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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:18:25 AM »
Who the heck would want a FF lens that only goes to f/5.6 at 105mm? 
Not me, but people that want a light, cheap lens for landscape, travel, & studio use where shallow DOF is never used.  6D shooters would likely be the target for this lens.

Your logic makes about as much sense as saying who would want a crop sensor, or would want a camera any less tough than the 1D X.

There's this little thing called market segmentation.  It's how big companies make money.  Reference Canon's profits on the Rebel line vs. the 1D line.

I think the logic is ok.  You are talking about what people will accept, not what they want.

I'm thinking about how dSLR's continue losing ground, and that putting out mediocre lenses which will produce disappointing results for new buyers accelerates that.

I'm committed to Canon.  I'm satisfied with my gear, in some cases extremely pleased.  I'd recommend Canon.  Their CPS is fantastic.

But I do think it is ok to point out blunders and express disappointment. 

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:12:32 AM »
Update to the 45mm and 90mm TS-E lenses.

A 50mm 1.2 without significant focus shift issues, and sharp edge to edge.

The endlessly missing ~14-24mm 2.8.

I guess these are lusted after by too few...

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:16:19 AM »
Who the heck would want a FF lens that only goes to f/5.6 at 105mm? 

For years I've been saying American businesses are under a curse of stupidity.  The Japanese might be under the same spell.  What a waste of marketing and manufacturing time.

PATHETIC if this rumor proves true.

Ok, now come the slavish apologist RemarkS.

Consumer demand tells a different story; price is an important factor meaning the glass is slow - which is fine for most people anyway. Check out all the Canon EF f/x-5.6 consumer zooms from the film era:

http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/lens/ef/standard_zoom.html

I think distinguishing dSLR's from smartphones makes better sense than making a lens with relatively deep DoF as a starting point at the long end.

I'm not sure going back to the good old days of film, flash bulbs, no radio control, no AF, and on and on is a great plan either.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:58:02 AM »
Who the heck would want a FF lens that only goes to f/5.6 at 105mm? 

For years I've been saying American businesses are under a curse of stupidity.  The Japanese might be under the same spell.  What a waste of marketing and manufacturing time.

PATHETIC if this rumor proves true.

Ok, now come the slavish apologist RemarkS.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Shuttercount Now Available for Windows
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:52:37 PM »
I, for one, am happy to have a handy, dedicated utility for this price.  Not interested at this time in Magic Lantern or FoCal.  I'm sure they are great, but simplicity rules during times of job transitions, a new baby, and the whole wonderful hurricane of life!

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Canon General / Re: Canon Announces Photokina Details
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:32:43 AM »
Where are the DETAILS???   :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:31:53 PM »

I'm just afraid the noise level on the new 7D2 will be about the same as the old 7D/60D, which would be a deal killer.

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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 27, 2014, 05:36:26 AM »
One word for 400mm f2.8 IS II = "SUPER". AF is FAST. Truely designed for sports.

It works very well with 1.4x TC III, still 95% compared to bare. IQ drops quite a bit with 2x TC III at wide open in Ai servo only(still good in One shot mode). Sharpness improve when step down to f7-8 in Ai servo.

 See photos here with 1DX + 400mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III: http://dylannguyen.smugmug.com/Sports/Surfing#!/

Congrats ;)

Beautiful shots.  I'm sure the surfers would love #17 and #70 especially.  Do you ever share the images with them?

Now here is a dream lens.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 22, 2014, 06:35:22 AM »
First thought when I saw the title of the post, "Oxymoron!"

Reading through and seeing Vern't great detail shot with the couple blurred perfectly in the background, I'm thinking quite differently about my own 85mm 1.2. 

Good old CR.

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I have never seen such a dramatic variation from AF point to AF point, but apparently that is a known issue with this lens.

There is another thread floating around with many people having autofocus issues with this lens on points other than the center point (there appears more that have problems than those who do not).  You might want to call Sigma to see if they have a replacement program, but if you cannot live with this problem I would try another copy from the store you bought it from.  If the next copy has the same issue, buy a different make/model lens.  If you deal directly with Sigma the store you bought it from will not take back the lens Sigma sends you due to different serial#.

Based on all the reports of problematic AF performance on outer points with this lens, I would guess this is a characteristic of the lens.

Not a "characteristic" due to design, but a shortcoming of QC, according to the user experiences reported here on CR.

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I don't like when I post in a forum and am told to read other posts, but in this case, we do have some lengthy, thorough, and insightful discussions about the AF problems some Sigma 50mm Art customers have experienced.

If you read what some of us have been dealing with, you'll understand why I smiled when you said you were "shocked" at the outer-point problems.

Personally, I'll give the lens another chance next year, after Sigma updates the firmware (and makes other tweaks???) and acknowledges that AF issues have been addressed. 

I still cannot see the benefit of buying the USB dock when my camera can perform AF micro-adjustments.  And, in fact, I have the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art and it does just great with only in-camera micro-adjustments.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:58:36 PM »
Doesn't sound right...it must be some kind of mistake.

In fact, if it's Best Buy I'm almost SURE it's a mistake. Don't get me started with them...

Certain b&m big box retailers understandably get aggravated with all the showcasing and price matching.  The speculation the clerk was rambling on about in the original post sounds exactly like somebody unhappy with the job, unhappy with the customer, but quite happy to yank somebody's chain.


And here we are dozens of posts later.

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Lenses / Re: Help deciding on going full frame
« on: August 16, 2014, 01:51:42 PM »
Not sure about the claims that "in good light" FF and cropped have few differences.

What is good light?  High noon?  Studio lights?  Ok, fine.  But that is very limiting.

Proper exposure?  Great, but even the most skilled, experienced photographers find themselves in changing light situations and underexpose, meaning a HUGE difference in noise.

I have a 60D, which apparently has the same or slightly less noise as a 7D in the same situations, and a 5DIII.  There is very big difference between the two at ISO 400.  I can get up to 1250 or 1600 on the 5DIII before I start having the same noise as the 60D at ISO 400.

How many people shoot in studio conditions?  How many want to shoot in noon day sun?  We all have different tolerances for noise, and a Rebel or other cropped sensor might produce satisfactory images for large prints, but to claim that there is little difference in real world, common, shooting situations is misleading.

Is the 5DIII perfect?  No.  Completely free of noise in the shadows at 400 if I've underexposed?  No.  But it is much less noisy than my 60D in similar situations.

Want to crop in on eyes on a cloudy day?  If you want details in the irises, you have to sharpen with pumped contrast, maybe brighten the shadows a touch.  The noise quickly becomes apparent to the point that the eyes become the limiting factor in print size.

Get the best you can afford.  Don't borrow on a credit card!  But just know that the difference between Canon FF and cropped does not begin only in poorly lit interiors or after sunset outdoors.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: What does Sigma do next?
« on: August 16, 2014, 06:04:20 AM »
First things first:  Make sure the AF works for all (at least most!) AF points on newer Canon bodies!  If they can crack that, the world's their oyster.

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Anybody know what the current firmware version is on the 50 Art?  And how will we know if/when it gets updated, and, more importantly, FIXED for outer AF points on the 5DMkIII and other Canon cameras?

I've searched Sigma's site--I cannot find the current version there. 

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