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Did Belgium-Germany for about 2 weeks with 5DIII, Zeiss 35/2, 50/1.4 and Canon 100/2. Love traveling with primes, just throw one on and work with it.

I also did Armenia with 5DIII, 17-40 and 100/2. Took along a Joby mini tripod for that one. I knew we would be looking at a lot of church and monastery interiors so wanted the wider angle, but I also knew they'd be dim so I wanted the tripod.

I guess my advice is to think about where you'll be going, what you'll be seeing and pack accordingly. Whatever the case, don't overwhelm with too much gear.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: May 22, 2014, 11:49:57 AM »
I'd just take the 5D plus that 35 f2 and 100 2.8. Outstanding IQ, no need to spend more dough.

For something you can put in a coat pocket the M + 22 f2 is hard to beat.


Fine, turn off the AF and treat it like a poor man's Otus which it gets pretty close. Problem solved  ;)

I tried that with the last Sigma 50 1.4 a couple years ago, the focus throw was way too short to be of much use in MF.

I agree with the poster above, these tests should really be using that USB dock before making a final judgment on AF issues. At least Sigma is trying to address a known issue (that said, that dock should be included with these lenses).

I also don't quite get how anyone can complain about having more excellent lens options. It's no longer the red ring or bust, Sigma has been doing exactly what people wished someone would do and make well-made lenses that compete optically with Canon's L offerings and at discounted prices. Every lens will have it's flaws - or I should say compromises (size, weight, optical performance wide open or in the corners) - but all things considered there are some really great new lenses on the market now, no need to nitpick the flaws. Just my 2 cents.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:40:16 PM »
Don't see how this could be viewed as anything but a winner if it comes in around $1,000 USD. Zeiss is better wide open across the frame - that's hard to do and you pay for it. But for 1/4 of the price this performance looks to be awesome.

I'm patiently awaiting some proper sample photos and a hands-on review, but it certainly looks VERY promising :) Not going to take away anything beyond that from these shots.

EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:21:22 AM »
Hi all,

Firstly let me just say - I don't mean to offend any Eos-m users by putting this post.
I am still keen is getting a smaller unit as an alternative to my 5dmk3 and I believe this is the Eos-m system.
However, with Canon releasing a new G1 camera and only releasing the Eos-M 2 in Japan and some parts of Asia, have they abandoned the Eos-m system? Should I wait later this year instead of getting the original Eos-m?

Thanks all,

I have both the M with 22 f2 and 5DIII.

If you want the M to be an alternate system to grow, then yes IMO it's a dead end system, at least (or especially) in North America.

If you want an M to be a small, lightweight, pretty high IQ occasional alternative to a big heavy DSLR, then you'll probably be very happy with it. I am :)

Lenses / Re: From Good to Great!
« on: February 05, 2014, 12:43:17 PM »

I was looking at the Focal stuff awhile back, but it seems that I read on the site, that it didn't fully work with the 5D3.

Does anyone know if they've fixed it yet?


It works just fine, but one small piece isn't fully automated. When it's running the AFMA test, it can't automatically change the AFMA settings in camera for you. So it'll do it's thing, take a bunch of shots, then a prompt will come up on screen that says "Set AFMA to -20/-10/0 etc. and click OK" - you do that, and it continues to run the test automatically. Really not a big deal, takes a couple seconds each time it asks.

Lenses / Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 or 24-70 mm II
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:51:11 AM »
Seems to me the lenses have different purposes. Zeiss is MF only, considered one of the best landscape lenses available. 24-70 2.8 II should offer best of the best AF capability plus outstanding IQ - it's a more versatile lens overall. Do you need speed and versatility, or a dedicated landscape lens?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:44:12 AM »
Will this lens offer image stabilization? I'm guessing, no. crucial for hand held video work~

You'll probably be very interested in Canon's 50 1.8 IS offering that should be out in 2014.

May finally be a good year for Canon 50 mm primes :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:20:47 AM »
Sold my Sigma 50 1.4 some time ago, AF issues were too much to bear.

I am sure this lens will be awesome in many ways, curious to see sample shots and bokeh. Always thought the bokeh on Sigma 50 1.4 was a little clinical looking, but it's a matter of taste.

I feel I've been burned by Sigma once, but this lens - along with that USB thing that allowed you to change focus adjustment at different levels between MFD and infinity - may get me to bite again.

I too have been reaching for the M over the 5DIII + Zeiss 35/2 quite often recently. The weight/size + IQ is a really nice package, especially getting it on sale during the clearance.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 16-20mm f/2 Coming?
« on: December 19, 2013, 10:51:58 AM »
Field of view changes a lot on the wide end of the spectrum so i don't have a problem with the zoom range. The f2 I'm not sure I get.

DPR has shots of it next to an old F1 body and can't believe how bulky this thing looks.

Reading reviews it seems they're not all the way there in some areas - AF sensitivity, handling, shutter blackout, battery life, lack of lens selection all seem like little annoyances that would add up.
I have the Sony a7 and this is my observation:
"AF sensitivity": Excellent ... if its the a7 (I'm told the a7r is not as good, but I've never tried it)
"Handling": Very Good
"Shutter blackout": Yes, it blacks out for a good part of a second after each shot.
"Battery life": Sucks cow n!pples ... lack of a charger sucks ever more.
"Lack of Lens selection": Yes, for the time being ... but if Sony delivers on their promise, we could see a good selection of lenses within 2 years.

Thanks for all that. Regarding AF sensitivity I've read that in low light it's a couple stops (for lack of correct words, perhaps) less sensitive than the 6D and even the 5DIII. Have you put it through it's paces in dim lighting?

Also seems to me many of the complaints out there could be fixed in firmware.


No one thinks that the a7's are going to kill DSLR. However, as I've recently read in a review, the a7's Mk II could. It's impossible not to see the potential, when you consider that they are a world first vs a decades-old, mature, established tech. Possibly surpassed tech? Time will tell.

They have class leading sensors, good tech inside, excellent (though momentarily few and a tad pricey) Zeiss branded AF lenses, and they can take pretty much any lens ever made. And they're small like a MFT camera - something that people like me, who take lots of planes, will be thankful for.

Good thoughts. I just recently found out these cameras existed and my initial thought was, holy crap this could actually replace a DSLR for most of my purposes. Reading reviews it seems they're not all the way there in some areas - AF sensitivity, handling, shutter blackout, battery life, lack of lens selection all seem like little annoyances that would add up. That doesn't mean that the next generation of these cameras won't address those concerns. Sony needs to stick with this platform, listen to users and develop it. Should be a real winner.

One other note on the A7 - I only handled one for a few minutes at B&H, but I have to say my little EOS M feels more rock solid than the A7. I'm sure it's built well but it just doesn't FEEL built well, if that makes sense.

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