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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: December 13, 2014, 01:00:09 PM »
heres a few from the big november storm that hit the buffalo area.  Couldn't get close to the areasa hit by it...but this is the cloud that dropped like 7 feet of snow on some areas

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:23:10 AM »
ok, gotta say wow.  not only about this lens but this focal length.  I have been spying the meta filter in lightroom and this lens has quickly become my most used lens.  Of course the quality is outstanding, but more to the point --- it's in the land of, wow been shooting for so long without a variety of lenses but now...just wondering how I could have lived without this focal length.  It's just so versatile...

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: October 11, 2014, 11:36:58 PM »
ok, decided to buy
Seems to me it suits your style and that you have a good copy :) Enjoy!

oh it very much does suit my style!!!!1  :D  And yup, I is enjoying!!!!

Software & Accessories / Cloud storage
« on: October 11, 2014, 02:04:10 PM »
Hey hey, thinking it's time to make a cloud backup happen.  So wondering what to go with.  Strictly for backing up files, not for sharing with clients...

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: October 10, 2014, 01:48:20 PM »
ok, decided to buy

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:42:47 PM »
i think I may like this lens...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:23:00 PM »
here's some more....I think me and this lens are bonding quite nicely...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Introduces Keeper
« on: October 03, 2014, 03:21:47 PM »
If you were to buy one that's, say, a year or so into it's life at LensRentals, it's likely a lot less.

They explain in the blog post that you can see an expected price range right on the website before rental. So for instance, on the 5dIII page, you can click "Get Estimate" to see that the expected range is $3,319 - $2,513 depending on the age of the particular copy you get.

I would expect them to price these a little higher than a straight linear interpolation between purchase price and Lens Authority price, because they're losing out on potential rental revenue for the rest of its lifetime, and they need to recoup their costs to procure a new lens and process, test, and tag it. But I still think for many it'll be worth the extra money to get a lens that's been tested, possibly optically adjusted, and that they already know they're happy with.

I am 95% sure I will be a test case for this...LOL...I like the 35 ART a lot and yeah, I am seriously thinking of making it part of my kit...and if the copy I have from them is as spot on as it seems....why risk it....

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:56:28 PM »
I liked it very much. It has had zero problem. None at all. I still like it but find it redundant now that I have a normal zoom at 2.8. I am selling my sigma 35.

i sold my 24-70 a while back in favor of the 24 and the 50...but I have been finding that for a lot of things I wanted something in between...hence why I have been considering the 35 (and yup, shooting at 35 on my 16-35 just to get a better feel for the FOV of a 35).  If I do end up buying it then I may end up selling something...maybe...or...maybe GAS will deny selling anything!!!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:26:56 PM »
a few more...
I am one of the unlucky ones with this lens. It was phenomenal to being with. I did a FoCal and everything seemed to be just fine. After a couple of weeks I noticed that I got more and more images OOF and I redid a FoCal. It had shifted quite a bit. +7 if memory serves me right.

The 50 Art was useless. I got one, where focus was so unstable I was unable to do a FoCal calibration, so I returned it and got a new one. The new one was no better, so I have returned it and got my money back. I will not buy a Sigma lens again, until I read that they have made a quantum leap in AF on Canon bodies. A real pity, considering the phenomenal optical performance, especially on the 50 Art.

this is exactly what I was worried about --- and unfortunately without a 2 month rental period it will be hard to tell if this lens will shift on me after time....

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:09:04 PM »
i do think i like!!!!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:01:47 PM »
just got in like 2 hours ago...i already really like it!!!!....  At the stage, the only real Q is do i use the new lensrentals lenskeeper program, or, do i get a new copy from b&h....hmmmmmmmm.  to soon to tell.  shooting DMX tonight, a wedding tomorrow, if the weather is good then a shoot on sunday and monday --- unless it does a 180 on me I think I will be owning this lens!!! :D

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Introduces Keeper
« on: October 02, 2014, 04:14:04 PM »
they would do that a day after i place a rental

Third Party Manufacturers / siggy 35 1.4 Art
« on: October 02, 2014, 11:30:37 AM »
Alright, I am in either GAS mode or GAS prevention  Renting the Art lens for for a week and a half.  Moist say this lens rocks, a little worried about some of the focus issues others have had (which i guess is more prevalent in the 50mm?).  So there ya go,  I'll have it from the 3rd-13th.  It will see 2 weddings, 1 engagement shoot and 1 senior session --- so that should be a pretty solid test!!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:18:26 AM »
I don't want or need the 7d2 - 10 fps is way too fast..and I prefer the FOV of FF.

You can always jack the frame rate down. You have the high speed and low speed continuous modes, so when you don't want to rip out 20 frames a burst, you can always drop down to three or four per second (and I think it's configurable on the high end models...I don't think the 7D allowed it, but the 7D II definitely should).

i am sure it does, and i am sure it has a silent burst too which is throttled down...the bigger aspect is i don't need a crop body, FF has it's claws in me.  I favor splitting the lines more for MP count (too much is not always needed) and low IS quality...  and yeah, i'd rahter other things like higher sync speed than burst.

Yeah, I can understand that. I have uses for crop, but there are ultimately ways of mitigating the need. I can always get closer to my subjects, for example...and if I can get close enough, FF will always win. One advantage that the 7D II can offer that I don't think the 5D III or 1D X could ever really compete with is the ability to get long equivalent focal length at a faster max aperture...allowing the use of more than just the central cluster of AF points at the much slower f/8. The 7D II could achieve an effective 1344mm focal length (FoV equivalent) at f/5.6. At best, FF cameras can achieve 1200mm f/8. The added AF power the 7D II can offer at a very long effective focal length is intriguing.

honestly.... 1344mm focal length... i so have no NEED for that...want...sure...i do like shooting the moon at times...but i really have no bird shooting desire...and...while i do like putting the couple far away from me at times and shooting with the 70-200...for what makes me $$$ need at all...

on a side note...i just sold a $1000 piece that was shot old 7d...don't even own that now, nor do i still own the lens i it was shot with (the old 244-70mm 2.8)....go 7d...still earning after being

Congrats on the sale! Must feel nice.

I don't generally need that kind of focal length myself. I use 1200mm on the 5D III, but usually it's to get headshot closeups of shore and wading birds and waterfowl. I'm usually at 840mm on the 5D III and 600mm on my 7D for birds. I'm usually at 600mm on the 5D III for wildlife (much better FoV than the 7D ever offered). I've used 840mm, and even as much as 1680mm (2x + 1.4x) on the 7D for astro stuff, but at that level diffraction is really kicking in, and I'm better off with a proper large aperture telescope.

for me...that's so the kind of stuff of...when i have extra cash to play around with sure...bu right now...i am 40 years old...3 years into launching my biz, recently married, and...i have a 3 day old son now!!!! yeah, i do have to clearly separate needs from wants.

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