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Lenses / Re: EF 50 1.8 STM
« on: February 20, 2015, 09:25:17 PM »
Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but has Canon actually announced the 50mm f/1.8 STM, or is it still a rumor? This thread makes it sound like a done deal (and maybe it is), but is it possible that we might see a 50/1.4?

Seems to me that Canon would not update the 50/1.8 unless they can improve upon it significantly. If not, then why bother?

Although I'd rather have a stellar 50/1.4, if the 50/1.8 is very high quality I'll buy it. I use my "prime killer" 24-70/2.8 II and 70-200/2.8 IS 80% of the time, but a compact and lightweight 50mm would complement my 35 IS for the times when I don't want to lug around the zooms, or when I want the "creative limitation" of primes.

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:58:14 AM »
Unless I missed something, I didn't see any mention of a new 50mm in the announcements that will be made tomorrow. :<
Didn't CR say that the lens was mentioned but an announcement would come some time later but not at the same time as the 5Ds and 11-24.
So it seems still everything in plan.

Yesterday's post on CR said it will be a 50/1.8 and not a 50/1.4? That is disappointing if true.

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:00:46 AM »
Unless I missed something, I didn't see any mention of a new 50mm in the announcements that will be made tomorrow. :<
Didn't CR say that the lens was mentioned but an announcement would come some time later but not at the same time as the 5Ds and 11-24.
So it seems still everything in plan.

Ah, I missed that. Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: February 05, 2015, 10:17:32 PM »
Unless I missed something, I didn't see any mention of a new 50mm in the announcements that will be made tomorrow. :<

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: February 02, 2015, 07:31:47 PM »
"On the glass side, the widely-anticipated EF 11-24mm f/4L USM specs and photos have been leaked, but we also hear about two new non-L lenses at the same time or shortly after: the 50mm will finally get its refresh, as will the aging 70-300mm."

http://www.canonpricewatch.com/blog/2015/02/announcements-coming-this-week-5ds-ef-11-24mm-f4l-and-more/

 :o

This is very exciting if it's accurate!

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:31:47 PM »

I've been contemplating the 50A for a while now and am also a Canon 50 1.4 owner. I think I can finally put the GAS to rest about this and will keep the Canon version.

Yeah. It took me 3 copies of the 35A to finally get a good one. But even if I was willing to go through that again with the 50A (I'm not; I'd rather spend my limited time taking pictures.) I don't think I would because of the size/weight.

Why is this lens so big and heavy, by the way? Pentax and other lens manufacturers have shown it's possible to make compact lenses with very good IQ. I don't know anything about lens design, so forgive my ignorance.

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:50:02 PM »
OP here. I have an update, for whatever it's worth. Went ahead and purchased the 50A from B&H. Not surprisingly, it has AF issues. It was front-focusing right out of the box, and I used Reikan Focal to adjust it at 4 different shooting distances and then configured using the Sigma dock. Adjustments were + 15, +15, +17, +18. It's better now, but it is still inconsistent and erratic in ways that can't be fixed with calibration. (Note: I do use non-center AF points on my 5DIII quite a bit, so perhaps this is part of the problem. I've found that Sigma lenses don't always play well with non-center points.)

But even if the AF was perfect, I would still consider returning it, and here's why: the thing is big and heavy. It feels much heavier than the 35A, which I don't mind so much. But given that my two main lenses are the 24-70 II and 70-200 IS, I really want the 50mm to be lightweight and more compact.

I've owned both the 50L and the 50/1.4. I must have had a great copy of the 50/1.4, because I just went back and looked through my LR catalog and found that I had almost as many great keepers from the 1.4 as from the L. And my copy of the 50/1.4 was fairly sharp even wide open. I now find myself wishing I hadn't sold it.

I'm going to return the 50A and either get another 50/1.4, or just stick with the 35A and wait to see what Canon comes out with. I'm not in a huge hurry and can live without a 50mm prime, since the 24-70 II is such a phenomenal lens.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm F2 IS image quality
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:33:17 PM »
Back to the subject of the original post...has anyone on this thread compared the 35 IS with the Sigma 35A extensively?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 31, 2014, 04:23:19 PM »
Of course we'll all have to wait and see, but I can't help feeling disappointed by this rumor and what it might imply for the direction Canon is taking. I realize that more MP is exactly what a lot of people want. Unfortunately for me, I'm not one of them.

For me, the 5DIII has all the resolution I'll ever need. What I'm looking for are incremental improvements in the IQ, high ISO performance, and shooting experience—at a fair price.

Nikon seems to be excelling in this area, with the D750 as an example. It's an extremely well-regarded camera with incredible DR, features like the ability to spot meter from selected AF point (something available only on the 1D series in Canon); better auto-ISO implementation (ability to select minimum shutter speed of up to 1/2000, or designate 5 different multiples of the focal length of the lens); an AF system that is apparently equivalent in practice to the 5DIII, including 3D focus tracking (though it does have fewer cross-type sensors); dual SD card slots; and face detection (not gimmicky if you shoot a lot of portraits), to name a few. All of this costs $2,300, compared to >$3,000 when the 5DIII first came out.

