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Lenses / Where are the Siggies?
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:55:45 AM »
I'm excited for Sigma's Art line (they're amazing - at least my copies have been), but I've not seen any news for a long time on the long-rumored 135 or, ideally, 85. 

Has anyone heard anything?  Nothing has been posted here on CR for awhile.

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: October 01, 2014, 11:14:51 AM »
I didn't notice the Sigma 135 f/1.8 OS Art mentioned.
Is such lens announced? Just rumors AFAIK...

True. Supposedly, the 24 and the 85 Art will come first and I have no doubt they will be excellent, but it's the 135 that I find most exciting from a creative point of view. It's as close to the EF 200 f/2 as I'll ever get.
+1, These two 24mm and 85mm from Sigma will fit in my collection. And hopefully will be at the same level of the 35A and 50A.
I hope the new 400mm f4 DO will be farily priced between the f2.8 and f5.6 versions.

I'm freaking out waiting for the Siggy 85 1.4 Art.  After that one comes and they move on to the 135 1.8, I'll sell my amazing EF 135 f2 and pick it up if Sigma keeps up the momentum generated with their stunning 35A and 50A.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap
« on: September 23, 2014, 02:24:00 PM »
Where the heck are the 85 and 135 Art lenses?

...dang...  Hurry up, Sigma!

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:16:09 AM »
I'm a little late to the party here but let me address some of the points in a general sense without naming names.

Laptops (Apple or PC) are always a compromise compared to a good desktop unit with a high end IPS display.  And I agree with many who say gaming laptops are overkill.  A gaming laptop is purposed for a completely different use dependent on 3D video performance.  For photography, it's all about the display and CPU/RAM/SSD and protecting the data.

Avoid TN Displays, get IPS.  Most everyone agrees on that and the OP wants the BEST, not a compromise to save $$.

Durability - Many have said they went out and looked at laptops to compare.  Most laptops at retail stores are not built to the standards that business line laptops are.  Lenovo Thinkpads vs Lenovo Ideapad.  DELL Precision/Latitude vs Inspiron.  HP ProBook/Elitebook vs Envy/Pavilion.  The major name business lines are built like tanks for enterprise traveling workforces.  The retail lines are built for individuals who don't know the difference and want shiny plastic.

Display, CPU, RAM, SSD all matter, but not video.  After that, it's just a difference in configuration.

Macbooks aren't better, they are just different (and overpriced)They won't last longer.  They have the exact same hardware inside built by the same manufacturers.  If you like Mac, buy it.  Heck, you can even install Windows on it if you want.  But macs don't have much in the way of versatility.  They are pretty limited for real world use with abbreviated ports, no docking or removable parts like batteries, optical drives, etc.  And I HATE GLOSSY HIGH CONTRAST DISPLAYS.  But to each their own.

Workstation level business laptops are expensive but they offer multiple custom configurations like drives with RAID, mSATA and other options including replacing the optical drive with even more storage, etc.  So you can create a custom drive setup that protects your images and even backs them up internally without the need for external drives hanging off, etc.  This is one area where macs and other retail offerings are totally lost.  You can also get custom docks that you can connect at your desk with everything including multiple displays.

What would I buy?  The Thinkpad W series from a W520 on up are excellent.  DELL and HP also have great workstation level IPS offerings that are similar.  These are serious workstation replacement products that are much more durable and powerful than retail products (and macs).  You could get a refurbished unit for a lot less and still enjoy everything you need including good performance and IPS display.

I'm not familiar with the Acer unit that has been mentioned here heavily but someone is pretty impressed with it so it's probably worth a look.  It's still a retail laptop however so I'm a little worried about the durability.

Finally, I saw a comment about why shouldn't all devices have the better IPS displays?  Well, it's mostly about money and profit.  IPS is more expensive and most devices are built for profit for a market that doesn't know the difference and doesn't care.  Most of the market wants a cheaper device with specs they think matter, like hard drive capacity and fancy names on the audio chip.  An iPad costs a TON of money and gives Apple something like a million percent profit margin to boot.

