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Updating the dock firmware and connecting the lens just now, I'm once again prompted to upgrade its firmware.  Perhaps the lens "forgets" its firmware after a few hours.  Who knows.  While I am looking forward to the 50A and I do love my 35A I'm very disappointed with this dock product, it's a stinker.

It's disappointing to hear this sort of thing, from perspective of possible future Sigma lens buyers.

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Lighting / Re: New world of Light !
« on: Today at 01:46:45 AM »

this the mount http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0034WR19Y/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1#productDescription

and these are the light stands http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0011363NS/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

anyone have any experience of these or is it simply because they are cheap ?

thank you
Andrew

www.andrew-davies.com


I actually have that bracket and stand.  They are not heavy-duty or incredibly durable, but I find them extremely useful for outdoor shoots when I cannot carry heavy-duty gear around.  They are much lighter than stands in my studio.  Combine that stand, bracket with a generic umbrella, one can create some nice, soft lighting for one or two people.  Below is a friend holding my setup, complete with Canon 580EX II speedlite and Yongnuo 622c wireless trigger.

EOSE0468 by drjlo1, on Flickr

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However, this is highly skewed, because DXO uses their T-stops "measure" to determine what the "best" aperture is...and they chose f/1.2 on the 50mm as it's "best". That is about as close to the WORST aperture the 50/1.2 has...

Wow, I never even realized DxO did this  :o  Looks like DxO chose f/2.0 for Sigma 50 and f/1.2 for 50L as "best" for their ratings.  What the heck?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50L - Love or Hate?
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:18:28 PM »
This lens has a very special output that is extremely flattering for taking pictures of people

Exactly.  I use my 50L and 85L for people shots mainly, and the corner softness if anything adds to creating a unique look to portraiture.  If I am going to do stopped-down landscape or architectural shoot, I break out my 24-70 II or T-SE 24 mm II. 

Nailing focus at f/1.2 is not going to happen for everybody, but I highly recommend installing ML and use focus peaking in live view  8)

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Lenses / Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:07:11 PM »
We've seen Canon recently bring out several new EF non-L primes with IS (24/28/35), and I expect we'll see an updated 50mm with IS soon.  The IQ of those new lenses is quite good (compare the 35/2 IS to the Sigma 35/1.4 Art, for example).

I also think the next Canon 50 mm, be it 50 f/2 IS or 50 f/1.4 Mk II will have quite improved optics competitive with the new offerings from other companies.  I realize "real" photographers enjoy the size and weight punishment dished out by the likes of Sigma 50 ART and Otus, but I for one love the lighter and smaller primes Canon has been putting out. 

The real problem is WHEN is Canon going to bless us with their new 50 mm  :'(

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:03:51 PM »
Per these guys, the color in the 35mm is better, but there might be too much color for human skin... so I'm a touch confused... maybe I need to read it again.

I'm not sure what these reviewers are doing (or not doing) with post-processing, but I think pretty much all of the human shots I saw on The Phoglographer and f-stoppers reviews look horrible with skin tones.  Skin tones look just too stark  and cold with peaky orange/magenta bias to my eyes.  The best photo's were the black & whites IMO. 

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This is fun:

http://www.leica-boss.com/2014/03/the-switch-7-stages-of-moving-from-canon-to-the-sony-a7r/

Not that I plan to switch; I like the mix....


That's hilarious and somewhat reflects how I felt.
However, somewhere between Stage 5 "Regret" and Stage 7 "Acceptance and Hope," I decided to go back to Canon. I also put a little something called Magic Latern on my 5D III  8)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:53:27 PM »
But the conclusion I've come to... is that Canon may cost more, but more often than not, it is well worth it. 

As long as Sigma has no choice but to reverse-engineer Canon's AF system, there always remain a chance that a Sigma lens may no longer work, or no longer work 100% (such as weird focus behavior in live view, etc, which I have experienced with some Sigma), with future Canon firmware updates or future Canon bodies in general. 

