

Sigma 10-20 f3.5 EX DC HSM


Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 by DiskoJoe, on Flickr

This is the model that was out before the most recent. Got a steal on it getting it used for only $300 from a friend who takes uber good care of his lenses. He was having an aps-c clearance of his old gear and going completely full frame.

So now my gear list includes the following:

Cameras:

Sony a580
Sony a200
Minolta srt-101
Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL
Canon eos Rebel

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Sigma 10-20 f3.5
sigma 17-50 f2.8
sigma 70-210 f2.8
Minolta MC 50 f1.7
Minolta MC 28 f2.8
Minolta MD 50 f1.4
Yashinan 50 f1.8
Mamiya /Sekor 55 f1.4

Flash:
Sony hvl-42am

Eventually I still want to add either a Zeiss or Sigma 85mm f1.4 and a Zeiss 135mm F1.8. Neither seems likely to happen soon. I am also thinking about upgrading my back a200 to something newer. Sony has a new model, the a58 coming out soon. I plan on going to check on out once they hit stores later this year. yall can check out the a58 here and tell me what you think from what sony rumored so far.

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-f...-nex-3n-specs/
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Old Posted Mar 5, 2013, 10:52 PM
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I recently got one of these to goof around with ($25 anywhere):



It's a little tricky to use and has an f-stop of around f/22ish. The camera reads it as f/00 and doesn't recognize a lens is attached. It's just a plastic mount with no fancy electronics. Also say goodbye to a useful viewfinder with this attached; you can barely see anything you're shooting. It has 4 manual focus modes: 'Single person', 'Multiple People', 'Huge group of people', and 'Mountains'. I'm using it on a Canon Rebel T3i.

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ISO-100, f/?, 1/20

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ISO-100, f/?, 1/40

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ISO-100, f/?, 1/15

Holga by Ryan Dravitz, on Flickr

ISO-100, f/?, 1/20

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Old Posted Mar 6, 2013, 8:44 AM
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I got that same Holga lens for Canon. One need to shoot under direct sunlight or with flash with that thing

I also have the Canon 40mm Pancake. Very good lens for that price range.
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2013, 5:27 PM
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Just came in today! So excited to use it!

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Old Posted Mar 29, 2013, 5:50 AM
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I just got this. I cannot wait to really try it out.


My new Canon 70-200 f/4 IS USM by raptoralex, on Flickr
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Just came in today! So excited to use it!

I own this lens and love it, RyanD. Good purchase, no doubt about it!

Oh, I guess I should mention my recent purchase, a Nikon D7100...

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Life in wide angle is good. Congrats on the 7100 too aaron. The sample pics I saw were really nice.
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Old Posted Apr 19, 2013, 12:40 PM
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I own this lens and love it, RyanD. Good purchase, no doubt about it!
I also have this lens.. it's my favorite!!
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I also have this lens.. it's my favorite!!
Yeah, the Sigma 10-20mm pretty much kicks ass, no doubt about it!

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One of my buddies has the AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2. He let me play with it a bit:




It is a very large, heavy lens, and it is also incredibly sharp. These are not studio portraits shot in front of a seamless. These are outdoor natural light portraits taken at our campsite. There are trees, bushes, and other foliage just a few meters behind the subjects in these shots, and as you can see, at f/2 everything melts into a smooth, creamy haze.

Beautiful lens, but not terribly practical, and at $6000 it's not a lens I'll be getting any time soon.
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Holy crap, that lens is amazing!

Oh, I guess I should mention I now own the Nikkor 105mm f2.8 Macro lens... Thanks, photoLith! Haha

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It was something else. The 105 Macro is also an incredibly sharp lens, you'll love it, congrats.
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Holy crap, that lens is amazing!

Oh, I guess I should mention I now own the Nikkor 105mm f2.8 Macro lens... Thanks, photoLith! Haha

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You don't own it yet, not til you pay me and I'm letting you have it for cheap as shit, since that lens was basically my rent.
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You don't own it yet, not til you pay me and I'm letting you have it for cheap as shit, since that lens was basically my rent.


But of course!

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Well, my Canon XSi that has been to Key West to Waikiki and many points between bit the dust. I decided to go with the 60D - so far just snapping shots and getting a feel for it but I'm liking it already:



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So after borrowing it for a couple of weeks, and under threat of having to return it I went ahead and bought the Nikkor 14-24 2.8.

Updated list of gear:

D90
D800
F80

Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II
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One of my buddies has the AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2. He let me play with it a bit:

It is a very large, heavy lens, and it is also incredibly sharp. These are not studio portraits shot in front of a seamless. These are outdoor natural light portraits taken at our campsite. There are trees, bushes, and other foliage just a few meters behind the subjects in these shots, and as you can see, at f/2 everything melts into a smooth, creamy haze.

Beautiful lens, but not terribly practical, and at $6000 it's not a lens I'll be getting any time soon.
Yeah the cream cheese factory is nice but only useful for a professional that specializes in portraits. Not really good for anything else.
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Yeah the cream cheese factory is nice but only useful for a professional that specializes in portraits. Not really good for anything else.
I tend to agree. A true professional portrait photographer, sure. No question about it. But in terms of lenses for the semi-pro or enthusiast photographer, I still recommend sticking to the "basics", with perhaps a couple of more exotic lenses for fun/interesting shots...

That being said, those portraits taken with the lens in question were simply sublime!

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