OP - Good luck finding what you want.  Please stay in touch here and let us know what you decide.  Again, my suggestion is to go with a Thinkpad W series or one of the DELL or HP business offerings.

Thanks!  LOTS of uselful stuff here.  I'm re-thinking my whole approach.

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Lenses / Re: Would you buy the 35L now, or wait?
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:47:05 PM »
I doubt there's an update to the 35L coming anytime soon.

I was waiting too, and finally just got the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art. 

Couldn't be happier!  That lens is legit.  I'd rather be earning $ with this amazing Sigma lens rather than thinking about saving a few dollars in the long term or waiting for the 35L II.

I've shot with both the Canon and Sigma versions, and the Sigma's sharper.  Love it.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:38:29 AM »

I would not get a high end gaming laptop for photo editing, since a lot of your money will go towards a nice video card for gaming, which is not all that relevant for photo editing.  My laptop has the Intel video card AND an Nvidia card, and even using Photoshop 6 with 36 GB RAW files, the graphic card doesn't even kick in (Nvidia Optimus function).

Optimus doesn't change/switch automatically between your onboard and nvidia gpu. You have to manually set an dedicated GPU for each application (e.g. Photoshop) in nvidia control panel.

Not all programs works flawless with the 'auto select' feature. So your quote above doesn't make any sense. Select manually your nvidia GPU and you will see that things do speed up.

MxM

Very cool idea.  I'd not thought of doing that.  Thanks!

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24 1.4?

Dangit.  I was looking forward to an 85 1.4 Art this Fall.

The 24-70 f2 possibility is very cool, however.  Might drown my sorrows then look forward to that beast!

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:28:58 PM »
Hi everyone!  With my crazy schedule, I typically purchase a very high-end laptop and edit using it (since I've gotta be mobile).  My current model is a powerful ASUS which is in their Republic of Gamers lineup.  I've forgotten the actual #, but it's only 1 year old as of now.  I have had no problems with the ability to handle my editing needs, and the monitor (sometimes bashed as the weak point of Asus and their laptop lineup) has been good for me once I purchased/used the Spyder Pro 4.

Here's my question:  I'm getting a new laptop soon, but the specs I'm looking at are the high-end gaming ones.  I guess my question is this:  Is it overkill?  Should I be looking at a particular linup of laptops which someone here's had good success with?  I like having the newest stuff, but I don't wanna buy a gaming system which I'll never game on. 

Oh, and Photography only.  No video, or plans to go that direction.

Any thoughts?  Thanks in advance.

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I need to say this, with Peace & Love:

Please, Sigma, I need your 85 1.4 Art.  The 24 prime is useless to me.  Peace & Love, Peace & Love!  The 85 needs to be your next lens.

If you send us a 24, it will be tossed.  I'm saying this with Peace & Love.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 to replace 50 1.4?
« on: August 11, 2014, 01:57:28 PM »
The two lenses I use the most in my bag are my Sigma 35 1.4 Art and my 135 f/2L (which is flat-out awesome).  I'm gearing up to get the Sigma 85 1.4 Art when it comes out (if the buzz delivers) because I've been doing lots of Brenizer method photos lately, and the 135 works, but is just a little long.  I understand the 85 is ideal for that method.

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Lenses / Re: Brenizer Method Photos/Tips
« on: July 26, 2014, 03:54:04 PM »
Hi everyone, I've only recently begun shooting with this method, and I'm totally LOVING the results I'm getting!

I'm wondering, however:  I shoot using my 135L on a 5DM3.  Does anyone here use the 85mm?  I've noticed that with the 135, I'm shooting probably more photos than I need to, but that's because I'm scared I'm going to miss an area (those of you who shoot these photos know what I'm referring to). 

Should I get an 85L just for this type of shot?  I actually don't have one, but I'd love to have one.  Maybe this is the catalyst to push me into that camp.

I've also tried it with my 70-200mm 2.8L m2 at approximately 85mm, but I'm more nervous because of the zoom ring.

