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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:47:08 AM »
Reading your review for the third time. Seriously considering this lens. On my third read, you are starting to sound like a pirate  ;)

"The Sigma is incredibly sharp, but to me eye it seems like there is an imbalance between sharpness and “creaminess” in the defocused region."

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:59:42 PM »
Dustin,

As always, thanks for an awesome, down to earth review. You always get me thinking.

I will say I was a bit disappointed in your YouTube review. Not in the content, but in your voice! In my mind's ear, I assumed you would sound like you were off the set of Strange Brew (you are from Canada, right?) so this Southern Illinois accent you are sporting threw me off  ;D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZCI39NWZ5g

Seriously, thanks for the incredible effort I'm sure it took you to pull this off.

Oh, I do have a question. As a fellow 6D shooter, I am curious to know if, with available light, you use the other focus points outside of the center one. Do you ever find yourself locking in focus with the center and recomposing? Personally, I am embarrassed to say that I am just starting to experiment with my other focus points.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:19:18 PM »
I love all these new options coming to market! It seems if you already have a 50L no big deal, keep it. Question is, will anyone still buy the 50L for an extra $600 over the 50A? Is the bokeh $600 better if you don't already have the 50L? Not so sure.
50A is now on my list (along with a bunch of other lenses). Starting my letter to Santa now!

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Chris,

I think what you should do really doesn't have much to do with the law, but more to do with what's right.

I give you credit, it sounds like you are trying to do what's right and have put your neck on the line by asking for advice here. It also sounds like you have done what I would have suggested in asking the pro or at least, bringing him into the loop and getting his blessing.

While there might be a bunch we don't know here, I am dying to know what the pro's response or advice is.

On an aside, did you give the pro all your pictures or was it just the 40 images? If not all, were the 40 you gave random or what you thought were the best? Are the pictures the bride likes from the 40 you gave the pro or others? This question really is just an aside. I don't think it changes anything, just curious.

I have been in a slightly similar situation where I showed up at a friend's reception and brought my camera just in case they hadn't hired a photographer. It turns out they had hired a photographer but I took some pictures anyways. I didn't think much of it till now, but shortly after the wedding, the bride (my friend) asked if I would share my pictures. I didn't think twice, and sent her all the pictures I took, for free. These were just candids I took at the reception, mostly of neighbors and other guests who were present but some of the bride and groom also.

Hang in there Chris, I know you have taken a beating here, but if your heart wasn't in the right place, you wouldn't have asked. I'm sure you will do the right thing, local laws be damned.

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Here is a slight twist on the question. Many of you have weighed in on what the OP should do in response to his question.

If you are a pro, and someone who tagged along with you on a shot to learn from you actually approached you afterwards with the OPs dilemma, but in this case, he deferred to your decision. What would you do or tell your apprentice?

Just curious.

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Wow! Lots of opinions on this! There might even be some subtleties that we may be missing so, here comes my opinion.

To the OP, do the right thing, and keep your conscience clear. Do what you will, in the light of day. Talk to the Pro who let you tag along. What are his/her thoughts on the situation? If the pro is cool with it, then, you have no issues. If the pro suggests a price, honor that. If the pro requests a percentage cut, honor that too. If the pro ultimately objects to you billing for the pictures, then provide the service free to the bride, or, give the RAW files to the pro and let him/her process them as you did with the 40 or so shots you already provided.

This way, you can sleep at night  :)

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Video & Movie / Re: Barrier Reef video ...
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:53:31 AM »
How amazing was that?! Its worth reading the process and time it took to put that together. I would love to see it in 4K!

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Learned something new today. Thanks, done for the day ;D

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All I can say is that I am really excited to see actual images from this lens compared to others. I really hope its a break through lens at an "affordable" price. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas  :)

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This has been the most incredible and inexpensive marketing I have ever seen! One guy from Sigma makes a comment months ago, that the Otus is their target and for months, we have been drooling over this lens. They announce it but don't let anybody see any images from the lens?! It's a lens! No images? Then someone posts some charts with the lens but the comparison others are done with other bodies.

I know this is a rumors site, it says it right in the name  ;) but I don't like being manipulated. I am drooling and excited about this lens also and I'm doing the math on what I would be willing to pay for a lens THAT I HAVEN'T SEEN AN IMAGE FROM! Sigma better F'ing deliver on this lens. This hype better be worth the wait. And, they better not slap a $2,000 price tag on it! ;D

Seriously, has Sigma even spent a cent on marketing this thing? They don't need to at this point, we are doing it for them.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Firmware 1.1.4 released
« on: March 19, 2014, 11:02:56 PM »
Passing on this one.  ::)

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Actually, I think it sounds just as suspicious if you've had to afma ALL your gear. Are you sure your camera is okay or that your lens supplier isn't supplying you with lemons? I don't think it's normal that you don't get a single perfect lens. A big reason for buying high end lenses, among others, is that they tend to be better calibrated in the factory and the tolerances for quality control are higher.

I sometimes think there might be a misunderstanding of what AFMA is and why one would want to do it. If by some miracle all your lenses actually matched perfectly to your camera and needed 0 AFMA, there is a very good chance those same lenses might need some require some adjustment on a different (perfectly good) body and some different adjustments on a third (perfectly good) body.
The need for AFMA is not an indictment on the quality of the lens or the body, it is just an acknowledgement of the fact that the lenses and bodies are created separately. AFMA is just an attempt to allow us to form a "more perfect union" between our individual bodies and lenses :D

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:57:36 AM »
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Despite my "ho hum" review of the 40mm it's kind of grown on me, it's a very capable lens and if you don't have a zoom in that focal range it's a no-brainer as a buy.

I do have the 24-105 f/4 but I don't think I have a single "Wow" picture taken with it. It wasn't till I slapped the 50mm 1.8 on on the 6D and got some "Wow" pictures that I realized how special primes can be. My problem with my 50mm is focus accuracy. It is so unreliable. Bought FoCal Pro and every time I run it with the 1.8, it tells me my predicted adjustment is off the chart. If I force it to continue, I get an adjustment of +16...but I digress.

I am happy to play with and get to know my new 85mm for now but at some point, I really feel the need to replace the my 50mm.

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Reviews / Re: 6D Noise Levels and Comparison Tests
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:39:28 AM »
clicked on the link and see no pictures  ???

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