Nikon has also made a bunch of relatively fast, compact, lightweight primes in their "G" series that have great IQ and are almost universally well-reviewed.

Seems to me that Nikon is more focused on making a "prosumer" full-frame system for folks like me that want high quality, but aren't working pros and can't justify spending $4k on a camera body and >$1k on primes.

As for the 6D, right now the D750 is far superior IMO. If Canon updates the 6D and it's still not on par or better than the D750, what's the point? I'm already tempted by the D750, and I have a 5DIII. I don't need more megapixels, I want better IQ and an improved shooting experience.

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: December 29, 2014, 08:20:12 PM »
I would give almost anything for a sharp, reliable 50mm lens like the 35 IS that I rented a few months ago.

I have used a Sigma classic 50mm 1.4 for the last few years and am really tired of the erratic autofocus.  I rented a Sigma 50mm Art lens and had even worse problems with the autofocus.

A few weeks ago I bought a used 50mm 1.2 L.  Guess what, I'm sending it to Canon tomorrow for an attempt at focus calibration.   :-X

Yeah, I hear you. It took me 3 copies of the Sigma 35A to get one that is *mostly* reliable. I put up with the occasional misses because it's just that good. But I'm nervous about going through the same thing with the Sigma 50A. And I want something smaller!

Sounds like you liked the 35 IS? I've been considering trying it out. If it's even 80% as good as the 35A, I might consider swapping because of the considerable size/weight difference.

Like I said, this is why the D750 + 35/50/85 f1.8G is so appealing. But I love my 5D3, and don't want to give up my 24-70 and 70-200. They're incredible.

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: December 29, 2014, 05:19:03 PM »
I have the Sigma 35A and it's incredible. I've been eyeing the 50A, but man, I really want lighter, smaller primes.

Then again, maybe I should just buy a small mirrorless system as an alternative for when size/weight matter.

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: December 29, 2014, 04:53:52 PM »
I have no doubt they will come.  But when is anyone's guess.  I'm eagerly awaiting them too.  In the meantime, I'm still using the 50/1.4 and 85/1.8.

I wish I was satisfied with those lenses. Hate to sound like a snob, but the 24-70 and 70-200 are so good that I definitely notice the difference in quality when I've tried the 50/1.4 and 85/1.8.

I have not yet tried the 35 IS, but I hear it's excellent (maybe not quite as good as the Sigma, but a lot smaller and lighter).

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Lenses / Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: December 29, 2014, 03:00:11 PM »
I know Canon generally has the edge over Nikon in terms of lenses, but I do find myself coveting the Nikon 35/50/85 f1.8Gs. They're compact, lightweight, sharp, and have great IQ.

Canon has the 35 IS, which gets great reviews, but where's the new 50mm or 85mm? I shoot with a 24-70 II and 70-200 IS a lot, and while I love the high IQ of the Sigma 35A and 50A, I prefer my primes to be lightweight alternatives to those huge zooms.

I know others feel differently, but I prefer the extra bit of speed (even though it's small) of the Nikon versions to IS, because I mostly shoot people, and they tend to move a lot—especially kids.

I haven't seen any rumors about these lenses for a while. Are they even in the pipeline? If not, I wonder why not?

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Lenses / Re: Another thread about AF problems with Sigma 35A
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:07:23 AM »
switters:  What camera are you using?

A 5D3.

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Lenses / Another thread about AF problems with Sigma 35A
« on: September 21, 2014, 02:39:48 PM »
I posted this in a thread about the 50A, but figured I'd start a new thread in case others are experiencing this particular issue. My first two copies of the Sigma 35A were so far off that I had to return them; I used both FoCal and the dock to calibrate them, but they couldn't even focus properly with center point and a focus target with camera mounted on a tripod.

My third copy is much better. I was able to use the dock along with FoCal to get it consistent using center-point focus, though it did need large adjustments (something like +9, +5, +4, +3 IIRC).

However, when using outer focus points, it's ridiculously off. It will focus on an object a foot in front of what I'm actually focusing on—it's not even close. For example, I took some shots of my daughter sitting on the couch holding a friend's newborn on her lap. Even though I was focusing on my daughter's eyes (with a cross-focus point a little left and above center), the lens decided to focus on the baby's face... which was a good 8-10" in front of my daughter's eyes, and at least 12-16" below.

Does anyone else have this problem?

Like everyone else, I am blown away by the sharpness and clarity of the 35A when it hits. But being forced to use the center focus point in order to get those results is a dealbreaker. 90% of the pictures I take are of people that are moving. Focus and recompose is not an option.

I'm thinking of picking up the Canon 35/2 IS. I'd miss the extra stop of light (because I mostly photograph moving subjects), but it doesn't matter how sharp a lens is in theory if it can't focus accurately in real-world situations.

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