Thoughts?  Also, if you have good Brenizer Method photos, please share!

One of the things Brenizer suggests is making sure you have the entire primary subject in one of the shots. This prevents any stitching issues within the main subject. It is very difficult to achieve that with the 135mm. So yes, I think an 85mm FL is necessary. You might be able to make do with a 50/1.2 or even better, the Sigma 85/1.4.
I am waiting for Canon to come up with the 85/1.4 USM (day-dreaming...)

I'm with you there.  I've noticed that it's tough to NOT include the subject in the follow-up shots when using the 135L.  That's the primary reason I'm getting that 85.

One of the reasons I'm holding off slightly is to see what Sigma comes out with.  Their new 50 and 35 are awesome (I use both and love them deeply), so I'm kinda holding out for their rumored 85 1.4 Art.

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Lenses / Brenizer Method Photos/Tips
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:23:15 PM »
Hi everyone, I've only recently begun shooting with this method, and I'm totally LOVING the results I'm getting!

I'm wondering, however:  I shoot using my 135L on a 5DM3.  Does anyone here use the 85mm?  I've noticed that with the 135, I'm shooting probably more photos than I need to, but that's because I'm scared I'm going to miss an area (those of you who shoot these photos know what I'm referring to). 

Should I get an 85L just for this type of shot?  I actually don't have one, but I'd love to have one.  Maybe this is the catalyst to push me into that camp.

I've also tried it with my 70-200mm 2.8L m2 at approximately 85mm, but I'm more nervous because of the zoom ring.

Thoughts?  Also, if you have good Brenizer Method photos, please share!

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART questions
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:35:16 PM »
To sum up, it seems like Sigma is much less reliable than canon here. 35L has been tested for more than 10 years and the only real problem is CA when wide open, though it's not often seen. The AF is more stable on canon's side.

Seems like I'd better remove CA when retouch a pic... yeah, 35L is my choice, for sure.

Have we been reading the same thread posts?  I'm gathering it's actually trending towards Sigma.  At best for Canon, it's 50/50.

I've used both on my 5DM3, and there's no comparison - I love my Sigma. 

I guess that's harsh...Canon is good, but Sigma is great.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: July 15, 2014, 03:00:23 PM »
easily my favorite prime.

I'm stoked to see what Sigma comes up with in this range!  What's next for them in their ART line, the 85mm?  That would be cool, too...

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I've been wanting to upgrade my camera body for about two years now... I'm still shooting with my old-ass XTi (yeah, yeah, I know) but it's not been a huge deal since I don't try to make any money off my photography. It's just a hobby, although I do shoot events and stuff for my family and friends sometimes (for no charge, just for fun).

Anyway, so I was all set to buy the 70D but then I read the last few posts on this site about the 7D replacement coming soon and I'm wondering if I should wait and see what that will have. My budget is $1,200, and while I'd like to have a new camera for the summer I really don't *need* one until early fall when I'm taking a big trip.

I know nobody here is a soothsayer, but I am really wrestling with what to do. Do I go ahead and get the 70D? At $1,000 it's well within my budget. Or do I wait until August (if that's when they're expected to announce) and see what the 7D replacement will have?

My concern with waiting is that it will be more than what I want to spend, and unless it's just really super awesome and way better than the 70D I can't see myself going above my budget. So I will have spent three months without a 70D just to go ahead and get the 70D anyway. But I'm also concerned that if they announce in August, it might not come out until later in the fall—after the trip I am really wanting a new camera for.

My concern with buying a 70D now is that the 7D replacement will be announced and it might be within, or around, my budget, and I'll regret getting the 70D instead of waiting for a presumably better camera. Or do people have an idea of what the replacement would likely sell for?

I saw the 6D (FF) with a 24-105 f4 lens for 1899 posted today.  If I were you, I'd consider grabbing that 6D and selling that lens (unless you don't have it) to just about get to your 1200 target.  I'd take that 6D over the 7DM2 any day.  Once you go FF, you'll never go back.  =)

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