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I highly suspect, as with what was done with the 120-300 2.8 lens, the same optical formula just repacked in a new body. I have the 85 and it's great, wide open is a little soft and can exhibit purple fringing but it's still better overall compared to say Canon's 50mm 1.4, and stopped down it's just as bloody sharp. I like the colors too, and the AF is quick, and curiously responds more accurately in low light than their 35mm on the 5DIII which to me doesn't make much sense (shouldn't AF technology improve over time even for a different lens?). But I couldn't be happier doing portrait work and travel with the combo of their 35 and 85, but I would be interested in something wider as others have mentioned, a fast 28 or 24 would be awesome if at the usual price range!

Lenses / Re: Strange Lens Flare (Sigma 35mm + MRC filter)
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:39:11 AM »
Wow, I was blaming my Siggy 35mm, although I liked the "anamorphic lens flare" feel, it would only occur shooting vertically so I couldn't understand the issue. Consequently I haven't gotten any of this since moving up to the MarkIII...

Well timed! There's the crazy Otus 55mm and then the Nikkor 58mm, both ridiculously priced lenses and I consider the 50L ridiculous as well. Still, can't tell how much Sigma is asking for this lens, and how much better it becomes over it's previous 50. But surely it will not be much more, 50mm lenses are supposed to be the easiest and cheapest of lenses to manufacture! How it appears to be so difficult to make a decently sharp, relatively CA free 50 with good bokeh.... oh, I guess that is asking too much looking back at those expensive 50s... so, will Sigma deliver instead?

I'm more interested in the other potential lenses, such as a fast 24mm, but it's good for Sigma to return to classic areas and getting the basic and popular lenses out as well

Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:53:21 PM »
Man, the US is insane for photography costs in general!
Here in Japan I'd be lucky to get over $500 worth of pay... and by that price there are photography business monopolies that do everything everywhere, most people aren't even aware of "freelance photographers", and these companies can be cheap for events. But most people don't understand what they're getting, the cheaper they go the less quality they get, naturally. The largest sum I know a photographer has charged and received for a major wedding was about $2000 and most think that's insane. So average starting prices of $2,750 over there in the US is wow.
I once was negotiating a shoot with a couple and they agreed to what I had to offer, they contacted me a while later and told me that they decided I was too expensive, so I said I could drop down to below $500, they said still that was too expensive, and that they found a "professional" who would shoot all day for far less, I couldn't believe them but they signed up with that guy before I could negotiate some more... a Pro is a PRO, and anyone with a good camera should be good at what they do. Portfolios??? No one seems to care, and I think I saw some of the photos from that couple's wedding and they didn't look good at all...

Though, most of the time a wedding just takes place in a chapel or small place, rarely does it become a large scale deal or be planned out in any unique/interesting way with themes and stuff, usually simple reception with simple photos

Lenses / Re: Sigma 16-20mm f/2 Coming?
« on: December 19, 2013, 10:41:45 AM »
This is again a rumor, and no way to verify anything, so perhaps it is indeed a 16-24mm lens.
But Tokina made an 11-16mm F/2.8 while many scoffed at their decision for creating a lens with such a short zoom range, quite a few users ended up really liking it and finding it useful. Though that lens translates to a 17-24 anyways... which is again what we're wanting

Lenses / Re: Do You Take Better Pics with Primes?
« on: December 07, 2013, 09:08:48 PM »
As long as the lens is good and is of a usable focal length/aperture in the scenario I'm in then it's all good.
But I prefer using primes and the photos I can get by using them.

As much as I love my 35mm, I've always been jealous of 24-70 users, but to be honest I don't need it.
I can always crop in if necessary, and if I need a telephoto then 70mm isn't nearly long enough anyways, I have an
85mm and 70-200 for that. And if I need wider then rarely is 24mm enough, I'll go all the way to 16mm.

And browsing through Reuter's photos of the year I was rather surprised at the complete lack of 24-70 lenses amongst the dozens of shots, either ultra wide zooms or the same 'ol set of teles which make sense, and then in between those are the fast primes of 24, 35 and 50. The speed and subject separation even at wide angles is definitely nice to work with in all sorts of situations, and I can agree that with a good FL you feel comfortable with in that normal-wide range is enough, and zooming using your feet I believe will produce better photos, as with what Capa said about you're photos not being good enough means you aren't close enough.

My mom's a great cook - it must be her stove.
My brother's a good writer - must be the typewriter.
My sister is a dancer - I blame the shoes.
Dad got a speeding ticket - must be the "fast" gas.
Little brother took a great picture - he's a photographer.

THIS, so very true...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:58:01 PM »
I'm still on a 5DII and need a reason to upgrade  8)

Ok seriously no, I do want a 5D3, I've missed many worthy shots with the AF, and I shoot too many indoor events/low light subjects and weddings to keep risking more with it. Cool thing is though, I bought my 5D used, and I've found the used value here hasn't dropped, and I will be able to sell it for next to no loss if I do it right~

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Good news.....
« on: November 28, 2013, 09:33:15 PM »
It would actually be cool if afterwards the photographer donated a good portion to a decent organization or anywhere to benefit the recovery of Haiti and the people....

