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I've been keeping an eye on them, but don't own one.  Their Ada module on Kickstarter is incredibly overdue. 

Be sure to read all the updates.

Yup been keeping up with all of it. Thanks for the feedback everyone. I do realize it's been delayed but honestly, I'd rather wait and get a good product than just getting something out, which is what most companies would probably do. I'm planning to use mine at weddings on an unmanned camera to fire it off right as someone is at the spot I prefocus and frame using the laser sensor.

Software & Accessories / Anyone interested in a triggertrap?
« on: September 01, 2014, 12:44:32 PM »
So I just thought I'd ask if anyone was interested in the new Triggertrap. Reason I ask is I have the chance to get an additional for 35 pounds and I see on their site that it's currently listed at 179 pounds. Obviously I don't have any product right now so this isn't me actually selling anything. Just curious if anyone would be interested in this should I decide to purchase a second through kickstarter.

24 1.4?

Dangit.  I was looking forward to an 85 1.4 Art this Fall.

The 24-70 f2 possibility is very cool, however.  Might drown my sorrows then look forward to that beast!

I wouldn't give up on an 85 f/1.4 Art.  That's been rumored for some time on other sites.  Most rumor mongers say Sigma needs both the 24 and 85 to complete the standard Art prime line. 

Further, Dustin Abbott (fellow CR forum member but also does his own reviews) said that he's already been approached to review a early Zeiss Otus 85mm.  Any 'Otus' developments are absolute gold for Sigma, who have demonstrated that they can make an autofocusing lens 95% as good for 1/4 the price.  So if Zeiss is making one, Sigma will gladly swoop in, outperform an aging Canon L in that FL, and gobble up a good chunk of the high end dollars there.  Be patient.

- A

Not sure if I'd call the Canon 85 1.2 L an aging lens. It's definitely a pretty sweet lens. My main thing is price to performance. I bought the Sigma 35 since it's better than the Canon 35 1.4 and it's cheaper. I'm hoping the same for the 85. But that's not to say that the 35 1.4 or 85 1.2 are bad lenses.

24 1.4?

Dangit.  I was looking forward to an 85 1.4 Art this Fall.

The 24-70 f2 possibility is very cool, however.  Might drown my sorrows then look forward to that beast!
Yeah me too. I'm so ready to buy an 85 and was hoping for an art version. Now I have to decide whether to buy the current one or wait.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 5 Layer UV, IR, RGB Sensor
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:21:07 PM »
Nobody's brought it up so I'll mention it. Isn't the timing on this interesting in that Canon just released a new version of DPP that isn't backwards compatible? Maybe the new RAW formula is already in the software?

One big bummer is nothing as far as settings seems to transfer between the two. Not even simple things like exposure or check marks.

Are you saying that doing an edit in DPP3 (e.g. curves & WB edit, and star-rating) doesn't show in DPP4? :o
My edits are coming over fine  :)

For the DLO module, I wish they had the old 400mm f/2.8L IS USM in there too, like the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.
Yeah, everything I've tried so far isn't coming through. Haven't tried star ratings or looking at my curves but simple stuff like color that are in the picture style aren't coming over. Maybe I'm doing something wrong but the Canon site does say recipes don't transfer between the two so I'm guessing that's where Canon is storing all that stuff in the file :(

Performance seems pretty good in the new version. That was one of my big pet peeves with the old version was if you opened a folder with 1000 photos it would just hang for like 30 seconds to a minute doing stuff. Now it's pretty much instantaneous. The actual exporting is actually a bit slower. I did 10 photos in the old version and it took 1:57. The new version took 2:21. I'm not seeing any differences in image quality but it's possible it's there. One big bummer is nothing as far as settings seems to transfer between the two. Not even simple things like exposure or check marks. It's hard for me to want to switch unless they at least put in support for the 5D mark II. But I'm glad to see they're at least moving in the right direction. Just needs a little more work hopefully.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:23:33 AM »
Sigma isn't a publicly traded company.

Lenses / Re: On 400 USD budget for zoom lenses
« on: May 05, 2014, 01:21:48 PM »

For some reason this costs a lot more at B&H.
Why this?
f/2.8- you want as much light as possible for the smaller sensor.
17-50- this is a nice standard zoom range.
VC- you want vibration compensation when recording video.

Plus, it is a very nice and well-regarded lens all around.
Keep in mind the VC is optically inferior to the non-vc version:

Hopefully they do at least 15 or 20 percent off coupon. I want to get another flash but the current 25 off 250 and 50 off 500 is pretty bad compared to the other deals lately. If anybody has any incite into this I'd be interested to hear.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Good Deals On Circular Polarizers
« on: November 13, 2013, 07:45:08 PM »
Just bought a B+W 77mm one:

Looked at camelcamelcamel and it looks like it's pretty much at the lowest level it's been at. I'd wait if I thought there was going to be a sale but like I said, I never see any deals... at least not for good ones :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Good Deals On Circular Polarizers
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:41:28 PM »
There are so many counterfeit ones out there that its hard to identify a truly good deal.
I'd like to find a 82mm one, I have some 77mm ones, but 82mm seems to be the new standard.
I will stick to B&H, Adorama, or other reputable dealer and avoid anyone with "Wonderful" deals that seem too good to be true.
I expect to see some one day specials in the next 2 months, the problem is to spot them in time to jump on them.  Perhaps signing up for sale notices at some of the major manufacturers outlets??
Let us know if you find a deal.
BTW, The price seems to be $150-$250 for good ones, but there is a $11.95 special on Amazon.  Maybe this is one of those that ruins the front element on some lenses due to rubbing.   :)

Yeah I saw that one too :) The polarizer I have now isn't aweful. It's a tiffen but it doesn't have any coatings on it so any flare at all and it quickly looses a lot of contrast. I've spent some decent money on gear so I don't want to put something cheap in front of it. Thanks for the advice. I wish there was something like canonpricewatch for polarizers.

Pricewatch Deals / Good Deals On Circular Polarizers
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:27:10 PM »
So I always see deals for Cameras and Lenses but nary a deal for circular polarizers. I'm looking to upgrade to a better polarizer but would like to get a good deal if possible. Anybody have any good deals they know of?

Lenses / Re: Dust in refurbished lens from Canon
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:44:39 PM »
Here's another extreme example of lens damage and dust inside the lens, and how it affects image quality ;)

Good of lensrentals to answer.  I guess they didn't point you to Roger's blog?

Thanks. I read those before but it's been a while and for some reason I thought those were focused on a different aspect of things. The lens is sharp (tested against the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and while a little bit behind held up well at f/4. The lens I'm returning is actually a TINY bit sharper than the other but I bought that one with the 15% off coupon so the $30 difference isn't worth it. Plus the lens I'm keeping is from this year so it also has the new Canon lens cap with the pinch in the center which I've to say I'm really liking much better. Thanks for everyone's help.

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