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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:54:23 PM »
Sorry about that buddy.  Actually, I thought it was your review, but something seemed off!  LOL! Sorry about that.
I am old and confused!  I will have to pay more attention in the future.  I now recall that you have already reviewed the lens, THOROUGHLY.   :-[  (egg on face for me!)

Ha ha, no harm done. And yes, I tend to glide by more technical aspects on these "reviews" (really more opinion pieces, but apparently "review" is good for web-hits). I work with the lenses, test them if necessary, and just tell the story of my experience. Other people do the longer reviews better than I could ever hope to; so I don't try to be someone I'm not :)

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:52:25 PM »

4. I think Dustin Abbott does great reviews. I have complemented him on every review he has done...but ...on this was extremely short and based on all of his other reviews he has done I think this one was half-hearted.  No harm... no foul...I just think that to avoid all the controversy regarding this lens's AF etc. and to touch on the attributes...he decided to stick his foot in the water and then just get out. That's OK..this lens is complicated on many levels.

This review is made by Justin VanLeeuwen and not by Dustin Abbott (whose reviews are on his own blog)


Whoa...thanks for correcting me!...I will fix wonder I thought I was different! DUH

Dustin...Justin... what's confusing about that ;D


Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:51:07 PM »
And I could always use my 40mm if I want something light.

I still don't "get" the 40. I mean, I own it. I've used it. But it mostly sits on my desk. Just not my thing, but if I was walking around a lot more yeah, it's a no-brainer to drop in the bag or even a pocket!

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:48:04 PM » long as they behave like the AF motor is driven by a random number generator that won't listen to feedback signals from the attached body, I think I'll stay away from them...

Nailed it.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:47:06 PM »
A few lines that jumped out at me ...

"I didn't have it long enough"
"I really didn't push the lens against its competitors"
"I have personally struggled regularly using this focal length over the years"
"Why did I take so long to write this review?"

Ugh — spare us next time

My spider-sense tells me you're annoyed by my personal anecdotes, irrelevant to the lens itself, and you'd prefer something less so.

Care to enlighten us?

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:44:46 PM »
It's hard to imagine that anyone with an eye for shallow focus couldn't tell the difference, but yes, I find it difficult to summon up a lot of enthusiasm for a bulky, heavy 50mm 1/4 lens that seems to create focusing problems for many users (Canon only?) and/or requires much fiddling around with USB docks and the like.  There's a lot to be said for a $50 mf Minolta Rokkor 1.4....

That's basically how I feel about almost every point and shoot camera now - totally redundant next to my iPhone. But my gear is a tool, and I'll use the best tool for the job, weight isn't an issue for my style of photography. If I was a photojournalist or wedding photographer - both people who benefit from this exact type of lens - that weight becomes a personal choice.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:41:54 PM »
I'm fortunate to have a good copy of the Sigma f/1.4 EX and prefer the look created by the 'traditional' double Gauss design. It's a lot smaller too although it is not a small lens in itself. Sigma managed to persuade me with the 35mm A, not so with the 50mm A so I will be hanging on to the old 'EX' for the foreseeable time...

I was always very impressed with the images I'd see from photographers with this lens, but Sigma's shaky reputation at the time and my own poor experience with their 85 kept me away.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:40:17 PM »
...Now, the big elephant standing in the room is: "would I need to recalibrate the lens again if I put this calibrated lens on another Canon EOS body?"  Luckily, I do have access to cameras and after testing my calibrated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART on a T5i, 7D Mark II, 5D Mark III and 1DX by multiple photographers, I can confidently say that no calibration or micro adjustment will be required once a copy of a 50mm f/1.4 Art is calibrated correctly with the Sigma USB Dock and will work on any Canon EOS bodies...