Well typical Nikon, like with the SB900 to SB910 and D600 to D610, they'll soon enough get an update, like a DFs or something, that will cost the same but address the problems it inherently has... or not.

And this isn't mentioned much but the DF was apparently on the design board since 2009, that's 4 years worth of work in design for something that has focus on looks over function but they fail completely in understanding their own history.
If they didn't overkill with the price and just essentially stuck a digital sensor into a reworked FM2 then terrific! You please those with nostalgia and the hipsters alike. It'd be compact, though with a screen and buttons that need arrangement, but it will look and feel like a classic and it wouldn't even need as fancy of an AF or much speed.

The Fuji X series, especially the X100 doesn't look like any retro camera, but they got it down right, it's slim and beautiful, with enough analogue control and a good feel. Also a rangefinder is just fun to use, while classic SLRs, I love them not just with their weight and size but the viewfinder, I look through an AE1 and the magnification feels great, like I'm apart of the scene and not just peering into it, a 50mm feels wider than it actually is even though the viewfinder doesn't cover 100% of the image, I'm sure others can relate to that feel.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:53:14 AM »
Ahh yes, rough bokeh, purple fringing, unreliable AF motor... was a lot of fun to use on my T1i back when "large aperture" was all new to me and on APS-C it performed rather well even wide open. But on FF it needs to be stopped down to the point where you'd ask yourself why you didn't settle with a zoom instead? Stopped down, the lens is indeed excellent from F/2.8 onwards, but why on earth get a fast prime which isn't so usable at it's native fast speed?

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:57:30 PM »
I've shot with this lens, and yes it is quite the monster, extremely shallow photos and a unique look... but the bokeh is rather horrendous sometimes, square highlights?? And I thought the hexagonal highlights from the non-rounded aperture blades of the 50L weren't that appealing, and it can get quite nasty with all the CA, and I remember double lining as well.

It's a crazy fast aperture lens and that's it, not a beauty, just rare and expensive. If shallow is all that matters, which I love going fast, then sure, but for the price this lens should have been a lot better

Lenses / Re: 85mm
« on: November 22, 2013, 04:52:58 AM »
The trick to using these ultra-fast aperture lenses with a lot of color fringing wide open is to shoot in conditions that are low-contrast, with few bright highlights.  The 85L is not a lens that works well if shot wide open in direct sun.

Right, like a bride in a white dress on a sunny day... someone was showing off their collection of 85L wedding shots all shot at F/1.2 and oh dear, the dress did look interesting with a purple outline haha.
I found that adjusting the micro focus (AFMA) with FoCal made a big difference in terms of both types of CA with all of my fast glass.  Obviously it just applies to the in-focus areas, but for some reason, it seems to help overall.

That is a very good point, it's the OOF areas that exhibit the most CA and fringing, and keeping tack sharp focus on what's important to keep in focus (well, the most basic of rules in focus) then yeah, it's then up to choice of aperture and what sort of lighting one's in. I was just recently shooting with a Zeiss 85 wide open and I liked how it was sharp, but the CA in the bokeh was still there, not enough to be an issue though. As far as I know the only 85mm around at a reasonable price, and has near perfect bokeh creaminess and CA control is the Samyang/Rokinon 85mm, it is not sharp and of course all MF, but again it's very much affordable.

Software & Accessories / Re: carry on limitation for international travel
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:48:53 AM »
I frequently travel between Japan and the US with most if not all of my gear in my backpack, and it's similar to what you have there:16-28, 35mm 1.4, 50mm, 70-200, 5DII, 580exII

I never paid attention to weight or size regulations, "it's a backpack and I'm carrying it so who cares?" is what I do.
I honestly am no expert or have flown that service, but what I feel is the weight/size restrictions for carry ons are not strictly enforced, if it's obviously huge then they'll say no, but the listed dimensions are for fitting into the overhead usually and if the bag is a few CM larger than you should still be able to stuff it in.

If you however are not confident, then what gear can you live without? Are you just taking travel photos or are you on assignment? I don't think you need the flash, and maybe don't need a telephoto. I've also traveled just as much with just a 35mm and I'm very pleased with what I got with that, no regrets (one time I did need something longer when I was taking stills during an interview shoot, the videographer had a Zeiss 85 in EF mount he let me borrow so that was cool though.) Could even just go with the 24-70, and do you need the tripod head for something specific? Personally I rarely use tripods, just brace/lay on something stable enough when necessary~

Software & Accessories / Re: 5D III - SD card that will write fast?
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:38:11 AM »
Wow this is news to me... I don't have any CF cards just an SD to CF adapter for my 5DII, as I have a lot of fast SDs.
I thought I could get away with just using SD cards for a while if I got a 5Diii but rats, guess I'll grab a fast CF after all (need 'em for the RAW video deal anyways)

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