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09-14-2009, 09:32 PM   #1
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Bokeh... I finally understand

I got to shoot a couple shots with a 200mm 1.8

Sweet


Unfortunately it was white... but I think I finally get what the hub-bub is all about.


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09-14-2009, 09:57 PM   #2
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Hmm...

09-14-2009, 10:00 PM   #3
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You are just gonna have to believe me... It was a pro's camera and his card... I asked him to send me the shots, but he had taken about 1000 today, so who knows if I will ever see them.
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Wow, that's mighty fast for a telephoto.
Post it up if you do eventually get it.

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Was it the IS or non-IS?


Either way...heckuva lens that'll do stuff nothing else will.
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I think this thread should be moved.






....to HELL!




But imagine what this would have done:
http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/primes/_prototype/K300f2.html
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The canon 200mm f/1.8 L is not an IS lens...it's an incredibly good lens that is quite rare, and I have access to one. It's too short for proper wildlife work, and it's too long for portraits. 200mm has always for me, been a truly oddball focal length...it isn't particularly useful for much.
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It was absolutely the perfect length for what this guy was using it for. He was taking shots of Celebs / CEO's on a stage during their presentations. That is what worked in my eyes, even at the 200mm tele length the subjects popped out of the smooth blurred background.

My guess is that is what he uses this for most of the time.

But you are right it is not long enough for wildlife. And I would hate to hall it though the brush!
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Flickr: The 200mm f 1.8 Pool

this is a flickr group of that lens.. check it out.. there are lots of pics, taken with this lens..

i liked this one

Train Conductor on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mystic Quote
Flickr: The 200mm f 1.8 Pool

this is a flickr group of that lens.. check it out.. there are lots of pics, taken with this lens..

i liked this one

Train Conductor on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I thought the "Train Conductor" photo was a great one as well. Though this guy really seems to be "enjoying" his lens....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
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It was absolutely the perfect length for what this guy was using it for. He was taking shots of Celebs / CEO's on a stage during their presentations. That is what worked in my eyes, even at the 200mm tele length the subjects popped out of the smooth blurred background.

My guess is that is what he uses this for most of the time.

But you are right it is not long enough for wildlife. And I would hate to hall it though the brush!
I prefer 135mm lenses on film cameras for that sort of thing, Pentax is one of the few to ever make the A*135mm f/1.8 and it's a lens I really enjoy using on film cameras.. I don't use 135mm lenses on digital because that's the 200mm "dead zone" for me photographically speaking. for me, 135mm lenses (especially ones made by pentax) are REALLY good performers(there are a few bad eggs though). The FA77 comes close to this focal length but it just doesn't "feel" like a 135mm lens to me,(probably because it's 115mm on 1.5 format DSLRs) I never got the point of 105mm lenses. the FOV of the DA 70 just didn't do it for me.

- mind you I ADORE the FA77 on a LX or ME super, I find it's my most commonly used lenses on my film cameras.
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ah yes, the 200mm 1.8. if there ever was a canon lens I liked, it would be this. it has a magic, not unlike that of our 77mm Limited. a unique character, and in the right hands.... it doesn't get much better.
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I can imagine the photo you got Gus.

Although a different monster altogether, My 200mm f2.8 is spending a fair amount of time on my camera for a reason these day.
Like you said, the Bokeh can be incredible. I've shot birds at around 200 feet away, and still had the background blurred out.

However that sort of lens isn't for everyone. They're heavy, and at least with mine... hard to focus.
I was about to sell it, before I discovered the secret to using it
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
I got to shoot a couple shots with a 200mm 1.8

Sweet


Unfortunately it was white... but I think I finally get what the hub-bub is all about.
You are bad, you lure us with lens and buzz that we can't have. I think the closest lens that we can shoot with confidence and ease is the Pentax DA* 50-135mm and perhaps the outstanding DA* 200mm f/2.8 that we have with weather seal. While the DA* zoom is not as long as 200mm but that DA* zoom is the best in event photography that cover the portrait range wonderfully. And it has outstanding bokeh and sharpness that is prime like. I used it with Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 limited and the zoom rivals well with the prime.

If you feel compelled with the 200mm f/1.8 that we can't have, buy a copy of DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 and be content with the f/2.8 that we can afford. How much is that 200mm f/1.8? Any ballpark figure?

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