Thanks for the thorough input from this perspective! It's good to know, and I haven't yet used the dock... I had it with the Sigma 120-300 but didn't need to do anything with it :)

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:37:44 PM »
So I'm not the only one waiting for the 35 L II?  8) according to the time I have been waiting, it seems Canon think I'm the only one  :P

I got the Sigma... I couldn't hold my breath any more ;)

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:37:05 PM »
Two pounds of a 50 mm lense to lug around and you are all excited about it?
You know, you could actually take those very same  shots with an iPhone and nobody would know the difference.
This is not about photography any longer, this is about consumerism.

Nice review, though.

Actually, I believe the iPhone 6 (which I own) is a ~29mm equivalent. But that's not why someone buys a 50mm lens, they buy it for the shallow depth of field. While I used it at f/5.6 and all over the place, I kept it around f/2.0 because *that* look, that thin depth of field, is the only reason I want a lens like this. iPhone's dof is nearly infinite. Different feel, different look, but definitely more available. And when in capable hands, yes, remarkable images can be made.


Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:32:18 PM »
Nice review - just one little correction at the end.  The Canon EF 50L f/1.2 is weather-sealed according to Canon:

"Designed to meet the diverse needs of professional and advanced amateur photographers, the bright lens features full-time manual focusing, which enables users to focus by hand in the AF mode, and a dust- and moisture-proof construction, ensuring unfailing performance even under harsh conditions."

Oh my! That's an assumption I made, making as ass out of me. Thanks for pointing that out. Surprised CanonRumorsGuy didn't notice that, but maybe he's too busy looking at his new-to-him Canon 50mm f/1.0 :)

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:30:56 PM »
Nice review, Justin.  It's not a perfect lens, and it is too big, but it would still be my choice at the moment for a reasonably affordable 50mm prime.

I am still waiting for Canon to bring us an equivalent of the 35IS in a 50mm.  If it was similarly sized and performed similarly, it would be be my choice.

Thanks! I'm not so concerned with weight since so much of my work is commercial and I pack pretty heavy all-around (lenses are the least of my worries). Though I can't stack it like I can my Canon 50 1.4 & 15 2.8 Fisheye :P

It will be interested to see what Canon delivers in the prime territory. Their wider-angle options have been more consumer based and haven't interested me in the slightest these past few years.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: July 15, 2014, 06:37:40 PM »
"Event shooters may like the extra 2/3rds of a stop of light over the 70-200 f/2.8 L II"

Ahhhh.....     What?     It's a full stop between f/2 and f/2.8   ??????????

BTW, I use this as an outdoor sports lens on my 1DMk4 and it is fantastic!

Thanks, math is hard.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:04:01 AM »
Update: I've been using this lens now as part of my regular workflow since December. In this time I've found the lens hood has become quite loose. While it hasn't fallen off completely, I find that when it's at my side (like at events) the hood twists a bit which makes the petals mis-align with the format of the sensor, essentially resulting in them showing up in ~24mm wide shots. I might want to add a bit of gaffer tape to the hood just to keep it in place and avoid this problem later on.

So yeah... FYI.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
« on: May 12, 2014, 08:29:49 AM »
> Therefore, buyers of the Canon Rebel, 70D and 7D series should have a serious look at the 17-40 as their “middle” lens.

Disagree. The last several EF-S 18-55 kit lenses are significantly improved over the earliest versions. You are paying "L" prices and paying for full-frame coverage on a crop-camera.

The EF-S 18-55 is much lower cost (almost free as kit lens), lighter, possibly sharper, wider zoom ratio (40mm vs 55mm), and has good to very good IS.

Granted, the 17-40 has fixed f4 and better build quality.

I really can't think of a situation where I'd choose my 17-40 on my T3i/600d over my EF-S 18-55 ... unless I had the 17-40 along, and didn't have the 18-55 with me. I probably ought to sell my 17-40 ... I almost never use it.

I did get a Samyang 14mm, and have been Very Happy with it on full-frames. Amazing bargain.

Fair enough, I haven't had any experience with kit lenses in the past ten years. So, it might be fair to say that if you foresee switching to full-frame the 17-40 would be a sounder investment.

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