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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 01:51:21 PM »
Ohhh - this is interesting news.

One thing will be reviews of the lens itself, but (short of being able to afford the 200-400 f/4 1.4EXT) pairing the 100-400 with th 1.4TC and then comparing it to the Sigma 150-600 Sports is what I am looking forward to seeing image quality comparisons of. One of those solutions are going to be what I will use when the 70-200 2.8 IS II range is not enough.

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 12, 2014, 05:09:45 PM »
Hi guys

Here are two shots, both with a 5D III and Sigma 35 1.4 DG HSM combo. Both shot in Nuuk, Greenland, where I live.

The shot of the girl is done walking backwards with a 600EX-RT in an Apollo Orb and triggered with the ST-E3-RT. I did multiple shots in the same walking sequence, and I picked this one which I liked the best. A friend of mine was carrying the Apollo to camera left, and the speedlite was in high speed sync mode and dialed down to -2 EV. Exif is 35mm, 1/2500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 125.

For the group shot I used two Bowens Gemini 500r triggered wirelessly, each mounted with a Westcott Rapid Box XXL on c-stands and shot a wee bit above the group to my right and left. Exif is 35mm, 1/160, f/1.4, ISO 50 and with a 0.9ND IR Tiffen filter on the lens. Ambient light was underexposed by -0.7EV. Focused manually on a tripod (the lens-camera combo reeeally struggles with nailing autofocus with this type of filter, even in good light, much to my (mild) frustration, since other combos have no issues at all).

Lovely shots in this thread. I hope to see more good stuff :)

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I regularly bring both my 5D III and 6D with me on northern lights sessions in the backcountry here in Sisimiut, Greenland. Both bodies have battery grips.

We're on the west coast of Greenland, about 40 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, and I often work with the cameras in -25 Celsius, and usually there is a Canon 24mm f/1.4L II or a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 on the camera.

I have done quite a few star trail attempts (often ruined by too much northern lights... luxury problem) where I've left the cameras outside in -20 Celsius and colder overnight. I then wrap the body and parts of the lens in fleece jackets and woollen stuff, and I get about 7 hours of operation out of a setup like that in -20 Celsius (about 400-450 60 second exposures). Actually the wired remote often dies before the camera, even if the remote is wrapped in it's own dedicated woolen glove and nursed with one of these thermal / heating packs you can put in gloves.

The climate up here is very dry, and I have never had any issues with camera malfunction or anything relating to condensation. Sure, everything gets a bit moist when I come inside, but I just leave the camera turned off until it has dried out. It takes less than an hour. And as long as you NEVER take it outside in the cold again before it is dry, I don't see much of a reason to begin wrapping it and bagging it and such. At least, I have never done so on 50+ nights of northern lights hunting, and I've never had an issue. But of course this depends a lot on the local climate and air humidity.

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Lenses / Re: Which Normal to Wide Angle Focal Length Matches Your Vision?
« on: October 14, 2013, 12:18:21 PM »
For me it is 35mm. I have been on a couple of trips / holidays lately where I wasn't shooting a paid job, and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 basically moved in with the camera body and stayed there.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:46:31 PM »
ok... WHAT?

135mm f/1.8 with stabilization. Hello :)

Here's hoping that 1) this list is not completely dreamed up and 2) that the 135mm will come true and that it will be optically as great as the latest Sigma offerings.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:33:34 PM »
Aerial shot over the endless lines of ridges along Greenland's East Coast. Just north of Tasiilaq.

6d + 24-70L II @ f/8, 1/640 and ISO 320.


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I actually love this camera in every aspect apart from its weak outer focus points. They are simply not precise enough, even in really good light, and I find myself doing the old 5D Mark II focus and recompose dance, which - unfortunately - makes it super hard (for me at least) to shoot lenses at f/2 and brighter and frame the focal point off center.

But I have the 5D III as well - and that more than makes up for what the 6D lacks. Together they are a great couple.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 24, 2013, 06:54:00 AM »
I use the 6D along with the 5D III for portraits at the moment (doing a 365 portrait series), and my new favorite setup is the 6D and the Sigma 35 1.4 DG HSM.

Although the image posted here is not high-ISO the 6D produces at least as good if not slightly better high-ISO results compared to the 5D III, and the general dynamic range and file detail is more than enough for me to tweak things in loads of ways via ACR7.4 and CS6.

