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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax 645z
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:57:08 PM »
It's unfortunate that the sensor size isn't even twice that of full frame, I have to wonder what it is that makes the body so much bigger when the sensor is only 10mm taller?
What's the buffer depth in RAW?

I guess it's a nice product for what it is, but I still don't see it being 3x better than a 5D3/D800.

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:31:26 PM »
Make the SL1 design mirrorless with a more solid body and your problems are solved. EF/EF-S lens compatibility and a form-factor that people are familiar with and like.

One up that, since it's mirrorless use the extra space to put a full frame sensor in the SL1 body.

The primary benefit of mirrorless for me is not size, it's being able to accurately manual focus at f1.4 with the viewfinder.

The reduced size is nice though.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 650-1300mm
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:03:45 PM »
I haven't heard anything particularly good about the Samyang Telescope lenses. Lots of people like some of the other telescopes (often Russian), but you're probably better off putting the money toward an SX50HS, which has some proven performance compared to modern supertelephoto lenses.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 04:44:31 AM »
Thanks, JD, and I just found another review of sorts:

I read that earlier... Now it just comes down to pulling the trigger.  I think the worst thing in the world is that Amazon had the 35 art for 699 last christmas... so if I wait long enough, I can get the 50 art for 749 new... and that's going to drive me nuts. 

But it is only taking a loss on the lens if I ever decide to sell it... and I'm thinking it is hear to stay just like may 70-200 mkii and my 100L... and it would be nice to have a wide open sharp lens that isn't too long.  The 85 was practically useless indoors, and 35 feels too wide open for me... so 50mm is the goldielocks slice of perfection...

I'm so glad to hear someone else pointing out that 50mm definitely has advantages over 85mm. Earlier I almost posted a rant about one of my (admittedly few) experiences trying to shoot 85mm indoors. Frustrating to say the least.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:42:56 PM »
If more reviews come out like SLR Gear's, will Canon and Nikon step up their game or will they just admit defeat? Sigma is making it really difficult it even consider a 35mm or 50mm from another manufacturer.

I'm hoping Canon can do a 50mm f1.4 (or even f2) IS, that would be both something new and highly desirable.

They were smart. They knew they needed to keep it under the psychological $1000 threshold, so it seems like a bargain and it is clearly less than the OEM.  But OTOH, they had a ton of built-up demand so they wanted to get close to $1000.   Brilliantly done.

I have no problem with Sigma milking this lens, I'm sure they could use a cash cow right now and if it means they will be better able to produce more fantastic lenses like it then I'm all for it.
Once their sales figures as a whole look a little more like Canon then we can get picky about price.

Now we just need to see whether the images at the extreme ends are actually worth anything.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji Full Frame X-PRO2 coming 2015
« on: April 09, 2014, 02:54:05 PM »
Given that Canon is probably going to lay all their cards down in September, Fuji has about a year to convince me I don't want to upgrade to another Canon.

Whether or not it has a mirror is completely beside the point, I want Fuji controls.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:51:36 PM »

We now have a direct comparison from the same testers.

What's more, they updated the 50A review with some comparisons. The conclusions are pretty interesting. It'll be nice once we have comparisons from more than one reviewer.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:15:06 PM »
I think it is a marketing mistake not to make Lightroom mobile as a stand alone app. It could've become their gateway product.

Yup. Right now I'm just looking for any way to get a mobile computer to edit photos, whoever comes up with that first wins.

Somehow I expect Canon will get DPP to mobile before anyone else puts out a decent standalone program. Of course with all the X86 tablets coming out now I may well just abandon ARM devices altogether.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:45:14 PM »
I just saw the Fuji56f1.2 review on SLR gear, it and the Sigma 50A are extremely close. The Fuji goes to f1.2 and weighs half as much, but the Sigma is slightly sharper and critically (for me) provides much better close focus.
I'm afraid I'll have to take the Sigma for it's close focus ability (should be fantastic on crop), but if I ever get a Fuji that lens is a must have.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 06, 2014, 06:54:09 PM »
Could you post a link to the lenstip.com comparison where you are getting your information? Sight unseen, I would bet the house the Sigma 35 is nowhere close to the Otus 55 in the corners @ f1.4

The Otus:


The Sigma 35 Art:


I would put the Sigma at ~39 lpmm center, 31 lpmm APS-C edge, and 28.5 lpmm FF edge.  The Otus at ~38 lpmm center, 33 lpmm APS-C edge, and ~28 lpmm FF edge. 

Both, very remarkable for f/1.4.

The D3x on the Otus actually has the advantage there, but the Sigma 35A still compares favourably at f1.4 and f2.
As we have learned from Lensrentals there can be a ton of variation between tests, so this is definitely not conclusive, but it is very (very) promising.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 06, 2014, 02:16:27 AM »

if the bokeh on this 50mm is  reasonable...this lens will be hard to get....for a while...  IMO

I certainly hope so, both for Sigma's sake and for my wallet. With all the stuff coming out this year I wouldn't mind if every lens they make immediately flies off the shelf until sometime next year. technically my 18-35f1.8 with a 7D2 will do everything I could want, but I'm a sucker for a good deal (and this lens is more than just a good deal).

now I want an 85mm f1.4 Arts lens...hurry hurry....

I am delighted... this 50mm is looking so good
I hear June availability...on the 50mm


Plus if you're shooting on crop this lens is going to be an utterly fantastic 80mm equivalent. Those chart readings with the 7D are phenomenal, at the same f/stop it's even better than the 18-35f1.8 at 35mm (though that lens does even better at the wide end).

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X & EOS-1D C Cold Weather Autofocus Issues
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:37:40 PM »
I'm surprised they're bothering at all given that every camera manual I've ever seen just says not to use it below freezing.

I shoot on a t4i and currently own just two lenses - the Canon 85 1.8, and the Canon 40 2.8. I generally use the 85 outdoors and the 40 indoors, and that works pretty well for me.

The quality difference between my two lenses is pretty big though. The bokeh on my 85 is awesome, and it's also super sharp. I know this is a little biased because I generally use it in better lighting conditions, but I think it's objectively a much better lens. I'd like to get something just as good for my indoor uses (parties, pictures of my 1 year old, etc).

One option would be the Sigma 35mm 1.4, which is at the very top of the price range I could consider ($900). Coming in a little less would be the Canon 35mm 2.0. Would I notice enough of a quality upgrade going from the 40 to the 35? Anything else I should be considering?


I know it wasn't one of the requested options, but, if you're willing to spend $900 on a new lens just for indoors, get a 6D on sale and keep using the Pancake (I love the Pancake on my 5D2). The 6D will give you 1.3 stops extra low light performance with the same lens, bring new life to every lens you have now and get from then on, and you have all the benefits associated with having a high end camera (mild weather sealing, AF microadjust, custom settings on the mode dial! wireless connectivity, have you seen how long the battery lasts on the 6D? Shall I go on?).

I must say, that's a pretty good result from the T2i.

I'm really looking forward to getting an SX60HS, having something so compact with such a diverse focal length range is going to be fantastic.
I'm a fanatic for value/cost ratios, and this thing has it out the wazoo (if it actually performs as we expect, it's still entirely possible that the last 1,000mm of focal length is going to be there just for marketing).

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