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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:16:52 PM »
Got My 50A Preordered on an intense deal, actually half of the UK retail of a 50L. I'm happy with that.

Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:12:12 PM »
I hear the Tamron 70-300 VC stomps the canon, but that's just anecdotal

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:01:52 PM »
If it's $1300 I likely will not buy it.  In the rare circumstance in which my 35mm Art is just too wide, I'll settle for my Canon 50mm f/1.4.  This may be mostly psychological but at $1100 I might just go for the 50mm Art.

Coming in at 1/3 the price of the Otus but with similar build quality, nearly-as-good optics and AF?  If all that can be said, I think Sigma will get quite a few takers even at this price.

The only difference is that the Otus is cool and can be shown off, the Sigma can't. This is why I think the price will be < 1000 USD.

I show most people the 35mm 1.4 Art and they'd die to own one. I'd rather go "look at my amazing lens, it cost me $1300 and I can do everything I want with it" than "Look at my amazing lens. It cost me $4500 and doesn't autofocus, so I can't use it for work. But my wallet is sure big"

Lenses / Re: Why can't there be IS/OS in all lenses?
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:45:25 PM »
I must be missing something - why not put the IS in the camera instead of putting it in each of the lenses?

Sony, Olympus, and several others do just that.  It has the advantage of working with any lens, in theory.  In practice, in-body stabilization is much less effective with longer lenses (the sensor can only be shifted so far and so fast), doesn't stabilize the optical VF, and doesn't help with AF since the AF sensor isn't stabilized.  I suppose Canon and Nikon would also consider not being able to charge more for IS in each lens as a disadvantage.  ;)

Speaking of missing something, despite Sony being big proponents of sensor-shift IS, that feature is missing from their new FF mirrorless a7 and a7R.

One reason I'm keeping my Olympus OM-D and hesitant to try a Sony 7/7r is the excellent performance of the OM-D's IBIS, which stabilizes the EVF (if you're lucky enough to figure out the correct setting...) and, because it's mirrorless, doesn't need an AF sensor; it works superbly on the 100-300 Panasonic lens (better, probably, than the IS in that lens, which I keep turned off).  This is not only good for "native" m43 lenses, but wonderful for legacy lenses - it's easy to manually focus an IBIS-stabilized 135mm legacy prime on my OM-D, quite an ordeal on my Fuji x-e1, despite the reduced crop factor (there's no point even trying on my FF Canons).

I seem to be able to get focus on my legacy 135mm just fine on the a7, even with the viewfinder at 5x magnification. Getting the shots sharp is another matter shutter wise is a problem, but often I find that people move more than I get hand shake, so that higher ss is not a bad thing. Also, the sensor can be pushed much further than where i'd push any m4/3 to ISO wise.
It's all compromises, I guess

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:39:40 PM »
Like some other people have said, I had trouble nailing focus with this lens at 2.8. The 5dIII focus screen was just not accurate enough to portray fine focus in such a wide FOV

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are Canons innovation?
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:34:33 PM »
Who needs innovation when you can just stick with a good thing. Like having native lens options above 210mm...Well, seems like canon win that one. And RT flashes. And the best fast primes on the market....

I've got a sony A7, it's stunning, but funnily enough, I don't use it with sony lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon ditch the AA Filter?
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:24:03 PM »
If you're a fashion or wedding photographer then if you're careless...
What, if maybe the bride might be wearing some lace or a veil, or the groom a pinstripe suit? Because that only happens if you're careless?

Lenses / Re: Why can't there be IS/OS in all lenses?
« on: January 08, 2014, 06:46:42 PM »
Speaking of missing something, despite Sony being big proponents of sensor-shift IS, that feature is missing from their new FF mirrorless a7 and a7R.
I guess there has to be compromises in these bodies, as well. It's the same with most of the NEX I believe- maybe there just isn't the room/budget?

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Asahi S-M-C f/1.4 50mm
« on: December 20, 2013, 09:50:06 PM »
I've just picked up a rokkor 58 1.2 PG to play with the A7 when I get one....just waiting on my EOS adapter for it currently... I love the old film lenses

Lenses / Re: 16-35 2.8L II - Is it really THAT bad ?
« on: November 17, 2013, 07:04:20 PM »
I actually quite like this lens.
It doesn't compare to the 24-70 II or the 70-200II.

I think that's where most people get hung up on it.
Still, it's one of my workhorse lenses. I use it frequently and it doesn't disappoint.
Quite unlike the canon 50mm 1.4

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Df, Nikon's retro 5D3
« on: November 08, 2013, 04:07:57 PM »
My one, big gripe with the Df is how much they crippled it. The D610 af  is NOT good enough for this spec camera, and no dual cards either? Such small things that they just didn't put in

My 50mm f1.4 is the same, and I feel a very disappointing lens purchase. It is my least favourite lens (that I still own).

Anyway, I know that you said you don't want to use flash to light your scene but couldn't you just use the AF-assist beam. Flash power set to minimum, point the head off to the side (or behind you) so it won't have significant impact on the exposure?
In the flash exposure menu, you can set flash firing to off. The focus assist will still work

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: BP511(a) vs. AA in a grip
« on: November 05, 2013, 06:32:13 PM »
AAs usually only provide two third to a half of what a fully functioning Li-on would.
Grips are useful anyway, but the AA option is usually an emergency option

Canon General / Re: ISO Poll
« on: November 04, 2013, 03:48:45 PM »
Acoording to lightroom :
93.2% iso 100
6.1% iso 200
0.5% iso 400
0.2% iso 800 and higher.

I usually shoot 3200-10000. I wish the situations I shot in were better, but it is what it is
yup. In dives

Wow... Concerts ?

Canon General / Re: ISO Poll
« on: November 04, 2013, 03:15:34 PM »
I usually shoot 3200-10000. I wish the situations I shot in were better, but it is what it is

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