When I bought the 6D it was meant as a backup camera for backcountry work (sold my 5D II - which, looking back, was a really good decision especially considering noise performance), but it has quickly become a worthy portrait partner to the 5D III and when I work with lights using a radio transceiver makes the lack of a dedicated flash sync port less important.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Please share your camera settings
« on: April 13, 2013, 06:42:29 AM »
On my one-slot bodies (7D and 6D) I shoot RAW and Jpeg Large, but honestly that's force of habit more than anything else since it's probably been a couple of years since I last used a jpeg file from the 7D, and I've never used jpegs from the 6D... I really should just change it to RAW-only on both, I guess...

On my 5D III I now shoot RAW + RAW, so both cards record the same files, simply as a card failure safety thing.

On the X-E1 I actually find myself using the jpegs from time to time so the dual file type recording is more handy there.

So you own both Mk3 and 6D? I've never seen someone who has both. If you have Mk3, why would you want 6D? Just curious.

I think he use it as a backup or second camera.  Primes on 6D and Zooms on 5D3 when shooting a wedding.  :)

I use the 6D as a backup (used to be a 5D II but I got the 6D mainly for low light capabilities because it's so dark up here much of the year). I live in a very remote Arctic environment and when we shoot stuff in the backcountry and something goes wrong with just one body you might as well just go home (which is often way more expensive than having a backup body, btw.).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Please share your camera settings
« on: April 12, 2013, 09:11:11 PM »
On my one-slot bodies (7D and 6D) I shoot RAW and Jpeg Large, but honestly that's force of habit more than anything else since it's probably been a couple of years since I last used a jpeg file from the 7D, and I've never used jpegs from the 6D... I really should just change it to RAW-only on both, I guess...

On my 5D III I now shoot RAW + RAW, so both cards record the same files, simply as a card failure safety thing.

On the X-E1 I actually find myself using the jpegs from time to time so the dual file type recording is more handy there.


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Fuji X-E1.

Fujinon 18-55mm and 35mm lenses + Rokinon 8mm fisheye.

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Lenses / Re: 16-35L or related primes
« on: February 12, 2013, 01:02:04 PM »
Just thought I'd give an update on the choices I made since so many people decided to respond to this thread. Thanks for all those comments! :)

For now I've bought:

Canon 24mm 1.4L II
(24L and night skies is a (well known) amazing combo. Love it: http://500px.com/photo/25441431)

Sigma 35mm 1.4
(Getting some really nice (for me, at least) wideangle portraits out of this one: http://500px.com/photo/22584789)

And I kept the Canon 16-35L for the versatility of the WA-zoom.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: January 31, 2013, 09:12:13 PM »
I am running a 2012 8GB RAM 256SSD 2Ghz i7 Macbook Air and a thunderbolt display at home - which is my way of having a 27" iMac that I can downsize to my pocket when I go on the road. (The TB display is chained to an 8TB Thunderbolt G-Raid drive for home storage). The Air sits in a BookArc on the bookshelf.

Up until a month ago I used a 17" MBPro, 8GB 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo machine.

I do lots of Photoshop and Illustrator work with both apps open at the same time, and often more than one PSD file in the process, and with Bridge running, as well as a webbrowser or two - and the Air is just so stupendously much faster than the 2009 MBPro. I mean... saving 500MB PSD files is about... well... 10 times as fast, if not more, in CS6.

I know you're looking for a desktop solutions - I just wanted to let you know that the Air + TB setup will get you very far in terms of desktop+mobility. Even into pretty heavy film editing as far as I understand:


CS6 Macbook Air (Photoshop and After Effects)

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Lenses / Re: How many times did you return (L) lenses to get a good copy?
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:04:56 AM »
Actually I'll be going to the post office in 5 minutes to send back my new Sigma 35mm 1.4 because it can't lock focus properly (changes between front, back, and no proper focus at all), and AMFA seems to be unable to correct the irregular focus (obviously since the lens can never decide what to do). But I am definitely getting a new copy and not just making a return - the shots I did manage to get were amazing, and the lens holds a lot of promise.

Btw - that was my first Sigma lens in a lineup of Canon and Tokina lenses - none of which have ever had to be returned.

(But judging from the general comments all over the place I got a very rare lemon).

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@Bob Howland - that's true, the built-in 1.4TC on the 200-400 plus the likely much better optical quality is probably going to be worth a lot more money... still... 11k. Yikes :)

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