Having dealt with Sigma service before with headaches abound, I can understand those who stick with the Canon brand. 

In addition, unlike the Sigma 35 1.4 ART and Canon 35 1.4 situation, the 50 1.4 ART vs. Canon 50 1.2 L situation do not deal with the equivalent lens aperture class. I understand many here who will say the small stop of light advantage does not mean anything, especially since it's not sharp wide-open, etc, but the general public may feel differently in perception. 

Having said that, I will happily keep using my 50L for another year or so, as I do love the small size and rendition of 50L, then I will likely pick up a used 50 ART or on heavy sale in future.

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Also, this was the mood I was going for. I think a hair light could have been cool, but Im happy enough with the one light for now! Ill experiment more in the future!

With 135 mm without IS, I would try again with tripod and critical focus confirmation with live view magnification to see if the blurring recurs. 

In addition, I far prefer your first "blurred" photo to the second photo, which has WAY too much skin smoothing/blurring/retouching IMO. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji Full Frame X-PRO2 coming 2015
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:41:00 AM »
Wont happen. Fuji barely built up its X lens lineup, so they wont start a new one that soon.

Yeah, it sounds more like wishful thinking, like a lot of SR1 type rumors around here  ::)

IF it did happen in the future, though, we can thank Sony for pushing the full frame mirrorless envelope.

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I have a couple of mitros + and so far they are super reliable however with eneloops they recycle noticably slower than the canons

That's disheartening to hear, as recycling time can be critical. 

I was also surprised to see in DPR review how Mitro yielded cooler color and higher ETTL exposure than Canon 580EX II. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:27:58 PM »
http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1664/cat/98

We now have a direct comparison from the same testers.



Too bad SLRgear does not post real-life photo samples with bokeh, and we will have to wait for for end-user reports regarding any AF "issues" after wide release.  In addition, price is unknown.  Having said that, it looks like Sigma came up with a beauty.  I hope its pricing brings down the eventual price of Otus 55 mm and any upcoming Canon 50 mm glass  ;)

"Alternatives
The clearest alternative, if you haven't guessed already, is the new Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 Art lens, which we just recently reviewed. Despite the dramatic difference in price, the Sigma competes handily with the $4,000 Zeiss 55mm Otus lens. (As of this writing, we don't know how Sigma will price the 50/1.4 Art, but it's safe to assume it'll be way, way less than the Otus."

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Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:52:51 PM »
I had a 135mm L attached to my 5dIII, ISO 160 (was set on Auto), f/8, 1/125 (was set on Av, forgot to change it in the haste). Thanks in advance.

You simply were not going to get close enough with 135L to fill the frame with the bird without scaring it off.  At least 300 or 400 mm would have been nice.

I have one of my C1-3 custom settings set up for exactly situation like this, including Al servo, burst shooting mode, shutter priority with high shutter speed for moving objects. 

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Technical Support / Re: 5Dmk3 grip rubber coming loose
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:28:18 PM »
It depends on whether the grip simply came off the body or whether the grip actually enlarged due to taking in moisture and expanding.  Canon rebels are notorious for grips expanding in humid environment, coming off the body.  When I sent in my T2i to Canon under warranty, Canon actually replaced the grip with a new one because the old grip was now bigger, not fitting in the slot. 

If the grip is not enlarged and will fit into body's slot, simply fix it by using rubber glue, which is same thing Canon service does.  If grip has expanded, then a new grip is needed for a perfect repair; however, depending on the degree, people have trimmed off excess rubber and glued them on when out of warranty. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Cook Picture Styles
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:46:30 PM »
Hmm.  Interesting work.  Exactly how do you "load" the Cook picture styles into camera; is it via firmware update like Magic Lantern (with risk of "bricking" the camera) or some other way? 
If used with DPP, where do you load the Cook picture styles on the computer, in the DPP folder somewhere?


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