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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:16:23 PM »
If I remember, this all started with some kind of claim of Sigma generating lots of hype about its new 50mm.

But the longevity of this misleadingly titled thread proves that Sigma need do NOTHING to generate excitement about a worthy, fairly priced 50mm becoming available.

My fingers are crossed.  I think my ef 50mm 1.4 is adequate at 2.0, but I've had so many great shots with a wonderful "feel" from my Sigma 35mm 1.4 A, that I hope for more of the same from the new 50.

You'll have to pry my ef 85mm 1.2 L from my cold dead fingers, if you dare, but I thought my copy of the ef 35mm 1.4 L stank up the place.

I only offer these opinions to indicate I like good lenses, regardless of brand.  I think Canon makes a whole lot more sense than other camera brands because of the great selection of lenses, but missing out on great deals and quality by being a brand snob makes no sense to me.

Hopefully the OP will settle down and realize how helpful this forum can be for advice from the several regulars who put a lot of thought and time into responding to our endless questions.

Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:24:31 PM »

I think being able to catch precious moments--rather than laziness ::) -- instead of changing lenses is one good reason to use something such as a 24-70mm rather than 3 primes.

But what does ANY of this have to do with the new 50mm Sigma, which your title referred to?

The difference between 35mm and 50mm on an SLR might seem slight to you, but not to models who see the difference in distortion right away.  Sure, the 35mm is great for many shots, but, even on a cropped sensor, what is the point of saying x brand of 35 is an option to any brand of 50mm?

Heck, an iPhone is an option to an SLR, but that's kind of a wide net for a topic too.

Why do I feel as if somebody is about to say, "April Fools!"?

Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:48:54 AM »
Not sure what this OP has to do with the Sigma 50mm at all???  More of a 35mm vs 35mm topic, or having one very strong 24-70mm vs three decent primes.

Personally, I'd rather use one heavyish lens than deal with changing during a wedding, of all events!

I did sell my 24-70mm v 1 and feel the version 2 is equal to all its hype (eg "like a bag full of primes).

And I love my Sigma 35mm 1.4, as I obviously don't get tired of announcing.

But TOUCHING on 50mm, for many shots, the Canon 50mm 1.4 is great at weddings in low light, with speedy AF, and good sharpness at f/2 - f/8.  To me, the Sigma will have to be spectacular to be worth retiring it.

Glad, though, to hear the 35mm 2.0 is so nice.

I'm curious--Why would you want to have the brightest setting in a "very dark venue"?  I always thought the darker the ambient, the lower the LCD brightness.

Outdoors, bright day, sometimes no choice but to go to brightest...

And are you talking about shooting with Live View?  Otherwise, how does LCD display come into play during exposure?

It does make sense to ride the popularity of Duck Dynasty!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 15mm f2.8 or Sigma DG 15mm f2.8
« on: March 31, 2014, 11:38:35 AM »
I couldn't be happier with the sharpness and AF of my Sigma on my 5DIII.  Image quality is top notch across the frame; the built in metal tulip hood is just right, adds a sense of security...

I'd much rather get a new Sigma from a trusted retailer than the used Canon.  Warranty period, exchange options.

Really, I can't imagine finding real world improvement over the new Sigma by buying a used lens.

Lenses / Re: Should I buy the 35L now or wait for the price drop?
« on: March 29, 2014, 07:38:07 PM »
Sigma, for cryin' out loud.

This is a good discussion to prompt thinking things through.  I agree pretty much with those here who say losing or dropping a card while changing during the action is more of a risk than a card failure.  I heard this first at a workshop given by Arthur Morris (wildlife photographer).

On the other hand, if some particularly priceless moment has just been captured, and I have a quiet pause in the action, I might put the card with those images in a hard case and put another card in the camera for the rest of the shoot...But not if I were standing in a stream!

In any event, you have to carry spares.

As for brands, I've been shooting Transcends for two years without any problems, and on my 5D3, they are as fast as I need--because if I am in an important situation, I'm using the SD slot too, which then becomes the limiting factor for speed.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8 L II front coating peeling off?
« on: February 23, 2014, 02:20:18 PM »
I got showered in bat pee last night.  (No, I didn't pay for it.)  I was taking pictures at sunset of a bat-house and should have brought an umbrella.

