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11.02.19         photography  

No Lens is the Same


Yes, every lens is different. It will be well worth your time to inspect and test your new lens beyond what you expect to normally shoot with it. Know it strengths and weaknesses from the beginning, before your return date expires.

Also important to note that the calibration of lenses can change over time, we will discuss micro focus adjusting in a soon up coming video.

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11.01.19         movie reviews  

Terminator Dark Fate


It was awesome. The best since T2, not perfect, but dang good. Ill likely see it again in theaters.

10.29.19         photography  

Canon 90D vs 80D & 7Dii


My 90D FB Page

The 90D Overall is a better camera, but there are reasons to go with the 7Dii or not upgrade. The main reason, the lenses!

List of lenses on my blog that have enough Resolving Powe

Check out my Crash Course for these cameras
Canon 90D Crash Course
Canon 80D Crash Course
Canon 7Dmkii Crash Course

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10.26.19         photography  

Canon 90D M6ii Lenses - Which have enough Resolving Power? Which Do not?


See list of lenses below the video. This is an ongoing list as we compile more information.



So the Canon 90D Sensor (and M6II) have a pixel pitch of about 3.2 microns, which means lenses used will likely need to have better resolving power than the list Canon Recommended for the 5Ds and 5DSR.

Many of these lenses have been confirmed in our FB group: Michael's Canon 90D FB Group

Canon's Lens Recommendations For the 5DS and 5DSR. I have added a couple to this list that should have enough:

Confirmed = Multiple Users have demonstrated with images on our FB group
Unconfirmed = Verbal Only from different sources
50/50- Some good, some bad examples from the FB group, might come down to the copy you have
Italics = Likely /Likely Not (Depending on list) based on MTF Charts

Zoom Lenses

EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM (Confirmed)
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM (Confirmed)
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x

Wide angle fixed focal lenses

TS-E 17mm f/4L
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Standard fixed focal length lenses

EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

Telephoto fixed focal length lenses

EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
TS-E 90mm f/2.8
EF 100mm f/2 USM
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM (Confirmed)
EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM (Confirmed)
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Canon APS-C Lenses

APSC Zooms

Canon 10-18 4.5-5.6- Good, Not Great, better when stopped down.
Canon 15-85 3.5-5.6 -(Confirmed)
Canon 18-135 2.3-5.6 (Confirmed) - Good, Not Stellar
Canon 55-250 f4-5.6 (Confirmed- Get the newer version)
EF 70-300mm 4-5/6 (50/50 - Ive seen some good ones and soft ones, It might come down to the copy you have, the newer copies do much better)

APSC Primes
Canon EF-S 24 STM (Confirmed)
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM (uncomfirmed)
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (Confirmed)

Third Party Lenses that Seem to be Working Well:

Wides:
- Sigma 18-35 1.8 (Confirmed)
- Tokina 11-20 2.8 (Uncomfirmed)
-Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II

Normal:
- Sigma 17-50 2.8 (50/50)
- Tamron 24-70 Di VC USD G2 (Decent but, Much better stopped down)

Telephoto:

Sigma 50-100 1.8 (Confirmed)
Sigma 100-400 f/5.6-6.3 C (Confirmed)
Tamron SP DI VC USD 150-600 G2 (Confirmed)
Sigma 150-600 Contemporary Lens

Lenses That Do Not Seem to have Enough Resolving Power

Wide Angle

- Canon 10-22 3.5-4.5 (Not Likely)

Zoom Lenses
- Tamron 16-300 3.5-6.3 Confirmed Low Resolving
- Tamron 18-270 (Not Likely)
- Tamron 18-400 (*We have seen both good and bad images with it, seems like a good copy will work)
- Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC (50/50)
- Canon 24-70 2.8 I - (Not Likely)
- Canon 24-105 f4, Both I and II - Confirmed Low Resolving- (Soft wide open, a little better at f8)
- Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 v1 (very soft at the 400mm Focal Length)(Confirmed Low Resolving)

Primes-
- 400 5.6 - 50/50

Feel free to leave links in the comments that demonstrate good or bad samples and I will add them

10.26.19         movie reviews  

The Current War


I really enjoyed it, but this is a subject matter that others might not find engaging. Inventions, electricity, egos, entrepreneurship, history, Tesla, inability to navigate psychological obstacles. Awesome! A definite rental, but if you are fans of any of the above, you will appreciate it. Nothing else came out this week that I was interested in.

10.23.19         photography  

Canon 90D (& M6ii) vs 80D 70D XT3 A6400 5D4 Dynamic Range




Here are my preliminary tests for Dynamic Range for the Canon 90D and M6ii (basically the same sensor performance wise) as they compare with other cameras. You are looking for a couple things:

1. The point where you can no longer see a distinct line between two of the numbers.
2. Artifacts that hide these borders as it gets darker.
3. Important to keep in mind 90D and M6ii are 32.5 MP.

Note- This is not an ISO noise test, which is something else. Most shots were taken at ISO 100, the XT3 was at 160. Color differences can usually be explained by WB settings.
Makes me realize how bad that 70D sensor was!
Notice how much "cleaner" the 5D4 is, but all has streaking in the higher numbers.
XT3 was tested at ISO 160.
I believe Sony's 24 MP sensor is getting old now. It still has posterization issues, 90D does not. (Looking for black bricks between numbers) Sorry about the lint!

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10.19.19         photography  

Buried Alive for 27 Days - Unexpected Photojournalism


We live in a day and age where everyone has the ability to unexpectedly become a photojournalist.  this is my crazy first-hand example of how it happened to me.

Evans story

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10.18.19         movie reviews  

Maleficent 2 - Mistress of Evil


Painfully boring. You will regret spending money on this.

10.15.19         photography  

Adapting Lenses: When it’s a bad idea


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10.07.19         instagram  

Maven Strap Giveaway - The new colors and...


Maven Strap Giveaway - The new colors and packaging just arrived! Tan, Grey, Navy, Pink and Olive. (Most are 50”, the pink is 42”). I’m giving away 3 pairs in the next week. All you need to do to enter:

1. Follow me, Michael The Maven
2. Tag one person who might want a strap, WITH the COLOR you’d want to gift them. :) (Note: we also have, black, bright blue, and purple available)
That’s it! Next week I’ll randomly pick 3 winners, both you and the person you chose will get a free strap of the color you selected. Good luck! #canon #giveaway #freecontest #canon90D #mavenstrap #nikon #sony

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