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Having spent as much time as we have on this forum, it´s kind of nice to attach faces to the various posters. We should keep this thread alive.

I normally do my best to avoid having my picture taken, but I´m not always successful. My wife shot this with her new Sony RX100 III, while I was shooting the sunset at Torghatten this summer.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Variable Diffusion Focusing Screen
« on: October 24, 2014, 02:32:23 PM »
Third party focus screen sellers take the one series screens, and shave off the edges to fit other cameras.  Sometimes they even cut down MF screens.  Their markup is very high, cutting down a screen that they pay $10 - $15 for and selling it for hundreds of dollars.
I bought an S-type screen equivalent for my 5DIII from www.focusingscreen.com (Taiwan) and paid less than USD100 for it. Made and delivered to Norway in less than 2 weeks. It is a lot better than the standard screen, for manual focus, but I have more success with the Ec-S mounted in my 1DX. But I believe some of that is due to the exceptional view finder of the 1DX. None of them are supported by the camera though and they both give a slightly unpredictable exposure. No compensation in some cases and -1EV in others, which both should have been +/-0.

The Sigma 50A is an optically fantastic lens, with a very poor and unstable AF system. As I have stated in other threads, I do not understand how Sigma can push something as inconsistent as this to the market.

Reviews / Re: Jeff Cable's 7D2 & High ISO Look
« on: October 22, 2014, 05:43:17 PM »
Thanks Jeff, at least that was helpful to me.

I have the 7DII ordered, as a low weight and better reach alternative to my 1DX, for birds and wildlife eand it seems to me that both AF and high ISO performance are where I was hoping they would be.

There are few miracles around where I live and I don´t expect the 7DII to be one ;)

Tough choice ... This lens ... or ... Otus/55, Otus/85, 200-400 f4l IS II 1.4x, 600 f4L IS II, 300 f2.8L IS II, 200 f2.0L, Zeiss 15, 21, 35, 135 ... and 2 1DX bodies, a Pro-1 printer and a 2 week luxury safari. This is truly a tough choice  ::)

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 19, 2014, 02:53:18 PM »
Thanks Candyman!

I went for a walk in the forrest next door. And the whole summer is now on the ground. It gives a certain peace of mind walking on a forest floor, covered in yellow, green, red and brown leaves.

1DX, 17mm f4L TS-E
1/13s, f5.6, ISO100

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 19, 2014, 06:10:44 AM »
I believe this thread shows that autumn is an inspiring time for many of us. Lots of great pictures have been posted.

We are pretty close to the end of a colorful fall over here, but some leaves die hard.
1DX, Zeiss 135/2.0

1/125s, f3.2, ISO100

And why would I want an sRGB monitor????

do you know for sure it is?

i thought so.. but i did not found any infos.

and i really can´t understand that people are excited about a monitor just because it has a 5K sticker. especially people on a photography forum should know better.
The only reference I have seen to color is "millions of colors". If they did a Billion, they would have said so.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 17, 2014, 01:43:57 PM »
it´s been fun to follow the discussion. As I stated in the opening, I thought I had the pros and cons pretty clear, but realized that there was a bit more to it.

After about page 3 I thought I´d try to sum up the opinions so far, but I don´t think I´m the right guy for that. But it would be interesting if someone could try to make the comprehensive and objective list of pros and cons FF and crop.

Personally I have ordered the 7DII to be an addition to my 1DX for long reach, where I crop a bit too much today and where I also believe the AF will benefit from the 1.6x factor. I also see that it will be a very potent coupling with the 200-400mm f4L IS 1.4x lens. I do not use this lens for birding today, but I expect to do so with the 7DII. I´m also motivated by the AF and fps performance in such a small and light body, for long hikes, where size and weight are important issues.

But again, If someone could take on the challenge of making the ultimate objective guide to crop vs. FF ... Thank you in advance :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hello FF!
« on: October 17, 2014, 10:58:58 AM »
In Norwegian, it would not be very commonly used, as a noun, but it would mean someone who are spreading lice ... Slightly less positive than the German version ;)

I think I´ll stay with my Eizo i bit longer. My post processing skills does not deserve any more resolution ...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 17, 2014, 01:37:58 AM »
Ah, the orange would have made for such good contrast. Oh well. My maple had barely dropped a leaf until today. Now, a third of the leaves are on the ground, and it went from nearly 80°F to 40°F in a couple hours, and the low is 34°F tonight. It doesn't look like snow...yet...but winter is almost here.
We had our first snow yesterday, which is early ... And the 7DII does not arrive until late November, which means any real testing with the long whites will be wet, cold and in dull colors, with most of the birds on vacation in the south ...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Woe and Pathos in the Sigma 50 Art?
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:39:36 AM »
FYI, I have the dock and I did my best to put it to good use. But it never changed the inconsistency. How do you set a value, when the deveation from measurement to measurement goes from -15 to +15?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Woe and Pathos in the Sigma 50 Art?
« on: October 16, 2014, 04:02:09 PM »
I have to admit that I have a Nikonrumors user account  ::). I got one to see how they reported on this lens. There are less posts about AF problems, but there are some who report exactly what I have found. I also tested on both 5DIII, 1DX and 5DII. I could not see any particular change in consistency (or lack of ..)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Woe and Pathos in the Sigma 50 Art?
« on: October 16, 2014, 02:05:04 PM »
Eldar, since you use FoCal and claim this lens has inconsistency issues, perhaps you'd care to share some focus consistency test results from FoCal on this lens with us.  Multiple copies, multiple bodies would be indicative.  At least post the charts showing the 10 or 20 shot tests, with the final percentage.

There are few people I trust implicitly on this forum, Eldar is one.
Thanks Private.

This was 50 Art copy no.2. No.1 was worse. I believe it is fairly easy to see that this focus issue has nothing to do with AFMA being wrong or being visible because of how sharp the lens is. It is totally inconsistent and this lens (and the one before) should never have left the production plant in the first place.

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