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Mar 26, 2008 10:47 as a reply to  @ post 2252735 |  #181

Primes are great when...

Prime lenses are great. Normally, they are usually lighter in weight, often-sharper and normally have wider apertures than many zoom lenses. The only downside is that they do not zoom.

In the many-many years in which no self-respecting photographer would touch a still-camera zoom lens, many professional photographers using 35mm and just about all photojournalists used multiple bodies in order to increase the versatility of their prime lenses.

Even though, I have several zoom lenses, I am a great proponent of the multiple camera body system. I believe that using more than one camera is tantamount to being essential when using primes and is still very handy when using zooms.

Switching lenses is simple and efficient when you are carrying two or more bodies. While you do not quite have the versatility of a zoom lens; using two or more bodies does free you from being locked into one focal length without the bother of switching lenses.

When using Leica M-2 film cameras, my favorite combination for general shooting was the 35mm on one body and 90mm on another. That combo was great for up close people shooting such as at a wedding reception (I never used 35mm equipment for the ceremony or portrait shots but, did use 35mm for wedding candids).

If a person was to use a 200mm on one body and a 100mm on the other, he or she would be pretty well set up for many shots requiring tele capability.

I have a 30D and a 350D. Between them, they are probably worth somewhere around the price of a 40D. However, I would much rather shoot with these two bodies than to be restricted to only one body and one lens at a time. IMO, these two bodies, set up with two great lenses, are more capable than a single 40D would be; even with the availability of those two lenses. Sure, I'd like a pair of 40D cameras, or even a pair of 30D's, but my two cameras do a great job!

My standard set-up these days is the two bodies with 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses attached. I carry one body on a strap around my neck and the other body with a hand strap attached, ready to shoot in a holster case at my left side. With these two lenses, I have a great focal range with awesome image quality. I don't miss the gap between 55mm-70mm a bit!


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Mar 26, 2008 11:06 |  #182

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With 1.4x TC attached:

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Wow that is an awesome shot! Great job!


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Apr 04, 2008 13:47 as a reply to  @ ben_r_'s post |  #183

A little tough to follow the incredibly fabulous images above! But here's one I took this afternoon indoors after receiving this fine lens. Not much done in PP except a boost in contrast, slight lightening of shadows and a tiny bit of sharpening. (forgot to add - slight color correction)

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Apr 06, 2008 09:57 |  #184

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Nephew's baptism; ISO 800, 1/160 @ 2.8

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I love this. Was this hand-held?


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Apr 06, 2008 10:59 as a reply to  @ Mum2J&M's post |  #185

Thanks! It was. I'm a monopod kinda guy but for this I used the church pew as a brace.


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Apr 10, 2008 16:32 |  #186

used a a set of Kenko tubes to get closer to the subject, which measures approximately 1/4" across the top. It's s small cone of tamarack tree (a relative, I guess), found in the interior of Alaska.


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Apr 15, 2008 15:07 as a reply to  @ Rafromak's post |  #187

One of my favourite lenses!

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Apr 15, 2008 18:11 |  #188

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One of my favourite lenses!

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Gorgeous pics! Wish I could've afforded to keep mine, but had to sell it in order to get the shorter focal lengths for now. Your shots look great - and sharp!


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Apr 16, 2008 09:55 as a reply to  @ Mum2J&M's post |  #189

If you've got a flash with a long enough reach it takes great portraits too! :)


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Apr 16, 2008 16:59 |  #190

Stan43 wrote in post #2978165 (external link)
Just got from spring break. Loved the 200 2.8. Size , colors, IQ . You can shoot low key.
Enjoyed the scenery.

I will need some 100% crops of specified areas in order to evaluate properly. (the spring break image)




  
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Apr 16, 2008 17:48 |  #191

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If you've got a flash with a long enough reach it takes great portraits too! :)

Very nice, I like the compression it gave to that group shot.

Question: Were the lines/stripes on their legs caused by the flash or some sort of reflection of the sunlight (e.g. off a car windshield)?


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Apr 16, 2008 18:49 as a reply to  @ John_TX's post |  #192

one with the kenko 1.4 stack at f4. no flash natural light.

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Apr 17, 2008 12:52 as a reply to  @ Bill Pham's post |  #193

Were the lines/stripes on their legs caused by the flash or some sort of reflection of the sunlight

Well spotted! They're actually sat infront of a swimming pool. The lines are the flash reflecting off of the water. (something I didn't consider) :rolleyes:


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Apr 17, 2008 14:47 |  #194

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Well spotted! They're actually sat infront of a swimming pool. The lines are the flash reflecting off of the water. (something I didn't consider) :rolleyes:

At least you had the common sense to back up to the other side of the pool before taking the shot!

I can see it now "one sec, let me take a few more steps back so I can fit everyone into the frame...splash!" :mrgreen:

Definitely something I would have done!


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Apr 18, 2008 13:48 as a reply to  @ John_TX's post |  #195

one sec, let me take a few more steps back so I can fit everyone into the frame...splash!"

Reading that made me cringe! My poor 5D!!! :eek:


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