Anyway, I'm glad I didn't have my 24-70mm attached at the time, even with its UV filter attached as always, because now my Sigma smells like what rained on it!

Come to think of it, the photo in this thread of the front element looks like something did get sprayed on there.  Not to be paranoid or suspicious (can't help myself), but from time to time, "friends" and angry significant others have been known to do nasty things to belongings, and what better place to wound a photographer than in the gear?

Just throwing in an extra variable to the mix!

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8 L II front coating peeling off?
« on: February 23, 2014, 06:48:44 AM »
"pros with cps who will get it fixed for free no matter the warranty."

What?  A discount--but "free"?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:27:08 PM »
Great thread!

Canon General / Re: Review: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
« on: January 30, 2014, 02:05:18 PM »
I use the st-e3-rt off camera--with my Einsteins and 600s together. Keep the Cyber Commander on camera for firing everything and controlling the Einsteins, and the st-e3-rt in my pocket for the occasional tweaking of the 600s.  (Of course I have Cyber Sync receivers for the 600s!)

I've done a lot of inside stuff with the st-3-rt, and a lot of closer outdoor stuff.  I've never tested the range, but I have fired it from just under 50 yards on a football field with no missed shots.

I think the only feature I miss is the zoom control on the flashes, as I do like to tweak it when the lights are bare, but, otherwise, very useful and reliable.  Have never needed second curtain yet.

Lighting / Re: Canon 270 EX II or...?
« on: January 20, 2014, 10:27:34 AM »
I went through this same process 18 months ago.  Found the 270 EX II very limiting in power and because of no rotation.  Bought a 430 ex II for very little more and don't find it awkward at all.  Of course it is taller and two batteries heavier, but, really, for the extra power, the rotating head, and the AF assist beams (which I like better than the strobe method), well worth it.

Intimidating?  Ok, the 270 has a lower profile and does look kind of cool, but I don't think the 430 adds much intimidation to a 5D3 with a 24-70mm or any other lens that has a filter diameter of 77mm or so.  People see that lens and that body--the Speedlite is just part of the contraption in most eyes, in my opinion.

I used to be so self-conscious I wouldn't even carry a tripod when I needed one.  Heck, a 430 is practically stealthy.  But, if keeping the flash comfortably in a coat pocket is a important, the 270 is better than nothing.

Convenient in a pinch?  Yes.  The one you use the most?  From my experience and that of other Canon fanatic friends of mine, not likely.

"I see pros still using the old Canon 50 F/1.4 at weddings, concerts, etc. because the 1.2 lens isn't for them."

+1  So do I, as I've been lucky enough to assist a $10k wedding photographer, and she uses the 50mm 1.4 often for posed environmental shots of bride, groom, and other key participants individually. 

My only personal gripe with my copy is just too soft below 1.8; however, I find its AF quick, almost equal to my 24-105mm in lower light.

"The thing is, even New Sigma struggles a lot with AF..."

-1!  Don't know if this statement is based on personal experience or web echoes, but my Sigma 35mm 1.4 is another great AF performer, center spot or outer, indoors or out.  I usually use it from two feet to twelve feet away from subject, people walking quickly towards me or past me, no problem nailing AF on the eyes or face.  I have several of Canon's best AF lenses to compare to, and see no problem at all with this Sigma.

I had what was likely a good copy of the Canon ef 35mm 1.4L, but it was too soft wide open and had too much purple fringing, noticeable even at 5.6 in a few shots.  Why do I say good copy?  Because I sent it to CPS and they sent it back saying it was "well with in specifications."  (I have sent lenses to them with complaints, e.g. a kit 24-105mm having strange contrast issues and dodgy IS, and had the lenses serviced and returned wonderfully improved.  So I did TRY to give my ef 35mm 1.4 a fair chance.)  To be fair to the Canon, for the occasional landscape shot (on a tripod), it was astoundingly sharp for middle and far distance.  Incredible even.

I love sample images I see online from the Canon ef 50mm 1.2L, and I've gone out for location portraits with a local photography professor who uses practically nothing else and gets consistently great shots, but the pro I mentioned above, and some thoughtful reviews online convinced me to save my money on this one, putting it instead towards my favorite portrait lens, the ef 85mm 1.2L.

Cheers to Sigma for cranking up the competition!  If I ever have to replace my ef 50mm 1.4, I hope the Sigma reviews well!

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