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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 40mm stm verses 35mm IS lens?
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:19:21 AM »
The 40mm f/2.8 lens is a heck of a deal, but the 35mm f/2 IS is in a very different league.  When my 8 yr old daughter wants to go out and explore the joys of photography, I send her out with my old 5D classic and the 40mm pancake.  The body is a bit big for her hands (I don't have a smaller, cheaper model for her to use), but the pancake is small, light, and easy to use.  I don't personally have much of a use for it, but the 35mm IS would be something I'd use often.  That whole f stop advantage the 35mm lens has makes a big deal in low light environments.

yes.  they are both very very different lenses.  Personally, I don't use my 40 pancake that much.  even if you don't need the IS, I'm very particular on ergonomics.  it's going to be much easier to use for manual focusing and USM is faster than the STM motor.  and the wire-focusing thing... I really don't like that much.  It's small, light, and cheap.  If you don't need the smallest of lenses, the 35mm is really a great lens.

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Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 02:33:32 PM »
while I do think that 3k is quite high, depending on the quality of the lens, it isn't totally out of the water.  There wouldn't be a lens that could match up to the focus range.  11mm is significantly different from 12mm (duh).  and up to 24mm?  that's really good.  f4 is plenty.. 2.8 on 11mm is not necessary.  Plus with the iso capabilities of the sensors now.  Hopefully the price will drop to around 2k.  Although that would be a "steal" for what it's potentially about to offer. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:49:14 PM »
This is good news.  I tried the sigma 24-70mm 2.8 and it isn't good.  The 70-200mm 2.8 is also not too good.. both have slow and hunting af plus the vignetting is severe.

Which 70-200 did you use? I've got the 70-200 2.8 HSM (non OS) and I've used it to shoot a ton of basketball. The AF is fantastic. Maybe the Canon vII is a bit faster, I don't know, but to describe the Sigma as "slow and hunting" is utter hyperbole to the point of being disingenuous. I don't see any vignetting to speak of, although I'm shooting APS-H and usually cropped for composition.

Frankly, I'm pretty sick of the constant FUD surrounding Sigma AF. I've used several of their lenses, I currently own two, and none of them had any issues with AF that aren't also commonly found in Canon's own lenses or those of any other manufacturer, for that matter. The only people who ever seem to have issues seem to always have them with every single Sigma lens, over multiple copies, and just happen to always be big Canon fanboys whereas people who aren't invested in My Team fanboyism never seem to have any problems. Its really weird! And by this point so many people have been trained by the internet to expect AF problems with Sigma lenses that every time they miss focus the lens gets the blame, no matter what the actual reason might be. This doesn't happen with Canon lenses when they miss - its always operator error or "just the way it is".

As far as I'm concerned, Sigma makes great lenses that are 95% of the quality of the Canon equivalent at, often, half the price. Some of the newer Global Vision line is actually significantly better and still cheaper. Since, in the mind of the fanboy, Canon must be the best, always, there must be a downside, therefore Sigma can't AF. It gets pretty annoying.

Agree 100%, i almost put off buying the 35mm Art series because of this constant negative publicity. I'm glad i went through and bought it anyway, no AF problems whatsoever and was so pleased with the lens that i sold the Canon 35mm 1.4L. Currently i have no need for a 50mm otherwise i would gladly buy their 50mm, but a Art series 85mm, now that will be on my list for sure.

From my personal experience, the 24-70mm had very slow af and had enough hunting to make it annoying.  The 70-200mm just didn't impress me and it was the OS version.  It could have been a copy issue but what I used is what I'm going off of. That's all. And yes, the AF on those two lenses were slow..  haha   Without a doubt, when sigma revamps them, it'll probably be on par or better than canon equivalents.  Since the global vision thing, yes, their lenses are of something you should have in your arsenal.  I'm speaking of lenses years before. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:49:22 AM »
This is good news.  I tried the sigma 24-70mm 2.8 and it isn't good.  The 70-200mm 2.8 is also not too good.. both have slow and hunting af plus the vignetting is severe.  A 24-70mm f2?? That sounds amazing, not sure that would be so for my wallet..  ;D  They need to refresh their wide angle zooms as well.. the 10-20mm range.  Put weathersealing for the the 24-70, 70-200 and I think with their recent quality, that's a real killer set of lenses. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:01:52 AM »
I think that this is really exciting!  And for ppl on here, remember this is canon RUMORS, not canon fact.  Isn't it for news like this that we (I) keep coming back here for??   ;D  Just say that this camera, whatever its called, comes through.  Seeing the 100-400mm II and 11-24mm would make alot of sense with this camera.  Keep em rumors coming!   ;)

