Lens with "wow" effect !! :-))

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Schwany
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More Wow!

nelsonal wrote:

Look familiar? Just about every stereotypical men's activity has ongoing debate over the best tools and usually a secondary debate over skill vs tool quality.

I didn't look. I'll take you word for it.

I'd like to brag about my favorite hammer. It's a 20 ounce Stiletto flat face straight claw finish hammer. I found it with a busted handle about 35 years ago. I sharpened the claws and replaced the handle. I think I'm into it for about $5.50. My return on investment is massively better than it is on any lens I've ever purchased. I made enough money to buy a house with it. It could be a wow hammer.

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DFPanno
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I'll play...

I understand the context/nature of your question.

50L

100 2.8 Macro

70-200 2.8 II

I own the first two and rent the last.

I am an average photographer that has produced incredible images with all three. In my case the lenses are a very big part of it.

guitarist
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Re: Lens with "wow" effect !! :-))

for me the 14L is tops...love it

then the 35L... less used though

and the 85L

also the 70-200 II I.S.

the 14L and 85L are specialty lenses ...maybe somewhat difficult to use 'right'

(I make no claims to expertise ... still learning)

but they seem to help me get a different look

I am assuming 'wow' to mean ...a lens that adds or allows things ...a notch above the others...

the 70-200 II is amazing... so well behaved in every way ...except for the weight... ha!

and it takes a 2xTC so well



and with an extension tube is very useful





I love using the 14L II

I use it more than the macro now... it changed me and what I look at.

and I already had the 16-35 II ... the 14L II ... is different





and the 85L has some interesting potential...fun to play with....

especially in the soft morning light....





these lenses feel and act like they are really worth the $$....

they enable me ... a little bit more... and NOW I think in terms of what 'extra' bit I can get from them...that I cant from others.

when you find a tool that really, really works a bit better than the others..

then you go to it ...and not the others....like a very good wrench ... versus a never-used one...

just my thoughts though

TOM

gdanmitchell
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Re: Lens with "wow" effect !! :-))
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The only true "wow" lens, as any proper lens connoisseur knows without asking, is the 1956 39.5mm Heptagon Mega L v. 58 B (Czechoslovakia model) with the German manual extender modification screw attachment and the maximum f/1. 39 aperture and the unique crank-operated tilt-shift mechanism. The optical spatial construction of the crystalline substructure was temporally modified by skilled enigmatic craftsmen under the tutelage of the original optical specialist of the Third Order, who each spent at least 14 years mastering their art while performing menial manual manipulations and modifications of modular componentry that had been properly aged and then conditioned in alpine ice caves in order to ensure thermo-stable meta-optical stability and compound image purity. The ineffable and subtle purity of the drawing power of this legendary optic can turn any photographer into a Cartier-Bresson, an Adams, or an Avedon, as the case may be. Unbeknownst to the general population and only shared among the elect who have been chosen to experience the spiritual perfection of the Heptagon optic, this is actually the primary factor behind the creation of virtually all truly great photography during the past 100 years. Some have come close, but none have achieved greatness without it. Why, the effect is simply magical. All I can say is...

.wow.

DFPanno
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Great response....

One of the few where the spirit of the response matched the spirit of the post.

Some people just don't know how to have fun.

Alastair Norcross Veteran Member • Posts: 6,543
Re: Lens with "wow" effect !! :-))

All my lenses make me say "wow!" sometimes. The ones that do it most often are the 70-200 F2.8 L IS II, and the 35L. The 70-200 is an amazing lens for sports and wildlife (often with a converter). Combined with the 7D it focuses lightning fast and very accurately:

The 35L is incredible for low light. It is sharp, even wide open, and has a great background blur:

Wide open at F1.4

Much as I love my 35L, I am seriously tempted by the new 35 F2 IS, if it's just as sharp. I think 4 stops of IS will more than compensate for losing 1 stop of light, and it's lighter and cheaper.

I've just got the 100 macro IS, and a couple of test shots have made me say "wow!", not because they are great shots, but because of how slow the IS lets me take them. This is a non-macro shot handheld at 1/13. That's 1/13 of a second on a crop camera, giving a field of view equivalent of 160mm on full frame!

And here's a macro, close to 1:1, handheld at 1/40, 100% crop:

Lincoln's eye on a $5 bill--pretty small

I think the 100L will replace my 85 F1.8 as an indoor tight portrait lens.

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William DIllard Senior Member • Posts: 2,492
Re: Lens with "wow" effect !! :-))

Philippe R wrote:

Hi you all,

I have read a post on someone looking for a lens that produces a "wow" factor.....

So let's have it, what do you consider a lens with a definite "wow" effect

Please specify the lens, the body it's used on, and of course your use...

Include examples if you had some handy

I'll start, in my bag, the WOW effect, is had by :

the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II for sports

the EF 135mm f/2 L for portraits

the EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS for sports and wildlife

I use mainly now 1DX or 5D III

Cheers and looking forward to reading your posts !!!

Phil

My Canon 1002.8 macro is not a lens I'd use everyday but I think when used as a portriat or candid lens the bokeh often will make someone go wow !

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guitarist
guitarist Senior Member • Posts: 2,725
Re: Great response....

thanks

I am an electrical engineer... but NOT so 'thing oriented' ... worshiping the gear...

that I lose my inventiveness... my art-sense

the hardware is fun....  but we ALL want to make art with it....

