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Dear "J,"
.......
 It is not you...it's him.

"This is known as"

Got it ;D

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Dear "J,"

I supposed I should not be surprised that you chose to announce the end of our relationship in such a public and cowardly way. You were never one for subtlety and discretion.

And, so typical of you to blame all the failures on me. As though you contributed nothing to the breakup. But, then, I guess since you contributed so little to the relationship, I should not be surprised.

The truth is, I've known for a long time this wasn't working. If I could have ended things myself, I would have. But as you know, for me this was an arranged marriage. You picked me and I had no say in the matter. For the honor of my family (and honor is something my culture values very highly) I could not leave you.

At first, your clumsy attempts to satisfy me were amusing and not without a certain boyish charm. But, honestly, it quickly became apparent that you were never going to improve. In fact, I soon realized that you actually thought you were good. I know this is hurtful to say, but since you are the one that began this public conversation, I think honesty is justified.

Never once were you able to bring me to my full potential. No, let me be more candid, never, ever did I come remotely close to achieving the heights I was intended for. You would fiddle with my dials and move my joystick, but it was so mechanical and uninspired that I could hardly bear it. Honestly, most of the time I wished you would just stick to the green box and let me do it myself.

And the trips...well, what can I say? Sure, I enjoyed them, but it was as though you thought that simply going someplace new would solve all our problems. All it did was make me long for the relationships that I saw others enjoying. How I wished that could have been us. But you...all you ever did was worry about whether someone else had a newer, prettier model hanging on his shoulder. 

You were so obsessed with showing me off that you didn't see how many of your fellow travelers lovingly treated their lowly Rebels with respect and appreciation and how they were rewarded in ways that you and I could never achieve together.

Yes, I saw the world. But, really, I would have traded it in a instant for a quiet little town in the Midwest, with someone who understood me and what I was meant to do.

Now, dear D810, believe me, I wish you no ill. In fact, I actually feel sorry for you. I know people say you are nothing more than an overinflated mass of silicon, but I know better. We are both from established families and, like me, you have not had any say in this relationship.

I would like to wish you a long and happy relationship, but I suspect that won't be the case. In the end, you will be blamed for everything. Just remember this. It is not you...it's him.

To Quote the movie cheaper by the dozen-You have a dark gift.  Well played

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Fredmiranda is another place to get some critiques. 

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So on the fence about cancelling until issues and supplies are all worked out...But keep imagining this will be a great newborn lens...

Sure hope I'm not getting one of the lenses the OCD folk are tweaking to death and returning.  The stories here of lens churn are revolting.

Wow I didn't even think about that.  If someone returns a lens after they changed settings with the usb dock I wonder how that works if you do/don't have the dock.  Anyone?

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Verbaine-Thanks so much for the pictures.  I can't wait to get my Sigma 50.  I really enjoyed your website.  I wish I had your composition skills :D

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BTW here are some shots from yesterday, of my son and his mother running towards me… Shot at f1.4 using a 6D, center focus point.

The first shot is back focused, and only the last one is okay sharp to me at least. So it seems the tracking can't keep up.  I've got a few from indoors today that are really sharp, so I guess going back and forth with calibration is always a good thing.

The thing about the Sigma is that it is soo sharp that even slightly misfocused shots appear sharp enough.

How can you tell that it is back focused?  I can't see where his focus point was.  Is it in the exif data?  Sorry if this is obvious.

First of all, it is a great series of shots that any father should be very happy with......

But to expand on what Viggo said, look at the blur on the wife over the three shots.  First shot she is almost in focus.  Granted it looks like the separation between the two increased, but part of that is back focusing on the first shot.  And I agree, looking at the sand, it is sharpest behind the subject.

Thanks for that.  I am interested as I have one of these lenses hopefully shipping hopefully soon. :D

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BTW here are some shots from yesterday, of my son and his mother running towards me… Shot at f1.4 using a 6D, center focus point.

The first shot is back focused, and only the last one is okay sharp to me at least. So it seems the tracking can't keep up.  I've got a few from indoors today that are really sharp, so I guess going back and forth with calibration is always a good thing.

The thing about the Sigma is that it is soo sharp that even slightly misfocused shots appear sharp enough.

How can you tell that it is back focused?  I can't see where his focus point was.  Is it in the exif data?  Sorry if this is obvious.

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At the risk of being considered rude, my comment is one of suspicion.  The author said that he put the two lenses on two different 5D3s and took casual snapshots around his home.  So how is it that in each pair of shots, the composition and focus are so identical?  And how the heck did he get the dog to stay absolutely perfectly still while he switched cameras?

I bet he is a secret agent for sigma hell bent on single handedly destroying canon. 

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Thanks for the wide variety of pics.  Hopefully mine will ship soon

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I just wonder, it looks like Sigma will have to deliver a lot of Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lenses.
Are they able to keep up the quality of each of those lenses? They did not have a very great reputation in Quality Assurance.
What is the experience with the Simga 35mm f/1.4 Art?

My hope is that many people find things to worry about like this so that I can get my new Sigma 50mm with the first shipment.  It will go great with my incredible Sigma 35mm 1.4.

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The person starting this thread came here with a question, he is new and learning so i think its good that he is finding out what to do. I dont think he knew or thought he was doing something wrong by selling his images. It was his first wedding.

With that being said Weddings are tough hard long work, and their are some clients you should take a pass on. This was clearly one of them. If their only concern is money not the work let them find a family friend to do it for free and get what they deserve. She should have already seen his work when she hired him and knows what she is getting. A working pro should above all things be consistent. You most likely choose this individual to learn from because you liked their work. This bride is clearly playing a game to save money and renegotiate price.

Run like hell from this situation and this bride. You are lucky in that you had an opportunity to learn another aspect of the business. Always have a contract to protect yourself and always get paid up front!! Everyone else does so should you. You have a lot to learn still dont just jump in head first until you understand some of the business aspects.

Nailed it!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Kelby, Jardine, NAPP, Etc.?
« on: July 13, 2013, 10:53:20 PM »
+1 on kelby training.  A lot of good info. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX Damaged by CPS
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:30:31 PM »
I sent in my 300mm f2.8 II to have the firmware update done.  I put it in the original box with all the great packing and protection.  I received my lens back in the same flimsy type of box that you received your camera in.  It was poorly packaged.  Luckily it made it back ok.   Still makes me angry though and I miss the quality of the original box if I ever need to ship it again.     

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Technical Support / Re: Going medium format for studio work?
« on: May 27, 2013, 10:21:33 PM »
Thanks for letting me know. Saw the Zack Arias video.... still doesn't convince me to be honest.

I definitely agree with you that I wouldn't by a Phase one medium format because Zack did.  In his write up he went over the reasons that he chose his current system which brought out a few points the OP should consider.  I am more than sure that the people who bought Hassy were very happy with their purchase as well.  Only way to know what is the right one for you is to try them out for yourself.  Fortunately both companies offer the try before buy option.   

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Technical Support / Re: Going medium format for studio work?
« on: May 27, 2013, 08:19:36 PM »
You should definitely get one from the dealer to try out before you buy.  Phase will send one out for you to try and I would suspect Hassy will do the same.  Here is a Zack Arias blog post about how he ended up choosing his Phase One. 

http://zackarias.com/for-photographers/gear-gadgets/why-i-moved-to-medium-format-phase-one-iq140-review/

By the way the 645DF+ with the IQ 160 is magic.

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