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Lenses / Re: 18-55 EF-M STM lens
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:20:25 PM »
Mine is very sharp..  the time it takes from focus to taking the photo is a bit delayed compared to a dslr... maybe you're moving too much?  When some of my family uses the m, they're not happy with the images.  When I use it, not the case.  I think it's on par or sharper than my EFS 18-55mm IS STM. 

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:09:35 PM »
As already exists EF24mm IS, this new EF-S24mm IS should be F2 to make sense.

FYI - this new lens does not have IS. It should be MUCH cheaper than the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS lens (in addition to being much smaller, of course).

The 40mm doesn't have IS either.  This lens should be priced low.. or it won't sell. 

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Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:05:46 PM »
Woohooo!! the year of the lenses!!!

I mean sigma lenses  8)

haha!  you have to give credit to canon though... they are releasing alot of lenses this year.  not just canon dslrs but for the m and cine. 

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:57:31 PM »
interested to see but GAS isn't too bad here for me.  haha

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:53:57 PM »
this is pretty exciting.  especially if the price is around 1800.  I think we all need to wait and see how the thing performs before bashing it.  I myself am a little disappointed?  mainly due to all the hype on CR.   ;D  but for the price, this thing blasts nikon out of the water.  well, aps-c equivalent.  Definitely a flagship model for aps-c range. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:38:58 AM »
Okay.  about wifi.  I wouldn't rely on wifi at all honestly.  In the hotels and hostels that I stayed at, internet was a joke.  The internet cafes or restaurant wifi works but then that's not at the comfort of your bed/room.  The bus terminal in La Paz actually had amazing wifi.  never would've guessed.  but you have a 2 hr limit login. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Western Digital My PassPort Wireless
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:56:54 AM »
just my thoughts... wouldn't it be awesome to have a touch lcd on it?  so you can do some simple file storage/management?  I think so.  haha

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Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:10:35 AM »
+1 for weathersealing.  Machu Picchu was extremely wet.. I went in January and it was a mixture of rain, cold, wind, then the random sun with nasty humidity.  Street photography.. Cuzco was awesome for that.  Puno, visit the floating islands.  Besides that, not much to see/shoot.  I would be careful with your equipment.. people don't care whether you have a nikon, canon, leica, hasselblad, sony, fuji, etc..  I didn't even use a strap.  I shot then store away.  Better safe! There are plenty of stories people being threatened with knives and stuff.  Never saw and didn't happen to me.  I spoke some spanish and also traveled with a few others at all times. Tip from locals, keep your bag in front of you. Worked for me and the locals.  La Paz is awesome.. at night for photos. Visit some cafes and the city squares.  Several of the cathedrals are nice.  haha  City is quite drab during the day.  Dust dust dust is another thing.. It's pretty windy so I'd be a little cautious.  Avoid the touristy areas if you want excellent opportunities for street photography/great deals.  ;)
I'd definitely take a wide lens!!  That's the lens I used the most. Honestly, anything above 135mm, not needed imo. Maybe a prime lens? 50mm?  for low light stuff/street photography. Spare batteries, cards.. should be good.  Traveling light will make it more enjoyable.  Have fun and share when you get back~ :)

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I used to shoot like a crazy person when I purchased my first dslr.  I shot books, my desk, cup, fish, food, my roommate's hair, a/c, computer screen, soccer ball, candids, etc.. I think I deleted about 99% of them just recently.  Now, I find 50 shots to be average on a photo walk.  Around 500 for event shooting and a hundred or so with family gatherings.  I try to only shoot what I would keep and out of those I delete mercilessly.  Definitely end up with more keepers than before so that's a good thing!  Keeps photography fun and simple for me (esp. the editing process).  ;)

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Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:29:48 PM »
I'm not very good but I do love taking photos of flowers!  Just my recent ones~


Nice colours! Thanks for posting.

thank you!   :)  here's a couple more some norcal.. anyone have pics of flora from the smokies?  I have some but back in the day when all I had was a panasonic p&s.   ::)

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