I believe a WOW lens ... is one that 'finally' works like we had hoped...or even surprises us...

How about a 'wow' guitar...

well, a $110,000   Jimmy DeAquisto Cremora archtop guitar is really nice..

but the $75 Sears Silvertone guitar......MAY...... be the one ...

...that writes THAT song ....at the beach............that tells the whole storyl

I get that

AND those rich harmonics from top of the Stradivarius...unobtainable on a student model....

MAY just be the discovered inspiration we need.... it is all good

The photographer AND the instrument... both are important.... to the creation

PLUS..............I get excited when stuff ...works....    WOW!

thanks for ...getting... my comments

I like this forum ...I learned a lot here...

people have a ton of ideas ....that I like to hear about...always

TOM

guitarist
guitarist Senior Member • Posts: 2,725
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love the runner ...perfect

and also the wine-glass capture...

thanks for those

yes the 70-200 II    is always ahead of the pack .....

I wonder what Canon will do with the 35L...with a 35L II...

weather..lower CA etc...

they have a shot here to blow away all the various primes  - I believe

with the new model

I dont use 50mm I like 35mm as normal ..looks good to me

guitarist
guitarist Senior Member • Posts: 2,725
Re: Lens with "wow" effect !! :-))

hey

is WOW  the same as POP...

it sure seems so..

this one pops out... great shot

yes I like my 100L macro... it is up there in WoW territory

OP Philippe R Contributing Member • Posts: 950
Re: More Wow!

Schwany wrote:

nelsonal wrote:

Look familiar? Just about every stereotypical men's activity has ongoing debate over the best tools and usually a secondary debate over skill vs tool quality.

I didn't look. I'll take you word for it.

I'd like to brag about my favorite hammer. It's a 20 ounce Stiletto flat face straight claw finish hammer. I found it with a busted handle about 35 years ago. I sharpened the claws and replaced the handle. I think I'm into it for about $5.50. My return on investment is massively better than it is on any lens I've ever purchased. I made enough money to buy a house with it. It could be a wow hammer.

WOW Hammer !!!

at last someone with real humor !!!

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OP Philippe R Contributing Member • Posts: 950
Re: Great response....

DFPanno wrote:

One of the few where the spirit of the response matched the spirit of the post.

Some people just don't know how to have fun.

Yeah, that's the tone i was hoping from you guys, not the skill vs tool argument...

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OP Philippe R Contributing Member • Posts: 950
Re: Lens with "wow" effect !! :-))

William DIllard wrote:

Philippe R wrote:

Hi you all,

I have read a post on someone looking for a lens that produces a "wow" factor.....

So let's have it, what do you consider a lens with a definite "wow" effect

Please specify the lens, the body it's used on, and of course your use...

Include examples if you had some handy

I'll start, in my bag, the WOW effect, is had by :

the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II for sports

the EF 135mm f/2 L for portraits

the EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS for sports and wildlife

I use mainly now 1DX or 5D III

Cheers and looking forward to reading your posts !!!

Phil

My Canon 1002.8 macro is not a lens I'd use everyday but I think when used as a portriat or candid lens the bokeh often will make someone go wow !

Superb ! with a great WOW effect indeed !!

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barriejb New Member • Posts: 14
The Wrong Approach and Wide Angles

Many years ago, at the time of the first US Gulf war, I saw a photo on the cover of Time Magazine (or maybe it was Newsweek). It was of a young widow at the funeral of her dead (marine?) husband. She had a look of utter resolve and determination on her face as her hands rested on her knees clutching the hands of her two young children. Although I am not an American, this image has seared itself into a little corner of my brain where it replays quite frequently like I am holding that magazine in front of me.

The lens the photographer used is irrelevant because it is not the lens that made this a wow image, as most photographers here know very well.

But, to try to give some idea of what lens might get an image that sells (and therefore presumably has something of a wow factor in it), take a look at the focal lengths most used at Reuters. This is not an accident:

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/12/02/the-most-popular-cameras-and-settings-for-reuters-best-photos-of-the-year-2012/

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Arkon
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Canon EF 28 mm f2.8 USM IS

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guitarist
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Re: The Wrong Approach and Wide Angles

hey ......that was interesting

thanks for the link

makes sense

shows what some think  is a dependable, capable camera/lens combo

and what setting....

the 16-35 wideopen ....or the 70-200 f2.8 wideopen

and a fast 1D...

seems to be at-the-ready ...mostly...with these shooters....

with the right tools... they now are waiting for the 'moment' and the composition that works (if they have time to decide)

thanks for the info

TOM

Schwany
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Yeah, I'm full of it

Philippe R wrote:

WOW Hammer !!!

at last someone with real humor !!!

There's a lot more where that came from.

Quickie high ISO shot of said Wow Hammer.

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Knipser63 Regular Member • Posts: 363
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For me it depends on isolation subjects and the rendering of the background. Sometimes I get a Wow with my 50 1,4, sometimes with my 70-200 4,0 and sometimes even with my 17-40. I must committ that after upgrading to FF from APS-C I have more wow's than before, so it may have something to do with sensor-size, too.

Cheers from Bavaria

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bvphotos Regular Member • Posts: 259
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For me it's my 100mm f2 lens. Cheap, fast AF, sharp and beautiful bokeh.

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Darrell52 Senior Member • Posts: 1,396
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I have two "special' lenses

Canon 24-70 f/2.8 MkII



and my Zeiss 21mm f/2.8



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