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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:48:34 AM »
Thank you all.
So the Sigma 35mm 1.4 seems to be a very popular lens, its just the focus is not alwasy perfect. It seems like a better option image quality wise that the canon from what i have read, also the price!

Ok can somone explain to me what this AFMA everyone is talking about? I see it mentioned a lot!

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Lenses / Re: Lens filters or not?
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:45:04 AM »
Thanks for your replies. I think I will stick with getting a filter for what ever my new lens will be.

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Lenses / Sigma 35mm f/1.4
« on: February 06, 2014, 06:54:36 AM »
Hello again everyone.

After a lot of consideration, I am looking at primes for a number of reasons, and after looking through my photos I see I shoot a lot around 35mm, I like this focal length. I am very tempted by the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens.
I was wondering what peoples experiences are of using this lens and what do you use this lens for. For example, does this lens stay on your camera a lot and is it used as a walk around lens?

Thanks

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Lenses / Re: Lens filters or not?
« on: January 31, 2014, 06:45:25 AM »
Technically, all extra glass effects the image quality. However, most of the times the benefit of a filter for protection out ways the better IQ.

I usually carry a box for my filters to I can remove them in special situations like low light, high detail landscape, that sort of stuff. Around children the filter stays on, as I like to get close to children, and they always end up touching my precious glass.

Thats what I have been thinking, protection is important when you spend a lot of money on a lens.

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Lenses / Lens filters or not?
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:40:40 AM »
Lens filters

Sometime soon I am going to be buying the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8, with that I was going to by a UV Filter for it, just like I have on my 2 L lenses. Do UV filters have an impact on the sharpness of pictures; if so is it better to avoid filters?

Thanks

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:00:09 PM »
I am now considering when do I get the Tamron, I have the money for it now, and I definitely want it for when I go on holiday to Italy in May, then there is a wedding I am shooting a few months later. In the UK the cheapest I see it at is around £800, should I wait and see if the price drops in the next few months?

if you are happy with refurbished wex quite often have them and they go for a bit over £600

In this case, I would rather buy it new.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 27, 2014, 06:25:29 AM »
I am now considering when do I get the Tamron, I have the money for it now, and I definitely want it for when I go on holiday to Italy in May, then there is a wedding I am shooting a few months later. In the UK the cheapest I see it at is around £800, should I wait and see if the price drops in the next few months?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:09:53 PM »
Thank you all again for your comments :)

GMCPhotographics and Rienzphotoz, because of your comments I am still strongly considering the Tamron 24-70. So thank you!

You are welcome ... I suggest, you check out this review by Dustin Abbot (one of the CR members)
http://dustinabbott.net/2012/11/tamron-sp-24-70mm-f2-8-di-vc-usd-review/

You may also want to check this thread started by Dustin
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=11251.0

All the best for your decision and shopping.


I will have a read of them again later, thanks, I read them a while ago.
From many reviews I have read, they say positive things about the Tamron, generally, but Dustin Abbot is one who has high praise for this lens. I would be interested to know if he still likes using it or if he regrets not getting the Canon 24-70mm.   

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:05:30 AM »
Thank you all again for your comments :)

GMCPhotographics and Rienzphotoz, because of your comments I am still strongly considering the Tamron 24-70. So thank you!

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:17:00 AM »
Rs, Where did you read that all L lenses carry a worldwide warranty?

I can't seem to find anything about the international warranty on L lenses, although I have found a few threads on it having ended in Australia, and presumably worldwide. Here's an example:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=942086

If I was to buy, for example, the Canon 24-70mm L f/2.8 from a UK retailer selling genuine UK stock, am I right in saying the warrantywith Canon is only a year? So after that year if anything goes wrong I’ll have to sort out getting it fixed by someone other than Canon or I will have to pay Canon to fix it?

Yes, just a one year warranty. After that, its entirely up to you what you do with a faulty product, although if its a lens of reasonable value such as a 24-70 II, I'd be tempted to give Canon a go first.

Based on that change of L series warranty, I'd be more tempted to stick with genuine UK stock.

It sounds like you didn't make it over to SWPP. If you're anywhere near Solihull, there's The Photography Show on at the start of March at the NEC - it looks like it will take over where Focus On Imaging left off, and there will no doubt be similar offers to what was available from SWPP. Again, tickets are free for pro photographers if you apply in advance.


As long as nothing goes wrong in the first year, when buying from sites like Hdew Cameras, then you have got a good deal, saving hundreds of pounds, basically it seems we are paying a lot of money for just a UK warranty.

I have been looking at The Photography Show, looks good, but not sure if I can get there this year.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 21, 2014, 05:04:54 PM »
Fragilesi, but I am still tempted, as you say, they get positive reviews. If there is a problem with it on arrival then I can get them to replace it for me, right?

Rs, Where did you read that all L lenses carry a worldwide warranty?
If I was to buy, for example, the Canon 24-70mm L f/2.8 from a UK retailer selling genuine UK stock, am I right in saying the warrantywith Canon is only a year? So after that year if anything goes wrong I’ll have to sort out getting it fixed by someone other than Canon or I will have to pay Canon to fix it?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 21, 2014, 05:23:42 AM »
I think for now I will avoid Hdew Cameras and others like them, especially when spending a lot of money like that.


That's fine, it was a leap of faith for me and I'm yet to give it the ultimate test of getting a warranty repair, long may that continue.  I only offered it because it's helped me get the kit that I really wanted at times.

They seem good, but yes its the warranty repair part that I am not sure on. It is better to be safe than sorry when spening over £1400 on one lens, thats what I'm thinking anyway.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 20, 2014, 07:15:21 AM »
Rs, £1549 is getting better, I guess you need to join SWPP to be able to take advantage of these prices?


It's a camera show/photography convention in London, there are another couple of days left:

http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/

Trade entry is £6 on the door (if you're a pro, I think a business card or equivalent might convince them on the door).

Camera World were better still at £1530. I didn't grab a shot of that show price though.


I see, thanks. Did you get that list of prices by going to the the trade show?

Yes


Nice :)

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 18, 2014, 02:58:31 PM »
Rs, £1549 is getting better, I guess you need to join SWPP to be able to take advantage of these prices?


It's a camera show/photography convention in London, there are another couple of days left:

http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/

Trade entry is £6 on the door (if you're a pro, I think a business card or equivalent might convince them on the door).

Camera World were better still at £1530. I didn't grab a shot of that show price though.


I see, thanks. Did you get that list of prices by going to the the trade show?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 18, 2014, 12:44:59 PM »
I think for now I will avoid Hdew Cameras and others like them, especially when spending a lot of money like that.

7enderbender, I see what you are saying but I guess the main reason l would like fast primes is for, as you say, shallow DOF.
I have shot a number of weddings over the past few years, but I feel it is best to do a bit of everything, weddings, landscapes...
Yes I have been looking into insurance.

Mackguyver, architecture is something I am very interested in. How do you make money out of this type of photography, if I may ask? :)

Zv, I am still very tempted by the Tamron.
Tamron - Good price, VC, sharp in the centre
               Focus and zoom rings different to Canon lenses, not sure if I like that
               Not as fast to focus compared to the Canon
               Not as sharp in the corners compared to the Canon

Canon - Sharp throughout, great build quality
              Would probably last longer than Tamron and re-sell value will be higher
              VERY expensive lens
           
Rs, £1549 is getting better, I guess you need to join SWPP to be able to take advantage of these prices?

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